Archive for the ‘WORKING HOLIDAY VISA’ Category

Farmers fear worker shortage due to COVID-19 restrictions despite rising unemployment

Posted on: July 30th, 2020 by Mike Barrow No Comments

The Federal Government says short-term farm work is impractical for unemployed Australians, so it is seeking international solutions amid COVID-19 travel restrictions. Key points: Farmers warned of severe labour shortages [...] read more...

Backpacker Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) bites back

Posted on: July 21st, 2020 by Mike Barrow 1 Comment

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...

Working holiday inquiry must make backpacker program more attractive

Posted on: July 6th, 2020 by Mike Barrow 1 Comment

An inquiry into the Working Holiday Maker program will ensure it is working effectively to support tourism, health care and agriculture during the COVID-19 economic recovery. The Joint Standing Committee [...] read more...

COVID-19 pandemic leads to 50,000 fewer backpackers in Australia, prompting parliamentary inquiry

Posted on: July 1st, 2020 by Mike Barrow No Comments

Backpackers will be the focus of a new federal parliamentary inquiry designed to help tourism, health and farm sectors recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19. Key points: The COVID-19 [...] read more...

Concerns fruit picker in Bundaberg with coronavirus knew he was at risk before travelling

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

Queensland’s top health official says she is concerned the state’s latest confirmed coronavirus case knew he may have been in contact with an infected person before travelling from interstate to [...] read more...