17 May, 2016

WoolProducers Australia calls for more certainty around the Backpacker Tax

WoolProducers Australia has today welcomed the announcement by Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer on
delaying the backpacker tax for six months, but is seeking a greater commitment to lessen the tax hike or dump
the proposal permanently.

WPA President Richard Halliday said ‘the delay in implementing the severe flat rate of 32 .5% was a step in the
right direction, but there needs to be more long term certainty for Australian farmers who utilise this sector, not
to mention more certainty for overseas working holiday makers who are considering working in the Australian
agricultural industries.’

Like many agricultural industries, backpacker labour is playing an increasingly important role in Australia’s wool
industry, in both on-farm and wool harvesting sectors, with many wool growers and shearing contractors relying
on backpackers to fill the employment shortfall in this area.

‘The reality is that the wool industry, particularly in pastoral areas need access to backpacker labour and the
proposed changes to this tax regime will have a detrimental impact on sourcing these people’. Mr Halliday said.

‘While the whole-of-government review of the agricultural sectors workforce requirements’ is also welcomed we
would like immediate reassurances that backpackers will remain a viable and accessible workforce resource’. Mr
Halliday continued.

WoolProducers Australia commends the National Farmers’ Federation in leading the public campaign against this
tax hike.


Media Contact:
Richard Halliday, President
WoolProducers Australia
0428 854 759

Jo Hall, CEO
WoolProducers Australia
02 4836 7369
0488 554 811