Range of visas to suit different needs
WHEN it comes to work visas, there are many more available than just the controversial 457 visa.
With 14 temporary work visas, eight sponsored work visas and 12 permanent work visas available, a group of fruit pickers could be on a number of different visas according to their circumstances and country of origin.
The 457 visa is the one that is the most controversial but is not very common within temporary fruit picking.
Introduced by the Howard government in 1996, the visa is designed to fill holes in skilled employment that can not be filled locally.
Last year there were more than 100,000 people in Australia working under the visa but as it is a skilled visa most of these were employed in IT or within hospitality.
The 417 and 416 visas are two of the more common visas used by travellers to secure temporary employment, such as fruit picking.
The 417 visa is a temporary holiday visa available to people in 19 countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Japan.
These visa holders must be under 31 and can work and holiday in Australia for up to a year, but may spend up to six months only with each employer.
The 416 visa is designed especially for Pacific Islanders and other island nations close to Australia to fill shortages within the horticulture industry.
These visa holders can only fill temporary and seasonal roles, such as fruit picking during harvest.
GOOD DEAL: Harry Kaloran came into town as a backpacker, picked grapes, made his money, spent some money and left.