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Australia and Germany extend working holiday deal

Young Germans will be able to keep on enjoying a working holiday in Australia with a reciprocal agreement between the two countries due to be renewed in Berlin this week.
13 February 2007
Currently around 12,000 Germans aged between 18 and 30 take part in a working holiday to Australia every year, making Germany the fourth largest source of working holiday makers for Australia behind the UK, South Korea and Ireland. A further 130,000 German tourists also visit Australia every year.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Alexander Downer would be signing the agreement on behalf of Australia during his visit to Germany this week.

The renewed agreement has the benefit of extending the work rights for working holiday makers in both countries, as well as formalising the opportunity for Germans to apply for an extension of their visa while visiting Australia.

This means working holiday makers who work in a primary industry in regional Australia may be eligible to apply for a further 12-month stay as a working holiday maker.

‘The arrangement with Germany is a win-win for young people from both our countries,’ Mr Downer said.

‘This agreement will ensure that our strong bilateral relations will continue in the future,’ he said.

‘The boost provided to the Australian economy by young German travellers is welcomed by both our tourism sector and employers,’ Ms Gambaro said.

Australian working holiday visas are available to young people aged between 18-30 from 19 countries with a reciprocal working holiday programme with Australia.

There are a number of conditions that must be met for a working holiday visa to be granted. These are available on's Work and Play section, along with further information on the Australian working holiday programme.