Australia’s Government is increasing its efforts for the Australian tourism and hospitality industry by providing more flexible rules and regulations in terms of visas during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
As the Morrison Government had previously done with the healthcare sector, the Government will remove the existing work hour restrictions placed on Student Visas. Student Visa holders employed within the Hospitality and Tourism industry will be able to work beyond the 40 hour per fortnight limit that was previously applied during study periods.
In addition to relaxing these restrictions temporary visa holders will be able to apply for the 408 Covid 19 Pandemic Event Visa for a period up to 12 months if they are working in the tourism and hospitality sector. This decision makes the tourism and hospitality sector a critical sector along with those like agriculture, food processing, healthcare, aged care, disability care and childcare who are currently also eligible for this visa subclass.
Temporary Visa holders who are working in or intending to work in tourism and hospitality will be able to apply for the 408 Covid-19 Pandemic Event Visa up to 90 days before their existing visa expires.
The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs has welcomed this changes and had said this is critical for the economic development and recovery for the Australian sector. Minister Hawke has said that the Tourism and Hospitality sector employs more than half a million Australian and these changes will allow businesses to supplement their existing workforce to keep them running.
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