Many factors regulate the industry, cold, wet, storms, or even a glut of fruit can affect the amount of fruit that is picked. However being persistent with looking for work will be your best ally.
Each of our rental properties contains a manual. In that manual is a list of the larger farmers in the area. We have provided phone numbers and emails for you to contact them. Contacting these people will help you find work. Remember: Employers like eager, hard- working and respectful workers. Contacting them at least twice a week will demonstrate to them that you are a willing worker.
Remember, we DO NOT PROVIDE work. We will help you with information where we can.
Our units are located opposite the free bus pick up points for the larger farmers. Going out prepared to go to work, and asking the driver if they have work is also recommended.
Monday to Thursday 6:30am to 3:30pm – Friday mostly is a half day. Hours are usually 38 to 40 per week.
Pawpaws also are all year round , but the pawpaw industry is smaller, and offers less work.
Sometimes there is work in the Cane, Melon and Pawpaw industries
There are quiet times, but not often.
After Cyclone Yasi in February 2011, most crops were down for nearly 18 months, but have now returned to full production.
The work is mainly physical labour, but you are probably young and reasonably fit, so it will pose no problem to you. You will probably be tired each day, so good bed and living conditions will be important. You will have that if you stay at Beds on Bryant.
If you are new to the industry, the links below will help you get a better understanding of the industry, and how it operates.
Growing, Picking, Packing: http://www.australianbananas.com.au
In general, the men are used in the picking or “humping” of bananas, due to the bunch sizes. The women are usually given work in the sheds, sorting the fruit, and light paddock (field) work which involves de-leafing, removing the old leaves.
BEFORE you can start work, there are things you can do now, to avoid delays in getting work once you arrive here. You must complete a Banana Industry Safety Induction and obtain a Yellow Card as proof of this. The links below will take you to these sites
You will also need to have…
Remember Banana work is done rain or shine!
Labour Information Services can be found at the links below
Paid tax while you were here?
Http://www.taxback.com/ provides you with a service allowing you to claim International income tax refunds, tax return services and foreign VAT reclaim.
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