Australian competition sparks interest in working holidays

Eighteen people from 12 countries are heading to Australia, to compete in the final stages of Tourism Australia’s Best Job in the World contest.

Five people from the US, two from England, two from France and one each from Afghanistan, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Scotland and Taiwan, will be battling for six jobs which include a wildlife caretaker whose role includes waking kangaroos in South Australia, a chief ‘funster’ who will attend VIP parties and events in NSW and an Outback adventurer in the Northern Territory.



All jobs come with a six-month salary package worth AUS$100,000.

The competition was designed to increase global awareness of Working Holiday Visas – which enable citizens from eligible countries aged between 18 and 30 to live, work and study anywhere in Australia for a period of one year – with applicants having to devise campaigns for the visa.

And according to Tourism Australia the competition, which received more than 600,000 entries from all around the world, has been an unprecedented success. The organisation says that as a direct result of the competition six out of ten people who entered the competition visited the Australian immigration website to find out more about the Working Holidaymaker Programme.

What’s more, “STA and Virgin have had a massive spike in bookings and local operators like YHA and Base Backpackers are reporting a spike in reservations,” said Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy, who also described the competition as “an amazing campaign.”

The six winners will be announced in Sydney on June 21.

To find out more about the Working Holiday Visas, just click here.