The Paid Escape: information for workers

Find out about opportunities to work and travel in regional WA.
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Join the Paid Escape

It’s time to ditch the ordinary job and enjoy a far from ordinary Paid Escape in WA’s regions this summer. The bumper grain harvest has meant there’s a variety of skilled and unskilled jobs available in some of WA’s most beautiful locations.

A paid escape could mean working with cutting edge technology and machinery as a grain plant operator, organising the delivery of thousands of tonnes of grain as a receival point operator or assisting in harvesting of vast areas of grain.

It’s not all work though, with amazing landscapes to explore and a pristine coastline often only a short drive away, there will never be a dull moment.

Types of jobs

You can find a range of jobs on offer across the grains industry.

An image of a grain field being harvested

Some of the roles that you could apply for include:

  • Plant operator
  • Receival point operator
  • Grain quality technician
  • Farm hand
  • Machinery operator

Pay rates and conditions

Pay rates and conditions vary depending on the type of work you do. Ask your employer to provide the details before you accept the job.

You can check the correct rates of pay and employment conditions with the Fair Work Ombudsman (external link) or phone 13 13 94.

Accommodation and travel support

Financial support may be available to help you pay for your travel and accommodation.

  • Available for agricultural, fisheries and food processing jobs in regional WA.
  • If you relocate more than 100kms from home, you may be eligible to claim a $40 per night accommodation rebate, up to a maximum of 12 weeks.
  • You may also be able to claim travel costs to relocate.
  • For more information and to find out if you’re eligible, visit the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website.

Other useful resources for workers:

Grain Farm Jobs WA (external link)
Information on the types of jobs available, when the season starts and ends, where to find work and how much you could expect to get paid.

WorkSafe WA (external link)
Information about employee rights and responsibilities.

WorkCover WA (external link)
Information about your rights and entitlements if you are injured at work and need to make a claim for workers’ compensation.

Fair Work Ombudsman (external link)
Information about workplace rights and obligations.

COVID-19 restrictions

Keep up to date while you travel.

It’s important you remain up to date with the latest advice and any restrictions in WA before and throughout your employment and travels. 

Page reviewed 3 September 2021