Working holiday in Australia for globalized Japan

1 September 2016

Sector: Society and Culture

Country location: Australia, Japan

Grantee: Curtin University of Technology

Project Description

Since 1981, 220,000 Japanese have visited Australia on a working holiday (WH) visa. WH cultivates a variety of skills beyond English proficiency such as cultural competence, awareness of diversity, and innovative thinking. However, this element of the WH program lacks public recognition in Japan. In fact, the perception that WH is detrimental for career development prevails. This project aims to change this perception. We will conduct a series of events in Perth, inviting Japanese currently on WH. These events will include information sessions and group discussions designed to probe the daily experiences of Japanese WH makers in Australia that are contributing to the development of their human capital. An information kit will be generated and the key information disseminated to the public.

Key dates:

  • Workshops: each workshop will be attended by (a) 20-30 Japanese individuals currently on WH in Perth area and (b) a smaller number of Australians with previous experience staying in Japan on WH. Planned in September 2016 to April 2017 (tentatively), Perth, 01 September 2016 to 30 April 2017
  • Information sessions: organised by the Japan Association for Working Holiday Makers, these sessions will disseminate the project findings to Japanese young adults contemplating WH and also to recruiters and university job placement officers.  Planned in June 2017 (tentatively), Tokyo area, around June 2017. 

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $8,250.00 with GST in addition

Total project value: $8,250.00

Last Updated: 16 August 2016