Australia Offers “Best Jobs in the World” to Young Tourists

April 2, 2013

Unlocking Word Meanings 
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. agency 
[EY-juh n-see] (n.) – an institution that performs a particular task
Example: The employment agency helps people find jobs.

2. generate [JEN-uh-reyt] (v.) – to give rise to or to cause something
Example: Hannah’s campaign proposals generated much support during the meeting.

3. eligible [EL-i-juh-buh l] (adj.) – allowed or qualified to do something based on certain rules
Example:  In most countries, citizens who are 18 years old and above are eligible for employment.

4. integral [IN-ti-gruh l, in-TEG-ruh l] (adj.) – very important
Example: The youth is an integral part of any society.

5. alleviate [uh-LEE-vee-eyt] (v.) – to lessen or reduce; to make something easier to bear
Example: Taking a vacation can help alleviate stress.

Read the text below.

Australia's tourism agency recently launched its "Best Jobs in the World" campaign, a global online competition that offers dream jobs as the prizes. Six positions are available, including Outback Adventurer, Wildlife Caretaker and Lifestyle Photographer. Each winner will receive a six-month contract and a salary package of $100,000.

Applicants must submit a 30-second video, along with their application, to the competition website. The agency, Tourism Australia, already received 75,000 applications only a day after the competition’s launch.

The campaign aims to generate interest among young tourists and encourage them to work in Australia. The agency specifically targets people aged 18 to 30 who come from countries that are eligible for Australian working holiday visas. Among these countries are Canada, the U.S., France, South Korea and Japan. 

According to Andrew McEvoy, managing director of Tourism Australia, youth travelers are integral in Australia's tourism industry because they make up more than a quarter of the country's total visitors.

Young tourists with working holiday visas benefit Australia's economy since tourists help alleviate the nation's labor shortage, stay longer and spend more than other visitors. At the same time, working provides these young visitors a way to save up for their future travels. According to McEvoy, young tourists constitute more than 25% of Australia’s total tourists.

Trent Zimmerman, CEO of Tourism and Transport Forum, said that his group is pushing for reforms on the working holiday policies to provide more benefits to the workers. His group also hopes to open the program to older travelers.

Viewpoint Discussion 
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         Will you be interested in joining the “Best Jobs in the World” competition? Why or why not?
·         Do you think the campaign can effectively encourage young tourists to work in Australia? Please explain your answer.

Discussion B

·         In your opinion, what are the advantages and disadvantages of working in another country?
·         What do you think are the most important factors to consider when deciding to work abroad? (e.g. the country, the job itself, salary, budget, etc.)


April 2, 2013