Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016
During the consultation SAWIA was able to provide practical examples by members of the importance of working holiday visa holders to the wine industry and how the “backpacker tax” would be detrimental to the wine industry. SAWIA argued that the working holiday visa stream has been very succesful and that the "backpacker tax" should be withdrawn as it would have a damaging impact on wine industry employers who despite their best efforts cannot fill casual vintage jobs with local applicants.
In response to the review, the Federal Government on 27 September 2016, announced a set of changes to the tax and visa arrangements for working holiday visa holders. The proposal by the Government, includes but is not limited to:
For more detailed information, SAWIA members can access our dedicated Notice to Members from the Noticeboard. SAWIA will continue to monitor the implementation of the legislation and will keep members informed.