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!
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