Below are some of the most common questions we get at Farmgate Backpackers. If you would like to know more then please contact us.


If I’m an overseas backpacker/traveller wanting to work in Australia, what must I do?

You need to do 3 things:

  1. Obtain a working holiday visa from the department of immigration. Otherwise you will not be able to work for payment.
  2. Apply for a Tax file Number from the ATO otherwise you will be taxed at the heighest rate.
  3. Open an Australian bank account.

As long as you complete Step 1 before applying for work, we can help you with Steps 2 & 3 when you arrive at Farmgate Backpackers.

What does seasonal farm work involve?

It can involve anything farm related – eg. picking, packing and sorting fruit or vegetables. It may also involve general farm labour such as mending fences, irrigation work or product quality assurance. Your harvest work will be on a farm, but it may be outside in an orchard or inside a packing shed.

Can I stay at Farmgate Backpackers without work?

Yes, of course – while the core of our business is based around connecting workers with farms, we are equipped and more than happy for you to stay with us on an overnight or short stay basis.

How will I be paid?

You will be employed and paid directly by the farm you are working for. You may be paid hourly or by piece rate – this is at the discretion of the farm.

What hours does seasonal farm work involve?

Put simply – IT VARIES! Farm work can start early in the morning and finish late in the afternoon. There can be shift work or night work and working weeks can be 5, 6 or 7 days. Work can even be interrupted or cancelled due to bad weather or machinery breakdown.

What happens if I am sacked from my employment?

This will be dealt with on a case by case basis. If you have been sacked because of conduct that is contrary to your employment agreement, we will not assist you in finding more farm work – further more, we may ask you to leave the hostel.

How will I get to work from Farmgate Backpackers?

We will transport you free of charge