This arrangement will allow young Vietnamese people, aged between 18 and 30, to travel to Australia for one year and undertake short-term work and study. It will also allow young Australians to work and holiday in Vietnam.

As many as 200 eligible Vietnamese applicants will be granted visas to Australia each year, and 200 Australians will similarly be able to enter Vietnam.

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“I’m delighted to see this latest outcome in our bilateral cooperation. Young Vietnamese and Australian citizens now have the opportunity to apply for a unique cultural exchange experience. This will increase understanding between the peoples of our two countries, and contribute greatly to our economic, security and innovation partnerships”, said Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Craig Chittick.

This visa will allow Vietnamese participants to engage in cultural exchange and tourism; stay in Australia for 12 months from their date of first arrival; work for the 12-month duration of their stay, but for no longer than six months with any one employer; and study for up to four months.

Following this commencement, the work and holiday visa program will reopen on July 1st every year.

Detailed information can be seen at the following web pages:

* Australian Embassy Vietnam: www.vietnam.embassy.gov.au/hnoi/Visas_and_Migration.html

* Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australia: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/462

* Department of Labor under the Ministry of Labor, War-Invalids and Social Affairs of Vietnam: http://laodongkynghi.dolab.gov.vn./.

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