Wrap-up of changes to the Working Holiday Maker and Seasonal Worker programs

The Department of Home Affairs recently announced changes to both the Working Holiday Maker and Seasonal Worker programs to address labour shortages in regional and rural communities. Business SA's Move Work Stay is here to keep you updated on the latest in migration and visa news and information, and what these changes means for your business.

These latest important changes to migration rules impact South Australian business, and all of SA is considered regional.

Key changes to the Working Holiday maker program are:
  • Farmers in regional Australia will have access to working holiday makers to overcome the shortage in farm hands as plant and animal cultivation have been added to the list of specified skills to achieve eligibility for a second Working Holiday Visa (WHV)
  • A WHV holder can also work for up to 12 months with a single employer while involved in plant and animal cultivation as compared to six months for other activities
  • A minimum of six months of specified work on second WHV after 1 July 2019 will make the holders eligible for a third one-year WHV
  • There are two subclasses of Working Holiday Visas, subclass 417 and 462. South Australia was not part of the geographical area earmarked for doing specified work under subclass 462 earlier, but it is now open for animal and plant cultivation work under 462
  • Maximum age of applicants from Canada and Ireland for a 417 has increased to 35 years
  • Increase in annual cap on 462 visa numbers scheduled to be increased for many countries
For more information regarding changes to the Working Holiday maker program, click here

Key changes to the Seasonal Worker program are:
  • The work period has been increased to nine months for all visa holders. Previously, citizens of some countries were permitted to work for a maximum of six months only
  • Labour market testing proof can now be provided from a period up to six months before recruiting seasonal workers as compared to three months
  • Out-of-pocket expenses for employers have been reduced from $500 to $300
For more information regarding changes to the Seasonal Worker program, click here

About Move Work Stay:

Move Work Stay, Business SA's unique migration and visa service helps businesses in sponsoring overseas employees to meet the shortfall in local skilled resources.

Since the service began more than six years ago, it has evolved to provide integrated and streamlined migration and recruitment and settlement solutions, tailored to each individual or business’ needs.

Our specialist areas include employer-sponsored migration, business-skilled migration, general skilled migration, immigration monitoring and compliance and customised-migrant training.

The Move Work Stay service has helped hundreds of organisations and skilled migrants establish themselves into business and employment in South Australia.

For further clarification or information regarding any of our migration services, contact Gurmeet Dhindsa, Migration Agent and Trade Coordinator - MARN 1575264 via gurmeetd@business-sa.com or (08) 8300 0094.


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