Why you’ll be seeing a lot more Brits in Australia as new rules make it easier for citizens to work in Australia
- UK free trade deal begins from Wednesday
- Backpackers can stay in the country longer
- Tariffs on 99 per cent of exports to be removed
Brits under 35 will be allowed to live and work in Australia for three years without having to do farm work as a free trade agreement with the UK comes into force.
From July next year, Britons will be able to stay in Australia for three years without having to meet specific work requirements, such as farm work.
The change to visas will delight young Brits who were forced to carry out three months of gruelling work on a rural property if they want to stay in Australia for a second year on a working holiday visa.
And from July this year, Australians will be able to apply for United Kingdom working holiday visas up to the age of 35, instead of 30, and stay for three years instead of two.
Working holiday visa holders will be able to stay in the UK or Australia for a longer period of time under the free trade deal that comes into effect today (stock image)
The deal also means more than 99 per cent of Australian products will enter the UK duty-free.
Australian producers of wine, beef, sheep meat, grains, rice, sugar, and dairy products will benefit from duty-free quotas or tariff elimination.
Manufactured products such as auto parts and electrical equipment, as well as cosmetic products will also receive a boost through the immediate elimination of UK tariffs.
British products including cars, whisky, confectionery, biscuits and cosmetics coming into Australia are expected to be cheaper.
Trade Minister Don Farrell said it was a major step in diversifying trade.
‘It will help grow our domestic industries and homegrown manufacturing capabilities, delivering benefits to Australian businesses, and creating new well-paying jobs.’
‘This new trade agreement will open new export opportunities, promote greater investment into Australia and help diversify our trade relationship.’
The historic deal between Australia and the United Kingdom is aimed at easing trade and visa arrangements (pictured, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak greet one another at Downing Street)
Brits moving Down Under will no longer need to complete farm work and local employers face less restrictions in hiring them (stock image)
Trade Minister Don Farrell (pictured) championed the deal as a ‘gold-standard trade agreement’
Mr Farrell added: ‘When trade flows freely, the benefits are felt across virtually all aspects of everyday life.’
‘More trade means more well-paying jobs, more national income, more opportunities for business and a lower cost of living.’
The UK is Australia’s 12th largest trading partner. Two-way goods trade was worth $10 billion in 2022, and two-way services trade was worth $4.4 billion in 2021-2022.
The UK is also Australia’s second-largest source of foreign direct investment, amounting to over $1 trillion in 2022.
It deal with the UK came after China slapped tariffs on Australian exports during the pandemic after the Morrison government backed an inquiry into the origins of Covid-19.
‘This provides more opportunities, and greater resilience for Australia’s exporters, all around the world,’ former Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at the time the landmark deal was signed back in June 2021.