Up 1200 educational scholarships available for South Australians

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia offers support for a minimum of 1200 undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational education and training students to undertake study, training and internships in South Australia.

It aims to improve skills and employment opportunities linked to priority industries in South Australia. It also creates opportunities for workers in industries experiencing structural adjustment and retrenchment.

The program delivers on the Australian Government’s 2016 election commitment to provide up to $24 million over four years for a minimum of 1200 scholarships for undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational education and training students to undertake study, training and internships in South Australia.

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be eligible to undertake an approved program of study*
  • be aged 15-64 years at commencement of study
  • be a new student or in the first year of your study program
  • be living in, or able to relocate to, South Australia for the duration of the scholarship
  • be willing and able to participate in an internship (where applicable)
  • intend to enter the workforce or accept employment in South Australia at the end of your course of study or training.

For further information and to apply, please visit the dedicated website for the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia.

Looking for an international student to help in your wine business?

Looking for an international student to help in your wine business?

StudyAdelaide’s Employer Portal connects South Australian companies with international students to help them grow their export business via the ‘easy’ 485 visa (not to be confused with the 457 visa).  The student is responsible to secure the visa and they are then able to be employed under the same conditions as an Australian citizen for between two to four years.

If you are concerned about what an international student could do have a look at the examples of Placement Ideas.  Project examples include:

  • competitor and gap analysis
  • trade mission preparation
  • distribution strategy
  • hosting international delegation
  • Language specific marketing material or social media development

Follow this link to the Employer Portal Flyer.

Working holiday visas available for Vietnam

The Federal Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced that a mutual work and holiday visa arrangement, Work and Holiday Visa (462, between Australia and Vietnam commenced today.

The arrangement enables vietnamese nationals aged between 18 and 30 to apply to stay in Australia for a year to undertake short-term work. The Work and Holiday visa (462) is commonly referred to as a “backpacker visa” and is often held by non-citizens performing seasonal and temporary work, including in the wine industry.

If a holder of a Work and Holiday visa (462) is performing work they are subject to the so called “backpacker tax” of 15% from the first dollar earned up to $37,000, with ordinary marginal tax rates applying thereafter. For further information visit the ATO’s dedicated website with information on the “backpacker tax”.

SAWIA appointed national wine industry representative for training policy

The South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) is proud to announce that we have been appointed as the national representative for the Australian wine industry through membership of the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for Vocational Education and Training (VET). The appointment is for a 3-year term.

IRCs drive the process of training package development and are made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge of their particular industry sector. IRCs are responsible for ensuring that VET training packages meet the needs of employers by developing and reviewing training packages and inform industry priorities.

Industries are grouped together on an industry basis to form an IRC, with a committee structure and membership providing the best possible industry coverage and expertise to support training package reviews and development for each industry sector.

We are very pleased with the broad support we received for our nomination from individual wine industry employers and National and State wine industry associations.

SAWIA will be working closely with the wine industry nationally over the next 3 years to ensure that the interests of the industry is taken into account when developing and reviewing training packages and that the VET system is able to respond to the needs of the wine industry.

For more information contact Business Services Manager, Sarah Hills.

An international student can give your business an edge

For a winery exporting wine overseas and wanting to provide an enhanced tasting experience in the cellar door for international tourists who may be speaking a language other than English, employing an international student can make great business sense.

Having someone in your business who can speak and read the language, use foreign social media and advise about cultural expectations when exporting and welcoming international tourists into your cellar door can give you a competitive edge. Other benefits include consumer insights enabling you to understand and connect with your customer better and connecting to offshore networks to attract new business.

StudyAdelaide, the SA Government agency responsible for promoting Adelaide as the premier destination for international education, has established the EmployerPORTAL to connect South Australian employers with international students and graduates from South Australian universities and higher education providers at no charge to the employer or student.


ATO Employer Registration – Backpacker Tax Compliance

Employers seeking to utilise the new backpacker tax of 15% from the first dollar earned up to $37,000 and ordinary marginal tax rates thereafter for income earned by an employee holding a working holiday visa (Working Holiday Visa 417/Work and Holiday Visa 462) on or after 1 January 2017 must complete a once-off registration with ATO.

The online registration form is now available from the ATO website

Further, to assist employers of working holiday makers in determining the correct withholding amount the ATO has produced a new tax table which can be downloaded as an excel spreadsheet from the ATO website.

Backpacker Tax Reforms passed

Federal Parliament on 1 December 2016 passed the Federal Government’s revised Backpacker Tax Reform Package. The key feature is an income tax rate of 15% from the first dollar earned up to $37,000, with ordinary marginal tax rates applying thereafter for holders of the Working Holiday (417) visa and the Work and Holiday (462) visa.

Employers who wish to utilise the backpacker tax arrangements are required to undertake a once-off registration with the ATO. Employers who do not register will be required to withhold tax at 32.5 per cent from the first dollar earned.

The provisions on the 15% income tax rate and the registration requirement commenced on 2 December, but does not take full effect until next year as it applies to income earned on or after 1 January 2017.

For further information on the registration requirements and other aspects of the Backpacker Tax Reforms, contact the South Australian Wine Industry Association.

Greater opportunities for the Riverland wine region

According to a report by ABC Rural “South Australia’s Riverland region will benefit from a $40 million investment by one of Australia’s largest wine companies.”

“Accolade Wines will spend between $35 million and $40 million setting up a new glass bottling plant and warehouse facilities at its existing winery in Berri.”

“It is anticipated 40 people will be employed once the plant is operating.”

For more information on this expansion, see ABC Rural


Backpacker Tax Reform passes first hurdle

Following on from the announcement by the Federal Government that it would withdraw its proposed backpacker tax in favour of a tax rate of 19% from the first dollar earned up to $37,000, legislation now has been passed by the House of Representatives to this effect. However, the legislation also would need to pass the Senate.

The legislation also gives effect to other aspects of the Government’s policy announcement, including new registration requirements for employers and changes to the visas rules for working holiday makers.

The legislation now has been referred to a Senate inquiry which will hand down its report by 7 November 2016. SAWIA’s submission to the inquiry supported the lower tax rate of 19% as a workable compromise, but opposed other measures that simply will add red tape and increased compliance costs on wine industry employers.