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Thinking of doing a working holiday to Australia? Good call! Here are some places you can look for jobs to support your travels across the great land Down Under.


Big Money Mining

If you're looking to make a lot of money then you might want to look into the mining industry. There are several ticketing (certification) agencies and training programs based in Perth that give you the qualifications needed to find a job. The down side, however, is that they don't guarantee a job even if you've successfully completed their courses. If you already have the necessary qualifications (such as a trade or a science background) and are eager to hop on over, then check out seek.com.au as that is the main portal for many mining jobs. You can also look at recruiters such as Chandler Mcleod, BCM, Marble Group, Hays Recruitment for job postings. Finally, The West Australian newspaper publishes sections dedicated to the resource industry every Wednesday and Saturday. If you're unsure what you could possibly do in the mines, then head on over to infomine.com for all the mining information you can handle. If you can't find a job there then you could always try your hand at showing up and looking for work. The majority of the work can be found in Darwin, Perth, Kalgoorlie or the Pilbara, but make sure you have enough money to support yourself while looking for work.



Next up, if you're looking for employment in the cities, construction or other sorts of labour might be your gig. Try out APC Recruiting or MADEC as they concentrate on the Eastern side of Australia. Kelly Services is a recruiter that has offices and job postings throughout Australia. Not only that, they're an international company so they might be good for researching your next host country, too. Constructions jobs will also require you to have a white card which can be obtained in just about any city for about $100. Basically, it's a one day course informing you about safe work practices and basic first aid. It's a national ticket so once you get one, you're set for all of Oz.


Hostels and Roadhouses

These two couldn't be more different. Your hostels are in the cities while the roadhouses are in the country, and I mean the country! Hostels will be touch and go since there are many travellers looking for free or cheap accommodation. Give it a shot as there are lots of hostels all over the big cities. Failing that, you can usually find work in the roadhouses and pubs in the country. If the roadhouse gig sounds good to you, try to get the number of the local pub or roadhouse and phone them personally. Ask them if and when they'll need help as they almost always need to line up another worker.



Ah, think of it, you wake up at 5 am so you can get to work to open the cafe doors at 6 for all of those busy body Melbournians who need their coffee fix. Be it the Australian Sky Bury or the Sumatran dark roast, there are heaps of cafes throughout Australia serving up the morning's cup of jo. Numerous websites post openings but they disappear fast. Check out sites such as backpackerjobboard.com.au or gumtree.com.au.


Farm Work

If you are under 31 and want to stay in Australia for 2 years on the work/travel visa you'll have to commit to at least three months working in the resource or agricultural sectors. Most folks choose fruit picking. Be sure to check on the postal code you're working in since not all post codes qualify for a second work visa. The first place to look for work is the government run Harvest Trail website since they have a nicely laid out guide giving information on the seasons of the Australian harvest. For many of these jobs it's beneficial to have your own transportation and accommodation, which you can find on tradingpost.com.au, though there are several “working hostels” you can choose from if you have neither. If you've never worked on a farm before and couldn't tell an elephant's trunk from a garden hose, then consider taking a course before hand, if only for the experience. Two popular courses are run by VisitOz and Outbackpackers. Costs vary, so check what works for you.


Other Work

The sky's the limit. You can set yourself as a freelancer or a contractor in any industry and command quite a wage. Another option, if you're a qualified teacher, is to look for placements as a seasonal in the school system. ESL is also popular throughout Australia given its proximity to Asia so you can even look into tutoring or working in a private institution.


That should be a pretty good list to get you going. If you have trouble finding employment after searching through these resources, don't give up! There's always something out there, it just might take a little while to find. Good luck!