Work in Australia
Working part time while you study is a great way to gain international experience, cover your daily and study expenses as well as improve your English fluency. You can also gain work experience by doing an international student internship. With a bit of luck, you could even find a paid internship. Depending on the college or university you choose to study at, you could get an internship as part of the course. Otherwise, you can do it as an elective or on the side of your degree.
Australia is known for its strong economy and extremely low unemployment rate – only 6%. This ensures good working conditions not only for its citizens but also for international students, immigrants and visitors. As a student you can easily find a job withing the first few weeks after your arrival in Australia. However, you should note that these are generally labouring jobs. Better paid jobs with more professional development opportunities are available to those with good English and proven qualifications in a particular field. At the end of the day your employment options depend on your personal preferences, experience and your English skills. There are many areas that depend on international students, therefore, if you are an active job seeker, you will easily find a job.
If you decide to work in Australia, you will need a bank account, a Tax File Number (TFN) and a resume in English. However, one thing to remember is that Australian employers prefer experience over diplomas and certificates. References form previous employers are almost always requested. The official government data states that the minimum salary in Australia in 2020 was AU$19.84 per hour (or $753.80 per week) and all businesses operating in Australia must adhere to it. As an alternative, you can start your own business and for that you will need to get an Australian Business Number (ABN).
Our agency has been operating in the Australian market for years and that gives us a major advantage over other agencies, namely, affiliations. We will let you take a full advantage of our database of allied businesses seeking employees. We cannot guarantee you success because a lot depends on you, but if you really put your head and heart you will soon be making your way to your first Australian job.
The most popular business sectors hiring overseas students:
- hospitality (cafés, bars and restaurants)
- trade (supermarkets, shopping centers and clothing shops)
- tourism (hotels and motels)
- construction work
- farm work (mostly fruit picking)
Here are a few examples of remuneration per hour:
- waiter – $15-$30 (plus tips)
- cleaner – $15-$25
- kitchen hand – $12-$18
- child minding/ au pair /elderly care – $15-$25
- chef – $15-$25
- personal trainer – $30-$50
- lifeguard – $15-$40
- painter / labourer – $15-$35