Backpacker Info

Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers is a regional representative organisation covering the Horticulture Industry in the Wide Bay Burnett.

Please note we are not a commercial farming operation or a contract labour hire agency.

EMPLOYMENT: BFVG is not an employment agency and do not employ on behalf of regional growers. If you are currently seeking work please visit:

The Regional Harvest Trail Office - Sarina Russo, Gayndah on (07) 4161 1378 or the National Harvest Trail Coordinator on 1800 062 332 you can also visit www. jobsearch.gov.au/job/search/harvest

Other Agencies that may assist are:

Australian Labour Solutions:

P: 1300 268 986 | W: www.laboursolutions.com.au

AWX:

P: 1300 299 299 | W: www.awx.com.au

          Skilled: 

P: 07 4154 2275 | W: www.skilled.com.au

WORKING IN AUSTRALIA:

To ensure you are being paid correctly and according to the National Minimum Award wage or other agreements with farmers or contractors you are required to have the following:

  • Australian Tax File Number (TFN) for taxing purposes
  • A Superannuation Account for superannuation entitlements
  • A valid Visa

For more information please visit: www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/International-tax-for-individuals or call ATO Translation Services on : 13 14 50

For information relating to your VISA Entitlements please visit: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work

YOUR RIGHTS AS A WORKER IN AUSTRALIA

If you have any concerns relating to your employment conditions, it is always best to discuss these with your Supervisor or Employer to work together in addressing your concerns. If you feel that these matters are not properly addressed you can contact the following agencies to provide you with current information and advice on what you can do next;

The Australian Government Fairwork Ombudsman

P: 13 13 94 | Translation Services: 13 14 50

W: www.fairwork.gov.au

The Australia Government          Fair Work Commission

P: 1300 799 675 | Translation Services: 13 14 50

W: www.fwc.gov.au

Workplace Health and Safety

P: 1300 362 128

W: www.worksafe.qld.gov.au

 

HANDY TIPS

Ensure you have provided your employer/contractor with ACCURATE details relating to your:

  • Tax File Number (TFN)
  • Superannuation Account Number and Fund Details
  • Bank Account Number including the BSB (Bank-State-Branch) Number
  • Australian Business Number (if you have one, and it is required)

For your recording purposes it is a good idea to:

  • Keep all payslips and any paperwork relating to your employment including contracts
  • If you sign a Piece Work agreement, you must receive and keep a signed copy

Keeping this information will be useful if you are experiencing any pay/work condition disputes and need to discuss with an Australian Government Department. You will be required to produce evidence of your claims. REMEMBER: Try to discuss your concerns with your employer first.

ACCOMMODATION:

It is often hard to get work with a Contractor if you are not staying at a local Hostel, we have provided contact details of some for you to try;

Federal Backpackers

221 Bourbong St | P: 07) 4153 3711

E: federalbackpackers@hotmail.com

The Grand Mid Point Hostel

87-89 Bourbong St | P: (07) 4151 0003

E: grandhotel@pacific.com.au

Cellblock Backpackers Bundaberg

46 Quay St | P: (07) 4154 3210

E: federalbackpackers@hotmail.com

City Centre Backpackers

216 Bourbong St | P: (07) 4151 3501

E: citycentrebackpackers@hotmail.com

DingoBlue Backpackers Hostel

11 Burrum St | P: (07) 4152 0100

E: info@willing-workers.com.au

North Bundaberg Backpackers

12 Queen St | P: (07) 4151 2463

E: northbundy@yahoo.com.au

Bundaberg Workers & Divers Hostel

64 Barolin St (07) 4151 6097

Tomato Backpackers

4 Hinkler Ave | P: 0459 999 927

E: james@tomatobackpackers.com.au

East Bundy Backpackers

20 Princess St | P: (07) 4154 3700

E: eastbundy@live.com.au


The National Farmers Federation have developed a guide for working on Australian farms which includes what to expect, what to be aware of, and who to contact if there is a problem.

Download your guide HERE


Disclaimer: Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers (BFVG) is not affiliated with the above Government Departments and opinions expressed by the above are their own and not necessarily the views of BFVG. BFVG accepts no responsibility for individual interpretation of information provided. BFVG accepts no responsibility for omissions, typographical or printing errors, inaccuracies or changes that may take place after distribution.  BFVG encourages employers, contractors and employees to comply with Australian laws relating to industrial relations, misleading or deceptive conduct and other unfair practices, discrimination, defamation, human rights and any other laws under which liability may be incurred. BFVG accepts no responsibility for any breaches of these laws by any other persons or businesses.

For more information contact Kylie Jackson | Agriculture Workforce Officer

Mob: 0488 533 801 | Email: kylie.jackson@bfvg.com.au