The federal government will allow backpackers to work or volunteer for disaster relief in bushfire-affected areas within Wagga City and Snowy Valleys councils.
The government announced on Monday that the immigration rules would be changed so that paid and volunteer bushfire relief work would count towards obtaining a second or third year visa.
Snowy Valleys Council mayor James Hayes welcomed the new policy, which he said it would help fill gaps in the workforce.
"We have got to make sure that our people are employed first, in a way, but it is always good to bring outside people in for any community," he said.
"We will certainly be looking to the government to get some additional accommodation facilities provided for backpackers, tourists and for families who lost their houses.
"We are negotiating with the government now to get some additional accommodation."
French backpackers Clothilde Gizardin and Ben Giuffrida lost their jobs on farms around Tumbarumba due to the Dunns Road bushfire.
The pair had been in Tumbarumba to help harvest blueberries, but after being told they had to evacuate because of the approaching bushfires, they initially went to Sydney.
They spent two weeks working in with BlazeAid in the area around Wauchope, after they had to evacuate from Snowy Valleys.
They told The Daily Advertiser last month that they wanted to keep working in the region as volunteers but they were required to complete 88 days of paid work in agriculture to qualify for an extended visa.
Mr Giuffrida said on Monday that he was now planning to volunteer with BlazeAid on Kangaroo Island but said other backpackers would be interested in travelling to Snowy Valleys under the amended visa system.
"Probably some backpackers will go to Tumbarumba. It's a nice area and it's not too far from Melbourne and Sydney," he said.
"I couldn't tell you the numbers exactly."
Mr Giuffrida said the pending visa changes were "pretty good news" for backpackers who were caught up in the fires.
"I'm maybe going back to BlazeAid and help for a little while and, to be honest, it's going to help me to know that if I go back it will count towards my days so it will help me a lot to go back," he said.
The government will also extend the time a working holidaymaker can work with the same employer from six months to 12 months for those assisting with bushfire recovery efforts.
Riverina MP and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said council areas affected by the Dunns Road and Green Valley bushfires would be included in the revised visa scheme.
"Any extra assistance to help local bushfire-affected communities get back on their feet is welcome," he said.
"Working holiday makers will be able to undertake paid and volunteer disaster recovery work in areas which have been added to the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements eligibility list. This includes the local government areas of Cootamundra-Gundagai, Greater Hume, Snowy Valleys and Wagga Wagga.
"Working holiday makers who choose to work in bushfire recovery areas will not only help speed up the recovery process, they will also spend more money in these disaster-hit communities which will further stimulate the local economy."