Backpacker Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) bites back

July 21st, 2020 | | backpacker

As covered in last month’s The Byte, a reinvigorated Backpacker Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) is currently in overdrive, furiously advocating on behalf of the sector.

With the welcome news that JobKeeper will be extended (under new conditions) from October 2020 into 2021, efforts are now squarely focused on ensuring the longevity of the Working Holiday Maker scheme.

A federal parliamentary inquiry currently underway is assessing the benefits of the scheme, and BYTAP in conjunction with State-based backpacker organisations is busy stressing the benefits in both economic and cultural terms.

BYTAP is also proposing a phased return of Working Holiday Makers to Australia as part of the tourism recovery effort, under a „secure corridor” model (similar to that proposed by universities for returning students.)

Check out their efforts on your behalf at

Source: BYTAP

Supplied by Silke Kerwick YHA

One Response

  1. Macca says:

    Can the BYTAP check on the many backpackers been discriminated on the NSW/Victoria border closure. There could be as many 1,250 living on one side of the border but their is working across the border. Other workers are getting permits but the NSW policy bans visa holders yet some of workers have been living and working here for months. These backpackers are essential service in bring in this harvest