Australia has a strong economy, so with a little research and a bit of confidence, you should be able to land a decent job.
We’ve put together some tips on finding suitable work in Oz:
Update your CV
- Make sure your CV is up-to-date
- Have verifiable references who can be contacted by email
- Don’t forget to ‘Aussify’ your CV
- Australian CVs and cover letters can be very different from your home country
- A good cover letter can make all the difference
- Here are some instructions on styling your CV for Oz
Target an industry
Decide what industry you would like to work in and target it. Australia’s biggest sectors include mining, agriculture, financial services, tourism, and telecommunications.
Childminding, office temping, and hospitality work are also popular choices for many working holidaymakers.
Unfortunately, even if you’re qualified for a certain industry at home, you may not meet the qualifications in Australia, so research this before you start applying for positions.
If you intend to work in construction, then you’ll have to complete the required safety courses.
Free Australia Working Holiday Guide
Where to find a job
Australia has lots of websites where you’ll find job postings:
You can also upload your CV and let prospective employers find you.
Don’t forget the power of social media; update your LinkedIn profile with your new location and make sure your connections know you’re looking for a job in Australia. Check the Facebook pages and Twitter profiles of hostels to see if they regularly post jobs.
Some of the larger hostels partner with job agencies and will help you find temporary employment. You should submit your CV to a few of these job agencies in your area to give yourself the best chance of finding something you like. If you’re staying in a hostel, check the noticeboards or ask around-word of mouth can be a great way of finding work.
Submit your CV into at least three recruitment agencies; these can be very useful for finding temporary office work in the big cities. Sometimes they’ll ask you to do a simple typing and excel test to check your abilities before placing you. They might give you a couple of days’ temping to start, but these positions sometimes end up leading to longer roles.
Get your CV out there!
Don’t be shy! Print out some copies of your CV and hand them into businesses where you would like to work - coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, and bars, etc. Businesses are used to backpackers scouting for employment, and often this is the quickest way to spread the word that you’re looking for work.
Australia is such a vast country and there are many different climate zones! Farm work and fruitpicking take place all year round. To be in the right part of Australia at the height of each season, simply research what crops are being harvested when.
Check the harvest trail government website for more info and tips on jobs, accommodation, working conditions, and transport here.
There are also plenty of job websites where you’ll find fruitpicking and other types of temporary farm work:
When looking for farm work, check if there is accommodation on site, or if not, that there is somewhere nearby where you can stay and get easily to and from each day.
Free Australia Working Holiday Guide
2nd year specified work
If you plan on applying for a 2nd year working holiday visa, you’ll have to do three months’ specified work in regional Australia. The easiest work to find is usually fruit picking, horticulture, or some other type of farm work. It’s easier if you decide early on whether you want to stay for a second year so you can plan where and when you want to do this seasonal work.
You can search for more information on what work qualifies and find job listings all over the country at jobsearch.gov.au/harvesttrail.
Keep your payslips!
Once you find a job, make sure you keep evidence of your employment so you’ll have proof when you’re applying for your second year visa.
Don’t forget to pack plenty of insect repellent and sunscreen!
Know your rights
Before you accept a job, know your rights as a worker so you can avoid any dodgy employers, they’re in the minority, but it’s good to be armed with the knowledge so you don’t get taken advantage of. You can read about Australian foreign worker’s rights and working policies here.
Make sure prospective employers are offering you fair pay by checking the Australian minimum wage at www.fairwork.gov.au. Australia has a booming economy, so with some perseverance, you should be able to land a decent wage.
The average tax refund Down Under is AU$2600
Got a job?
There are a few things you’ll have to set up once you secure a job, including an Australian bank account and a Tax File Number. Your Tax File Number (TFN), will let you open an Ozzie bank account and ensure your employer can pay you and deduct the correct amount of tax. Without a TFN, you’ll have to pay emergency tax.
It will also help you apply for a tax refund! You can register for a TFN here. You’ll need your visa number and passport number to apply.
Many working holidaymakers may be due a tax refund at the end of the tax year (June 30th) or once they’ve permanently left Australia. The most common Australian refunds are income tax refunds and superannuation (the Australian pension scheme).
So, once the tax year ends, or you’ve left the country permanently, why not get a free estimate here to see if you’re owed a nice welcome bit of cash?
Good luck and happy job hunting!