Grain harvest farm worker
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.
Grain Producers Australia is working with companies like QANTAS to find ways to link workers that have been impacted by to COVID with grains producers who require farm labour.
The information collected in this form will be used to match your business with potential candidates for the roles you need to be filled. 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 to be aware of their state employment obligations and to offer induction activities to support preparedness to meet the requirements. GPA is working to put businesses in touch with potential employees and offers no guarantees beyond making connections.
Please note - submitting the information does not guarantee employees will contact you regarding the 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)
Brief information on your business
Where are you located? (please include - postcode, the nearest town, distance to nearest town and distance to the nearest capital city)
Which state are you based?
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
New South Wales (NSW)
Northern Territory (NT)
South Australia (SA)
Western Australia (WA)
How many employees are you looking for?
When do you need the employee to start and how long will you likely require them? (ie - mid-Oct for 2-3 months)
Job requirements - (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 included with their employment - (Please select all options that you will provide to an employee)
Accommodation is available on farm
Accommodation is shared with other employees
Accommodation options to be discussed with candidate
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
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
Are there other tasks not included in the above that may be required?
Other information that may be relevant for candidates
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