Work in Australia
Australia is the perfect destination to work abroad, expect friendly people, warm weather, an outdoors and a laid back lifestyle and jobs in lots of different industries. We have a selection of work and travel programs in Australia which can last a few weeks, 6 months or over 1 year! You can find jobs in places like Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Outback.
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Guide to Working in Australia
One World 365 is one of the best recruitment website for backpackers and travellers seeking casual, part time and full time work in Australia. If you are looking to work while backpacking in Australia our directory has 100's of new jobs every month from recommended local and international recruiters in a range of different industries. Search working holiday visa, temporary, professional, fruit picking, harvest, farm work and au pair jobs which are some of the most popular positions offered on our website.
Working Holidays in Australia
In order to work while in Australia you will need a specific type of visa. The most likely visa option that you will go with is a working holiday visa. This type of visa is available to those aged between 18 and 30 and allows the holder to live and work in Australia for a period of up to 12 months, though it’s important to understand that the working holiday visa was not intended as a route to permanent migration in Australia, but instead designed for people who want to supplement the cost of their holiday through work.
A working holiday visa enables you to enter Australia within 12 months of the visa’s start date, and stay in the country for up a year. While the visa is valid, you are allowed to enter and exit Australia as many times are you like. Another important rule to remember is that while you are allowed to stay for up to a year, you can only work with an employer for up to six months, after which you have to change jobs. That said, you can apply for a second working holiday visa, which will allow you to reside in the country for a further 12 months but you will only be able to work in Australia for a further six months. To be eligible for this type of visa you may be asked to undergo certain health checks.
Also in regards to your health it is recommended, to purchase travel insurance as this visa will not entitle you to Australia’s national health care; this means that if you do need treatment it can be very expensive. Another prerequisite of being accepted for this visa is that you can demonstrate that you have enough money to support yourself, at least for the initial part of your holiday. When entering Australia you must also be able to prove that you have a return or onward ticket or the necessary funds to leave the country. Interestingly, a recent addition to the visa process is the Australian Values Statement. This is something that you will have to sign and essentially means that you are declaring that you will respect the Australian way of life and obey the laws of the land.
To apply for a working holiday visa, you must be outside Australia; you can’t lodge an application while already travelling in the country. This means that when you are planning your trip it is very important not to book any flights or accommodation until your visa has been accepted. As mentioned above, it is possible to get a second working holiday visa if you want to stay in one job for longer than six months. In this your application can be made when you are either in or outside of Australia.
The only important thing to note is that if you make your application for a second visa while outside Australia you have to be outside when it is accepted. Similarly, should you lodge your visa application while in Australia you must be in the country when it is granted. When applying for a second working holiday visa, remember that you must complete your application well in advance of your first visa’s expiry date, as if your first visa ends before your second is granted you may be liable for deportation.
It is also worth remembering that each working holiday visa is linked to a specific passport. Therefore, if you change your passport for any reason after you have been granted a visa but before you visit Australia, you will need to contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Otherwise, you will probably be subject to severe delays at the airport and may even be refused permission to board your plane.
As a guide, an application for a first working holiday visa will take around six days, while one for a second working visa will take around 21. Working holiday visas also cover study for up to four months. If you would like to study at the same institution for longer than this period then it is possible to do this by applying for a second working holiday visa, as discussed above. Following these steps and securing a working holiday visa before travelling will mean that you are able to fully enjoy your time in this country.
How to Work in Australia
There are lots of jobs in different industries, popular areas include working in hospitality, bars, cleaning and in hotels as a receptionist. In cities you could work in hotels, hostels or in office environments. By working on a farm or on a vineyard you could find yourself picking fruit or helping at a ranch with cattle. If you apply with a sending agency / travel company they will be able to provide job hunting assistance or you can just apply independently and seeking employment in advance or on arrival.
Popular jobs include farm and vinyard work whilst bar jobs and hospitality work can be found in most towns and cities. Applying for au-pair jobs in Australia is popular, there are lots of au-pair agencies and childcare providers who offer summer and year round positions throughout Australia. You will need previous experience and have to have references for this type of work which is a great way to get free accommodation and earn money.
If you might be thinking what type of work you could do there really is a lot of choice and we have put together some useful list of our recommended jobs which would be best to apply for...
- Hotels - Tourism is huge in Australia and you can find a range of jobs as a receptionist, cleaner, as bar staff, in catering and more.
- Hostels - This is a great way to meet new people. Some hostels offer free accommodation in return for voluntary work too.
- Vinyard / Fruit Picking Jobs - Sometimes these jobs can be in spectacular locations and wages can be average depending on the company. This can be hard work in hot conditions but its a great way to to experience a new way of life and really get to know other backpackers.
- Farm Jobs - This might be something totally different but everyone can apply, you can set up a placement before arriving in Australia too.
- Hospitality - If you have any previous experience you could apply to work as a waiter or waitress.
- Professional Internships - Gain work experience on an internship program in Australia where you could be placed with a reputable company in a city like Sydney.
- Fast Food Outlets - This might be something you haven't thought about but if you have a few months to spare consider working at a outlet like Subway.
- Bar Work - Backpacker bars and normal Aussie bars hire international staff all year round, these jobs can be long hours but a lot of fun!
- Travel & Tourism - Lots of places hire staff to work as booking agents to help get new people to join tours and excursions for example in places like Cairns.
Popular Places to Seek Employment
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Jobs for UK Citizens in Australia
If you’re planning to take time out, thinking about a a new career overseas or would just like to experience living abroad, applying to work in Australia can be an incredible way to start a new career, meet new professional contacts or just fund travels. You will need to apply for a working holiday visa, read more information above.
Jobs for Americans in Australia
If you are a USA citizen aged 18-30 you can apply for a 462 visa which can be completed online. You will need to fill out detailed information and demonstrate you have sifficient funds to sustain your stay ($AUD5000 which is around US$4000). Please note this is the amount the Australian government says you will need, but they do not always make checks. If you are accepted and get the visa, you will be able to work in Australia for up to 12 months. The cost of applying for the visa is $AU365 ()approx US$300.
How to Apply
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