Harvest Trail Services

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Harvest Trail Services and the Harvest Trail Information Service connect workers with employers in harvest areas across Australia.

Harvest jobs can offer opportunities to start a career in agriculture or combine work with travel around Australia. See if harvest work could be right for you, and how to get started.

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

Access to these services is not limited to people receiving income support payments. You can do harvest work in Australia if you are:

  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • 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.

About Harvest Trail Services

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

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

Your job vacancies will appear online through the Harvest Trail jobs board 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 Harvest Trail Information Service:

  • provides comprehensive, up-to-date information about harvest work vacancies on the Harvest Trail website.
  • contributes to the National Harvest Guide, which provides information about harvest work opportunities, working conditions, transport and accommodation around Australia.
  • operates the national contact centre on free-call 1800 062 332*.
    • charges may apply for calls to ‘1800’ numbers from mobile phones.

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. As a result, from 1 July 2020:

  • The Harvest Labour Services name changed to Harvest Trail Services.
  • Harvest Trail Services expanded into 16 horticulture regions experiencing labour supply difficulties across Australia
  • Harvest Trail Services providers receive new financial incentives, when they place and keep Australian job seekers in seasonal work.
  • In addition to the placement fee, Harvest Trail Services providers  able to claim 4 week, 12 week and 26 week Outcome Payments for Australian job seekers (receiving income support payments) placed into an eligible harvest placement or a number of seasonal harvest placements.

Meeting the needs of harvest employers and job seekers requires Harvest Trail Services providers to identify and place suitable Australian job seekers into harvest work.

The budget measure recognises that Harvest Trail Services providers are best placed to work with farmers to source employment opportunities while working collaboratively with other employment providers to ensure there are Australian job seekers with the skills available to fill these jobs.

Complementing the changes to Harvest Trail Services were enhancements to the Harvest Trail Information Service (HTIS). The functionality of the Harvest Trail website was also improved, making it easier for the HTIS and HTS providers to share local vacancy information with employers and job seekers.