Young People in the UK and Ireland Offered £10 Return Flights to Australia

The Scheme Intends to ‘Plug Gaps’ in the Job Market and Boost Tourism

Young people across the United Kingdom and Ireland aged between 18 and 35 can now apply for £10 return flights to Australia as part of a new workers campaign commissioned by the South Australian Tourism Commission. Similar to the mass migration scheme which was launched back in 1945, known as the ‘ten-pound poms’, there will be just 200 of these low-cost return flights available.

Beginning in May 2022, young people from across the UK and Ireland will be able to purchase flights out of Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh or Dublin to Adelaide Australia with Qatar Airways.

With positions currently advertised in hospitality, outback stations and on farms, those who are interested must have a working holiday visa and be able to travel on, or before September 30th 2022. South Australian Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison said: “South Australia is welcoming the return of working holiday makers – it’s a real win-win for young people eager to travel and work abroad, and for our local tourism industry. Our tourism operators have missed having international visitors on their tours and experiences and booking up accommodation, and they’ve also missed the backpacker workforce and the vibrancy they bring. These backpackers foster a love for our state and our country which often inspires them to return later in life.

She continued, “Whether it’s in our bars, restaurants, wineries and hotels, or on our outback stations and farms, there are so many ways that British and Irish citizens can work in Adelaide and in regional South Australia, helping to not only fill roles but provide an economic and cultural exchange benefit which advantages both sides of the globe. We look forward to welcoming back young people from the UK and Ireland, and encourage them to make the most of these £10 fares.”

£10 Flights to Australia

Australia © Elliot Crafton

How can I apply for £10 Flights to Australia?

Those wanting to take part in the work scheme must register with Trailfinders before the ticket release date and have a valid Australian Working Holiday Visa or have a visa application currently being processed. Anyone successful in securing a ticket will then have to purchase an Adelaide Arrival Pack with the flight.

Starting at £171, the arrival pack includes either a three or six-night hostel stay, a work and travel information pack, 12-month membership to “The Backpacker List” to assist with job searches and three-month access to an in-country work and travel support line.

Alongside the arrival packages, there are also a number of holiday packages available that include a visit to Kangaroo Island or trekking through the South Australian outback from £1,099.

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Stephanie Jones is an freelance journalist, author and academic. Her work has featured in The Sunday Times, Stylist Magazine and is a commentator on Welsh radio.