Category Archives: Harvest Trail Information Service

National Harvest Labour Information Services Articles

Sophia and Ethan – From the Sunshine Coast to Cairns, via Bundaberg

Sophia and Ethan are a young couple travelling the Harvest Trail together. Ethan is Australian travelling up from Victoria, while Sophia is from Germany on a working holiday visa. They started their journey together in Victoria with clear plans, but They left Victoria before COVID took a hold to go holidaying in NSW.  However, with […]


“Aussie Mangoes mean summer, the feeling of sunshine and the spray from the garden hose on your skin, kids laughing, the smell of barbeques, long light evenings serenaded by kookaburras and cicadas. The first bite of a mango that sends it’s sweet, sticky juice running down your face.” Thus goes the opening message on the […]

Grower Profile – Paul Da Silva

We sat down with Fremantle-born Paul Da Silva to hear his story and gain his insight into the horticulture industry in Western Australia. From humble beginnings as a first-generation Australian, Paul has taken his parent’s involvement in the horticulture industry and has turned it into a successful business. The following is an interview conducted by […]

Workforce Planning

Simply put, workforce planning is about having the right people in the right roles at the right times to meet the strategic objectives of the business. A focus of workforce planning is in understanding and preparing for changes in your business environment (eg. COVID) which could impact on your workforce needs or in this case […]

Caboolture Harvest Office Opens

It’s right in the middle of the Strawberry harvest and Caboolture’s new Harvest Office on the main street through town, King Street, is in full operation and working with growers to source their workers, and with workers to find them jobs. Caboolture Harvest Officer, Kristy Banks says it’s exciting and challenging to be working in […]

Finding workers in a COVID world – planning is the key

It is now about five months since the COVID-19 pandemic started to have a significant impact in Australia, with the first national movement restrictions commencing on Wednesday 18th March. Much has happened since that time with restrictions becoming more stringent, then easing, before being reinstated in Victoria. Likewise border restrictions have changed from open to […]

Devonport – gateway to Tasmania

Anyone who has travelled to beautiful Tasmania via ferry knows that Devonport is the place where you first set foot on Australia’s only island state. The port on the Mersey River was established by colonial settlers leading into the mid-1800s, with both locally mined coal and then timber benefiting the new town which started on […]

Fair Farms Now Accepted By All Major Supermarkets

Good news for Australian horticulture growers – Coles has adopted the Fair Farms program into its ethical sourcing program for suppliers, joining Woolworths and Aldi as the major retailers to adopt the program. What is Fair Farms? Fair Farms is an industry-led initiative aimed at fostering fair and responsible employment practices in Australian horticulture, and […]

Managing your Employment Risks – Wage Records and Payslips

Wage records As an employer, and like every employer, you are legally required to keep records of all transactions relating to your tax, employment, and superannuation affairs.  Employment record-keeping and pay slip obligations are designed to ensure that employees receive their correct wages and entitlements – and to make it easier for the Fair Work […]