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WHM – 88 days, how important is it?

Working Holiday Makers, or Backpackers, are critical to getting fruit and vegetables harvested in Australia and any reduction in the number of these workers available or changes to the countries [...] read more...

Wage Theft in Silence – the great WHV ripoff by farmers

When working holiday maker Rodolphe Lafont realised he was being paid as little as $5 an hour picking fruit on a Victorian farm, he did what many in his position [...] read more...

Labour Hire now licensed in Queensland – tell backpackers NOW!

Labour hire licensing laws have recently been introduced in Queensland, meaning that any Labour Hire companies (often know as contractors) must be licensed to operate in Queensland. So if you [...] read more...

Is Cradle Mountain suffering from over tourism?

Howard Smith runs a tour operation at Cradle Mountain and should be happy that tourism in Tasmania is booming. But the prospect of more visitors to Cradle Mountain is keeping [...] read more...

Farmers want AG Visa but what about the WHV?

Fruit and vegetable growers say a lack of workers is keeping a lid on industry growth and leaving hundreds of tonnes of fruit at risk of being left on the [...] read more...

Have you seen this man?

‘I am vanishing … no tears’: The last words a Swedish teenager ever said to his father have convinced him his son is still alive, more than a decade after [...] read more...

October 16th, 2018 No Comments

88 days spoiled by a few bad farmers

Six months into her holiday, French backpacker Ludmilla Cek posted an online ad looking for farm work. She received a response from one farmer which sounded promising. “It was four [...] read more...

Gig economy under workers’ rights review

Home-delivery services like Uber Eats and Deliveroo may be popular with punters, but their rapid expansion in Australia has been accompanied by tales of worker exploitation. Those who deliver meals [...] read more...

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