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Travelling To Perth (WA) 25th Aug (3weeks)

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1. Posted by steveosargent (Budding Member 7 posts) 4y

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I will be leaving England on the 25th August and landing in Perth, Manning, 26th August

Im not landing with huge ammount of money and will be looking for work immediatly i am staying with a friend at first i just wanted to know firstly how easy it to find work in Perth? whats the best way to seek employment and have you any advice.

Il be paying my friend 150 bucks a week so shall be paying him upfront for the first month until i find employment.

Is 150bucks a good price? certainly seems cheap to me.

How much can i earn as a back packer? is there a limit? or minimum? Il be working on a subclass 417 Working Holiday Visa??

Thanks in advance!

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 4y

Ask your friend to try and find you some work. If you have none and can't afford to pay him, that does not help him.

Perth is a major city and expensive to stay in. You would have serious trouble finding another place at that price, and hopefully you will have access to cooking facilities and a fridge (?) which will be a big help where eating out is expensive.

You could do a round of the work agencies when you arrive, or even email some of them now.

If customs questions you on arrival, best to have a credit card or two and claim you have a fair amount of money on them as they like entrants to have sufficient money. Tell them you have someone to go to. If he is not waiting for you at the airport, make sure you have all his personal details as they turn back and send home people who they think do not have enough money and no accommodation to go to, etc. Tell them your friend has some possible jobs lined up for you, and email him to back up the story if they ask him. This site might help:

No offence meant as I do not know you but try and look fairly smart for the customs, and be nice to them (they are not a bad lot), even if you don't feel like it after a LONG flight. It's not just drugs (a dog sniffs all passengers and your luggage will be x-rayed). Many people try to bring food into Australia. They will find it and they take it very seriously and that's A$220 fine and a black mark on your record straight away.

If you do fairly well you will earn enough to get by but don't think you can start saving lots of money for when you return home.

Having said that, if you want to earn some real money and don't mind some fairly hard work:


3. Posted by steveosargent (Budding Member 7 posts) 4y

Yeh i speak to my friend daily so he wont have any problem with helping me out with customs etc, I wont be able to take credit cards as i doubt il get approved one (bad credit) from a when i was a little younger.

I work as a IT professional in England and have various qualifications and 2 years experience behind me but i believe i won't be able to find IT employment due to the type of Visa i will be holding.

My friend suggests i do a white card? I don't mind labouring i done it when i was younger is there alot of labouring work in Australia? and is it good money?

When looking for work i want to be able to fund my holiday and travel around but also have enough to live and enjoy.

what kind of employment should i be looking for?

thank you for replying,....I really appreciete it.


4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 4y

Finding work in IT on a WHV is totally doable. Lots of people around who'll be willing to give you a break because they were backpackers themselves not too long ago. There's no restrictions on the type of work you can do on a WHV - besides not being allowed to work for more than 6 months for the same employer, but that's totally fine in IT, where most projects last just a few weeks to a few months anyway. Besides this, Australia has a culture of freelancing in IT, which makes things even easier. (Speaking from personal experience here.)

Don't worry about Cyberia's scaremongering about customs either. Yes, they're strict about importing fruits and meat, but no, they don't check up on your financial situation when you're on a WHV (as far as my personal experience goes, backed up by hundreds of reports on these forums over the years from other people on WHVs; as an immigration expert who used to frequent these forums tended to say, "backpackers are considered low risk"). Don't look like a total bum and you'll just be waved through with a "welcome to Australia".

That said, the WHV eligibility requirement of AUD $5000 of available funds is there for your own protection; finding work "immediately" tends to be not that easy (though it varies from person to person), and most backpackers end up needing at least this much...

5. Posted by steveosargent (Budding Member 7 posts) 4y

Thank you Sander,

Im in a good situation i have 2 different friends in Perth and im really looking foward to getting out and partying and exploring etc, Ive promised my self i won't do this until i am working Im glad i might be able to work in IT as its a fast moving industry and was skeptical of taking a year out,

where do i look for these jobs? I hear gum tree is good for back packers and i have been emailing people on there but is that the only site you guys use?

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 4y

I don't know where Australian sysadmins hang out, but they'll undoubtedly have a forum, trade organization or something similar where they congregate (think regional versions of hacker news, slashdot or serverfault), and that'll have an attendant job board. That's what you should find, and that's where you should hang out at. seek might also be worth keeping an eye on, though in my experience that's mostly used by big recruiters, who'll filter out overseas candidates - versus the small guys who're looking for people directly, and are more likely to give overseas candidates a break.

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Aug-2012, at 12:24 by Sander ]

7. Posted by steveosargent (Budding Member 7 posts) 4y

Thank you,

I will have a little look at see whats out there I like the idea of the contracting work, Least il be able to meet new people and maybe get recommended to other companies my friends went out there 2 years ago and some havn't come back :)

It'l be 3 weeks on saturday until i leave and the comments on this thread have defonatly helped me calm down a bit :)

thanks again any hints or advice im all ears :)