More than half of all Australians aged 18 to 24 do not have a valid visa to live and work in Britain, according to a report by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
More than one in four, or 32 per cent, do not hold a visa.
The statistics have been published by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACCTU), which called on the Government to ensure there were more people of all ages working in the country.
“These numbers show that the Government needs to make it easier for more young people to come to Australia and to become Australians,” ACCTU spokesperson Kate Jones said.
The DIBP released the statistics on Tuesday in a report titled ‘Young Australians, Australia: Employment Opportunities in the New Economy’. “
The recent announcement by the Government of introducing a one-off temporary visa for people over 18 to work overseas is just the first step in making sure young people can get jobs and stay in Australia and get the education they need to be successful.”
The DIBP released the statistics on Tuesday in a report titled ‘Young Australians, Australia: Employment Opportunities in the New Economy’.
More than a third of 18 to 34 year olds have not secured a visa, compared with just over one in five aged 18-24 years old.
The figures also reveal that around one in three 18 to 29 year olds did not have an Australian visa, while just under one in 10 18 to 26 year olds were not eligible to apply.
The report also revealed that 18 to 25 year olds had the highest unemployment rate of all age groups in the past year, at 12 per cent.
“There are over one million people in Australia with a visa or non-visa who have not applied for it,” Ms Jones said of the latest statistics.
“Young Australians are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of globalisation. “
This has a serious impact on young people who may not be able to find work or have the ability to find a job in Australia.”
“Visa applications can be difficult to make, especially for young people with limited skills. “
“Diversifying the workforce from the short-term to the long-term can provide opportunity for people to gain employment and develop skills, including those needed to fill jobs in the long run.” “
‘Huge’ challenge for Australian young people The report found that the proportion of Australians aged 16 to 24 without a valid passport had risen from 20 per cent in 2011 to 24 per cent today. “
Diversifying the workforce from the short-term to the long-term can provide opportunity for people to gain employment and develop skills, including those needed to fill jobs in the long run.”
‘Huge’ challenge for Australian young people The report found that the proportion of Australians aged 16 to 24 without a valid passport had risen from 20 per cent in 2011 to 24 per cent today.
The number of people in the labour force without a passport has risen from a little over 1 million in 2011, to more than 1.6 million today.
Ms Jones told news.com and weather.com that the figures showed Australia’s youth unemployment rates were at “a massive high” and there was a huge challenge for Australians aged under 25.
“When you’re younger you can go to university and work for a living and you can get a job,” Ms Smith said.
She also pointed out that the average age of Australian workers was rising, while many people in their 20s were leaving the workforce to look after their families.
“If you look at the workforce, there are about 1.2 million young people aged 16-24 in the workforce who do not speak English,” she said.
Ms Smith also said the Government needed to make sure young Australians who had not applied had access to “basic skills” like English and maths.
She said the issue of young people not being able to get visas was “the biggest challenge” for the Australian economy.
“What we need is for young Australians to come out and work, learn a new language and acquire some basic skills like English, maths and basic skills,” Ms Knight said.