Best Place to Find Work in Australia
A Guide to Working in Australia
Australia is a real gap year hot spot, and the beautiful landscapes, fascinating wildlife and non-existent language barrier make it an extremely rewarding country to explore, particularly for newbie travellers.
However, Australia is not a cheap place to travel. It's sheer size demands reliance on long distance coaches and domestic flights. You'll also find that food, drink and accommodation are more expensive than in the UK. Whether you're a perennial traveller or just on a gap year, it's more than likely that you'll need to find some work while you're out there.
Finding work while travelling requires an attitude shift from hunting jobs at home: you may have to broaden your horizons, consider options you never would have before, work bizarre hours and literally get your hands dirty. But you'll also meet amazing people, see incredible things, and really feel the value of the money you earn.
Keep in mind that with a standard working holiday visa, you are only allowed to work for a maximum of six months at a time with one employer. Before you start working you should set up a bank account and apply for a tax file number– doing this before you arrive can save you a lot of hassle later, making it easier to start working immediately.
Now that the paperwork is out of the way, here are seven tips to help you find some work whilst you're out there:
1. Make the most of your hostel
Hostels are a goldmine of information when you're looking for work, particularly in a big city. Almost every hostel will have a noticeboard with new opportunities for casual or one-off work placements, and big chain hostels like Nomads and YHA often have members of staff dedicated to helping you find work.
Hostels themselves can often be a source of employment, working on the front desk or as cleaners can often get you free accommodation as well as a little spending money.
2. Work with the system
Australia is very fond of rules; often you can give yourself an edge on the job hunt by brushing up on them, and applying for any licences you might need before you arrive.
If you're planning on working behind a bar for example, or indeed anywhere alcohol is served, you'll need RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) training. You can do this online before you get to the country for every state barring Tasmania, where you have to do your training in a classroom. Here's a link to the online courses.
For labourers or anybody looking to work on a construction site, you'll need a 'white card' which costs around $100 AUD and needs a day of safety training. A pair of steel-toecap boots is a must too, though you’ll probably want to buy those once you’re out there, rather than weighing down what will already be a hefty backpack.
3. Talk to our friends at StudentUniverse
Our booking partners over at StudentUniverse have an ideal package to help you find work in Australia. Their Travel and Work in Australia experience pretty much does what it says on the tin: you'll fly into Sydney, where a friendly face will be waiting to take you to your pre-booked accommodation. You'll get a tour of the city and its beaches, and also be set up with paid work without the hassle of finding it yourself. This is the stress-free way to experience Australia! Call on 0333 333 9971 to find out more or follow the links!
4. Check out the farms
Despite Australia's reputation, it's a lot harder to find a job on a farm or fruit-picking than you'd think, and because of the sheer number of travellers looking for farm work it can be a bit of a minefield finding legitimate employers.
Most importantly, never pay money up front to reserve a place on a farm.
Check out Harvest Trail: it has some of the best info on the harvest trail and posts job opportunities regularly. Gumtree also posts a lot of opportunities but make sure everything's legitimate before you commit yourself.
For a real edge when looking for farm work, club a few mates together and buy a car. It seems extreme, perhaps, but UK driving licences are valid in Australia and farmers are much more likely to employ a group of travellers with their own transport than a single traveller without. Brush up on those road laws, however, and make sure the tax and rego is up to date!
Alternatively, if you're after the experience rather than the money (and want that second year visa) try Wwoofing. By becoming a 'willing worker on organic farms', you trade hard work for food and accommodation, it's a great way to meet people and have an interesting experience whilst working towards the second year visa.
5. Sell travel
Conventional employers can be put off by the transitory nature of a traveller. But it can be a strength. Travel agencies, tour groups and hostels all look for temporary staff, people who know the lifestyle and get along well with other travellers. Travel agencies like Peter Pans have some fantastic opportunities for salespeople as they have centres in every major travelling location, transfers and discounts are often available to their employees.
6. Take advantage of seasonal work
If you're travelling over the Christmas periods lots of places will be looking for temp staff, and will be more likely to favour a traveller if native Aussies are heading home to their families. Gumtree is a good place to look for seasonal jobs which can range from working as a shop assistant to dressing up as a festive elf, which brings me to my next point.
7. Lose your pride
You know those people with clipboards you try and avoid in the high street? Well, good news: they're in Australia too, and they're always looking for new clipboard monkeys! This kind of work is short term, well paid and good fun once you're over the social awkwardness. In fact there are a lot of jobs going which you may not have considered before; cleaning jobs, labouring, night shifts, warehouse work etc.
Remember, you're not looking for a career, you're looking for money to help you out on your continued adventures, and quite often, it's the grotty jobs that pay the best.
Travelling around Australia is a once in a lifetime opportunity. If there's one piece of advice I can give, it's to take every opportunity that comes along. Living and working in another country is in itself life-changing, and the money you make will take you to some of the most amazing places on Earth, and create memories you'll never forget.How to remove blackheads? how to use helper class azure resource manager how do helper t cell receptors differ from the b cell receptors? How common are tips for hotel housekeeping? What does vehemently mean? Tips when adopting a rescue dog? What does threescore mean? How to defrost a frozen turkey? What does salmonella do? What is antimatter? How to do split screen on fortnite? What does annual revenue mean? How to stop a puppy from biting? How to be a heartbreaker lyrics? How to share wifi password from iphone to iphone? java where to pt helper methods How to keep cockroaches away at night? Any tips for what to visit in dc? What does smh mean in snapchat? How to breed pandas in minecraft? What does prevention mean? How to teach a cockatiel tricks? Why does toad tips come back after restarting super mario party? Why do i keep thinking about my ex spiritual meaning? How to calculate maintenance calories? what happened to quest helper What does flip on long edge mean? How long to cook salmon? Tricks on how to get more schedule on amazon flex? How to do tricks in srl destiny? What is bigger picture meaning? What does luv mean in texting? How to draw minecraft? What did myles leonard say mean? What is a thunderbolt port? What is the meaning of the son of man painting? How to treat a migraine? What is tls? Which episode of desperate housewives has one of the neighbors turning tricks for extra money? simpson episode where mr. burns gets santa's little helper What are gold ring tricks? Tips how to win buy box on amazon? How to get more storage on iphone? how to be a hypixel helper How much torque is enough diesel tricks? What does cardinal mean? how to put compression socks on with a sock helper alone How to use shareplay? What is the meaning of told? how to make homemade tuna helper with helper Sewing tricks when sewing 2 pieces of lycra fabric together? What does tense mean? Tips for raising cat when you live alone? How to remove ear wax using q tips? What time does nascar race start today? What time is the nascar race on today? What does dns mean in track? How to test eggs for freshness? What does lob mean in baseball? which t helper cells do b cell bind with If this isn't nice i don't know what is meaning? What is the meaning of awaiting? Cosplay tricks how to hide my boobs? Put your tricks aside how can i i don't? How to switch screens on windows? How to start investing in real estate? How to cite in mla? How to get white tips on men's hair? Utube how to use and care for large wattage soldering iron tips? How to use a can opener? What does the number 22 mean in the bible? Eret how to train your dragon? What does cfa mean? What does orange and red make? We are ready what about you schools at war meaning? What is mst time? How to start doing tricks on a snowboard in ring of elysium? How to make ribs in the oven? What is the meaning of ranting? How to install a ring doorbell? When were frosted tips popular? What does a gemini look like? Tips on how to gain views on youtube? What does it mean to dream about someone who has passed away? What does the middle finger mean? Kitchen nightmares husband and wife team whose manager takes tips from servers? How to treat sciatica? David blaine tricks how? What is the meaning of indigenous? How to restart? What is the term meaning above or outside the ribs? How to open a bottle without a bottle opener? How to get into nft? What does frm mean? Becoming a youtuber tips on how to become famous? What does goyim mean? What is aqi? How to start keto diet? Tips on hair around face when wearing long hair for women?