Submissions received

​​​​Between August and September 2016, stakeholders were invited to make public submissions on the working holiday maker visa review via the online portal.

More than 1700 submissions have been received. The Department of Agriculture would like to thank all those who made a submission.

Disclaimer: Submissions have been published below unless authors have not authorised publication of their submission on the department’s webpage.

Submissions that contained offensive language, potentially defamatory material, or copyright infringement have also not been published on this webpage.

Views or opinions expressed in submissions reflect those of the organisation or individual making the submission. The Australian Government and Department of Agriculture does not endorse the views or opinions expressed in any submission.

The Department of Agriculture makes no representations or warranties regarding the contents of submissions published on this website, including with respect to factual accuracy and intellectual property. Intellectual property in submissions is held by the author of the submission and the author is responsible for factual accuracy. The Department of Agriculture disclaims all liability in relation to the publication of the submissions on this website.

The terms of reference for the review include addressing the key issue of exploitation of and protections for vulnerable workers.

The Fair Work Ombudsman provides assistance with workplace rights and entitlements, and receives reports on potential worker exploitation. Visit to get help from the Fair Work Ombudsman, or lodge an anonymous report.


Individual and organisation comments entered via the online portal have been compiled into a submission summary PDF Icon PDF [1.72 MB, 430 pages]PDF Icon Word [213 KB, 430 pages]. Please note that this is a long document. Name, organisation name and country are included—where these details were provided.

Submissions attached to the online portal are listed by organisation name, or individual last name, first name in alphabetical order.

Published submissions may not meet Australian Government accessibility requirements as they have not been prepared by the department.

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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