BECOME A HOST FARM

Get help on your Farm with access to 1000s of Volunteer WWOOFers.

What is

WWOOFing?

The opportunity for you to get willing workers on your farm for no monetary exchange. They give 4-6 hours per day* and in return you feed and house them.

MISSION STATEMENT:
WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchanges, helping to build a sustainable global community.

*4-6 hours per day for 5 days per week

What’s in it

FOR YOU?

  4-6 hrs/day of help on your farm

  Teach others your skills

  Show travellers the local secrets

  Access to 1000s of volunteers

  Website and Mobile App membership

Join a 4,000+ online Community

Connect to WWOOFers and Hosts using our Website or Mobile App.

Membership features …

Website Profile

Create your own unique Profile, showcasing your property, your family and your techniques.

Follow Volunteers

Found a potential Volunteer? Save them to your Favourites and access them online or offline.

Instant Messaging

Contact Volunteers in real time with Instant Private messaging, as well as Discussion Forums and a Notice Board.

Images & Video

Showcase your farm with your own image gallery and videos. Go on, show off.

Mobile App

Download our free Mobile App and search for Volunteers, or connect with other Hosts around Australia.

Map Search

Use the intuitive Map Search to find Volunteers nearby your location or anywhere in Australia.

Online Reviews

Read the Reviews of other Host Farms, or leave your own Reviews for Volunteers.

Help & Support

The WWOOF Australia office is open 5 days a week, available via phone, email and fax.

Loving our Canadian WWOOFer

We loved having Candy Tsang from Canada, WWOOFer i16/16077, staying with us. She was really into farming and The environment around us. The alpacas are always a treat as they are a very inquisitive when… Read more “Loving our Canadian WWOOFer”

WWOOFers bring more enthusiasm & happiness

We have been host members of WWOOF for 1 year now and have had 4 amazing ladies stay with us and another arriving this week. It took some time for us to decide to join the… Read more “WWOOFers bring more enthusiasm & happiness”

An amazing journey

With a background in environmental science, I am keen to learn and get involved in organic farming, Australia is renowned around the world for their sustainable agriculture and rise of permaculture practices. I was backpacking… Read more “An amazing journey”

Wonderful company & support

On the 11 of January 2014 a lightning strike started a fire that burnt my property destroying my hay reserves and rendering all my fences non-functional . At the time it started I had a… Read more “Wonderful company & support”

Something quirky

Having to learn different languages and cultures – it has been brilliant – we hope to learn much more. Something quirky – we had a beautiful lady from Japan stay with us – we had… Read more “Something quirky”

Enriching lives

To wonderful gang at WWOOF, This video https://youtu.be/DB3A036B27c will give you an idea of the wonderful young people who have come into our lives through WWOOFing. These two young girls had us laughing for their… Read more “Enriching lives”

Awesome opportunity

Hello! My name is Benjamin, I just returned home to the US from a 5 month holiday backpacking around Australia. I became a WWOOF member ahead of my trip after hearing about the organization on… Read more “Awesome opportunity”

Unforgettable experience

Hi my name is David & I am a WWOOFer from Ireland. I stayed with my host Robin (NV277) in Inner Pocket, NSW for six weeks in August/September 2015. The whole experience was completely unforgettable.… Read more “Unforgettable experience”

Funny dogs & rare birds

Hello, I’m an Italian WWOOFer in Australia and I want to share my wonderful second WWOOF experience. I found on the book the host VG097. Peter and Jennifer live in Bendigo (VIC) in a nice… Read more “Funny dogs & rare birds”

WWOOFing on Kangaroo Island

I spent 3 weeks at SA304’s home last November. They are located on the beautiful North coast of Kangaroo Island and they have lots of olive trees and fig trees on their property. They are… Read more “WWOOFing on Kangaroo Island”

Putting yabbies to sleep

Over the last year we have had a large variety of WWOOFers from different countries and found that we learn so much from each one and try to teach something as well. The main thing… Read more “Putting yabbies to sleep”

A beautiful cultural understanding

Thank you for this wonderful experience for our two daughters – being surrounded by multicultural visitors, they have developed a beautiful cultural understanding. Besides, we were lucky to build really strong friendship with some of… Read more “A beautiful cultural understanding”

Lots of enquiries

I spent some time today and set up our Profile page. I also posted on the notice board for help as we are urgently looking for WWOOFers to assist us. By 7.30pm we have had… Read more “Lots of enquiries”

Our Little Farm

Wwoofing is just awesome

We have been wwoofing hosts for nearly 20 years, and it has become a core part of our loves. Although we only have 1 or 2 people at a time, over the years way more… Read more “Wwoofing is just awesome”

Simon Neville & Louise Duxbury

Wwoofing in Jerilderie, NSW

(2716 NI137) Billabong Vineyards near Jerilderie is a unique family business relying solely on organic principles. Not only in the garden but in all areas of life. My 3 weeks flew by fast as I… Read more “Wwoofing in Jerilderie, NSW”

Kaari Vilberg

Alpacas & more…

Hi, I’m Jasmin. Me and my partner did repeat wwoofing at a beautiful alpaca farm outside Mirboo North in South Gippsland, Australia. The farm is owned by Brigitte and Keith, and they have over 100… Read more “Alpacas & more…”

Jasmin Martin

The best hosts are hidden in Tassie

A couple of months ago I stayed with a friend on the farm of Esther and Andrew in Campania, a small village close to Hobart. Initially we wanted to stay for about a week and… Read more “The best hosts are hidden in Tassie”

Sandra Koop

Thank You Jackie & David O’Reilly in SA

We had a wonderful first WWOOF experience with Jackie and David on their beautiful property. Great organic food, varied and interesting work, lovely company and fabulous location. Thank you both! You are fab. We had… Read more “Thank You Jackie & David O’Reilly in SA”

Jacqui Taleb-Bendiab

Wwoofing enhances our life

Have hosted since 2008 over 80 wwoofers – it’s a marvellous enhancement to our farm life. Enjoyed getting to know so many wwoofers from many countries. Especially enjoy the evening games of Scrabble where it… Read more “Wwoofing enhances our life”

Kathleen Cameron

Thank you Alice Springs

I spent 5 days at Rodney and Anna’s. If I had more time, I would have loved to stay longer, I had a blast! They make you feel very welcome into their family from the… Read more “Thank you Alice Springs”

Great Times, Great Hosts

I stayed a few days with Theo and Marilyn and it was gorgeous! Delicious food, good work and a lovely bedroom/accommodation! I would definitely stay again with them! Thanks! Cheers, Marie Fischer Hosts User Name… Read more “Great Times, Great Hosts”

Lovely peaceful retreat from city life, come to QLD

Lovely peaceful retreat from city life. Maria and Neil are wonderful and informative hosts. It was great to experience permaculture and a range of jobs and enjoy nourishing food produced on the property. Lovely spot… Read more “Lovely peaceful retreat from city life, come to QLD”

Beautiful times in Gardenup

We had a very beautiful time in Gardenup. The food was great and we had a lots of fun in the last three weeks. We learned a lot about farm work and made many well… Read more “Beautiful times in Gardenup”

Lot of Koalas in South Australia

Sue and Brian were exceptional hosts Sue Gray and we had a lot of fun sharing time with them and working in their garden which contains a lot of koalas! They were also a great help… Read more “Lot of Koalas in South Australia”

Orchard Cottage Roses in Victoria

I had a great time at Orchard Cottage Roses. Nice variety of work and after working hours Ailsa showed me all the highlights of the surrounding area which is beautiful! Couldn’t have wished for a… Read more “Orchard Cottage Roses in Victoria”

Our incredible WWOOFer – Thank you

Hi  Roland May from all at Lavola, Thanks for spending time with us in Merrjig and for so willingly putting your hand to a bit of anything and everything. It was a pleasure to have you stay… Read more “Our incredible WWOOFer – Thank you”

Come WWOOF at Beechworth Natural Farm

We were delighted to have Spencer Spencer Platten WWOOF with us at Beechworth Natural Farm. He has an easygoing nature and is willing to tackle any project big or small. He is able to work alone… Read more “Come WWOOF at Beechworth Natural Farm”

WWOOFing just 20 minutes from the centre of Canberra

John & Carol Lilleyman  Host NA197 are a very lovely family and give you the feeling as you are a part of the family. You really need to love dogs and chickens if you want… Read more “WWOOFing just 20 minutes from the centre of Canberra”

WWOOFers, Lifestyle is relaxed & easy going

Hosts  Di Percy Di and Martin are wonderful people; very genuine and grateful for the help that WWOOFing can provide. It’s a beautiful part of Victoria with close access to Phillip and French islands. Don’t hesitate… Read more “WWOOFers, Lifestyle is relaxed & easy going”

Learning what sustainability is with QLD Host

I would like to give HUGE 5 star to Heather’s farm Host QN014  Heather Worth and experiences I had there. Heather is wonderfull lady with lots of love. Staying with her and following her life style… Read more “Learning what sustainability is with QLD Host”

Hosts WP203 Very friendly, nice,fun

Gina and Andrew  Andrew Graham & Gina Sanderson are really the bests Hosts.very friendly, nice,fun.It was an amazing experience and 2 weeks it wasn’t enough to enjoy chittering acres.. A very cute house on a wonderful… Read more “Hosts WP203 Very friendly, nice,fun”

Fantastic WWOOFer – Thank you

Marlen Grimm is a great WWOOFer. Excellent eye for detail and works well with others. We thoroughly enjoyed Marlen helping us and have no hesitation in recommending her to future Hosts. Lisa and Brad – Elmsleigh

Another awesome WWOOFer

Amalia Sophie Engler is a thoughtful WWOOFer who works well with others. We thoroughly enjoyed Amalia helping us and have no hesitation in recommending her to future Hosts. Lisa and Brad – Elmsleigh

Those hot summer days!

Tsubasa Yamasaki  worked with us at Elmsleigh. He is a thoughtful, respectful and caring person who showed great initiative and worked hard in the hot Summer Sun. We were delighted with Tsubasa’s perseverance and patience… Read more “Those hot summer days!”

Satisfying work with a wonderful group of farm hands- Happy WWOOFer

I enjoyed my time on this farm so much that I’ll be coming back soon! Leonard & Renee Costantini are a wonderful family who welcome you as their own; cooking great dinners and showing you… Read more “Satisfying work with a wonderful group of farm hands- Happy WWOOFer”

Cooking, Mud brick, metal welding, etc… thank you for your teaching

Andrew Graham & Gina Sanderson  are a very kind, friendly and funny person. Thank you for your take care, we like a family. The accommodation is large, clean and comfortable. I had been there for 2… Read more “Cooking, Mud brick, metal welding, etc… thank you for your teaching”

beautiful place, Margaret is fantastic!!!

Margaret Lockhart VW061 has a beautiful place, Margaret is fantastic!!!  Flavie Chevalier

WWOOFer, she made herself at home, worked hard, showed initiative, and wanted to learn!

Chloe Thompson was a fantastic WWOOFer, she made herself at home, worked hard, showed initiative, and wanted to learn. Chloe was a delight to have in our home. We would recommend her as a WWOOF… Read more “WWOOFer, she made herself at home, worked hard, showed initiative, and wanted to learn!”

My First Experience

Here’s very nice farm to stay and work. It’s first time for me to do WWOOF, stay and work in Aussie farm, but I didn’t need to worry about my less experience because Lisa&Brad welcome… Read more “My First Experience”

Learn about Australian Culture here

The time I spend here was great. The location, the view over the property, the hosts Lisa and Brad, the food they cooked/provided, the work with the cattle and the work in general was great.… Read more “Learn about Australian Culture here”

Learn from your WWOOFers its a great experience, cross sharing knowledge

Thomas Köhrer has been a great guest. He works hard and our garden is now looking lovely and all cleaned up thanks to him. He has had a go at many different tasks. We’ve also… Read more “Learn from your WWOOFers its a great experience, cross sharing knowledge”

WWOOFing is all about chances to improve and learn farming skills

Worked not exactly on High Peak Farm all the time, but on a other farm which Tony Ruse owns. Stayed there for four weeks and learned a lot. I worked together with the farm workers… Read more “WWOOFing is all about chances to improve and learn farming skills”

Great Working WWOOFers

Jan Semorad & Marion are great WWOOFers, hard working, quick to learn, tidy and, best of all , good company! Written By Hosts  Alexandra Mateer & Rick Kilpatrick  

I felt like one of the family – thank you

Hosts Fleur & Anthony Dawkins  are very welcoming. They provided me with everything that I needed. The food was great, so was the wine. I had a great 3 weeks with them. They took me in… Read more “I felt like one of the family – thank you”

Barking Salmon? Happy to share experiences of self-sufficiency

What an amazing time we had at Barking Salmon ! We spent one week with Mat and Jeanette Fegan and we have to say that, as a first WWOOF experience, we could’t dream of better hosts… Read more “Barking Salmon? Happy to share experiences of self-sufficiency”

Snorkeling with the Seals

I stayed one week with Mandy and Rob  Host ND076, I had a great time. Both were really caring and provided me always with delicious food. I lived in a large and clean cottage, where… Read more “Snorkeling with the Seals”

A Willing Worker – Yes ! Come WWOOF with us

Yosuke Sano stayed with us at Elmsleigh. Yosuke is very polite and respectful young man who works very hard and speaks good English. We have enjoyed Yosuke working with us and has helped us with… Read more “A Willing Worker – Yes ! Come WWOOF with us”

One of the best WWOOF families I have every stayed with!

I can only recommend this farm.Host Farm WP213  Pia is really lovely and has a beautiful property. I just stayed there for 2 weeks but I had the feeling I got to know almost her whole… Read more “One of the best WWOOF families I have every stayed with!”

WWOOFing at Hawkesbury River Cottage

Couldn’t have hoped for a better stay. The work was interesting, the location is spectacular and the hosts are lovely people who made me feel very welcome. I was definitely sad to leave Hawkesbury River… Read more “WWOOFing at Hawkesbury River Cottage”

Ricky Dunbar

Hills and Hollows horsey girls

Paula and Hannah travelled from Germany to work on our Horse Farm and Riding School. They were the most delightful girls to work with. They were willing helpers with fencing and Caring for horses. They… Read more “Hills and Hollows horsey girls”

Leanne Moore

Their help is much appreciated

Torsten Meyer from Germany was a great house guest. He is a hard worker, and his help in the garden and repairing our rabbit proof fence was wonderful. We no longer see 25+ rabbits in… Read more “Their help is much appreciated”

Marilyn Rouhard

Fantastic Karinya farm and family

Appreciate Tracy Malone & Tony Barnes gave my daughter and me the first chance to be WWOOFers and we had a wonderful sweet memory with their friendly and lovely family. They are so considerate and… Read more “Fantastic Karinya farm and family”

Fong Yu Liu

Percy/vogel

Thank you Di and Martin for the experience of living and working on your property. I felt very welcomed and looked after over the week and a half I stayed. I would recommend Wwoofing on… Read more “Percy/vogel”

Vanessa Stevens

Amazing WWOOFers from France

We have been WWOOF hosts for roughly 10 years and have found that most WWOOFers are wonderful. However I was blown away by Camille and Anthony. They are passionate vegans and passionate vegan cooks, and… Read more “Amazing WWOOFers from France”

Jane Shamrock

Keep the Feedback Coming

To all our Wonderful Hosts and WWOOFers we love that you are putting Reviews up on individual Profile (great job), but don’t forget to post them again in this section. The world loves to hear… Read more “Keep the Feedback Coming”

WWOOF Head Office

You won’t regret it

I stayed with Hamish and his son Elliot (Isabella was gone when I was there) for two weeks. It was absolutely amazing. It was my first two weeks in Australia and they really helped me… Read more “You won’t regret it”

Tucker Eldridge

Connect via Website or Mobile App

Take full advantage of our Website and Mobile App to search for Volunteer WWOOFers to help you on your Host Farm.

Being a Host Farm ...

Teach others your skills and improve your property, finish those jobs that you thought would never get done, show travellers the local sights, enjoy companionship, and foster cultural exchange.

WWOOF hosts must:

  • Grow or produce organic products, but not necessarily be ‘certified organic’.
  • Provide experiences to WWOOFers in sustainable land care: organic, bio-dynamic or permaculture techniques.
  • Provide all food and clean comfortable accommodation to WWOOFers in exchange for 4 to 6 hours of volunteering per day (Max 38 hours per week).
  • Be an ‘Ambassador for Australia’ and provide a safe haven for WWOOFers.
  • Treat WWOOFers with respect and consideration.

Opening your home and your heart to travellers from all over the world offers the potential for amazing cultural experiences, new ideas, new foods and lifelong friendships.

WWOOFers live and work with their hosts in the same way that relatives and friends do when they visit. Your best WWOOFers will become part of your family. If you travel overseas one day, they may well return your hospitality!

Join in 3 Easy Steps!

Joining WWOOF Australia is as easy as 1, 2, 3 - gain access to 1000’s of Volunteers looking for Host Farms just like yours.

1

Sign Up from $30

Certified Organic and non-certified memberships available.

2

Create Your Profile

Showcase your property to potential volunteers. Use images and video.

3

Find Volunteers

Use the website or app to search for and communicate with volunteers.

JOIN IN JUNE AND GET

1 MONTH FREE MEMBERSHIP

CELEBRATING 37 YEARS OF WWOOF AUSTRALIA!

Host Farm Pricing

Payment via: Credit Card, Paypal or Direct Deposit

Host Farm
Certified Organic

$30

Certification required
12 month membership.

Host Farm
Non-Certified

$65

Non-Certified
12 month membership.

Host Farm
Non-Certified Conc.

$50

Health Care Card Only.
12 month membership.

FAQs & Legal Stuff

WWOOF host farm information plus some history and background information.

WWOOF Hosts must:
• Grow or produce organic products.
• Provide experiences to WWOOFers in organic farming/gardening techniques.
• Provide all food and clean comfortable accommodation to WWOOFers in exchange for 4 to 6 hours of volunteering per day (Max 38 hours per week).
• Be an ‘Ambassador for Australia’ and provide a safe haven for WWOOFers.
• Treat WWOOFers with respect and consideration.

1. WWOOFers provide photo ID and proof of membership on arrival. Hosts should arrange membership for non-members online at wwoof.com.au or by calling WWOOF.
2. Hosts keep a Guestbook for WWOOFers to sign and record their Membership number, visa type and dates of their visit. Please download this sample Guestbook page.
3. The most important experience for WWOOFers is learning about your farming/gardening techniques. Please be patient and available, working with them whenever possible. Demonstrate how tools and equipment work to avoid breakages and injuries.
4. Provide a variety of jobs, even if very basic. Include WWOOFers in the whole routine of your property. Do not isolate them: working alone for hours can be boring and lonely.
5. WWOOFing is a voluntary, non-monetary exchange. Explain work patterns so WWOOFers can organise their time. They will expect to volunteer for 4 to 6 hours in exchange for their food and board. Flexible hours allow WWOOFers to have free days, discuss hours and types of work, conditions, days off, etc. on initial inquiry to avoid misunderstandings. 5 days volunteering in 7 days is preferred, a maximum of 38 hrs per 7 days.
• Hospitality work, waitressing and child-care are not acceptable WWOOFing work.
• WWOOFers should keep their living area tidy, clean up themselves and help with meals or washing up, but housework should not be the primary work they are asked to do.
6. Most Hosts provide accommodation in a spare room in their home. WWOOFers eat with the family and share in the chores. A caravan, cabin, tent or a self-contained dwelling are acceptable alternatives. Make this clear in your profile and at booking. Ask about special diets on initial inquiry, if you cannot cater for this, ask WWOOFers to bring any special food.
7. Accommodation and food preparation areas must be adequate and hygienic. Food and bedding should be clean and warm. Food should be fresh and organic where possible.
8. Hosts are Ambassadors for Australia. In the spirit of cultural exchange treat WWOOFers as members of your family and assist them to receive suitable medical treatment if necessary.
9. Many WWOOFers use public transport. Picking WWOOFers up from the nearest bus or train by arrangement is helpful. Always exchange mobile numbers in case of problems.
10. We recommend inviting WWOOFers for short stays initially, negotiating longer stays if you are both happy. If WWOOFers don’t abide by your ‘house rules’ or follow the WWOOF Guidelines you may ask them to leave. Facilitate this by offering internet or phone access to find another place to stay and offer a lift to the bus, town or the nearest Hostel if needed.
11. Abusive language, inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. If we receive complaints of this nature, your WWOOF membership will be cancelled.
12. WWOOF reserves the right to refuse to list a Host or to remove a Host from the book as we see fit. We will edit profiles as necessary.
13. WWOOFing is strictly voluntary. Hosts must be fully aware of the different regulations governing holders of Working Holiday, Student and Visitor (Tourist) visas.
14. Hosts must not allow WWOOFers to use chemicals, i.e. herbicides/pesticides, etc and must comply with Work Cover Legislation and Occupational Health and Safety Requirements, including the provision of all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

WWOOF reserves the right to amend/update these guidelines as required.

NOTE: WWOOF cannot condone the breaking of State and/or Federal laws. WWOOF reserves the right to cancel a Hosts registration immediately if we believe the Hosts' actions may bring the name of the WWOOF program into disrepute.

WWOOF has operated in Australia since 1981 and has become a smorgasbord of Australia’s organic farms, permaculture and alternative lifestyle properties, offering travellers from Australia and overseas a taste of rural life.

We list over 1,500 Hosts along with their contact details, a brief property description, work to be done, and meal and accommodation arrangements. WWOOFers search the website or their App, choose Hosts to contact, and arrange a mutually agreeable time to visit.

WWOOFers live and work with Host families just as relatives or friends do when visiting. The minimum stay is 2 nights (to prevent WWOOFers eating, sleeping and leaving the next morning), the maximum stay is up to the Host and WWOOFer.

We receive so much positive feedback from our WWOOF Hosts about their wonderful experiences, but there can also be problems, WWOOF Hosting is not for everyone.

Carefully consider the following issues BEFORE deciding to become a Host as you may need to deal with them if they arise.

  • WWOOFers are often unskilled
  • some have never left their home country, or the city
  • some have never worked outside
  • WWOOFers sometimes book in, then don’t arrive
  • cultural, lifestyle, personality and language differences can lead to misunderstandings

Good communication between Hosts and WWOOFers is essential. With patience, understanding and compassion, it can be a worthwhile and memorable experience for most WWOOF Hosts.

Please read the Host Guidelines and information about insurance and WorkCover obligations carefully. You can apply online to become a Host and set up your own profile. It is important to be totally up-front with the information about your property to prevent surprises and complaints. Many of our Hosts are very unusual, and this adds to the diversity of the WWOOF Program, so don't be shy about the things you offer that set you aside from 'the norm'! Your Host profile will be on our website and on the WWOOF App. The WWOOF Book is being phased out, but if there is enough demand, we will also include these details in the next printing of the WWOOF Book.

To find WWOOFers, post regular advertisements on our website. Please keep your profile accurate and up-to-date. WWOOFers search the website and WWOOF App for hosts, so be sure to include key words in your profile rather than generalisations. For example, rather than "we have many different animals", "we have pigs, horses, goats, chickens, ducks, bees and sheep" will ensure your profile comes up in many different WWOOFer searches.

WWOOF Newsletters will be posted on our website and emailed to members along with important notices.

We recommend Hosts purchase WWOOF Hosting – A Practical Host Guide by WWOOF Hosts Trevor and Amanda Roberts. This PDF ‘E-book’ covers all you need to know to be good Hosts. With over 100 pages of practical advice, the Guide can save you a lot of uncertainty, time and money as you begin the process of becoming a WWOOF host.

There are important visa regulations regarding work that WWOOF Hosts need to be aware of.

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) allows visitors to Australia to WWOOF on Student, Visitor (formerly Tourist visa) and Working Holiday visas<.

Work is defined by DIBP as, "an activity that, in Australia, normally attracts remuneration". This means any activity that normally attracts payment, irrespective of whether you are paying money or giving some other kind of reward, (eg food and accommodation) it is still deemed to be work.

If you are going to offer "work" as defined by DIBP you must ensure the WWOOFer has a visa that entitles them to "work". You can check this by ensuring their visa/passport is stamped appropriately. If they possess a Working Holiday Visa (WHV), 6 months is the maximum time they are allowed to work at any one establishment.

If you need to check on a WWOOFers visa there is a free, online facility, VEVO, that allows an employer to check visa entitlements of a non-Australian passport holders' visa. You need to register to use VEVO and will need the WWOOFers permission to check their visa details. You will need their: name, date of birth, passport number and passport country of issue.

IMPORTANT NOTE: DIBP change the rules from time to time about what activities are allowed on visas, it is important to confirm with DIBP that the type of visa your WWOOFer holds does allow volunteering in exchange for food and accommodation.

Visitor (Tourist) Visas and Student Visas

WWOOFers with a Visitor visa (subclass 600) Tourist stream (Tourist visa), Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601), an eVisitor (subclass 651) or Student Visa must not do any work that would normally be done by a paid worker, but are allowed to do voluntary work in exchange for their meals and accommodation.

  • WWOOFing must be a part of their holiday, not the main reason for it.
  • WWOOFers on this visa should do work that a Host would not normally pay someone to do.
  • On Visitor visas any work must be genuinely voluntary and must be work that would not otherwise be undertaken by an Australian resident.
  • This principle also applies for those intending to undertake WWOOFing with commercial operators (such as large organic beef farms).
  • DIBP say that WWOOFers on a Tourist visa need to be careful about the Hosts they visit as commercial Hosts are more likely to give them work that they may consider is in breach of the conditions of their visa, we recommend they consider WWOOFing mainly on non commercial properties, hobby farms etc.
  • WWOOFers undertaking work with commercial organisations risk being in breach of Visitor visa conditions which do not permit work.
  • The Visitor visa does not offer the wide scope of options that are available to those who are holders of Working Holiday or Work and Holiday visas which permit work.

DIBP say this about Visitor Visas - Tourist stream:

This visa lets you:

• have a holiday or visit family and friends in Australia

• study in Australia for up to three months

• work as a genuine unpaid volunteer, but only if an Australian resident would not otherwise be paid to do the work (you can be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses such as meals and accommodation).

See Visitor visa (subclass 600) Tourist stream, on the Visa Holders tab, under the heading What this visa lets you do.

eVisitor (subclass 651)

DIBP say this about eVisitor Visas (subclass 651):

Volunteer work tourism schemes
In general, an eVisitor does not allow you to work in Australia. However, you may be able to work as a volunteer if:

• your main purpose in visiting Australia is tourism, and the voluntary work is incidental to tourism
• the work is genuinely voluntary and you are not paid for it, other than for meals, accommodation or out-of-pocket living expenses
• the work would not otherwise be done in return for wages by an Australian resident.

See eVisitor Visas (subclass 651), on the About eVisitor Holders tab, under the Heading What the eVisitor lets you do

Can I work as a volunteer while on an eVisitor?

• Voluntary work is only allowed on tourist eVisitor in very limited circumstances. You may be able to work as a volunteer whilst on a tourist eVisitor if:
• your main purpose in visiting Australia is tourism, and any voluntary work remains incidental to tourism,
• the work involved would not otherwise be undertaken, in return for wages, by an Australian resident, or
• the work is genuinely voluntary and no remuneration is received in return for the activities. It is acceptable, under the conditions of an eVisitor, to receive meals, accommodation and/ or reimbursement of out-of-pocket living expenses in return for voluntary work.

Working Holiday Visas

    WWOOFing IS allowed on ALL Working Holiday Visas!

DIBP say:

“In recognition of the many legitimate and worthwhile agencies that employ volunteer workers to deliver valuable community services, Working Holiday visa holders will still be able to perform volunteer work should they wish to do so. The work will simply not count towards eligibility for a second visa.”

IMPORTANT! Changes to rules for Second Working Holiday Visa applications came into effect on 31/8/2015.
Volunteer work no longer counts towards the 88 days needed for visa extension applications unless WWOOFers were already with a WWOOF Host or had pre-arranged a WWOOFing stay with a Host. In these cases days can be counted until 30th November 2015 only.

COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

We rely heavily on feedback from all members to maintain the integrity of the WWOOF program. All complaints must be in writing, with names, membership numbers and dates. We verify the identity of a WWOOFer or host making a complaint, but treat this information as confidential.

If we receive a complaint, we will contact the member about whom the complaint was made to follow up the issues raised. We will require the member to provide us with contact and membership details of other members they have hosted or visited.

Failure to provide these details will result in the member’s registration being cancelled.

We are aware that many problems arise due to personality conflicts and we always take this into account when dealing with complaints. We also take into consideration the length of time a Host has been in the program and the number of WWOOFers they Host.

GENERAL COMPLAINTS

For complaints about unsuitable accommodation, food, inaccurate Host entries, unreasonably long working hours etc., we will ask for details of other WWOOFers who have visited the Host. We ask these WWOOFers about their experiences with the Host.

First complaint: We inform the Host of the complaint, discuss the issues raised and request a reply in writing, and contact other WWOOFers who have visited the Host for their feedback. If the complaint is verified, we will discuss changes that will need to be adopted by the Host and, if appropriate, alter the Host’s profile to better reflect conditions on the property.

Second complaint: we inform the Host again, discuss why this issue is still a problem and what can be done to resolve the problem, and warn the Host that a third complaint will result in the Host’s registration being cancelled.

Third complaint: we will cancel the Host’s registration.

COMPLAINTS REGARDING HEALTH AND SAFETY OR SEXUAL HARASSMENT

If we receive a complaint about health and safety or inappropriate behaviour, including sexual harassment, we will contact the Host to inform them of the complaint and advise that their Host registration has been suspended pending resolution of the complaint.

The Host’s profile will be removed from the WWOOF Website and App. This may seem harsh; however, when there is a concern raised about health and safety or sexual harassment, we must err on the side of caution, as we have a duty of care towards our members.

If the Host disputes the complaint, the Host will be required to provide the refutation in a written statement along with details of other WWOOFers who have visited the Host. We will then contact these WWOOFers and ask about their experiences with the Host.

If similar concerns are raised we will cancel the Host’s registration immediately. If the complaint is resolved to our satisfaction, the Host’s membership will be reinstated.

If we receive a second similar complaint at any time in the future, the Host registration will be cancelled immediately.

NOTE: WWOOF cannot condone the breaking of State and/or Federal laws. WWOOF reserves the right to cancel a Host’s or WWOOFer’s registration immediately if we believe the Host’s or WWOOFer’s actions may bring the name of the WWOOF program into disrepute.

WORKERS COMPENSATION / WORKCOVER

In all States and Territories it is vital that WWOOF Hosts comply with Workcover and Occupational Health and Safety regulations.

As WorkCover rules differ in each state and territory we have prepared basic general information sheet in a Workcover PDF for each. Please check the information for your location to see if you require WorkCover Insurance prior to joining as a host. There are severe penalties for breaching WorkCover regulations. Please ensure you understand your obligations before you join WWOOF.

Northern Territory and South Australian Hosts do not need WorkCover as volunteers are not covered by WorkCover.

Rules do change from time to time and premiums are are applied individually for each property, depending on commercial/hobby farm status, annual wages bill etc., so it is advisable to confirm this information is correct with your WorkCover authority.

Contact details for the WorkCover Authorities are:

State/Territory                Web address                   Telephone
Victoria                       worksafe.vic.gov.au             1800-136-089
New South Wales      workcover.nsw.gov.au              13-10-50
ACT                           worksafe.act.gov.au              02-6207-3000
Northern Territory      worksafe.nt.gov.au               1800-250-713
South Australia          safework.sa.gov.au              1300-365-255
Tasmania                   workcover.tas.gov.au           1300-366-322
Western Australia      workcover.wa.gov.au           1300-794-744
Queensland               workcoverqld.com.au           1300-362-128

WWOOFer VOLUNTEER ACCIDENT INSURANCE

In some States and Territories WWOOFers are not regarded as workers and are not granted cover under Workers Compensation Insurance. In order to provide WWOOFers with some cover in these States and for small accident claims, WWOOFers are covered by WWOOFer Volunteer Accident Insurance.

This basic accident policy is built into each WWOOFer's membership. A summary of cover is below, detailed information can be found in the Product Disclosure Statement and the Insurance Schedule.

This insurance is only applicable to registered WWOOFers who have an accident while on a registered WWOOF Host property. This WWOOFer insurance is often used in preference to WorkCover for small claims and offers a small amount of cover to WWOOFers in states where WorkCover does not apply.

The other way an injured WWOOFer can seek compensation is to sue the Host. To do this, they must prove the Host was negligent.

For the Hosts protection it is important to have public liability insurance as part of their property insurance. Some Hosts have Domestic Workers Compensation included in their household insurance which covers cleaners, gardeners and their WWOOFers.

Please contact your own insurance provider to check your cover as every policy is different.

WWOOFer INSURANCE CERTIFICATE

WWOOF Pty Ltd, in Association with Aon Risk Services Australia Ltd (02 9253 7000 Policy reference # 0014699) certify that the following insurance cover has been paid for by WWOOF volunteer members, who are covered against accidental injury for a period of their membership as below:

INSURANCE COVER

Cover is applicable only to accidents occurring to registered WWOOF members while engaged in WWOOFing activity on a registered WWOOF Host property including direct travel to and from such voluntary work.

Policy covers: PERSONAL ACCIDENT only, EXCLUDES sickness or illness

Policy Limit $10,000 Maximum Payout

  • Death (Capital Benefits) - $10,000
  • Weekly Benefit (**Restricted Cover for those aged 60 and over)  -$500 (**max 85%)
  • Broken Bones - $1,500 maximum
  • Weekly Domestic Help* (non income earners) - $500
  • Weekly Student Tutorial Benefit* (non income earners) - $500
  • Non Medicare medical expenses (Australian Residents) - $10,000
  • Non Medicare medical expenses (Non-Australian Residents) - $5,000
  • Home/Car Renovation* - $10,000
  • Out of pocket expenses (non income earners) - $1,500
  • Emergency Transport - $3,000
  • Funeral Expenses - $10,000
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits - $1,000

*On the advice of a qualified medical practitioner.

Special Endorsement

Cover is only within Australia, and ceases when a person covered under the WWOOFer’s policy ceases WWOOFing activity, or returns overseas (home).
For new Australian Residents, cover for medical expenses incurred in Australia and ongoing due to their injury, once back in their home country, will be covered up to the policy limit where insurers can legally provide this cover.

Indemnity Period

104 weeks (**but reduced for those aged 60 and over)
Deductible

$50 for each and every claim

Exclusions:

  • Any sickness/illness related injury or condition or pre-existing injuries
  • Any accident which results from being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Flying in an aircraft other than as a passenger in an aircraft licensed to carry passengers
    Training for or participating in professional sport of any kind
  • Intentional self injury or criminal act
  • There is no cover under this policy for any loss, damage, liability, event, injury or sickness which is covered under any other insurance policy (e.g travel insurance), health or medical scheme or Act of Parliament or is payable by any other source

Any occurrence giving rise to a claim will need to be attested to by a Host (as to when and where it happened) and be notified to Speciality Claims, Aon Risk Services on 02 9253 7000 as soon as possible, quoting the WWOOF/Aon Personal Accident Policy reference # 0014699.

Claim forms include a Physician's statement which must be filled in by the attending Doctor and are available from WWOOF Pty Ltd by e-mail wwoof@wwoof.com.au

WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchanges, helping to build a sustainable global community.

WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) started in England in 1972 when the first WWOOFers spent a weekend helping on an organic farm in exchange for their keep. The organisation was initially called Working Weekends on Organic Farms, but was changed to Willing Workers on Organic Farms in 1982 after people asked “why only weekends?”

Today there are over 55 WWOOF groups all over the world, including Switzerland, Germany, France, Japan, UK, USA, Austria, Korea, New Zealand and Canada. All WWOOF groups are independent, but operate in a similar way, by putting people into contact with each other. Throughout the world the WWOOF philosophy is the same; WWOOF hosts provide food and lodging to travelers and students in exchange for between 4 and 6 hours work per day.

Lionel Pollard began WWOOF Australia in 1981. The WWOOF Office is located in W Tree in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, East Gippsland in Victoria and currently employs three people.

WWOOF Hosts all over Australia were originally listed in the Australian WWOOF Book, which was updated and printed twice each year from 1981 until 2017. The WWOOF Australia App was launched in August 2015 and replaced the WWOOF Book, with the final edition being printed in July 2017. The App provides up to date host contact details, a profile of each property, the work to be done, meal  types and accommodation. WWOOFers simply browse through the hosts or search for a specific interest and location, choose a place they would like to go and contact the host to arrange a mutually suitable time to visit. The choice may be based on geography (close to a route they are travelling); philosophy (such as bio-dynamic farming practices); cultural (many of our hosts speak other languages as well as English) or it may just sound like an interesting place to visit. WWOOFers live and work with the host families in the same way as relatives and friends do when they visit.

In October 2017 the WWOOF Website platform was launched with Host and WWOOFer Profiles, messaging, forums, noticeboard, map and list searches and availability calendars for all members. In 2018 an upgraded WWOOF App will reflect the features of the WWOOF Website, allowing WWOOFers to also search for Hosts while they are off line.

For contact details of WWOOF groups and information about WWOOFing in countries without a WWOOF Group, see WWOOF International.

Are WWOOFers paid?

There is no monetary exchange between hosts and WWOOFers.

Hosts and WWOOFers undertake to support each other, as friends and extended family do.

WWOOF is a network of large and small organic, bio-dynamic and permaculture host farms and volunteers who help them.

How do I pay to Join WWOOF?

We offer payment by most credit cards, PayPal or Bank Deposit (EFT).

If you pay by credit card or PayPal, your Account and Profile are active immediately.

If you pay by Bank Deposit (EFT), your access is restricted until your payment clears.

Does WWOOF Australia screen members?
We do not perform background checks, although we do reserve the right to. WWOOF Australia is a fantastic organisation that has been around for over 36 years. It is the leader in linking volunteers and hosts, enabling lifetime experiences and education for both parties.
Can I search for WWOOFers (volunteers)?
Yes, hosts can search for and contact WWOOFers by skills and location. WWOOFers can advertise for hosts on the Notice Board.
What if things don't work out?

Upon signing up as a host you agree to our terms and conditions and must adhere to the WWOOF Guidelines.

Either party has the right to end the relationship if things are not working out. It is important to understand that many WWOOFers come from countries with different cultural ideals, so when you make contact with a potential WWOOFer, be sure to communicate very clearly what you would like the WWOOFer to do during their stay with you.

Sometimes, for whatever reason, the visit may not work out as expected. It may be miscommunication or unreasonable expectations from either party. Be honest and gracefully explain that it's just not working out and remember that the WWOOFer might need transport to a train station or bus stop, or need time to find another host. If you don't feel right, act on it immediately. You are not required to keep the WWOOFer on if it's not working out, but please assist them to move on and try to part on good terms.

WWOOF Australia has a Complaints Procedure which we take very seriously. Any arrangement or agreement you make is your responsibility. Please make sure you make the arrangement clear so that the WWOOFer has a good understanding of your expectations before they arrive.

How long is my host membership for?
Your host membership lasts for one year from from the date your joining fee is received and can be renewed each year.
How do membership renewals work?
We will send you reminder emails leading up to your membership expiry date, so you will never miss your renewal date. Even if your membership expires, you will still be able to renew at any time via this website.
Privacy

WWOOF Australia is committed to respecting the privacy of your personal information. It is bound by a set of National Privacy Principles that establish the benchmark for how personal information should be handled.

WWOOF Pty Ltd. has embraced these principles as part of standard operating procedures. This means that all personal information received by WWOOF Pty Ltd. is dealt with in a uniform manner and with the highest regard for maintaining its security at all times.

If you are concerned our organisation may have handled your personal information inappropriately, please contact our Privacy Officer on (03) 5155 0218 or by email.

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$30

Certification required
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$65

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