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Second Working Holiday Visa Guide

So, what happens if you end up falling in love with Australia and want to stay longer? You might be eligible for a second 417 visa, but only if you have met certain conditions. You must have complied with the conditions of your first Working Holiday Visa, have not previously held more than one Working Holiday Visa and have completed three months of specified work in a regional area of Australia whilst on your first Working Holiday Visa. In the past, many backpackers carried out voluntary work on farms in exchange for food and accommodation. However, rules changed in 2015 […]

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Backpacker Tax Could Have ‘Disastrous Consequences’

True Blue Migration Services has welcomed the Government’s decision to review its ‘backpacker tax’ plans. Background The federal budget last year announced the Government’s intention to stop people on Working Holiday Visas from accessing the tax-free threshold of $18,200 as of July 2016. If changes go ahead, backpackers will be taxed at 32.5% from the first cent earned. The proposal triggered outrage from the agricultural and hospitality sectors, with industry leaders claiming the change will lead to labour shortages. A possible U-turn was signalled last week with the announcement of a review headed by Tourism Minister Senator Richard Colbeck. Mr […]

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Working Holiday Visa – Tax Time Bomb

Australian tax reforms mean you’re going to lose A LOT of money… For many young people, the Australian Working Holiday Visa is a rite of passage. It’s an opportunity to venture out into the world and earn a few bob whilst soaking up the sun and meeting new people. Some people return home, some apply for a second Working Holiday Visa and some are offered sponsorship by an Australian employer. One thing that most Working Holiday Makers have in common – until now – is benefiting from a generous annual tax-free threshold of $18,200. But all that’s about to change… […]

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