Category Archives: Trail Talk

Worker Profile – Dylan Preston

Meet Dylan Preston, a physiotherapist from Northern NSW. He recently headed to the South West of WA to hit up Margaret River for its weather, lifestyle, and world-beating surfing conditions. Deciding to get back to nature and out on the road crossing borders following a COVID-interrupted couple of years, Dylan came across a grape vine […]

Grower Profile – Chinnery Farm, Carnarvon, WA

Carnarvon on WA’s mid-north coastline, midway between Perth and Port Hedland, is a unique location that makes for a truly memorable work or holiday experience. It’s the ideal mid-point for restocking supplies, fishing, exploring outlying areas, or, of course, sampling locally grown produce. Produce of which there is an abundance. Think of any staple fruit […]

Site Profile – South West Western Australia (Rural Enterprises Australia)

Rural Enterprises Australia (REA) has been providing rural recruitment services for over 60 years in Western Australia forging strong relationships with farmers and farm workers alike. Rural Enterprises is very much a family business and focused on more than just filling vacancies. They have a passion for agricultural and rural business, and enjoy hearing people’s […]

Commodity in Focus – Cotton

Cotton – it’s only natural Australia’s cotton industry is known for producing high-quality fibre using efficient and sustainable farming practices. With a focus on environmental responsibility, the industry is well-positioned to continue its success in the global marketplace. Do you know how cotton is farmed? Cotton in Australia is mainly grown in New South Wales […]

Pay Deductions – know what can and can’t be deducted

Employees deserve to be paid for the hard work they do, and while they may choose to utilise transport or accommodation provided by employers, they cannot serve as payment in lieu of wages. If the employer proposes to deduct money for those services from an employee’s pay, then Fair Work’s rules must be followed. Pay […]

Piece Rates – still legal

Mark Twain is often mis-quoted as saying “the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”.  And so, it is with piece rates too.  While there have been significant changes, piece rates are still quite legal under the Horticulture Award – but not everybody knows that! Don’t believe everything you read in the papers Despite inaccurate […]

Seasonal workforce attraction and retention

This article is the second in a series on Seasonal Workforce Attraction and Retention.  Last issue we identified who seasonal workers were and suggested some employment practices that may attract them other than just wages. This issue we’ll identify some ways employers can grab the attention of people looking for seasonal work. We will then […]

Do you need help finding harvest or horticulture workers?

Consider using Harvest Trail Services to assist you. No cost, no obligation, no risk. Contact the Harvest Trail Information Service or your nearest Harvest Trail Services Office. Harvest Areas 2020-23 Harvest Trail Information Service Contact List Harvest Trail Information Service 1800 062 332 Harvest Trail Services Contact List South West WA Rural Enterprises Australia […]

Worker Profile – Beau Hatfield/Grower Profile – Eva & Gennaro Arena

Eva and Gennaro Arena have been using the QITE Harvest Trail Service (HTS) to source harvest workers for many years, and have found it a very easy and quick-to-use service. Eva and Gennaro find workers through QITE every year and have already advertised their jobs for their upcoming mango season with QITE HTS. Beau Hatfield […]

Grower Profile – Peirson Memorial Trust

Adrian Crush, General Manager at Peirson Memorial Trust, started using Harvest Trail Services at the end of last season, to backfill roles. They’re now his first call when he needs workers. Peirson Farm is part of the Peirson Memorial Trust, a charity organisation dedicated to supporting disadvantaged youth. Seventy-five years ago, two sisters from the […]