AUSTRIA is to offer US students $200 to take a “venture tourism” trip on its waters.
The $200 discount is the first time a US student has taken a “adventure” trip to Australia since the introduction of the US Visa Waiver program in November 2016.
“This is the next step in the US government’s effort to get more Australians out of the country and onto their own,” Education Minister Simon Birmingham said.
In October 2016, Australia was the first country in the world to make a tourist visa waiver program mandatory for all students, a move welcomed by US President Donald Trump and others.
After Mr Trump’s victory, Mr Birmingham said the visa waiver was being reviewed.
He said it was important to remember Australia’s history of providing “adventures” to the US, which included “a series of important diplomatic initiatives” during World War I, World War II and the Korean War.
Mr Birmingham said in his budget speech in May the government was “investing $5 billion to create more opportunities for Australians to work and study in the United States”.
The Government also announced it was considering $500 million over four years to expand access to science and technology and to provide training to help students get jobs in Australia.
It said it would also invest $1 billion to support overseas students studying in Australia to become more skilled in the sciences and technology.
Under the US visa waiver, students can work for up to four years in the USA without being required to return home. ABC/wires