Archive for the ‘WHV’ Category

Fears of a ‘labour crisis’ as number of backpackers working in Australia plummets

Posted on: August 6th, 2020 by Mike Barrow No Comments

There are warnings a sharp drop off in working holiday visa makers will have severe consequences for Australia’s agriculture and tourism industries. Australia’s tourism and farming sectors will be severely [...] read more...

Backpackers in Tasmania look to the mainland, waiting for COVID-19 pandemic restrictions to ease

Posted on: July 21st, 2020 by Mike Barrow No Comments

When backpacker Alberto Villa moved to Tasmania in January, he didn’t expect his working holiday in the state would last until winter. Key points: Backpackers are staying in Tasmania far [...] read more...

Backpacker Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) bites back

Posted on: July 21st, 2020 by Mike Barrow 2 Comments

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 [...] read more...

Migrant workers call for coronavirus support amid fears of ‘crisis situation’

Posted on: July 6th, 2020 by Mike Barrow No Comments

They pay tax and help prop up the economy, but many of the 2 million international students and migrant workers in Australia are now without financial support, and facing a [...] read more...

COVID-19 quickens push for local workers at country’s largest blueberry co-op

Posted on: June 17th, 2020 by Mike Barrow No Comments

Australia’s largest grower-owned blueberry cooperative has upped its determination to employ local workers, using labour-hire firms and moving away from using backpackers as COVID-19 forces the sector to rethink safety. [...] read more...