We understand that you may have some questions about working as a harvest casual. To help you get the answers you need quickly and easily, we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) and provided detailed answers below.
Please take a few moments to browse through our FAQs and learn more about working for CBH during Harvest.
When does the harvest season start and finish?
Generally, the season starts in October and finishes in December. It is important to note that all seasons are different. Harvest work is dependent on many factors such as the weather and grower timing of harvesting (on-farm). Therefore, the start and finish of harvest work may vary each year.
What are the hours of work like?
Hours vary from day to day and will be dependent on the harvest conditions and weather. Shifts can be up to 12 hours long and in some cases working 6 days out of a 7-day period. As we operate 7 days a week, this may include working on weekends and public holidays
How much will I get paid?
Your hourly rate will depend on the position you are appointed to and the level of experience you have, however the starting rate is $29/hour. Your hourly rate of pay will be confirmed to you nearer your start date.
How old do I have to be to apply?
You must be at least 17 years on 1 October 2023.
How do I apply for a Harvest position?
You will need to create a profile on our online portal and upload a brief CV. This will speed up your application as it pre-fills the required information we need. Need a head start? Download a CV template here.
You will be required to upload documentation that proves you are allowed to work in Australia. For citizens examples include a copy of the picture page in your passport, your citizenship certificate, or your birth certificate with a copy of your photo ID such as a driving licence. For non-citizens, please include a copy of your picture page in your passport.
Please note: It is important that you include a correct email address and phone number when you apply so that we can keep in contact with you about your application. We also strongly advise that you check your email regularly (including your junk) as we will email you with the details about your application.
How does CBH select its harvest employees?
The final selection of harvest casuals is based upon several factors including the grain season, experience, commencement date, ability to attend training, preferred zone/area/site and preferred position. We also medically assess your ability to perform the inherent requirements of the role.
Can I choose who I work with?
There is no guarantee that we can place you together, however when you are completing your application ensure you nominate the same zone and site as your friend/partner/family member.
Is there accommodation available?
Yes, some sites do have free, basic accommodation available.
If you require accommodation, please indicate this in your application. If accommodation is available your site will confirm this with you during your application.
Please note that we do not have any accommodation at our Terminals.
When do I get paid?
Payroll is processed weekly in arrears on a Wednesday. The day that your pay will reach your bank account is dependent upon the bank you are with.
Do I get paid for the training that I attend?
Yes - if you satisfactorily complete the required training.
I don’t have a vehicle; how will I get around/to site?
Employees are responsible for getting themselves to the site they are allocated to. Please note some of our sites are remote where public transport is not available.
What should I bring when I go to site?
As some of our sites can be very isolated, the essentials include:
- Food - those staying on-site in remote locations will need enough for two weeks
- Water and a water bottle
- Sunscreen – is provided on-site but it is a good idea to bring your own
- Composite toe boots
- Long pants (for work)
- Wide brim hat - CBH will provide you with one but you may like to bring an extra
- Please note that leggings, jeggings, sports shoes, and sneakers are not acceptable attire based on our safety requirements.
How do I track earnings to report to Centrelink?
We will email you your weekly payslip outlining your hours worked and earnings. It is up to you to keep a record of these to provide to Centrelink if required.