Backpackers say they're being duped by employers

BACKPACKERS working on Australian farms are being duped by their employers into paying over the odds for "substandard" accommodation, some workers claim.

A year on from an investigation by the ABC's Four Corners program that revealed slavery-like working conditions for subclass 417 working holiday visa holders, backpackers say rorting is still rife.

Those wishing to stay a second year in Australia have to complete 88 days of regional work in a form of plant and animal cultivation, fishing and pearling, tree farming and felling, mining or construction, and have their days signed off by an employer.

As of August last year, the Federal Government has required backpackers to provide payslips when lodging their visa application to ensure their wages meet the minimum $17.70 per hour.

However, there are claims some employers are reducing the amount they pay out by requiring workers to pay hundreds of dollars a week in cash to stay in run-down housing while offering few hours of work in return.

Read more at ABC News Online


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