Jobs for Seasonal Workers

Types of jobs that seasonal workers can undertake as part of the Seasonal Worker Programme.

Employers can recruit seasonal workers for a range of roles.

The Agriculture Sector

Horticulture Work

Employers can recruit seasonal workers to undertake the following work in the horticulture industry:

  • sowing, planting and cultivating agricultural holdings
  • flower or vegetable market gardens in connection with the sowing, planting, raising, cultivation, harvesting, picking, packing or treating of horticulture crops, including fruit and vegetables upon farms, orchards and/or plantations
  • clearing, fencing, trenching, draining or otherwise preparing or treating land for the sowing, raising, harvesting or treating of horticulture crops, including fruit and vegetables
  • viticulture activities to prepare land for planting of wine grape vines, and the pruning, growing treating, picking and harvesting of wine grapes.

View the Seasonal Worker Programme and the horticulture industry fact sheet for more information.

Pastoral work

Employers can recruit seasonal workers to undertake low and unskilled jobs covered under the Pastoral Award 2010. This Award covers all employers and employees working in:

  • dairying
  • hatchery work
  • sowing, raising or harvesting of crops grown as part of a crop or broad acre mixed farming enterprise
  • assisting with livestock management/handling
  • treatment of land for crops or livestock
  • clearing, fencing or assisting with well sinking, dam sinking or trenching on properties.

What are some of the tasks seasonal workers can undertake on a farm?

  • feeding and watering
  • assisting with animal husbandry (eg. drenching, needling)
  • operating basic farm machinery with appropriate training as required
  • fencing
  • cleaning
  • weed and pest control.

View the Seasonal Worker Programme and the agriculture sector fact sheet for more information.

Aquaculture Work

Employers can recruit seasonal workers to undertake the following work in the aquaculture industry:

  • feeding
  • attending mooring pens
  • washing and changing nets
  • moving materials and equipment
  • loading, unloading, moving, packing and construction of shellfish culture mediums (including baskets, cages, droplines and oyster racking)
  • operating boats (including loading and unloading boats)
  • harvesting and husbanding fish
  • recording data
  • operating mechanical equipment such as grading machines
  • preparing product for market/transport
  • general maintenance duties (but not mechanic’s duties).

View the Seasonal Worker Programme and the aquaculture industry fact sheet for more information

Cane Work

Employers can recruit seasonal workers to undertake the following  work in the cane industry:

  • general farm work
  • tilling, sowing, planting, raising, irrigating, treating and testing of cane crops
  • cleaning and storing equipment
  • harvesting and haul out work
  • weeding, clearing, fencing, trenching, draining or otherwise preparing land
  • pest and disease control.

View the Seasonal Worker Programme and the cane industry fact sheet for more information.

Cotton Work

Employers can recruit seasonal workers to undertake the following work in the cotton industry:

  • general farm work
  • ground preparation, planting, irrigating, harvesting or treating of cotton and other crops
  • loading trucks, cleaning, storing, operating and maintaining equipment (including tractors)
  • weeding, fencing, trenching, draining or otherwise preparing land
  • general farm maintenance
  • tractor operations.

View the Seasonal Worker Programme and the cotton industry fact sheet for more information.

The Accommodation Sector

Accommodation Sector

Seasonal workers can be employed in the accommodation sector, in identified locations, to fill low and unskilled seasonal vacancies.

Locations:

Approved employers in the accommodation sector in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Tropical North Queensland and Kangaroo Island can access the Seasonal Worker Programme.

Occupations:

  • bar attendants
  • baristas
  • food and beverage attendants/waiters
  • café workers
  • garden labourers
  • housekeepers
  • kitchen hands
  • public area cleaners

View the Seasonal Worker Programme and the accommodation sector fact sheet for more information.