GrainCorp has embarked on its quest for another large harvest casual workforce to help manage a third consecutive bumper winter crop in eastern Australia.
Up to 3000 positions on weighbridges, sample stands, hoppers and in laboratories will be available at the company’s 160-plus operational sites from Central Queensland through to southern Victoria.
Applications for casual harvest position open today for Queensland, on July 11 for New South Wales, and August 1 for Victoria.
GrainCorp chief operating officer Klaus Pamminger said the company is planning for harvest while managing the ongoing export program from the last two seasons.
“Harvest is the big grand final for GrainCorp each year, and it’s critical we run an efficient system for growers to deliver their grain and get back to the header as quickly as possible,” Mr Pamminger said.
“We expect to have exported up to 9 million tonnes of grain by the end of September, at which time harvest will be in full swing in Queensland, so preparations are well and truly under way to ensure we can continue outloading and receiving significant volumes of grain.
“The recruitment of a large harvest workforce is the final, crucial piece of our puzzle, to ensure our supply chain continues to operate at full capacity, and we have the right people on board to manage the task.”
The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences’ (ABARES) recent crop report forecasts the 2022-23 season will produce 50.9 million tonnes (Mt) of grain, the fourth-highest on record.
The forecast predicts up to 24Mt of wheat, canola and barley will be produced across Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
“It will hopefully be another big year for growers and we’ve listened to their feedback about what they need to see from us, so we’re adding 2Mt of new storage capacity and upgrading our mobile equipment, as well as reviewing our ‘flex’ site capacity and segregation planning,” Mr Pamminger said.
“It’s clear there will be a high carry-out of grain as we head into the upcoming harvest, so this investment into the network – coupled with another large recruitment drive – will provide growers with confidence as the crop develops.”
Mr Pamminger said there has never been a better time to explore regional Australia through harvest employment.
“GrainCorp provides paid training for new starters, and we welcome back regular returnees.
With the state borders open again, you’ve also got the opportunity to follow the harvest across the country.
“Either way, if you’re looking for work, it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and see regional Australia.”
“The grains industry is a fantastic place to grow a career.
“Many of our leaders at GrainCorp started as casuals and we love what we do, so I really encourage everyone to give ag a go.”