Last updated: 20 November 2020 at 2.07pm
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.
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:
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 locationsShow more
Types of jobsShow more
What to bringShow more
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.
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 upskillShow more
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:
- 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:
- visit Jobs and Skills WA website and search free courses
- 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.
Where to stayShow more
Some accommodation options may include:
- backpacker hostels
- 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.
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.