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1. Posted by J0hn (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there, thinking about work/travelin australia sometime during the first three quarters of next year, but am uncertain on the volume of work available and the ease of acquiring it?

Ive heard mixed expressions on this, some say its as easy as going up to a noticeboard in a hostel and taking your pick, whilst others say that backpackers have returned early due to lack of work!

Would be really helpful if anyone that as been there and experienced it can give there two cents on this?

Many Thanks,

[ Edit: Edited at Nov 20, 2006 1:31 PM by J0hn ]

2. Posted by robbo_gsi (Full Member 81 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi john

I have only been in Oz 3 weeks so far and am in Melbourne. Ave applied for 20+ jobs online, half a dozen through the papers, and signed up for a load of agencies. I heard back from only 1 of the online jobs and thats been it.

Its true that theres lots of travellers jobs but ave heard that they're mostly badly paid and hard work.

I cant speak for the other cities but I def think Melbourne is hard to find decent work in.

hope this helps

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Robbo, you just chose the wrong time to come, if you had of come about 5 weeks ago instead of 3 weeks ago, you probably would've had a job already. That was when the big retail companies like Myer, Target, Coles etc were putting on all the Christmas staff. Now they have filled all those thousands of positions so there wont be another point where those companies need staff again until about mid Feb-March when school goes back and most the student are only able to work on weekends.

You can't rely on the employment agencies to get a job in Australia, some people obviously have had positive experiences with them, but I can say that a few years back I was unemployed for about 12 months. I applied for well over 1000 jobs in that time through the internet/centrelink/all employment agencies, and got a handful of interviews with no success. I phoned up every few days to check up and still nothing. You've got to get out there and do some door knocking. I'm not sure how it is now, but about 2 years ago when I was last up at the Gold Coast, almost every shop window had a help wanted sign up. A lot of the young adults are too keen on wasting their life on the beach with the 300+ days a year of decent weather. They couldn't be bothered working for their money, so instead they bludge for it to get it off the government. So if worst came to worst you could try the gold coast, because it has been like that on every occassion I have been there over the last decade.

4. Posted by ygkjhg (Inactive 13 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys

Of course it depends on your experience and what kind of work you want to do, but a lot of recruitment agencies and employers in Australia are absolutely crying out for decent workers! This is especially the case in rural areas with jobs like fruit picking/farm work/labour etc.

If you are coming in January, it might be hard to get retail work since a lot of places scale down their staff after Christmas - and this is pretty much the case for Hospitality work in Sydney too. Although January to March is a peak time for Hospitality jobs in Melbourne (in Sydney it is generally September to December). If you have office skills, it shouldn't be hard to pick up temp work around this time in both Sydney and Melbourne since a lot of people go on holidays around this time.


Sometimes a lot of people make the mistake of registering with heaps of agencies and not following up. If you send your CV to a recruitment agency you should contact them and let them know exactly when you will be in the country and when you will be available to work. The more information they have about you and what you can do, the more likely they are to think of you when a job vacancy comes up. If you contact them, they may also tell you that they have no vacancies at the moment (or whatever) and you will know to direct your energies elsewhwere!

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5. Posted by J0hn (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the info here guys, I would be heading out in february all the way through to july/august if I am to go. It seems that alot of it is being in the right place at the right time?

For this time period would you have any suggestions or advice on best places to aqcuire work?

Many Thanks,

6. Posted by enigma11 (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi, i too am heading out to oz in february. Im planning on starting off in melbourne and have been looking at agricultural work ie fruit picking. from what i can gather jan/feb is the peak time of year for picking jobs. If you fancy it check out i found this website really helpful and has links to lots of different farms. Also should you wish to apply for a 2nd yrs visa then spending 3 mths doing this type of work will make you eligible for this.

7. Posted by hannah1987 (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, i dont know much about fruit picking, there seemed to be a lot of it about but not where we were staying. Well we were initially planning to head to aus for ten months but had to cut it to 3 months when we got there because of lack of work. We found in Sydney that shops were after long term people, more than three months or non working visa people - they actually stated that on the job description, so after handing out around thirty CVS to shops i got no replys!! We started looking on the internet and went to a few interviews/trials, but the jobs were not for us.... door to door sales, market research, all the crap jobs, good money, but not our sort of jobs, may be yours though!!! So other than that we found nothing!!! we changed to a long three month holiday and not working, we've not regretted it, we just wish we'd have set out with this plan then we could have done more with out time instead of spending three weeks searching for jobs.... hope it helps!!! x

8. Posted by Oakey (Budding Member 64 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi.. I'm planning on getting to Oz early March.. we're heading to Adelaide first as we have freinds we can stay with there, I intend to spend as near to a year as possible in Oz, with the first couple of months getting our bearings in adelaide...

By the time we reach adelaide I will be looking on trying to find work almost straight away as I will already have spent a month in thailand/Bali....

Whats sort of work is available this time of the year in adelaide? How easy is it to get?

Is it worth contacting Agencies while I'm still in the UK with my CV etc....? I have office/customer service/financial service experience, I wouldnt mind getting something along those lines, although I am fully willing to do some Labouring/ Farming work...

9. Posted by jomatt (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Adelaide is more of a quiet, almost country, town. I lived there during my teens and jobs were certainly difficult to come by. But that was during the recession though (long time ago). I know of a few people of late who didn't have any trouble finding jobs in retail shops so things may have picked up a bit since then.