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 the grain until it can be delivered to customers in Australia and overseas to make quality food products and ingredients like flour, cooking oil and malt.
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.
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.
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.
Here's a snapshot of the type of casual work we offer and the duties involved:
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.
Complete an online application providing us with your:
Complete a short online questionnaire (20 minutes).
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.
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).
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.
Work will finish anywhere between December this year and January next year depending on your work location / region and harvest conditions.
To be considered for casual employment with us during harvest, you'll need to:
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 will need to use a laptop or desktop computer to successfully complete your application.
Take a look at our frequently asked questions. If you still can't find what you're after, then email us at email@example.com or call one of our local regional offices:
Online application process
You don't need to attach any documents to your online application. We will let you know what you need to provide further into the recruitment process.
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 Outlook.com.
Pay and working conditions
Work as a harvest casual can involve exposure to challenging environmental conditions such as heat, dust, noise and high temperatures.
Due to the different harvest conditions and operational demands of our sites, hours may vary from day to day and week to week.
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 site manager will discuss this with you.
Your employment with GrainCorp will be covered under one of the following agreements:
Operations Limited – NSW Country Operations (AWU) Enterprise Agreement
GrainCorp Operations Ltd - AWU (Victorian Operations) Enterprise Agreement 2015
GrainCorp Operations Limited - Australian Workers Union Queensland Country Operations Enterprise Agreement 2015
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.
You will need to request this from your site manager.
You can provide your change of details to your site manager who will then advise the payroll team.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection sets the ‘specified work' requirements for subclass 417 and 462 visa holders.
Specified work in terms of the subclass 417 visa is work that is undertaken in a 'specified' field or industry in a designated regional area. Specified work in terms of the subclass 462 visa is work that is undertaken in a 'specified' field or industry in a designated area in northern Australia.
Although we cannot confirm if the work you undertake with us will qualify as specified work, you can consult with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's website for more information, www.border.gov.au/trav/visa.
There is a place in your online application to indicate the name of another applicant or applicants that you wish to work with.
As many of our sites are quite rural or remote, you should at least bring your own meals including water and lace-up ankle steel-capped boots. We will provide a hard hat, high visibility vest, protective eyewear and sunscreen.
You will need to discuss this with your site manager.