Australian tourism officials say their latest campaign is a big success. More than 40,000 people from 200 different countries have applied for six "best jobs in the world." People submitted elaborate 30 second video applications to be an "Outback Adventurer" or "Chief Funster." "We have, I think, a pretty even spread amongst the six jobs and people have gone to the most enormous amount of effort. They've created specific footage. Some of them have pulled together all sorts of examples of things they've done in their pasts, particularly around travel or food experiences or experiences with wildlife," says Karen Halbert of Tourism Australia. "They are all mad, we're really excited. It's going to be a really tight contest, but an amazing outcome when we pick the final six."
The six winners will have a fun job for six months and be paid 105-thousand dollars. 18 finalists, 3 for each job, will be flown to Australia for interviews and the final selection. Americans topped the list of applicants, followed by Britons, Italians and French. The six winners will be announced in June.