Complaints have flooded into Tourism Australia after no Australian was selected as a finalist of its Best Jobs in the World competition. Despite over 40,000 entries from Australian residents, not one was selected as finalist for the six top jobs. Instead, of the finalists, five are from the US, four from the UK and Ireland, two are from France and one each from Afghanistan, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, travelmole.com reported.
In its defence, Tourism Australia said choosing the 18 finalists has “certainly proved to be one of the hardest jobs in the world”. “We’re completely blown away by the standard of the candidates, their passion and creativity in applying for these six dream jobs. More than 40,000 Australians applied (sixth highest ranking country), submitting 1,700 videos, and 17 made the Top 150 (third highest ranking country),” the Board said.
“In the end, we didn’t get any Australians quite making the final 18, but they did their country proud. Several were very close and, on this occasion, they came up a fraction short unfortunately. We do really appreciate all the effort our candidates had put in this competition,” Tourism Australia explained.
The six winners, whose named will be announced on June 21, 2013, will get an AUD 100,000 package, which includes six months’ salary for jobs described as a park ranger, a lifestyle photographer, a taste master, a chief funster, a wildlife caretaker and an outback adventurer.