Harvest Trail Services (HTS)

WHO IS HTS?

Rural Enterprises is the Harvest Trail Services Provider for the South West region.  We can help you whether you are an employer needing to hire harvest workers, or a job seeker looking for harvest work.

HTS Providers are contracted by the Australian Government and located in all Australian states and territories, covering most harvest regions.  There is no cost to you to use our services.

WHO CAN DO HARVEST WORK?

  • An Australian Citizen or permanent resident.  This includes people who get an income support payment from Services Australia or the Department of Veterans' Affairs and are looking for work.  Australian job seekers can start their career in agriculture from seasonal and harvest jobs.
  • An eligible working holiday maker holding a visa with appropriate working rights.
  • An overseas student with working rights in Australia.
  • Holding a temporary work visa with general work rights, not restricted to an employer or type of work. 

 



IF YOU'RE AN EMPLOYER

If you're an employer, you have a duty to provide every worker with a safe and healthy work environment.  Contact our HTS Harvest Officer for advice and help with:

  • Planning your workforce and recruitment needs
  • Sourcing suitable workers to meet your harvest labour needs
  • Advertising your hob vacancies on the Harvest Trail Jobs Board
  • Connecting you with eligible harvest workers

Legal Workers

It is your responsibility as a harvest employer to hire legal workers.  You must NOT employ or pay someone for work if they don't have permission to work in Australia.

If you employ or plan to employ a working holiday maker visa holder, you must register with the ATO before paying them their first payment.

Our Harvest Officer will do the Visa checks for you, and connect you with the right job seekers who are eligible for harvest work.

 


 

IF YOU'RE A JOB SEEKER

Contact our HTS Harvest Officer for information about:

  • Your eligibility for harvest work.
  • Harvest job opportunities and requirements of roles.
  • Employment conditions.
  • Transport and accommodation options relating to local harvest jobs.

Harvest work in Australia involves a variety of jobs like fruit or vegetable picking, packing, pruning and planting.  The type of work varies between locations and the time of year.  Jobs are available in harvest areas in most Australian states and territories.  Jobs are seasonal and can range from just a few weeks to six months or more.  

Is Harvest work right for me?

Harvest work can be physically demanding.  You don't need special skills to be a harvest worker, but employers may look for certain qualities, including physical strength and stamina.  

Tasks for harvest workers can involve climbing ladders, walking through fields, constant bending or operating heavy machinery.  Harvest workers need to be strong enough to lift heavy tubs or bags of produce and tools and be able to do repetitive tasks.

Visit https://jobsearch.gov.au/harvest/search for further details on:

  • Accommodation and transport in harvest areas
  • Getting paid for harvest work
  • Working conditions
  • Workplace rights and obligations
  • Facts about working outdoors
  • Harvest Trail map
  • Downloading the National Harvest Guide

 


Harvest Trail Information Service (HTIS) 

HTIS is a national call centre.  If you have a harvest employment related enquiry, you can phone the HTIS on 1800 062 332 Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm (excluding national public holidays).

When to contact the HTIS

For harvest job seekers and workers:

  • Information about job opportunities, towns and crops, and fair and safe work
  • Referral to HTS providers for job placement in Australian harvest areas
  • Referral to the Fair Work Ombudsman, or state or territory workplace health and safety authorities

For harvest employers:

  • Referral to a HTS provider for recruitment assistance
  • Support with listing a harvest job vacancy on the Harvest Trail Jobs Board
  • Reliable information about fair, safe and legal work arrangements
  • Referral to the Fair Work Ombudsman, or state or territory workplace health and safety authorities

The HTIS produces the quarterly State of the Australian Harvest Trail Market Report.  They also contribute to and coordinate information for the National Harvest Guide.



WHETHER YOUR'E LOOKING FOR HARVEST WORK OR YOU'RE A HARVEST EMPLOYER IN AUSTRALIA, SPEAK TO OUR HARVEST OFFICER TODAY:

Ph: 08 6166 9124
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