Australian Backpacker Tax is going to be 15 per cent since the Greens agreed with the government on the last parliamentary sitting day for 2016. There has been much controversy to bring about a resolution.
On Thursday the 1st December 2016 the government stayed put with its support for 15 per cent tax. Earlier in the week the government lost a vote in the Senate which would have seen the 15 per cent proposal become law.
If no resolution was sought by Thursday the 1st December then the original 32.5 per cent tax rate would be in force from 1 January 2017.
The higher new tax rate has seen seasonal workers in agriculture and tourism virtually dry up which is not good for Australia, especially farmers and remote businesses alike. The National Farmers’ Federation has long been lobbying for government to agree to the 15 per cent rate saying that “enough is enough”.
The Daily Telegraph has reported that the Australian federal government is considering a plan to replace the Howard government citizenship test with questions that aim to put a stop to people rorting the system.
Questions currently based on civics and citizenship, the system of government, national flag and historical events. The considered changes would reportedly see a move toward more involvement in employment, education of children and whether or not family members are English-speaking. Early-stage meetings were held during the week, headed up by immigration minister Peter Dutton.
The reformed test is aiming to stop radical migrants and extremism, citing a senior government source who said there was a flow of people coming into the nation.
The current citizenship test was put in place by the Howard government in 2006.
After initially taking a mouthful of abuse, then Prime Minister John Howard publicly defended it by saying it was “not designed in any way to keep some people out and encourage others to come in”.
“This is about cohesion and integration, it’s not about discrimination and exclusion,” he said at the time.
When people consider moving overseas for work or to live permanently, one of the first things they look at are the prices of property and the general cost of living.
With prices of property in the United Kingdom almost unattainable for many Brits, particularly within London, people are not only starting to look outside of the capital cities but to other countries as well.
The average price of a property in the United Kingdom ranges from £185,965 in the East Midlands through to £571,792 in London with prices expected to continue to rise due to demand from international investors.
Australia too is experiencing a property boom, however, their prices offer a lot more ‘bang for your buck.’ Ranging from $413,00 (£236,455) in the city of Adelaide through to $750,000 (£429,399) in Sydney.
According to local business directory localsuburb the quality of living in Australia also has an attractive price tag with an average of 261 days of sunshine in Queensland, which is additional incentive for Brits looking to make the journey to the land Down Under. With over 670,000 British Nationals visiting Australia every year, it is not surprising that many of them choose to make their next visit more permanent when they experience first-hand what their pound can buy in the property market.
If you are currently living in the UK and interested in the real estate opportunities available in Australia for a potential immigration to Australia, please contact our head office for more information.