Common sense prevails – Proposed Australian Backpacker tax dumped

Win-Win for backpackers, rural businesses & tourism operators

It seems that a rare moment of common sense has prevailed in politics. The Australian government has decided not to proceed with their plans for an increase to tax rates for Backpackers on a Subclass 417 visa to 32.5% and have instead settled on 19%.

The Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) is a temporary visa for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year. It is a temporary visa that encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries.

This move is a win for everyone – backpackers who will have more in their pocket, employers in rural areas who rely on backpackers to run their operations and tourism operators who were concerned about a downfall in backpacker travellers coming to Australia.

More details can be found here .

If you want to discuss whether you would be eligible for the Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa pleas get in touch.