What do they mean by 'specified' and 'regional'?
Applying for a Visa to go Backpacking Around Australia - Part 4
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.
Read more Articles on the Essentials of Backpacking in Australia!!!
Appointed Person & Help from home!!!
When you go backpacking around Australia, it's important to have somebody you can trust at home to help you out when you need to get things done. This will be your appointed person and they will be helping you manage your trip when you're in Australia. Learn how to keep everything in order while your backpacking around Australia.
Hostels in Australia (Hostel Life of the Backpacker)
When you're backpacking around Australia on a budget the hostels are an ideal place to stay. Hostels cater for backpackers who are looking for a temporary base whilst exploring the awesomeness of Australia. Learn about hostel life in Australia and some great tips on where to stay.
Packing Guide & Checklist for Backpacking Around Australia
Read our helpful backpacking checklist and get lots of tips about what to pack before you go to Australia. Learn about choosing the right backpack, what essentials you will need to take with you and how to travel light when you need to.
Travel Insurance Guide for Backpacking in Australia
When you're backpacking around Australia anything can happen and you'll need travel insurance to protect yourself in case of an emergency. No matter how much time you spend in Australia (or anywhere else abroad), travel insurance is a major priority when you're planning your trip.
Visas for Backpacking Around Australia
There are some really good visas available for backpacking in Australia. They vary in price and each visa has a set of criteria to meet before a visa is granted. The working holiday visa is very popular because you can travel and work in Australia for 12 months. In this article we share which visas are available, how to apply and how to extend the working holiday visa for an extra year.
Australian Medicare Service For Backpacker's In Australia
Primarily the Medicare system (similar to N.H.S in the U.K) is for Australian citizens, but if you're from a country which participates in the reciprocal health care agreement you may be eligible to join Medicare and gain 'immediate access' to the services they provide. If you're eligble, this is well worth the effort and can be of considerable value if you're backpacking in Australia for longer periods.
Travel Safety Tips (Having Fun & Staying Safe)
It's important to learn a little bit about travel safety in Australia for you and the people you are travelling with. In this article we discuss travel safety ideas for backpackers in Australia and outline some helpful hints & tips for staying safe on holiday.
Backpackers Geography of Australia - Weather Patterns, Maps, States & Cities
A little bit of research about Australia's geography can go a long way when planning your trip. The weather patterns in Australia can make all the difference to your plans! The monsoon (wet season) for example, can make travel dangerous in the summer months up in northern Australia. In this section you can learn about the weather patterns, states and major cities of Australia.