With international borders opening up, more and more people are finding their way to Australia for working holidays and seasonal work.

Seasonal work can be any kind of temporary work, like fruit picking, shearing sheep, vineyard work, working in a restaurant as a kitchen hand or even working as an au pair.

Regardless of where you work and what work you do, as a temporary seasonal worker, you have the same rights as a permanent worker and are covered by the same work health and safety laws.

All people working in Australia are entitled to basic rights and protection in the workplace.

Here are some things to be aware of when you’re starting seasonal work:

Make sure you receive an induction

A workplace induction is essential so that a worker knows how to perform their work safely and efficiently. It’s the best way to get a worker up to speed.

In your induction you will be shown your workplace, introduced to colleagues, made aware of workplace policies and procedures, shown tasks and trained to use equipment.

Training is essential to working safely

Before you start operating any equipment, you should be given information, instruction, and training on how to safely use, handle and store that equipment.

Don’t be afraid to ask your supervisor any questions you might have about the equipment you will be using.

Use safety equipment where needed

As part of your job, you should be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where your job requires it, like boots, gloves, goggles, respiratory protective equipment, hard hats, high visibility clothing and more.

You should also be given instructions and training on how to wear and use the PPE correctly.

Do not undertake work that you are not confident you can do safely

If you don’t feel confident about doing a task in a safe manner, stop work immediately and ask your supervisor for guidance and training.

It is the legal responsibility of the employer to ensure the health and safety of their workers so far as its reasonably practicable.

Know your safety responsibilities at work

As a worker, it is your responsibility to take care of your health and safety and not risk the safety of your co-workers. This includes being fit to work and free from the influence of drugs or alcohol when you work.

You must also pay attention to and follow all safety instructions from your supervisor. If you notice any unsafe or unhealthy work situation, report it to your supervisor.

You are entitled to fair pay

Under Commonwealth workplace laws, all workers over the age of 21, whether they are permanent or temporary, must not be paid less than the minimum wage.

For information about rates of pay contact the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94.

For more information about overseas workers, please visit our Overseas Workers webpage.