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

Employment In Australia & Finding Work (Backpackers Guide) - Part 2
Working in Australia for backpackers

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

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).

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.

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