What does the change mean? Beginning 1 June, 500 Work and Holiday visas will be available to Australian and Israeli nationals, ages 18 to 30, to travel, live, work and study in each other’s countries. Australia and Singapore agreed to a similar arrangement, but no implementation date has been announced.
- Implementation time frame: The Work and Holiday arrangement between Australia and Israel will take effect 1 June 2016; no date has been announced for the Work and Holiday arrangement between Australia and Singapore.
- Visas/permits affected: Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visas.
- Who is affected: Eligible Australian, Israeli and Singaporean nationals.
- Business impact: Employers may hire Work and Holiday visa holders for short-term work.
- Next steps: The Australia-Israeli programme is set to take effect 1 June. The Australian and Singaporean governments must finalise procedures before opening the application period. The Australian Government also announced that it would soon introduce a long-term, multiple-entry visitor visa for Singaporean nationals visiting Australia and said additional information will be forthcoming.