Backpacker industry responds to ACTU negativity on WHVJanuary 22nd, 2019 | | 88 days
In response to the ACTU attempting to influence the Labour Party regarding the WHV, the backpacker industry has responded in a positive way.
Backpacker Operators Association NSW (BOA) and Adventure Queensland (AQ) are preparing responses for the ACTU outlining the benefits of the Working Holiday Maker scheme i.e.
1. Economic and social benefits for the tourism industry and local communities/associated businesses (hospitality etc).
2. Each WHM spends approximately $10K on their trip, and there are 200,000 WHM p.a. in Australia i.e. value of WHMs is $2BN annually.
3. Research undertaken by Flinders University shows that for every 100 WHMs who come, six additional jobs for Australians are created.
4. WHMs provide a valuable, mobile seasonal labour force for famers at harvest time.
5. Reciprocity of the scheme is a benefit for Australians, being a two-way cultural exchange program, enabling young Aussies to have working holidays overseas in over 40 countries.
ED: It is imperative for the agriculture sector to use WHMs as a labour force in rural areas. Just as important is the flow on economic effect to other parts of the backpacker industry – accommodation, hospitality, tours and tourist related industries.
Does the ACTU really believe that backpackers are taking jobs away from Aussies? Perhaps its high time they do some field research and ask the farmers whether Aussies are doing these jobs or are even prepared to.
Government initiatives to use Aussie unemployed have been an abject failure to date. How will this change?
It’s time for our industry to speak up. Have your say!!
Sourced by Mike Barrow