National Farmers' Federation

Compromise on 15% backpacker tax welcomed

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) welcomes the comments by the Treasurer that the Government has agreed to a compromise on the backpacker tax of 15%, the Chief Executive Officer of the NFF, Tony Mahar said.
“It has been a painful process but we wholeheartedly welcome the announcement that a compromise rate of 15% has been reached,” Mr Mahar said.
“The NFF back to the Colbeck Review said that a rate between 15% – 19% was a fair one that would attract backpackers to the sector and be comparable with rates paid to Australian workers.
“We now ask that the Senate expedite passage of the relevant legislation to provide the long needed certainty to the sector and allow businesses to start rebuilding backpacker interest in on-farm jobs.
“In time we hope that lessons are learned so that the farm sector is never compromised in this way ever again.”

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