Goondiwindi, Southern Downs and Stanthorpe

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Goondiwindi, Southern Downs & Stanthorpe

Goondiwindi is a major agricultural destination and a large central town on the NSW border. Stanthorpe is the largest central town within the Southern Downs region.

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Ausfarm Fresh Operations Pty Ltd

Job Details: During the picking season, February to late May, picking apples.  Then, pruning apple trees, thinning new growth, then picking again.  We could have year-round work available to the right applicant.
Work videos:  none.
Certifications:  Sedex, HARPS, SQF2000, HACCP

Pinata Farms

Job Details: We grow and pack Raspberries and Strawberries, we offer crop work such as planting, and weeding as well as harvesting and packing .
Work videos: none
Certifications:  Sedex, Freshcare, HARPS
Job Details: Shed labourer jobs available which involve standing on a production line sorting and grading produce, packing into crates and boxes, cutting up produce, staking boxes and crates and operating wrapping and weighing machines.  Farm work available for planting vegetable seedlings, driving tractors for ground preparation, laying trickle tape, weeding and removing trickle tape.  Harvest work available to cut and pick produce and pack it into cartons and crates in the field.
Work videos:  Stanthorpe work.
Certifications:  Sedex, Freshcare, HARPS, HACCP

Sweets Strawberry Runners

Job Details:

Sweets Strawberry Runners (SSR) hires workers from late September each year and have positions continuing until mid-April. With a variety of positions available including general farmhand work, planting, weeding, plant management and irrigation setup you will find there will be a position that will suit your skill and knowledge. SSR has a great safety record and provides full training for each job ensuring that your time as a part of our team is enjoyable while learning a skill set that you can take with you for future positions. “We recognise that our employees are our greatest asset, we value their contribution & do everything possible to ensure their safety and overall wellbeing at all times”.

Opportunities arise at SSR regularly, seeking new apprentices and careers for various job types.  So, if you are interested in growing your career path or wanting to make a start, use this opportunity to meet our team & enquire.

SSR is a well-established strawberry runner grower that has been operating for more than 20 years supplying quality strawberry plants to fruit growers Australia wide. Located only 2.5 hours from Brisbane, SSR, is ideally located for a trip home to the “Big Smoke” during days off or simply explore the natural beauty of the Granite Belt at one of the many features our National Parks have to offer. We pride ourselves on Safety, Security and Respect for all our staff so we believe we are the ideal company for your experience.

If you are a school leaver wanting to travel and see the sights then Sweets Strawberry Runners has a position that will suit you. Meet new people and make friendships from all over the world while earning cash ready for your next adventure. Drop us an email and start your adventure at SSR.

Sweets Strawberry Runners looks forward to meeting you!

Work videos: none


QFMT is one of the largest and most trusted Licenced Labour Hire Providers in Queensland, representing some of the largest companies in the industry.
We provide placement for employees on reputable farms ensuring that farm work can be conducted in a professional and ethical manner.
QFMT are specialists in placement and procurement, working in unison with both farmers and employees alike to provide harvest labour solutions to a broad clientele in the berry industry
We work with large scale, reputable companies that take pride in offering their employees a platform to enjoy their employment in a safe and harmonious environment.
QFMT takes pride in ensuring that all our workers are being trained and monitored at all times.
We pride ourselves on running ethical operations, based on honesty, integrity and commitment, Our workers are valued, respected, appreciated and thus provide a level of commitment that results in their experience not only being an enjoyable one but also financially rewarding.

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Free Call:  1800 660 660
Various work is available.
Is a government registered Harvest Trail Services Work office.
Can help with the general harvest and packing work along with all types of employment.

Harvest Trail

Services Australia wide
Visit: Harvest Trail
Is an Australian government service that connects job seekers to harvest and packing work.

Types of agriculture located in this region are:

Production Horticulture

Includes vegetables, fruit, flowers, tree nuts and viticulture (grapes).  Most horticulture is very reliant on irrigation, and fertile soils so this industry will be found in regions that offer these needs.  Although beef is the most valuable commodity in Queensland, production horticulture is the largest employer.  The workforce is made up of Australians and international workers.  Seasonal and ongoing work is available in picking and packing.  With longer-term professional careers also available.

Local job search:

For more statistics and info:

  • The peak industry body is Growcom

Beef, sheep, wool & grains

Agforce is a peak organisation representing the Queensland broadacre industries of cattle, grain, sheep and wool.   Although all these types of farm exist all over Queensland, they are concentrated around the state as follows:

  • Sheep Meat & Wool– mainly produced in the Burdekin and Southern Downs areas across to Traprock and out to St George.  Also in the Longreach area including Blackall and Barcaldine.
  • Beef Cattle– is statewide, however, the larger stations are located in Queensland’s Central West and the Gulf Regions (north).
  • Grains(wheat, sorghum, barley etc) – usually grown away from the coastline in regions such as Darling Downs, Western Downs, Central Qld, South Burnett, Warwick, Dalby.  Grain crops are seasonal and are usually rotated throughout the seasons.  Wheat is usually followed by Barley and grown in winter.  With Sorghum in summer.  Other legumes and canola are also becoming popular.

Job search:

  • Look under the Employer’s Tab here at FarmReady

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Irrigation is a complex and scientific requirement critical to most other industries.  Apart from farming, other sectors include installers, contractors, farmers, local, state and federal government.

Training opportunities:  as irrigation is so important, it has it’s own nationally accredited Certificate III (AHC32419) and is now a ‘trade qualification’.  You can also complete around 11 skillsets (short courses) to make yourself even more attractive to employers.  Irrigation Australia is a registered training organisation (RTO), meaning they can conduct training to Australian standards and issue you a certificate that meets national guidelines.

Training search:

Job search:  

  • Get trained with Irrigation Australia, as they promote their graduates to industry members.
  • Look under the Employer’s Tabhere at FarmReady.

Nurseries & Gardens

Sometimes call Amenity Horticulture, around 80% of this industry is located in South East Queensland with the industry reaching as far north as Cairns.

Nursery work has a few options as they can grow for the home gardener as well as seedlings for public parks, gardens and regeneration areas.  The Production Horticultural industry also relies heavily on seedlings from nurseries, and larger companies will specialise in this type of production.  These specialists are generally located in the significant Production Horticultural regions.

Gardens work involves the maintenance of council gardens, public parks and golf greens etc.  Or private companies that specialise in the creation of beautiful outdoor spaces.

Job search:

  • Look under the Employer’s Tab here at FarmReady

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Cotton Australia is the peak body for Australia’s cotton growers and has a team of staff located in major cotton regions to support farmers.  Cotton is a very important Australian industry and employs around 12,000 people.   Cotton is the fibre used in the majority of our fabrics and clothing like jeans and shirts – its a very sought after and versatile crop.

A career in cotton can involve machinery operation, bug checking, irrigation, farmhands, crop consultants, drone operators and scientists.  If you are after casual seasonal work, the cotton industry requires workers on a seasonal basis for jobs such as irrigating where the syphons are stated manually (see work videos). The availability of this work will depend on the amount of cotton being grown which fluctuates on an annual basis depending on the availability of water for irrigation.

Visit Cotton Australia to read more about the industry, markets, growers, news and events.

Training:  visit the Cotton Classroom to find out more about scholarships and educational opportunities:

Job Search:

  • Look under the Employer’s Tab here at FarmReady

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