Harvest your future in Agriculture
Our farmers put in the hard yards to support communities across the country, by growing the food and fibre we depend on. Ensuring that we have enough safe and nutritious food is a huge, important job – and one that’s changing all the time.
From driving tractors to utilising automated technology, there’s never been a more exciting time to work in agriculture. You’ll get to learn and develop a wide range of skills, from planting, growing and harvesting food to sustainable business management.
Complete an Australian Apprenticeship
One pathway into a career in agriculture is through completing an Australian Apprenticeship. These can be undertaken during school or after, depending on what you want to do with your career.
Try your hand at short-term agricultural work
If you’re looking for something different, harvest jobs are also a great way to get some hands-on experience in agriculture, while exploring some of the most scenic spots around the country.
This will help you get a sense of what’s required to work on a farm and develop important skills for the future, from meeting different people to communications skills.
From grape harvesting in the Hunter Valley to mango picking in Darwin, you’ll get to combine work with travel – all while getting a great work out.
If you take up short-term agricultural work, including harvest work, between 1 November and 31 December 2021, you may be eligible for financial assistance to cover the costs of relocation.
While seasonal harvest work is not likely to be your ‘forever job’, it does provide a unique opportunity to try something new, work in a different place and learn some unique skills that you’ll be able to take with you into an agricultural career later down the track.
Head to the Harvest Trail Jobs Board to find harvest jobs that are available now or in upcoming seasons.
Want to know more?
If you would like more information on a particular job in this sector, including typical day-to-day tasks, average weekly salary and links to job vacancies visit YourCareer.gov.au/occupations and use the search feature for detail on the jobs you are interested in.
For more information on this sector visit: YourCareer- Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Before you jump straight in, check out the School Leavers Information Kit to see if this is the right option for you. The kit can give you tailored information about education, training and work options as you take your next steps.
If you’d like to talk to someone about a career in agriculture, you can contact the School Leavers Information Service call centre on 1800 CAREER or text SLIS2020 to 0429 009 435. This service can provide more tailored support about your options and the training opportunities that suit you including help polishing your resume or where to find jobs and training.
Job finding tip
Do your research! Whether you are looking for a short or long-term career in agriculture it is important to have a good understanding about the type of work you will be doing. More often than not you will likely need to move closer to your workplace in this sector and having a good understanding of your new surroundings would be beneficial.
More tips to start you on your way
- Speak to your friends, your parents/guardians, your career adviser/teachers.
- Visit further information on this website about how you can:
- Be inspired by the career stories of the Australian VET Alumni.
If your wellbeing is being impacted by COVID-19 but you don’t know where to start looking for support, the COVID-19 support page has some information and links that could assist you.
Meet Alistair Keller a farmer from South Australia
The sixth generation of his family to undertake a career on the land, South Australian Alistair Keller now owns a livestock company after he completed an Australian School-based Apprenticeship in 2012.
Alistair says completing an apprenticeship allowed him to gain both a nationally recognised qualification and his Year 12 Certificate.
“It was a great experience and I want to tell as many people as I can in my position to give it a go – it has got me further than I could have ever imagined.”
“There is no substitute to what I learned on the farm, in the shearing sheds and in the saleyards and as a consequence I became far better prepared for managing a business,” he says.