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Since the basis of a skilled application to Australia is the applicants’ skill, the applicant is required to demonstrate they have attained the necessary work experience to be considered proficient in their occupation. This is usually done through providing detailed work references.
The work references must clearly stipulate all the information required by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. This includes the applicants full name, hours of work, start and (if applicable) end dates, exact job description, regularly performed tasks, main competencies required, and list of roles and responsibilities. All these factors will be assessed against the Australian standard for the occupation in question, to ensure the applicant meets the skill and work experience requirements in order to make a positive contribution to Australian society.
Working Holiday Maker Visa
This is a temporary residence visa, valid for not more than 2 years, that permits the holder to work and travel in Australia. The holder may not work for more than 12 months in total and never for more than 6 months for any one employer. Permission to extend the working period to the full 2 years can be requested from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, provided the holder had spent at least 3 months working in “seasonal” work. Seasonal work is usually of a menial and often agricultural nature, as defined by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
This visa is only available to applicants from certain countries, and provided they are under the age of 31 and have no dependents. Partners can not be included on the application, since the partner in question must meet the same criteria in order to be granted a working holiday maker visa.