The Backpacker & Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) was represented at the highest levels when on 28 February 2024 Chair, Wendi Aylward, gave evidence at Federal Parliament at an inquiry into Australia’s tourism and international education sectors.

Key points advocated for BYTAP around Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) on 417 and 462 visa subclasses included:

  • Concerns around the possible removal of the option to earn a second or third year visa for doing ‘specified work’ in eligible areas
  • Consideration of increasing the age for all WHMs to 35 (currently only in place for 5 of the 48 countries on this reciprocal cultural exchange program)
  • Increasing or removing caps, and streamlining onerous red tape, for the 462 visa
  • Expanding and fast-tracking agreements with potential new countries
  • Assessing the potential for tourism visa holders to transfer to a WHM visa on-shore
  • Possibly offering former WHMs who have returned home the option to apply for a second visa.

BYTAP thanks Wendi for these efforts on behalf of the industry.

You can view the recording here: www.aph.gov.au/News_and_Events/Watch_Read_Listen/ParlView/video/2224611

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The Backpacker & Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) was represented at the highest levels when on 28 February 2024 Chair, Wendi Aylward, gave evidence at Federal Parliament at an inquiry into Australia’s tourism and international education sectors.

Key points advocated for BYTAP around Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) on 417 and 462 visa subclasses included:

  • Concerns around the possible removal of the option to earn a second or third year visa for doing ‘specified work’ in eligible areas
  • Consideration of increasing the age for all WHMs to 35 (currently only in place for 5 of the 48 countries on this reciprocal cultural exchange program)
  • Increasing or removing caps, and streamlining onerous red tape, for the 462 visa
  • Expanding and fast-tracking agreements with potential new countries
  • Assessing the potential for tourism visa holders to transfer to a WHM visa on-shore
  • Possibly offering former WHMs who have returned home the option to apply for a second visa.

BYTAP thanks Wendi for these efforts on behalf of the industry.

You can view the recording here: www.aph.gov.au/News_and_Events/Watch_Read_Listen/ParlView/video/2224611

LATEST POSTS

The Backpacker & Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) was represented at the highest levels when on 28 February 2024 Chair, Wendi Aylward, gave evidence at Federal Parliament at an inquiry into Australia’s tourism and international education sectors.

Key points advocated for BYTAP around Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) on 417 and 462 visa subclasses included:

  • Concerns around the possible removal of the option to earn a second or third year visa for doing ‘specified work’ in eligible areas
  • Consideration of increasing the age for all WHMs to 35 (currently only in place for 5 of the 48 countries on this reciprocal cultural exchange program)
  • Increasing or removing caps, and streamlining onerous red tape, for the 462 visa
  • Expanding and fast-tracking agreements with potential new countries
  • Assessing the potential for tourism visa holders to transfer to a WHM visa on-shore
  • Possibly offering former WHMs who have returned home the option to apply for a second visa.

BYTAP thanks Wendi for these efforts on behalf of the industry.

You can view the recording here: www.aph.gov.au/News_and_Events/Watch_Read_Listen/ParlView/video/2224611

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