Author Archives: Peter Angel


Making the new piecework floor work for you Can the new piece-rate floor attract workers? Every change is an opportunity. Like it or not, the new piecework floor is now required By now you will have been inundated with information about the new piece rate regime that came into effect on 28 April 2022.  Regardless […]

Tips for returning Working Holiday Makers

Welcome back backpackers! The borders are open again and you are starting to head Down Under once more. Want to stay a second year?  Just want to get out in the fresh air and earn some cash? Farm work is almost a rite of passage for Working Holidaymakers, but a bit of information can make […]


Minimum wages for pieceworkers The rules have changed how some farms pay workers.  When working on piece-work you are now entitled to a minimum wage.  However, what might seem like good news has a sting in the tail. The upside of piecework For almost forever, a characteristic of working on Australian horticulture farms has been […]

In Season – Nuts

Nuts to you! When we think of food harvested from Australian farms, we often just consider grain, fruit and vegetables – but what about nuts? Shake ‘em or leave ‘em? Australia’s two biggest nut commodities are almonds and our very own native macadamias – grown in very different parts of the country. Almonds thrive in […]

Farm accommodation for workers

For people interested in travelling for seasonal farm work, finding accommodation can be a big challenge.   What do you need to know? Farm jobs – getting back to nature Seasonal horticulture work out in the fresh air has its benefits.   Getting an aerobic workout without paying for gym membership, and getting dirt under your fingernails, […]

Accommodation for Seasonal Workers

Attracting seasonal workers to farms can be a challenge.  When there is little accommodation it can be doubly difficult.  What can you do? No beds, no workers! Seasonal horticulture work is neither practical nor desirable for many people.  With most of our population living in cities or large regional centres, and farms by their very […]

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF)

Have you heard of WWOOF? No, it’s not a dog with a stutter, it’s a program designed to connect organic farms with people happy to provide volunteer labour in exchange for board, education and cultural exchange. What is WWOOF? Some people keen on sustainability may seek a different working experience than on traditional farms, and […]