Author Archives: Rob Hayes

Free legal advice for visa workers

Free legal advice for visa workers Are you on a working holiday in Victoria and feel like you are getting a bad deal? If you answered ‘yes’, the Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre may be able to assist you. Know your work rights All temporary visa workers have the same working rights as Australian citizens. […]

Changes for overseas drivers in Victoria

Recent changes mean that some visa holders may need to get a Victorian licence to legally drive in Victoria. Can I drive in Australia? Yes, if you are on a temporary visa (such as 417 or 462) and have a current overseas driver’s licence you can legally drive for the duration of your temporary visa […]

Make the most of melons

Make the most of melons Most of us have enjoyed the delights of eating a sweet, juicy melon. Melons are grown all around the world with watermelon, honeydew and rockmelon the most common types. Native to Africa and south-western Asia, melons are members of the Cucurbitaceae family and have been cultivated in Egypt since 2000 […]

A helping hand for Lockyer Valley growers

In good news for growers looking for workers in areas around Queensland’s Lockyer Valley, a new Harvest Office has opened in Gatton. How can a harvest office help? With funding from the Australian Government, Harvest Offices provide a no-cost service to help find workers to pick, pack and plant horticulture, cane, grain and cotton crops. […]

A helping hand for workers

In good news for people looking for work in areas around Queensland’s Lockyer Valley, a new Harvest Office has opened in Gatton. Where is Gatton? Located 92km west from Brisbane and 38km east of Toowoomba, Gatton is the main town servicing the Lockyer Valley – an area of rich black soils, rated among the most […]

Finding harvest workers quickly and easily – Is it just luck?

It is a comment often heard; “I’m lucky, I was able to find good harvest workers this year”. This assumes that it should have been difficult to find a good workforce.  This assumption is supported by numerous references in the media, and from industry and politicians to the chronic shortage of horticulture workers and the […]

Carnarvon – A true oasis in the desert

If you haven’t been to Carnarvon, half way up the Western Australian coastline, you’re not alone. At 890km north of Perth, Carnarvon is pretty remote.  It is usually only visited by those travellers lucky enough to be travelling between Perth and Broome, or Perth and Darwin, on the North West Coastal Highway. The upside down […]

Carnarvon – A true oasis in the desert

If you haven’t been to Carnarvon, half way up the Western Australian coastline, you’re not alone. At 890km north of Perth, Carnarvon is pretty remote.  It is usually only visited by those travellers lucky enough to be travelling between Perth and Broome, or Perth and Darwin, on the North West Coastal Highway. The upside down […]

Third-year visa extension – make the most of it

Since changes were introduced in 2005 for the 417 Working Holiday Visa, backpackers have been able to get a second-year extension by doing three months of specified work in a regional area. The three months is often referred to as ‘88 days’. Recent changes now allow a third-year extension for both the 417, and the […]