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Tourism Australia searches for Ireland’s first Working Holiday Visa Maker

10th September 2017 - 10:30am

Sydney Bridge

Sydney Bridge


Tourism Australia is on the hunt to find one of the first people to have travelled to Australia on the Working Holiday Maker visa, to honour at a special event being held in Dublin later this month.  The Australian Working Holiday Visa (WHM Visa) allows young people aged between 18 and 30 to have an extended holiday by allowing them to work casually for up to 12 months in Australia.


The visa has been available to Irish citizens since 1975. According to the Central Statistics Office the number of Irish people packing their bags and heading Down Under in search of work and adventure, peaked at 18,200 in 2012.


For anyone who thinks they may be one of the first people to travel to Australia on the Working Holiday, please send an email to


Today, Ireland ranks in the top 20 of countries visiting Australia for a holiday.  In the year ending 30 June 57,300* Irish people visited Australia.


"Irish people have been coming to Australia, since the early 1800’s, with the two countries enjoying particularly close cultural ties.  Australians warmly welcome the Irish backpackers who arrive year-round and it’s never been easier for them get here with increased air capacity out of Dublin and a straightforward visa service.  When they arrive, they can live like a local exploring the country’s beautiful beaches, national parks and some of the world’s most liveable cities,” said Denise von Wald (Regional Manager UK, Ireland and Northern Europe Tourism Australia).

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