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Here you’ll find top tips for working holidaymakers, our picks for this year’s best tourist destinations, business travel advice & much more



More Aussies will be Allowed to Live and Work in Great Britain

The new visa will give more Australians the opportunity to live and work in Great Britain. A new visa deal was being trashed out in response to the migration changes that the British government did two years ago whereby 20,000 skilled people were prevented from applying outside the EU. This has caused a significant drop […]

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Australian Migration Trends

The Australian immigration policy has changed significantly during the last 20 years.  One of the main shifts is turning the focus from the family and humanitarian migration to economic migration. Working Holiday Makers and Students As of July this year, there were approx. 160,000 working holiday makers in Australia, 40,000 of whom applying for a […]

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5,000 Irish got Australian Permanent Resident Visa in 2013

A report of the Australian Immigration shows a serious increase of the skilled migrant visas granted to Irish skilled people. About 5,000 Irish people became permanent residents in Australia in 2013. This includes approx. 1,650 family members accompanying them Down Under. The largest per cent of these people is qualified accountants, engineers, nurses, electricians, carpenters […]

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Reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa Arrangement between Poland and Australia

Poland is the latest country to join the reciprocal work and holiday visa program with Australia. Thus, Polish and Australian young people aged 18-30, can now travel to each other’s country under this program. The places available are 200 for each country per year. Poland joins a number of countries included currently in the work […]

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The Conditions under the Australian Working Holiday Visa to be revised

Today, the Australian Fair Work Ombudsman announced that the conditions under the Working Holiday 417 visa are going to be revised because of some allegations that the working holidaymakers are used as free labour in regional areas. The working holiday 417 visa is granted to people under 31 to holiday and work in Australia for […]

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Tips for Backpackers

Going to Australia on a working holiday visa is not like a walk in the park. You might need to consider a few things beforehand. Look at the tips below: 1. Don’t try to organize everything too far in advance. It’s not needed to buy all possible guidebooks and to carry them along with you […]

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Why Choose Regional Australia?

If you think of Regional Australia as a remote and isolated place, you are wrong! The face of Regional Australia has been changed now. The sustainability and future of Australia rely on the development of regional areas. Rural Australia is a home for more than a third of Australian populations and generates 2/3 of its […]

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Have you been to Australia? What do you miss the most?

Various Cuisine – Australians don’t have their own cuisine but you can eat just whatever you want Down Under. You can try meals from all continents which is not possible anywhere else in the world. Sporting Events – What Australians are really proud of is organizing sporting events. In Australia, opposite to many other countries, […]

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Australian manages to reduce illegal immigration on boats

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot has announced that his government has managed to beat down the illegal smuggling of people. He has pointed out that during the last six months there were not any illegal immigrants arriving on boats in the country. The last successful people smuggling venture to Australia was on 19 December 2013. […]

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