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!

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Every year, all States receive quotas from the government, based on which the states and territories nominate skilled and business migrants for the Skilled Nom­inated visa Subclass 190 and the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa Subclass 491.





Australian states received allocations for their Skilled Migration Program designed to attract migrants.




Just like last year, the program will continue to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19, with a strong focus on onshore applicants who can assist the jurisdictions in their post-pandemic economic recovery.





Australian states received allocations for their Skilled Migration Program designed to attract migrants. The General Skilled Migration Program (GSM) is aimed at attracting skilled workers to critical occupations who are ­­willing to migrate to Australia and improve the country’s workforce and meet the changing needs of businesses in its states and territories. ­





Here’s a state-wise update for the program year 2021-22:





New South Wales





New South Wales continues to be the state with the highest number of allocations for its skilled nomination program. It has received 4,000 places for Subclass 190 and 3,640 for Subclass 491, a significant increase from last year’s total which stood at 6,350.





Australian Capital Territory





The ACT has received 600 more places for its skilled nomination program this year as compared to the last.





Its skilled migration program remains closed to offshore applicants until the federal government reopens the international borders.





Victoria





Victoria has received a total of 4,000 places this year – 3,500 for Subclass 190 and 500 Subclass 491. This is marginally more than the previous program year.





However, this year, Victoria will focus on onshore applicants who are currently living and working in the state in one of the seven target sectors designated by the state based on their STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical) skills.





The seven target sectors include health, medical research, life sciences, digital, agri-food, advanced manufacturing and new energy, emission reduction and circular economy.





GSM




Western Australia





Priority will be given to those using their critical skills in Melbourne’s business precincts, namely, Parkville, Footscray and Docklands.





The General Stream of Skilled Migration in Western Australia is divided into two categories based on occupations: the WA Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) Schedule 1 and Schedule 2.





For more information about the requirements for WASMOL Schedule 1 and 2.





The state has expanded its occupation lists, but Mr Singh said the most noticeable change in the program is that applicants who apply for General Stream, do not have to be currently studying, working or living in the state to receive a nomination.





All they need is a job offer in the state to be eligible for this stream.





“The WA state nomination is unique and positive as it is open to applicants throughout Australia rather than limiting it to the state. Also, WA’s skilled occupation list is quite liberal with opportunities for trades like motor mechanic, chef, cook and painter. Applicants specifically from Victoria and Queensland will benefit from WA’s state nomination since the options for these occupations are limited in these states,” Mr Singh said.





The state has received 1,100 places for Subclass 190 and 340 for Subclass 491.





State and Territory nominated visa allocations for 2021-2022.





Department of Home Affairs





South Australia





South Australia’s skilled nomination program has received 2,600 places each for subclasses 190 and 491, a total of 1,200 more places than last year.





Mr Singh said the increased allocation would mean applicants will have more chances to secure a nomination.





“The number of allocations is quite promising as they stand at 5,200 spots for the 491 and 190 visas combined, and are only second to NSW. SA is unique in a way that unlike states like Victoria, it didn’t restrict invitations to critical occupations and the trend is likely to continue this financial year as well,” Mr Singh added.





The state’s general skilled migration program is scheduled to reopen on 20 July.





Queensland





Queensland has received the same number of places as the previous year – 1,000 for Subclass 190 and 1,250 for Subclass 491.





The state is currently finalising the criteria for its skilled nomination program, which is scheduled to open in late July.





Tasmania





Tasmania has received 1,100 places for Subclass 190 and 2,200 for Subclass 491, slightly more than last year.





The state will continue to assess applications for the Skilled Nom­inated visa in this program year which were not finalised by 30 June.





The Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa applications lodged before 20 March, which were not finalised in the last financial year, will also continue to be assessed in the current year.





The state is yet to open its nomination program for 2021-22.





Northern Territory





The Australian jurisdiction with the smallest skilled nominated program has been allocated 1,000 places, 500 each for Subclass 190 and Subclass 491, the same as the previous year.





While the NT program remains open for new onshore applicants, it is closed to overseas applicants. However, all existing applications will be assessed.





Disclaimer: This content is for general information purposes only and should not be used as a professional consultation by a qulaified migration agent. Contact us Registered Migration Agents to review your situation.



International students could soon return to NSW under NSW Government pilot program,.




The NSW government has announced 500 international students will return for study every four weeks from mid-year. Under a pilot program slated to begin in the second half of the year, International students could soon be allowed to return to NSW .





The NSW Government announced on Thursday that 500 students would be welcomed every 4 weeks from mid-year as part of the trial.





On arrival the students will be required to quarantine in purpose-built student accommodation under the same rules for all international arrivals, NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said in a statement. “Typically we have more around 300,000 international students studying in NSW each year and they directly supported almost 100,000 local jobs prior to the pandemic,” he added. Overseas students will be selected by their universities based on "a range of criteria" and their individual circumstances, with priority given to higher degree research students, the state government said.





The plan will be paid for by the industry while the state government will provide governance and operational support. Council of International Students spokesperson Belle Lim said there was hope things would return to normal again. “We are pleased to see the cautious approach but are hopeful the numbers of students arriving will scale over time,” she said.





Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge said the plan "appears to meet the criteria we have set, but we will work through the details carefully". "We are keen to see international students return to Australia, but we don’t want to risk further COVID outbreaks in Australia," he told SBS News in a statement.





More than a third of international students in Australia study in NSW alone.



The New South Wales (NSW) government is planing an alternative hotel quarantine programme for international students to return to Australia. It has advertised an expression of interest, which closes on April 12. “The return of international students as soon as possible is vital for retaining jobs in our education sector, and for the economy more broadly,” it said. 





NSW government confirmed that “International education is our second-largest export, generating 14.6 billion Australian dollars in exports annually before the pandemic and supporting nearly 100,000 jobs in NSW. We estimate in 2021 we have already lost one-third of our international student base.” 





The government added that returning international students must not displace returning Australian citizens and permanent residents and must not overload stretched health and police resources. “A solution is required to identify a manageable, ongoing number of regular arrivals outside of the 3,000 per weekly cap that would sit alongside the current quarantine hotel model applying the same protocols and processes and led by NSW police and health,” it added.





The advertisement invites eligible purpose-built student accommodation providers based in the Sydney CBD or its fringe to submit an expression of interest to house international students coming into NSW for the 14-day quarantine period.





Plan is to create an alternative quarantine pathway for international students' to return to Australia





Despite the announcement, not all international students were buoyed by the message, taking to Twitter to express their frustrations over flip-flop policies regarding their return to Australia. Many have been left in the dark over when they can return to Australia in the past year, while proposed pilot programmes to facilitate their return have been shelved. Charles Darwin University was the only university in Australia that had successfully piloted a programme to bring in a small number of international students last November.





Previously, Australian Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said he is “increasingly hopeful” that most international students could return to Australia by Semester 1 of 2022 with vaccine rollouts underway. He also called for Australian universities to improve their online delivery or hybrid learning models as well as provide different price offerings for their full programmes and micro-credentials.





International students could be the first cohort of temporary visa holders to return to Australia in time for the start of the second semester in July, as universities submit plans to the government to facilitate their return, under strict health and safety guidelines.





With billions in revenue riding on the return of international students, Universities Australia which represents the country’s 39 major universities, is leading the effort to pave way for the return of nearly 120,000 students currently stranded offshore due to the pandemic.










As part of the initiative, UA (Universities Australia) has submitted a “comprehensive framework” to the federal government proposing a “gradual and safe” return of overseas students to the country. UA Chief Executive Catriona Jackson told “Universities and students need to be ready when the government decides to relax border restrictions.” “The gradual return of international students into Australia requires careful coordination between governments, universities, health and immigration authorities. Guiding principles ensure that safety and community welfare come first,” said Ms Jackson.





According to the proposal which was submitted to the federal government for consideration by the national cabinet last week, all incoming students will be required to undergo health checks prior to their arrival and mandatory quarantine after arrival into the country, reported The Australian.





Ms Jackson added that the universities will have a clear idea of the “ground rules” once the government decides to lift the travel ban for overseas students. “Once the Government has agreed on the basic parameters of a safe return framework, universities will have a clearer idea of the ground rules, and further, more detailed discussions will take place,” she added.





The Australian government is under increasing pressure to exempt international students from the current coronavirus-induced travel ban, to get the country’s lucrative international education sector back on its feet.


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