Australia looks to tempt Irish working holidaymakers with €10 flights Down Under 2 months ago

Australia looks to tempt Irish working holidaymakers with €10 flights Down Under

Cheaper than a taxi to Coppers...

You have €10 in your pocket, what you should you spend it on?

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A nice lunch, another month of Netflix... a flight to Adelaide?

If the latter option sounds tempting, you'll be glad to know that South Australia is welcoming Irish people back to their shores this summer, with year-long working holiday visas available.

And 200 lucky applicants (from the UK and Ireland) will get their airfare to Australia for just €10 (if from Ireland, £10 if from the UK).

The initiative has been organised by the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC), along with travel agency Trailfinders and Qatar Airways.

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To enter, you must register with Trailfinders via its website, and hold a valid Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) or Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462).

Irish people aged between 18 and 35 are eligible for the Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417).

Both visas costs $495 (€332.65) and allow Irish people to stay and work in the country for 12 months.

Provided you have worked for at least three months in specified areas, you can then apply for a second visa, allowing you to stay in the country for an extra year.

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The areas include tourism, construction, and mining.

“South Australia is welcoming the return of working holiday makers – it’s a real win-win for young people eager to travel and work abroad, and for our local tourism industry," said South Australia Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison.

"Our tourism operators have missed having international visitors on their tours and experiences and booking up accommodation, and they’ve also missed the backpacker workforce and the vibrancy they bring.

“These backpackers foster a love for our state and our country which often inspires them to return later in life.

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"Whether it’s in our bars, restaurants, wineries and hotels, or on our outback stations and farms, there are so many ways that British and Irish citizens can work in Adelaide and in regional South Australia, helping to not only fill roles but provide an economic and cultural exchange benefit which advantages both sides of the globe."

You can discover more about the programme via the South Australian Tourism Commission's website.