Hi Everyone! I'm from the US and have worked on a number of farms in the US. My husband is Australian - we actually moved to the States to intern on farms before coming back here. I'm sorry, my post got epic. It's been a long time since I've had some farmnerds to talk to!
I agree that the above examples of organisations sort of have... no "there" there, you know? I feel like I'm having a terrible time trying to get a toehold into the community here, though I'm also probably spoilt by my experience in the US. Greenhorns aside, I found most of my intern/apprenticeships through ATTRA and regional/state organisations like NOFA; also BeginningFarmers It would be great if we had something like that, and I'm certainly happy to help. I think expanding on the Deep Agrarian conference would be good, since it's composed of actual farmers doing things on the ground.
I also wish there were a land-link portal, like NewEngland Farm Finder - I can't even figure out where to start looking for land other than "asking around". (Actually, I'm thrilled beyond belief to have stumbled across the Deep Agrarian thing and this forum!) Happy to help with this project too.
I used to do proofreading, copyediting, research, and content development for (the now defunct) FarmPlate.com =) An incubator program would be good too (I've seen the garlic one in VIC).
As payment and internships go: I admittedly sort of have a chip on my shoulder about this. I've been supporting myself since 17, so I've only ever been able to take paid internships - usually room, board, stipend, veg. Legally, in the US, an unpaid intern cannot do any work that provides value to the company. I think all jobs have some sort of learning curve, so if they're working they need paid. If they're WOOFing, they're a volunteer. You can charge fees if they're a student and 100% focus is on their education (like, I paid for college and I paid for my Permaculture Certificate). I noted and avoided totally unpaid internships and apprenticeships that justified doing so because the intern was "learning something"... heck, I've learned all sorts of things from ALL my jobs in every field, and they've all paid. Also, when something requires a significant time commitment and is unpaid you're automatically excluding people (like me) who just can't afford that sort of thing, and it sort of rarefies/gentrifies the community over time.
Lastly, happy to chat/answer questions of course.
Other than WWOOF, I've worked at: Hawthorne Valley, Wollam Gardens, Sandhill Organics (now Sandhill Family Farms at Prairie Crossing), Pleasant Valley Farm, Hamlet Organic Garden, and Foggy River Farm.