What do they mean by 'specified' and 'regional'?

Applying for a Visa to go Backpacking Around Australia - Part 4
Visas for Backpacking Around Australia

Specified work is any type of work that is undertaken in a field or industry 'specified' by the Australian government. Regional Australia refers to allocated areas of Australia which qualify for the scheme usually in the more rural parts of the country. Some entire states count as regional Australia, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

On the Australian Immigration website you can find a complete list of the 'specified industries' (http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/working-holiday/417/specified-work.htm) and a page with all the regional area/postcode data (http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/working-holiday/417/postcodes.htm).

Can I get help with my application?

If you're unsure of making an application by yourself and would like professional help, there are lots of companies (migration agents) which, for a small fee, will lodge an application on your behalf. This can be very useful indeed to make sure things run smoothly. You can find these companies everywhere, online or at the travel agents etc...

Whichever migration agent you use it's highly advisable for you to use one that is registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (M.A.R.A) and works within the laws of your country/region.

One company which is very reliable is the Australian Visa Bureau. They have made the whole process very quick and easy to do. They are also registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (M.A.R.A) and the Migration Institute of Australia (M.I.A). To apply for a visa with them go to the Australian Visa Bureau website.

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