Guide to travel companies
How to land on your feet in Australia!
Australia is an awesome place to be a backpacker. There are public BBQs everywhere, fantastic hostels and pubs, open spaces, beautiful beaches, amazing wildlife and lots of other backpackers having the experience of a lifetime.
Your first couple of weeks in Australia should be awesome, but there are also a few things that you need to sort out before you can live and work in Australia. Fortunately there are a few services designed to assist backpackers with many of these things. Choose some of these options wisely and you can make your experience in Australia that much better.
This guide aims to explain the types of services available and highlight some of the organisations that we feel comfortable recommending from experience. If you do not want assistance from an organisation we offer information on everything a backpacker could ever need including information on how to do it yourself.
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These are the main services offered to backpackers.
Dealing with the bureaucracy to get your Australian work visa can be a tedious process and certainly one that you do not want to get wrong enough that your application is not allowed. To help with this there are many immigration companies in Australia but only a handful that are specifically geared to the Working Holiday Visa. If you do require more complex immigration assistance Migration Institute of Australia has a list of Migration Agents which is searchable by specific criteria like language spoken, type of visa and location. We have a page dedicated to the most common types of visas for backpackers. This page enables you to get your visa yourself or we recommend Visa First to assist working holiday makers specifically with their 417 visa.
A handful of companies offer packages designed to take care of everything for travellers who are planning to stay and work for a year or two. These packages help you to quickly set up everything you need to work in Australia. By stepping you through all the forms and processes necessary, you can save a lot of time and frustration. Therefore instead of spending a few days walking around town dealing with banks and government organisations you can start having a great Aussie experience.
When overseas travellers arrive in a city there are usually a few must dos. For instance in Sydney a tour of the harbour is guaranteed to help get your bearings and make you realise why Sydney harbour is the envy of the world. What could be better then doing it with other travellers who have just arrived? These Packages get you involved in events such as BBQs, Pub Crawls and Tours so you are instantly meeting like minded people.
What these packages include:
Everything you need to work in Australia
- Tax File Number (TFN) (which you need to get paid)
- A bank account (to pay into)
- A SIM card (to get an Aussie number for employers to call)
- Medicare card (if applicable, this covers many medical expenses)
- Mail holding
Plus a whole lot of fun
- Local Tours
- Social Gatherings (BBQs, Parties, Pubs)
Unfortunately not all cities have companies that run these packages, so Jobaroo has information on everything these companies offer so you can do it yourself. These companies are a great way to get started in Australia. We currently recommend two companies that offer these services. These are companies who we feel offer great value for money and have a strong reputation.
Ozbound has a very socially focused package in Sydney for $239 which includes a lunch in Sydney, Harbour Cruise, Bondi walk and BBQ and Pub Tour in the historic Rocks area of Sydney. They also set you up with everything you need to work and live in Australia.
Our Review: This package saves a lot of frustration by reducing run-around. You will also meet lots of other great backpackers while doing some of the best things you can do in Sydney. They have managed to keep costs low and happiness high. Sweet.
If you would like to learn more click here for our take and to get 10% discount.
Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Cairns and the Outback
UltimateOZ have a range of packages and cover many cities. Brisbane 2-Day, Perth 2-Day, Sydney 2-Day and 7-Day, Outback 14-Day. The packages include accommodation, 12-months of job assistance from TAW (see Jobs below), Tax File Number and Aussie bank account set up. Prices range from $399 for the 2-Day and $799 for the 7-Day. They also have a Ranch Package which includes everything from the Sydney arrival package plus a 1-week ranch training program an experience itself with a guaranteed paid job somewhere in Australia.
Our Review: They have basically included the kitchen sink with these packages. Accommodation is provided, airport transfers and even the job assistance for 12 months. Once again, all the frustration has been removed and a whole lot of socialising added in its place. The tours include trips out of town to the best spots. For example, Rottnest Island off Perth and the Sunshine Coast near Brisbane are absolute must do's.
Direct link to UltimateOz to learn more. Bonus: If you indicate "Jobaroo", they will give you an exclusive jobs guide on arrival.
Many jobs in Australia require training by law. Australians have to do this training as well. For backpackers if you are working in hospitality or construction - training is one of the first things you will want to do. It makes you much more employable if you have this essential training.
- Serving alcohol - RSA certificate
- Serving in most pubs – RSG certificate
- Hygiene – Food handling certificate
- White Card
A handful of backpackers companies offer memberships. TAW "Travellers at Work" offers a service for $69 for six months or $89 for twelve months that gives you access to a jobs database aimed at backpackers.
If you would like to learn more here is our Review of TAW.
Our Review: To be honest, we resisted recommending a membership service that charged backpackers for years. The membership fee helps them to pay a consultant to ring employers and update a database that is changing daily. This enables them to get find jobs for backpackers that we can’t. We believe it can save you a lot of effort and time to find suitable work. Australia can be expensive so it can quickly pay for itself.