Final report of the Inquiry into the Working Holiday Maker Program

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The final report builds on the interim report. The report is structured in the following manner.

Chapter 2 provides a background on the Working Holiday Makers (WHM) Program including its history, governance, economic and cultural benefits to Australia and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the program.

Chapter 3 examines longer term changes to the WHM program to expand the program and ensure that the WHM visa conditions are not preventing WHMs filling job vacancies in hard to staff areas. The report also considers whether there should be a tiered definition of regional for the purpose of the WHM visas.

Chapter 4 considers issues raised by the interim report, such as the implementation of the recommendations of the report, issues of workplace exploitation and the use of additional temporary visa holders to do work in the agricultural and horticultural industries.

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