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Swap a Work and Holiday overseas to Portugal

Australia's working holiday program for young Australian has expanded again, as the Department has signed up a work and holiday visa arrangement with Portugal.

The arrangement means young people from Australia and Portugal will have the opportunity to experience short-term work and study in each other's country.

"The working holiday programme allows young citizens of participating countries to share knowledge, culture and experiences, and as a result, strengthens ties between countries," the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said.

"At the heart of the programme is the opportunity to acquire new skills and develop an appreciation of another culture, to the benefit of both the individual and their home country. I am excited that today's signing will result in more opportunities for young people to experience a vibrant opportunity overseas."

The 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.

Australia and Portugal will work closely together to implement legal and administrative processes to bring this visa into effect over the coming months.

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