Students and temporary employees who wish to visit Australia will have their visa application fees refunded by the Australian government.
According to The Guardian, Prime Minister Scott Morrison proposed financial incentives to entice international workers and students to fill a record number of employment vacancies caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.
He announced a $55 million package that will reimburse up to 175,000 backpackers and international students for visa application fees.
The $630 visa price for international students will be covered for the next eight weeks, while the fee for backpackers will be covered for the next 12 weeks, according to the details of the visa rebate program.
Morrison told 150,000 overseas students and 23,500 visa-holding backpackers to “come on down.”
“We want you to come to Australia and have a glorious holiday and travel all around the country,” Morrison said.
“Join our workforce and assist us in our agriculture industry, hotel sector, and so many other sectors of the economy that rely on that labor,” he continued.