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Delivering more Working Holiday Maker labour to Dardanup.

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Media Release

Delivering more Working Holiday Maker labour to Dardanup

03 May 2006

Dardanup's $61 million a year grazing industry will be a winner from an expansion of the Working Holiday Maker scheme announced today by Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Amanda Vanstone.

From July, working holiday makers employed for three months in grazing, forestry or a range of other primary industries can apply for a second 12 month visa.

All working holiday makers will also be allowed to work for the same employer for an extra three months, and they can study in Australia for four months instead of the current three months.

"These changes will mean a win-win situation for employers and working holiday makers and will help boost the Australian economy," Senator Vanstone said.

"Working holiday makers often have highly sought-after skills and can make a positive long-term contribution to the economy.

"The expansion of the scheme follows successful changes to the working holiday maker visa in November 2005, which enabled people who spent three months doing seasonal harvest work in regional Australia to become eligible for a second visa.

"More than 1500 working holiday makers applied between November and January to stay an extra year in Australia."

Senator Vanstone said both employers and working holiday makers would benefit from the rule change allowing working holiday makers to spend longer in the one job.

"It will enable them to retain trained staff for longer and allow working holiday makers to apply for jobs that require a stay of longer than three months," the Minister added.

Minister's media contact: 0417 445 886