Author Archives: Rob Hayes

COVID-19 – Update – For anyone looking for agriculture work

Covid-19 – Update – For anyone looking for agriculture work It is now around five weeks since the COVID-19 outbreak lead to widespread changes to social interaction and travel in Australia. For anyone looking for agriculture work these changes have had a major impact on how much work is available, and whether you can travel […]

Coronavirus – should I be concerned?

Coronavirus – should I be concerned? If you are not in an area where coronavirus is spreading, or have not travelled from an area where coronavirus is spreading, or have not been in contact with an infected patient, your risk of infection is low. Current status of the virus Since the first detection of unusual […]

Coronavirus – will it impact worker availability

Coronavirus – will it impact worker availability Since the first detection of unusual pneumonia cases in the Chinese port city of Wuhan on 31 December 2019, and subsequent identification of the novel coronavirus as the cause, the virus has rapidly spread. As of 5 March 2020, the outbreak has now been identified in 77 countries […]

Bowen – Fruit bowl of the North

Bowen – Fruit bowl of the north Looking for some harvest work in winter and want to enjoy some balmy, tropical ‘dry season’ weather at the same time? Bowen, in Far North Queensland, may be the place to go. Why Bowen? Named in 1861 by explorer George Elphinstone Dalrymple after the first Governor of Queensland, […]

HILA – a new tool to source skilled workers

HILA – a new tool to source skilled workers One of the biggest issues for horticulture growers is finding skilled and semi-skilled workers. Jobs such as truck, fork lift and tractor drivers, farm managers and mechanics can be hard to fill. The new Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement (HILA) allows growers to sponsor overseas workers with […]

Keeping up with changes to harvest labour options

Keeping up with changes to harvest labour options The last 12 months have seen many changes to the way harvest labour can be sourced and paid. Most of these changes have been good for growers with several programs expanded, new ones introduced and some red tape removed. However, other changes will mean growers need to […]

Free legal advice for visa workers

Free legal advice for visa workers Are you on a working holiday in Victoria and feel like you are getting a bad deal? If you answered ‘yes’, the Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre may be able to assist you. Know your work rights All temporary visa workers have the same working rights as Australian citizens. […]

Changes for overseas drivers in Victoria

Recent changes mean that some visa holders may need to get a Victorian licence to legally drive in Victoria. Can I drive in Australia? Yes, if you are on a temporary visa (such as 417 or 462) and have a current overseas driver’s licence you can legally drive for the duration of your temporary visa […]

Make the most of melons

Make the most of melons Most of us have enjoyed the delights of eating a sweet, juicy melon. Melons are grown all around the world with watermelon, honeydew and rockmelon the most common types. Native to Africa and south-western Asia, melons are members of the Cucurbitaceae family and have been cultivated in Egypt since 2000 […]

A helping hand for Lockyer Valley growers

In good news for growers looking for workers in areas around Queensland’s Lockyer Valley, a new Harvest Office has opened in Gatton. How can a harvest office help? With funding from the Australian Government, Harvest Offices provide a no-cost service to help find workers to pick, pack and plant horticulture, cane, grain and cotton crops. […]