Grain harvest employment
Grain Producers Australia (GPA), in conjunction with the State Farming Organisations (SFOs) are working to meet labour shortages in the agricultural sector with a focus on supporting the grains industry.
This form is to be used to register your interest in farm labour roles, linking you with grains producers who require farm labour.
The information collected in this form will be used to match you with potential job opportunities that may be suitable. The more information you provide, the more likely you will be able to attract potential staff. It is important to be accurate regarding your needs and expectations.
GPA requires all farm businesses and employees to be aware of their state employment obligations and to be properly inducted. GPA is working to put businesses and potential employees in touch and offers no guarantees beyond making connections.
Please note - submitting the information does not guarantee businesses will contact you regarding work.
All information provided will be used internally and used to support the employment options.
If you'd like to discuss further, please contact GPA or your local state farming organisation.
GPA - Colin Bettles 0439 901 970 or
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Contact details - (provide best contact numbers)
Where are you located? (please include - postcode, nearest town and state)
Which state/s are you looking for work in?
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
New South Wales (NSW)
Northern Territory (NT)
South Australia (SA)
Western Australia (WA)
When are you available to start and how long are you available for? (ie - mid-Oct for 2-3 months)
Employee skills - (Please select all that apply)
Must have an Australian drivers license
Heavy vehicle license
Must have the right to work in Australia
Have some agricultural experience
Mechanically minded (ie familiar with engines, operating mechanical equipment, gear, etc)
Attention to details - important to maximise effieincy
Willingness to learn, operate heavy equipment and machinery
Fire safety awareness (basic understanding of how to operate FS Equipment)
What is required for your employment - (Please select all options that apply to you)
Accommodation (must be available on farm)
Accommodation (open to shared accommodation with other employees)
Accommodation (to be discussed with employer)
Some meals provided (snacks and lunch)
All meals provided
Set hours (ie 7am until 7pm, 6 days per week)
Flexible hours (ie alternating day/night shifts)
Access or use of farm vehicles
Potential for family to be accomodated with worker
Please provide an hourly rate range or salary expectation (this will not limit your employment opportunities - it will ensure that you are matched with businesses with similar expectations)
Job requirements - general description
As a grain farm employee, the work required may include:
• Preparation of equipment and machinery for seeding and harvest
• Summer cropping activities including cultivating, seeding and applying appropriate fertiliser rates for all crops
• Harvest activities including crop topping, header driving, local grain delivery, grain testing, record keeping
• Operation of farm machinery including tractors, headers, grain bins and augers
• Re-fuelling, routine maintenance checks and basic servicing (ie greasing bearings, checking hydraulic fluid)
• Transport and set up equipment and gear for the day (field bins, utes, service vehicles, tractors etc)
It is helpful if you are able to approach tasks with a practical can-do attitude
• Be adaptable to the tasks and changing work conditions as task flows
• Be prepared to move fast if weather or some other issue may occur which puts the crop or farm at risk
The environment during harvest periods can include:
• Dusty, hot conditions, grain dust/straw and chaff can cause allergies
• Long hours working by yourself with a lot of space around you,
• Working as part of the harvest team
• Workplace with hazards due to environment and size of machinery being used
• The need for fast action on fire safety and awareness
• Potentially limited access to amenities (ie toilet facilities not available in the paddock)
• Machinery is intuitive to drive with technology (ie GPS)
• Mentally taxing work - operating complex machinery for extended periods of time
The tasks listed above are general and offer an overview of what to expect - are there any concerns with your ability to conduct the above tasks?
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