What is the 88 days farm work requirement?
In short, the 88 days farm work requirement is something you have to do to get your second year working holiday visa in Australia. This can range from jobs and tasks like picking fruits and vegetables to Animal rearing.
In this blog, I will be explaining what the 88 days are like and If it’s even worth doing! and How to find work!
How difficult is it?
Well if you lucky enough to find a good 88-day job, for example, working with animals it can be quite easy and even fun! But for the most, it is extremely hard work and is compared to a prison sentence. That’s just the actual work, finding it can be extremely difficult too.
Saying this, the best part of the 88 days is the people you will meet. They are all in a similar situation to you from all over the world! You meet some great people and minds.
What is the pay like and what is piece rate?
If you are thinking about doing farm work for money… Think again! Saying this, I have heard stories of people earning a lot of money doing farm work earning hourly rate and working a good amount of hours! In my case hourly rate, doesn’t start when you start work, It starts when they want to start it… 8 hour working day, get paid for 6! But hourly beats piece rate every time! So piece rate is not breaking the law it needs to average at an hourly rate. Plus a bonus because of the fact its piece rate.
for people who like maths, this is what it should be. hours x min wag x casual rate (bonus) x piece rate (bonus) (work out an average of everyone working) / amount of buckets or box or palate= rate per bucket or box or palate
for example, If you worked 5 hours on min wage (being 17 dollars)
5 hours x 17 + (4.25) +(2.04) = 23.29 hourly rate
Your pay rate should be on average 23.29 x 5 = $116.45 for 5 hours (so between 100-130 depending on speed)
because the maths isn’t working like that
So worked 5 hours but you weren’t picking for 5 hours so lets take off time … you had to set up -15 mins at start of day -15 mins to clean up, you have to walk to your field 15 mins, you move field 15 mins, they take an extra 5 before you start, before you finish, and extra time off every break (say -20 mins ) (This is all your time you should be paid for, But don’t)
so your 5 hours working time is now 3 hours 40 mins
On top is you have profession shit pickers ( people that do a shit job but are extremely fast). These people can double your pick as they don’t get checked on ‘clean’ picks but you do.
23.29 x 3.66 = $83.84 (average) but your now below because the shit pickers ($60- $80 )
So your $100-$130 has turned into $60-$80… what you going to do about it!
What happens if they say you picked less than you did?
Is it worth doing?
This is something you really need to think about!
The time you will spend looking for a job, plus the fact you need to spend 3 months there and the fact you won’t make much money (unless you are lucky)
Is it worth for another 12 months in Australia?
There are other working holiday locations!
Is there any way around it?
Paying farmers to send you money, lying to the government and lots of other illegal scams! Its not worth it!
Do the time or leave
Don’t try and get around it.
How can I find it?
Like most jobs in Australia, the country is against you
So if you’re looking for work, Online is probably your 1st point of call! But this is the most competitive.
Try going down to your local information center and picking up a copy of the harvest trail, this book is gold! It tells you the seasons and where the best places are, maybe pop your head in and visit them (disclaimer, so farms have a lot of backpackers randomly turn up. Maybe look them up online or ring ahead).
Or ask others in hostels where they worked!
The last place, check out Facebook groups like Australian Backpackers 2018 ( I post my kick Arse Parody there too)
What should I avoid?
There is a lot of different scams for backpackers, one of the most common is … ‘pay for something before you arrive’ they tell you its to save you a spot in a farmhouse or something… turns out there isn’t even a job or a farm.
Other scams include places saying they are in the 2nd year visa location and job type criteria, just so you work there for 3 months.
No paying you to work and saying they are not signing you off until you work another X amount of weeks.
All these are scams and are illegal. If anyone tries to do this to you report them!
Make sure you know what you need and what counts as an 88-day farm job here at the government website
Place to Avoid
these guys still owe me $20 bucks claiming I never packed the amount of fruit. They were also full of empty promises!
Avoid these guys like Shit on a Stick!
Can it be fun?
life is what you make it.
filmed at Costa in Gingin!
What do I need to start work?
Thanks for reading
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