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 up to 2 years. Those who want to qualify for the second year working holiday visa, need to provide a proof that they’ve been undertaking work in a regional area and in a certain industry for 88 days during the first year.
The review of the WHM visa will check the issues reported in the specific regions where many workers take a temporary job.
There were about 2000 requests for help from working holidaymakers in the last 2 financial years addressing underpayment in sectors like hospitality, accommodation, agriculture, forestry and fishing.
In addition, the Australian Fair Work undertakes investigations in other sectors known to hire a significant number of overseas workers such as horticulture, cleaning and retailing.
The purpose of the current review of the WHM visa is to ensure all those who work in Australia are treated fairly and that all overseas workers have the same rights as any other worker in Australia.
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