Results of the Backpacker Tax


The. Hon. Scott Morrison MP

Better working holiday maker tax arrangements

The Turnbull Government recognises that working holiday makers are an important part of Australia’s $43.4 billion tourism industry and a key source of labour, particularly in the agriculture, horticulture, tourism and hospitality sectors. We also recognise, as do stakeholders, that working holiday makers should pay fair tax on their earnings.

At the 2016 election the government committed to review the tax arrangements for working holiday makers by the end of the year.

Today Cabinet has approved the following changes:

From 1 January 2017 the Government will set the tax rate applying to working holiday makers at 19 per cent on earnings up to $37,000, rather than the 32.5 per cent announced in the 2015-2016 Budget, with ordinary marginal tax rates applying after that. The Government will also reduce the application charge for working holiday maker visas by $50 to $390. These changes will lower the cost of coming to Australia for working holiday makers and leave them with more money in their pockets to spend while here.

Read more of this Media Release.........

14 October 2016

2016 NSW Cherry Growers Association Annual Season Launch

Anyone with an interest in the Cherry or Horticulture Industry is welcome to attend and don’t forget to bring your families, staff, agents and suppliers or anyone who may also be interested in the topics to be discussed. Please view the attached Agenda to see the excellent line up of speakers we have. Friday night will be our Annual Gala Dinner which is always a fun evening with excellent opportunities for networking!

Where:                                 The Hotel Canobolas, Orange NSW

When:                                   Friday 21st October 2016 (Conference and Gala Dinner)

                                             Saturday the 22nd October 2016 (Brunch and Orchard and Shed Tours at Caernarvon Cherry Co)

Registrations close:             Friday 7th October 2016


Please see attached Agenda and Registration Forms for further information.

The NSW Cherry Growers Association looks forward to seeing you there!

14 October 2016

You are invited to the 2016 VCA Annual General Meeting

You are invited to the 2016 VCA Annual General Meeting on 3 October 2016 at Wild Cattle Creek Estate, Wandin.



22 September 2016

Strategic Plan released!!

Hort Innovation’s Strategic Plan has been finalised. It is the roadmap that enables the organisation to guide, deliver and track our direction and investment as we grow the future of Australian horticulture.

Most importantly, the Plan gives our stakeholders the transparency and certainty that we always have our eye on the prize, our activity is consistently geared to delivering on our investments, whilst communicating and listening to stakeholders in an environment of continuous improvement.

Please find the link to the Plan for your information.






20 June 2016

Congratulations to those appointed on the new Strategic Investment Advisory Panel

The Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the cherry industry has been appointed. For further information, please refer to the media release and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).




Andrew Smith

Smiths Fruit


Michael Rouget

Koala Country Orchards


Steve Chapman



Tom Eastlake

Eastlake’s Family Tree


Fiona Hall

Caernarvon Cherry Co. & Bonny Glen Fruits


Anthony  Hannaford

Torren Valley Orchards


Nic Hansen

Cherries Tasmania Orchard


Lucy Gregg

Reid Fruits


Michael Batinich

E.B Batinich & Co



01 June 2016
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