From Thursday people up to the age of 35 years of age can apply for Australian Visa

The age limit for Irish people seeking an Australian working visa will increase by five years to 35 years of age.

The move was announced by Tánaiste Simon Coveney, in order to "promote cultural exchange and strengthen people-to-people links."

Last year, 8653 visas were issued to Irish citizens under the programme.

The changes comes into effect on Thursday.