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1. Posted by Rogo (Budding Member 36 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey. Im off in 2 weeks. Had complications and im going with only 2k and will work. How far do u think 2k would last me, is this sufficient to last while i seek work? Thanks

2. Posted by lavenlaar (Budding Member 46 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

are you planning on staying where ? prob 3-4 weeks if not doing much including accommodation in backpackers.
Have you got work lined up ?

3. Posted by Rogo (Budding Member 36 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey im going to perth with 2k sterling (sorry) so thats about 4k AUD. Im hoping that would last me more than a month... Iv done oz a couple of times but never worked over there - Im going to be hitting the job trail pretty much as soon as i get there - Im a PA/Secretary.. I can do pretty much anything tho... Any advice will be appreciated. Im not gonna be doing trips and stuff and will be looking for a flat share as soon as but initially in a hostel


[ Edit: Edited on 14-May-2009, at 06:36 by Rogo ]

4. Posted by emsycoates (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

wheres the best place to find accomodation in sydney on a budget? I am looking at working in a sales job once i am there but how much do you think i will need to take with me?


also if any one else is planning on going september/october time then get in touch


5. Posted by emma297UK (Budding Member 26 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

hey emily, i'm heading out to melbourne 23rd september but will be working my way up the coast im travelling alone and will be looking to work while i travel - hopeing to stay for 6months - may be longer may be less. ill be heading up to sydney end of october beginning decemeber if you wana get intouch let me know

emma x

6. Posted by Chris25 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hola people, im jumping on the back of all these oz posts now so apologies for that. I intend to fly to oz in November sometime but normally I cant organise a piSS up in a brewery so we'll see ;)

Anyhow I'll be travelling alone so anyone going out similar times, get in touch and hopefully i'll be able to find a travel buddy......

take it easy!

7. Posted by cheap az (Budding Member 91 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

if anyone is heading up north port douglas has some work there is a work centre in a hostel up there and most people have jobs that stay there:)live the dream

8. Posted by MrsBB (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

Really do not count on getting a job once you are here. My husband and I have over seven years office experience each and it still took over a month to get work in Sydney - I got one as a PA and he got his off Gumtree doing research. I heard it the same all over the country. Seriously not like we were going for interviews and not getting them - there are no jobs here at all! Nada. We registered with about twenty agencies and not one had any jobs on their books. We were willing to do anything - data entry, office dogsbody etc. Please do not rely on getting a job to live here as chances are you won't or it will take weeks. It got to the point if we didn't get one the week I did then we would have had to head home early.

Register with Geoffrey Nathan as they act as middle man and send your CV to recruitment consultants and help you with LAFHA allowance (living away from home) which means you get taxed less. Cos of them I got my job.

Sorry for the bad news.

9. Posted by Rogo (Budding Member 36 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Im looking into doing fruit picking as well as some office when I work my way round. Hopefully cos I have experience in bar/waitressing as well I may have a bit of an advantage and be able to turn my hand to anything - I have retail exp as well. Anyone in the same boat? x

10. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


I think if you look outside the square and are prepared to do anything, there is always work.

Perth for example has had a huge skills shortage. You may have to work at McDonalds, but the pay is probably at least $15 hr. There are heaps of labouring jobs/ temporary etc that pay around that.

The economy has had impact on advertised jobs everywhere....but that's life.

Fruit picking I know they definately can't get enough of them....I think in Donnybrook....3hrs south Perth. Even delivering suburban newspapers might be the idea of what they pay (

(I've never done any of this sortr of work, so I'm no authority...but it opens some options or ideas)