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Recruitment Agencies in Australia

Recruitment Agencies in Australia

One of the best ways to get work while backpacking in Australia is using the recruitment agencies. A recruitment agency is a company that specialises in finding jobs for backpackers in Australia either on a permanent or temporary basis. There are loads of recruitment agencies that can help you get work all over Australia.

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Backpacking & Supernnuation Funds

Backpacking & Supernnuation Funds

To start working in Australia you will need to nomiate a company to hold your superannuation. As far as a backpacker visiting Australia is concerned, a superannuation fund is like a savings account you can claim back when you leave Australia. Learn everything you need to know about superannuation for backpackers in Australia.

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Australian Tax File Number Explained

Australian Tax File Number Explained

If you want to work while you are backpacking in Australia you're going to need a Tax File Number. So what the hell is a Tax File Number? A Tax File Number (T.F.N) is a unique tax number which is issued by the Australian Tax Office to people who wish to work in Australia. It's only issued once for the duration of your life time and will be used to keep your tax records while you work.

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Training Courses For Working in Australia

Training Courses For Working in Australia

When you're backpacking around Australia you will find that some jobs require you to attend a basic training course before you can start work. Training courses are usually quite short and are meant to give you the necessary qualifications/certificates needed to start work. Learn which courses you will need to start working in Australia.

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Employment In Australia Finding Work - Backpackers Guide

Working in Australia for backpackers

If you're on a working holiday visa, finding work while backpacking around Australia is going to help you live comfortably and enjoy all the things you want to do.

Even before you go to Australia, there's quite a lot of preparation you can do to maximise your chances of getting work quickly when you arrive and earning a fairly continuous cash flow when you need it.

Work for backpackers in Australia can be relatively easy to find as long as you know where to look and take every opportunity you get.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia Did you know? If you're on a working holiday visa, you can get an extra year backpacking around Australia! All you have to do is work for 3 months (88 days) doing 'specified work' in regional Australia.

It sounds technical but it's actually really easy, all it means is doing work the Australian Government needs backpackers to do (i.e, fruit picking, construction and other specified work) for 3 months in 'regional Australia' (some entire states count as regional Australia).

If you love Australia and want to stay, learn how to easily earn an extra year backpacking around Australia in our Working Holiday Visa Extension section.

What do I need to do first to get work in Australia?

To actually start working in Australia, you will first need a Tax File Number, a Superannuation Fund and an Australian Bank Account.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia Superannuation: The company you nominate to 'look after' your superannuation fund is a decision you make just before you start work and is not something you need to do before you get to Australia.

It's still a good idea to learn a bit about superannuation so you know what to expect when you arrive (read our Australian Superannuation Funds Explained article). Your Australian bank account and the tax file number should (where possible) be arranged before you leave (check out the Australian Bank Accounts Explained and Australian Tax File Number Explained - Backpacker's Guide articles for lots of help & tips to get started).

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia All of these things can be arranged when you're in Australia but it could take a some time. The T.F.N can be particularly difficult because it requires a permanent Australian address and it can take anything up to 28 days to be sent through.

Don't worry, help is at hand! There are companies that will get your T.F.N for you and send it to you by email when you arrive in Australia. So you can get your Tax File Number arranged before you go (read the Australian Tax File Number Explained - Backpacker's Guide article for more).

What's the next step for getting work in Australia?

The next step is to make some copies of any qualifications/certificates you may have and create a resume (C.V) with a cover letter which can all be put into an employment portfolio (see section Employment Documents).

You will be sending your resume & cover letter by email to new employers when you apply for work. So it's good to spend a bit of time getting your resume ready so you can apply for work quickly when you arrive in Australia.

What kind of work will I be doing? - Backpacking jobs in Australia

If you're backpacking around Australia on a working holiday visa, the majority of the work you will pick up is going to be casual work (i.e fruit picking, bar work, laboring, temping etc...).

For backpackers in Australia, the recruitment agencies are going to be very helpful indeed when you are looking for work (read the Recruitment Agencies In Australia - Finding Work Fast - Backpackers Guide article).

You can find recruitment agencies all over Australia and you can use them to get work fast. Some recruitment agencies have offices in alomst every major town/city which is helpful because you will only need to sign up once and when you arrive somewhere new, you can call them and get work straight away.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia If you're on your first Working Holiday Visa and you're looking to extend your stay for another year read the Working Holiday Visa Extension section. If you're able to fulfil the necessary criteria, it's a good way to earn money and gain another year in Australia at the same time.

If you're thinking of staying in one place for a longer period of time, you may wish to develop your career and/or get a more permanent job. A professional would do well in this type of situation especially if you have skills which are in demand (learn about the Australian skilled visa requirements).

To find out if you have any of the skills in demand there is a list called the Skilled Occupations List which shows the professions that are in high demand by the Australian Government. Sponsorship is sometimes available to the right candidate and is something to consider if you wish to emigrate to Australia.

Training Courses for Employment in Australia

There are some types of work which require you to take a short training course before you start. On these courses you will be able to obtain the necessary qualification like the R.S.A certificate (responsible serving of alcohol) or the 'bluecard' (construction site health & safety) which are needed to do certain types of work in Australia.

If you're qualified or know specifically what type of work you want to do, it's worth finding out if your job requires a certificate before you start (see section Training Courses for Employment in Australia).

There is also the possibility that your current certificates/qualifications may need to be verified in order to be recognized as a suitable equivalent to the Australian qualification standards.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia Whatever you plan to do, if you intend to work, a mobile phone and an email account are an absolute necessity for getting work in Australia (check out the Using Mobile Phones & Australian SIM cards while Backpacking around Australia and E-mail Setup for Backpacking Around Australia articles for more info).

How do I find work Backpacking in Australia?

There are loads of ways to find work, keep your eyes open and take every opportunity you get!

  • If you're chasing fruit (fruit picking) you can download the free National Harvest Guide. This guide has all the information on the harvest trail and how to get started. Please note it's in PDF format and does take a while for the page to load.

  • Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia You can save a copy of the national harvest guide to your USB Flash Drive by clicking the download icon at the top right of the browser window after it has opened (it has an arrow pointing downwards).

    This way you can have a mobile copy to read wherever you go (i.e, on your phone, ipad, laptop etc...) which can be quite handy when there is no internet available.
  • It's worth reading local newspapers for jobs. You can also go through the phone book ringing prospective employers or companies directly (which can be effective).

  • The internet is a great source for job opportunities, just type in the job you want and your location into the search engine. (i.e 'bar work melbourne'). Some of the main job search websites in Australia are seek.com.au, jobs.com.au, careerone.com.au and spotjobs.com.

  • If you're staying in a hostel (or even if not) asking other backpackers about work and looking at the notice boards can lead to work. Also the information kiosks you see around town are worth a visit.

  • As mentioned before, the recruitment agencies are a very good option for backpackers finding short term work in Australia. If you're looking for recruitment agencies in Australia, try truelocal.com.au, manpower.com.au, launchrecruitment.com.au, hays.com.au, adecco.com.au etc... or searching for 'recruitment agencies' followed by your location (i.e, 'recruitment agencies melbourne').

    You can learn more about recruitment agencies in our Recruitment Agencies In Australia - Finding Work Fast - Backpackers Guide article.

Recruitment agencies in Australia - Getting work fast

One of the best ways to get work in Australia is with a recruitment agency. There are loads of recruitment agencies that operate all over Australia. If you really need to find work, it's a good idea to sign up with as many as possible (learn more about Recruitment Agencies).

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia If you ever need an up to date list of recruitment agencies wherever you are, find the local CentreLink and ask the staff for a list. If you didn't already know, CentreLink is the place where unemployed Australian citizens go to find work.

It's not a service for backpackers, but they can supply a list of local recruitment agencies for you free of charge if you ask nicely.
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