Australian fresh citrus harvest handbook

Front cover and inside of the Australian Citrus Harvest Handbook printed in an A6 format

This handbook helps pickers use the correct harvest methods. Picking citrus in the correct manner reduces fruit damage and help pickers pick faster and safer. Topics covered in the handbook include:

  • Preparation: what to wear, equipment and starting the day.
  • Picking: mandarin and orange harvest techniques, ladder work and tools.
  • Machinery: awareness of tractors and forklifts.
  • Safety: personal health and good manual lifting techniques.
  • Harvest tips: work efficiently for a satisfying and productive experience.


Other resources


A series of Citrus Harvest Videos including translations into 4 languages - Tongan, Malay, Samoan & Bislama are available to accompany the handbook.


A series of Citrus Harvest Posters is available to accompany the handbook and videos. They outline the methods of safe and efficient harvest practices and are available in 5 languages. The posters incorporate a bar code to take the user to the appropriately matched video.


Citrus harvest WHS for pickers - This online training module is an interactive version of the pocket guide. It has voiceover, simple drawings, videos and quiz questions to help you learn safe and best practices in the orchard.

Exercise and Nutrition Guide

A Citrus Harvest Exercise and Nutrition Guide is also available that outlines exercises to help prevent injuries and make work easier.