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Australia - UK Free Trade Agreement

The Australian government announced that the A-UKFTA will come into effect on 31 May 2023. The agreement will deliver unprecedented benefits to Australian businesses and create new well-paying jobs.

While some details were announced, others appear to be still under negotiation. Two important provisions are available at this time

  • Within two years of entry into force, Australian will be able to apply for working holidays in the UK up to the age of 35 and stay for a maximum of three years instead of two.

  • A framework for professional bodies to agree to streamline licensing processes to facilitate the movement of qualified professionals between Australia and the UK

It is not yet clear if the removal of the regional work requirement for UK Working Holiday Makers has been included or how Labour Market Testing will be handled in the agreement.

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