Second year working holiday visas, rural work and the perils for backpackersJuly 12th, 2017 | | industry
In light of the deaths of two young backpackers travelling in Australia last August, the mother of Mia Ayliffe, Rosie Ayliffe (pictured), has launched a website to warn and also educate young travellers looking for seasonal work in Australia.
In an interview with the ABC she challenges the Trade and Tourism Minister, Stephen Ciobo, to reallocate the $10m spent on promoting youth tourism. She wants it spent on lobbying for reform to the 88 days work scheme. WATCH VIDEO.
Certainly there are plenty of unpleasant stories of young people being exploited in rural Australia. The Byte has covered many of these over the past few years.
Perhaps our sector needs to ask the Federal Government some questions before any more such incidents occur. Is this an opportunity for BYTAP? (Backpacker Youth Tourism Advisory Panel). However, an advisory panel is great, but it holds little or no clout in parliament. The real lobby in this area lies with the agriculture and horticultural sector, as was proved during the backpacker tax saga. Their lobbyists to government proved true value.
So long as the fruit and veggies get picked, does the government really want to get involved? Or does the government really not give a damn about the inbound youth industry. Certainly the trialling of the new incentive scheme to attract young Aussies into rural areas to work will be interesting. Only time will tell if this is a solution or a band aid fix for farmers in need of workers.
In the meantime young travellers continue to arrive in Australia, many seeking work, many ending up in the rural sector.
By the way, there are also good rural work news stories too!! I recently met a lovely Welsh couple who are working in rural Victoria. They applied for jobs whilst in Cambodia via Gumtree. On arrival in Melbourne they were met by the family and taken to the farm near Warrnambool. They have been given a cottage and a van and are loving it.
Sourced and written by Mike Barrow
Source: ABC Rural