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.