How do I find Work while Backpacking in Australia?

Employment In Australia & Finding Work (Backpackers Guide) - Part 4
Working in Australia for backpackers

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.

  • 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,, and

  • 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,,,, 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).

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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