BRINGING BACKPACKERS BACK TO THE SOUTH WEST

The South West could see an increase in working holiday makers following the launch of the Government’s global $10 million campaign to attract more of them to Australia.

The Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the campaign builds on the Coalition’s recent reform package, which will make Australia a world-leading destination for young people to undertake a working holiday.

“The natural appeal of the South West, combined with Australia’s recognized beauty and safety, means that conditions are ripe for a backpacker boost” Mrs Marino said.

Key highlights of the Government’s reform package include:

  • offering working holiday makers the highest post-tax income among comparable countries with a tax rate at 19 per cent;
  • allowing more tourists to become working holiday makers, with the age limit increasing from 30 to 35 years old;
  • reducing visa application charges for working holiday makers by $50 to $390; and
  • allowing working holiday makers to work for the same employer for 12 months, provided the second six months is in a different region.

Mrs Marino said the three-year campaign will target the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy to boost the number of working holiday maker arrivals.

“The campaign, by Tourism Australia, invites young people around the world to come to Australia for a life-changing experience, working and holidaying in our beautiful country.”

Working holiday makers are an important part of Australia’s tourism industry, with more than 320,000 working holiday makers spending around $3 billion in Australia in the last year.