Fruit picking : national harvest guide 2013 (OZ)

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10th EDITION8th EDITION 2013 NATIONAL HARVEST GUIDE TABLE OF CONTENTS Acknowledgement The National Harvest Guide has been Introduction 1 produced with the fi nancial assistance of the General Information 2 Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Harvest Trail 5 (DEEWR). However, DEEWR does not accept any responsibility for the contents of this publication and any actions taken in reliance of Handy Hints 8 its contents. New South Wales 9 Disclaimer Northern Territory 38 The National Harvest Labour Information Queensland 42 Service believes that all information supplied in this Guide to be correct at the time of South Australia 70 printing. A guarantee to this effect cannot be given however and no liability in the event of Tasmania 87 information being incorrect is accepted. Victoria 98 The Guide provides independent advice and no payment was accepted during its publication Western Australia 117 in exchange for any listing or endorsing of any place or business. The listing of organisations Wool Harvest 132 does not imply recommendation. Grain Harvest 138 This Guide does not take the place of current and accurate advice. For the latest information on harvest labour opportunities please WELCOME TO THE FREECALL 1800 062 332. NATIONAL HARVEST GUIDE Published Monthly updated text of this guide is also December 2012 10th Editionavailable ‘free of charge’ on the internet Revised www.harvesttrail.gov.

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10th EDITION8th EDITION
2013NATIONAL HARVEST GUIDE
TABLE OF CONTENTS Acknowledgement
The National Harvest Guide has been Introduction 1
produced with the fi nancial assistance of the
General Information 2 Commonwealth Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace Relations
Harvest Trail 5 (DEEWR). However, DEEWR does not accept
any responsibility for the contents of this
publication and any actions taken in reliance of Handy Hints 8
its contents.
New South Wales 9
Disclaimer
Northern Territory 38
The National Harvest Labour Information
Queensland 42 Service believes that all information supplied
in this Guide to be correct at the time of
South Australia 70 printing. A guarantee to this effect cannot be
given however and no liability in the event of
Tasmania 87 information being incorrect is accepted.
Victoria 98 The Guide provides independent advice and
no payment was accepted during its publication
Western Australia 117 in exchange for any listing or endorsing of any
place or business. The listing of organisations
Wool Harvest 132 does not imply recommendation.
Grain Harvest 138 This Guide does not take the place of current
and accurate advice. For the latest information
on harvest labour opportunities please WELCOME TO THE
FREECALL 1800 062 332. NATIONAL HARVEST GUIDE
Published Monthly updated text of this guide is also
December 2012 10th Editionavailable ‘free of charge’ on the internet
Revised
www.harvesttrail.gov.au
November 2012
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FREECALL 1800 062 332Introduction
THE NATIONAL HARVEST LABOUR The National Harvest Telephone
INFORMATION SERVICE Information Service
FREECALL 1800 062 332
The Department of Education Employment This service operates weekdays from 8.00am
and Workplace Relations contracted MADEC to 8.00pm throughout the year, to answer
Australia to establish a National Harvest queries related to harvest labour and to
Labour Information Service to coordinate and connect callers to appropriate providers.
distribute information on harvest labour in Call Centre Operators are in contact with
Australia. The service commenced on 1 July growers, labour providers and job seekers.
2003.
The National Harvest Guide
As growers often have diffi culty fi nding The National Harvest Guide provides job
suffi cient workers at harvest time, this service seekers with concise and comprehensive
helps to match an itinerant pool of workers information about harvest work opportunities,
with variable seasonal work. A diverse range working conditions, transport and
of organisations, growers and job seekers use accommodation. It is available free of charge to
this service. job seekers across Australia, both in hard copy
and on the Harvest Trail Website
The National Harvest Labour Information www.harvesttrail.gov.au
Service is operated by MADEC Australia.
HARVEST FEEDBACK
Established in 1969 to explore the delivery of
alternative adult education programs to groups If you wish to provide feedback regarding your
or individuals in the community, MADEC experience on the Harvest Trail, or lodge a
Australia has established itself as a viable, complaint about an aspect of the Horticulture
community based organisation providing a Industry including wages, working conditions
range of services to regional communities. and/or accommodation, you have three
Employment and Harvest Labour Services options:
are currently delivered by MADEC Australia
sites extending across three states. This is 1. Complete a feedback form which is located
supported by MADEC’s Community College the front page of the Harvest Trail
Unit which delivers accredited and non- Website, www.harvesttrail.gov.au. Click on
accredited training. the tab on the left menu titled ‘Feedback’,
complete the feedback form and press the
The work of the National Harvest Labour ‘Send’ button. Please note that responses to
Information Service includes: emails can take up to fi ve working days.
Harvest Trail Website 2. Send your feedback/complaint via email
www.harvesttrail.gov.au to the National Harvest Labour Information
The website provides comprehensive Service at nhlis@madec.edu.au
information about harvest opportunities,
harvest locations, accommodation, transport 3. Contact the National Harvest Labour
and other requirements. Job seekers are Information Service on
referred to harvest vacancies listed by Job FREECALL 1800 062 332.
Services Australia Providers and growers.
If you are dissatisfi ed with how the NHLIS
responds to your concerns or feel that you
cannot discuss the issue with the NHLIS, you
can contact the DEEWR Customer Service
Line on 1800 805 260.
1FREECALL 1800 062 332
IntroductionIntroduction
GENERAL INFORMATION can be repetitious and tiring.
From grape harvesting in Berri, to mango Crops are collected in various ways. Produce
picking in Darwin, each year thousands is often placed into buckets, tubs or lugs. It can
of people fi nd work helping to bring in the be cut, clipped or picked and placed into a bag
fruit and vegetable harvests. The Harvest strapped to the shoulders. On some occasions
Trail gives them the opportunity to combine produce can be harvested in bunches and
seasonal harvest work with travel around placed onto trays or placed into bins.
Australia.
Start time is usually from early morning and
The Trail offers a way for anyone eligible to often the work is late into the day. Some
work in Australia, be they young, middle aged evening and night time work can be required,
or older to fi nance travel around the country. especially in the packing of produce harvested
By working and following the Harvest Trail job earlier in the day. There is often work
seekers from Australia and overseas fi nd a associated with the harvest in packing sheds,
great way to maintain a fi t and healthy lifestyle. canneries and other processing plants or
They are able to meet people from around factories.
Australia and the world. They can travel and
see Australia at their own pace while working HARVEST CROPS
and earning money.
There are a variety of crops listed on the
Harvest Trail. These are regularly being added
As you travel around Australia you might
to. The list of crops shows the towns where encounter different driving conditions and
these crops are grown and the approximate
traffi c laws to those you are used to. To keep
time during the year that labour is required for
yourself safe remember the following: you harvesting or other crop duties.
must wear a seatbelt in a passenger vehicle
(car, van or bus) whether you are the driver or a
There are other activities required for crop passenger; driving without a licence is against
production besides the picking of produce.
the law; do not use a mobile phone or device
These activities are available on the Trail and
while driving; observe speed limits at all times; include pruning and trimming vines and trees,
and you must wear a helmet when riding a
thinning and trimming fl owers and bunches and
bicycle.
general crop maintenance work.
There is of course not just one Harvest Trail, Most crops and harvesting jobs are very
but many. Harvest workers can choose to dependant on local weather conditions. The
circle the continent or follow the sun. They size of crops and when they are harvested are
can go south from the wet tropics of Far North often controlled by local weather during the
Queensland to Tasmania’s Huon Valley or year. Considerable variations can occur and it
east from Western Australia’s Margaret River is most advisable to check with local harvest
to the Riverina in NSW. In some locations services for correct information.
it is possible for workers to follow seasonal
activities through much of the year on a trail Some crops cannot be harvested whilst the
within kilometres of their doorstep. produce is wet and many others are affected
by very hot or extremely cold conditions to a
HARVEST WORK point where harvest is not possible.
Harvesting of fruit and vegetable crops around However, remember not to rely on general
Australia can often involve working individually, talk. ALWAYS contact a local harvest service
in pairs or teams. The job can involve climbing for up-to-date and accurate information. The
ladders, standing, kneeling, laying or sitting National Harvest Labour Information Service
while moving through the crop or undertaking a on FREECALL 1800 062 332, can help to
range of duties in a harvesting team. The work connect you to these people.
2 FREECALL 1800 062 332Introduction
TOWNS possible. Many harvesting jobs require working
six days each week, with Saturday often being
The location of harvest work opportunities is the “day-off” to meet market requirements.
listed by towns across the States. You should Usually the long hours of summer daylight are
be aware that many of these areas are known used to advantage to harvest the crop.
locally by regional names such as the Riverina,
Far North Queensland, the Barossa Valley and
Transport
the Riverland. Always ask if you are unsure. Air, rail and bus services generally operate

throughout Australia between state capitals
The information listed under the town names
and larger regional centres. will assist you with travel, accommodation
and important local contacts. Also check the
There are also regular local public services in
smaller localities included in the town listing. many regions. Check the Towns list for local
Many crops are planted in large volumes in
details or call the National Harvest Labour
specifi c areas and as such harvest labour
Information Service. requirements can be spread over a number of
towns in a region at the same time.
Remember that many jobs are located on
farms some distance from the harvest town
HARVEST WORK OPPORTUNITIES
where public transport is often not available.

Generally placement is easiest for job
Where possible this guide will include
seekers that have their own transport and
information on the types of transport available
accommodation but both may be available at to each town or region. Transport types are
different locations, particularly during peak
depicted by the following symbols:
harvest times. Arrival at the right time is
extremely important. Being early means limited
work and unless you have money and wish to
Planebe a tourist for a short while. Do not arrive in
a potential work town prior to the availability
of work. Late arrival of course, can mean that
many of the jobs are taken. Always contact the Bus
National Harvest Labour Information Service
before moving to a harvest area.
Train
WORKING CONDITIONS
Weather
Car
Most harvesting jobs are done outdoors with
little or no protection from the weather. Many
jobs are in locations where extremely high Accommodation
temperatures are common. Harvest workers with caravans, campervans
or tents can be accommodated on many
Physical / Personal
properties and there are commercial
Most harvest jobs require a reasonable level of accommodation, caravan parks or backpacker
individual physical fi tness. The job can involve hostels in most areas if on farm facilities are
climbing ladders, standing, kneeling, laying or not available.
sitting while moving through the crop. Lifting
is often a required activity. The work can be Some farms provide basic accommodation with
repetitious and tiring. beds, food storage and cooking facilities. You
may need to provide your own bedding, but
Times again check before you arrive.
When the crops are ready they must be
harvested as quickly and as effi ciently as
3FREECALL 1800 062 332
IntroductionIntroduction
Where possible this guide will include OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
information on the types of accommodation
available in each town or region. Most matters of Occupational Health and
Accommodation types are depicted by the Safety are regulated by law. Make sure that
following symbols: the farmer or work supervisor gives suffi cient
instruction into what is required of you in the
job, particularly in matters of personal safety
and safety of others in the workplace. Take Motel / Hotel
particular notice of the instructions as they
apply to your operations and how they apply
to work colleagues. Make sure that your
Backpacker Hostel mind is clear about what is required of you
when working particularly with, on, or around
machinery. For further information and online
Caravan Park service visit the DEEWR’s website at www.
deewr.gov.au.
Camping Ground SUPERANNUATION

Superannuation is a form of savings where
money is set aside by your employer Farm Stay
and invested for your retirement. Under
the Superannuation Guarantee scheme,
employers must pay workers’ superannuation Pay rates and conditions
contributions of nine per cent of the Pay rates and calculations vary from crop to
employee’s earnings base, but are not required crop and may include:
to pay superannuation contributions where
employees are paid less than $450 in a • wages paid on a weekly basis.
calendar month or aged 70 years and over.• casual work paid on an hourly basis.
• piecework paid on a per unit harvested basis.
Eligible temporary residents can access their • negotiation agreed on a start to fi nish basis.
superannuation (subject to withholding tax)
when they permanently leave Australia. While Rates and conditions are based on registered
they are in Australia they must be made aware awards that are binding on the farmer and
of: you. It is extremely important that you seek
the correct information from local employment
• the superannuation fund their employer is offi ces and farmers before commencing work.
contributing to on their behalf
• the amount of superannuation they haveWORKERS COMPENSATION INSURANCE
• that they should contact their
superannuation fund before they leaveIt is a requirement of law that all workers
Australia to check if they are eligible to are covered for workplace injury by the
access their superannuation benefi ts. employer. Make sure that you are properly
instructed in all aspects of the work before
Most employees are able to choose their super commencing your actual employment. Take
fund. If you don’t choose a super fund, your adequate care, through your own actions, of
superannuation contributions will be paid into yourself and others in the workplace. Talk to
a fund chosen by your employer. While you the farmer about any matters which you are
can choose a fund at anytime, your employer not sure about and ask for further instruction
has to accept only one choice from you in a from the farmer if you are not clear. It is
12-month period. your responsibility to follow all health and
safety instructions and to report any injury
immediately to the farmer.
4 FREECALL 1800 062 332Introduction
Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC). For furtherFurther information on superannuation is
available from the Australian Tax Offi ce information and online service visit the DIAC
Superannuation Information Line: 13 10 20 or website www.immi.gov.au. You can link
at the superannuation home page which is part directly to this website site from any of the
of the Australian Tax Offi ce web site at Towns and Crops listings via the Harvest Trail
website www.harvesttrail.gov.au.www.ato.gov.au.
This information is provided by Prime Super, a HARVEST TRAIL
not for profi t Industry Superannuation Fund.
This article contains general information only To follow a “Harvest Trail” can be a great
and does not take account of your personal adventure as an individual, a couple or as a
circumstances. You should obtain personal group.
advice where appropriate. Prime Super (ABN
60 562 335 823) is issued by Prime Super Pty A Harvest Trail can be anything you want it
Ltd (ABN 81 067 241 016, AFSL 219723). A to be, from a short haul close to your
Product Disclosure Statement is available from homebase, or a long journey which may take
the issuer by phoning 1800 675 839. a year to travel and work right around
Australia. There are no formal arrangements
PRIVACY required. Join in wherever you are and
whatever the season might be. Have a good
Privacy for yourself and your employer is read of this guide and work out your own
essential. Both you and the farmer have a personal Harvest Trail. Look to take in work
direct responsibility to and for each other in all opportunities and to visit places of interest
matters of privacy. and history wherever you choose to travel.
WORK REQUIREMENTS Remember to ask fi rst before moving on, use
the FREECALL 1800 062 332 to gather
Australian Tax File Number (TFN) your information.
To work you will require an Australian Tax File
Number. BIOSECURITY
Appropriate taxes are to be paid on all It is illegal to carry some fruits and vegetables
earnings by you. The rate will be determined into the Fruit fl y free zones which exist in
by your background and the current working southern Australia. Produce must be disposed
arrangements. Taxes are collected by the of before entering these zones which are found
farmer and submitted to the Australian by visiting www.pestfreearea.com.au and
Taxation Offi ce. If you fail to provide a TFN you www.fruitfl y.net.au.
will be taxed at the highest rate.
Fruit fl y does not naturally occur in the
A Tax File Number may be obtained from production areas of southern New South Wales,
the Australian Taxation Offi ce. For further northern Victoria and South Australia and is only
information and online service visit the ATO ever found because someone has brought it in.
website www.ato.gov.au. You can link directly
to this website site from any of the Towns and A fruit fl y outbreak can close sensitive domestic
Crops listings via the Harvest Trail website and export markets leaving the fruit worthless.
www.harvesttrail.gov.au.
Be aware of the zones as spot fi nes of up to
WORKING VISAS $550 can be issued.

If you are visiting Australia and you wish to
work you will require a current and
appropriate Working Visa. These may be
obtained from the Department of
5FREECALL 1800 062 332
IntroductionChasing the sun around Australia - example of a 12 month Harvest Trail
February to April
South Australia Limestone Coast / Riverland / Clare Valley / Adelaide Hills / Grapes / Citrus
Fleurieu Peninsula / Barossa Valley
Adelaide Hills / Riverland / Limestone Coast Apples / Pears
Tasmania Burnie / Meander Valley / Devonport Vegetables / Berries
Tamar Valley / Huon Valley Apples
Huon Valley Strawberries / Berries
Victoria Yarra Valley / Shepparton Apples / Stonefruit / Pears
Echuca / Shepparton Tomatoes / Vegetables
Yarra Valley / Mildura / Robinvale / Swan Hill Grapes / Citrus
Mornington Peninsula Grapes / Strawberries
New South Wales Bathurst / Orange / Tumut Apples
Sydney Basin Apples / Stonefruit / Vegetables
Narromine / Wentworth / Leeton / Griffi th Citrus
Griffi th / Mudgee / Hunter / Tooleybuc / Wentworth / Leeton Grapes
Griffi th / Swan Hill / Leeton Stonefruit
Southern Queensland Boonah / Gatton / Laidley Vegetables
Caboolture Strawberry Planting
Childers Avocados / Mangoes
Chinchilla / St George Melons
Gayndah / Gin Gin Citrus
Sunshine Coast Ginger / Pineapples
St George Grapes
Far Northern Queensland Stanthorpe Apples / Vegetables
Atherton / Dimbulah / Mareeba Avocados
Atherton / Innisfail / Mareeba / Tully Bananas
Dimbulah / Mareeba Mangoes / Paw Paws
Mareeba Citrus
April to June
Northern New South Wales Dubbo / Narromine / Narrabri / Moree / Mungindi / Wee Waa Cotton
Ballina / Byron Bay / Coffs Harbour Avocados / Macadamia Nuts
Southern Queensland Bundaberg / Gin Gin Avocados / Citrus
Bundaberg / Boonah / Gatton / Laidley Vegetables
Caboolture Strawberries
Childers Tomatoes
Mundubbera / Gayndah Citrus
Sunshine Coast Pineapples
Stanthorpe Apples / Vegetables
Northern Queensland Ayr / Bowen Melons / Vegetables
Far Northern Queensland Atherton / Mareeba Avocados
Atherton / Innisfail / Mareeba / Tully Bananas
Atherton Custard Apples
Dimbulah / Mareeba Paw Paws
Mareeba Citrus
6 FREECALL 1800 062 332June to August
New South Wales Sydney Basin Nursery Work / Vegetables / Turf
Production
Ballina / Byron Bay / Coffs Harbour Avocados / Bananas / Macadamia Nuts
Southern Queensland Bundaberg / Childers / Gin Gin Avocados
Mundubbera / Gayndah / Gin Gin Citrus
Bundaberg / Boonah / Gatton / Laidley Vegetables
Caboolture / Sunshine Coast Stawberries
Childers Tomatoes
Stanthorpe Apples / Pears / Vine Pruning
Northern Queensland Ayr / Bowen Vegetables
Far Northern Queensland Atherton / Mareeba / Innisfail Bananas / Custard Apples
Dimbulah / Mareeba Paw Paws / Citrus
September to November
New South Wales Dubbo / Narromine / Narrabri / Moree / Mungindi / Wee Waa Grain
Southern Queensland Bundaberg / Childers / Gatton / Laidley Vegetables
Caboolture / Sunshine Coast Strawberries / Pineapples
Childers Avocados
Emerald Melons
Stanthorpe Stonefruit Thinning /Vegetables
Northern Queensland Ayr / Bowen Melons / Vegetables
Far Northern Queensland Atherton / Innisfail / Mareeba / Tully / Dimbulah Bananas / Paw Paws
Northern Territory Darwin / Katherine Mangoes / Melons
Northern Western Australia Kununurra / Carnarvon Bananas / Melons / Vegetables
December to January
Tasmania Burnie / Meander Valley / Devonport Vegetables / Berries
Tamar Valley / Huon Valley Cherries / Berries
Southern Queensland Bundaberg / Childers Mangoes
Bundaberg / Childers / Gatton / Laidley Vegetables
Childers / Gin Gin Avocados / Citrus
Chinchilla / St George Melons
St George Grapes
Stanthorpe Stonefruit / Vegetables
Northern Queensland Ayr / Bowen Mangoes
Far Northern Queensland Atherton / Innisfail / Mareeba / Tully Bananas
Dimbulah Mangoes / Lychees
Dimbulah / Mareeba Paw Paws / Citrus / Pineapples
Northern Western Australia Carnarvon Bananas / Melons / Vegetables
Southern Western Australia Albany / Mount Barker Strawberries
Perth Hills Stonefruit / Apples / Pears
Mount Barker Cherries
Denmark / Manjimup Blueberries / Vegetables
Northern New South Wales Byron Bay / Coffs Harbour Blueberries / Bananas
7FREECALL 1800 062 332Introduction
HARVEST TRAIL TEN TIPS FOR WORKING you wont get paid and someone else might
HOLIDAY MAKERS: end up with your job. Be sun smart (hat,
sunscreen & shade). Don’t pay a high price in
• Call the NHLIS on 1800 062 332 or a local the future for the work you do now.
Harvest Labour offi ce to check work
availability and local conditions before • We want to hear about your experiences
travelling to an area for work. on the Harvest Trail (this helps us provide
a better service) please tell us your good
• Having your own reliable transport is a and bad stories by contacting the NHLIS on
real advantage - consider travelling with 1800 062 332 or a local Harvest Labour Offi ce.
others to share the cost for buying
or hiring a car it really increases your This information is provided to assist workers
options. in getting the most from their Harvest Trail
experience. Please read the appropriate
• Make sure you are entitled to work and sections of the Harvest Guide to obtain more
have with you any documents that prove comprehensive information regarding work
this. opportunities, working conditions, workers
insurance, industrial relations, biosecurity,
• It is not necessary to pay a fee; the NHLIS privacy and immigration.
and Harvest Labour Offi ces are Australian
Government funded and free to use. You do USEFUL CONTACTS
not need to pay for this Harvest Guide, it is
also provided free. Some legitimate
Department of Education, Employment and businesses will charge a fee to fi nd work but do
Workplace Relations
some research to make sure they provide good
www.deewr.gov.au
value with a solid history of placing customers 1300 363 079
with good employers. Accommodation and
Contact DEEWR for all information on fi nding
equipment bonds / deposits may apply.
work, careers and training, and other labour Before you hand over money, ask around to
market information.
check what is reasonable. You should get your
money back once you have fi nished and your Department of Immigration and Citizenship
obligations have been met.
www.immi.gov.au
131 881 • Listen to instructions and practise
Contact DIAC for all information on visiting
workplace safety at all times, this includes
and working in Australia including Visas and
having the right clothing. associated details.
• Employers are obliged to give you a payslip
Australian Taxation Offi ce- always check it and question anything you
www.ato.gov.au
don’t understand.
13 28 61
Contact the Australian Taxation Offi ce for all
• It is not necessary to give your passport
information on the Australian taxation system
to anyone to hold onto; an employer can ask
including Tax File Numbers and associated to take a photocopy to verify your legal work
details.
entitlements. Your passport is a valuable
piece of personal information; you can choose Fair Work Australia
to lodge it with someone you trust for safe
www.fwa.gov.au
keeping.
1300 799 675
Contact Fair Work Australia for all information
• Eat well. Its important to have energy for a on minimum wages, employment conditions,
day of physical work. dispute resolutions, termination of employment
and other workplace matters.
• Stay clean and healthy. If you can’t work
8 FREECALL 1800 062 332