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A Guide to Jobs Abroad in Australia

The iconic Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, beautiful beaches, and friendly people are only a few of the many charms found in Australia. Spanning the quiet coasts of Perth, the desolate red rock of the Outback, and the pristine waters that surround the Great Barrier Reef, the land Down Under draws travelers of all kinds from around the world. But why not trade in your tourist visa and really get to know the true Aussie lifestyle — by working abroad in Australia? Whether you love the world of sports, animals, mother nature, business, or children, you’ll find a position that aligns with your interests.

Where to Work in Australia

While it may seem on the surface that Australia is only home to blonde surfer babes, it’s actually a great place to meet cultures from around the world, from it’s large Asian immigrant population to its indigenous Aboriginal peoples.

Sydney. The most populous city in Australia and one of the world’s most livable places lies on the east coast. The backdrop of skyscrapers, markets, and beaches make for the ideal setting on the job or off the job. The city is booming with tourism, as many visitors flock to this destination, so the most popular jobs in Sydney are in the hospitality industry.

Melbourne. You’ll find this coastal capital in southeastern Australia in the state of Victoria. With its hip, chic vibes of street arts, beating restaurants, historical museums, and hidden bars, this metropolis is worth the visit. As it’s home to many sporting events, government buildings, businesses, and financial centers, you’ll easily find jobs in those areas.

Perth. Perth’s easygoing and informal lifestyle complements its cosmopolitan scenes and outdoorsy activities. Due to its location, Perth is sprawling with hands-on jobs such as mining and agriculture.

Salaries in Australia

Even though the minimum wage in Australia is around $17 an hour, and usually between $20 to $25 for foreign workers for some jobs in Sydney, most Australian cities are some of the most expensive places to live in the world. Expats’ salaries could range from $25,000 to $75,000 depending on the job, program, and placement.

While meat pies and coffee are fairly affordable, you’ll find that alcohol, entertainment, clothing, and rent can be quite pricey. You can minimize costs by sharing accommodation, making a budget, and being thrifty. Luckily, most program fees will help pay for the job search resources (resumes and interviews), cost of housing, food, excursions, and other benefits.

Housing for Expats in Australia

Finding housing while working abroad in Australia can pose a challenge, as there are many other foreigners in Australia also searching for living space. Several options from flats to hostels are available, however, and some work abroad Australia programs offer assistance and guidance to help you find the best for your needs, so you’ll feel right at home like a joey in a pouch.

Australia Work Visas

Most people don’t realize that getting a visa to work in Australia is relatively easy. Filling out a simple online application and submitting some basic documents is usually all it takes to secure a one-year working visa in Australia — you can read more about visa requirements for your country via GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory. A standard work visa allows the holder to accept any sort of position for a maximum of six months during the year-long visa, and work up to 40 hours per week.

Benefits & Challenges

By working in Australia in small towns or large cities, you’ll have the chance to network with people all over the world. You’ll be able to expand your professional contacts, which could lead to future jobs in Australia or at home.

Although English is spoken here, don’t get too comfortable, English speakers: Aussie slang can seem like a foreign language! Aussies will often make up slang on the drop of the hat. Rolling with the punches and joining in on the fun of their dialogue will not only add to the experience, but will provide some great lingo to bring home!

Whether you’re trekking in the morning or bungee jumping in the afternoon, the laidback lifestyle will complement your work abroad in Australia.

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Work and Travel Opportunitites in Australia

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Recognized TEFL Courses & TEFL Jobs Abroad

Earn your TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate and get access to teaching Jobs across the world. Offering both classroom and online training across Australia, the courses are packed full of practical information and teaching methodologies to help you become a great TEFL teacher. Once you're qualified, you'll have a top level TEFL certificate and the confidence to teach and ...

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Get Paid to Travel Australia

Work abroad on a real Australian farm in Australia through Smaller Earth. Placements are available in cities including Adelaide, Airlie Beach, and Albany. Program includes accommodation and food.

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GeoVisions

Spend time living in Australia with a native family, while working as an Au pair in multiple locations throughout the country with GeoVisions. Positions require employees to work for 30 hours a week. Au pairs receive a weekly stipend, a private room with board, and medical insurance coverage. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30, and have prior childcare experience.

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International TEFL Academy

Teach abroad in Australia through the International TEFL Academy. Placements are available in cities including Adelaide, Airlie Beach, and Albury. Program fees include lifetime job assistance, housing assistance, and TEFL/TESOL classes.

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BUNAC’s Work Abroad in Australia

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Oyster Worldwide

If you love adventure, why not spend some time in the Australian outback? Earn money and explore the real side of Australia that many tourists never get the chance to experience. Learn how to ride dirt bikes and horses, drive tractors, use chain saws, gain fencing skills and work cattle in the yards. Complete a 5 day safety and introductory course and then get a guaranteed paid job in rural Aus...

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Greenheart Travel

Become employed in Australia and learn more about the renowned land down under through this job placement offered by Greenheart Travel. Positions are based in six locations, including Sydney, Brisbane, and Adelaide, and are available throughout the year. Participation is restricted to American and Canadian citizens only.

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Work in Australia with API

API offers work placements, which are initially unpaid positions living and working on family-owned organic farms or ranches for 2 – 8 weeks. If you’ve already graduated university, and wish to spend longer in Australia or New Zealand, you are provided extensive resources and training upon arrival to help you transition from this program into a full-time paid work opportunity and remain in-coun...

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Frontier

If you plan to travel in Australia for an extended period or even plan on moving there for a working holiday, getting yourself organised when you arrived can be daunting! Especially if you don't already have some friends or family to help soften the landing. This package is an excellent way for you to arrive smoothly, meet some new people and organise yourself ready for work or travel with thin...