27 September 2016
Treasurer Scott Morrison will reduce the $500 million “backpacker tax” his predecessor Joe Hockey announced in the 2015 Budget.
The Hockey plan had backpackers paying 32.5% on every dollar they earned, without the usual $18,200 tax-free threshold. Under Morrison’s new regime, approved by Cabinet on 27 September, 2016, the rate will be reduced to 19% from 1 January, 2017, on earnings up to $37,000 per annum.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s latest Working Holiday Maker Visa Program Report shows the number of visas granted dropped by 5.4% in the 12 months to 30 June, 2016, which meant 12,229 less visas were granted. Since 2012-13, the fall is 17% (43,665) to 214,583 in 2015-16.
However, the government has found another way to slug tourism workers. To pay for the changes, which hit the Budget by $365 million, the tax on superannuation payments to working holiday makers will increase to 95% when they leave Australia.
The government will also increase the Passenger Movement Charge by $5 from 1 July, 2017. There will also be changes to 417 and 462 visas and the application charge for working holiday maker visas will be reduced by $50 to $390.
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