The World Bank has advised in its report that Australia Visa policy must be changed to make it easier for Pacific Islanders to work in the nation. The report has said that Australia must eliminate the requirement of having worked for 3 months in regions for holiday workers.
The existing Australia visa policy offers an extension of Working Holiday Subclass 417 visas by 12 months for visitors. But for this, they are required to work in the regional areas for 88 days. This can be construction, fishing, and mining.
The report of the World Bank revealed that the program was damaging the seasonal worker system. This is to the extent that seasonal workers were outnumbered by 6 to 1 in the farming sector, as quoted by the Xinhuanet. Workers from 9 Pacific countries arrive in Australia for working in the horticulture through the seasonal worker program.
The seasonal worker program has been weighed down by scams of mistreatment and underpayment of traveler workers. These are dependent on the employers in Australia for extension of their visas.
The World Bank report elaborates that travelers are offered implicit incentive to work in the farming sector. They are given an extension for the second year on the condition that they undertake work in the pastoral areas.
The elimination of extension of the second year for the visas of those with Working Holiday Visas will take away the incentive for 36, 264 traveler workers in the rural areas. These are chiefly employed in the horticulture sector.
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