Essentials to Job Opportunities in Australia
This page will give you all the information you need to get working in Australia, from the paper work you need to understanding Aussie culture. With the information below, you won’t need to worry about being unemployed in Australia for very long.
- Six Important Essentials to Employment in Australia
- Essential Insider Backpacker Tips
- Seven Essentials to Attitude
- Top Ways to find a Job in Australia
Below are important essentials you need to work in Australia:
1. A Working Holiday Visa
Firstly, and most importantly, you will need to get a working holiday visa. A working holiday visa is a year-long visa, with the possibility of extension, which allows you to work and travel around Australia. Click here, to find out more about how to go about getting a working holiday visa for Australia.
2. A Tax File Number (TFN)
Getting a TFN is another really important thing to do before you start working in Australia and you will need to get it as quickly as possible. Employees without a TFN will get taxed at a massive 46.5%, so it really is worth you while getting one before you start work. Read more about how to get a TFN here.
3. An Australian Bank Account
You can open an Australian bank account online or in person. Check out this page to find out more about how banks work in Australia and how to open a bank account in Australia.
4. Training/ Certificates
Certain jobs in Australia will require you to do a course or a certain amount of training before you can begin. For example, if you want to work in a bar, or anywhere that sells alcohol, you would need to do an RSA Course and possibly an RSG. Most of these courses can be done online and within a matter hours but can make all the difference in the world when it comes to an employer deciding who to hire. Check out our training page to see if you need to complete any courses before you begin to work in Australia.
5. An Up-to-Date and Aussie-Ready Resume
Making sure to include your Aussie phone number (as soon as you get it) and email address in your resume.
- Emphasise the experience you have for the type of work you want to do, rather than your most recent experience. You can do this by having a “Profile” written in the third person at the top of your CV.
- If you have an Aussie friend, ask them to look it over or you can let us help you come to Australia with your resume “Aussie Ready”.
6. International or Australian Sim Card
While these important points aren’t the most crucial in order to find work in Australia, and you can certainly get a job without them, they will help you out a lot and give you a distinct advantage over people who don’t:
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If your going to be living in Australia, it's important to know a little about Australian culture. Most Australian’s are down-to-earth, modest and have a good sense of humour. They also may be a little bit more matter of fact and direct than what you’re used to. Australian culture is also very diverse, but here are some useful tips to remember:
- Forget the Stereotypes: Especially in the big cities! We’ve all heard about the typical Australian stereotype (and it's best to forget about those Crocodile Dundee movies you've seen - for the most part!) Australia is a very diverse and very multi-cultural country, so an open mind is essential.
- Aussie Slang Words: Some words and phrases may be confusing at first, but you will probably end up saying them yourself in no time! It is worth familiarising yourself with Aussie slang to avoid and confusing or awkward conversations. For example, some common confusing words are:
- 'Ta' = Thanks
- 'Fair Dinkum' = Refers to honesty or telling the truth
- 'Macca's' (pronounced 'Macker's') = McDonald's
- 'Brekkie' = Breakfast
- 'Arvo' = Afternoon
- Australian Sport: Many Australians are ‘footie’ mad and having a little knowledge of what’s happening in the AFL may be what wins you over with a potential employer – it’s definitely a conversation stater! Many Aussies are also big cricket fans!
- The 'Have a Go' Attitude: Australian's respect anyone who is willing to 'Have a Go' or 'Give it a Fair Go.' The more you are willing to try your hardest, the more impressed your employer will be - even if you fail, it doesn't matter as long as you 'Have a Go'.
Have Your Own Transport
Flexibility is a big factor in your ability to get seasonal work. Having your own transport will give you more opportunities to find seasonal work than not having any. If you’re travelling with a friend or have made friends in Australia, car–sharing can be a great way to save money and have your own transport.
Obviously, this isn't as important in big cities like Syndey or Melbourne. In this case you really need to have a good knowledge of public transport and how to get from one end of the city to another. You should try plan on where you're going to live around where you work and how good the public transport is in that area.
Set Up Your own superannuation account
Superannuation is a pension fund that employers pay for Australians once they retire. Having your own superannuation account can be really useful if you plan on moving around quite a bit and working different jobs. This way you will have all your superannuation money in one account, which will make it a lot easier when it comes to claiming it all back when you return home.
Ask Questions about the Job before You Start It
Always know what situation you are getting into. This is most important when you are looking for work in regional Australia. Things like “meals and accommodation” included can make all the difference, but you also need to know exactly what is considered a meal and exaclty what kind of accommodation you will be staying in before you go there.
Lodging could mean a shed filled with other backpackers and no air-conditioning, or it could mean a renovated room in a beautiful turn of the century house where you will get home cooked meals every day and a couple of beers after work. The same goes for meals: for example, “breakfast could simply mean cheap-brand cornflakes are provided every morning or it could mean toast, tea and coffee or even cooked breakfasts.
Here are some essential questions you should ask employers about meals and accommodation:
As a backpacker, having the right attitude is crucial when it comes to finding the right job. In the past, some backpackers have given up and gone home, simply because they didn't have the right attitude. In this section we will explain what having the right attitude means to you as a backpacker.
These are the most essential points to remember when it comes to having the right attitude:
1. Play to Your Advantage:
- Backpackers do a lot of work Australians can't or don't want to do (FLEXIBILITY is your advantage)
2. Have an Open Mind:
- Be willing to do things you may not have considered doing before. Maybe for this is working outdoors or even volunteering.
3. Be Willing to go That Extra Mile:
Example 1: If you want to work in small rural towns try asking around lumber yards, paint suppliers or the feed and fertiliser suppliers. Simply ask the attendant if they know of anyone who may need help. Everybody back at the backpackers will think you are a genius.
Example 2: If you really want to get a job you could offer to work a day for free - Aussies love this "give it a go" attitude and it could endear you to an employer. (Plus, if they really like you and decide to take you on, they'll will probably pay for that days work anyway or you will get a reference for your resume.)
4. Be Persistent, but Patient:
5. Be Able to Network:
7. Have a Positive "Can Do" Attitude:
- Recruitment Agencies:
- If you want to work in a certain sector, there are plenty of agencies that can help you find the job you want.
- Websites: Sites like Gumtree and SEEK are great resources. You can also check out our Job Search page.
- Working Holiday Clubs or Traveller Companies: These companies have great resources to help you find backpacker jobs. For more information on traveller companies, check out this page.
- The Harvest Trail: For farm, and second year visa, work check out the Australian Governments Harvest Trail website.
- Hostel Notice: Almost all hostels have notice boards advertising backpacker jobs.
- Ask Around: Simply asking around is another great way to find work, especially in small towns - and the people who know everything are older retired people who work in tourist information centres. These people are a wealth of imformation, so if you are looking for work in a small town ask them what's what and who's hiring.
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