Harvest Labour Services

jobactive harvest labour

Harvest Labour Services and the National Harvest Labour Information Service connect workers with employers in harvesting areas across Australia.

Access to these services is not limited to people receiving income support payments.

Budget 2019-20

On 2 April 2019, the Australian Government announced changes to Harvest Labour Services to encourage more Australian job seekers to take up seasonal work. These changes include:

  • Expanding Harvest Labour Services to up to five new horticulture regions experiencing labour supply difficulties. This means from 1 July 2020, Harvest Labour Services will be available in up to 16 regions across Australia.
  • Harvest Labour Services providers will also receive new financial incentives when they place and keep Australian job seekers in seasonal work.
  • Harvest Labour Services providers will receive $50 (GST exclusive) to place job seekers into seasonal work (regardless of whether the job seeker is Australian or a Working Holiday Maker, for example).
  • Harvest Labour Services providers will be able to claim 4‑week, 12‑week and 26‑week Outcome Payments for Australian job seekers (receiving working age income support) placed into an eligible seasonal work placement.

Meeting the needs of farmers and job seekers requires Harvest Labour Services and jobactive providers to work together to identify and place suitable Australian job seekers into harvest work.

This measure recognises that Harvest Labour Services providers are best placed to work with farmers to source employment opportunities while working collaboratively with jobactive providers to ensure that there are sufficient Australian job seekers with the skills to fill these jobs.

Complementing these changes to Harvest Labour Services are enhancements to the National Harvest Labour Information Service. The National Harvest Labour Information Service (NHLIS) will be enhanced by improving the functionality of the Harvest Trail website and making it easier for the NHLIS to share local vacancy information with employment service providers.

The Australian Government will also look to work collaboratively with the horticulture industry. From 1 July 2020, the horticulture industry will be invited to put forward proposals aimed at promoting seasonal work opportunities to local job seekers and promoting the hiring of Australian job seekers to growers.

About Harvest Labour Services

Harvest Labour Services link workers with seasonal harvest jobs in eleven rural and remote locations across Australia. These locations do not have adequate local labour supply to meet seasonal peaks in employer demand.

If you are an employer, Harvest Labour Services will screen and match your workers for you. You can find a local Harvest Labour Services provider through the provider search on the jobactive website.

Your job vacancies will appear online through the Harvest Trail and the jobactive mobile app.

If you are looking for work, harvest work is available throughout the year, provided you are willing to travel to where the work is located. Anyone who is legally entitled to work in Australia is eligible to be placed into harvest work. Find more about how you can access harvest work.

The National Harvest Labour Information Service:

  • provides comprehensive, up-to-date information about harvest work vacancies on the Harvest Trail Website.
  • coordinates the National Harvest Guide, which provides information about harvest work opportunities, working conditions, transport and accommodation around Australia.
  • operates the National Harvest Telephone Information Service on free-call 1800 062 332*.
    • *Note that call charges apply for calls to ‘1800’ numbers from mobile phones.