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Australia mapAn opportunity for Agricultural Career orientated young people, aged between 18 and 35 years, who want to gain additional practical experience in fields of Agriculture that will enable them to advance their career in Agriculture

I. AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE

Prerequisites:

  • Aged between 18 and 35 years
  • Single
  • Minimum of 12 months practical experience in one or more areas of agriculture, OR, currently at a University or Agricultural College student wanting to gain additional practical experience for “credits”
  • Must be able to communicate in English
  • Free of a criminal record
  • Need to be in good health and no physical disabilities that will prevent you from doing “heavy” work
  • Need an International Driver’s Permit
  • Applicants seeking placements in Oenology and Viticulture must have the Degrees or Diplomas or Certificate in Oenology and Viticulture.

Program Duration – 3 – 12 months

Intake Dates: mid-JANUARY; APRIL-after Easter; late JULY; late SEPTEMBER

Areas of Practical Agriculture

  • Mixed Farming
  • Dairying
  • Livestock (mixed)
  • Sheep
  • Plant Nursery
  • Cereal Cropping
  • Beef Cattle
  • Pigs/Swine

Your Placements

  • Trainees nominate THREE fields of Agriculture in which they would like to work.
  • First choice is not always available.
  • Trainees on twelve months program will experience work on two farms.
  • Trainees receive an allowance while participating in this program.
  • Trainees on arrival in Australia will spend two nights in Melbourne to participate in a Seminar prior to traveling on to their host family.

Cropping: This is mainly Cereals [Wheat, Barley and Oats]. Farmers are using Grain Crops such as Oilseed Rape, Pulse Crops [Peas, Lupins, Faba Beans, and Vetch] as a means of improving soil fertility by conducting a rotation crop program on their farms. Cropping begins in mid-March and culminates with the harvest ranging between mid-November and late-January, depending on the region of Australia where you are working.

Dairying: The Dairying season depends on the company who buys your milk. Some Farmers are milking all the year, which means that their cows are being ‘dried-off’ at various times of the year. Other Farmers have a specific season which means that all their cows are calving at the same time of the year. The busiest times of the year are from late-July to late-May.

Beef: Most of these activities are locate on Cattle Stations in the very hot regions of Australia. Work is limited to the months of March to October. MUST have Horse Riding Skills.

Livestock (mixed): Two or three Livestock enterprises are used on this type of farm. There a very few placements available.

Sheep: Sheep stations are in the remoter parts of Australia and climatic conditions limit the times of the year when work is available

Plant Nursery: This activity is available throughout the year.

Mixed Farming: Due to varying climatic conditions within Australia, the Australian Farmer has to consider operating two or three farming enterprises to ensure a regular supply of Income Mixed Farming usually consists of a Cereal Cropping program and a livestock enterprise. Besides the regular seasonal activities involved with a Cereal cropping enterprise such as soil preparation, sowing the seed, weed control, harvesting the grain the Livestock enterprise involves activities that can be carried out in between these major cropping activities.

Pigs: These are intensive type operations. Trainees will be required to commute to work every day.

II. WINE PRODUCTION

  • Would you like to experience the Australian methods of making wine?
  • Are you interested in meeting people from other countries and discussing their Wine-making methods?
  • Are you between the ages of 18 and 38 years?
  • Do you have a recognized qualification in “Oenology and Viticulture”?

The starting time for Vintage varies according to the Wine producing region. The first harvest starts mid-January, other regions at later dates

Opportunities Available: Opportunities are available to work during the three month Vintage either as a Cellarhand or as a Laboratory Assistant and sometimes as both.

Wine producing regions where one could work, In Australia

  • Barossa Valley
  • Central Victoria
  • Clare Valley
  • Fleurieu Region
  • Hunter Valley
  • LiMargaret River
  • McLaren Vale
  • Mount Lofty Ranges
  • North-east Victoria
  • North Tasmania
  • North-West Victoria
  • Riverina
  • Riverland
  • South-West Australia
  • West Australia
  • Western Victoria
  • Yarra Valley

For more details please contact us.