Irish backpacker numbers travelling to Australia is up 77% on pre-pandemic levels 

by Alex Greaney
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Alex Greaney 

USIT, one of the leading providers of the Australia Working Holiday Programme, has just announced a €100 discount on all Australian Working visas to celebrate the launch of their brand new website. 

In collaboration with Tourism Australia, USIT’s working holiday visa programme offer is available to all Irish citizens or permanent residents of Ireland aged 18-35 years. The last year has seen over 10,000 Irish backpackers, an increase of 77%, travel to Australia when compared with pre-pandemic figures in 2019, as young Irish people seek opportunities to advance their budding careers and explore new lands.  

With multiple jobs available in sectors including hospitality, retail, construction as well as farm work, the locations of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Cairns prove the most popular amongst the young Irish diaspora.  

USIT has extensive experience of facilitating working holiday programmes for Australia and, as a result, guarantees a 7-day turn around of the applicant’s visa upon submission of the completed application, meaning those interested can begin planning their new life down under within a matter of weeks. USIT’s Work Australia programmes include everything you need from 12 months of backpacker insurance to an Aussie bank account and tax file number. Also, there are so many added extras such as a choice of hostel nights, job support, and social events to find your feet, find a job, and find a place. 

For groups interested in travelling together, USIT can offer further discount incentives to ensure friends can align their timelines with ease and make their big move Down Under as streamlined as possible. 

Speaking of the impact of working holidaymakers on the local economies, Sally Cope, Regional General Manager UK and Northern Europe for Tourism Australia said: “Young Irish living and working in Australia support regional areas by taking up local work and dispersing right across the country as they travel. Ireland was among the first countries for which Australia raised the application age limit to 35, so for many it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a life reboot or start afresh later in life. Having a valuable partner like USIT sharing the news is a great way of showing young Irish people why they should Come and Say G’day.” 

Echoing the sentiments of Tourism Australia, Lisa Collender of USIT said: “we are delighted to be working with Tourism Australia and look forward to planning and guiding Irish travellers to make the move down under on the working holiday programme.” 

Current USIT Australia Working Holiday visa participant, Stephen O’Brien advises anyone thinking of going down under to “100% go for it!” He added: “It does seem daunting at the beginning, but to be honest, USIT is really there to help and will support you throughout the whole process. There’s a big Irish community out here in Sydney and it’s a city that never sleeps while also being very chilled so it’s the best of both worlds for me.” 

For more information and to learn more about the Australian Working Holiday programme visit and follow @usittravel on social media. 

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