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PRODUCT UPDATE: Byron Bay YHA is undergoing a massive redevelopment

Byron Bay YHA is undergoing a massive redevelopment, with a brand new, three-storey, 36-bedroom wing in the works to increase the hostel’s capacity from 103 to 200 beds by next [...] read more...

Backpacker numbers down [in Victoria] as new tax rate comes in

Backpacker numbers in Victoria are still well below average for the time of year as fallout from the backpacker tax debacle continues. „It’ll be a few months into next year [...] read more...

WWOOF reignites its visa campaign as small organic farmers struggle

While the backpacker tax fiasco dominated headlines last year, there is another group of working holiday makers who say they have been forgotten. They are the ‘willing workers on organic [...] read more...

LYTE BYTE: Backpacker explains why he smells of prostitutes & gin

A 19 year-old British backpacker found after two weeks in the Australian Outback will be asked to explain why he also smells so strongly of prostitutes and gin. The Londoner, [...] read more...

Backpacker Tax: how does it affect your business?

The tax withheld from payments to working holiday makers on 417 or 462 visas will change from 1 January 2017, in what has been dubbed over the last 18 months [...] read more...

Volunteer labour crackdown may close backpacker hostels

A backpacker industry veteran warns some hostels may close following a crackdown on the practice of giving young travellers free beds in exchange for work. Eric Foley, founder of the [...] read more...

Federal Government has abandoned plans to reduce the cost of Working Holiday Visas

The Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison (pictured) has abandoned plans to reduce the cost of working holiday visas, this despite our Parliament agreeing to the measure less than a month ago. [...] read more...

Port Douglas is thrilled about visa reforms, but could they be better?

For the first time, Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) holders, who work for three months in Northern Australia, in tourism and hospitality, will be eligible for a second Work and [...] read more...

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