Author Archives: Peter Angel

Supply of winter workers under COVID-19

Supply of winter workers under COVID-19 There has been some disquiet in the horticulture sector that there may be a shortfall of seasonal workers over winter as many backpackers have returned to their home countries and Pacific workers are not able to enter Australia. However, circumstances are changing quickly and it appears there are now […]

Are you sure your workers are illegal?

Are you sure your workers are illegal? Yes, I meant to say illegal? There are two parallel stories here, the ‘Bridging Visa rort’ and the use of undocumented workers in the horticulture industry. What is the ‘Bridging Visa rort’? Non-citizens who have overstayed their visas and volunteer their presence to authorities are often provided with […]

Bushfire safety for overseas visitors and workers

Bushfire safety for overseas visitors and workers Australia may be one of the safest countries in the world in which to travel, but when nature threatens – knowledge is not only power, it is safety.  If you employ or host backpackers, here is some information to keep them safe. If the ‘drop-bears’ don’t get you… […]

Bushfire safety in Australia

Bushfire safety in Australia Australia may be one of the safest countries in the world in which to travel, but when nature threatens – knowledge is safety.  Here is some information to help travellers keep safe while Down Under. Fires or ‘drop-bears’ – which are more dangerous? Many people when considering travel to Australia worry […]

Piecework – your first choice

Piecework is often avoided by Working Holidaymakers, but for those that put in the effort to learn, persevere and work hard, the rewards can be far better than being paid by the hour. Why choose piecework? If you are going to work, you may as well get the maximum benefit from the time you spend […]

Labour Hire Update

Labour Hire Update Two more Australian states now have active labour licensing regimes in place with the implementation date passing. However there is still a transition period happening as the systems settle in. The State of Play The first day of November was the date when both Victoria and South Australia joined Queensland to have […]

More work choices with a car

Having a car to get around Australia for a working holiday is highly recommended if you want a choice of jobs. Australia is big – very big. Many backpackers from Europe or Asia are very surprised at the large size of the Australian continent. While Australia is well known as an island, it is also […]

Seasonal Worker Programme – Regional Pilot

The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) is proving very successful for many growers and a new variation is being tested to make it more available to crops with shorter seasons. The Pilot A trial within the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) is being undertaken so that crops with shorter harvest periods can access these highly motivated workers […]

Labour Hire Update – for growers

Labour Hire Update Three states now have labour hire licensing laws – Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. Is this a national trend?  Will growers in the other states find it more difficult to prove ethical sourcing of labour for their markets without the support of a licensing regime for their labour hire contractors (LHC)? Queensland […]