After sifting through 600,000 applications, Tourism Australia have chosen an American finance graduate, a Brazilian travel photographer, an Irish internet entrepreneur, a French tourism graduate, an English film costume designer and a Canadian adventure tour guide to become ambassadors for the country for six months.

Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ went to:

Andrew Smith (USA) :Chief Funster (New South Wales)

Roberto Seba (Brazil): Lifestyle Photographer (Melbourne, Victoria)

Allan Dixon (Ireland): Outback Adventurer (Northern Territory)

Elisa Detrez (France): Park Ranger (Queensland)

Rich Keam (England): Taste Master (Western Australia)

Greg Snell (Canada): Wildlife Caretaker (South Australia)

 A seventh job was awarded by Virgin Australia to Cameron Ernst from the United States, who will fly around the country as the airline’s new “high flyer” showing off Australia’s best customer service experiences.

Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy said: “I’d like to congratulate all of the 18 finalists for the tremendous enthusiasm and effort they have put into this competition.The successful candidates each demonstrated incredible talent, energy and desire throughout the application process and will, I’m sure, take these positive attributes into the job with them.

“I’d also like to thank the 330,000+ people from 196 countries around the world that expressed interest in our six dream jobs and encourage them to come Down Under on a working holiday or just for a visit to experience for themselves why there’s nothing like Australia.”

Mr McEvoy also said the competition is already generating traction around the world.

“Importantly, the youth campaign that sits underneath this ‘Best Jobs’ competition is already delivering results, with commercial partners like Virgin Australia and STA Travel reporting increased bookings. Tourism Australia seeing a significant spike in
international interest in Australia’s Working Holiday Maker program,” he said.

The winners of the competition will start working in their respective states between August and December.

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