Australia planted its very first hops crop in 1803 to support the demand for locals wanting to make their own beer. Fast forward to today and Australia now exports hops to over 25 countries. Predominantly grown in Australia’s eastern states, the biggest hops producers are located in the high frost areas of Victoria and Tasmania.

Hops harvest starts in February and lasts through until April. Grown on five meter high posts that form a trellis, the hops are cut and hooked onto trailers before being brought into the processing area where they are agitated to remove the cones.

Our client’s hops farms are located in Australia’s beautiful alpine area of Myrtleford in Victoria. The area has much to offer with extensive National Parks and a thriving rural town. During hops harvest there is some onsite accommodation available or there are plenty of accommodation options in the nearby town.

The roles

Generally working in all weather, the hops harvest is intensive and busy work offering a fun team environment and excellent pay rates.

Some of the hop harvesting jobs include:

  • hand harvesters
  • hop stackers
  • labourers
  • machine operators
  • tractor drivers
  • loader operators
  • forklift operators
  • packaging and dispatch staff
  • sanitisation crews

Hop harvest commences on-farm for approximately 5 weeks with 10.5-12-hour shifts paying:

  • Day shift:  $28.21
  • Night shift:  $31.60

Who we need

Successful applicants for this harvest work will need to be physically capable of lifting the hops vines and performing long (but well paying!) hours.

If you meet the following criteria, we’d love to hear from you:

  • physically fit and able to work extended hours and flexible shifts
  • high level of English communication skills
  • enjoy a busy environment
  • able to drive a manual car
  • free from asthma and dust allergies
  • forklift skills are highly favourable
  • committed to the whole season
  • dedicated to keeping yourself and your team members safe.

Why it’s great to work with us

At Agri Labour Australia, we aim to make the employment process seamless for both jobseekers and employers. We pride ourselves on being more than just a recruitment agency, and our consultants are on-hand to deliver expertise, advice and support whenever you need it. Here’s what else you can expect when you join Agri Labour Australia for the hops harvest:

  • horticulture award rates
  • connections with more work, as our team provides opportunities to travel with the harvest from Victoria to our cotton projects in NSW
  • watch videos of your work environment to get an insight into your day-to-day tasks
  • ongoing support – talk to your recruiter regarding any issues or questions you may have throughout your placement.


Agri Labour Australia is totally committed to ensuring the safety of all our staff, and all successful applicants are required to participate in inductions, training and pre-employment education so they’re equipped with the necessary safety knowledge and appropriate skills prior to starting work. Pre-employment drug and alcohol testing will be carried out prior to harvest and randomly throughout the season.

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