In 2003, the Australian Government established The National Harvest Information Service to help coordinate and distribute information on harvesting around the country to match job seekers with employment opportunities. The service was designed to assist growers experiencing difficulty finding sufficient workers at harvest time.
The Harvest Trail website administered by the Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations (DEEWR) provides comprehensive information about harvest opportunities, accommodation, transport and links people looking for work with farmers seeking workers during the harvest. The National Harvest Guide can be downloaded here. This booklet will assist those looking to take part in the Harvest Trail by showing them what’s in season and where.
Harvest Trail TV provides viewers with the Harvest Trail Experience, and highlights the regional tourism experience through short, weekly webisodes focusing on a specific region and product. In each episode, you will meet the growers, the workers and some passionate locals who share with us some of the best places to visit, off the beaten track.
Video content is aired on Foxtel and Austar via Aurora Channel 183 and featured monthly in the national travel magazine Escape, included in all News Limited Sunday papers within Australia.
Harvest Trail TV was launched by SkillsOne with support from DEEWR, the National Farmers Federation, Agri-Food Skills Australia, Tourism Australia and media partners including News Limited, Rotary, Foxtel and Austar.
SkillsOne is one of Australia’s leading multimedia companies and is comprised of the website www.skillsone.com.au and SkillsOne TV, broadcast nationally on Aurora Channel 183 via Foxtel & Austar. The website and TV program attract a diverse audience including career counsellors, students, parents and mature aged workers. In 2010, a dedicated Women in Trades web channel was completed. Visitors to SkillsOne.com.au will find over 1000 videos about getting a trade or a skill as well as information on finding a training course, events and industry news.
Launched in Sydney in 2007, SkillsOne works with industry, educators, government and TAFE to engage and promote the extensive career opportunities and pathways in traditional trades and emerging skills areas, ranging from automotive, construction & mining; through to hairdressing, healthcare and horticulture.
The integration of SkillsOne TV and website are complemented by a media partnership with News Limited, in particular the employment site CareerOne.
SkillsOne.com.au provides a rich tapestry of information about trades and skills – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The site features all stories appearing SkillsOne TV, and is continually updated with video stories, news articles, industry snapshots, ‘how to’ sections, monthly e-newsletters, guest blogs, and career insights into vocational careers.