From 1 July, there will be changes to the way you can bring tobacco into Australia. If you’re travelling with tobacco products, make sure you’re aware of the duty free limits.
For travellers, the duty free limit remains the same — one unopened packet of up to 25 cigarettes (or the equivalent of 25 grams of tobacco products) and one open packet.
Anything exceeding this must be declared and duty paid on the whole amount, otherwise penalties may apply.
For more information on how these changes will impact you, visit: www.abf.gov.au/tobacco https://www.abf.gov.au/importing-exporting-and-manufacturing/prohibited-goods/categories/tobacco
To support Australian agriculture businesses address critical regional labour shortages, the Australian Government is expanding Working Holiday Maker (WHM) arrangements by allowing WHM visa holders to extend their stay in Australia.
Australia's WHM visa (subclass 417) allows young Korean people to holiday and work in Australia. It is a temporary visa that encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and Korea.
There is no limit to the number of people who can be granted a WHM visa in a year. The current age of eligibility for Korean citizens is 18 to 30 years of age.
Changes to the WHM visa program include:
From 5 November 2018, increasing the period in which the WHM visa holders can stay with the same agricultural (plant and animal cultivation) employer from 6 to 12 months; and
The option to extend the stay in Australia on the WHM visa for an extra year (3 years in total) for visa holders who, after 1 July 2019, undertake 6-months of specified work in a specified regional area during their second year.