Our employers all pay AT LEAST according the Australian legal standard wage structure. Many are willing to pay very more, especially when they know you and you have proved yourself. The starting rate is taken from the Pastoral Award - Farmhand Level 1 wage structure.
These pay rates are the minimum you can legally expect for general farm work and these are the starting point for pay offered by the employers we work with. Many employers offer more depending on their job and your age, skills and experience. Most employers will want to verify your abilities 'on the job' before offering you a higher rate of pay.
Fairwork is the organisation responsible for ensuring fair pay in Australia. You can verify these rates by checking their website.
FARMHAND LEVEL 1 AGE 20+
Calculations based on 38 hours per week (the minimum required hours for a full time role)
1. Food and accommodation not included:
2. Food and accommodation included:
WHAT THIS MEANS
Your take home pay per week after tax and all deductions should be at least $484.30
If you are age 19 it will be 90% of this amount. If you are age 18 it will be 80% of this amount.
WHAT YOU CAN SAVE
While you earn your second year visa, you have the potential to save:
13 weeks (88 Days) X $484.30 = $6,295.90*
*This is the amount we can guarantee before knowing you or identifying a role for you. If you are skilled, prove to be a good worker, or are offered more hours by your employer you could save significantly more than this.
There are variations in pay rates between employers and jobs. Some pay more; some slightly less, depending on other benefits they may provide.
Skilled, competent, committed and hard workers often get paid very much more because they are greatly valued.
Hours available typically range from 38 to 50 or more.
The cost to the employer is far more than the take home pay you receive, and ends up being approximately twice that figure, and far more when you consider the time spent showing you around, assessing your abilities, training you and monitoring your work.
The employer is within his rights to ask you to make reasonable payments for other services he provides, such as electricity, internet, telephone and use of vehicles, but many rural and outback employers do not as they consider these things to be part of the package.
Au-pair type roles are subject to different terms and conditions and sometimes may offer less pay than the rates quoted above.
Tax File Number (TFN)
This is your official number for Australian Government Tax records and you will need to give this to your employer when you start work.
Tax rates are currently 15% for working holiday makers. The employer will deduct this from your pre-tax pay, plus any deductions for food an accommodation. These tax rates came into effect in January 2017. Prior to this the rate was 32.5%.
For further information and details please see the ATO website, www.ato.gov.au
Super / Superannuation = Pension payments
Superannuation is a payment that an employer is required to make on your behalf to a pension fund. It is normally 9.5% of your wage.
There are many different companies who provide these funds. Your employer may have a Company which they prefer to use, or you can choose and set up your own or with your bank.
You may be able to reclaim some this money after you've left Australia.
We recommend that you consider using the services of a tax reclaim agency to help you with this. You will need to keep the contact and account details of the fund that your employer sets up for you so you can contact them when you leave Australia.