Working on a farm is a unique opportunity for those who want to experience true Australian culture.

You can work on an Australian farm for a few days and up to several months.

The Australian Government is encouraging young people to work on farms by granting a second Working Holiday Visa to those who accumulate at least 88 working days (not necessarily with the same employer).

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If you’re in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa and have fallen in love with this incredible country, you can always enquire to find out the best way for you to extend your Australian stay.

To extend the duration of your visa, there are several options available including attending a course of study. However, it is common for young people to complete 88 days of work on a farm or in regional areas during their first Working Holiday Visa; this will then allow you to apply to stay for a second year.


Farm work usually takes place in working communities or on farms that may offer food and shelter – although this is not always the case. The most common sectors to complete this work in are agriculture, fishing, fresh produce, meat and poultry production.

Most work is paid on an hourly basis or according to the amount of fruit and vegetables harvested. Workers are usually paid on a weekly or fortnightly (every two weeks) basis.

There are some farms where it isn’t possible to work on weekends, when it rains or when the weather is otherwise not suitable. In addition, it is not guaranteed that you will remain under the same employer for three consecutive months. It is highly likely that completing the farm work will last much longer than 88 days.


Work experience on a farm is very subjective. It can be an incredible adventure or a very tiring experience.

It definitely isn’t a walk in the park; your alarm clock will sound at the first light of dawn. The pace of work is intense and the tasks to be performed can often be exhausting and repetitive.

If you’re priority is making money, this might not be the best option for you – many working hostels charge extremely high prices.

So, what are the positives of working on a farm? You’ll build great friendships with your farm colleagues! The relationships that are created in difficult times are extremely important. Also, the nightlife in a working hostel is a unique experience!

Completing the 88 days is a great achievement to be proud of, and there is a lot of satisfaction in seeing your stay in Australia renewed by an extra year!


  1. Begin by searching for a job.
    Finding a farm to work on is not so easy; it is better to organise this in advance. It’s a good idea to contact people who have already had this experience or use your network—consult websites or groups on social media dedicated to working on farms.
  2. Verify the requirements for the renewal of a second WHV:
    Farm work for a second year visa must comply with the guidelines set out by the Department of Home Affairs.
    Check if your chosen company is eligible by consulting the Australian Business Register and make sure that your work is treated in accordance to the law.
    Remember that if your employer does not comply with the regulations in place, you may not be able to obtain a second Working Holiday Visa!
  3. Find a nearby place to stay:
    Make sure that the company you’re going to work for is easy to get to.
    Then, look for accommodation nearby. Read reviews from other travellers and check the room before a payment is made.
  4. Enjoy!
    Our final advice is to have fun!
    Become familiar with the environment, make new friends, learn from those who have more experience than you, immerse yourself in Australian culture and prove to yourself that it is possible to do something you’ve never thought about!

At IEA-Australia, we believe that studying abroad is an opportunity for personal growth.

In 2016, Australia ranked third place with the number international students enrolled in institutions, trailing behind the United Kingdom and the United States. As many as eight of the world’s top 100 universities are located right in the land of kangaroos.


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Immigration has steadily increased with government figures revealing that 650,000 migrants are expected to arrive this financial year and next.
Immigration has steadily increased with government figures revealing that 650,000 migrants are expected to arrive this financial year and next.

Australia will be hit by a record population boom with 650,000 immigrants arriving in just two years.

Australia could see strongest population growth in two years

New data shows 650,000 migrants coming this year and next. Immigration has steadily increased with government figures revealing that 650,000 migrants are expected to arrive this financial year and next.

A sudden population boom is likely to put more pressure on the national housing crisis, resulting in record rents as too many tenants compete for too few units.

But it would also alleviate labor shortages that have caused chronic vacancies as employers struggle to find staff for positions, particularly in the retail, care and retail sectors. healthcare, hospitality and tourism.

The revised migration data comes after only 300,000 migrants landed in the country during the three-year lockdown and pandemic shutdown.

Treasury officials in 2019 predicted that a total of 1.2 million migrants would arrive in the country by the end of 2024, but that number has now been revised down to 950,000.

Latest analysis shows the country will see 650,000 migrants start a new life in Australia by the end of financial year 2024.

At least 350,000 are expected to move to Australia this financial year and another 300,000 over the next 12 months. 55,555 The previous two-year record was 577,000 migrants in 2008 and 2009 under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

A sudden increase in population will provide financial returns to the government with increased consumer spending and taxes to support economic growth.

But it will exacerbate the housing crisis, with a housing supply unable to meet tenant demand, while soaring interest rates and high cost of living have dented property sales. produce.

Rapidly increasing immigration will bring Australia's population to 27 million by June next year and is expected to reach close to 30 million by 2033, according to the Department of Finance's projections.

More than half of migrants are expected to have arrived in Australia as part of the post-Covid boom of skilled workers, international students and people on working holidays.

During the first three months of this financial year, from July to September 2022, a record 106,000 migrants arrived in Australia, The Australian reports.

They were part of a wave of 304,000 immigrants to the country in the year to September when borders reopened following the closure of Covid-19 restrictions in Australia.

This is the largest population increase since March 2009, but it will be eclipsed by the expected influx of migrants over the next 15 months.

Jim Chalmers has revealed that net outbound migration for this financial year is expected to be 350,000, a 50% increase from that expected in the October budget and January annual demographic report.

He said the sudden growth will be a key element of the Albanian government's second budget, which is due in six weeks and will focus on reducing the cost of living.

Treasury Secretary Steven Kennedy told a Senate hearing last month that temporary migration has recovered faster than expected.

"The net outbound migration figures are artificially inflated this year due to an increase in the influx of international students and those on working vacations," said Dr. Kennedy.

“Along with widespread employment easing demand, an increase in net outbound migration is expected to help alleviate labor and skills shortages, particularly for the hospitality and retail.

Large numbers of active migrants, tourists and holidaymakers are expected to boost government spending, taxes, and demand for services.

In particular, the influx of migrants has raised concerns about Australia's housing shortage and limited rental market.

"Bigger isn't better, it's just bigger," says economist Chris Richardson.

' Good for the construction industry. We haven't built enough houses yet.

“Covid has pushed us into smaller households, but we definitely need more supply.”

After 10 consecutive rate hikes, National Australia Bank economists say rents are up around 11 per cent in major cities.

“This contributes to a tightening of the rental market as vacancy rates fall to around 1% or less in most cities,” NAB said. Government sources claim the migration peak is temporary and will return to the 10-year pre-Covid annual average of around 230,000 migrants after 2024.

New Australian government planning to bring some changes to Australia's immigration rules this year. Here's what is expected and what's going to come in 2023.

The new Australian Federal government lead by Australian Labor's Anthony Albanese has already made some significant changes to Australia's migration policies and already started tackling the on-going visa backlog since coming into office in May 2022.

It is expected that there could be even more changes in 2023, with the government promising to look at the effectiveness of skilled migration occupation lists, which some believe are outdated.

Department of Immigration has been already announced that skilled visas will be increased from 79,600 to 142,400 in 2023.

The last update to the current Skilled Migration Occupation List was made on 11 March 2019 then the COVID-19 pandemic had just started.

After winning the election, the Australian government announced an increase to the Australian permanent migration numbers in 2022/23 from 160,000 to 195,000 places for skilled and family visas. The October budget revealed the number of skilled visas available as part of the program is almost doubled from 79,600 to 142,400.

The Australian Federal government also announced changes  to Temporary skill shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visas that would allow people to apply for permanent residency, the removal of age restrictions on 457 visa holders, and expanding the eligibility for subclass 462 working holiday maker visas.

Here are five key Australian visa opportunities in Australia for 2023.

1. State-sponsored Permanent Visas

According to Australian Department of Home Affairs spokesperson, it had set a planning level of 31,000 places for state and territory nominated visas (subclass 190) in 2022/23, as well as a further 34,000 places in the regional category (subclass 491), the majority of which are nominated by state and territory governments.

There will be another 5,000 visas for the business innovation and investment program (subclass 188).

Former Department of Immigration secretary Abul Rivzi stated the quantity of visas to be hadthru the country and territories is ready to dramatically growthway tothe biggerlocal allocation. "What I'm noticing is some of the states are actually struggling to deliver quickly enough and so a lot of them are making changes to make their systems faster," Mr Rizvi said.

Some of the skilled visas available in the Australian Federal Government 2022/23 budget.

Back in 2018/19 before the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically impacted Australia's migration numbers, about 25,346 state and territory nominated visas were granted and just 647 skilled regional visas.

States and territories have increasingly relaxed many of their criteria, including their skilled occupation lists, to make it easier for people to apply for state-nominated visas.

One of the biggest advantages of a state-sponsored visa is not being tied to a particular employer - although applicants have to be younger than 45 years old and have to also find their own jobs.

Most recently NSW changed the requirements for its visa applicants .

"Previously published points scores and work experience guides for the Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) have been removed due to increased availability of the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) by the Department of Home Affairs," a notice on the NSW Government website  states.

Mr Rivzi said he expected much higher numbers of people would also be granted Skilled Independent visas (subclass 189) this financial year, compared to the last two years when COVID-19 shut down Australia's borders.

2. Change to processing of visas

Skilled visa applications for teachers and healthcare workers are now being assessed in just three days after the government stopped using the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) to rank applications.

Ministerial Direction No. 100, introduced on 28 October 2022, set new rules for applications to be prioritised. Applications are now being decided in the following order of priority:

1. Healthcare or teaching occupation applications;

2. For employer-sponsored visas, applicants nominated by an Approved sponsor with Accredited Status;

3. Those for a designated regional area;

4. For permanent and provisional visa subclasses, visa applications that count towards the migration program, excluding the Subclass 188 (Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)) visa;

5. All other visa applications.

Within each category, priority is given to applicants located outside Australia for provisional and permanent skilled visa applications.

3. Easier family reunion

The Albanese government has made it easier for families to reunite, introducing demand-driven partner visas in 2022/23.

This means there is no limit to the number of these visas issued. The department is estimating it will issue around 40,500 partner visas this financial year.

Child visas are also demand-driven and an estimated 3,000 visas are expected to be issued.

4. New visa for certain countries

A new visa will be introduced in July 2023 providing 3,000 places for eligible migrants from Pacific countries and Timor Leste.

Spots for the Pacific Engagement visa (PEV)  will be allocated by a ballot process each year.

These visas will be offered on top of the places available on Australia's permanent migration program.

5. Priority processing for New Zealanders

New Zealanders living in Australia will benefit from priority processing of Skilled Independent (Subclass 189visa applications in the New Zealand stream.

The department has dropped certain visa requirements including that applicants must have lived in Australia for at least five years and that they meet certain taxable income thresholds as well as health criteria.

The department has stopped taking new visa applications from 10 December 2022 until 1 July 2023, in order to process the backlog already in the system.


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