The Migration Amendment Regulations 2019 to Address Labour Shortages in Regional Australia

The Australian Government has been making efforts to distribute the migrants into regional areas by bringing in new policies. The steps are being taken to decrease the load on major cities like Melbourne and Sydney that are currently overpopulated and are facing huge pressure on their infrastructure. Newer policies are also being introduced to meet the labour shortages that are currently being faced in regional Australia in different sectors.

To address one such problem, the Migration Amendment Regulations 2019 has been brought forward to amend the older Migrations Regulations 1994. According to the 2019 regulations, the maximum number of ‘working holiday maker’ visas will be increased from two to three. It is to be noted that the amendment is being done to address the labour shortages of the agricultural sector in regional Australia.

The ‘working holiday maker’ visas are the Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa and the Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa.

One of the prime conditions to be eligible for a third ‘working holiday maker’ visa is that the applicant is required to complete 6 months specified work in specified circumstances. These specified work and circumstances are set out in an instrument made under the Principal Regulations and support labour shortages in regional Australia.

The Government strongly believes that the third additional ‘working holiday’ maker visa will help curb the labour shortages in regional areas, especially in the agricultural sector.

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