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BYTE UPDATE: Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays are open for business

It’s now been almost a month since Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays were hit by devastating Cyclone Debbie. Today, at ATE, The Byte got the update from Tourism Whitsundays and youth [...] read more...

Rotten state of fruit & vege picking is a direct result of the backpacker tax

The farm sector is becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of ‘picking’ labour with a new report revealing that up to a quarter of Australia’s vegetable growers are forced to abandon [...] read more...

Budget May 2017: all visa fees rise & no promised reduction in the WHM visa fee to $390

The Federal Government has reneged on its promise to reduce the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa fee from $440 to $390. That promise was made September 2016 by the Treasurer [...] read more...

Aussie unemployed youth v 417 visa holders

More than 650,000 Australian young people aged between 15 and 24 were unemployed or underemployed in February 2017. The jobless rate, at 13.5% is more than double the adult rate [...] read more...

TA are working with WYSE to develop an Australian stand at WYSTC 2017 Montreal

In line with an increased focus on youth in 2017/2018 Tourism Australia are working with WYSE Travel Confederation to develop an Australian stand at WYSTC 2017 Montreal. TA are also talking to [...] read more...

Backpacking chemist threatened “I’ll break your f…ing arms”

A backpacking chemist has become the latest in a long series of young fruit-pickers claiming they have been mistreated and exploited on an Australian farm. Matt Workman (pictured), yes a [...] read more...

Why travel agents are still so popular with Millennials (backpackers)

 In a digital age where pretty much all of our shopping can be transacted online, where most flights and it seems like all accommodation are now booked over the internet, [...] read more...

LYTE-TECH BYTE: Robots stealing backpacker jobs!

It’s bad enough that the Turnbull Government wants to give backpacker jobs back to Aussies, but soon there will be no jobs for any seasonal workers with the “rise of [...] read more...