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Aussies hope to entice Irish workers down under with new visa package

An attractive new visa package has been launched in Ireland to encourage young travellers to take a trip down under, offering an all-in-one bundle that includes a working visa for up to two years.

The attractive new package aims to entice Irish backpackers to Australia.
The attractive new package aims to entice Irish backpackers to Australia. Image by Getty Images

The Working Holiday Maker programme, a new partnership between Tourism Australia and USIT, aims to target the Irish market by offering a package that includes a one-way flight to Australia, a one-year working holiday maker visa, a one year travel insurance policy as well as assistance setting up a bank account and a tax file number. The package costs €999 and is valid for travel to Sydney and Melbourne. It will allow Irish people to live and work in Australia for up to two years and includes a €50 discount on flights.

The package is aimed at 18-30 year olds and includes a flight, insurance and a working holiday visa.
The package is aimed at 18-30-year-olds and includes a flight, insurance and a working holiday visa. Image by Getty Images

The partnership hopes to reverse the current downturn in working holiday makers from Ireland and is part of a broader package of measures announced recently by the Australian government that aims to make it easier and more affordable for young people to undertake a working holiday in Australia. The Australian government is also exploring the possibility of extending the age limit so that Irish citizens aged up to 35 can travel on the visa. The current age limit on the WHM scheme is 18-30, with approximately 5000 Irish citizens travelling on it each year.

The visa is valid for travel to Sydney and Melbourne from Ireland.
The visa is valid for travel to Sydney and Melbourne from Ireland.

“Australia is one of the most diverse, welcoming and beautiful countries on the planet. Our working Holiday Maker programme provides the perfect launch-pad for a life changing year, maybe even two, combing travel with temporary work. There’s a long history of Irish backpackers travelling in Australia but numbers have fallen in recent years. With this campaign we hope to reverse those declines,” said John O’Sullivan, Managing Director of Tourism Australia. More information on visa requirements and applications is available on the USIT website.