Author's Profile

Mike Barrow
Mike arrived in Sydney in 1989 as a typical British backpacker with $17 and one phone number. He also decided Sydney was paradise living in a three bedroom unit with 17 other backpackers. He eventually managed to get a proper job in a small backpacking publishing company. After spending four years trying to get residency, Mike finally 'got in' and set up his own company, Travel Maps Australia in 1993. In 2000 the Company rebranded to THE WORD and in 2014 started The Byte. Mike lives in Sydney's northern beaches, keeps fit and healthy and wouldn't live anywhere else.

Recent Articles

Exciting new changes for WHV

Federal Government announcement on 5 November 2018 with initiatives to encourage more Working Holiday Makers to visit Australia under reciprocal cultural exchange schemes. The reforms announced today include: Working Holiday […]

Increase to age limit for Canadians and Irish heading downunder

From 05/11/18, the age limit for Irish and Canadian citizens wanting to spend a year working and travelling in Australia will increase by five years – from 30 to 35 […]

WHM – 88 days, how important is it?

Working Holiday Makers, or Backpackers, are critical to getting fruit and vegetables harvested in Australia and any reduction in the number of these workers available or changes to the countries […]

Wage Theft in Silence – the great WHV ripoff by farmers

When working holiday maker Rodolphe Lafont realised he was being paid as little as $5 an hour picking fruit on a Victorian farm, he did what many in his position […]

Labour Hire now licensed in Queensland – tell backpackers NOW!

Labour hire licensing laws have recently been introduced in Queensland, meaning that any Labour Hire companies (often know as contractors) must be licensed to operate in Queensland. So if you […]

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