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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To find work with a recruitment agency you will need to register your details with them at one of their offices. Some of the major agencies have offices in every state which will be useful because you will only have to register with them once and from then on you can get work in every new place you visit.
If you're serious about getting work, it's recommended that you sign up with as many recruitment agencies as possible to give yourself a better chance of finding a job.
To register with a recruitment agency, you can either phone them or visit one of their offices to get an appointment with one of the agents.
You are usually asked to fill in some forms and provide some details. Sometimes you will be shown some induction videos with a questionnaire regarding health and safety in the work place (like a little training course).
Then, when your all done they will either call you or email you offering work opportunities as and when it becomes available.
The best way is to find them on the internet simply by typing 'recruitment agencies' into Google, follow it by the name of the place you're in at the time.
For example, if you're in Melbourne for a while and need to pick up some work, type 'recruitment agencies melbourne' into the search field for a more specific list (like this Google search example).
You can also get a list of local agencies from one of the CentreLink offices. CentreLink is not a service for backpackers but they can give you a list of agency contacts if ask politely.
To register you will need to take your passport for identification. You will also need your Tax File Number and your chosen Superannuation Fund and your Australian bank account details (see section Opening an Australian Bank Account from Overseas - Australian Bank Accounts Explained).
Of course you will need your contact details and the address you're staying at (a hostel address is usually enough, but do ask them in advance).
You will need a mobile phone so the agency can call you with the work without any delay (read our helpful Using Mobile Phones & Australian SIM cards while Backpacking around Australia article). The same applies to an e-mail account (quite often your wage slips will be sent to your e-mail address, see section E-mail Setup for Backpacking Around Australia if you don't already have one).
It's a good idea to prepare an employment portfolio including a resume (C.V) with a covering letter and make copies of any qualifications/certificates you may have that you can provide when you register (check out the Employment Documents for Backpacking Around Australia article).
In summary, to start working with a recruitment agency you will need the following things. Be sure to ask if there is anything else they will need from you when you first contact them.
So, the basic things you will need to register are...
Your passport - They will need to make a photocopy of your passport.
Your T.F.N - Tax File Number.
Your S.A.F - The details of the Superannuation Fund you have allocated.
Your Contact details - Mobile phone number, e-mail address, hostel address etc...
Your Resume (C.V) - This includes any relevant qualifications/certificates you may have, a cover letter and references (see Employment Documents).
Australian Bank Account details - For your wages to be paid into.
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There is quite a lot of preparation you can do to maximise your chances of getting work when you need it. Work can be easy to find as long as you know where to look and take every opportunity you get.
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