Last updated: 25 September 2020 at 12.56pm
Regional WA is facing a significant labour shortage due to COVID-19. If you are looking for employment opportunities, now is a great time to consider working in and exploring the regions.
The range of regional jobs on offer is diverse, spanning fruit and vegetable picking, grain harvesting, working on cattle stations, bartending, waitressing, cleaning and tourism.
Taking up these roles will not only help keep our economy moving during these challenging times but also provide unique travel experiences in some of WA’s most stunning locations.
Combining work with travel can be one of the best ways to explore regional WA. Employment services and websites can help you find regional work in agriculture, tourism, hospitality and other sectors.
Recruitment websites include:
Jobs and Skills Centres are located on TAFE campuses across WA, with additional outreach locations for regional areas. The centres act as one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free for all community members.
The centres also provide an online jobs board, to connect jobseekers with employment opportunities and to help employers attract and recruit employees.
Contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64 or find your nearest Jobs and Skills Centre for help finding a job.
Regional job opportunitiesShow more
|Grain harvest machinery (header, chaser bin, MC truck) plus general farm hands, au pairs and cooks||
|Hay cutting tractor and truck driving||
|Vegetable picking / packing||
|Table grape picking / packing||
|Melon picking / packing||
|Banana picking / packing||
|Mango picking / packing||
|Avocado picking / packing||
|Citrus picking / packing||
|Stone fruit picking / packing||
|Tomato picking / packing||
|Strawberry picking / packing / planting||
|Vineyard pruning / thinning / picking||
|Apple picking / packing / pruning||
Financial supportShow more
The Primary Industries Workers Regional Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme will allow eligible workers who relocate more than 100kms from their home to claim a $40 per night accommodation rebate for up to 12 weeks.
In addition, a relocation allowance may be claimed to assist with travel costs.
Full details about the scheme and who’s eligible to apply can be found by visiting the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website.
Relevant short courses to upskillShow more
Not all jobs require training or qualifications. However, completing a short course may help you secure work in the regions.
Access to upskilling and retraining is now easier than ever through the WA Government’s $57 million package for the WA TAFE and training sector. The Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative reduces fees across 39 high priority courses. 15 free short courses are also available in areas including hospitality, agriculture, logistics, cyber security, civil construction and small business.
The free short courses can also be used as a credit towards a full qualification from the Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative.
For more information visit the Jobs and Skills WA website or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.
You may also wish to consider completing a First Aid Course or WA Responsible Service of Alcohol training if you are working in hospitality.
Tips for workersShow more
Before accepting work, you should research accommodation options and costs, and facilities and services available. You may also wish to discuss onsite accommodation options with your employer.
Caravans, campervans or tents can be accommodated on many properties. There is also commercial accommodation, such as caravan parks or backpacker hostels, in most areas if on-site facilities are not available.
Some employers provide basic accommodation with beds and cooking facilities, but you may need to provide your own bedding, so check before you arrive. In many locations, it is illegal to camp outside a designated camping area. Check with the local visitor information centre before camping.
Transport options will vary depending on the job location. Often work is located in remote areas and having your own transport will increase your chances of getting a job.
Some town-based accommodation providers may also offer transport to work locations.
Discuss the available options with your employer.
What seasonal work involves
Some agricultural work jobs can be physically demanding and employers may look for physical strength and stamina.
For example, harvesting can involve heavy lifting, frequent bending, climbing ladders, working at height or operating heavy machinery. Packing produce may be less physical but is generally more repetitive.
The skill levels required for these roles vary and some may require particular experience and abilities.
Before applying for a job, check if you have the personal attributes, qualifications and skills requested in the advertisement.
What to bring
Before travelling to start work, ask your employer what to bring, and check what will be provided.
- sun protection, including a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (broad-spectrum or water-resistant SPF30+)
- sturdy closed-in shoes
- personal products, including toiletries or medication.
There are plenty of exciting places to visit and explore in the regions. Do some research before heading out, or visit the local visitor information centre to find out what nearby sites and national parks you can travel to.
Keep up to date with COVID-19 restrictions
It’s important you remain up to date with the latest advice and any restrictions in WA before accepting or starting your job, and throughout your employment and travels.
Useful resourcesShow more
Information about employee rights and responsibilities.
Information about your rights and entitlements if you are injured at work and need to make a claim for workers’ compensation.
National Harvest Guide
Information about working in Australian harvest areas.
Fair Work Ombudsman
Information about workplace rights and obligations.
Fair Work Ombudsman – Horticulture Showcase
Information about workplace rights and obligations in the horticulture industry.