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Australia offers six 'dream jobs'
29 Jun 2015
Tourism Australia is launching a new global competition that will give British students a chance to travel Down Under and have one of six dream jobs.
The A$4 million (£2.7m) scheme builds on Tourism Queensland's successful "Best Job in the World" initiative in 2009.
Six of Australia's state and territory tourism organisations are involved in the scheme, offering a range of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that are well suited to each location.
It is aimed at the international youth market, targeting travellers aged 18-30, who contributed almost A$12bn (£8bn) in tourism spending and 25% of Australia's international visitors last year.
The federal minister for tourism, Martin Ferguson, unveiled the competition alongside Ben Southall, who was the lucky winner of Tourism Queensland's campaign in 2009.
Campaigners will complete a large international marketing push for the scheme, which highlights opportunities under Australia's Working Holiday Maker (WHM) initiative.
Youngsters in countries such as the UK, Ireland, Germany, the US, Italy, Hong Kong, Sweden, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and France are eligible for working holiday visas and entry to the competition.
Each of the six-month jobs have a salary package of A$100,000 (£67,965) and includes living costs.
The roles include: Chief Funster in New South Wales; Taste Master, Western Australia; Park Ranger, Queensland; Outback Adventurer, Northern Territory; Wildlife Caretaker, South Australia; Lifestyle Photographer, Melbourne, Victoria.
Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy explained that the initiative is an excellent way to encourage more young people to head to Australia for a working holiday to boost the country.
He said the aim is to build on the hugely successful Tourism Queensland initiative and make it bigger to show off the best the country has to offer.
Ben Southall added: "A few years ago I won "The Best Job in the World" - being an Island Caretaker on the Great Barrier Reef. Unfortunately for me, my time is up. But luckily for the world 'The Best Job in the World' is back. This time there's not one, but six amazing jobs in Australia up for grabs."
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