Range of visas to suit dif­fer­ent needs

Central and North Burnett Times - - THE FENCE POST -

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.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

GOOD DEAL: Harry Kalo­ran came into town as a back­packer, picked grapes, made his money, spent some money and left.

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