Working In Australia

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TAX FILE NUMBERS

Backpackers coming to Australia need to get a tax file number if they wish to work. This can be done by going to apply at iar.ato.gov.au And click next on the bottom right of the page.

There are many companies out there who will try and charge you for this service but it is FREE so dont get ripped off. Good luck

AUSTRALIAN BANKS

(All banks will need photo id to open an account so make sure you bring it with you. All banks are pretty much the same in terms of fees etc)

www.nab.com.au

www.commbank.com.au

www.westpac.com.au

www.anz.com.au

www.citibank.com.au

JOB SEARCH WEBSITES

www.fruitpickingjobs.com.au

www.thejobshop.com.au

www.jobaroo.com

www.backpackerjobcentre.com.au

 

FRUIT PICKING INFO

The Australian government deems it necessary that anyone looking to get a 12–month extension on their Working Holiday Visa (2 year working visa) must first complete 88 days of work in a “specified industry in regional Australia”. Click here to see the link to the Aust Government Website

Below is a list of areas for fruit picking. This should always be paid work so dont get ripped off lol - if you did want to do non-paid work you can check out WWOOFing in Australia - some of their farmers are able to sign off the 2nd year but only if it is within the guidelines set out by the government. (this would be negotiated with the farmer)

Shepparton- Victoria

Known as the ‘food bowl’ of Australia, Shepparton is the hub of the thriving Goulbourn Valley. 

There are not only plenty of employment options in the town, but you’ll find work in surrounding regions including Congupna, Grahamvale, Kyabram, Lemnos and Mooroopna.

Crops in the region produce tomatoes and stone fruits such as pears, peaches, cherries and apricots, allowing for harvest work ranging from fruit picking to tree pruning depending on the time of year.

When you’re not picking fruit, explore the forest tracks, hit a round of golf, or for the road-trip enthusiast, Shepparton is ideally located only a couple of hours drive from buzzing Melbourne or you could even head up to the Snowy mountains.

January – March: Stonefruit picking 
January – May: Tomatoes 
March – May: Apples picking 
April – October: Tree pruning 
November – December: Cherry picking
December: Apricots picking

Mareeba- Queensland

Jump on this seasonal job hot spot in the heart of Australia’s thriving tropical fruit industry. Less than one hour’s drive west of Cairns, Mareeba is home to Australia’s best mango and paw paw harvests.

Work up a sweat in the tropical heat surrounded by beautiful rugged land where rainforest meets the outback.The region is renowned for its mangoes yet is home to many other crops including pineapples, avocados, lychees, sugar cane and cashews, so there is an abundance of work and you’ll instantly feel right at home with Mareeba’s friendly country hospitality.

There are lots of opportunities for your rostered day off adventures including outback camping, exploring the local tropical rainforest, as well as the popular annual Rodeo which is held in July.

January – December: Paw paw, bananas, citrus fruit picking 
February – May: Avocado harvest 
October – February: Pineapple harvest 
November – January: Lychees 
November – March: Mangoes

The Riverland- South Australia

Located on the mighty Murray River is a large agricultural region well known for its orchards and vineyards. In the many towns that make up the region you’ll find an abundance of varied fruit picking jobs at any time of year. Harvest work will see you picking grapes, citrus fruits and stone fruits.

If you still muster the energy after a hard day slogging it in the orchard, make the most of the Riverland’s natural adventure playground. Hire a boat or jet ski and test your water sport prowess, enjoy a spot of fishing or camp on the banks of the Murray.

January – April: Apples, Pears, Grape picking
May – February: Citrus fruit picking
May – August: Vine pruning
October – March: Oranges, Stone fruit picking

Huonville- Tasmania

Almost a fifth of the nation’s apples are grown and harvested down under in Tasmania. Whilst sometimes overlooked, Australia’s lone state is arguably the most serene and picturesque of all.

Huonville, 38km south of Hobart, is the premier apple region producing over half of Tasmania’s apples. The town also produces cherries, pears, mushrooms, apricots and plums, creating plentiful opportunities to seek fruit picking employment. 

Spend your fruit picking days in the midst of peaceful and relaxing surroundings; sheltered by beautiful rolling hills and crisp fresh air.

On a well-earned day off, take a hike through the valley, visit the Cygnet Art Gallery, or stick to theme by visiting the local Apple Museum.

January – February: Apricots
March – April: Grapes 
March – May: Apples
December – February: Cherries 
December – May: Strawberries

Margaret River region- Western Australia

The beautiful, relaxed beachside region is a popular tourist destination for folks chasing the sun. 

Margaret River town is located 170 kilometres south of Perth. The surrounding area forms the Margaret River wine region, which is well known for its wine production and tourism.Home to over 130 wineries, you’ll never be short of finding vineyard employment, with jobs ranging from grape picking to vine pruning.

Margaret River boasts a Mediterranean-like climate together with spectacular scenery, and is the perfect haven for lovers of fine wine and good food.

Wine tours are a must, but if you can tear yourself away from the vineyards head to the coast and learn to surf, or simply relax and top up the tan.

February – April: Grape picking
June – August: Vine pruning

Katherine- Northern Territory

In the ‘Top End’ of Australia you’ll experience a tropical climate with distinct dry and wet seasons in outback Australia. The ‘dry’ between May and October is the busiest tourism period, and things slow down during the ‘wet’ between November and April, yet harvest work still continues. 

Seasonal jobs in this tropical location include melon picking, citrus picking and mango picking.Katherine is conveniently located central to all the Top End has to offer, only a couple of hours drive from Kakadu, Gregory and Litchfield National Parks.

The busy town is also host to a number of popular events throughout the year including the Katherine Fringe Festival, District Show, fishing competitions and the Daly Waters Rodeo, so you’ll never be short of a good day out.

May – November: Citrus fruit picking
June – August: Melons
October – December: Mangoes

Bundaberg- Queensland 

Bundaberg Rum or ‘Bundy’ is the initial reference for this north Queensland town, which boasts the same nickname. Bundaberg is one of Australia’s major seasonal work destinations, absolutely jam packed full of harvest workers, travellers, fruit pickers and backpackers. 

Bundy produces the most tomatoes Australia wide and accounts for approximately one fifth of the national sugar production, which supports the production of ginger beer and rum.You’ll also find plenty of harvest work picking cucumber, mango, capsicum, beans, paw paw, corn avocado, citrus and potatoes, as well as farm work opportunities all year round. 

Bundaberg has a balmy sub tropical climate perfect for spending your days out in the sun. It’s the place to be to meet plenty of people with whom to split a bottle of rum and has loads of opportunities for your leisure time including fishing, cycling, golfing, kayaking, camping, surfing and of course visiting the Bundaberg Rum Distillery.

January – December: Sweet potatoes
February – September: Avocados 
March – July: Citrus Fruit 
May – April & October – November: Beans 
April – August & October – December: Capsicum
April – June & October – November: Cucumbers 
April – August & October – December: Tomatoes 
May – July & October – December: Pumpkins 
August – November: Cherry tomatoes
August  – September: Strawberries
December  – February: Mangoes