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BOA Member News June 2020

The 1st of June marked further easing of restrictions in New South Wales, as businesses re-open the state is open for business.

Changes to the Committee

Following last week’s announcement of Sarah Flynn stepping down as BOA President, there has been some necessary changes to the Committee. The current Committee members are:

  • President: Samantha Pearce-Marmont, Hostelworld (previously Vice-President)
  • Vice-President: Andrew Cowan, Millett Group (previously Committee Member)
  • Treasurer: Campbell Shepherd, Lasoo (previously Committee Member)
  • Hon Secretary: Sam Badans, YHA Australia
  • Committee Member: Tristan Peters,
  • Committee Member: Sophie Brown, Ultimate Travel
  • Committee Member: Jacob Waugh, AAT Kings
  • Secretariat: Jamie Page

As always please do not hesitate to contact any of the Committee members if there is anything BOA can do to assist you through these challenging times or if there are any topics of interest you would like the industry pursuing.

Working Holiday Visa Fees and Extensions / JobKeeper Subsidy Extension for the Tourism Industry

The Committee has met on several occasions in recent weeks to discuss a submission to government on behalf of our members to lobby for:

  • Reduction in Working Holiday Visa fees
  • A one-year extension for Working Holiday Visa holders effected by the pandemic
  • Extending the JobKeeper Subsidy for tourism businesses
  • Developing a strategic plan to bring back Working Holiday Makers into the country safely and as soon as possible

BOA has also been working with the Backpacker Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) on the above issues, to help further give voice to our members and industry. We are in the process of developing a joint submission to approach government within the coming weeks. More details will be released as the action plan takes shape.

As always, we welcome further ideas for consideration to address the government. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Useful Resources: Business recovery assistance & COVID-19 safe workplace

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