Tourism Australia has been swamped with videos from people all around the world from Afghanistan to Latvia dying to work in Australia as part of its Best Jobs in the World competition.
More than 45,000 videos were received in the competition, which have now been narrowed down to 150 short-listed applicants – 25 for each of the six state or territory jobs on offer.
Tourism Australia’s Managing Director Andrew McEvoy said the quality of the number of videos received had exceeded expectations. Most of the short-listed applicants came from the US, followed by the UK, Australia, France, Canada and Italy.
Mr McEvoy said the ultimate aim was to get more people to come to Australia for a working holiday and around 40 per cent of applicants had also signed up to receive offers through partners such as STA Travel and Virgin Australia.
A Facebook page promoting working holidays in Australia also shot from around 50,000 fans to more than 400,000 since the competition was launched.
Judges from each state and territory tourism board will decide the 18 finalists – three for each job – who will be invited to Australia in June to take part in formal interviews, tests and challenges.
The winners will be announced on June 21 2013.
Shortlisted videos can be viewed here.