Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Somerset

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Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Somerset regions

Just north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is within easy reach.

If you love the bush, beaches and city life this is the place for you. Renowned for its beauty and easy living as well as its culinary delights!

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Emperor's Choice Lychee Farm

Job Details: We require pickers, packers and other random workers for our lychee farm,
situated in beautiful Sunshine Coast. The farm is 14 kms from Mooloolaba beach …… for a
late afternoon dip! Our season starts around the 20th of January – depending on the ripeness
of the fruit. We pay hourly according to industry rates. This includes 25% casual rate. On top
of that, 10% superannuation to your preferred Super Fund. Picking starts at 5:30 in the
mornings up to 9:30am when we break for paid morning tea of half an hour. At 10am, we all
go to the packing shed where the lychees being destalked, graded and packed. We have a
lunch break at 12 noon before the last stretch of packing. Depending on the pick and orders,
the day ends around 3pm. Looking forward to hear from you!
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Certifications:  Freshcare

Jackson Agricultural Company

Job Details: Farm Hand – Picking, Washing, Grading, Packing and Thinning of Custard Apples. Dehusking Macadamias
Work videos: none
Certifications:  FairFarms, Freshcare, HARPS

Mountain Creek Plantation Pty Ltd

Job Details: Lychee harvesting on the beautiful Sunshine Coast! Lychees are truly the best fruit to pick and taste delicious!! Job entails all aspects of harvest – picking, grading, and packing. Both in paddock and shed duties available. Looking for fun, dynamic, hard working individuals for Team Lychee 2022.
Work videos:  none
Certifications:  Freshcare

Pinata Farms

Job Details: We grow and pack Pineapples, Strawberries, and Raspberries. We offer crop work such as planting, and weeding and pruning as well as harvesting and packing .
Work videos:  none
Certifications:  Freshcare, Sedex, HARPS
Job Details: Strawberry picking, packing.  Some other farm labourer jobs as required.
Work videos: Suncoast Harvest
Certifications:  Fairfarms, Sedex, Freshcare, HARPS

Templeton Farming Enterprises

3 locations: Eumundi to Gympie
To apply:  [email protected]
Job Details: Ginger Picking Farmhand.  Ginger Packing Farmhand.
Work videos: none
Certifications:  Fairfarms, Freshcare, HARPS


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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Various work is available.
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Can help you with employment.  With a focus on delivering sustainable jobs for people with a range of skills and experience. Community Solutions Group has assisted Australians into work for more than 22 years.

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.

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  • The peak industry body is Growcom


Sugar is grown mostly along the coastline.  In general, the further you travel up the Queensland coast, the more sugar cane you will find.

Sugar cane is mainly grown between Ingham and Cairns, with large growers located in the Mackay and Burdekin areas.

Employment in the sugar industry is very seasonal and workers often travel between growers to extend their work periods.

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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.

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  • 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.

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Timber & Forestry

The Queensland Timber industry employs around 10,000 people across plantations and processing.  With 90% of the workforce employed in the processing sector (https://www. timberqueensland. Growing/ Timber – Processing – Facts. aspx, 2020).   Visit Timber Queensland to find out more about this massive industry.

Training opportunities: TABMA Australia is a leading Group Training Organisation (GTO).  TABMA employs job seekers in the timber industry whilst providing training.  This training is called either an apprenticeship or traineeship, allowing you to study and work at the same time.

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