Backpackers will be able to help Australia rebuild after summer’s devastating bushfires under federal government changes to visa rules.
The changes mean backpackers living and working in bushfire zones can stay with the same employer for a year instead of six months.
Paid and volunteer disaster recovery work in fire-hit areas will count towards the specified work needed to apply for a second or third-year visa.
Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge will confirm the changes on Monday in Victoria’s Gippsland region where fires destroyed homes last month.
Working holiday-makers would help rebuild homes, fences and farms.