Work and wander out yonder: information for employers

Find out how to fill your labour shortages with WA workers.

Last updated: 16 December 2020 at 11.51am

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COVID-19 has changed the way we do business in WA. We’ve had to rethink how we produce goods and services, and the resources we need.

Businesses are looking at new ways to employ staff. With overseas backpackers unavailable at the moment regional employers are focussing on recruiting WA workers.

Benefits of hiring WA workers

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There are lots of reasons to hire Western Australians:

  • they are eager to work and learn new skills
  • some are willing to stay longer if you need them
  • you can invite them back next summer (and they are already trained)
  • they have access to free training for upskilling
  • you don’t have to worry about visas
  • there’s little or no cost in getting them to your business
  • some are eligible for financial support for accommodation and travel
  • they understand WA and want to help regional businesses.

How to list your vacancies

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Listing your vacancies online is an easy and convenient way to find staff. People look for jobs online, so it makes sense to list your vacancies where they are looking.


  1. Create an account on the SEEK website or sign in if you already have an account.
  2. Post a job ad.
  3. Include the hashtag '#workandwander' in the job ad detail section. Using this hashtag ensures job seekers looking to work and wander see your ad.

Harvest Trail

  1. Visit Australian Government's Harvest Trail Service website.
  2. Fill in the job details including role title, vacancy address, job industry and occupation.
  3. Post your job ad for free.

Backpacker Job Board

  1. Visit the Backpacker Job Board website.
  2. Register as an employer or log into your account.
  3. Post a job ad. A basic ad is free, paid feature ads are available.


  1. Visit the Gumtree website.
  2. Register or sign in if you have an account.
  3. Post a free ad.

Support to find workers

Recruitment agencies can help you find the right workers.


Studium can help you find candidates for your vacancy, with more than 12,000 registered job seekers, including WA university students, school leavers, international students and working holiday makers.

To register, log in in or click ‘Looking for workers’. An activation code will be sent to your email address. Activate your account to connect with candidates.

You can also email Studium for help finding the right worker - this service is currently free for regional businesses.

The Job Shop

The Job Shop specialises in rural recruitment. Email The Job Shop or call (08) 9228 1457 to have an ad placed on The Job Shop website.

Rural Enterprises

Register your vacancy with Rural Enterprises and view candidate profiles outlining skills and locations. 

How to attract workers

Help your business stand out on job ads by providing prospective workers with important information.

Workers want to know about the:

  • benefits of working for you
  • job roles and responsibilities
  • business and people they will be working with
  • pay rates
  • work rosters (this will help with their plans to work and wander)
  • local accommodation and travel options
  • things to see and do in the region

If you have an agricultural business, let workers know about the accommodation and travel support on offer.

Maintaining a safe work environment

A photograph of a woman working at an avocado packing plant.

Ensure your workplace is safe for you and your workers. This can be achieved by:

  • making sure your workers are aware of safe work practices
  • providing inductions and appropriate training
  • ensuring workers have the required skills and qualifications
  • ensuring you have workers’ compensation insurance for all workers (this is a legal requirement). Visit the WorkCover WA website for more information.

For more advice, visit the the Work Safe website.

Other considerations for employers

Minimum rates of pay are regulated for all industries. You can check the correct rates of pay and employment conditions with the Fair Work Ombudsman or phone 13 13 94.

You may be required to pay superannuation deductions on behalf of the employee, depending on the amount earned. Further information on superannuation is available from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) Superannuation Information Line on 13 10 20 or via the ATO’s superannuation home page.

Page reviewed 16 December 2020