Farm work in Australia
Experience life as a jackeroo or jillaroo by completing ranch work in the vast and beautiful Australian Outback. Learn to ride dirt bikes and horses, muster and work with cattle, pick up fencing skills, use chainsaws and operate tractors on our fantastic introductory farm training week. Oh and did we mention you are guaranteed a paid job at the end of the programme?
This is an excellent way to experience the true Aussie outdoor lifestyle and meet real, rural locals. It is also a really great opportunity to save some money and fund further travels around this amazing country!
Paid ranch work in Australia for tough Poms
Finding farm work jobs abroad can be tough when you head out alone on an Australian Working Holiday visa. Oyster offers a paid work programme that opens the door to outdoor jobs all over rural Australia. Starting with a fantastic 5-day farm training course that will familiarise you with skills needed to work on farms, cattle stations and equine studs. You will get to grips with safely operating tractors, riding horses, using chainsaws, driving dirt bikes, working with cattle and constructing fences.
The training farm is certainly a highlight of the programme and an experience that you will remember for years to come. It combines learning new skills with lots of fun. With almost 2000 employers across Australia on the job-finding database, your first job is guaranteed. You will receive plenty of support and advice during your training week to help ensure you choose a job that will suit your desires and abilities. Help is also provided if you decide to look for a subsequent job later on.
Rural Australian employers expect hard work and a positive attitude, you will be set up with an employer for between 3 and 6 months. Click here for more details on who this programme would suit. You will be paid around A$300- $350 (approximately £200) per week, plus free food, accommodation and most of your living expenses.
This means you will have a great opportunity to save money following your paid job to enjoy backpacking through Australia or beyond.
What will I be doing in the Outback?
Aussie farms are remote and the jobs that need doing are varied. You could be mustering sheep and cattle, doing essential maintenance around the farm, harvesting crops or looking after horses. There are also more inside/outside roles such as station cooking, au pairing for a family or working in a rural pub.
You’ll need to be ready to get stuck in and to work outdoors in all weather – no whingeing Poms, please! It’s tough, physical work, but in the evening you can sit outside under the stars sharing beers and stories with your work mates. You MUST have a driving licence before you travel to Australia and be able to drive a manual car confidently. Find out why
It’s not all hard work. At the beginning of the programme you will spend 4 nights in Noosa. Here you’ll get to know your fellow course mates and take advantage of the Aussie sun, sea and surf before heading to the training farm together. Following your job why not explore what Australia’s amazing diversity has to offer and then if you need it, our partners will support you in finding subsequent jobs for up to 12 months.
Accommodation and Food
You will stay on farm premises, either with a family or in workers’ accommodation. The placements are so varied that accommodation differs. Expect basic, but in some cases you might get lucky with a private room or an on-site swimming pool! When you are offered a job you will be given details of the accommodation so there will be no surprises. Your food and accommodation is included with your job so this takes down the cost of living- in return you are expected to take responsibility for your accommodation and get stuck in with domestic chores.
- A guaranteed first job in Australia and assistance with subsequent jobs thereafter.
- Receive safety training on many aspects of farm work necessary for working in rural Australia.
- Enjoy time at the incredible beach town of Noosa – a fantastic base for visiting Fraser Island, Australia Zoo and the Sunshine Coast.
- Learn new skills and experience horse riding, dirt-biking, tractor driving and much more.
- Get to know the real Australia by living and working with a genuine Aussie family – few travellers will have this experience and a paid job
- Earn good money to fund further travel around the country- or even further afield.
Whyshould I do this?
Getting paid work abroad in Australia is a ‘must do’ on the gap year bucket list. Not only does it allow you to stay for an extended period in one of the most diverse countries in the world, it also means that you get to earn some money to fund your gap year in Australia.
Wages are high in Australia, however so is the cost of living. Farm work not only allows you to earn a great wage, it also covers your accommodation and food costs. You can save up whilst working on farm. Use your funds to travel Australia, New Zealand or even South East Asia.
Our training programme is a great experience and a lot of fun – it has even been quoted by one of our past participants as “the best bit about Australia!” Getting a guaranteed job at the end of it not only means that you can start earning straight away, it also means that that you will be doing a far more interesting job than just fruit picking!
The farm work programme runs every week of the year, with the exception of over the Christmas and New Year period. Participants arrive in Brisbane (BNE) every Thursday morning, between 6am and 9am to start the programme. On arrival at the airport, participants are greeted and escorted to where they will need to go to transfer to Noosa.
Oyster specialises in providing friendly support and advice to those we send away. We will help you get all the preparations in place so you can look forward to your trip with confidence. Once there, the support continues through our partners at the training farm, who will provide your training, job-finding service and ongoing advice. Australia is an easy place to adjust to, but there may still be times when you want a bit of advice or help. With large time differences and participants placed all over the outback, Joanna and her team are well placed to be your first point of reference. Both they, and us in the UK, are contactable 24/7 should you need it. It’s a big country, but you won’t be on your own.
What is provided
- Access to your own personal ‘My Oyster’ account and excellent preparation from Oyster, including a one-to-one interview and informal briefing.
- Advice on obtaining a working visa.
- (Optional) Help in finding a competitive and suitable return flights to Brisbane (cost around £900 from London).
- Full financial protection through our ATOL bond if Oyster book your flights.
- Friendly greeting at Brisbane airport on arrival.
- A transfer for a shuttle bus to Noosa at the top of the Sunshine Coast.
- 4 nights accommodation in Noosa when you arrive.
- Transfer to the training farm.
- An excellent and well-regarded 5 day farm training course with food, accommodation, work hat, t-shirt, water bottle and internet access all included.
- Help setting up an Australian bank account before departure.
- Medicare and Tax File Number included and arranged for you.
- A guaranteed job, with help in finding subsequent work for the duration of your visa (12 months).
- Food and accommodation at your workplace.
- Support and advice in-country if you need it with a 24/7 free emergency phone number.
On your return:
- References (on request).
What do I need
- A passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of your programme.
- You must be eligible and need to pay for an Australian working holiday visa or work and holiday visa
- Hold a full drivers license- knowing how to drive manual is important. Find out why.
- Have access to approximately $900 Australian dollars in cash or on card when you arrive (we recommend you have extra emergency funds) – this is for travel costs, work clothes and food and tourist activities in Noosa.
- Travel Insurance
- Flight to Brisbane (we can book for you).
- Cost of changing your flight if you need to.
- Cost of travel from the training farm to the job- this includes the bus journey to Brisbane following the programme (up to $600- as part of your $900 recommended amount).
- Independent travel costs during the year.
- Appropriate clothing and work boots (we will advise and these can be purchased in Australia).
- Living costs (hostel and food costs) when not working i.e. when travelling over several days to a job or if you are in between jobs.