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Working holiday inquiry must make backpacker program more attractive

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...

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

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

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...

Australians should take a holiday at home, but will they be spending $5,211 a trip?

Australians are being urged to help bring a much needed boost to the tourism industry by taking a holiday at home this year, but the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) [...] read more...

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

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...

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

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...

Adventure tourism operators shutting down amid insurance refusals

Unable to access insurance, several long-running adventure tourism businesses have shut up shop and fear their sector is in jeopardy. Key points: Adventure tourism operations are shutting down after insurers [...] read more...

Post Covid-19 Adventure Travel Industry Australia & NZ

Today feels like a truly legendary day: the first sale in almost 3 months! With restrictions lifting, it feels great looking towards the future again! We have had a lot [...] read more...