Where to Find Farm Jobs?
So when looking for a farm job there are lots of places to look and ways of finding legitimate farm work so you can get your second year visa. Similar to looking for a normal job you can go and have a look around hostels and on notice boards. There are often advertisements for farm work on the jobs boards in hostels so it is worth going and having a look. Once again asking around is always a good idea, people may have been on good farms and maybe able to give you a contact number for you to call and get more information etc. There are also a few websites which you can use to find farm work:
⦁ http://www.taw.com.au/ - This is a good website everything on here is legitimate so you don’t have to worry about getting a dodgy farm that wont be able to sign you off, as it's all run through the website. There is a sign up fee as mentioned previously it's about $50 for the whole year. This is where I found my job for zucchini picking, its a good website you can just attach your CV, and then apply for jobs with the click of a button.
⦁ http://www.gumtree.com.au/ - Gumtree in my opinion is a fantastic website if your looking farm work, there are thousands of listings all with different types of farm work, from cattle farms, dairy farms, fruit picking, mining, oysters and so many more so you can refine your search. It's really easy to apply again you just attach your CV and leave a bit of a covering note telling them how many days you have left to complete of your farm work and why you want the job. Gumtree is where I found the horse farm which I worked on. With Gumtree though make sure you check up on the farms like there address, see if they have facebook pictures any reviews etc. Personally I would do this with any website, just to confirm its legitimacy and it enables you to gain an idea of what it's like.
⦁ http://jobsearch.gov.au/harvesttrail/towncroplist.aspx – This is the governments website for harvest work. You can either search by month or by state. It gives you lists of all of the different types of vegetables and fruits that you can pick the months they are in season and places work is available. It then gives you information about the places and jobs, and you can call or email them with the details provided. I never used this website personally, but it's great for information on when harvesting and picking work is available. This website is just picking though there is no horse or cattle farms if you are looking for something like that.
There are also a few other websites out there that you can use but these are the main three I would stick to. You can find it in other places, just have a browse online and see what you can find until you find one you like or a good website. I would definitely recommend Gumtree though as there is so much variety and choice and it gives you a chance to get a look at all the different types of farms and opportunities on offer.
Precautions to take when looking for farm work:
When you are planning on completing your farm work and applying for jobs you are going to want to take some precautions. I wouldn’t worry about taking these precautions when applying for jobs just apply for all of the ones that suit your interests and you think that you would like. When you start to get responses from the farms and start deciding which ones you want to go to that is when you need to take precaution to find out if it is everything it says it is and is legitimate.
Precautions to take and things to find out before you leave for a farm:
⦁ The address and name of the farm, get an address and find out where it is, search it up on Google maps, see if it looks all legitimate search the name of the farm on Google to see if they have a website or a Facebook page. Some may not but it's good to check up and have a look at pictures of the farm and reviews. And have a look at the local area see what it's like for shops etc.
⦁ What do they pay, you need to make sure you know what your getting paid, is it per hour, for the week, or per the bucket.
⦁ Accommodation so where you will be staying, is it going to be a shared room or your own room is there cooking equipment or is your food provided which it often is if your working on a family run farm. Laundry facilities and will there be Wifi, but bare in mind that very often on the farms they are in the middle of nowhere and may not have Wifi or even signal at all so let your family and friends know where you are going and for how long you plan on being there.
⦁ Transport, you need to know how you will get there, so how long it will take and whether you have to get a bus or train etc.
⦁ Also find out how long a typical day of work is and the hours you are going to be expected to work.
⦁ It also very important to find out how long the work is going to last for so are you planning on staying there the full three months or half say 40 days you need to let them know before you go on the farm and that this is okay with them.
⦁ Another thing which isn’t necessary but may be nice to have and know is find out if there are any other people on the farm, where they are from. And ask for some pictures, it's always nice to have some pictures of the farm you are going to be staying on before you go so you can see what it looks like and where you will be staying.
So as you now know, if you complete your 3 months regional farm work, you can get a second year visa to Australia. There are loads of different types of jobs available depending on what kind of work your looking for the pay, accommodation, work hours it all varies. Some are family run farms where it will just be you helping out a family, others are there may be 20 other backpackers and you will all be working together. Farm work is hard and it can be very physical, again it depends on specifically what type of farm job you get. I myself had 2 farm jobs so split up my 88 days, I did half on a farm in Queensland picking Zucchinis, there were about 20 other people all doing this, it was very hard work in the sun just walking down a field picking vegetables. And the other farm was a family run horse farm this was a bit more fun and a better experience as I would do a range of things, such as look after horses, fencing, ride quad bikes, put out hay, general maintenance work etc. Both were completely different experiences and both taught me a great deal. I would definitely recommenced splitting it up though and doing half on one farm and half on another as this gives you the chance to get two different experiences, and then you wont get as bored as get the two opportunities, but then again if you are enjoying your first farm so much then stay for sure.
Types of Farm Jobs/Specified Work:
So there are lots of different types of farm jobs that count as specified work and it can be done in a range of areas.
Plant and Animal Cultivation:
⦁ Cultivating or propagating plants, fungi or their products or parts.
⦁ General maintenance crop work.
⦁ Harvesting and/or packing fruit and vegetable crops.
⦁ Immediate processing of animal products including shearing, butchery in an abattoir, packing and tanning.
⦁ Immediate processing of plant products.
⦁ Maintaining animals for the purpose of selling them or their bodily produce, including natural increase.
⦁ Manufacturing dairy produce from raw material.
⦁ Pruning and trimming vines and trees.
Fishing and Pearling:
⦁ Conducting operations relating directly to taking or catching fish and other aquatic species.
⦁ Conducting operations relating directly to taking or culturing pearls or pearl shell.
Tree Farming and Felling:
⦁ Felling trees in a plantation or forest.
⦁ Planting or tending trees in a plantation or forest that are intended to be felled.
⦁ Transporting trees or parts of trees that were felled in a plantation or forest to the place where they are first to be milled or processed or from which they are to be transported to the place where they are to be milled or processed.
⦁ Coal mining.
⦁ Oil and gas extraction.
⦁ Metal ore mining.
⦁ Non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying.
⦁ Exploration and other mining support services.
⦁ Building construction.
⦁ Heavy and civil engineering construction.
⦁ Construction services.
When completing your farm work it has to be done in a regional area, regional Australia is any area outside of Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, the NSW Central Coast, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne or the ACT. Regional Australia is defined by specific postcodes. some states such as South Australia and Tasmania count as regional Australia in their entirety, while others such as Western Australia simply require you to avoid the more populated areas like Perth.
So once your in Australia if you choose to use a working holiday visa you can apply for second year working holiday visa which entitles you to another whole year in Australia. There are certain requirements and things which you have to do to be able to obtain this visa, such as your regional farm work, but I will talk about farm work and where to get it in the next section this is just specifically about the second year visa itself. The second year visa is basically exactly the same as the first working holiday visa in regards to working and studying etc. The requirements are also exactly the same as the first working holiday visa apart from you would have had to undertake 3 months or 88 days of specified regional farm work. You can apply for a second year visa when your in or out of Australia but if your out of Australia when applying then when the visa is granted you must be out of Australia and the same if you are in Australia. The average processing time for the second year visa is from 2-6 weeks so when you apply if you are in Australia you should make sure you have at least 28 days left on your first visa when you apply for your second year. If you are out of the country it doesn’t matter too much. Once your application has been granted, you will have one year to activate the visa; you can do this by simply entering Australia.
Alternatively, if you are in Australia when you lodge your application and do not leave, your second year visa will automatically come into effect when your first year application expires. The second year visa costs £295 so is quite expensive but it does allow you to stay in Australia for another year. When your second year visa has been granted you will receive an email confirming this and confirming that everything has been approved and your second year visa application successful. When you do your farm work for your second year visa, if you complete your farm work after the 31st of August 2015 you will need to provide payslip evidence as proof that you have worked on a farm. If you completed your farm work before this date or were mid way through it on this date you do not need payslip evidence. When submitting for your visa other evidence to include to prove you completed your farm work would be things like bus tickets, accommodation slips, group certificates and tax returns these are just some examples that may help speed up your application.
There are a range of places you can buy your visas from and a range of different companies but I would just get it from the official government website to be sure and safe. You just set up an account with them and then apply and pay for your visa. They are usually pretty quick with getting back to you I got offered my working holiday visa in under 24 hours after applying. When your visa gets accepted before you leave I would print a copy of all the documents from your visa to take with you in your hand luggage so if they ask you for them, you have them to hand. Sometimes they may ask you about funds and how you plan on funding yourself but just give them honest answers and they will have no reason not to let you into the country. I had no problems at all when going through customs it literally took 10 minutes. Also when applying for your visa make sure you have at least 6 months left on your passport from when you plan on leaving the country as they may not let you enter if you don’t. When I applied I did not realise but I got my visa accepted and then noticed I didn’t have 6 months from when I would be leaving the country, this was no problem at all though as they just asked for my new passport number and contacted me when it was all changed and sorted. Visas for Australia are also electronic so you don't get sent a sticker or have to send your passport off it's all done by microchips you will just get stamp when you go through customs when you arrive.
A working holiday visa (subclass 417), this allows you to work in Australia for any employer for up to 6 months you can work for 12 months but it would have to be with two separate employers. You are also not allowed to study for a period of 4 months or more. The visa can take up to 8 weeks to process but it shouldn’t take that long, it depends on your situation. You can apply for this visa online it takes about 30 minutes. You can apply online and find more information here at this link https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/417-. All you have to do is set up an Immi account fill in all your details and give them the information they need. Then pay for your visa and they will get back to you once it has been accepted and give you a visa reference number by email. When you have this visa you can leave and go to Australia as many times as you like within the 12 months, and the visa starts from the date/time when you first enter Australia and lasts for 12 months then on. The working holiday visa to Australia costs $420 dollars approximately £250. When applying for a working holiday visa there are certain requirements which you have to meet to be able to apply:
⦁ Must be between the age of 18-30.
⦁ Must have a valid passport with at least 6 months until renewal.
⦁ You must have sufficient funds to be able to support yourself when in Australia.
⦁ You must not have any substantial criminal convictions.
⦁ You must not have any substantial medical issues.
⦁ Will not be accompanied by a dependent child at any point during your stay.
You can only apply for a working holiday visa if you are from one of the countries stated below, you can also get a working holiday visa if you are from the United States, it is very similar but
differs slightly with some of its conditions.
Eligible Passport Holders
⦁ Australia currently has reciprocal working holiday arrangements with:
Belgium Canada Denmark
Estonia Finland France
Germany Hong Kong* Italy
Japan Malta Norway
Republic of Cyprus** Republic of Ireland Republic of Korea
Sweden Taiwan The Netherlands
*Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
**Holders of passports from The Republic of Cyprus are not eligible to apply for an electronic working holiday visa, and must lodge their application with their resident Australian Government office.