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Volunteer labour crackdown may close backpacker hostels

A backpacker industry veteran warns some hostels may close following a crackdown on the practice of giving young travellers free beds in exchange for work. Eric Foley, founder of the [...] read more...

Federal Government has abandoned plans to reduce the cost of Working Holiday Visas

The Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison (pictured) has abandoned plans to reduce the cost of working holiday visas, this despite our Parliament agreeing to the measure less than a month ago. [...] read more...

Port Douglas is thrilled about visa reforms, but could they be better?

For the first time, Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) holders, who work for three months in Northern Australia, in tourism and hospitality, will be eligible for a second Work and [...] read more...

UPDATE: 7-Eleven and Fair Work sign deal to combat exploitation

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has signed a landmark deal with convenience store chain 7-Eleven to combat exploitation of workers by franchisees through measures including biometric technology and CCTV supervision. [...] read more...

Sydney’s lock-out laws relaxed and opinions in the backpacker tourism sector are divided

A relaxation of Sydney’s lockout laws will be trialled following a review of the controversial measures. The relaxation by half an hour on the 1.30am lockout and 3am last drinks [...] read more...

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