Top tips on working in Australia for backpackers!

Thinking of moving to Australia to work? Here are a few quick tips for you guys travelling out there. After all who wants headaches when you have just moved to a new country?! I hope you find these tips easy to follow and they were helpful too you!


1.Visa- 417 working holiday visa

I think it’s clearly obvious that you can’t just move to another country to work without obtaining a visa. In Australia you will need a ‘working holiday visa’ in order to be able to work! The work visas in Australia allow you to work for one employer for a maximum of 6 months, then you must move along and find another job! As the main purpose of your visit is a ” working holiday” meaning it’s pleasure first,work second!! To obtain a second year visa you must complete 88 days regional work which varies from working on grape vineyards to helping farmers with their cattle! The maximum stay on a WHV is 2 years from the date you land.  To apply for a visa you can go on the website. Agencies and travel agents tend to charge much more!

2.Australian mobile number

Having and Aussie number is essential when applying for jobs so employers/recruiting agencies can contact you easily,Using an English phone number can be pretty pricey as you would imagine! My advice would be to take an unlocked phone then look for the best prices on what the Australians call a “pre-paid” sim-card, this is a pay as you use sim card which you choose how much if any amount of money/credit you’d like to put on every month. The major providers are Vodafone,Optus and Telstra, All doing reasonable priced plans, some even include free international calls.


3.Tax file number (TFN)

So you are probably thinking what is a Tax File number? An Australian tax file number is a unique number issued by the ATO (Australian tax office), very similar to a National Insurance number in the UK. Getting a TFN straight away is pretty important, if you fail to do so you will risk getting  taxed at a much higher rate when you do start working. Applying for your TFN is pretty straight forward and can take up to 28 days to be delivered. Head over to the ATO website or alternatively head into an Australia Post building when you arrive where you can apply for one.


Having a current and up to date resume is vitally important when applying for jobs, so before heading over make sure you have tied up all the loose ends on there! From a personal experience I found the best job site to use whilst in Australia was 100% You will recieve plenty of calls from keen recruitment agents trying to get you into work! The main hotspots for work are Sydney and Melbourne so finding a job shouldn’t be an issue,so don’t worry!


So there are some handy tips for working in Australia- I hope these were helpful and the best of luck to anyone who is making the trip over to this amazing country, Make the most of it and stay safe! Any comments or feedback is appreciated.

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