Suspect Operator Targets Backpackers in Mildura


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Mildura is once again in the spotlight with reports surfacing on unfair and illegal working conditions by an operator in the area. There are also allegations that include sexual harrasment of staff.   Ombudsman Receives Complaints   The Fair Work Ombudsman received several complaints about a Mildura operator just before Christmas, including allegations of sexual harassment. A director with the ombudsman’s office, Craig Bildstein, said “allegations had also been made that the man had crammed dozens of workers into one home and that up to 12 were residing in the garage”   Operator Ripping Off Backpackers   Mr Bildstein went Read more

Farm Work Ombudsman Steps In

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It’s becoming wide spread across the industry that Fruit Pickers and Working Holiday Makers are becoming more tolerant of working conditions particurlay ones that are trying to get the “88 days” of specified work for their second Working Holiday Visa. The Fair Work Ombudsman is cracking down on the exploitation of working holiday makers and fruit pickers on the 417 visas.   What the Ombudsman Said   The Ombudsman, Natalie James was quoted saying “The thing that really caught our eye was a couple of years ago, in 2011/12, we recovered around $67,000 for people working under these arrangements, and Read more

Don’t Get Scammed!


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Almost every week here at we recive emails from working holiday makers that have been scammed by someone pretending to be a employer via sites like Gumtree. These emails have arrived in our inbox on a regular basis since we started Fruit Picking Jobs back in 2011. In fact, this is an email we received 19 minutes ago by a couple from sweden:   Hi Fruit Picking Jobs,   A few days ago we found out that we had gotten a job we had searched through “Gumtree” in Toowoomba (QLD). A job with 6 day work 10 hours a Read more