Farm

Working on a farm is a unique opportunity for those who want to experience true Australian culture.

You can work on an Australian farm for a few days and up to several months.

The Australian Government is encouraging young people to work on farms by granting a second Working Holiday Visa to those who accumulate at least 88 working days (not necessarily with the same employer).

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WHY WORK ON A FARM?

If you’re in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa and have fallen in love with this incredible country, you can always enquire to find out the best way for you to extend your Australian stay.

To extend the duration of your visa, there are several options available including attending a course of study. However, it is common for young people to complete 88 days of work on a farm or in regional areas during their first Working Holiday Visa; this will then allow you to apply to stay for a second year.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Farm work usually takes place in working communities or on farms that may offer food and shelter – although this is not always the case. The most common sectors to complete this work in are agriculture, fishing, fresh produce, meat and poultry production.

Most work is paid on an hourly basis or according to the amount of fruit and vegetables harvested. Workers are usually paid on a weekly or fortnightly (every two weeks) basis.

There are some farms where it isn’t possible to work on weekends, when it rains or when the weather is otherwise not suitable. In addition, it is not guaranteed that you will remain under the same employer for three consecutive months. It is highly likely that completing the farm work will last much longer than 88 days.

WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO WORK ON A FARM:

Work experience on a farm is very subjective. It can be an incredible adventure or a very tiring experience.

It definitely isn’t a walk in the park; your alarm clock will sound at the first light of dawn. The pace of work is intense and the tasks to be performed can often be exhausting and repetitive.

If you’re priority is making money, this might not be the best option for you – many working hostels charge extremely high prices.

So, what are the positives of working on a farm? You’ll build great friendships with your farm colleagues! The relationships that are created in difficult times are extremely important. Also, the nightlife in a working hostel is a unique experience!

Completing the 88 days is a great achievement to be proud of, and there is a lot of satisfaction in seeing your stay in Australia renewed by an extra year!

JOB SEARCH TIPS FOR FARM WORK:

  1. Begin by searching for a job.
    Finding a farm to work on is not so easy; it is better to organise this in advance. It’s a good idea to contact people who have already had this experience or use your network—consult websites or groups on social media dedicated to working on farms.
  2. Verify the requirements for the renewal of a second WHV:
    Farm work for a second year visa must comply with the guidelines set out by the Department of Home Affairs.
    Check if your chosen company is eligible by consulting the Australian Business Register and make sure that your work is treated in accordance to the law.
    Remember that if your employer does not comply with the regulations in place, you may not be able to obtain a second Working Holiday Visa!
  3. Find a nearby place to stay:
    Make sure that the company you’re going to work for is easy to get to.
    Then, look for accommodation nearby. Read reviews from other travellers and check the room before a payment is made.
  4. Enjoy!
    Our final advice is to have fun!
    Become familiar with the environment, make new friends, learn from those who have more experience than you, immerse yourself in Australian culture and prove to yourself that it is possible to do something you’ve never thought about!

At IEA-Australia, we believe that studying abroad is an opportunity for personal growth.

In 2016, Australia ranked third place with the number international students enrolled in institutions, trailing behind the United Kingdom and the United States. As many as eight of the world’s top 100 universities are located right in the land of kangaroos.

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For most of us, the key question what is in news for migrants on Australian 2020 Budget announcement.





Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has declared that the planning figure for the Migration Program will remain unchanged, as the country strives to recover from the economic blow delivered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Morrison Government has announced it will maintain the planned ceiling for the 2020-21 Migration Program at 160,000 places.





In a noticeable departure from the traditional migration composition, the government has placed greater emphasis on family stream visas, raising the planning level from 47,732 to 77,300 places on a ‘one-off basis’ for this program year.





“While overall the government has placed greater emphasis on the family stream, most of these are people already in Australia,” the Acting Minister for Immigration Alan Tudge said in a joint media release with Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton.





Australian Immigration Update with Budget 2020




Keypoints:





Onshore applicants and partner visa applicants will be given priority
Government triples allocation for Global Talent Independent Program- fastest way to get permanent residency in Australia





Family stream: Overall the government will sharpen the focus on the family stream, predominately made up of partner visa category, which has been allocated a total of 72,300 places.





According to the Department of Home Affairs, global waiting times for offshore partner visa to be processed has risen to almost two years.
Budget papers also reveal that an English language requirement will also be introduced for partner visas and their permanent resident sponsors.





This could be an indication of the government’s intention to clear the massive partner visa application backlog that currently sits at 100,000, it could also mean a significant cut for places in the parent category.





In terms of partner visa, Australia’s partner visa processing times blow out due to COVID-19. Budget papers also reveal that an English language requirement will also be introduced for partner visas and their permanent resident sponsors.





These changes will help support English language acquisition and enhance social cohesion and economic participation outcomes





The government also will be prioritising onshore visa applicants and partner visa applicants where the relevant sponsor resides in a designated regional area. While the focus on onshore applications was expected, the fact that partner visa applicants with sponsors in regional areas will get priority is quite a pleasant surprise.





Skilled Migration
Priority will be given to Employer Sponsored, Global Talent, Business Innovation and Investment Program visas within the skilled stream.

Skilled stream: The budget papers reveal that the government will give priority to Employer-Sponsored, Global Talent, Business Innovation and Investment Program visas within the Skilled Stream.





Australian Visa
'This is the fastest way to get permanent residency in Australia'
As per the planning levels, the government has tripled the allocation of the Global Talent Independent (GTI) program to 15,000 places, a massive increase from the previous program year’s planning level where the government had set an objective to grant 5,000 visas.






The nominations for GTI applicants in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector has a quite a significant increase for the fledgling program that is currently in its second year. The GTI program seems to be growing, and ACS is increasingly seeing evidence of a significant pool of candidates. It nevertheless remains to be seen whether such growth can be realised,





In addition, the government has also raised the allocation for the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) to 13,500 places.





The Budget papers said "From 1 July 2021, the Government will streamline and improve the operation of the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP). The Government will introduce changes to improve the quality of investments and applicants".





The immigration number fall for 2020-21: The 2020 budget estimates reveal that Australia will suffer its first negative net overseas migration since the Second World War in a major blow to the country's economy already bruised by the pandemic.





Net migration numbers are expected to fall from 154,000 in the 2019-20 financial year to a net loss of 72,000 in 2020-21 and 21,600 in 2021-22.





International students in Australia.
The Government will also offer Visa Application Charge (VAC) refunds, waivers or visa extensions to visa holders who have been unable to travel to Australia due to COVID-19.





This includes waiving the VAC for Working Holiday Makers and Visitors to boost tourism once the borders re-open.






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