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February 15, 2023

Working in Australia: the ultimate guide to live the Australian dream

You have decided to move to Australia and are ready to start work as soon as you arrive in the country. After carefully reading what to do when you arrive in Australia and making sure you have all the necessary certificates to work, it’s time to study our complete guide on how to work in Australia.

Premise: unless you have a very important disposable income – and in that case lucky you! – thinking of living in Australia without working is rather impossible. Australia is, in fact, the land of a thousand opportunities and one of the countries with the highest wages in the world but it is also an extremely expensive country – you can read more about it here: how much does it cost to live in Australia? – which is why once you arrive you will most likely have to start your search.

Work in Australia

Visa to work in Australia

Writing resumes for Australia?

Looking for work in Australia: how to find work in Australia?

Most wanted jobs in Australia

Working in Australia with no experience

Working on farms in Australia

Salaries in Australia?

Looking for work in Australia from Italy

Job offers for Italians in Australia

Let’s recap: how do I work in Australia?

How to work in Australia? Working Visa for Australia

Before even launching yourself into the search for the highest paid or most sought-after jobs in Australia and untangling yourself among job offers for Italians in Australia, it will be essential for you to obtain a work visa for Australia.

There are an infinite number of working visas, however, often the most common for those relocating to Australia is the Working Holiday Visa – also known by the acronym of WHV. On the other hand, many specialised workers arrive Down Under with sponsor or skilled visas, work visas that are more complex to obtain but which lead, in many cases, to permanent residence.

If you think this could be your case, contact our agents today and start your migration journey.

Resume writing for Australia

Writing an effective and complete resume is the first step to actually being able to find work in Australia. Keep in mind that the difficulty of writing your resume is directly proportional to the level of the position you are looking for.

To put simply: if you are looking for a job as a waiter in any restaurant, all you need to do is put all your previous experiences, contacts and personal data on paper. In case you are looking for a managerial position in an office, you will need a resume, cover letter, reference letters and often also an updated portfolio.

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How to find work in Australia?

Having ascertained that you have the working rights to work in Australia, it is now time to look for work: where to start?

Premise: finding a job from Italy is almost impossible – unless yours is a highly specialised and highly sought-after profession. Furthermore, at least in the first period in Australia when you are familiarising yourself with the language it is likely that you will have a different job than the one you studied for in Italy; this does not mean that working in Australia with an Italian degree is impossible but just more complex than finding a job in hospitality.

At this point, to start your active job search, you must make sure you have all the necessary certificates to work in Australia in your reference sector, you already have your curriculum vitae or resume and all you have to do is apply for available positions.

Here are some useful websites for job hunting:

In this article, we explain in detail how to proceed with your job search: looking for work in Australia

Australia’s most wanted jobs

One of the reasons why the migrant sector is so fundamental to the Australian economy is the existence of highly sought-after and at the same time difficult to fill job positions; for this reason there are lists of professions that are more in demand than others and are continuously updated; for 2023 the University of Victoria identifies 10 positions:

  • Construction managers
  • Civil engineering professionals
  • Early childhood teachers
  • Registered nurses
  • ICT business & systems analysts
  • Software & applications programmers
  • Electricians
  • Chefs
  • Aged & Disabled care workers
  • Childcare workers

Generally, experience in the professions belonging to these lists leads to permanent residence. To be sure and outline your migration path, contact our agents.

Working in Australia with no experience

Unlike other countries where entering the world of work can be extremely difficult and frustrating, the same cannot be said of Australia. Starting to work without experience in Australia is possible as long as you demonstrate good will and commitment.

Working on farms in Australia

Those who arrive in Australia for a working holiday experience are very often looking for work on a farm either to renew their visa for a second or third year or to try a different life experience. Working on farms, as well as being something that will rarely happen in your life, is a great way to save some money.

You may be interested in: working on farms – the complete guide

Salaries: How much do you earn in Australia?

Working in Australia means earning rather high salaries, among the highest in the world. The minimum wage in Australia is around $25 an hour and working 40 hours a week it is the norm to earn at least $1000 a week. Specialised jobs allow you to earn even double or triple. But don’t be fooled by these figures: the cost of living in Australia goes hand in hand with earnings.

Looking for work in Australia from Italy

Looking for work in Australia from Italy is an option to consider if you cover a specialised and requested position. It is absolutely not a hypothesis to consider when you decide to leave for a working holiday and are looking for occasional and/or farm work.

Job offers for Italians in Australia

The typical professionalism of Italian workers is particularly appreciated in Australia, especially in sectors such as catering and construction; in fact, it is not difficult at all for Italians to find job offers in these areas in a very short time when they arrive in Australia. Remember to secure the necessary certificates to be eligible for the job search and to ensure that you reach a level of English that is appropriate for the job you are looking for.

You may be interested in: Certificates required to work in Australia

Let’s recap: how do I work in Australia?

  • I get a visa for Australia
  • I buy a plane ticket
  • I obtain the necessary certifications to work in a given sector
  • I make sure I have the legal requirements to work in the country (Tax File Number or ABN), to be called back (Australian sim) and to get paid (Australian bank account)
  • I prepare a curriculum appropriate to the job I’m looking for
  • Start the search

You might be interested in: What to do as soon as you arrive in Australia


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