ABGC backs Federal stance on backpacker tax

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has welcomed the revised Federal Government view on the backpacker tax.

ABGC Chair Doug Phillips said the Coalition’s new compromised figure of a 15 per cent tax on backpacker earnings – down from an original 32.5 per cent rate – was good news for the banana industry whose workforce is 50 per cent reliant on travelling workers.

“Our industry is one that relies heavily on backpackers. A reduction in tax is a positive in terms of continuing to encourage those travellers to spend time as a vital labour force,” Mr Phillips said.