On Monday, 6 July 2015, the Work and Holiday visa programme with China was announced by the Australian Government which received an overwhelming response. The programme will allow 5,000 young Chinese people with tertiary education and English language skills to experience a working holiday in Australia.
The Work and Holiday visa provides a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity for Chinese participants with an opportunity for cultural exchange and building closer cultural ties between Australia and China. The Work and Holiday visa will also allow participants to engage in cultural exchange and tourism.
The Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash participated in a one hour online live chat discussion with Chinese young people about the Work and Holiday visa arrangement with China recently.
“This level of interest and enthusiasm is a great start to what we envisage will be the beginning of a long and successful programme for Chinese youth visiting and working in Australia,” Minister Cash said.
Hosted on the People’s Daily (PD) Weibo site, Minister Cash responded to 50 questions about the Australian Work and Holiday visa programme. To date, there have been more than 550,000 visitors to the website.
The Work and Holiday arrangement with China will be implemented later in 2015 where announcement on the date visa applications will be accepted by Australia will be available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website at http://www.border.gov.au and the Australian Embassy Beijing website at http://www.china.embassy.gov.au.
The visa allows the holder to:
- stay in Australia for twelve (12) months from their date of first arrival;
- work during their duration of stay for twelve (12) months but no longer than six (6) months with any one employer;
- study for four (4) months.