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Big Changes To Working Holiday Visa


After much speculation the government is going ahead and make the age change that was part of the backpacker tax negotiations. The new legislation amendments were announced on the 27th of June 2017 and will be effective for the 417 and 462 Working Holiday Visas. It seems the change will come into place July 1 2017 but we are still seeking confirmation The WHV Visa Age will now be 18-35 instead of 18-30! This is huge! We thought the government may have been stalling it looks like they are coming through with the goods. **** We will be calling the Read more

Backpacker Tax Confirmed


The backpacker tax is now final, courtesy of an 11th hour dear. BREAKING: Greens support 15% #backpackertax in exchange for lower superannuation tax (65% not 95%) AND $100m for #Landcare. #auspol @abcnews — Anna Vidot (@AnnaVidot) December 1, 2016 Can confirm Greens and Government have done a deal on #backpackertax. Details will come at 3:45 #auspol — Anna Vidot (@AnnaVidot) December 1, 2016 What’s the deal, 15% backpacker tax 65% tax on super ( departure tax) WH Age 18-35 WH Job register

462 Second Year Visa – Massive Update!


Great News for 462 Work and Holiday Visa Holders and getting a second year Work and Holiday Visa. From November the 18th you will be able to complete work that counts towards your 88 days regional work. The difference with this regional work is that it must be in tourism, agriculture or hospitality in northern Australia (NT and WA – north of the Tropic of Capricorn).   A leading migration agent has notified us of this change. If you have any questions about the 462 work and holiday second year visa please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can Read more

Backpacker Tax Proposal Updated


The Australian Government has backed down on it’s controversial backpacker tax changing the rate to 19%. What do you think about the back down? The government has also increased the passenger levy for backpackers, you will be slugged $5 extra when you leave the country. WHV Age has been increased to 35 and the working holiday visa fee has been dropped by $50. The tax will still have to get through the senate and it remains to be seen if Labour will support the tax, if not they may face trouble getting through. Summary of the backpacker tax proposal -19% Read more

Top 5 Things to Do in Mission Beach


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A delightful little village in tropical north Queensland, Mission Beach is a must see destination on your way up Australia’s east coast. Feeling more like Asia than Australia, in many ways, the lovely little beach shacks and coconut palms that line this stretch of beach are well worth stopping to explore. 2 / 3 days is probably a great amount of time to spend in Mission Beach, so here’s a list of 5 great things to do and see to get the best out of your time here. 5. Kayak Dunk Island Cleary visible directly off the beach at Mission Read more

Tragic News: Backpacker Dies After Home Hill Hostel Stabbing



The AFP are investigating a stabbing at a home hill backpackers in Ayr, QLD. Tragically a 21 year old woman was killed and a 30 year old man has been critically injured in the attack. The attack allegedly took place in front of about 30 people at Shelley’s Backpackers in Home Hill late on Tuesday night. Both of the victims were British citizens. A local man also sustained minor injuries during the incident and has been released from hospital. It has also been rumoured a dog was killed in the attack. According to Queensland Police Service Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski Read more

6 Best Active Adventures to Enjoy in Queensland


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Always on the trail of discovering fun, outdoors activities, I’ve been scouting recommendations when it comes to great active adventures in Australia. Head of my list is Queensland, the sunshine state and the king of tropical treats. It’s all about the outdoors lifestyle here and the healthy, active fun is everywhere. So here are my top picks of active adventures to enjoy in Queensland. 6. Dive the Reef All Queensland tourists want to enjoy the world class marine life of the Great Barrier Reef, and who could blame them; it is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, Read more

Backpacker Tax: The Government Wants To Hear From You


The Australian Government has now opened it’s ears and is accepting submissions from the public in regards to the backpacker tax. This is your chance to have your voice heard. All submissions will be read by the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and the Australian Government. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu have been engaged to asssit with the process.   What is the backpacker tax?   Every dollar earned by working holiday makers will be subject to a 32.5% tax. ( Right now the first $18,000 WHM earnt is exempt from tax and WHM are tax as like Australians)   What your voice means Read more

20 Hardest Things about Being a Backpacker in Australia

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1. Being broke all the time, like all the time 2. Sleeping in dorms and never really getting any sleep … for months on end 3. Trying to find free wi-fi that actually works without resorting to buying another coffee you don’t want 4. Trying to work out the time zone difference when calling home – seriously a lot harder than it should be 5. Realising you should have brought a thick jumper with you, because Australia actually gets really cold in the winter, and then not having enough money to buy one (see #1) 6. Realising you are putting Read more

8 Best Day Trips from Brisbane


Brisbane is fast becoming one of Australia’s best cities, not least because it is situated in beautiful Queensland, with some of the country’s best weather and scenery around. If you are visiting Brisbane, or indeed living here for a while, then make sure you explore beyond the city too so that you don’t miss some of the state’s most enchanting surroundings. To give you a few ideas, here are 8 of the best day trips from Brisbane you can take. 8. Noosa Sitting right at the top of the Sunshine Coast about an hour and a half’s drive from Brisbane Read more