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Tips for working more effectively with your South Pacific Islander workforce

Tips for working more effectively with your South Pacific Islander workforce In general, the peoples of the South Pacific view life slightly differently than their western counterparts and in order to work more effectively with them, it is worth taking the time to try to understand them better. Below are some general ways to interact […]

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 […]

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. […]

A helping hand for workers

In good news for people looking for work in areas around Queensland’s Lockyer Valley, a new Harvest Office has opened in Gatton. Where is Gatton? Located 92km west from Brisbane and 38km east of Toowoomba, Gatton is the main town servicing the Lockyer Valley – an area of rich black soils, rated among the most […]

Finding harvest workers quickly and easily – Is it just luck?

It is a comment often heard; “I’m lucky, I was able to find good harvest workers this year”. This assumes that it should have been difficult to find a good workforce.  This assumption is supported by numerous references in the media, and from industry and politicians to the chronic shortage of horticulture workers and the […]

Carnarvon – A true oasis in the desert

If you haven’t been to Carnarvon, half way up the Western Australian coastline, you’re not alone. At 890km north of Perth, Carnarvon is pretty remote.  It is usually only visited by those travellers lucky enough to be travelling between Perth and Broome, or Perth and Darwin, on the North West Coastal Highway. The upside down […]

Read Charlotte’s questionnaire – A keen worker and holiday-maker from France

Charlotte came to Australia for an exciting travel adventure. The National Harvest Labour Information Service and MADEC’s regional Harvest Labour Service office were key to helping her find harvest work. We asked her a few questions to find out  about her experiences.  Read Charlotte’s response to our questionnaire to find out what advice she gives to […]

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 […]

Carnarvon – A true oasis in the desert

If you haven’t been to Carnarvon, half way up the Western Australian coastline, you’re not alone. At 890km north of Perth, Carnarvon is pretty remote.  It is usually only visited by those travellers lucky enough to be travelling between Perth and Broome, or Perth and Darwin, on the North West Coastal Highway. The upside down […]