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Australia New ballot initiative for Work and Holiday program announced

Australia’s New ballot initiative for Work and Holiday program announced

In today’s blog update, we’ll talk about the New Ballot Initiative for Australia’s Work and Holiday Program

Introduction of Ballot Process for Work and Holiday Visa

The Australian government has announced a new ballot initiative for the Work and Holiday program aimed at applicants from Mainland China, India, and Vietnam. This new process will be implemented in the 2024-2025 program year to manage the high demand from these countries.

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Key Points of the New Ballot Initiative

  • Visa Pre-Application Ballot

Starting later in 2024, a pre-application ballot process will be introduced. Applicants will need to pay a registration fee of AUD 25. The open periods for each country will be announced once the Department of Home Affairs releases the supporting legislation.

  • Philippines Added to Program

Effective July 1, the Philippines will join the Work and Holiday subclass 462 visa program following a recent amendment.

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Additional Information for Applicants

Previous registrations from 2023 are not valid for the new program. The pre-application process is applicable only to first-time applicants from China, Vietnam, and India. Those who have already received their first Work and Holiday visa can continue applying for subsequent visas online. Details on the pre-application process will be available on the Department’s website.

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Purpose of the Ballot Initiative

The Australia’s new ballot system aims to create a fair, streamlined, and transparent method for selecting applicants. This initiative addresses the overwhelming number of Work and Holiday visa applications that exceed the available spots each year from participating countries.

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The introduction of the ballot initiative for the Work and Holiday subclass 462 visa is a significant step towards equitable visa allocation. Stay updated with further information on the Department of Home Affairs website as the new system rolls out.

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