Archive for the ‘employment’ Category

Victorian farm lobby calls backpacker visa expansion ‘definition of insanity’

Posted on: August 13th, 2019 by Mike Barrow No Comments

The Victorian farm lobby says it is insane to expect backpackers alone to address the industry’s labour shortages and fears new changes could lead to more exploitation on farms. Key [...] read more...

462 backpacker visa expansion. More Indians, Mexicans set for Aussie work

Posted on: July 30th, 2019 by Mike Barrow 2 Comments

Backpackers from 13 countries are being targeted by Immigration Minister David Coleman as he seeks to find workers wanted by regional businesses. Key points: The Government wants to attract more [...] read more...

Letter to the youth/backpacker industry: time to take action

Posted on: July 15th, 2019 by Mike Barrow 4 Comments

On Monday 8th of July, seven industry members including myself met with our local MP for Leichardt (Cairns region), Warren Entsch to raise our concerns regarding: Decline in Youth visitationWHM costs/tax/superExploitation of [...] read more...

Working holiday visa expansion – WHM

Posted on: July 12th, 2019 by Mike Barrow No Comments

An expansion of the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa program which takes effect 01/07/19 will have benefits for farmers and regional communities, while fostering closer ties with dozens of countries. [...] read more...

Female backpackers signal liking for traffic control in search of second-year WHV

Posted on: June 4th, 2019 by Mike Barrow No Comments

Rather than working on orchards or cattle farms, word has spread among female backpackers in the Top End about another industry that’s on the move. The young women are opting [...] read more...