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

2 Responses

  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

  2. John George says:

    After about week of border closure, clarity was provided that 417/462 visa workers who had been in the Sunraysia area for at least 14 days, which was far and away the majority of them, could access a Border Resident permit, with a Keypass showing their local address, backed by a passport and employer letter, enabling tyhem to cross the nborder from VIC to NSW with no problems.
    having said that, depending on the time of day, the earlier the better, these same workers were able to cross sometimes with a Critical Worker permit and additional proof as above, but were also refused entry on some days.
    This demonstrated 2 things. Firstly, discrimination against a sector of the workforce based upon their visa status, without any visible evidence that they were/are any more of a risk than any other part of the population of Australia, and secondly a complete lack of understanding or knowledge, or consultation, by a city based State Government 1000 kms away of what happens inn cross border communities. Citrus Australia particularly, and local State and Federal politicians are to be commended for their activity to get this arbitrary discriminatory imposition adjusted to fit the needs of border areas and keep a faint flicker of life in this part of the economy.