Tasmanian Hospitality Review - February / March 2023


We need to attract Working Holiday Makers back to Australia Like most states in Australia, many Tasmanian tourism businesses rely on Working Holiday Makers (WHM) to tackle the skills shortages, especially in the hospitality industry. There is a need to attract these young adults back to Australia, as business owners and employees are working excessive hours to service the needs of their customers. Australia is competing on the world stage for overseas workers, so we need to promote it as a great destination for these candidates. States such as South Australia and Queensland are starting to run their own campaigns to attract these young people to support businesses in need of labour. It is imperative to keep lobbying to the Federal Government to not only attract these individuals to Australia, but also offer longer stay and visa extension for those working in the hospitality and tourism industries. There are two programs which allow businesses to access candidates from overseas. The more popular program is Working Holiday Visa Subclass 417, and

there is also the Work and Holiday Visa Subclass 462. These visas can be approved in as fast as 24 hours, and do not have such compliance and costs like the Subclass 482 visa pathway. Employers of the WHM offer a role for six months on award rates; and once probation is completed and the candidate has a skill set on one of the Occupation Lists, they can progress to a longer-term visa. It is a very cost-effective solution with long-term prospects. Moreover, Subclass 417 is accessible for 19 countries and Subclass 462 is accessible for 28 countries, providing a very large pool of young people to attract to travel and work in Australia. Many businesses say that without international workers, they cannot keep their doors open. WHM contribute over $3 billion to the Australian economy and support jobs in regional Australia. They arrive in Australia with money to spend and earn income in the local communities and this then goes back into the communities. These are very valuable visa programs and more needs to be done to promote Australia, especially Tasmania, as a destination for an international working experience.

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