WA Award Rates - are you in the know?

It is important for the clients/employers who use our services to understand the state industrial laws of Western Australia in order to lawfully employ Rural Enterprises’ candidates. State Industrial Laws cover areas including minimum conditions of employment and leave entitlements for employees, and you can find information specifically relating to farm jobs.


As the People in Agriculture “Resources for Employees” document states:

The WA Farm Employees Award 1985 applies to the sowing, raising and harvesting and/or treatment of Grain fodder or other farm produce, and the breeding, rearing or grazing of horses, cattle, sheep pigs or deer. This award does not cover the dairy industry in WA which is therefore ‘award free’.

The Fruit Growing and Packing Industry WA Award applies to all workers employed in the classifications contained in the award in the fruit growing and packing industry including the preparation of land , cultivation, planting, care, handing, treating, packing and dispatching all fresh fruits including tomatoes. The growing and packing of vegetables other than tomatoes is award free.

The Shearing Contractors Award of Western Australia 2003 covers shearing operations in WA by employers who operate as shearing contractors.

Rural Enterprises sources candidates locally, interstate, and overseas, so it is important for employers to research the award rates applicable to who they hire.

It's Seeding Season!

There are many farm jobs available at this time of the year. Rural Enterprises are particularly seeking candidates to work as Tractor Operators to operate their air seeders throughout the seeding season.  The season runs from mid to late April to June, and many farmers have pre-seeding work available NOW.

If you have a farming background and machinery experience, get in touch with the friendly staff at Rural Enterprises TODAY and we can work together to find an employment opportunity suitable for you.

Permanent Farm Job Positions

Do you know someone looking for a new farm job opportunity? Rural Enterprises are still extremely busy with many farmers from our highly-trusted client base looking for permanent General Farm Hands, Senior Farm Hands and experienced Stockmen.  If you know anyone looking for a sea (or tree) change or for a step up in their career, let them know we are looking for THEM!  

Featured Jobs

View the full list here.

Air Seeder Operator, Geraldton (REF 152030)

Seasonal: http://ruralent.recruitonline.com.au/jobs/view/id/152030

Are you available NOW and looking for variety before you jump on an air seeder for the season?  Our client, a family run mixed enterprise based just outside of Geraldton WA, is looking for someone to join their team NOW until ~24 June.  Duties throughout this period will include feeding stock, fencing, machinery maintenance, driving deep ripper, operating air seeder, spreading urea.  You will be operating JD machinery and working 12 hours 7 days a week during the peak of the season.  Must have farming background and agricultural machinery experience to be considered.  If you have a trade such as carpentry, electrical etc, this will be favoured.  $25/hr on offer as well as an evening meal during the busy period.  Accommodation is a separate house on farm, self contained.  NB: Police Clearance may be requested.

General Farm Hand, Hopetoun, WA (REF 151986)

Permanent: http://ruralent.recruitonline.com.au/jobs/view/id/151986

FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY for a Junior Farm Hand to step up!  Great farming client of ours is looking for a General Farm Hand on their large, mixed property (crop, cattle and sheep) located in Hopetoun, WA.  Must have 1-2 years farming experience minimum.  If you can demonstrate you have a genuine passion for agriculture and have a thirst for learning, the farmer may be willing to teach you the rest.  Visit our website for more details on this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Featured Candidates

Contact Rural Enterprises to enquire about these great candidates seeking farm jobs! View the full list here.


Great sponsorship potential.  This couple from UK, non smokers, aged 28 and 23, are looking to work the seeding season on the same farm. Available from 3 March right through until October if required (when their visa expires), however if a farmer is looking for a full time person and open to considering sponsorship, he could be an option for you.  You could employ them for the seeding season as a trial for both parties.  They worked together through us for seeding 2017 and one returned for harvest and operated the header for the season (she went on to work at CBH).  Great feedback from our client who would happily employ him full time if a position was available.  A Plumber/Heating Engineer by trade back in UK. Experience in operating air seeder, header and chaser bin. His Fiancé has CBH and chaser bin experience also and excellent references. Very honest couple, reliable with a great work ethic and proven they work well together.  They want to work on the same farm for seeding (happy to do split shifts); somewhere not too remote.  They have their own transport. You will not be disappointed!


20 year old, non smoker from South Australia. Looking to relocate to the Esperance region and looking for a stock role working on a cattle property. Prefer to stay in Esperance and drive out to farm. Born and bred on a 250 acre property rearing black Angus cattle and has a real passion for cattle. Moving with partner to Esperance in April. Has experience with general farm and machinery maintenance, cattle tagging, mustering, fencing and operating various heavy vehicle machinery, motorbike and horse riding. Great girl to talk, very motivated with a strong work ethic. One not to be missed.