Backpackers and adventurous travelers from across the globe flock to Australia, and more specifically Tasmania, to immerse themselves in a unique culture, explore breathtaking landscapes, and engage in rewarding work experiences. For those on a working holiday visa, the opportunity to work on a farm through Left Field isn’t just a chance to contribute to Tasmania’s vibrant local economy and regional development but also an adventure to remember.
The mandatory 88 days of regional work required to extend the visa often leads to backpackers procrastinating, waiting until the last minute to fulfil this obligation. This delay can create challenges for both the workers and the farmers. Join us as we delve into the reasons behind this common occurrence, the problems it can cause, and the solutions that can benefit backpackers. With Left Field, we offer a supportive and engaging environment that makes the process smoother, ensuring continuous employment and an amazing working culture. Experience the Farm Work Loop, the innovative initiative in Tasmania that sets us apart, and be part of our proactive and progressive community that leads the way in the horticulture industry.
Why Backpackers Delay Farm Work
Many backpackers view farm work as a last resort, preferring other types of employment that are more in line with their interests. As a result, they may delay their farm work until the last possible moment, hoping to find a better opportunity. However, delayed work can create significant problems for everyone involved.
Consequences for Backpackers
Leaving farm work to the last minute can mean that backpackers struggle to find available positions. Many farmers plan their workforce in advance, and limited spaces may be available at the last minute. This can lead to backpackers being unable to complete their 88 days in time, which can have serious consequences for their visa status.
Consequences for Farmers
For farmers, having backpackers delay their farm work can be frustrating. They need a reliable workforce to ensure their crops are harvested on time. Delayed work means that farmers have to scramble to find replacements or risk losing their crop altogether. Additionally, farmers invest time and resources into training backpackers to work on their farm. When backpackers leave their farm work to the last minute, this investment is wasted.
Consequences for the Local Community
Delayed farm work can have a significant impact on the regional economy. Agriculture is a major contributor to the Australian economy, and many regional communities rely on backpackers to help with the harvest. Delayed work can mean that the harvest is delayed or even missed altogether, leading to economic losses for the community.
How to Avoid These Problems
To avoid these problems, backpackers should plan their farm work well in advance and communicate with farmers to ensure a smooth and successful harvest season. Here are some tips to help backpackers avoid delays and ensure a positive experience for everyone involved:
- Research potential farm employers and agents who manage multiple farms like us here at Left Field – making contact early ensures you secure a position.
- Be proactive in communication with the farms/agents to understand their needs and expectations and so they can understand yours.
- Be flexible and open to different types of farm work, as this can increase the likelihood of finding a suitable position.
- Make the most of the experience by learning and engaging with the local community and culture.
Backpackers who leave their farm work to the last minute can cause serious problems for everyone involved. Delayed work can lead to visa status issues for backpackers, wasted investment for farmers, and economic losses for the local community. By planning ahead, communicating with farm employers, and being open to new experiences, backpackers can ensure a positive and successful harvest season in Australia.