"We have been involved with IRE since 1999. On a practical level, IRE has allowed us to fulfil our labour requirements on our cattle and grain property in Central Queensland where we are competing with the mining industry for labour.

The application process gives us the opportunity to choose applicants that we think will best suit our business. We find that the people that are placed with us have a passion for agriculture, are willing to learn and fit well into our family operation. We now have a network of friends worldwide giving us an insight into their culture, traditions and way of live that we would not have otherwise experienced. They also enable us to view our business and lifestyle through their eyes and appreciate what we have and what we do.

It is a privilege to see some trainees arrive fresh and green and leave 6 – 12 months later a much more confident and experienced person who has gone through immense personal growth. We hope that we have had a positive influence on all of our trainees and have enabled them to get the most from their Australian experience."

Tim and Trina Patterson



"We have been a Host family with IRE since 1990 and have had 45 plus trainees from all over the world. It's been fantastic to be part of the program and offering placements for young people wanting to experience the Australian way of farming. We have made many lifelong friendships with most of the trainees and have visited some of them in their home countries. Working alongside IRE with Narelle and Ashleigh has been great, they are very helpful with any questions/concerns. Well done girls, you are doing an amazing job running this program."

Rodney and Nicole May

Western Australia


"There are two passions in my life, farming and travelling.

My year in Australia has been the best of my life. My hosts on the farm became very good friends of mine; taught me a lot at work and took me and other co-workers to many places around QLD. Couldn´t express how grateful I am with them.

I made so many good friends. One very special was from Japan, my Ikumi san, who I visited in Hokkaido-Japan once I finished my work on the farm. After Japan, I went to Thailand and spent wonderful days as a volunteer in the jungle near Chiang Mai. At present, I´m on my way to Israel, where I will also volunteer.

Worked hard, and now I´m travelling hard as well!

I love what I do and do what I love."

Johanna Vizcaino



"We have hosted trainees for 15 years, and have met some amazing people along the way. There has been ups and downs, all shared with our trainees.

IRE is always there to help you out if any problems arises. They are friendly, and very helpful and understanding.

IRE does a fantastic job in matching trainees and host families. Because of IRE we have made lifelong friends, and will continue to be part of the IRE program.

We can only recommend using IRE if you would like to host a trainee."

Tine Nymann



"Our family farming business has been welcoming IRE trainees onto our farm and into our lives for 15 years. We have hosted trainees from France, Switzerland, UK, Brazil, Denmark, South Africa and Germany.

The boys get to experience life in Australia, using different farming methods to their homeland. We enjoy learning about their countries, culture and farming practices as well as benefitting from a reliable and affordable workforce. We have found it to be a beneficial experience on both sides and look forward to welcoming our 23rd and 24th trainees this September intake."

Schlink Family



It was absolutely amazing to have been given the chance and opportunity to come and work here in Australia, I have learnt so much in the past year about agriculture. The lessons I have been taught and the memories I have made, have made me even more determined than ever to succeed in the Agricultural industry. Each stepping stone along the way, has been in the right direction, and worth every moment.

Anna Fitzmaurice

South Africa


When I was a youth, I always wanted to go working on a farm in Australia. That country with the large crop farms, cool culture and of course, the nice beaches.

My dream came true, thanks to the IRE organization. IRE organized everything for my stay including my visa, insurance and so on.

I stayed on a really good farm with a nice family with them I had a lot of fun. I gone, to help for the harvest-time there, I could do everything, thus I was never bored J Sometimes we had pretty busy, time and was running around, but this was still a good time.

I was learning every day something new, doesn't matter what whether it was some experience with machines, culture or just a few English words. I have always been open to see new things. If I could, I would go again, immediately. That unforgettable time will be always with me. An experience of a lifetime.

Chris Meister



'IRE has made my experience in Australia not just one to remember but to cherish and tell others about with Narelle only a phone call away and there to sort out any troubles or problems you enquire and makes sure your parents have nothing to worry about. With IRE coming to Australia has been and will forever be a life changing experience and truly the time of your life!

Michael Butler

South Africa


3 months on a farm in the Australian wheatbelt.  If I would do the same again?  No - I would stay much longer!   I admit that I was a little bit sceptic  when I started my placement on a farm 40 km out of town. But it didn't take me longer than a couple of days to  realise  that this will  probably  be the best time of my life so far.  My host family was so open minded and pleasant that I just had to feel at home and part of the family from day one.  After good instructions my boss he let me do almost every job on the farm. The first weeks were dominated by cutting, baling and carting hay.  Once the hay was in the shed, the time for the grain harvest had come.  I was allowed to drive my own header and enjoyed a lot of confidence by my boss.  Driving the header through the wide grain spaces into the sunset was just amazing!  This gives you only an impression of my main jobs during the traineeship, but there were many other exciting things to do and learn from.  I can just recommend you to do this experience and to get to know the Australian way of farming and to meet the unique Australian rural population.  I don't regret a second! 


Philip Fankhauser


Inside Australia Phone Numbers

Going Overseas: 1800 815 123

Host and trainees: 1300 730 737

General: 08 9064 7411

Email: info@ire.org.au

Outside Australia Phone Numbers

Phone: +61 8 9064 7411

Fax: +61 8 9064 7422

Email: info@ire.org.au

Postal Address

PO Box 92


WA 6369


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