Work and wander out yonder: information for workers

Find out about short and long-term regional work opportunities and what to consider.

Last updated: 20 November 2020 at 2.07pm

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Join the paid escape

Now is a great time to grab your mates and work and wander in regional WA. You’ll be able to:

  • work hard and play hard
  • help the farmers and other regional employers
  • do things you’ve never done before
  • discover places you’ve never been to
  • experience living in the country
  • learn some new skills
  • meet fantastic people
  • earn money while you travel.

Find a job

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You can find a job in agriculture, tourism, hospitality and other sectors. There is a variety to choose from, ranging from short to long term positions.

Various employment services and websites can help you find work, including:

Accommodation and travel support

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

If you relocate more than 100 kilometres from your home, you may be eligible to claim a $40 per night accommodation rebate for up to 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.

Work locations

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Find out what jobs are available in each region this month.

Regional map

A map of Western Australia depicting the agricultural work available in WA's different regions in November.

Types of jobs

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You can find a range of jobs on offer, across a number of sectors.

When you work in agriculture, you can expect to:

  • be outdoors a lot
  • be active and do physical work
  • occasionally do heavy lifting, climb ladders and operate machinery
  • do some repetitive work (for example, pack fruit, prune trees and harvest crops).

What to bring

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It’s a good idea to bring things you’ll need for work and travel, as well as those things you can’t live without.

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Working

Ask your employer what to bring, and check what will be provided. You might need:

  • bedding (if not supplied)
  • sun protection, including a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (broad-spectrum or water-resistant SPF30+)
  • sturdy closed-in shoes
  • wet weather jacket
  • work gloves.

Wandering

Consider what time of year it is and if you might get off the beaten track. Consider bringing:

  • bathers and towel
  • clothing for warm and cool weather
  • hiking boots or runners
  • mobile phone and charger
  • personal products, including toiletries or medication
  • a day pack for when you go exploring on your days off.

 

Short courses to upskill

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Learn about qualifications that may help you get a job.

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Not all jobs require training or qualifications. However, completing a short course may help you secure work in the regions.

Free short courses are available from Jobs and Skills Centres in:

  • hospitality
  • agriculture
  • horticulture
  • construction
  • small business.

Jobs and Skills Centres are located at:

  • TAFE campuses
  • various locations in regional areas.

They also provide an online jobs board to connect job seekers and employers.

For more information:

You may also wish to consider completing a First Aid Course or WA Responsible Service of Alcohol training if you are working in hospitality.

Pay rates and conditions

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Pay rates and conditions vary depending on the type of work you do.

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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 or phone 13 13 94.

Where to stay

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There are different types of accommodation available depending on your location and budget.

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Some accommodation options may include:

  • backpacker hostels
  • campsites
  • caravan parks
  • private rentals
  • onsite accommodation (provided by the employer).
  • camping on your employer’s property.

Before accepting work, find out what accommodation options, costs, facilities and services are available.

Some employers provide basic accommodation with beds (with or without bedding), and cooking facilities. 

In many locations, it is illegal to camp outside a designated camping area. You can check with the local visitor information centre.

Transport

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The easiest way to get around regional WA is by car.

Transport options may include:

  • travelling by car
  • train services operated through TransWA
  • transport provided by your employer or accommodation provider.

It's a good idea to discuss the available options with your employer.

Things to see and do

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On your days off, there are plenty of exciting places to visit and fun things to do.

Three young people tubing in a river.

To find out about local attractions:

COVID-19 restrictions

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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.

Useful resources

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WorkSafe WA
Information about employee rights and responsibilities.

WorkCover WA
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.

Page reviewed 20 November 2020