Harvest Frequently Asked Questions

1. How old do I have to be to apply?
CBH endorses equal employment opportunities and therefore encourages anyone who is physically fit and capable of performing the work to apply. The minimum age we can accept are applicants who will be at least 17 years as at 1 October 2019. There are some further requirements relating to those under the age of 18, so please read below. Please note: there is no exception to our minimum age requirement.

2. I'm under 18 years of age. When do I need my parents to sign forms?
If you are under 18 years of age your parents will need to give their consent for you to participate in site random drug and alcohol tests. If you do not return the consent form, unfortunately you will not be successful in working for CBH.

3. Do I need to attach a resume?
Yes. You will need to attached a resume when you complete your application.

4. Why can't I share an email address?
Your email address is your unique log on and identifier. If you share your email address with someone else and they try to apply for the same position then when they answer the application questions they are essentially over writing your application.
If you are successful in gaining a harvest position, your payslips will be sent to the email address you have supplied, so it is important that you use your own account.

5. Who do I contact at CBH if I have a question which can't be answered from the website information?
You should contact the person who is listed on your correspondence. In the case that the correspondence you have received initially is from the Harvest Recruitment Team please email hrhelp@cbh.com.au or call (08) 9237 9670 and they will then direct you to the right person.

6. How will I be contacted after I submit my application?
In the majority of cases, you will be contacted through your email address. Emails will be sent from CBH employees, our online recruitment and onbaording system - SuccessFactors. SuccessFactors is totally secure and your personal information is treated as strictly confidential.
Important: Please check the email address that you have provided. If there is an error with the email address, you will not receive emails from CBH.

7. How does CBH select its harvest casuals?
The final selection of harvest casuals is based upon several factors including the grain season, experience, and commencement date, ability to attend training, preferred zone/area/site and preferred position. We also medically assess your ability to perform the inherent requirements of the role.
Some areas do not need as many casuals as other areas. If an area receives enough applications to meet their needs for harvest, they will close and you will no longer be able to apply for that particular area.

8. I've heard it is hard work, what am I in for?
Yes, the work is hard! The work on our receival points involves substantial manual labour, the environment is harsh and the days can be long. You will be working in hot, dry, dusty conditions where temperatures can reach well beyond 45°C.

9. Will I have to work during leavers week, on weekends and on public holidays?
Yes. It is an expectation that if applicants are serious about the work that they will work through leavers week, on weekends and on public holidays. The harvest period is a critical time for the business and our growers so we need employees who are available throughout these times. Depending upon when you are rostered to work you may occasionally receive time off on the weekend. Although we do expect you to be available for all these times, this does not mean you will be expected to work all of these days.

10. How many hours will I be working?
Due to the nature of the work, hours will vary from day to day and will be dependent on the harvest conditions and weather. When the harvesting is good it isn't uncommon for shifts to be up to 12 hours long and in some cases working six out of seven days so you must be capable of working for long periods of time. During inclement weather you may work shorter hours and intermittent days.

11. How much will I get paid?
Your hourly rate will depend on the position you are appointed to and the experience you have. Other allowances may be payable depending on your experience, taking into consideration how many seasons you have worked, how long you were employed for each year and the level of site you were on (business/sampling requirements etc).
The CBH Country Operators Union Collective Agreement covers our country sites and the majority of harvest casuals. 

12. When do harvest casuals get paid?
Payroll is processed weekly for harvest casuals and is conducted on a Wednesday. The day that your pay will reach your bank account is dependent upon the bank you are with. Some will be received on the Wednesday afternoon while others may not be received for several days. As a general rule we have found that most employees will receive their pay by close of business Friday.

13. Do I get paid for the days I have to do training?
Provided you pass the training and are available for the dates you specified, you will be paid for training as per the training allowances under the relevant agreement (this is specifically for sampler/weighbridge training and site familiarisation). If you are not available to start on the dates you specified, you will not be paid.

14. When is training paid?
As there are different commencement dates and completion dates, the training payment dates will vary. If you attend training but you are not successful in placement, there will be a cut-off date that is determined by zones and you will be paid for your attendance of training after this cut-off date.

15. How do I track earnings to report to Centrelink?
It is up to the employee to keep track of the hours they have worked and their income. You will receive an emailed payslip each week which outlines your hours and hourly rate so make sure you collect these and keep them as you may be asked to produce them at a later date.

16. How do I apply for a Visa to work in WA?
You can work for CBH if you have a relevant Visa. CBH cannot support you in your application of Visa. Please research the appropriate Visa for you. More information and advice can be found at:

17. Does my service with CBH count for my regional work requirements towards my working holiday Visa (subclass 417)?
Most of CBH's regional areas (excluding MGC and AGC) count towards the regional requirements. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has more information about applying for a second year visa, the specified work requirements and approved industries. There is also a list of regional areas with the eligible post codes you can work in when doing regional work in Australia, for more information please visit:

18. I've been contacted by CBH regarding a job but I need to pay an application fee.  What should I do?
CBH would not contact you and ask you to pay an application fee for a harvest job. We only contact candidates after they've applied for a role with us or if they've previously worked a harvest. Again, we would not ask for an application fee or any other fees during the recruitment process. If you receive an email requesting payment for an application fee or you feel it may be fraudulent then please contact hr.help@cbh.com.au. You can also check the Australian Consumer and Competition Scamwatch website: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/ for more information and to report a scam.

19. When does the harvest season start and finish?
The harvest season varies across the state. The season will generally start earlier in the Geraldton and Esperance Zones progressing southwards through Kwinana and Albany Zones. Sites will generally start receiving grain from the start of October with the season ending around the end of January.
It is important to note that all seasons are different. Harvest work is dependant on many factors for example, weather and grower timing of Harvesting. Start and finish of harvest work may vary each year.
The starting date cut-offs for 2018 are below. If you are not available before the cut off, your application may be declined:
Geraldton Zone:
Area 1 - 20 October 2019
Area 2 - 20 October 2019
Area 3 - 1 November 2019
Geraldton Port - 13 October 2019
Kwinana Zone North - 15 November 2019
Kwinana Zone South - 15 November 2019
Albany Zone - 21 November 2019
Esperance Zone - 16 November 2019
20. Public Transport in Western Australia
For most regional areas, there is limited public transport from Perth to regional locations. We strongly encourage you to research where you are working; most of the town's do not have local public transport available.
Helpful sites:
21. How do I work at the same site as my friend/partner/family member?
When you are completing your harvest application in the Preferences section select the same zone and site as your friend/partner/family member. In the comments section, include your site preferences and why you want to be based at that site, especially if it is because you want to work with your friend/partner/family member.
22. What is long and long?
Long and long refers to clothing worn on site and this relates to our CBH Element 7 Minimum Operating Requirements Personal Protective Equipment and CBH Element 8 Minimum Operating Requirements Fitness for Work. All employees are required to wear long sleeve clothing and long pants to reduce the risk of skin cancer form sun exposure (please note that leggings or jeggings are not acceptable). We understand that you are working in hot conditions so our shirts have been designed for working in extremely hot conditions. As you are working long hours in the sun we don't want you getting burnt!

23. Can I use my phone or listen to music through headphones whilst working?
No. Only staff requested to be available via mobile phone for business purposes by their manager or supervisor are permitted to use or carry mobile phones while working on site. For safety reasons, staff are not permitted to carry or use mobile phones, iPods or other portable devices for non-business related use while on duty on site.

24. Why can't I get hold of my child/friend on their mobile?
Many of our work sites are not covered by a mobile network (including Telstra NextG). In the case that you are unable to reach someone on their mobile don't panic. There are landlines at most sites and Area Managers are continuously on the move between sites and have mobiles. Therefore if it is urgent contact the local regional office and they will be able to forward you on to the appropriate people to make contact.

25. What should I bring when I go to site?
You will need to be well prepared when going to work on a CBH site as they can be very isolated. The essentials include:
•    Food - those staying on site in remote locations will need enough for two weeks
•    Water
•    Water bottle - we recommend 5 litres
•    Sunscreen - provided on site but always a good idea to bring your own
•    Sturdy boots
•    Long pants (for work)
•    Wide brim hat - CBH will provide you with one but you may like to bring an extra
•    Sunglasses

26. Can I bring valuable possessions?
Yes. You can bring a laptop, TV etc but CBH takes no responsibility if such personal items are damaged or stolen. We recommend that if you do wish to bring valuable items onsite that you contact your insurance company to see if insurance can be extended to these circumstances.

27. Can I bring my pets with me?
No, you are not able to bring pets or animals to training, induction or while working or staying on site.

28. What are the accommodation units like?
Not all sites have accommodation and those that do vary in standard. Most accommodation units are very basic. They consist of three bedrooms containing two metal frame wire beds and two steel lockers. The communal living areas include kitchen, dining area, laundry and bathroom. There are table, chairs, refrigerator/freezer, stove basic crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils.
You may also need to bring:
•    Pillow
•    Bed linen
•    Any preferred cooking utensils
•    Clothing
•    Toiletries
Before arriving on site, please double check what facilities are available with the local regional office.

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