Letter to the youth/backpacker industry: time to take actionJuly 15th, 2019 | | backpacker
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 visitation
- WHM costs/tax/super
- Exploitation of WHMs by several „Working” (Farm work) accommodation providers
Our message was clear – Australia is no longer a competitive WHM destination due to the WHM Visa policies, the overall experience that is delivered as a result of these policies and the roll on effect it is having on Tourism.
Warren has agreed to lodge an immediate grievance in Parliament supported by a 20 min speech addressing these issues and demand the following policy changes:
- Reduction of application fees
- Rollback of the „backpacker tax”
- Allow WHMs access to their Superannuation before leaving the country
- Enquiry into the exploitation of WHMs at working hostels and implementation of regulations to ensure WHMs are safe & treated fairly
To achieve these changes we must approach this on a National/Federal Level with the same messaging. I am imploring the broader Australian Youth/BP/WHM Industry’s support on this matter and to take the following action immediately:
- Circulate this messaging to your network
- Collate supporting evidence of the downturn from your local industry members with statistical evidence (e.g. sales expressed in percentage terms YOY from FY 2017 (2017 being 100%)
- Similar evidence of this from other businesses relying on BP/WHM trade such as cafe’s, bars etc which would also carry weight and demonstrate the flow on or multiplier effect of BP/WHM spend.
- Gain letters of support of other local entities including RTO’s and local Councils.
- Engage your local (federal) MP to act on these issues.
- Please CC me into any correspondence so I can advise Warren Entsch of progress.
Time is of the essence as the Hon Warren Entsch will be making a speech in parliament addressing our plight in 2 – 3 weeks. There will be the opportunity for industry leaders to go Canberra attend the speech and lobby politicians and decision makers.
Please find attached draft Submission. I encourage your feedback.
Please forward this correspondence to your network and follow up with phone calls to prompt timely (urgent) response.
For further information regarding these matters, please do not hesitate to contact myself:
P: 0456 316 304
Phil Warring – Adventure Cairns President
P: 0418 159 828