As a result of the pandemic, tourism and hospitality industries are facing labour shortages and the Tourism and Transport Forum Australia (TTFA) has proposed raising the age limit for working holiday visas.
The Working Holiday Maker program (subclass 417) was established in 1975 to allow young people to combine a vacation with a temporary job. As a result of this reciprocity program, Australian citizens are able to work and travel abroad in participating countries as well as citizens of partner countries.
In order to apply for the 417 visa, you have to be 18 to 30 years old, or 35 years old in some cases.
Work holiday visas with a higher age restriction could provide access to a more skilled pool of job applicants.