Non-residents working in Australia under a work and holiday visa.


Backpackers are young people between the ages of 18 to 30, going to Australia for both tourism and work purposes. They are entitled to travel and work in Australia if they are on a 417/462 visa. With hundreds of jobs and lots of places to visit, Australia is a true paradise for backpackers!

Changes in Backpacker Tax

Are you a backpacker? If yes, then you need to know what changes have been made by the Australian Governmenttobackpackers’ tax. Earlier, you could work in Australia and pay zero tax up to annual earnings of $18,200, as long as you were an Australian resident for tax purposes. Anything above that and you would have to pay 19% tax rate, gradually increasing on anupward scale. From the 1st of January 2017, all earnings are now taxed at 15% up to $37,000, at which point you begin paying the same as the rest of Australia.

Popular jobs for Backpackers

Each year thousands of backpackers visit Australia not only to visit its beautiful locations, but also to work here while they are at it. Backpackers can choose from various types of jobs such as:

  • Fruit picking;
  • Sales;
  • Bar Jobs;
  • Farm Work;
  • Volunteer Work;
  • Help Exchange;
  • Restaurants & Cafes, etc.

Backpackers with limited to no skills can easily take up these jobs and earn money while they are traveling. Working in Australia is a great way to experience its culture and meet new people along the way!

Here are a few Tips for Backpackers

  • Make sure to keep enough clothes and emergency cash with you at all times;
  • Try to eat homemade food and save as much money as possible by tryingmore affordable optionssuch as Asian food;
  • Internal flights are cheaper to use and best during time constraints;
  • Pack a sarong to use as an emergency towel for the beach or as a blanket;
  • Save transport and fuel costs by sharing cars;
  • Travel on buses/trains at night to save a night's accommodation;
  • Buy a reusable water bottle instead of buying new water bottles every day;
  • Use free Wi-Fiat libraries and McDonalds.

Let’s start the Journey!