Aquaculture Work Experience

  • Aquaculture approval number 9BRBC 067 601  Reference Number 97BRBC 0676


Ausyfish has been providing work experience for aquaculture students for about 25 years. We operate throughout the year. If you are interested please look very carefully at this page. Also look at the whole web site. This will let you see exactly what to expect. If you still have any questions please email us.

  • For free work experience you need to be a student and be at least 18 years of age, preferably studying aquaculture or related subjects.
  • The minimum time for free work experience is four weeks. The maximum work experience time will depend on the circumstances of the experience you require, but can be up to 5 months.
  • A booking deposit must be paid to confirm booking. If you are doing the work experience as part of your University's requirements, then the deposit is $150 (We will require a letter from the University or TAFE to confirm this).
  • If you are doing the work experience for another reason, then the deposit is $300. This deposit is refundable on completion of the work experience period that has been booked.
  • Students can do less than four weeks but if they are housed at the farm an accomidation fee will apply. If you are doing the work experience as part of your University's requirements, then the fee is $200.00 per week, if housed at the farm, or $100.00 per week if housed off farm. (We will require a letter from the University or TAFE to confirm this).
  • If you are doing the work experience for another reason, then the fee range is $200 to $2,800.00 per week. This fee must be paid, in advance when the booking is made, and is NOT refundable. The fee will be based on your specific requirements. For example, if you need hands-on training for hatchery skills and fry production, the fee will be $2,800.00 per week, with a minimum of two weeks.
  • The minimum term for work experience is 14 days. 
  • You will be exposed to the day-to-day activities of a working fish farm/hatchery producing a variety of fishes for a variety of markets. 
  • We prefer to only host one student at a time, however, subject to approval we can host two students at the same time.
  • Ausyfish will provide you with hands-on aquaculture experience relative to the time of year and the normal activities of the farm for that time of year.
  • Bookings are essential.

What You Get


We provide your food while you are at the farm. You will prepare your own meals from the food provided.  


Your room is air-conditioned with TV, and free unlimited wi-fi.


Bring your own lap top and connect to our hi speed broad band wireless system. Unlimited data.


Plenty of aquaculture books are available at Ausyfish to assist in your studies.


All students are provided with an evaluation at the end of their work experience period. This assessment lists activities the student was involved with, skills acquired, general skills, ability to work in a team, special assignments, personal reference/personality, reliability, ability to work unsupervised, dates of students training period etc. The document is handed to students as a hard copy. Electronic copies are not provided. Schools or employers are able to confirm the content of individual assessments by contacting Ausyfish.


Depending on the length of your stay, and the time of year, other activities can be arranged, reef fishing, river fishing, bush trip and camping, etc. There are several world class attractions near by. See the notes below by past aquaculture students.

What You Will Need

For international students:

You may need a Visa if you are coming from another country.  Ausyfish will sponsor your visa if required. You will need to provide us with a letter from your school or university confirming you are a student and this work experience will form part of you degree.

A study visa usually forbids students to work in Australia. You will need a "work visa" if you plan to make ANY income while in Australia. As sponsors of a study visa, Ausyfish is not permitted to pay any money to students and participation in any paid work activities in not permitted. A breach of this condition may result in Ausyfish not being able to sponsor future students visas.

For Australian students:

You need to provide a letter from your school or university, if this is to be part of you school training.

What You Should Bring 







Also, the usual clothes for the time of year of your visit.

If you have a lap-top, (notebook) computer you should bring it too. Ausyfish has high speed wireless broadband you can connect to.

Long term students will find having their own car handy so they can explore the area.

What We Get

Low cost labor, and benefit from the exchange of ideas from people with different experiences.

What if you are not a student and do not qualify for free work experience.

You can still apply for aquaculture training at Ausyfish. The fee for training at Ausyfish is $400.00 per week from April to September, inclusive. $1,200 per week from October to March, inclusive.. Email us for details.

Timing Your Visit

Activities vary depending on the time of the year. Spawning of native perch takes place from about mid September until about mid January. This can sometimes extend through to April. Ornamental fish, both exotic and native starts from about mid September until April. Harvesting native fingerlings from December to May and ornamental fish year round.