What to know about Work and Travel in Australia
Thanks to the unique working holiday program that the Australian Immigration introduced years ago, young travellers, between 18 and 30 years old or younger can work and travel in Australia up to one year.
The Work and Travel program in Australia is becoming from year to year more popular, attracting young travellers from all over the world. Most of them are students but also young people who flow to Australia to spend there a gap year working while travelling around Australia.
What type of Visa is required for travelling and working in Australia?
First of all, you need a Working Holiday Visa also called WHV. To learn more about it, from how to apply fo your WHV that allows you to travel and work in Australia up to one year check out this fact sheet that sums up the main requirements for your first working holiday year.
Bear in mind that you need to apply for your working holiday visa before you enter Australia. In the following paragraphs, you read about the more popular jobs available if you want to spend a year travelling and working in Australia.
Reliable sources of information about the working holiday in Australia
There are two ways of getting a working holiday visa for your Australia gap year, and you can research by yourself. In this case, you need to go to consult this site where you can find extensive information about all types of working visas for Australia.
If you wish to get some assistance on this matter and look for professional advice too, there are visa agencies specialised in working holiday visas. These agencies can look after the whole administrative documentation, as well as offer a range of services from work and travel orientation, to providing lists of recruitment agencies as well as providing all kind of courses and training for finding a job in Australia.
Popular Jobs in Australia for working holidaymakers
There are several types of jobs you can do during a 1-year working holiday in Australia. Here below the four major work categories of employment:
- Hospitality Jobs
These are all jobs in the tourism and gastronomy branch, such as waiters in pubs, cafè, s, or kitchenhand, guest room service in resorts or hotels. If you are good at cooking, then you have a fantastic chance to get a job where you want and also the money you want. Australia has, in fact, permanently shortage of chefs.
This includes the famous Australian fruit-picking and other jobs at farms. It’s easy to find a job on a farm, and you need to be at the right time and right place. There are also the so-called working hostels, who can find you a job at a farmer if you lodge in their hostel. Fruit-picking is hard work and probably not the most craved for, but this job can reward you with lots of fun, good company, the opportunity to be in the Australian nature.
- Office Support
if you have excellent computer and communications skills, then you can easily find a job in an office, banks or financial companies offer temp jobs in the cities, or you can work in sales and marketing promotions.
- Travel Writing or Travel Blogging
Probably the best way of earning money while you travel to Australia if you also like writing. There are quite a few magazines and online travel websites that offer jobs as travel writers. To do this job, you must have some writing skills and English should be your native language. However, these are no fixed rules; you can improve your writing skills by taking up a course. There are a few sites that can help you with writing skills and also with finding jobs in this field. If you are looking for this kind of help, you can check out this site.
- Labour, cattle stations and mining jobs
Working at a construction site or on roadworks or in a mine is tough work, but if you are willing to try it out, and have some experience in manual labour, these jobs are well paid in Australia. Also, mining jobs are in high demand in Australia with good pay. Working as a Jackeroo or Jilleroo is also a thrilling experience. If you wish to work as a cowboy or cowgirl, mustering cattle or shearing sheep, consider joining a training course to increase your chances to get a job in a cattle station.
In the medical and nursing branch, there is permanently a considerable demand in Australia. If you have the skills and training for it, then you can find a job easily in this area.
- Sports and Leisure
If you like surfing, diving, skiing or love any other type of sports, you can work as an instructor or a trainer or a temp help n holiday resorts, hotels.
How to find a job for your working holiday in Australia?
Many young travellers arrive in Australia without having a job. But it’s not difficult to find work in Australia, if you are flexible, between 18-30 years old as you can benefit from the working holiday programs. If you like to have your peace of mind, you should start searching for a job before arriving in Australia.
There are many ways to look for work, among the main options: you can either do it by yourself, by applying online or browsing through websites that offer expert advice on the Work and Travel program and professional assistance during the working holiday visa application. There are also different kind of support you can get. In cities like Sydney and Melbourne, many recruitment agencies are specialised and can help you find a job. Some of them also provide support for getting your working holiday visa granted.
Locally you can find phone numbers in the yellow pages or backpack magazines or the internet. The blackboards at hostels, internetcafès and travel agencies are also a good source of information if you are looking for a job during your working holiday in Australia.
How to apply for a working holiday visa for Australia
There are different kinds of Australia working visas. The most common among the working visas is the Australia working holiday visa, which allows you to work and travel for a time of 12 months
To be eligible for an Australian Working Holiday Visa, you need to apply overseas, and you must be aged between 18 and 30 years, except for Canadian, Irish and French passport holders who can be between 18 and 35.
Are you eligible for a working holiday in Australia
The first thing to check is whether your country is listed on the list of eligible countries. Moreover, you shall check out this fact sheet with the requirements to find out about what you need to do to apply for your Australia working holiday visa. An important note that if you are aged +35 years you cannot get a working holiday visa in Australia.
If you wish to emigrate to Australia, you can visit the Australian government website where you can find more information about migrating to Australia.
On the website, you find everything you need from requirements, instructions, application forms. There are over 400 different types of work visas for Australia. So you need to identify which one is the most suitable for your case and personal situation.
This page provides thorough information to people coming from Europe: UK, Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Denmark, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Republic of Ireland, Estonia, and from Asia: Hong Kong, Japan, Republic of Korea and Taiwan.
This page gives all information for working holiday visa requested by people from the USA, and from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and Iran.
Choosing a migration agent to help you with your application
There is not one single answer to this question. It very much depends where you come from and if you need more assistance at your arrival in Australia rather than just getting the paperwork done.
If you are not English native and need assistance with the language and professional courses in Oz, then it would be sensible to get help to suit your needs and services that includes the work visa application. If you instead think you can find your way with no help, then it’s faster to get the form application done by yourself through the government website. It may take a few days only or maybe a week to get it done online.
Please be aware that most Visa Immigration Agents provide a free check for eligibility, and they charge if you decide to go ahead with your work visa application, only. So it’s worth hearing what they say anyhow if you are in doubt.
If you are located in Europe, I would recommend Visa First, as they offer excellent services across Europe.
If you instead are already in Australia, maybe you can check out this page with a list of Australia Visa Agent. Should you ask for the service of a migration agent locally, make sure that this is a reputable and an officially registered agent in Oz.
On this page, you can enter details of the agent and check if it is a registered company with Mara (local Australian authority for migration agents).
Click on this button to learn more about what a reliable work visa agency can do for you.
How can a work visa agency help you?
Let’s have a look at what kind of assistance you can get through a work visa agency. A working visa agency ca check whether you are eligible for the Australia Working Visa, can look after the whole administrative work and the legal aspects such as:
Get all necessary documents
Not rarely people make mistakes in their application form or fail in providing information. If your visa application is declined you have wasted precious time, you have to apply again and may also have to pay extra money on top. A visa agency makes sure your docs are complete and correctly filled in.
Guarantee you to get a working holiday visa
If you ask for a visa agency to help you and to lodge your visa application for you, it is 100% sure that you will get your visa granted. They can process your request in a couple of days, without you doing anything.
Help with your Arrival in Australia
They look after you immediately after your arrival in Australia. The pick up at the airport, the arrangement of the first nights in the hostel, the organisation of a few drinks out with other fellow backpackers, in a few words they make sure you are not alone, and you can settle in smoothly.
Help with opening an Australian Bank Account
You need one to get paid by your employer. And the visa agency can request it one for you. You can also transfer money over to the Australian bank account from home, and you can also do it before you leave your country.
Provide you with an Australian Tax File Number
You need one otherwise you have to pay 50% tax. Moreover, you can get your tax refund after your 1-year working holiday. To save money, you can get a tax saver pack which includes also the refund scheme application.
If you decide to delegate the above administrative work to a work visa agency, then choose a professional and reputable working visa agency. I would recommend seeking the advice of a professional work visa agency, who are certified and have a proved experience; this is a guarantee that they can take care of all the above essential steps in a reliable way. Most agencies provide you with an Australia Work Travel Starter Pack.
What else can a Work Visa Agency do for you?
One thing most young travellers are worried about is how to look for a job and how quickly they will find work in Australia. A Visa Agency can help you with this too and can provide:
Assistance and advice with working holiday jobs
A working holiday visa agency an provide you with a list of job recruitment agencies and give you any help with job application matters, like how to write your C.V. and consultation on what you need to do when applying for a job in Australia.
Work Courses and English Courses
If you are looking for a job in the hospitality branch, you will need an RSA certificate. Jobs in the hospitality branch are the most requested. But there are other courses that you might need to attend if you, for instance, will want to work at construction sites or in mines. They can give you all the information about what you need and also book these courses for you. Furthermore, if your native language is not English, you will need to improve your English language skills to increase the chances of getting a job.
Internet access and email box
Looking for a job implies using the internet, browsing through the offers and applying whenever you see something suitable. A working visa agency offers free internet access and a permanent email address for the duration of your stay. This is also an advantage.
Assistance with a second Australia working holiday year
A second working year only applies if you have done some farm work and especially if you have done fruit picking you for a few months, you are entitled to ask for an extension of your working holiday in Australia. Some conditions apply though. You can sort out this aspect for you and can organise your second working holiday year for you.
How much will the service from a work visa agency cost?
If you are now asking yourself how much will this cost you? It much depends on what kind of services you request. Consider that if you apply yourself for your Australia working visa, the cost is over 400 AUD, just for the visa itself. There is some work involved like downloading and filling in the docs and sending your application in.
If you ask a work visa agent to do this work for you, it will cost you more than the fee for the visa. If you feel you can benefit from these services you can add any extra single service that suits you or you can take advantage of what they offer, some offers may include a free working visa too.
Resources to better plan your Working Holiday in Australia
I have put together this comprehensive list of links to websites and addresses that can be helpful while preparing your travel gap year and find the right advice on how to work and travel in Australia.
From how to apply for the work visa online to how to get your tax file number, to backpacker magazines, accommodation tips, links to job information sites and job recruitment agency, to how to get around in Australia, and more help for moving to Australia.
Volunteer Work in Australia and woofing
What about if you find out you are not eligible for a working holiday in Australia and still want to do some work? Well, there are two wonderful opportunities for travelling around Australia, do some work on interesting organic farms. Or you can apply for some volunteer work.
Check out these two sites:
- Woofing means Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms
You get food and lodging on farms in exchange for some hours work, you are not paid for your work so that you can join this project without any work visas. You can apply for the woofing membership online or in some hostels and in some backpacker travel agencies.
- Volunteer Work is another great way of spending your time in Australia. Usually, you should pay for contribution to transportation, accommodation, and food. Check out the website of the Conservation Volunteers Australia
Australian Backpackers Online Magazines
As soon as you arrive in Australia you will soon hear about these very popular backpacker online magazines Some of them like TNT release a printed version of their magazine, TNT comes out every 2 weeks…you can find it in every hostel but also in backpacker travel agencies and in many other places. They have plenty of useful addresses and tips, as well as online forums, to help you get familiar with the Aussie Backpacker Life!
- The Word
- the Aussie Backpacker
Accommodation Network and Metasearch machines
by far the largest and most popular among the youth hostel associations. www.yha.com.au
Free Accommodation in Australia
- Hospitality Club
Renting a flat in Australia
Renting a flat with a few backpackers mates can be a good alternative to hostel accommodation. If you are travelling with travel companions then renting a flat can bring many advantages; the freedom of having your own flat to make you feel like at home while spending your travel gap year in Australia.
Here below some good links to great resources:
- Share Accommodation
Information about Work in Australia
- Job Search OZ
Job Recruiting Agencies in Australia
- TravelJobs OZ
Getting around in Australia
Getting around by bus:
Getting around by train: The Australian Rail Network is good and covers all urban area and most outback areas too. Here below the major links to the websites:
Resources for buying a car in Australia
Many young travellers on a working holiday consider this option. In fact, it allows you to save money and at the same time to enjoy the freedom to drive your own car. Check out these sites below which can help you find the car deal you are looking for:
Popular Australian Classifieds
Another way to find good Aussie deals while looking for all what you need is to consult online Australian classifieds. Here a few links to the major Australian classifieds:
More information about buying a car in Australia
If you plan to buy a car in Australia for your working holiday stay you can also check out these websites for information and tips on how and where to register your car in Australia:
- The National Roads and Motorists’ Association
- Roads and Traffic Authority
The cost of moving and settling in Australia
If you are planning to move to Australia the initial cost of settling is high. Australia is an expensive country to live in. This chart gives you an idea of the cost of living in major Australian cities compared to other cities in the world.
You can check this page on how to travel on a budget in Australia.