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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.