An Australian working holiday visa, some backpackers refer to it as a Fruit Picking Visa which provides people aged between 18 and 31 the opportunity to travel and work around Australia
Working Holidays in Australia are very popular. Some backpackers refer to it as a Fruit Picking Visa. Here are a few tips on how to get a working holiday visa and getting a job while backpacking around Australia.
The Australian government encourages people on this visa to do this sort of work for a minimum of 3 months so they can add another year to their visa, this is called a second working holiday visa. This benefit is not for all parts of Australia you must undertake work in selected post codes to be eligible for the extra year.
The original participating countries in this were Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It allows young people to experience living in a foreign country, without undergoing the usual costly expenses of finding work sponsorship in advance. In Japan there is a Working Holiday Maker Alumni association, which gives seminars and orienteering to Japanese working holiday goers.
Australia now has let more countries join this program a list of the eligible countries is listed below.
|THE WORKING HOLIDAY VISA IS AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES.|
Other requirements for a Fruit Picking visa are:
Aged between 18 and 30 years (inclusive) – this means you can apply for a visa when you are 30 years of age;
If you have any dependent children they will not be able to be to accompany you in Australia while you hold the visa;
You must have sufficient funds (generally deemed to be at least- AU$5,000) to support your trip and purchase a return airfare.
You can visit the Australian government visa site to read about more information that may be required from you.
If you are eligible for a working holiday, you can apply on line now through the Australian government visa site.
Make sure that you have an up to date resume with you.
Carry a disc with you, also send your resume to your own e-mail account
Most Backpackers have a job Board that is available to guests, which has the best places to look for jobs and general advice about working in Australia. There are also a number of local businesses, pubs, cafes and work sites that offer work to backpackers in most areas. There are services which you can find by doing a search which provide assistance for your Australia visa application and visa services. If you don't want to do the paper work your self you can apply for your Australian working holiday visa through these sort of companies. You must remember that fruit picking is seasonal so you need to know what are the best dates for fruit picking.