Australia and Poland have taken their relationship to the next level, with the signing of a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement earlier this month.

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash said that the arrangement, which was signed in Warsaw, will enable up to 200 young people from the two countries to engage in short-term work and study.

‘Poland joins a number of other countries in signing a reciprocal work and holiday arrangement with Australia, including Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Turkey, the United States of America and Uruguay,’ she said.

‘Over the coming months, both Australia and Poland will work closely together to implement the necessary legal and administrative processes to bring this visa into effect.’

Minister Cash went on to point out work and holiday visa differs from a working holiday visa, as it requires applicants to have the support of their government, hold or be studying towards tertiary qualifications and to speak functional English.

Details regarding the implementation of the work and holiday visa arrangement as well as further information on the programme can be found at

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