RURAL FARM WORK
More people than ever are heading to Australia to take advantage of recent changes to the working holiday visa, which allows travellers who have worked as a seasonal worker in regional Australia for at least three months to apply for a second work visa in Australia. So you can make friends, get a tan, and then get a second working visa!
The definition of seasonal work required for application for a second working holiday visa was recently expanded to include not only fruit-picking and harvest work but work in other industries as well, such as fishing, pearling, shearing, butchery and forestry.
What is fruit picking and harvesting work like?
If you enjoy the outdoors, harvest work is an exciting way to experience the beauty and culture of country Australia.You'll meet other adventurous travellers and there'll be plenty of time after-hours to explore the breath-taking scenery of regional Australia and to enjoy the outdoor recreational activities many regions have to offer.
Be warned that harvest work and fruit picking in Australia can be demanding labour with lots of bending and stretching, often in hot temperatures and dusty locations. Being physically fit and healthy is important. In most orchards fruit pickers will start early in the morning at around 6am to avoid the hottest parts of the day but you will still have to wear sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, sturdy boots, insect repellent, and carry water with you.
How much can I earn as a regional worker in Australia?
Some land-owners and growers will pay you by the hour and ten dollars an hour is a good rate, but most places will pay you by the quantity of fruit you pick. Not good news for slackers, but great news if you're prepared to work harder for greater reward! Meals and accommodation are usually provided so you won't have to worry about those extra costs, but everywhere differs so check when you apply. You will normally be paid weekly or fortnightly.
- Meet other backpackers and make travel plans while all staying at the same place
- Every day worked counts towards the mandatory 88 days required for your second year visa
- No experience necessary
- Must be self-motivated
- Must be willing to plan your travel arrangements according to employer defined start dates
- Must be a working holiday maker or be eligible for an Australian Holiday visa
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