In December 2021, as the Australian borders reopened for international travel, 16,700 Working Holiday Visas were granted. Only a month prior, the number sat at just 1,600, accounting primarily for those who were on their second or third WHV, and who were already in the country before the outbreak of the pandemic.
If the skill shortage in hospitality has not fully been addressed by this influx, it shows us that the number of “Working Holiday Visas” (subclass 417) will be bouncing right back after almost two years of border closure.
But what are the most represented nationalities among this cohort of backpackers? A look back over the previous decade shows us that the countries that send the most working holiday makers to Australia tend to remain the same.
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