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1. Posted by Harb120189 (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


Just after abit of advice. Me and my girlfriend are looking to travel to Australia sometime next year, ideally we would like to save some money here in England go to Australia and work there and save some more. We were thinking about staying in one of the big cities (Sydney, Melbourne etc..) for several months working and saving as much as possible then starting a trip to Thailand, Vietnam and other places.I was wondering what the chances are of being able to save whilst living in Australia?just abit unsure if this is going to be a reality after paying for living costs, accomodation etc. and what the possiblity is of getting full time work.

Appreciate any feedback/answer you have for me.



2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1841 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

With the current financial situation, I would not count on getting a job in Australia. Having said this, there was a piece in the English newspapers some weeks back about them needing all kinds of workers in Adelaide. I don't know if it is still relevant.

Accommodation is cheapest if booked on line after looking around a lot. Australia is fairly expensive.

3. Posted by Harb120189 (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the advice!

4. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

It also depends what kind of work you're looking to do/ will be likely to get? Do you have special skills/qualifications, or a solid work history? If you are planning on saving money from doing seasonal work, such a fruit picking, you might have to really stretch your budget. I worked in Australia for 7 months between 2006-2007 (granted, no recession then) and managed to be employed the whole time in a job that actually matched my experience, so I saved enough to travel 4 months. I did live sparingly, I walked to work and lived in a shared accommodation; I got a free lunch at work and cooked cheap food at home, so I managed to live on quite little.

Try and see what the job market is like in your industry, look at the jobs advertised on local temp agencies, and see how little you can comfortably live on- i actually found it easier to save up in Oz than I did back in UK, so good luck!

5. Posted by Harb120189 (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Ive had work experience in most industries really(construction, retail, customer service, admin, call centre)so should hopefully be able to find a job that matches my work experience, will definetly try and live on a small budget so I can save as much as possible, thanks for the reply youve been a big help!

6. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Also- just a few little things that might make your life easier-
Get a sim card and a phone number as soon as you land. They cost hardly anything, and you'll immediately have a contact number. Agencies, employers etc will NEVER call a foreign number.
If you can, and if you're trying to get an officy job, pack a smart set of clothes for an interview. It doesn't have to be a suit, but a neat, collared shirt and trousers that don't shout backpacker. It will show your employer you're serious, and you don't have to clothes-hunt as soon as you arrive.
Start the job-seeking process immediately. I noticed that a lot of agencies etc are much more relaxed in Australia, and I had to pretty much insist they see me for an interview sooner than two weeks from then. Be polite, but firm; they'll notice your enthusiasm.
Update your CV before leaving and just add the new address & phone number when you get there.
Also, just from my experience, recession always seems to hit smaller towns/cities hardest, so I'd be more inclined to try the bigger cities such as Sydney or Melbourne. But maybe the local aussies can give you more of an idea of what the temping situation is like at the moment, as I seemed to have gone a bit off topic already. :)

And enjoy! Australia is beautiful, remember to enjoy it as well as slaving away ;)

7. Posted by Harb120189 (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thanks very much for the advice im abit clueless abit the whole thing to be honest!Just one more thing I wanted to ask someone who could give me a rough estimate of how much money to take over, bearing in mind we will be living on a small-medium budget and working.

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

The job situation in Sydney and Melbourne is pretty good, generally speaking.

As for saving money, well my suggestion is for you to look at what you are currently spending your money on and chances are it will be the same in Australia. That is probably rent, food and entertainment costs.

Rent in Sydney is really expensive at the moment, so there's not much you can do about that. However, what you pay in rent you may save in travel costs by living close to where your work may be. Eating out at resaurants, and buying your lunch everyday takes a HUGE amount out of your income. So cook at home as much as possible, and bring the leftovers in for lunch.

Be smart with your mobile phone costs, don't spend to much when you are out and about (beers, food, etc) and you should be okay. Also, don't bother with a car and forget buying a computer. Catch trains and use internet cafes.