Apple and pear growers are reminded that, by law, all Australian employers must provide their employees with regular payslips. And those employing backpackers should be prepared for them to insist on receiving payslips along with signing their Working Holiday visa employment verification form.
As of 31 August 2015 anyone applying for a second Working Holiday visa must provide payslips to show they have completed 88 days of specified work in regional Australia.
APAL Industry Services Manager Annie Farrow says that some employers may not have encountered these kinds of requests from their backpackers in the past.
“Previously, employees on a Working Holiday visa have been able to submit a form to Border Force to prove their work record.
“And now, the changes to the application process mean they must provide specific documentation to prove they’ve completed their required three months work, under proper working conditions,” Annie said.
The Working Holiday Maker program allows young adults from eligible partner countries to work in Australia while having an extended holiday and work must not be the main purpose of their visit.
For more information visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website or contact 131 881.