At GrainCorp, we've been receiving grain from growers for over 100 years and we continue to play an active and important role in the communities in which we operate. Our commitment to safety is also one of our core values and we act in a way that protects our people, customers and our growers.

During harvest, we receive wheat, barley, canola, chickpeas and other commodities from growers across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. These commodities are delivered to our grain receival sites. We store and maintain grain, then deliver it to domestic and international customers who use it to produce quality food products and ingredients like flour, cooking oil and malt. We also supply lower-grade grain to domestic feedlot customers.

Depending on the weather, harvest on the east coast of Australia generally commences around late September in Central Queensland; mid-October in Southern Queensland and Northern NSW; and late October to early November in Southern NSW and Victoria.


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Meet a harvest casual

In 2010, Annie Scott joined GrainCorp as a harvest casual at Cootamundra in southern NSW while she was on uni holidays. She loved it so much that she applied for a Graduate position after finishing uni… and got it! Annie spent seven great years at GrainCorp as a Logistic Planner in our Sydney office. Watch her video below to hear her story.



Harvest casual opportunities

Safely and efficiently moving millions of tonnes of grain into our receival sites across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria during harvest requires a big effort and focus from our teams. This is why we make thousands of casual work opportunities available through the harvest period to help us deliver an outstanding service to growers and customers.

View the videos below for an insight into some common roles on GrainCorp sites:


Weighbridge Operator

Hopper Attendant
Bunker Storage

Hopper Attendant
Permanent Storage

Here's a snapshot of the type of casual work we offer and the duties involved:

General labouring

  • Monitor the flow of grain from truck unloading and onto equipment and into storage (shed, silo, bunker)
  • Ensure a clean work area (sweeping, shovelling and blowing down dust)
  • Protect and cover the grain in our bunker storage using tarps
  • Operate equipment including tractors, augers, drive-over hoppers

Laboratory assistance

  • Analyse grain samples against quality specifications
  • Analyse barley samples for germination
  • Enter data into our systems
  • Provide general support to the laboratory supervisor

Grain sampling

  • First point of contact for growers and truck drivers coming to the site
  • Spear truck to obtain grain samples using manual or automatic spears
  • Test grain samples for protein, moisture and contaminants against specifications
  • Enter data into our systems as per compliance requirements
  • Maintain a neat and tidy work area

Weighbridge operations

  • Enter data on truck weight and data into our system as per compliance regulations
  • Answer all telephone calls to the site office
  • Perform basic administrative duties in support of the site supervisor/manager
  • Maintain a neat and tidy work area



Application process and timeline

The casual work we offer is seasonal and dependent on harvest and site conditions, which include weather and operational needs. Due to the nature of this and our business, candidates may not be guaranteed a commencement or volume of work.


Online application period

Complete an online application providing us with your:

  • general contact information
  • work location and role preferences
  • previous GrainCorp experience (if any)
  • details of your certificates and licences
  • general health information.

Complete a short online questionnaire (20 minutes).

Interviews commence

If you've been successful at the online application stage, then we may invite you to attend a face-to-face interview at one of our site or regional offices.

Depending on your location, we may facilitate your interview by Skype or telephone.

Online modules

This is the final stage of the selection process if you've been successful at interview.

Complete a series of mandatory online modules relating to health and safety, manual handling, bunker operations, code of conduct and equal employment opportunity (2 hours).

Training + site placement

Once you've completed the online modules, we will invite you to attend site induction and pre-harvest training.

We will have considered your position preferences against positions available and operational requirements, which will determine the type of training we require you to undertake.


The casual work we offer is seasonal and dependent on harvest and site conditions, which include weather and operational needs. Due to the nature of this and our business, candidates may not be guaranteed a commencement of volume of work.

You may move between roles (as trained and as required) as well as move from site to site, where available.

We will be in touch with you regarding start date, depending on your location.

Season closes

Work will finish anywhere between December this year and January next year depending on your work location / region and harvest conditions.



Conditions of employment

To be considered for casual employment with us during harvest, you'll need to:

  1. Be available to commence work with us from September through to December (location dependent)
  2. Be at least 18 years old or have the permission of a parent / guardian if younger
  3. Be an Australian citizen or hold a valid work visa and provide proof of your right to work
  4. Be capable and willing to work in an outdoor and shift work environment



Let's deliver for customers together!

At GrainCorp, we value and respect the different perspectives and experiences our people bring to work each day. We aim to increase the diversity of our workforce – leading to a range of different thinking, perspectives and ideas that create the innovation we need to drive better business results. We aim to have a work environment where everyone feels included and everyone can realise their full potential.

You can now use either a PC (chrome or explorer) or mobile or tablet device to successfully complete your application.



Contact us

Take a look at our frequently asked questions. If you still can't find what you're after, then email us at or call one of our local regional offices:

Northern NSW
02 6767 2119 

Southern NSW
02 6926 8400

07 4639 9222

03 5431 1222

03 5247 1111



Frequently asked questions

Online application process

You don't need to attach your resume to your online application. If you are under 18 years of age, you must upload parental or legal guardian consent. We will let you know what you need to provide further into the recruitment process.
Should you progress in the process, we will ask you to upload (so please have ready to submit):

  • Australian Tax File Number
  • Australian bank details

If you are an Australian citizen, your:

  • Australian passport or ImmiCard; OR
  • Australian birth certificate and a form of photo ID OR
  • Australian citizenship certificate and a form of photo ID

If you are not an Australian citizen, your:

  • Current foreign passport*
  • Please note that we will seek your consent to conduct a Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) Check to confirm visa conditions.

The email address you provide in your online application is used as a unique way of identifying you throughout the application process. We also use your email address to issue payslips when you work with us. This is why it is important that every applicant provides an email address which is unique to them. There are a number of service providers who offer free email accounts, such as Gmail or


Pay and working conditions

Work as a harvest casual can involve exposure to challenging environmental conditions such as heat, dust, noise, traffic and high temperatures.

Harvest Casuals are rostered shifts to meet operational requirements. Shifts can average between 5 hours to 10 hours, depending on the site opening hours. Early shifts, afternoon shifts and night shifts may also be required. Work can be up to several weeks, depending on harvest conditions and operational requirements.

Yes. At harvest, our sites operate 7 days a week to meet grower demand. Some of our sites also operate through the night. This means that if you are successful in securing a casual harvest position with us, you may be rostered by your site manager to undertake work on a weekend, public holiday or night shift and it is important that you make yourself available through these periods, within reason. Your site manager will discuss this further with you when you commence and you should let them know if you have an important occasion to take into consideration in rostering you.

Harvest casuals are paid an hourly rate, which can vary between regions, positions and individuals (based on work experience).

Your rate of pay will be confirmed by your site manager on commencement.

You will be paid on a fortnightly basis (every second week), into your nominated bank account and this will occur on the Thursday of pay week at the latest. The actual day on which your pay reaches your bank account will depend on who you bank with.

It is your responsibility to keep record of your hours worked and income earned. We will email you a payslip each fortnight which details the hours worked and paid, allowances, superannuation, tax withheld. We encourage you to keep these payslips stored safely as you may need to access them at a later time. Centrelink provide a range of tools to help you track your income and to understand your reporting requirements.

The Department of Home Affairs sets the ‘specified work' requirements for subclass 417 and 462 visa holders.

In terms of the subclass 417 visa, specified work is work that is undertaken in a 'specified' industry, in a specified area of regional area. In terms of the subclass 462 visa, specified work is work that is undertaken in a ‘specified’ industry, in a specified area of northern or regional Australia.

You can consult with the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.



There is a place in your online application to indicate the name of another applicant or applicants that you wish to work with.

You should dress for work and weather conditions, including lace-up ankle steel-capped work boots. As many of our sites are quite rural or remote, you should also bring all food for your (up to 10-hour) shift, including at least 2 litres of water. We will provide you Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – high visibility vest, head, eye, ear protection and sunscreen.

You will need to discuss this with your site manager.


PeopleHub Guide
for the 2020 GrainCorp Harvest