Avocados Australia is a not for profit representing the interests of the avocado industry; we don’t deal directly with arranging labour for farms and orchards. However, our Avocado Directory does list some labour hire companies and services that may be of use. Given the current pandemic, we have also collated a guide of other national and state job portals you may find useful.
Avocado Directory: the directory is being constantly updated with new listings, businesses that service the avocado industry are encouraged to list here. If you click here, there are several labour hire firms listed in our Avocado Directory. One of them may be able to assist in your search for general industry work. (If that direct link does not work, search under “labour” in the Avocado Directory.)
Harvest Trail: Vacancies are also registered on the government’s Harvest Trail website (jobsearch.gov.au/harvest), as well as social media (Facebook Page – National Harvest Labour Information Service – facebook.com/National-Harvest-Labour-Information-Service-133019196865847/). The toll free number for the NHLIS is 1800 062 332.
Harvest Trail also has information on working on the Harvest Trail: fairwork.gov.au/horticulture-showcase/working-the-harvest-trail.
Additional resources that may be helpful in this time of COVID-19
National jobs hub: The Australian Government has set up a jobs hub you can customise by state and industry (for horticulture positions, select “Food Production/Agriculture/Horticulture”. www.dese.gov.au/covid-19/jobs-hub/find-employers-hiring-now
Another national job board is Career Harvest: www.careerharvest.com.au/.
If you are in Western Australia: The WA Government has launched an initiative to connect jobseekers with opportunities. Please note, this initiative exists to provide information only and is not a recruitment service. Links to recruitment services can be found on the site: www.jobsinwafoodandag.com/.
If you are in Queensland: The Queensland Government has also launched an initiative to connect jobseekers with opportunities. Find more here: www.jobsfinder.qld.gov.au/ and also check out the #pickqld site.
If you are in South Australia: The South Australian Government has launched a job hub for seasonal work: www.seasonaljobs.sa.gov.au/.
If you are in Victoria: The Victorian Government has launched a website that might be of use: www.vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria.
If you are in New South Wales: The NSW Government has launched Help Harvest NSW to connect unemployed workers with farm work opportunities across NSW. Take a look at the site and see what job opportunities are around the corner, visit www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/help-harvest-nsw.
For current information about border closures within Australia, please visit https://farmhub.org.au/covid-19/. On this page, you will find a “Border Control” section with up-to-date links for all states and territories. Some states require a permit to enter. Please check ahead.
If you are crossing a state or territory border for work, we advise you to ask your new employer for a letter/email confirming you are travelling to take up work, to have proof on hand of where you will be living, and if necessary, proof (eg receipts) showing you have quarantined for 14 days.