By Jonathan Porter
From mixing cocktails in a glamorous city bar and rounding up cattle on a 10,000-hectare (24,000- acre) farm in Queensland, to crewing on a dive boat on the Great Barrier Reef, there are literally thousands of jobs open to you on a working holiday in Australia.
In 2015, more than 200,000 visitors took advantage of different types of working holiday visas, which enable people from eligible countries aged 18-30 to work for up to a year while in Australia – and up to two years if you work in a rural area for part of the time.
Holidaymakers from countries as diverse as the UK, Taiwan, Germany, South Korea and France work their way around the country enjoying the nation’s beaches, vibrant nightlife and memorable landscapes.
Here are the top five ways of securing work while on holiday in Australia.
1. GUARANTEED JOB ON ARRIVAL
This mode of travel is ideal for younger, first-time and/or solo travellers. You might be looking for an au pair position with AIFS, or room and board on a farm as a jackaroo or jillaroo, or you may want to stay and work at a resort. If so, Australian Working Adventures are experts at this type of travel – helping over 10,000 holidaymakers find work.
You will generally be picked up and dropped off at the airport, have room and board included in your pay and only stay in one place, but will still be immersed in the Australian way of life and get to know the locals.
2. JOB-FINDING SUPPORT ON THE GROUND
This is a more flexible approach that offers short stays and support to find work. For example, you can stay for two to seven nights in Sydney and be put in touch with local employers and have your airport transfers looked after.
It’s a great way to travel around Australia, work, and get a flavour of different regions and perhaps even consider a longer stay.
Base Backpackers, Work n Holiday, and Travel Co are organisations that specialises in this “job fair”-style support. They offer different packages, but all help you find a job in areas ranging from fruit picking to IT to construction, and they will help with everything from finding the hottest party in town to setting up a bank account and a SIM card for your phone. They will even help you get discounted trade certificates and refunds on taxes when it’s time to go home.