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Working holiday visa review

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Livestock SA welcomes the review of issues affecting the supply and taxation of labour performed by those on working holiday visas. It believes that backpackers should pay tax but the current rate of 32.5 per cent is too high, instead it supports NFF’s proposal of a tax rate of 19 per cent. Livestock SA also believes that the current changes that the Federal Government has made to working holiday visas in northern Australia should be extended to the pastoral zone of South Australia, so backpackers can be employed for up to 12 months by a single employer. It believes that the current rules, that restrict a backpacker to only six months with one employer mean the South Australian sector are at a disadvantage in comparison to pastoralists in the Northern Territory.

Published: 2 September 2016