Backpacker Visa Changes in Australia Could Mean Organic Farmers in Trouble

by Admin on October 9, 2015

Organic farm owners in Australia and the backpackers they employ have started an online petition with hopes of overturning changes to working holiday visas.

Until recently, volunteer work counted towards the 88 day compulsory work that was required for temporary visa holders. Now, volunteer work will not be acceptable.

A spokeswoman from the Department of Immigration said all temporary visa holders must be employed in accordance with Australian labor laws. She said: “Underpayment or payment in kind, are not lawful payment for work.”

Company registration lawyers in Thailand Chaninat and Leeds have decades of experience helping foreigners register their companies in Thailand.

Organic chicken farmer Cheryl Dingle says that volunteers have a more enriching experience than many paid employees, and that the changes mean many farmers like herself will be forced to downsize.

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