Farm Hand

The Job:

If you want to see the real Australia, there is no better way than getting your hands dirty in the country. Working as a Farm Hand in a regional part of Australia is a great way to see the amazing Australian countryside while earning some extra cash. Also, if you complete enough work as a Farm Hand (minimum 3 months total), you may be eligible to apply for a Second Year Visa. As a Farm Hand you need to be prepared to work hard and put in a long day’s work. Typical duties would be fencing, general farm repair and maintenance, operating machinery such as motorbikes and tractors, crop work and sometimes animal husbandry.
The Perks:

  • If you enjoy hard, physical work and working in clean country air, then working as a Farm Hand is perfect. It’s a great way to get fit while earning cash at the same time.
  • If you have completed at least 3 months work as a Farm Hand in regional parts of Australia, you may be eligible to apply for a second year extension of your Working Holiday Visa.

Previous work experience required:

While previous farming experience is beneficial, most jobs do not require it and will you give you plenty of on the job training at the farm. Farm Hand work is usually physically strenuous, so being relatively fit and strong will help. A current drivers license is usually essential for this role.

The $$$:

Wages vary depending on the employer (farmer) and the work involved, but generally farms will pay between $12-$18 per hour. Keep in mind that accommodation and often meals are included in this role, which is a huge saving. Also working as a Farm Hand is a great way to save money as there won’t be much to spend your money on in a remote country town.

The word on the street:

“Three months working as a Farm Hand has to be one of the physically toughest jobs I have ever done. I didn’t especially love the early 6am starts, but it was awesome and I learnt a lot from the blokes on the farm and we became great mates in the end. Now my Second Year Visa has been approved and I get to have my second New Years on Sydney Harbour.” Greg, UK.

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