GUARANTEE YOUR 2ND YEAR VISA
88 DAY + PROGRAMME
The 88 DAY + programme includes our welcome and set up package, the farm work training course, job offer guarantee and 88 days of back up and support. This is designed for new arrivals in the country.
88 DAY PROGRAMME
The 88 DAY programme includes only the farm work training course, job offer guarantee and 88 days of back up and support. This programme is designed for people who have already been in Australia for some time.
Arrival and Welcome
The Arrival and welcome gets you set up for work and gives you 4 days to relax and enjoy Noosa, one of Queensland's best beach resorts, in a great hostel for 4 days before travelling on to our training farm.
The Training Course
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 will assess your skills and attitude and then match you to the jobs that best suit your skills, experience and aspirations.
The training is 5 days / 4 nights fully residential at our training farm near Gympie, approximately 3 hours north of Brisbane in Queensland, starting on Monday morning with our transport pick up in Noosa. The course finishes on a Friday evening with return transport to Gympie, or in most cases, Brisbane, before travelling on to your employer.
We arrange the travel to your employer, but this is at your expense. You may travel independently to and from the training farm in your own vehicle.
Employers, Job offers and our Job Offer guarantee
We have a database of 2,000 employers with a wide range of roles available, so we can guarantee realistic job offers that suit your skills and abilities. Our guarantee is that one or more of our employer members will offer you a job that realistically suits your skills and abilities and will enable you to gain your second year visa.
During the training course we normally expect to offer a choice of 2-3 job offers that suit you. You will speak to the employers with the help of our jobs team and decide which option suits you best before accepting a role.
You will be required to demonstrate your abilities during the training course, as well as show yourself to be a willing worker who tries hard, learns fast and does a job well. Our job offer guarantee will not apply if you are not able to do this.
If you don't have previous skills or experience you will need to be willing to learn and capable of working well in a new environment. Be aware that as an unskilled entrant into the short term agricultural workforce you will need to be flexible about the type of job offer you accept.
In the unlikely event that we are not able to secure a job offer for you during your training week we may advise you to complete a period of volunteer work to build up your skills and experience and also to prove your ability to learn and work effectively.
Skills / Qualities Required to receive job offers and to do well in the role
Ideally you will have previous relevant skills or experience.
This could be 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.
A full driving licence and experience driving manual vehicles is important, and skills riding motorbikes, quad bikes or other vehicles are desirable.
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.
Expectations from your Employer
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. Please be aware that farm work is no easy ride and this is a real job for real fair pay. You may not like or enjoy everything you are asked to do, and you may not like everyone you meet.
You will be expected to commit to work for at least three months in one job, thereby achieving the required number of days to earn your second working holiday visa.
Expectations from Visitoz
are 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 communicate with us readily and honestly.
If, for reasons beyond your control or fault, the job you are offered does not last long enough to achieve 88 days, 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.
Pay and Conditions
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 of 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. Cash or money available by debit or credit card (ideally VISA or Mastercard) to pay for the onward journey to your job. You will need to have about $600 for this.
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 Skype or 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.