Setting your expectations
The employer's expectation is that you will work for at least three months in one job. A working holiday visa (417 or 462) normally allows a maximum of 6 months for one employer.
Our expectation is that you will enter into the training course committed to applying yourself, taking part and working hard. To fit in with the culture at the farm, it is essential that you have a good attitude. Please be friendly, fair, respectful, polite, well-mannered and communicate.
You should expect...
You are coming here to do a paid job for a fair wage. Your employer will expect you to be completely committed to this.
Farmwork can be an amazing and fulfilling adventure, but dont expect it to be be easy. Where there is adventure and work there is usually challenge. Australia will definitely be different to what you are used to and what you expect.
Expect your work to be physical, challenging, sometimes dull, sometimes interesting, sometimes unique, sometimes routine.
Your location may be remote with limited communications and basic facilities. The weather or climate may be extreme. You may be living and working in the same place with just a few people for company. You may be some distance from civilisation and the services you are used to.
You may not like everything you see, enjoy all that you are asked to do, or like everyone you meet. Be prepared to be challenged, tested and stretched. Be prepared to dig deep as you acclimatise and get over culture shock, be willing to try new things and learn, be ready to laugh and above all be willing to engage wholeheartedly with the experience and the people.
Pay and conditions
Our employers normally pay according to the award wage structure. This is at least the minimum wage for your age and the type of work you are doing. We take our guide for pay rates from the Pastoral Award - Farmhand Level 1.
Rural Australian pay rates are fair and governed by Australian law through an organisation called Fairwork. Employers in our network are required to operate in accordance with Fairwork guidelines, offering pay and conditions that are at least equal to the minimum required by Australian law.
In 3 months you can reasonably expect to save approximately $5-6,000 Australian dollars, as this is what you can reasonably expect your take home pay to be. This may vary slightly from employer to employer depending on how they offer benefits such as food, accommodation, use of vehicles, power, internet etc, and of course this is also dependent on your spending habits.
You can read more detailed information about pay conditions using the link below.
Our Terms and Conditions of Participation
We have produced clear written terms and conditions that are intended to explain our expectations of participants in our programmes.
This includes honest and complete information in the application process, appropriate effort and engagement with the training and jobs placement process, and appropriate and productive engagement with the employer and their work environment.
You will be required to confirm that you accept our general terms and conditions before joining one of our programmes.
This information can be seen in more detail using the button below.
General Points about Farmwork
We have gathered together a few key points about working on livestock and crop farms in rural and outback Australia.
Awareness of these will help you to make a success of your farm work.
Not all lollipops and rainbows
Time and place
Skills and abilities
It is a competitive market for workers -
Get organised - be prepared - invest in yourself