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Visitoz 88 Day Programme
Guarantees Your 2nd Year Visa
The 88 day programme provides you with our training course and 1 guaranteed job to allow you to achieve your second working holiday visa sign off.

The Training Course

The training course is for 5 days and is fully residential at our training farm near Gympie, approximately 3 hours north of Brisbane in Queensland.

The aim of the course is to provide a general introduction to Australian farmwork. This will give you an awareness of what is required to do well in outback Australia, as well as some skills that will allow you to be useful as soon as you arrive with your employer. Taking part also allows Visitoz to assess your skills and attitude and then match you to the jobs that best suit your skills, experience and aspirations.

During the training course you will have the chance to speak to one or more employers whose jobs we have filtered with you in mind and then you decide which job to take. Normally you will travel to the job directly from the training farm. The course starts on a Monday and finishes on a Friday evening, with meeting and departure points in Noosa or Gympie (both approx. 2 hours north of Brisbane).

The Jobs 
THE WORK AVAILABLE IS MOSTLY FARM AND STATION WORK.
99% OF THE JOBS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE 2ND YEAR VISA EXTENSION.
THE JOBS INCLUDE:
 

1. Working with horses and stock on cattle and sheep stations
2. Working with motorbikes and stock on cattle or sheep stations
3. General farm work of all sorts.
4. Driving tractors, combines, headers, graders and farm machinery
5. Teaching children Distance Education with outside work
6. Working with harvesting contractors, module building, boll buggy driving
7. Working with fencing or spraying contractors
8. Trail riding centres, horse riding and teaching, sometimes not well paid
9. Host farms, horse work and general duties
10. Racing stables and polo yards, stud farms, general duties
11. Riding school, general duties
12. Event and show jumping stables, dressage and general duties
13. Domestic work on a farm or station
14. Homestead helper (au pair)  work on a farm or station
15. Cooking on a farm or station
16. Distance Education Tutor on a farm or station
17. Hospitality work in outback pubs, hotels, host farms and restaurants – also possible on some islands

PLEASE NOTE POINTS 13 to 17 ARE NOT LIKELY TO COUNT FOR THE SECOND WORKING HOLIDAY VISA.

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The Employers Expectation

…is that you will work for at least three months in one job, thereby achieving the required number of days to earn your second working holiday visa.

If, for reasons beyond your control or fault the job you are offered does not last long enough to achieve this, Visitoz will undertake to provide you with a second job that makes it possible.

If, however, you are required to leave the employment for reasons of misconduct or performance below the expected standard Visitoz reserves the right to refuse to offer further access to employment.

Visitoz’s Expectation

…is that you will enter into the training course committed and willing to apply yourself to new things, to taking part and getting involved, to working hard, to being sociable and friendly to others, to being fair, respectful, polite, and co-operative. You will also commit to being easy to communicate with. ​
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Minimum Pay and Conditions

Most of our employers pay in line with the ‘AWARD’ wage structure as stipulated by Fairwork Australia.
Many pay much better.

For the guidance of Visitoz participants this is based on the minimum wage structure for a general farm hand and it varies depending on age and what other benefits are offered (such as food and accommodation).

The rate for a 20 year ‘farming and livestock hand’ is $17.29 per hour, equating to $656.90 per week, based on an average 38 hour week. An 18 year old will receive 80% of this amount, a 19 year old 90%.

The employer may deduct for food and / or accommodation provided, at a rate of $120.94 per week.
There may also be other allowances for use of vehicles, etc.

Typically this means that a take home pay, after tax at 15%, and after food and accommodation is approximately $467 per week. This is the guidance that we offer our employers about how much Visitoz workers should be paid.

This $467 per week is readily saved because there is not much to spend your money on when you are working on a farm. Saving for travel and adventures later becomes realistic.

NB
Please note that soon after participants have started work, many or our employers will increase their wage if they are good – and some (like good tractor drivers) will start on a higher wage.

In comparison: Fruit picking
The fruit picking rate is similar, but earnings are often calculated by, for example, how many baskets you fill, so you have to be fast and good to make money. This is also taxed at 32.5%. On top of this is food and accommodation costs (rent etc to the working hostel is usually about $240 a week) – so it can be difficult to make or save much money by fruit picking.

In comparison: City work
Similarly the minimum wage for city work is also similar, but accommodation, food and travel to work are all much more expensive, and so it can be difficult to save any meaningful amount. ​


Eligibility

To be eligible for the 90 day programme you will have been in Australia for at least one month.
We may ask for proof of this.

You will also need to be prepared to:
1. Travel to the Visitoz training farm.
2. Come prepared with various admin and paperwork in place.
3. Bring or buy suitable work clothing
4. Be able to pay for travel from Springbrook training farm to your employer.
5. Be willing to commit to at least three months in one job.

(If you have not been in Australia for a full month then there is a different pricing structure in line with our pricing for participants booking from overseas. This is known as Option 1, as explained in the ‘Options to join Visitoz’ section below)

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The Training Course

The training course is for 5 days and is fully residential at our training farm near Gympie, approximately 3 hours north of Brisbane in Queensland.

The aim of the course is to provide a general introduction to Australian farmwork. This will give you an awareness of what is required to do well in outback Australia, as well as some skills that will allow you to be useful as soon as you arrive with your employer. Taking part also allows Visitoz to assess your skills and attitude and then match you to the jobs that best suit your skills, experience and aspirations.

During the training course you will have the chance to speak to one or more employers whose jobs we have filtered with you in mind and then you decide which job to take. Normally you will travel to the job directly from the training farm. The course starts on a Monday and finishes on a Friday evening, with meeting and departure points in Noosa or Gympie (both approx. 2 hours north of Brisbane).
Visitoz 88 Day Programme
Guarantees Your 2nd Year Visa
The 88 day programme provides you with our training course and 1 guaranteed job to allow you to achieve your second working holiday visa sign off.

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The Training Course

The training course is for 5 days and is fully residential at our training farm near Gympie, approximately 3 hours north of Brisbane in Queensland.

The aim of the course is to provide a general introduction to Australian farmwork. This will give you an awareness of what is required to do well in outback Australia, as well as some skills that will allow you to be useful as soon as you arrive with your employer. Taking part also allows Visitoz to assess your skills and attitude and then match you to the jobs that best suit your skills, experience and aspirations.

During the training course you will have the chance to speak to one or more employers whose jobs we have filtered with you in mind and then you decide which job to take. Normally you will travel to the job directly from the training farm. The course starts on a Monday and finishes on a Friday evening, with meeting and departure points in Noosa or Gympie (both approx. 2 hours north of Brisbane).
Tel: +61 (0)7 4168 6106 / +61 (0)7 4168 6155

4 Reviews for VisitOz Agency

Anonymous

230 Reviews

Disappointing

1/ 5

I was referred to a job in the construction industry, mobile contractors, mostly working in WA, NT and QLD through the VisitOz Agency. I was paid $100 before tax for 8-10 hour days. I worked with fencing and welding contractors, we built post and rail fences or repaired barbed wire fences.

It took them four weeks to pay my paycheck. I had almost no access to a clean shower and a toilet and stayed in a small tent for three weeks. Considering that this was the ‘accommodation included’ in my daily wage, I find it was a rather poor standard. We ended up working too few days which meant that my weekly wage was too low.

I’m still working… will take me 5 months because it turned out that this contracting job won’t count because my weekly income is under the minimum wage.

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Anonymous

230 Reviews

Stingy employers

2/ 5

I was referred by Visit Oz to contractors David Hughs and Tessa Baker; they are mobile contractors, mostly work in WA, NT and QLD. A little stingy with things. Took four weeks to pay my paycheck. I had almost no access to a clean shower and a toilet and stayed in a small tent for three weeks on at Inverway Station in the Northern Territories. I worked with fencing and welding contractors, we built post and rail fences or repaired barbed wire fences.

Considering that this was the ‘accommodation included’ in my daily wage, I find it was a rather poor standard. We ended up working too few days which meant that my weekly wage was too low ($100 per day before tax). In the long run I wouldn’t have earned enough if I would’ve stayed the whole three months originally planned, and it is questionable whether I would’ve gathered enough work days that counted

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Anonymous

230 Reviews

Visit Oz arrange placements here!

1/ 5

Hey! I wanted to tell you about bad cattle station experience. This farm, Flora Downs is located 120 km from Mt Isa to Camooweal. Family is named Jennings. I was there three days. That’s how long i lasted. The same moment i got there, other backpacker girl who worked there said to me that be careful, and don’t care about anything they say. I got there on monday 4 pm. I worked for three hours, feeding the cattle and learning things. Next day, we started at 6 am. And after we finished feeding animals, they said that now i have to do housework. Which included picking their dirty underwear from the floor and washing them. I vacuumed etc. I didn’t really had any breaks. Sure we ate some lunch, which in my case was toast. Family members ate pizza etc but i had only toast or cracked eggs, which were stores in room temperature god knows how many days. Then we started afternoon feeding. It was finished at 7 pm. After that, we ate dinner, and after 13 hours of working, i just wanted to sleep. But i had to do all the dishes. It took like an hour. And finally my day was finished at 9 pm. So i worked pretty much 15 hours, and i had maybe 45 minutes of break all together. I got paid 100$ before tax. So after tax it was 85$. Next morning i decided I couldn’t do that anymore. First night was okay, but after that, the family members started yelling at me, each other, everyone. I also got yelled for doing something like the daughter told me, and the mom didn’t think it was good way. So instead of talking to her, she decided to yell at me. They were cursing a lot, and i felt really awkward to be there from the start. After first hour of working, they started calling me stupid etc, just because they didn’t told me how to do something what I’ve never done before. It’s really hard to explain, but i felt really humiliated and worthless. They were also talking a lot of shit about other backpackers. Like the girl before me, she got bitten by their dog. They were laughing for her, that how stupid can she be, going near a dog that’s eating. What they didn’t told me, what i heard from the girl herself, was that they told her to give the dog some water. And then it attacked on her, biting her twice. She was sick because of that for three days, and they didn’t even paid her sick leave. I’ve been talking to the girl after i got out of there, and she said that there’s been a lot of backpackers, because nobody wants to be there more than two days. The moment i told them i quit, they said that i have to be there for another week or so, until they found someone to replace me. Well, after checking that and threatening them with fair work, i got out. Before i left, i asked about my wage. I worked on three days, mon 16-19, tu 6-21, wed 6-13, and then the mom laughed at me that she’ll pay me for one day because the 85$ is full days salary. I’m not sure if they do anything super illegal, but I don’t want anyone else to go through the same humiliation than i did, or what happened to the girl who was there before. They were really sarcastic, and every time you tried to ask something, they laughed and said that are you stupid. Those people are mean and they don’t respect you, they think backpackers are worthless. And they laughing at the girl who got bitten by a dog, that’s not even mean, that’s sick.

 

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l.corijn51

1 Reviews

Service providers, it is what you make of it!

4/ 5

Most reviews here fail to tell the difference between the service visitoz provides and the actual place they end up. Visitoz does a sort of bootcamp for new arrivals, doing a lot of paperwork for you and generally giving you a pleasant arrival. The farm training is an interesting, if not brief and slightly “soft” first experience. The whole thing tends to attract 18-year old kids who are perhaps not always ready for the true work experience they get placed. Though visitoz says they will help you find new work if it didn’t work out or the contract ends, they do expect you to abide by some rules, such as notifying them of things going badly. Rightfully so, they shouldn’t be expected to instantly help out any teenager that ran off from their job after 1 week without proper notice (and I’ve heard of plenty of those). Visitoz also does not “collude” with bad employers, they have a pretty good contact list from which you can get jobs that are very hard to obtain otherwise. Generally it’s cattle, horse and harvest machinery jobs, I don’t know of much packing or picking jobs going through them. If an employer truly turns out bad (after some meaningfull communication between all parties) they do update their records, as it’s in their own interest as well that these kids end up alright. I don’t work or get paid by visitoz, I just followed this program with an age about 10 years older than the average participant, and paid with own money, which I think lends me a bit more perspective. I was placed in a tough, but fair job that paid very well (made the visitoz fee back 3 times in six weeks). Though the boss was terrible, part of that had to do with my own behaviour, so I feel this does not reflect on visitoz at all. Come to visitoz with a mature attitude, prepared to work hard and not expecting everything will be handed to you on a silver platter (like a job dilly-dallying with horses all day long in the sunshine) and you’ll be alright. If not, maybe wait a few more years before you’re ready/mature to tackle the 88 days thing.

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