Summer Seasonal Harvest Sign-on Bonus (closed)

About the Sign-on Bonus (now closed)

The Seasonal Sign-on Bonus and Summer Seasonal Sign-on Bonus provided additional remuneration to new Victorian agriculture sector workers who took on roles in seasonal harvests in 2021 and early 2022.

The program closed to new applications on 31 December 2021.

Claiming the Summer Seasonal Harvest Sign-on Bonus (existing applicants)

If you have already received your first payment, check your email for instructions on how to claim your second payment using your unique link. Do not share your unique link – it is a link to your approved application.

Ensure you have evidence of your employment and days worked (payslip and timesheet or other record).

Find out what needs to be included in your payslip to get the bonus:

The Program Guidelines provides information about eligibility.

The $2,430 bonus is paid in two instalments:

  • An initial $810 bonus for the first 10 days’ work
  • A further $1,620 bonus paid after an additional 30 days’ work is completed and claimed for within 90 days of the initial bonus being approved.

You can only receive either Seasonal Harvest Sign-on Bonus payments or Summer Seasonal Harvest Sign-on Bonus payments, not both. Only work on a farm located in Victoria counts towards the bonus. However, workers may work in other states between Victorian harvest jobs without affecting their eligibility.

Extra benefits

The Commonwealth Government is also offering incentives for people to work in agriculture. From 1 November 2020 to 30 June 2022, payments are available to cover the costs of travel and accommodation when you move to take up a short term agricultural or harvest job.

Australian jobseekers may be eligible to claim up to $6,000 of reimbursements, while up to $2,000 is available to international jobseekers.

Find out more about relocation rebate and the eligibility criteria on the Harvest Trail Services website.

If you take on the Big Victorian Harvest, you may be eligible for:

Page last updated: 29 Mar 2022