Perceptions of Australia’s Working Holiday Maker program 2019–2020

The Australia experience

The Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program allows young adults from selected countries to visit Australia for an initial 12-month holiday. They can do short-term work and study in this time.

This report highlights working holiday makers’ and employers’ perceptions of the program in facilitating work and travel opportunities.

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Perceptions of Australia's working holiday maker program

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Publication summary

Key insights from the report include:

  • Working holiday participants strongly endorsed the WHM program. Almost 95% indicated they would recommend the program to others.
  • Participants were satisfied or very satisfied in over 70% of the jobs they worked in. This includes in hospitality and tourism.
  • Working holiday makers often go to:
    • Queensland
    • New South Wales
    • Victoria
  • Employers considered working holiday makers extremely important for their businesses.

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