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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



20 Things I Wish Someone Told me Before Moving to Australia

Have you ever thought of moving to Australia to live the life down under as a backpacker or a working holidaymaker? Many prospective backpackers are daunted by the prospect of travelling to Australia unsure of how they will settle into a new country and culture. So to help you out with the big move, we’ve […]

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Why You Should Start Planning Your 2021 Australian Working Holiday Now

Australia is world-famous for its natural wonders, pristine rainforests, bright beaches, stunning wide-open spaces and epic landscapes. TABLE OF CONTENTS What is the Australian working holiday visa? What are the requirements for the Australian working holiday visa? Which countries are eligible for the Australian working holiday visa? Australian Working Holiday Visa Duration What are the […]

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How can I get a Working Holiday Visa for Australia?

Something about Australia has made it irresistible to young travellers for decades. Perhaps it’s the never-ending list of iconic sights to see. Maybe it’s the unbeatable weather. Or could it be the abundance of job opportunities for backpackers? Whatever it is, every year thousands of young travellers from around the world apply for Working Holiday […]

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Medium TSS Visa vs Short TSS Visa: What’s the difference?

You might have heard that Australia is short on skilled workers in a number of areas, particularly engineering, medicine, teaching and accounting. This means that there aren’t enough qualified Australian citizens to meet the high demand for these skilled roles. That’s why the Australian government originally introduced the 457 visas, to allow qualified people around […]

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Working Holidaymakers can now stay in Australia for a third year!

There’s good news for prospective Aussie Backpackers. The Australian Government has announced a number of changes to the Working Holidaymaker (WHM) program – the most significant of which allows Backpackers to extend their life down under into a third year. From July 2019, travellers can now stay in Australia for three years if they complete […]

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Wanna move ‘down under’? Australia is looking for more Working Holidaymakers!

The Australian Government has launched a new campaign which aims to attract more Working Holidaymakers down under, as well as support Aussie farmers and boost regional tourism. The campaign, titled ‘Australia Inc’, is targeting young people in the UK, France and Germany who are considering combining overseas travel with temporary work. A number of enhancements […]

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OZ working holiday visas – good news for Irish applicants

Young Irish workers have been granted an additional five years in which they can venture down under for work and travel. Prospective Irish travellers can now apply for an Australian working holiday visa up to the age of 35. Successful applicants can spend up to two years working and travelling around Australia. The previous age […]

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Student Visa Applications for Australia Increase by Almost 22%

For the first 3 months of 2017, the number of visa applications rose by 18.5% in comparison with the same period in 2016 and visas granted from Jan-Mar 2017 increased by nearly 22% compared to 2016. This percentage increase equates to just under 18,000 more student visas compared to the first quarter of 2016. The […]

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The Best Places to Find a Job on a Working Holiday in Australia

Give it a go. Try to think of a country that’s more diverse and spectacular than Australia. It’s impossible! And it’s for this reason that OZ is so attractive to thousands of prospective working holidaymakers every year. Australia has it all – stunning nature, fascinating culture and fantastic nightlife. Crucially, there are also a wide […]

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