Two Mongolian nationals have arrived in Brisbane on a working holiday in an Australian first, as industry bodies call for increased government support to incentivise international workers to fill dire labour shortfalls.
The reciprocal cultural exchange scheme opened to Mongolia in July, making it the 47th country to participate in the program.
Kh.Khishigdelger, 23, is a trained journalist with a degree from the Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture in Ulaanbaatar, who left behind her husband and child to work in Australia. L.Turbat, 25, has a degree in humanities and has previously worked as a chef.
The pair started their time in Australia kayaking down the Brisbane River and abseiling down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs before they head to a Sunshine Coast farm and hone necessary skills including horse riding, tractor driving, and cattle mustering.
After completing a nine-day program and working for three months on a farm, they will then be eligible to apply for a second-year Working Holiday Maker visa.
Queensland Farmers Federation spokesperson Diana Saunders said these types of schemes were vital in supporting the agricultural industry.