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Tourism Australia making news once again by offering up employment to the world's unemployed youth. The organisation is inviting applications from candidates from across the world for one of six jobs based in Australia. The jobs are on a six month contract basis with a salary of around £34,000 and, with rising unemployment a worldwide issue, it's no surprise that they received over 130,000 applications in less than three days.

In 2009 Tourism Australia launched their Dream Job initiative which sought a 'caretaker' to enjoy the delights Hamilton Island located in the Great Barrier Reef while sharing their experiences with the media and online blogs. An incredible 34,000 people applied for the position and it was a young British man, Ben Southall, who eventually landed the position. He filled his time by testing everything the island had to offer from luxury hotels to kayaking and sailing. He even hosted a travel TV show during his stay.

This time around the organisation has taken the decision to up the ante and has created not one but six roles for wannabe adventurers. The positions are for six months and are located in key tourist hotspots in Australia. The roles each have their own job specification. One example includes 'wildlife caretaker' whose remit will include assisting in looking after kangaroos and koalas as well as the local sea life including dolphins and seals. The successful applicant will be based on Kangaroo Island in Southern Australia.

The animal life the successful candidate may get up close and personal with are not necessarily all friendly though. The job specification states that the role will involve getting to know the local Great White Sharks too. For those who prefer to do the eating rather than risk being on the menu, there is the role of 'taste master' in Western Australia which will see the successful candidate touring the west coast to discover the best eateries, bars and breweries.

The initiative has been created to promote the Working Holiday Visa Maker Programme and encourage young people to visit Australia. Of the 130,000 applicants to date, the most have come in from the United States, followed by France, Australia and Italy. British applications were ranked fifth.

For anyone wanted to enjoy a six month highly paid adventure down under there is still time to apply. Prospective candidates must create a thirty second show reel detailing why they are right for the position. The closing date is 10th April. They won't have long to wait to begin their adventure either as successful candidates are expected to begin on 1st August 2013.

Further information about how to apply for one of the 'dream jobs' can be found on Tourism Australia's website at

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