Arrival and Welcome
The 88 day programme can be purchased with or without our 'Arrival and Welcome' package in Brisbane and Noosa.
The Arrival and welcome gets you set up for work and gives you 4 days to relax and enjoy one of Queensland's best beach resorts, in a great hostel before travelling on to our training farm. Click the button to the right for more information.
The Training Course
The training course starts on a Monday morning with our transport pick up in Noosa and finishes on a Friday evening. You may travel independently to the training farm in your own vehicle.
The training is 5 days fully residential at our training farm near Gympie, approximately 3 hours north of Brisbane in Queensland.
The aim of the course is to provide a general introduction to Australian farmwork. This will give you an awareness of what is required to do well in outback Australia, as well as some skills that will allow you to be useful as soon as you arrive with your employer. We assess your skills and attitude and then match you to the jobs that best suit your skills, experience and aspirations.
We have a database of 2,000 employers with a range of roles available. There are always plenty of vacancies of various types. If you don't have previous skills or experience you will need to be willing to do any job that matches your abilities.
During the training course you will have the chance to speak to 2-3 or more employers whose jobs we have filtered as suitable for you. You then decide which job to take.
Normally you will travel to the job (which could be anywhere in Australia) directly from the training farm. Typically this journey includes one night's accommodation in Brisbane which is included in the programme cost.
The cost of travel from the training farm to your employer will be your expense, however we will help you to arrange it.
Skills / Qualities Required
You will need to show previous skills or experience with one or more of the following; farm work, equestrian skills (riding, horse care and ground work), practical and trade skills such as mechanics, welding, building, carpentry, plumbing, electrics etc and/or experience of childcare, babysitting, cooking and domestic work, or hospitality work as a cook, waitress, barman or some other hospitality customer service role.
You will also need to show a willing and positive attitude during our training course. We have a large database of employers who are willing to employ good workers, but we need to witness those qualities so that we can introduce and recommend you to the employer in good faith.
Our training course gives you the chance to demonstrate these qualities, as well as giving you experience and understanding of the environment that Australian farmers work in, the sort of tasks they will expect you to do and also the work ethic and attitude they expect you to bring.
What to Expect
You will need to be willing to work hard. You will need to be fit, have workplace stamina, be prepared to work hard at learning new skills and show a proactive attitude to making yourself useful. You will be expected to work for 3 months in your job, and you may experience a good deal of culture shock when you are there. Farm work is no easy ride.
Over nearly 25 years in this business we have placed approximately 10,000 young people in rural work.
Providing you have a profile that tells us you can apply yourself to provide good value to a rural employer, we will be able to help you secure your 2nd working holiday visa.
GUARANTEE OF WORK
Our guarantee for the 88 day programme is that we will offer you one or more jobs (up to 3 months in total) that allow you to gain your second year visa.
Your job will normally start straight away after the training course. When you apply we will assess your application form and offer a guarantee of work based on the information you have given us.
You will be required to demonstrate your abilities during the training course, as well as show yourself to be a willing worker who trys hard, learns fast and does a job well. Our guarantee will not apply if you are not able to do this.
From your employer
..is that you will work for at least three months in one job, thereby achieving the required number of days to earn your second working holiday visa.
If, for reasons beyond your control or fault, the job you are offered does not last long enough to achieve this, Visitoz will undertake to provide you with a second job that makes it possible.
If however, you are required to leave the employment for reasons of misconduct or performance below the expected standard Visitoz reserves the right to refuse access to further offers of employment.
...is that you will enter into the training course committed and willing to apply yourself to new things, to taking part and getting involved, to working hard, to being sociable and friendly to others.
Also to being fair, respectful, polite, and co-operative and communicating with us readily.
Most of our employers pay in line with the 'AWARD' wage structure as stipulated by Fairwork Australia.
Many pay much better. This is based on the minimum wage structure for a general farm hand and it varies depending on age and what other benefits are offered (such as food and accommodation).
You can view further information about pay rates using the link above and to the right.
NB Please note that soon after participants have started work, many or our employers will increase their wage if they are good - and some (like good tractor drivers) may start on a higher wage.
In comparison: Fruit picking
The fruit picking rate is similar, but earnings are often calculated by, for example, how many baskets you fill, so you have to be fast and good to make money. On top of this is food and accommodation costs (rent etc to the working hostel is usually about $240 a week) - so it can be difficult to make or save much money by fruit picking.
In comparison: City work
Similarly the minimum wage for city work is also similar, but accommodation, food and travel to work are all much more expensive, and so it can be difficult to save any meaningful amount while working in a city.
Pre-course Admin Requirements
You will need to bring or have access to electronic copies of
1. Your passport
2. Your driving licence – (you do not need an International licence)
3. Your national health service card, or equivalent from your country.
4. Your travel and accident insurance document
5. Your Working Holiday Visa confirmation email.
6. Your Tax File Number
7. Medicare Card (for Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, British, Italian, Maltese and Dutch)
8. Australian bank account details
9. Money or a credit card to pay for the onward travel to your job. You need to have about $500 in pocket money to cover your transport to the job, and perhaps some hostel nights on the way.
Clothing / Equipment List
We recommend that you have the following items with you.
We have a small shop on the farm where most of the following items can be bought. However, if you have them, bring them.
Step 1 - complete the application form and profile information
Step 2 - Pay deposit
Step 3 - receive a confirmation of acceptance from Visitoz staff.
(We may contact you by phone to verify some information)
Step 4 - arrange travel to Noosa or Springbrook Farm
After we receive your application we will assess your application form.
We may contact you to check information and your level of English.
Once we have accepted your application we will fit you into the next available course or nearest to the date you require.
Two short videos to
explain the training