Be Careful When Finding Work
Take the time to find an ethical and legitimate employer that pays correctly, acts in accordance with your workplace rights and doesn’t try to take advantage of you.
Don’t enter into work arrangements with people who meet you at regional airports or bus depots.
Don’t respond to questionable advertisements where there is only a first name and a mobile number provided. Legitimate providers will advertise for workers through more formal media such as newspapers or agencies.
Know who you are working for. Ask what the business name is and the Australian Business Number (ABN).
Know What You Should Be Paid
For fruit picking, you should be paid at least $22.13 an hour if you’re working on a casual hourly base.
If you’re on a piece work agreement your pay rate has to allow the average competent employee to earn at least 15% more per hour than the relevant minimum hourly rate in the award, which works out to be $24.79 for a casual employee.
You may get paid less if you work slowly or are still learning.
Visit the Piece rates page and select the Horticulture award from the filter to find out how to calculate piece work rates.
Keep Your Own Work Records
Keep a diary of the hours, places and type of work you are doing.
Enjoy Your Working Holiday in Australia
You are on a Working Holiday to make memorable experiences and connections. Help make sure this happens by knowing your rights to ensure you are not exploited by employers and can be treated and paid equitably.
For more information on your workplace rights visit the Fair Work Ombudsman Website: http://bit.ly/2kyuQTj
Source: Harvest Trail and Fair Work Ombudsman- http://bit.ly/2kyuQTj