BECOME A WWOOF HOST FARM
Get help on your Farm with access to 1000s of Volunteer WWOOFers.
What is WWOOF?
An opportunity for you to have willing volunteers come to stay and learn your organic practices, while helping you out for 4-6 hours daily.
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.
What’s in it FOR YOU?
- 4-6 hrs/day of help on your farm(Max 38 hrs/7days)
- 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
Membership features …
Create your own unique Profile, showcasing your property, your family and your techniques.
Found a potential Volunteer? Save them to your Favourites to make it easier to find them again.
Contact Volunteers in real time with Instant Private messaging, as well as Discussion Forums and a Notice Board.
Showcase your farm with your own image gallery
The mobile App was designed for WWOOFers to find Hosts whilst offline. WWOOFers can use the App to show Hosts their membership ID by presenting their Profile upon arrival.
Use the intuitive Map Search to find Volunteers nearby your location or anywhere in Australia.
WWOOFers leave Reviews for Host Farms. Hosts can leave Reviews for Volunteers.
Help & Support
The WWOOF Australia office is open 5 days a week, available via phone and email.
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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!”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
Winners of the World Cup
We have just had a couple of delightful French Woofers Benny and Cecilia, staying with us for a week. Last night before leaving today they got to have a really exciting experience, watching France win… Read more “Winners of the World Cup”
The Best Garden I have ever seen!
I cannot recommend Neil and Maria’s property enough! I stayed at their farm for about 10 days.They are such a lovely, generous, welcoming, knowledgeable couple. They have such a beautiful garden which has lots of… Read more “The Best Garden I have ever seen!”
Advancing our educational center – Thank you
We had the pleasure of hosting Johannes for about 6 weeks and found him to be respectful when working with our tools and living at our home. He is very skilled as a builder which… Read more “Advancing our educational center – Thank you”
Satchi stayed with us for two weeks with her boyfriend Keito. Both Satchi and Keito were great members of our team. They worked hard, asked questions when they weren’t sure and showed initiative. Some nights… Read more “Japanese Dinners”
An independent and capable WWOOFer
Chika stayed with us for a wintery and wet week in august. She was a lovely guest, very polite, considerate and helpful. She was a bit hesitant with her english which was really much better… Read more “An independent and capable WWOOFer”
A host that embraces Families
Graham, Jan, Hannah, Neve and Jordan impressed us with their hospitality. We are a family with young children but the Godfrey’s adapted easily and were so enthusiastic and keen to engage the kids and us… Read more “A host that embraces Families”
Animals, Nature and Good Food
Life light is an amazing farm which I recommend to every WWOOFer who likes animals, nature and good food ( delicious food ). I’ve learned a lot of things in this farm and had very… Read more “Animals, Nature and Good Food”
The Best WWOOFing experience ever!
We stayed for two weeks and it was our best WWOOFing experience! We learned a lot about organic farming and how to pick and plant vegetables. The hosts were very nice, generous and funny. The… Read more “The Best WWOOFing experience ever!”
Ended up staying for 3 weeks!
Life light farm is such a perfect place for volunteers to stay especially if you love animals!!!!!!!!!THAN ＹＯＵ ＭＵＳＴ ＧＯ THERE!!! I stayed there for three weeks and I had such a great time there. I did a… Read more “Ended up staying for 3 weeks!”
I can’t say enough positive things about my WWOOFing experience.
I can’t say enough positive things about my WWOOF’ing experience with Gina and Andrew. As this was my first time, they have set the bar incredibly, maybe too high :), for WWOOF’ing in the future.… Read more “I can’t say enough positive things about my WWOOFing experience.”
I learn’t planting, chook care and pest management!
I learn’t over a variety of areas including planting, chook care and pest management! WWOOFing at Shady Camp with Shell, Kane and their boys was a great experience. They welcomed me & my dog, Maggie,… Read more “I learn’t planting, chook care and pest management!”
Thanks a lot for the great time with WWOOF!!
I had a great time in Australia. I stayed on two WWOOF farms in the Northern Territory and I met nice farmers, great people! WWOOF was a really good way for me as a backpacker… Read more “Thanks a lot for the great time with WWOOF!!”
Brazilians are the best!!!
To thank our fantastic Brazillian WWOOFA guests who worked so hard, were the most amazing company and we wish you the best of luck with your travels.
Thanks to Louiza and Gee!!
Canadian WWoofers at Claypot Curry House in Woolamai – Victoria
We sure do miss Jeremi and Miguel. What a fabulous pair. A credit and wonderful role models to all youth. They came did every job allocated to them to the very best of their ability… Read more “Canadian WWoofers at Claypot Curry House in Woolamai – Victoria”
Companionship at it’s best
We had a fantastic experience with Lucie Beaudoin from Quebec Canada. Lucie is a very hard worker, great listener with a wonderful personality.
Eager to learn & share new ideas on any subject of… Read more “Companionship at it’s best”
Miho arrived lacking confidence. Miho loved to work HARD! At end of day’s work Miho did not want to stop declaring I still have POWER! I would recommend Miho to any host – she’s marvellous!
Another great WWOOF guest
Recently Kaori Mukai spent a week with me at Turtle Rock here in Illinbah.
It was a very positive experience again working together, learning about each other’s cultures and getting much needed jobs done.
Read more “Another great WWOOF guest”
Thank you for the wonderful time in Kangaroo Island
We spent five weeks with Mel, Justin and their wonderful childrens. Emu Ridge in Kangaroo Island with the eucalyptus distillery ist an interesting place with many friendly people. They showed us the most beautiful placesof… Read more “Thank you for the wonderful time in Kangaroo Island”
19 Years Hosting…It has been worth the journey!
19 Years Hosting….it has been worth the joiurney! Just to let you know we wont be renewing our membership this year. Its been great over the last 19 years and we feel it’s probably time… Read more “19 Years Hosting…It has been worth the journey!”
Daruka Homestead is AMAZING! You will not be disappointed!!
If you are lucky enough to be invited to volunteer at Daruka Homestead – don’t hesitate – TAKE IT! I just finished an 8-week stint on this farm and it was hands down, one of… Read more “Daruka Homestead is AMAZING! You will not be disappointed!!”
lissann German lady well worthwhile
Lissan was wonderfull a hard worker, good conversation and she loved her surfing. She worked uncomplaining in terrible heat sometimes and I thank her for her effort! Dale, host nm192 coastal farm NSW love to… Read more “lissann German lady well worthwhile”
Wwoofing in Australia for 10 months.
I did a few experiences as a wwoofer in the south-west of Western Australia, in the south-east of Queensland and in Tasmania. I enjoyed meeting nice hosts, sharing their way of life and learning more… Read more “Wwoofing in Australia for 10 months.”
A great way to see Australia and meet the locals
I went to Australia for the first time for a sporting event but also wanted to see some of the country side and meet local residents. WWOOF Australia was a great way to spend some… Read more “A great way to see Australia and meet the locals”
Yet another great WWOOFer Sam Martin
We have had over 100 WWOOFers and just about everyone was a wonderful experience for us. We have learnt about different food, different cultures and different stories, and on top of that we get help… Read more “Yet another great WWOOFer Sam Martin”
Testimony from a lovely WWOOFER from Austria- Flora
Dear Kelly, William and Vincent, Thank you very much for accepting my staying request on WWOOF. It was such a pleasure for me to stay on your farm for two awesome weeks. Kelly, I really… Read more “Testimony from a lovely WWOOFER from Austria- Flora”
Thanks to the WWOOFers who contributed greatly to our Bamboo Park on the Sunshine Coast
We are grateful to the outstanding WWOOFers who helped us a great deal. We run Bamboo Park near Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, and are in transition to biodynamic and organic production… Read more “Thanks to the WWOOFers who contributed greatly to our Bamboo Park on the Sunshine Coast”
Huge thank-you to Nikki and Gabe: Wwoofing hosts at Faraway
Nikki and Gabe were our first hosts on the WWOOFing circuit and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect experience. They welcomed us graciously and respectfully into their beautiful property and home, and opened… Read more “Huge thank-you to Nikki and Gabe: Wwoofing hosts at Faraway”
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Being a Host Farm ...
Teach others your skills and improve your property, finish those tasks 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 maximum of volunteering daily (Maximum 38 hours in 7 days).
- 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 volunteer 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!
Sign Up from $30 To $65
Create Your Profile
Select your WWOOF Host membership
WWOOF Host Memberships
Pay by Credit Card or Bank Deposit
Invite WWOOFers to stay and help out & teach your techniques.
Organic Certification required
12 month membership.
12 month membership.
Health Care Card Only.
12 month membership.
FAQs & Legal Stuff
• 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 maximum of volunteering daily (Max 38 hours in 7 days).
• 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. The WWOOFers profile in their WWOOF App or website is their membership proof. 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 user name, visa type and dates of their visit. Please download this sample Guestbook page. If required the WWOOFer agreement should be signed by host and WWOOFer.
3. The most important experience for WWOOFers is learning about your farming/gardening techniques. Please be patient and available with them whenever possible. Demonstrate how tools and equipment work to avoid breakages and injuries.
4. Provide a variety of tasks, even if very basic. Include WWOOFers in the whole routine of your property. Do not isolate them: being alone for hours can be boring and lonely.
5. WWOOFing is a voluntary, non-monetary exchange. Explain daily patterns so WWOOFers can organise their time. They will expect to volunteer for 4 to 6 hours in exchange for living and learning. Flexible hours allow WWOOFers to have free days, discuss hours and types of tasks, 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 accepted as WWOOFing.
• WWOOFers should keep their living area tidy, clean up themselves and help with meals or washing up, but housework should not be the primary tasks 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, this includes swearing or yelling at a WWOOFer or intentional unwelcome touching of any kind, including hugging. If we receive complaints of this nature, your WWOOF membership may be cancelled, at our discretion.
12. WWOOF reserves the right to refuse to list a Host or to remove a Host profile as we see fit. We will edit profiles as necessary for accuracy and to ensure compliance with the WWOOF Guidelines.
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.
You are solely responsible for complying with the relevant rules and laws in your jurisdiction (if any) especially with regard to tax and insurance and you 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 P/L cannot condone the breaking of State and/or Federal laws. WWOOF P/L reserves the right to cancel a Hosts registration immediately if we believe the Hosts' actions may bring the name of the WWOOF P/L program into disrepute.
Host Profiles include contact details, a detailed property description, work to be done, and meal and accommodation arrangements, availability calendar, location map and messaging links. WWOOFers search the website or their App, choose Hosts to contact, and arrange a mutually agreeable time to visit.
WWOOFers live and volunteer their time 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, as 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 generally unskilled.
- some have never left their home country, or the city.
- some have never completed tasks 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 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.
To find WWOOFers, post regular advertisements in our Notice Board on our website, or search on the Map search for nearby WWOOFers. 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.
There are important visa regulations regarding work that WWOOF Hosts need to be aware of.
The Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) allows visitors to Australia to WWOOF on Student, Visitor (formerly Tourist visa) and Working Holiday visas.
Work is defined by DHA 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, particularly on a commercial farm. Volunteering is not considered work by DHA if it is for a not-for-profit entity, such as a hobby farm.
If you are going to offer "work" as defined by DHA 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: DHA 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
- Visitor Visa - Tourist Stream (subclass 600) *see note below
- Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601), *see note below
- eVisitor (subclass 651),
- Student Visa,
On Visitor visas any work must be genuinely voluntary and must be work that would not otherwise be undertaken by an Australian resident and MUST be done for a Not-For-Profit entity, such as a Hobby Farm. If WWOOFers are entering Australia on a Tourist visa it is essential that they have Tourist style accommodation booked for their first few days, and have plans for tourist activities, WWOOFing must not be the main reason for their visit to Australia.
WWOOFers on Tourist visas who prearrange to stay on Commercial Farms can be refused entry to Australia as their visa conditions DO NOT permit work. If WWOOFers do prearrange any WWOOF Host visits, they must be Hobby Farms.In most cases WWOOFers on Tourist visas want to be doing something useful, learning about organics and permaculture and getting to know some real Australians.This is much better suited to the pace and lifestyle on non-commercial WWOOF Host properties, where they are generally treated as part of the family. They still have all of their meals and accommodation but the hours are generally less formal and as the property is not generating an income the Hosts are far less likely to be paying someone to help around the property.
There are a large number of non-commercial and hobby farm WWOOF hosts to choose from and the list search allows WWOOFers to select hobby farms when they search for a host. WWOOF Hosts can assist WWOOFers by ensuring they have selected the correct farm type on their WWOOF Profile.
Home Affairs say this about Visitor Visas - Tourist stream:
This visa lets you:
- visit family or friends
- be here as a tourist, for a cruise or for any purpose except business or medical treatment
You can study or train for up to 3 months in total on this visa. But if your main reason for travelling to Australia is study, a student visa might be more appropriate.
You can't work*.
*Volunteering is not considered work by Home Affairs, who define volunteering as follows:
Volunteer work is work that:
- is unpaid (you can be provided with meals, accommodation or out-of-pocket living expenses)
- would not otherwise be done by an Australian for pay
- is short term
- is incidental to your visit to Australia
- is done for a not-for-profit organisation
- benefits the community
The Visitor visa does not offer the wide scope of options that are available to those who are holders of First or Second Working Holiday or Work and Holiday visas which both permit paid work as well as volunteering.
WWOOFing (Volunteering) IS allowed on ALL Working Holiday Visas
The Department of Home Affairs 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.” * Except in Bushfire Disaster Areas, see below.
Breaking News, February 2020
Bushfire Disaster Recovery volunteering now qualifies for 2nd and 3rd Working Holiday visas.
Following Blaze Aid and WWOOF Australia making representations to Government, on the 17th of February the Federal Government announced an initiative allowing volunteers in Bushfire Disaster areas to qualify for second and third Working Holiday visas.
WWOOF has developed WWOOF Volunteer Bushfire Relief Form in consultation with Border Force, for WWOOFers to use for their visa extension application, as confirmation of the volunteer work they have done. Border Force have approved regular WWOOFing hours of 4 to 6 hours a day, maximum of 38 hours in any 7 days for this purpose. Hosts need to fill this form in to confirm the type of help they have had and the dates the WWOOFer has stayed with them. Hosts must keep a copy of this form with their completed Guestbook page for each of these WWOOFers.
The main criteria for this volunteer work is that it has something to do with bushfire recovery, this can include all aspects of getting your farm back on track. There are links at the bottom of the WWOOF volunteer form to Border Force website and more information
Border force have also added extra types of construction work that will qualify as specified work:
Specified work in disaster affected areas
Construction work can be vital in helping regional disaster zones, such as those affected by flood or bushfire, to rebuild and recover from disaster. Working Holiday visa holders who conduct construction work in eligible regional areas of Australia following disasters can count the work as specified work.
Examples of construction work that qualify as specified work include:
- demolition of buildings, trench digging, land clearing and earth moving
- residential and non-residential construction or renovation/repair, including of roads, footpaths, bridges, parking lots, fencing, railways, dams, irrigation systems, sewage and storm water drainage systems.
Bushfire recovery work means work undertaken, including work undertaken on a volunteer basis, to assist with bushfire recovery efforts in an area mentioned including:
(a) construction, farming, or any other work in association with recovery or restitution of land, property, farm animals or wildlife; and (b) providing support services or assistance to people living, working or volunteering in the affected areas.
Bushfire recovery work carried out after 31 July 2019 in the postcodes listed on the Home Affairs website is eligible specified work for the purpose of a second or third Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa.
For details, see:
Student visa holders may volunteer for not-for profit (hobby farms) as for Tourist visas, or they can volunteer on commercial farms for up to 40 hours per fortnight as part of their paid work allowance.
For details see:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Home Affairs change the rules from time to time about what activities are allowed on these visas, it is important to confirm with Home Affairs that the type of visa you apply for does allow volunteering in exchange for food and accommodation. WWOOF does NOT have any influence over Home Affairs, and they do not advise WWOOF if they alter the Rules, the most current information is always on their website homeaffairs.gov.au
For more information, see the WWOOF visa PDF
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 user names 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 member has been in the program and the number of WWOOFers they host, or hosts they visit.
For complaints about unsuitable accommodation, food, inaccurate Host profiles, 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 member of the complaint, discuss the issues raised and request a reply in writing, and contact other members who have visited the host or hosted the WWOOFer for their feedback. If the complaint is verified, we will discuss changes that will need to be adopted by the member and, if appropriate, alter the member's profile for accuracy.
Second complaint: we inform the member again, discuss why this issue is still a problem and what can be done to resolve the problem, and warn the member that a third complaint will result in the membership being cancelled.
Third complaint: we will cancel the membership immediately.
SERIOUS COMPLAINTS REGARDING HEALTH AND SAFETY OR SEXUAL OR OTHER FORMS OF HARASSMENT
If we receive any serious complaint about health and safety or inappropriate behaviour, including sexual harassment, verbal or any other type of abuse, we will contact the member to inform them of the complaint and advise that their membership has been suspended pending resolution of the complaint.
The members profile will be immediately 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 or abuse of any sort, we must err on the side of caution, as we have a duty of care towards our members.
At our discretion, we will contact members who have messaged the member to ask about their experiences with the member in question. If there are no messages in the members profile, the member will be required to provide a written statement of their version of events along with details of other members they have visited or hosted. We will then contact these members and ask about their experiences with the member.
If similar concerns are raised we will cancel the member’s registration immediately. If the complaint is resolved to our satisfaction, the membership will be reinstated.
If we receive a second similar complaint at any time in the future, the membership 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.
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 (World Wide Opportunities 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 after people asked “why only weekends?” Gradually WWOOF groups around the world changed this to World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.
Today there are over 55 WWOOF groups all over the world. 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 volunteering per day.
Lionel Pollard began WWOOF Australia in 1981, he retired in 2000. WWOOF remains 100% Australian owned, managed and operated. The WWOOF Office is located in W Tree in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, East Gippsland in Victoria and currently has a Team of four, two in the office as well as a Webmaster and App developer.
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 gradually replaced the WWOOF Book, with the final edition being printed in July 2017 due to a lack of demand.
The App provides host contact details, profiles, the volunteering to be done, skills that can be learnt, 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 volunteer 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 April 2018 an upgraded WWOOF App was launched to 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.
COVID-19 Coronavirus information for WWOOF hosts
We recommend all WWOOF members comply with the current COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions.
We recommend all hosts develop their own plan for the COVID-19 Coronavirus. The situation and government advice is changing daily so hosts should keep up to date with alerts and restrictions and make their own decision about whether or not to invite WWOOFers. Take into account your family circumstances, health and your capacity to self isolate if anyone on your property becomes unwell. The Department of Home Affairs website has Information for visa holders about Staying in Australia during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
If you do invite WWOOFers, make sure you ask pertinent questions prior to their visit to ascertain the risk involved in inviting them. They may have been in Australia for a long time, or live in Australia, but this does not ensure they have not come in contact with the virus locally. Discuss your plan with your WWOOFers prior to their arrival and ensure they understand and agree to the precautions you wish to implement. Have an isolation plan in case you, a family member, or a WWOOFer becomes unwell after they arrive to minimise the risk of infection. Having a supply of hand sanitiser and face masks would be advisable.
All new arrivals in Australia must now self-isolate for 14 days, as must anyone who shows symptoms or has tested positive to COViD-19. There are large penalties for not complying with this law which are different in each state.
Travel has been restricted to essential travel only, making it difficult for WWOOFers to travel to Hosts. We are seeking clarification on this.
If hosts decide they do not want to invite WWOOFers for the time being, we recommend blocking out their availability calendar as either booked or unavailable until they feel comfortable and safe inviting WWOOFers again. If hosts already had arrangements in place for WWOOFers to visit and need to cancel these arrangement, they should advise these WWOOFers as soon as possible to give them time to cancel their travel arrangements and find an alternative host or destination.
We recommend that if WWOOFers have any flu like symptoms, they seek medical attention and self isolate immediately. We tell them that hosts will be very appreciative and understanding if WWOOFers contact hosts to cancel a planned visit to their property after being required to self isolate. We also ask them not to visit hosts if they suspect they may have come into contact with this virus, or have any symptoms.
The Australian Government Department of Health has prepared a Series of Coronavirus Resources including the following:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) – what you need to know
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Social Distancing
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information sheet for International Travellers
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation guidance
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) information about returning to your community
Anyone arriving in Australia from overseas will be forced to self-isolate for 14 days, Anyone showing symptoms, or who has been in contact with anyone who has tested positive must also self isolate for 14 days. Many States within Australia have closed their borders, National Parks and Camping Grounds have been closed.
Tourism Australia also has comprehensive COVID-19 Information for Travellers and Australians which is being updated daily.
If you are concerned you can call the National Coronavirus Helpline for information and advice about COVID-19. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
National Coronavirus Helpline. Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Tel: 1800 020 080
How do I pay to Join WWOOF as a Host?
If you pay by credit card 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?
Can I search for WWOOFers (volunteers)?
What if things don't work out?
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.
What if WWOOFers have a pet with them?
It is perfectly acceptable for hosts to stipulate No Pets in their Host Profiles and refuse to take WWOOFers with Pets.
Always advise the WWOOFer that their pet is entirely their responsibility while on your property. They must ensure it is kept under control at all times, and they must always have a Hosts permission to bring their pet onto the property.
We have had an incident on a farm when a WWOOFer travelling with a pet dog allowed it off the leash and it was attacked by a working dog. This resulted in the pet being injured, unexpected vet bills, as well as the Host, the WWOOFer and the pet all being traumatised by the experience. The pet will recover, but this may have been avoided if the host had insisted the pet be kept on a leash and not had it in the same area as working animals. Pet dogs have also been known to chase chooks and cause grief for the Host and WWOOFer.
If you do not have any animals on your property and are happy to host WWOOFers travelling with a pet, this is perfectly fine as well, just be very clear about setting ground rules to ensure everyone is clear about what is and isn’t ok. Make sure you warn the WWOOFer of any potential dangers to their pets, such as snakes, crocodiles, kangaroos who love to lure dogs into dams and drown them, etc.
How long is my host membership for?
How do membership renewals work?
Please note: If you change levels your previous level will end automatically and you will have 1 year on your level (for example, change from Certified Organic to Non-certhified or Concession) Please contact us and tell us if you are changing level and we will ensure your membership is extended by one year from your original expiry date.
Even if your membership expires, you will still be able to renew at any time via this website.
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.
WWOOF Australia honours the ongoing cultural and spiritual connections, heritage, customs and beliefs of Aboriginal people, and pays respect to Elders past and present.