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It’s no surprise why many prefer to work and live in Australia. With a strong economy and low unemployment rate and laid-back lifestyle, Australia is fast becoming the land of opportunity for many.
Most student visas allow you to work for up to 40 hours every two weeks while studying, and unrestricted hours during scheduled course breaks. Whether you are a student or migrant, it is important that you clarify that your visa allows you to work. Contact the Department of Home Affairs or feel free to contact us to speak with a counsellor to help you understand your rights.
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Job search in Australia
The job market in Australia can be very competitive and your chances of securing a job will depend on several factors including skills, qualifications, field of work and the city of choice. Work experience in Australia is invaluable so if you fail to find a job in your chosen field, don’t fret. Your priority should be on gaining local experience to improve your employability.
There are many ways to find work that fit your goals, including:
- Online job sites
- Social media groups
- Recruitment firms
- Notice boards on campus, malls, community centres and local supermarkets.
Applying for a job
Job applications usually include a cover letter expressing your interest in and suitability for the role with a copy of your resume/CV. Make sure your applications show that you have the relevant skills, qualifications, a good understanding of the role and attributes that the employer desires. It has to be tailored for each job to give you the best possible chance of being selected for an interview or testing.
Qualifications and recognitions
If you are new to Australia, you may need have your qualifications recognised. You can visit the following websites for more information on employment qualifications and recognition in Australia:
Internships are a wonderful way for you to gain hands-on experience in your area of study. It can be paid or unpaid, depending on the industry and length of your placement. Undertaking an internship can help you acquire experience working in Australia and increase your chances of getting full or part-time work later. It can also help you improve your English and develop a network of professional contacts for future references.
Volunteering is the best way to give back to the community and have a sense of purpose. While waiting for full time/part time employment, volunteering is a great option for you to meet new people and obtain hands-on work experience based on the role that suits your interest and motivation. You can start your search here - The Australian Volunteers Program and GoVolunteer.
Your work rights
Everyone working in Australia, including international students or those on working holiday visas, have basic rights at work.
Protected work conditions include:
- A minimum wage and superannuation.
- Challenge of unfair dismissal from the job.
- Leave, breaks and rest periods.
- A healthy and safe work environment.
If you are a temporary resident and eligible, your employer has to pay super for you. Get a clearer picture of your work rights by visiting the Australian Government’s Fair Work Ombudsman’s website.
Superannuation in Australia enables people in Australia to accumulate funds to provide them with income in retirement. It’s paid by your employer at a set percentage into a specialised account while you’re working. It’s only accessible after you reach the legislated retirement age. For more information on the superannuation, go to Australian Tax Office or the MoneySmart website.