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Backpackers to pick fruit, mind children under pilot proposal by farm and tourism groups

Backpackers prepared to pick fruit or work as au pairs could become the exception to Australia’s inbound travel ban under a pilot proposal by farm and tourism groups. Key points: [...] read more...

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Australian coronavirus transmission too high for trans-Tasman ...

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has dismissed the prospect of a trans-Tasman travel bubble with Australia starting “anytime soon”. Key points: NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it would [...] read more...

Survey finds WA tourism business activity down by up to 73 per cent amid coronavirus pandemic

Despite a busy July school holidays, a Tourism Council survey has painted a bleak picture of Western Australia‘s tourism sector. Key points: West Australians are flocking to the South West [...] read more...

August 6th, 2020 No Comments

New tourism blow for Far North Queensland as Sydney declared coronavirus hotspot

Far North Queensland’s tourism-driven economy has been dealt another blow, with all of metropolitan Sydney being declared a coronavirus hotspot. Key points: Queensland closed its border to the greater Sydney [...] read more...

August 6th, 2020 No Comments

Surf Camp rolls with the punches

Guy Olbourne of Surf Camp Australia in Gerroa is relieved the Federal Government has extended its JobKeeper scheme, albeit with some format changes. “It will enable us to keep jobs [...] read more...

Fears of a ‘labour crisis’ as number of backpackers working in Australia plummets

There are warnings a sharp drop off in working holiday visa makers will have severe consequences for Australia’s agriculture and tourism industries. Australia’s tourism and farming sectors will be severely [...] read more...

Backpacker tax not discriminatory, court says, denying 75,000 working holiday-makers ATO money

In a win for the Australian Tax Office (ATO), a full bench of the Federal Court has ruled the Government’s controversial backpacker tax is not discriminatory. Key points: The Federal [...] read more...

Farmers fear worker shortage due to COVID-19 restrictions despite rising unemployment

The Federal Government says short-term farm work is impractical for unemployed Australians, so it is seeking international solutions amid COVID-19 travel restrictions. Key points: Farmers warned of severe labour shortages [...] read more...