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About seasonal work

The agriculture industry is facing a significant labour shortage as a result of COVID-19.

If you are looking for employment opportunities, now is a great time to consider agriculture and farm work. Learning how food is produced and harvested is an exciting regional experience.

The agriculture industry has a range of jobs on offer including fruit picking, grain harvesting and working on a cattle station. 

Browse the job boards and recruitment services below.


Find a seasonal job

Job boards and classifieds

Find a casual or seasonal job doing fruit picking, harvesting or agricultural work in NSW. 

Harvest Trail

The Australian Government's Harvest Trail Service connects workers with seasonal jobs in rural and remote locations.

Backpacker Job Board

The Backpacker Job Board is a great place to find working holiday jobs in Australia.

Gumtree

Gumtree is a major online classifieds site that includes a large number of postings for agricultural farm work across NSW.

Workabout Australia

Looking to work and travel around Australia at the same time? Workabout Australia has everything you need from job listings and classifieds.

Agribusiness recruitment agencies

Apply through a recruitment agency for agricultural jobs in NSW. 

AgCareers

AgCareers provide Global Talent Solutions in agriculture and food.

AgriCrew

AgriCrew specialises in agriculture staffing for rural business across Australia.

Agricultural Appointments

With over 40 years of special industry experience, Agricultural Appointments specialise in agribusiness, wine and food manufacture and retail.

Agri Labour Australia

Agri Labour Australia provides specialist recruitment and workforce optimisation solutions exclusively for the agriculture industry.

AG Workforce

AG Workforce specialises in recruiting for agricultural jobs including farm work, station work and agribusiness across Australia.

GrainCorp Harvest

GrainCorp Harvest, one of Australia’s largest agricultural supply chain and logistic companies is looking for casuals to safely and efficiently move millions of tonnes of grain to receival sites across NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

Labour Solutions Australia

Labour Solutions Group recruits skilled and unskilled workers for the food processing, fast-moving consumer goods, agriculture, transport and logistics sectors across Australia.

Rimfire Resources

Rimfire provide agribusiness recruitment and HR solutions across Australia and New Zealand.

What seasonal work involves

Physical demanding work

Seasonal work can be physically demanding. Employers may look for commitment, physical strength and stamina.

Harvesting can involve heavy lifting, frequent bending, climbing ladders and working at height or operating heavy machinery. Packing produce may be less physical but is generally more repetitive.

Unskilled work

Some roles are suitable for unskilled workers.

Before applying for a job, check if you have the personal attributes in the advertisement.

Skilled work

Some roles require particular skills and experience.

Before applying for a job, check if you have the qualifications, skills and attributes in the advertisement.


NSW border restrictions

NSW has temporarily shut its border with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Victorians wanting to enter NSW must apply for a border entry permit. You must also comply with any conditions of the permit as well as other requirements of the public health order.


Eligibility for seasonal work

You can do seasonal work if you are already in Australia  and: 

  • are an Australian citizen or permanent resident 
  • are an eligible working holiday maker holding a visa with appropriate working rights 
  • are an overseas student with working rights in Australia 
  • hold a Seasonal Worker Program visa
  • hold a temporary work visa with general work rights, not restricted to an employer or type of work.

Upskill by completing a short course

Not all seasonal jobs require training or qualifications. However, completing a short course may help you secure seasonal work in the agriculture industry. 

Before applying for a job, check if you have the skills and personal attributes in the advertisement.

Courses to consider include:

  • auto electrics 
  • book keeping 
  • business management 
  • chainsaw operations 
  • confined spaces 
  • dogging 
  • drone operations 
  • elevated work platform 
  • excavator tickets 
  • farm management
  • grain harvest operations
  • forklift tickets 
  • heavy vehicle 
  • operate quad bikes
  • operate side-by-side utility vehicles
  • operate tractors
  • small engine maintenance 
  • work health and safety.

Visit the LifeLauncher website to explore courses and career opportunities in the agriculture industry. 


Vocational and tertiary qualifications

Not all seasonal jobs require training or qualifications. However, obtaining vocational or tertiary qualifications may help you secure seasonal work in the agriculture industry. 

Before applying for a job, check if you have the qualifications, skills and personal attributes in the advertisement.

Visit the Smart and Skilled website to find relevant courses and check your eligibility for government-subsidised training.

Below are some vocational and tertiary courses that you may wish to consider.

TAFE NSW

Qualifications in agriculture can lead to a job as a meat or dairy producer, a feedlot operations manager, a shearer or wool classer, an agribusiness manager or an organic farmer.

Tocal College courses

The College is part of the Tocal Agricultural Centre, which provides nationally recognised qualifications, online courses and short courses.

RuralBiz Online

RuralBiz provides quality, self-paced learning for the rural and agribusiness industry.

Bachelor of Agriculture at Charles Sturt University

The Bachelor of Agriculture from Charles Sturt University will provide you with education across all major disciplines that underpin modern agricultural industries.

Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of New England

Australia's future resource security relies on smart science and smart technology to sustain our food and fibre production resources. This degree produces graduates with skills in increasing demand in the rural sector.

Tips for seasonal workers

A lot of seasonal work is in regional or remote NSW.

Before travelling to regional or remote NSW, you should: 

Before accepting or starting a seasonal job, you should: 

Before travelling to start seasonal work, ask your employer what to bring, and what will be available. Consider: 

  • personal protective equipment 
  • hat
  • sunglasses 
  • sturdy, closed-in shoes 
  • sunscreen 
  • food
  • water 
  • personal products, including toiletries or medication. 

Heatstroke is linked to dehydration.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, fainting, fatigue, nausea or vomiting.

To prevent heatstroke drink plenty of water, particularly when doing physical work. Also wear a hat and lightweight, loose-fitting, cotton clothing. If affected, rest in the shade and rehydrate with water. 

Severe heatstroke can lead to disorientation, hallucinations and seizures. Seek medical assistance immediately if exhibiting these symptoms. 

Learn more about heatstroke.

The sun in NSW is very strong and your skin may burn even on cloudy days.  

To protect yourself from the sun:

  • slip on some clothing

  • slop on broad-spectrum, water-resistant SPF30+ sunscreen

  • slap on a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face, head, neck and ears

  • slide on some sunglasses, making sure they meet Australian Standards

  • seek shade, where possible.

Learn more about sunburn and sun protection.


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