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Working in Australia

Ready to start a career? Let’s find your dream job.

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 Immigration and Border Protection or feel free to contact us to speak with a counsellor to help you understand your rights.

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.

Once you secure the role, you will need to supply your new employer with your bank account details, tax file number and superannuation details.

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

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

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 - https://www.australianvolunteers.com/ and http://www.govolunteer.com.au/

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

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.

Studying in Australia 

Australia is home to some of the world’s leading universities, consistently ranked in the world’s top 100. Let’s explore the education system so we can find the best options for you.

People and Culture in Australia 

Australia has so much to offer and as a migrant or student, there is so much to learn. We share tips and tricks to help you adapt to life in Australia.

Cost of Living in Australia 

Smart shopping and careful planning are important to get your budget on track. Find out how you stretch your dollar here.

Transport in Australia 

Discover transport tips on getting around Australia like a local.

Health and Safety in Australia 

Observe the same precautions with your safety as you would in any other country or at home.

Migrating to Australia 

If you have enjoyed your time in Australia and want to call it home, there are many options available for you to study, work and build a career here.

You start the journey
and we'll chart the course.
Over 50 years of helping students
You start the journey
and we'll chart the course.
Over 50 years of helping students