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  1. Jobs and work
    The Australian Government has launched a new campaign to attract more working holidaymakers but they particularly want them to take up jobs in the regions. According to Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, while Australia had a reputation as a top destination for...
  2. Jobs and work
    There will be more opportunities for young backpackers looking to spend a working holiday in Australia with changes to visas allowing them to extend their stay for a second or third year if they work in the agricultural sector. Farmers in regional and rural areas around Australia have been...
  3. International Travel
    Australia is one of the top destinations for backpackers worldwide and now research from a university in the country reveals that taking time out to travel around is a very positive path to take. Researchers from Edith Cowan University in Perth say that it builds confidence and improves money...
  4. Jobs and work
    Overseas students and backpackers who get work while in Australia by word of mouth of through friends are being urged to make sure they are not being employed by unscrupulous firms. The warning from the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) comes after an investigation found a number of foreign students...
  5. Jobs and work
    Working on farms in Australia is still popular with younger people from all over the world but they are being urged to make sure they know who is employing and paying them. The Fair Work Ombudsman said it is important for any visa holders who take up employment in Australia to establish from...
  6. Jobs and work
    Officials in Australia are again warning backpackers and students working while in the country that they should be aware of unscrupulous employers paying them less than a legal wage. In the latest case to be highlighted by the Fair Work Ombudsman, the owners of a café and a shop in Melbourne...
  7. Jobs and work
    Picking fruit and working on farms is popular with young people spending a year backpacking in Australia but they are being warned to be aware of rogue contractors. A national inquiry into modern slave labour has heard about exploitative practices in the horticultural industry including workers...
  8. International Travel
    More people from around the world are choosing to take a holiday in Australia with the latest official data showing those on vacation are driving up visitor numbers. Backpacking is proving as popular as ever with young people from the UK leading the way. Arriving on working holiday visas, they...
  9. Jobs and work
    Two British backpackers who were underpaid for working on a crocodile farm in Australia have not been put off the country and are set to apply for another visa to spend a second year in the country. The British youngsters have been awarded more than $13,000 in back pay following an...
  10. International Travel
    The crackdown on unfair treatment of international workers, including backpackers and students, in the farming industry in Australia is continuing with a major investigation in Queensland. The Lockyer Valley, known as the salad bowl of Australia, is popular for vegetable picking and jobs are...
  11. International Travel
    A global campaign has been launched to attract more young people to consider a working holiday in Australia. In particular the nation is keen to attract more working holiday makers from the United States, Korea, Japan and Taiwan. The campaign from Tourism Australia comes at a time when numbers...
  12. Jobs and work
    Warnings have gone out to overseas backpackers in Australia to take action and seek advice if they are not given the legally permitted time off and paid correctly, especially for overtime. The Fair Work Ombudsman helped five men and one woman in their 20s from the UK and Ireland who ended up...
  13. Jobs and work
    Backpackers working in Australia are being urged to contact the tax office if they are confused over their current status and how that will change from the start of 2017. The new tax regime for young people with working holidaymaker visas begins on 01 January and from that date they will pay...
  14. Jobs and work
    Backpackers looking to work in Australia can now apply for a second 12 month visa if they find jobs in certain industries in the northern part of the country. As part of a commitment to develop northern Australia, the Government wants to attract more people to the region and the new visa...
  15. International Travel
    Australia's push to encourage more young international travellers on the country's working holiday maker programme is gathering momentum, with industry and travel partners lining up to get involved. Tourism Australia is spearheading the drive to attract more backpackers with a new $10 million...
  16. Jobs and work
    Farmers and growers in Australia have renewed their calls to the Government to abandon its plans to introduce a backpacker tax next year. Horticulture body AUSVEG says that a new report from the Productivity Commission, the Government's independent research body, points out that temporary visas...
  17. International Travel
    A new tax that would require backpackers from overseas to pay tax of up to 32.5 cents for every dollar earned is still likely to be introduced in Australia. Plans for the tax, which has been widely condemned, were announced last year but it was thought that an outcry against would see its...
  18. Visas and immigration
    The case of a British man in Australia on a working holiday visa who ended up helping to run a high growth start-up company is being highlighted amid calls for an overhaul of the visa system. It is claimed that start-ups in particular find it hard to recruit talented workers from overseas as...
  19. International Travel
    Plans to make international backpackers in Australia pay tax on their earnings looks likely to be scrapped after a campaign from tourism and agriculture industries raised concerns. The tax on people in Australia on working holiday maker visas who can work during their stay in the country was to...
  20. International Travel
    Tourism chiefs and farmers in Australia have called for a planned new backpacker tax to be scrapped as it will put off a lot of young people from travelling to the country. Rather than hitting working holiday makers with additional taxes, Australia should recognise their economic potential and...
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