"Chinatown"-Official media of Chinese Australians

"The first batch of Australian Work and Holiday Visa (WHA) will be officially accepted in September 2015."The Australian Immigration and Border Protection Assistant Minister Mikkeli Cash announced at the Australian Embassy in China on the 1st. In the afternoon of the same day, the Australian work and holiday visa launch ceremony was held at the embassy.

2015年6月17日,《中澳自由贸易协定》正式签署。协定成果之一是澳洲将每年向中国18至30岁的年轻人提供5000个来澳打工与度假签证。

At the kick-off ceremony that day, Cash announced the basic requirements for the application: hold a valid Chinese passport; be between 18 and 30 years old; have a university degree certificate, or have successfully completed at least two years of university study ;Master practical English, IELTS, TOEFL and OET, Pearson and Cambridge English scores are all acceptable; have proof of purchasing return air tickets (or have sufficient funds to buy return air tickets) and sufficient funds to support working and holiday in Australia (at least 5000 Australian dollars) ; And medical certificate, etc.

Regarding English scores, Cash further explained that the computer-based TOEFL score must reach 133, the paper test must reach 450, and the online test must reach 45-46. The IELTS training (G category) test score is not less than 4.5 points and must be within the validity period.

"The first batch of 9 places to be opened for applications in September. In the next fiscal year 1500-2015, Australia will gradually release more places until the limit of 2016 places is reached." Cash pointed out that the only way to submit an application is through The Australian Visa Application Centre makes an online appointment and then submits the application at any Australian Visa Application Centre in China. "Applicants can learn about the application rules through the official Weibo of the Australian Embassy and the AustralianAmbassador WeChat account."

Cash said that all eligible applicants can submit applications. The number of visas will be given in a fair and open manner in the order of appointment. Embassy staff told reporters that an interview is not required to apply for this visa, and the visa fee is 440 Australian dollars.

Regarding the use of the visa, Cash said that the visa is valid for 12 months from the date of first entry. During the period, you can engage in competent work in any field, but not more than six months; you can study or train in an Australian educational institution, but not more than four months. "For the remaining two months, everyone can travel and enjoy the sun as they please in beautiful Australia." Cash said.

Cash pointed out that working in Australia does not have to worry about being treated unfairly. All people, including working and holiday visa holders, their labor compensation and working conditions are covered by the same workplace laws. Fair work inspectors are responsible for ensuring that Australian workplace laws are enforced.

"Come to Australia to learn more about us!" Cash issued an invitation to Chinese young people: "Working holiday visa will provide Chinese young people with a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay in Australia for 12 months. It is a full experience for young people. A good way for Australia. This is also an opportunity for cultural exchanges between China and Australia and for closer cultural ties."

Article reprinted from Australia.com, People's Daily Online

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