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Finding Work - Employment In Australia

Finding Work - Employment 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.

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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 Employment in Australia

Training Courses for Employment 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.

Most training courses involve an induction style presentation with a small test at the end. If you're asked to attend one of these courses, it's usually to do with health & safety and/or work place practices.

How do I know if I need to attend a training course?

When you enquire about a new job you will need to ask the prospective employer/recruitment agent if any specific qualifications or certificates are needed before you can start work.

If you already know the kind of work you will be doing, you can see if you need to do a course ahead of time in preparation. Below is a list of some occupations which require certification.

  • Construction Industry - Any work carried out 'on site' will require a health and safety course to get the 'blue card'.

  • Bar work - The R.S.A (responsible serving of alcohol) certificate is required to serve alcohol.

  • Recruitment labouring - Health and safety inductions are usually conducted by the agency as 'in house' training.

  • Mining - Requires the 'blue card' health and safety certificate and possibly others depending on the role you apply for.

  • Seasonal work and recreation - Some guided tours, ski resort operations, dive training, etc... may require certificates.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia If you're still in the planning phase it's best to add the possible costs of qualifications or certificates into the budget (check out the The Backpacker's Budget for Australia - Cost Of living In Australia - PART 1 article).

If these costs get paid for by other means (i.e, subsidised by your new employer) then you can count it as a bonus.

Who supplies the training courses in Australia?

Training courses are usually provided by independent companies who specialise in training certification and have the facilities in their offices. You can find training providers all over Australia and you can book courses online where they will give you the time, date and location of your appointment.

After finishing a training course, you're usually issued with a certificate or more often a card on the same day the course is completed. The card contains the details of the training you have completed which are necessary for the job and should be taken with you to interviews or when you sign up with a recruitment agency.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia It's a good idea to get the phone number of the course instructor so that you can call them if there are any problems getting to your training appointment.

Sometimes these places are difficult to find so it's a good idea to give yourself plenty of time to get there. After you have been given the course details you could always use Google Map to plot a route and print out a localised map to find your way there easily.

Will my training certificate work in all Australian states?

Unfortunately the certificate scheme is not yet national and needs to be completed in each individual state for you to work there.

For example, if you're in Queensland and get an R.S.A certificate (responsible serving of alcohol) to work in a bar, then say you head down to New South Wales to pick up more bar work, you'll need to get the New South Wales R.S.A certificate before you begin.

How much do employment courses cost in Australia?

The cost of each course varies on the occupation and between the companies who supply the training. It's worth remembering that sometimes an employer or recruitment agent can get a course subsidised (paid for you) so it's worth asking about this before you make any arrangements yourself.

Top OzUltra Articles Backpacking Australia
Australian Bank Accounts Explained - Backpackers Guide

Australian Bank Accounts Explained - Backpackers Guide

Setting up an Australian bank account (A.B.A) is going to be an absolute necessity for spending time in Australia. Learn how to get setup before you go and which banks are best for backpacking in Australia.

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Australian Tax File Number Explained

Australian Tax File Number Explained

The good thing for people on a Temporary Working visa is that you can make a claim for all of the employment tax you have paid when you leave the country.

Appointed Person - Help from home

Appointed Person - Help from home

When you go to Australia it's important to have somebody you can trust at home to help you out when you need to get things done. Read our guide about choosing an appointed person before you go.

Travel Insurance for Backpackers Guide - Choosing the Right Policy for you

When you're out on the trail anything can happen and it's advisable to take measures to protect yourself in case of an emergency. Learn about different types of backpacker insurance.

A Backpackers Guide to Trains & Trams in Australia

There are lots of train services in Australia. You have the trains/trams that go through the cities/suburbs, those which traverse the coasts and the interstate trains that travel vast distances across the country.

Backpackers Guide to Instant Messaging And Free Video Calls

Instant messaging (IM) is a very good means of communication for a backpacker. It enables two or more people to meet and chat live online either by typing messages or speaking into a microphone.

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