Work and Holiday arrangement between Australia and Bangladesh

03 January 2011


Young people from Bangladesh and Australia can now work in each others' countries through a work and holiday arrangement that started on 31 December 2010. If you are aged 18 to 30 with a higher education or you are currently studying for a tertiary qualification you can take a holiday with work rights for up to 12 months.

"This new arrangement is an investment in future relations with Bangladesh and will also help develop links between people in both countries," Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship said in a statement.

A work and holiday visa is not to be confused with a working holiday visa. A work and holiday visa differs from a working holiday visa as it requires applicants to have the support of their government and have or be studying towards a university degree. In addition, a work and holiday visa requires functional English language skills.

Australia has work and holiday arrangements with a number of countries other than Bangladesh, including Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.

There is an annual limit of 100 work and holiday visas for both countries.