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The Working Holiday in Australia has been a rite of passage now for almost 20 years. The ritual of a few days in South East Asia, a couple of weeks in Sydney, buying an ancient Ford Falcon or Holden Commodore to travel north with your mate(s), do a bit of fruit picking along the way to pay for the parties on Fraser Island or Airlie Beach and then a week or two in Cambodia, Thailand or Vietnam before returning to the real world and starting a career is the stuff of legendary stories.
In the 63 years since the introduction of planned migration to Australia the 2007/8 proved to be one of the busiest. Almost 100,000 new skilled migrants settled as permanent residents in 2007/8 with the largest numbers coming from the UK, India, PRC and the Philippines. In his introduction to the report available on tne deaprtment's website Senator Evans, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship continued to be positive about the future.