Federal Budget Tourism Australia

Regional Labour Shortage Encourages Work and Wander out Yonder

Calls for 18-30-year-olds to take the opportunity to earn money, gain experience and have an unforgettable backpacking adventure in WA.
Federal Budget Tourism Australia
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WA government calls for young West Aussies to Work and Wander Out Yonder in WA at the same time.

The McGowan Government wants you to consider Work and Wander out Yonder as they launch a campaign promoting local jobs in agriculture, tourism and hospitality throughout regional WA.

Regional WA is experiencing significant labour shortages in a range of occupations usually filled by international backpackers as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The McGowan Government today launched the ‘Work and Wander out Yonder’ campaign – promoting local jobs in agriculture, tourism and hospitality throughout regional WA.

Featuring destinations such as Margaret River, the Wheatbelt, Exmouth and Esperance, the campaign calls for 18-30-year-olds to take the opportunity to earn money, gain experience and have an unforgettable backpacking adventure in their home State.

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“This year, young Western Australians have a unique opportunity to be backpackers in their home State. We can’t travel overseas, but there is the chance to have a once-in-a-lifetime working holiday here in WA.” said Mr McGowan.

The campaign will highlight the benefits of working in the regions and the diverse opportunities available.

Beginning this Sunday, September 6, the wide-reaching campaign will feature on digital, radio, television, print, out-of-home and social media advertising channels across WA.

The McGowan Government has partnered with recruitment services Seek and Studium to match employers and job seekers through the campaign website. Employers are encouraged to advertise on these platforms, with job seekers able to register their interest.

“There are literally thousands of different jobs available right now in the regions, and this campaign will help those positions be filled with local workers or anyone currently in WA.” said Mr McGowan.

The McGowan Government is also in the final stages of developing a regional worker incentive scheme, which will provide accommodation and travel support for people moving to the regions for agricultural work.

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Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, supported Mark McGowan’s excitement for the campaign “this is an opportunity to earn money, gain experience and have an incredible adventure away from home.”

“International backpackers have been having the time of their lives working and enjoying themselves in regional WA over the years – now’s the time for young West Aussies to see what they have been missing.” Said Mr Papalia.

To learn more visit tourism.wa.gov.au.

Further Perth news on SoPerth.com.au.

Feature image: Tourism Western Australia – Dunsborough – Eagle Bay

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