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.

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