Working is a great way to fund your study, play and stay in Australia. The two most common industries for travellers and students are hospitality (bar work and waitering), and rural (farmwork and fruit picking). The financial services, mining, and medical sectors also require large human resources but they will require related qualifications, training and experience.
Good websites to access some of the jobs listed above include:
If you are already here and looking to kickstart your Aussie work experience then check out Oz Start Up
Plus ask at your hostel reception and do not be afraid to ask around, word of mouth from other backpackers and hostel staff are great ways to find out what’s around and what’s new.
TOP TIP: Email a copy of your resume to yourself so you don’t need to carry it around in your backpack, or in case you lose it (or your laptop).
Seasonal harvest work is a great way to make your way around Australia and “meet the locals”. To find harvest work, contact the leading harvest agency: WWOOF.
TOP TIP: If you do work in a rural area be sure to take plenty of sunscreen, food, and water for the day. You never know where you’ll end up and how long you’ll be there.
Remember most job sites only offer permanent/full-time work to Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents, so use backpacker and student friendly jobs sites.
A tax file number (TFN) from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), go to Tax requirements for more details.
A bank account. This is essential in Australia as most employers will pay you by Direct Deposit or automatic payment, very few here pay by cash or cheque. Go to Banks and Money for more details.
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