That's right Donna. There was a pretty detailed piece about it in one of the blogs too recently. Hang on... here it is!
Mind you, three months can be a long time
Thanx sam that was a really useful page... thanx again, but your rite how could you stick fruit picking for 3 months, would be a nightmare!! then again you could maybe work for a nice wee farmer brown for a few weeks just and then ask him to sign something to say you worked there for 3 months...how else would the government be able to find out??
I think you're going to have to show pay slips and I doubt farmers want to get into trouble over something like this by cooking their books... you most likely will be able to get it by working at different farms though and if you get lucky, you might be doing work which is more bearable
Hi Donna Oz, Sam I am,
There is a form that farmers have to sign etc. Its on the Immigration website. No payslips required. I think as long as you go there and do even a little bit of work they will be happy. Keep in mind you don't have to stay on the same farm. Three - months is a long time picking fruit [and most picking periods rarely go longer] but you don't just have to pick fruit. Work on a farm, cook the food, deliver the kids to school...its just defined as regional areas......Its not the way the Oz govt should be heading. If you ask me it doesn't solve the problem.
And Donna, you are right, what is to stop a farmer signing the form for the simple reason that if he does you will come back and marry his son.
There is a form that farmers have to sign etc. Its on the Immigration website. No payslips required. I think as long as you go there and do even a little bit of work they will be happy.
Valuable info; thanks majito!
I have been looking into the 3 mth fruit picking and the next 12 mth visa thing !!!! well as the oz gov say ! you have to work 3 months in such ways as fruit picking,you have do a total of 12 weeks that is monday to friday, but ii think you have to do it at certain farms, but those details are on the gov web page !
Anyway goodluck all
I think Steppers message highlights the fact that the Oz govt has much work to do in the PR and organisational area of this new scheme. The Govt hasn't quite figured out how to police and manage it properly, but they have a bit of time to do this. A lot of harvest employment agencies are trying to wrestle control of this scheme so they can channel people through their businesses, which is shit because a lot of these agencies don't give a toss about travellers, just how much sweat they can bleed out of them. Very shortsighted people.
But some of us are working hard to make the whole process easier. Any ideas out there?