Im currently travelling in Australia and will be heading to Nz in march for a month but will then have two months between NZ and my next destination South Africa. Having already seen most of what australia has to offer and running incredibly short on funds, im thinking it might be an idea to work for the months of April and May. The problem I have is I dont want to waste my years working visa just doing two months work as i wont have the ability to return to Oz until November. I was just wondering if anybody knows of any other ways around this?
It can be a real struggle to find work in Australia without a valid work visa, however if you are willing to pound the pavement, there are often some smaller cafes and bars that will give you work.
When you're approaching places (and you'll need to do this in person) ask for "cash in hand" work. This means that the employer keeps no record of you being an employee or working for them and just gives you a cash payment for the hours work you complete (no tax).
Whilst this would mean that you can get some income whilst not having a valid work visa, it also means you won't be protected by any of the employment laws here in Australia. For example your employer could easily fire you at will with no notice and you are not protected by the health and safety legislation if you have an accident at work. There are both pros and cons and I'd suggest you think about it carefully for your own situation.
If found out working like that (and Australian immigration does frequent checking), you'll be of course deported form the country, and won't be allowed back in for many years. I really wouldn't risk it.
Maybe consider getting a WHV for New Zealand instead, and staying there for three months, working half the time. Or do get a WHV for Australia after all, and make certain to work for a full three months in seasonal occupations (fruit picking e.a.), so that you can after that apply for a second WHV, and won't have "wasted" this one.