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1. Posted by bex-leanne (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Hello all!
We are heading to OZ at the end of April with a year working visa and we are a little clueless to say the least. ;)
We have trawled through website after website and whilst its been helpful we would like to hear from people who have experienced it for themselves.
What work is most avaliable? Is there a certain Area that would be best to look for work in at this time of year?
Also we want to go on and travel in Asia and South America after so will be saving as we work. Does anyone have any experience of this? Any ideas on how much we can save (approx) if we live cheap and work hard?
Any comments or info you think would be helpfull would be much appreciated!!
Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!! xx

2. Posted by rach6083 (Budding Member 53 posts) 8y

I worked my way round Australia 2004/05 and found that it was hard to get work in big cities, because that was where everyone wants to work. I headed to the more rural areas and found that the pay was better and it was a really unique experience. I worked as a nanny near to Alice Springs and in a cocktail bar in Broome (North Western Australia). Both were quite isolated, but I really enjoyed them!
I guess fruit picking is what most backpackers do...but its long hours and poor pay!

3. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 8y

There's plenty of options, it just depends on your skills or your willingness to try something new:) The Harvest Trail (fruit picking/packing work) is going on at some part of Aussie all year round, but like rach says above the pay isn't the greatest so it may not be the best option for saving money for further travels. If you'd like bar work, make sure to sit an RSA certificate when you get to Aussie for the State you'd like to work in. I think these are only day long courses and cost about $120?? (check those details, I didn't actually do it myself). The big cities are expensive in terms of living costs, so while you'll wanna check them out, I'd recommend you do your sightseeing then look for work somewhere smaller. TNT magazine advertises job vacancies around the country, and backpackers hostels usually have a job board

4. Posted by wanderer82 (Full Member 111 posts) 8y

I found work with no trouble at all, I registered with a recruitment agency and got work in a Sydney warehouse within a few days, I had regular work there until I left.

Get you Tax File Number as early as possible and take that along with you passport (to show your WHV) to any agency, as long as you work hard and you are reliable there is always work for you.

In my experience it would be difficult to save much money while working, most of my expediture went on living costs, sightseeing, beer etc.

Save as much money as you can (I took £3000 to Aussie) and then find some work asap that means you will always have funds but you don't have to start dipping into your savings. In all honesty if you really want to enjoy yourself and experience the country you will have more money going out that coming in - the trick is to budget so that you aren't skint after 2 weeks.

5. Posted by sneddon (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

I office work temped with a recruitment agency in Oz and managed to do a full circle and was never stuck for work. Look at TNT Magazine and British Balls as well as. Bar and waitressing you need to have expereince and in some places a great deal as they are choosy who they take on as there isn't exactly a shortage of backpackers going over every day

6. Posted by shane_k (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y

Im lucky enough to have a sister in Sydney whos been there for 8 years and who also works in a recruitment agency. I dont wanna hang around sydney for the whole year though so im definitely gonna head to brisbane or somewhere. I'm thinking of doin the harvest trail just to leave the option open for a 2nd visa. I hear it is hard work and low pay but its not all bad is it? I mean the experience is still fun right?

7. Posted by emylou101 (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

Quoting shane_k

Im lucky enough to have a sister in Sydney whos been there for 8 years and who also works in a recruitment agency. I dont wanna hang around sydney for the whole year though so im definitely gonna head to brisbane or somewhere. I'm thinking of doin the harvest trail just to leave the option open for a 2nd visa. I hear it is hard work and low pay but its not all bad is it? I mean the experience is still fun right?

I'm planning the exact same thing - I rekon I will have to get a bit of work here and there to top up funds on my round the coast trip starting at Perth, so I'm defo doing some Farm/fruit picking work (regardless of not great pay) to keep options open of extending my Visa to 24 months..........if u fancy a work/travel buddy with own wheels at any point, stay in touch! :)

8. Posted by happychef (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

hi If your planning a trip round WA there really is no shortage of work!!! I work as a chef but bar work n that sorta thing there really is plenty of plus the pay is alot better at this side of the country lol some places offer work n free accn plus food so keep an eye out for them they may not be in the most interesting of places but r usually fun n a great way to save money !!