Backpacker tax

Analysis

Working Holiday Maker Visa review

Assessing the feedback from independent stakeholders

Deloitte was engaged by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to assist with the review of a broad range of issues relating to the supply and taxation of working holiday makers.

On 15 August 2016 the Australian Government announced that it would undertake a review of a broad range of issues relating to the supply and taxation of, and demand for, 417 and 462 visa holders (collectively referred to as ‘working holiday makers’). This review follows a 2015-16 Budget measure requiring working holiday makers to be considered as foreign residents for tax purposes, facing a tax rate of 32.5 per cent on each dollar earned, with no tax-free threshold.

Deloitte was engaged by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the Department) to assist with a component of its review of a broad range of issues relating to the supply and taxation of working holiday makers. Specifically, Deloitte was asked to facilitate an independent stakeholder engagement exercise, through which the views of stakeholders have been collected and summarised as an input to the Departmental review.

Over 1,300 pages of submissions were received in addition to the feedback through the stakeholder engagement process. This report provides a summary of this engagement process and the views and evidence submitted by participants.

Independent stakeholder engagement on the Working Holiday Maker Visa review
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