seansasLCY From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2007, 876 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 930 times:
I finish University here in the UK at the end of May and I'm seriously thinking about heading to Australia and taking a working holiday.
I have a few questions. Has anybody done this before? I'd be going to Australia with a friend who will stay from May till the end of September after which he will go home and I will stay on for the rest of the year.
How easy is it to find work? Is anybody on here in need of staff?
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10906 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 921 times:
This is a really good idea. I am sure there are many possibilities. Maybe even airline/airport related work.
Take a look at this web page. Maybe it will help you find something you like.
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bookishaviator From Australia, joined Jun 2009, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 913 times:
Is there any particular sort of work you're looking to do, or are you not fussed? I ask because at that time of year (May onward) you're likely to have more luck in the north of the country or in WA - where it's warmer - with hospitality jobs and the like. If your idea of Australia is sun and sand, don't go anywhere near SA, Melbourne or Tasmania at that time of year (although I personally contend that Melbourne is the best place in Australia to be in winter, but whatever).
Hospitality work is not your only option, of course. For example: I used to work in disability support - a sector that struggles to retain staff long-term - and the organisation I worked for regularly employed guys and girls on working holiday visas for short stints to help out with various things (admittedly menial tasks most of the time).
It all depends on your expectations I suppose... what you want to be doing, how much of the country you want to see, or whether you're happy to stay in the one region, etc.
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seansasLCY From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2007, 876 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 910 times:
Quoting bookishaviator (Reply 2): Is there any particular sort of work you're looking to do, or are you not fussed?
I'm really not that fussed. I have already done internships and things in the Uk so its not so much about making my CV look good as just having fun and doing something random. I've always done what other people (parents etc) have wanted and now I just want to get away for a bit and do some exploring.
Weather isn't really a major issue for me. I have been looking quite a lot at Darwin and I seem quite drawn towards it. (not sure why!)
Quoting bookishaviator (Reply 2): and the organisation I worked for regularly employed guys and girls on working holiday visas for short stints to help out with various things
Would you possibly have a contact for them? Or do you know of any others who hire travellers? I'd really like to arrange my first month before I head out just so I know I at least have something.
signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3017 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 821 times:
I did this with a friend in 2002-2003.
The visa application process was dead easy (at the time) - download a form, fill it in, take it to the Australian consulate in London and walk out 1/2 hour later with the visa in your passport From that date, I had one year to enter Australia for the first time.
The visa entitled me to be in the country for 1 year, multi-entry (though we stayed the whole time). I could only work for one employer for a maximum of 3 months. I had to apply for a Tax File Number on arrival, and a Medicare card (reciprocal agreement for NHS).
We stayed in Sydney for 4 months, I found a job after 2 months working in a warehouse packing office supplies, my friend worked for the 131500 Public Transport Information phone line. Both came through agencies. We both worked in IT, but couldn't find short term work in that field.