Finding work in Australia?

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1. Posted by Dustinb131 (Budding Member 9 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi im 20 from Canada and me and my Girlfriend really want to go travelling. How hard is it to find work in Austrailia? I would travel to lots of places in the world, I just don't have much money and need to work wherever I go. Also how much would be good to take? Right now I have no money but I am doing construction work making 10 dollars an hour. If I save for a plane ticket and a week or 2 for living would that be to risky to find a job?
Thanks for all the help and sorry about the long post.

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Dustin,

I'm not sure what the visa requirements are for you to be able to work in Australia, but generally work is not too difficult to find. This depends of course on the type of work you want to do. However, as you have done construction type of work, you will have no problemm at all getting jobs on building sites, as the building industry is booming at the moment and there is currently a shortage of all trades and labourers. This is especially true in Sydney and the big cities.

How much money would you need? Probably as much as possible. Keep saving, as you're money can dry up real quickly when youi're travelling.

Good luck.

3. Posted by kylieINoz (Budding Member 3 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Dustin,

I have just replied to the message you have sent regarding staying with me.

It is possible to come to Oz and get work straight away.. Thing is you need to go where the work is, try this website it is the most used website for employers.
Will you have a work visa?? You can get around working without one but it could mean less pay, and less availability because of insurance not many employers can pay cash in hand anymore.


4. Posted by Dustinb131 (Budding Member 9 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I would be looking for any kind of work, I would love to bartend or work in a hotel. If I took a bartending course over here how hard would it be to get a batending job there and how much can you make? Labour work is fine too, is there lots of construction companies that need labourers?

5. Posted by ireneutama (Budding Member 11 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Dustin,

You can try this link to find works in Aussie :

And check with Australian embassy how to get your working holiday visas.

6. Posted by DeeKay (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Dustin!

I'm from Montréal and I also plan to go to Australia to work and travel. From Canada, it's really easy to get a Work Holiday Visa for Australia, since both countries are part of the Commonwealth. You can even get it online.

You should also check out the web site of travel cuts ( it think). They have a program called SWAP that can help you get your visa, find work and a place to stay once you're there. They offer that program for a lot of places, including Australia and New Zeland.

Good luck!


7. Posted by (Full Member 26 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

If your looking for a good wage then try working in the outback. I'm working as a nanny at the moment in the outback (near Alice Springs). I get all my food and accommodation (have my own house actually!) and $300 a week plus a car! And there is nothing to do here, it is boring sometimes but the money is great and I'm spending nothing!
I went to and signed up with them for $55 and had loads of phone calls. Its definatley worth a try just for the experience. They do all sorts of work like cattle stations, home help, farm work, bar work, hotels.
Hope that helps.