Along with supporting these regions to get back on their feet, allowing backpackers to stay longer will see an injection of tourism spending into regions who are struggling to re-engage the international visitor market.
Extending the working holiday maker scheme to allow backpackers to stay for longer and help out in bushfire affected regions of Australia will deliver positive support for the tourism industry ATEC Managing Director Peter Shelley says.
“Along with supporting these regions to get back on their feet, allowing backpackers to stay longer will see an injection of tourism spending into regions who are struggling to re-engage the international visitor market,” Mr Shelley said.
“While the bushfires attracted the attention of people across the globe, allowing visitors to be involved in the recovery effort will not only help Australians, but it will also create global engagement in rebuilding our communities.
“The working holiday maker program has always been about supporting a young person to build a life-long relationship and this is an excellent time to be inviting more people to get to know the Australian way of life.”
Mr Shelley said the changes to the length of time a working holiday maker could spend with one employer, along with paid and volunteer work counting towards the “specified work” were welcome reforms and demonstrates that the government is listening to industry recommendations to drive a strong recovery.
“ATEC congratulates Ministers Birmingham and Tudge on being flexible with policy levers that can help our sector get back on its feet".