Despite a flurry of political activity in this area in late 2016, there is nothing substantial to report at the moment in relation to the Working holidaymaker Visa (WHV) program. There appears to be little political will to push through any of the slated changes in the near future (there are no Bills currently before parliament dealing with working holiday visas). This includes any proposed increases in the qualifying age from 30 to 35.
It is also the case that the bilateral treaties that frame the WHV program and its reciprocal arrangements have to be negotiated one at a time with each participating country before ratification and they come into force. Any substantial change in this area is therefore also likely to be staggered.
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