Seasonal Harvest Sign-on Bonus

There are thousands of short-term jobs ripe for the picking in paddocks and packing sheds across Victoria.

Take on the Big Victorian Harvest and you could receive a bonus of up to $2,430 for eight week’s work on a farm – on top of your wage.

Apply for the Seasonal Harvest Sign-on Bonus

If you’ve started in a seasonal harvest job in Victoria since 17 February 2021, you could be eligible for the bonus.

Before you apply, please make sure you have:

  • read the Program Guidelines to check that you’re eligible
  • completed 10 days’ work in a seasonal harvest job
  • evidence of your employment and hours worked (payslip and timesheet or other record).

The program will run until 31 October 2021, or until funds are exhausted.

If you aren’t ready to apply now, keep reading to find out more.

Apply now

Calendar showing a start date of 17 February 2021 and 10 days work days circled on the calendarJob seekers who take up a seasonal harvest job on a Victorian farm on or after Wednesday 17 February 2021 can apply for a Seasonal Harvest Sign-on Bonus. The $2,430 bonus is paid in two instalments:

  • An initial $810, after 10 days’ work within a 30-day period
  • Remainder: $1,620, after an additional 30 days’ work within 90 days of the first claim being approved

You can only receive each payment once.

Find out if you’re eligible for the bonus

To be eligible for the bonus you must:

  • have the right to work in Australia
  • work on a farm that produces fruit, dried fruit, vegetables, olives, nuts, wine grapes, hops or herbs
  • work on-farm in picking, packing and harvesting activities, including operating harvest machinery
  • start work on a Victorian farm on or after 17 February 2021
  • not be employed under the Pacific Labour Scheme or Seasonal Worker Programme.

Graphic showing outdoor work on a farm, driving tractors, picking fruit and vegetables. The other half of the graphic shows inside work on a farm in a packing shed, lifting and sortingVictoria’s farmers need more workers to help with this season’s harvest. If you started in a harvest job before 17 February 2021, or you have worked on-farm in the Victorian agriculture industry in the three months prior to taking a harvest job, you won’t be eligible for the bonus.

Combining work in Victoria with work in other states

To be eligible to receive the Seasonal Harvest Sign-On Bonus, workers must complete 10 days’ work in 30-day period, and then a further 30 days’ work in 90 days. The 40 days must be completed in Victoria, but the timeframe allocated to compete these days allows for people to work on farm businesses in other states as well.

For example, a worker could spend two days a week on a farm in NSW and three days a week on a farm in Victoria and still be eligible for the Sign-On Bonus. Only the three days spent working in Victoria each week can be counted towards the Seasonal Harvest Sign-On Bonus total.

Seasonal Harvest Sign-on Bonus Guidelines

The Seasonal Harvest Sign-on Bonus Guidelines have more information about eligibility criteria, how to apply and what you will need to provide as evidence of your employment.

Download a PDF copy of the Guidelines (PDF - 310.3 KB) .

Getting ready to apply

You will need to provide evidence of your employment and that you’ve met the work requirements, through:

  • Payslips
  • Evidence that confirms the separate days you worked, for example:
    • – Employer-approved timesheets
    • – Records from the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Record my Hours app
  • The name of your employer and their contact details
  • The addresses of the farm sites you worked at.

Ready to apply? Apply for the Seasonal Harvest Sign-on Bonus.

What needs to be included on your payslip

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

Find your harvest job

Want to take advantage of the Seasonal Harvest Sign-on Bonus, but not sure where to start?

Read more about the work, pay rates and how to apply, and when and where the harvest is.

How to get a harvest job

Extra benefits

The Commonwealth Government is also offering incentives for people to work in agriculture.

AgMove relocation assistance

If you move to a harvest, regional or remote area to work on the Big Victorian Harvest, you may be eligible for relocation assistance.

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:

  • Greater access to Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY. Earn $15,000 in agriculture between 30 November 2020 and 31 December 2021 to be considered independent.
  • Free Victorian Government-funded training programs to get you ready for work in agriculture.

Call the Jobs Victoria hotline

Want to find out more about seasonal work and how to access training? Call the Jobs Victoria hotline on 1300 208 575.

The Jobs Victoria team can assist with information about seasonal work, including pay rates, the sign-on bonus, training and signing up to the Jobs Victoria online hub.

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Page last updated: 15 Jul 2021