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Labour hire companies face harsher penalties under new SA laws if workers exploited

People running labour hire companies that exploit workers and dodge tax will face up to three years in jail under laws that have passed South Australia’s Parliament. The laws were [...] read more...

December 6th, 2017 No Comments

A young backpacker who spoke out on sexual harassment has been sent hate mail

A young backpacker who spoke out about her chilling experiences of sexual harassment as a traveller has been sent hate mail — telling her it’s all part of Aussie farm [...] read more...

Turnbull government’s backpacker tax under legal doubt over international treaties

International holidaymakers have launched legal action against the Turnbull government’s controversial backpacker tax, arguing it breaches Australia’s international tax treaties. US-based tax accounting firm Taxback – acting on behalf of [...] read more...

Free walking tours, backpackers were first onboard, now mainstream

With European cities touting “Free Walking Tours” for over a decade, travellers – from all demographics – are now familiar, and comfortable with the idea in Australia. Tour operators in [...] read more...

NEW PRODUCT: Backpacker’s hostel on Capricorn Coast

One September morning Alicia and Kris Thorpe dropped their eldest daughter off to dancing and by the afternoon were the new owners of Yeppoon’s future backpackers. Twelve months later and [...] read more...

American working holiday makers: now is the time

At the annual BOA NSW meeting in September, Kristy Carstairs explained the challenge Tourism Australia faces when persuading American youth to come to Australia on a working holiday. “Little appreciation [...] read more...

November 22nd, 2017 Comment (2)

Study shows one in three backpackers and international students are paid half the legal minimum wage...

Written by Abbie O’Brien of SBS A new report has found one in three international students and backpackers in Australia are being paid about half the legal minimum wage. It [...] read more...

November 22nd, 2017 Comment (1)

Accommodation & hospitality – Pending removal from 457 list

The Department of Employment (DoE) has released a Traffic Light Bulletin on possible changes to the skilled migration occupation lists to take effect 1 January 2018. Please note the Traffic [...] read more...

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