How To Find Your Regional Work in Australia

How To Find Your Regional Work in Australia cheerful-farmer-with-organic-vegetables-garden in Australia

Now that we’ve addressed all your inquiries regarding regional work, it’s time to assist you in finding suitable employment opportunities!

Among the various options available for regional work, farming remains the most popular choice. If you possess skills in construction, that could be another viable option, but do note that you’ll need a white card before you can work on a construction site. It’s worth mentioning that construction work can be sporadic, so keep in mind that only the days you actually work count if you’re not employed full-time.

To begin your search, consider exploring our Melbourne Gap Year package, which provides an introductory week and grants you access to a network of job contacts throughout Australia!

Our exceptional local representative is available to help you create an impressive CV and cover letter, as well as offer guidance on all matters related to regional work (or any other type of work). Since our website is tailored for backpackers, many farmers and regional employers regularly utilize the platform to find workers. Stay attentive and feel free to reach out to us if you have any more specific questions!

There is also the Harvest Guide which you can download here. The Harvest Guide is a government-run job-seeking platform which can be of use when finding farm work.

It is a nationwide organisation but can also be used by Australian’s looking for work so you may find it more difficult to find work via the Harvest Guide than the backpacker-driven internal source from us. Worth a shot though!

Then there are other sites such as Gumtree which can also be used to source work. If you’ve spent time in Australia, you’re probably aware of the negative reviews surrounding Gumtree and these are true to an extent.

Be cautious and don’t believe everything you come across on Gumtree. Exercise common sense and avoid being reckless, and you should have a positive experience using the site. Personally, I’ve found work through Gumtree without any safety concerns, which is definitely a bonus. Remember, if an offer sounds too good to be true, it’s likely not genuine!

When it comes to finding regional work in Australia, word of mouth is often the most reliable method. Stay connected with individuals already in the country, engage in conversations at hostels, and inquire about others’ experiences. The great thing about this approach is that you’re speaking to someone who has actually worked in the same location and can provide valuable insights about the area and the employers.

If you have family or friends (even those Facebook acquaintances you rarely interact with and might be removed in the next friend purge), reach out to them and inquire about their experiences with regional work. If they spent a significant amount of time in a particular place, chances are they either enjoyed the work, the location, or the people, and those positive sentiments are likely mutual.

Also read: Regional Work in Australia – FAQs

If you fancy a more holistic approach to the whole farm work idea and don’t want to be chasing wages WWOOFing is for you.

As a Willing Worker On an Organic Farm, you are not paid for your work but are given room and board in return for your graft. It sounds a bit rubbish but it can be really fun and the people you work with are probably going to be nicer than the average farmer because they know you aren’t getting paid.

To become a WWOOFer, you first need to buy a WWOOF book so come to the Sydney Gap Year office and we can sort you out! The WWOOF book is full of contact details for farmers across Australia and also covers your insurance while you are working on each and every farm mentioned in the book.

Working hostels are probably the most common option for completing regional work and there are good and bad things to consider with these.

Before making any decisions, it’s advisable to conduct a quick Google search for working hostels you’re considering. Keep in mind that online reviews often tend to be negative as people are more inclined to share complaints rather than positive experiences. However, if you come across numerous highly negative comments, it may be worth reconsidering your choice.

Working hostels can be an excellent option for meeting fellow backpackers in similar situations, all looking to arrange their regional work and make the most of their time in Australia. These hostels handle the work arrangements with local farmers, as well as transportation and accommodation, usually taking a percentage of your weekly wage in return.

Remember that seasonal changes play a significant role in all aspects of regional work. If you’re considering farm work, be aware that crops come and go, and harvests shift across different regions of Australia. The Harvest Guide provides a useful seasonal calendar that can help you stay informed about what’s happening in each area at any given time, allowing you to stay ahead of the game in terms of seasonality.

If you’re interested in construction work (the second most popular option), you’ll need to enroll in a white card course. This course provides essential health and safety training required for working on any building site in Australia.

There are various avenues to explore when searching for farm work to fulfill the requirements of your second-year visa. The key is to be proactive and not wait for opportunities to come to you. Utilize multiple options and get ready for an adventure in the Outback!

Also read: Finding Work Overseas: 15 Ways to Earn Money While Traveling

4.9/5 - (14 votes)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

By browsing our website, you agree to our use of cookies.