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U-turn on Backpacker Tax will be a boost for the Australian Work and Holiday visas

U-turn on Backpacker Tax will be a boost for the Australian Work and Holiday visas


Temporary workers on the Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) and Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) were originally expected to start paying a 32.5% tax on all wages starting on 1 July 2016 (referred as the Backpacker Tax). Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer has announced today that the Backpacker Tax will be delayed until 1 January 2017, pending a review to the Working Holiday (subclass 417) and Work and Holiday visas (subclass 462).

With the delay of the implementation of the Backpacker Tax, temporary workers under the subclass 417 and subclass 462 visas will continue to pay tax on money earned above A$18,200.

Comments by Chris Johnston – Principal Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent at Work Visa Lawyers

This is good news for workers and current holders of the Working Holiday and Work and Holiday visas as the tax-free threshold is maintained. The programme will continue to be attractive for overseas youth to travel to Australia while being able to work to cover travel expenses. Regional agricultural business and farmers will be delighted with the news as it might mean that there is no need to increase payments to attract workers who are required during harvest.

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If you are interested to know more about the Work and Holiday visa programme, you can contact Work Visa Lawyers to find out more.

This information is accurate on 17 May 2016




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