Reduction to Backpacker Tax a win for farmers
Thanks to the strong representation of the Nationals in Government, regional Australia has benefited with changes to the backpacker tax set to ensure our agricultural sector, tourism industry and regional economies continue to prosper.
Slashed to 19 per cent from the proposed 32.5, the changes are a win for communities who rely on working holiday makers during peak tourist and harvest season, while ensuring foreigners pay their fair share of tax.
Our Leader and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, with the help of his Assistant Minister Luke Hartsuyker, lobbied hard for the reform:
“The win on the backpacker tax is a win for our farmers who can get their fruit off the tree, off the vine and off to market. The Nationals, including Assistant Minister Luke Hartsuyker and our Senators and Members of Parliament have been fearless champions on behalf of their regions, their agricultural stakeholders and common sense.”
With over 214,500 working holiday visas granted in the last financial year, it just goes to show how important tourists are to guaranteeing a stable economy in the bush. Our Member for Cowper Mr Hartsuyker said that the changes were an acknowledgement of the significant role working holiday makers play in the industry:
"More than 1700 stakeholders contributed to the review through written submissions and face-to-face consultations. They made it clear that an early resolution to the tax rate issue was needed."
Luke said that the outcome was a well-informed one, understanding the labour challenges faced by our agriculture and tourism sectors, as well as the broader challenges faced by the Australian economy in a global labour market.