‘Ten Pound Pom’ scheme: You could move to Australia for just £10 – but you've got to be quick

BRITS could move to Australia for as little as £10 in a new version of the “Ten Pound Pom” scheme – but anyone wanting to make the switch better hurry.

The campaign has been launched by the South Australian Tourism Commission in a bid to attract young people to visit the region on working holiday visas to help fill employment gaps and give a boost to tourism.

Young people in the UK and Ireland can fly to Adelaide for just £10, under the scheme.

The move echoes the £10 assisted passage migration scheme which was launched in 1945 and dubbed the “ten pound poms” programme.

Workers are need in hospitality, outback stations and on farms.

Starting next month, Qatar Airways is selling a total of 200 discounted return flights to Adelaide from Heathrow, Edinburgh, Manchester or Dublin.

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To qualify for the deal, travellers must be aged between 18 and 30 in the UK or 18 and 35 in Ireland.

They must also be able to prove they have a working holiday visa and be able to travel to Adelaide before September 30, 2022.

People wanting to take up the scheme must also purchase a holiday starter pack with Trailfinders from £162.

This includes a three-night stay in a hostel, vouchers and information on how to set up a bank account and find a job.

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South Australian Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison said: “South Australia is welcoming the return of working holiday makers – it’s a real win-win for young people eager to travel and work abroad, and for our local tourism industry.

“Our tourism operators have missed having international visitors on their tours and experiences and booking up accommodation, and they’ve also missed the backpacker workforce and the vibrancy they bring.


Adelaide, South Australia, is located on the coast and has lots to offer.

It’s surrounded by hills and the landscapes of the Australian outback and filled with native wildlife, ideal for exploring either by foot, bike or 4WD.

Adelaide was recently named as the world’s second National Park City, after London and offers a wealth of bars, restaurants and artisan coffee shops.

It’s also home to the largest Fringe Festival outside of Edinburgh.

As well as great food and culinary festivals there are also award-winning wineries, if you fancy a tipple.

A local delicacy, made in South Australia is FruChocs which are cubes of either apricot and peach paste or strawberry and cherry and covered in chocolate.

Foodies can also indulge their sweet tooth by sampling Haigh’s Chocolate, with the family-owned company based in the city.

If it’s art you’re after then look no further than The Sphere situated in Rundle Mall and is known by locals as “Malls Balls”.

Adelaide is also the location for the Art Gallery of South Australia which houses a collection of noted Indigenous art.

Other attractions include the South Australian Museum and a zoo.

Adelaide Zoo is home to two giant pandas – Wang Wang and Funi, who are part of a conservation programme to protect endangered wildlife.

“These backpackers foster a love for our state and our country which often inspires them to return later in life.

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“Whether it’s in our bars, restaurants, wineries and hotels, or on our outback stations and farms, there are so many ways that British and Irish citizens can work in Adelaide and in regional South Australia, helping to not only fill roles but provide an economic and cultural exchange benefit which advantages both sides of the globe.

“We look forward to welcoming back young people from the UK and Ireland, and encourage them to make the most of these £10 fares.”

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