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Getting a Job in Australia!

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If you are looking for a better life, Australia is a place of opportunity. A multicultural country with people from all over the world who welcome foreigners and make them feel like one of the community. In fact, 1 in 2 Australian citizens are foreigners or children of foreigners. Multiculturalism from all over the world in one place!

One of the most interesting benefits of studying in Australia as an International Student is having the option of getting a job and earning an income during your stay here. Working while studying is very common for local students as well as International Students. With the Student Visa, you will be able to work in Australia unlimited and full time. Currently, the Australian Government has relaxed the time restrictions on the amount of time an international student can work. This has been done to strengthen the current lack of workers. Previously it was a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight and now it is unlimited. It should also be clarified that this measure is temporary. The Australian Government is constantly reviewing this measure and may revert to the previous status mentioned above. We leave you the link to the official information of the Department of Home Affairs. The possibility of being able to work with the Student Visa is a great opportunity to supplement your living expenses, gain experience in an Australian workplace, start building your resume and it also means having extra money to explore all the wonders this amazing country has to offer.

Australia has established itself as one of the world’s most stable economies after 25 years of steady growth. It is worth noting that after the last few years of the Global COVID-19 Pandemic, the Australian economy, along with others around the world, has been weakened. This, on the other hand, has given certain advantages to international students going to Australia such as the relaxation of the maximum hours allowed to work as discussed above.

Due to its low unemployment rate (around 6%) and low population density (an average of 3 people per square kilometer), foreign labor is in high demand in all professional, technical and vocational sectors of the economy. as a result, Australia is an excellent place to embark on a career and, at the same time, improve your English skills. This country has several job opportunities to offer you Do you want to know what industries and professions we are talking about? Here’s what we tell you about it!

Unskilled jobs:

All jobs that do not require specialized academic training are classified as unskilled. In addition, they do not usually require a high level of English.

Examples of working sectors with pre-qualified requirements
Hospitality – Hotel roles
Gardening & Landscaping maintenance
Harvesting – Fruit picking
Uber Drive & Eats

Qualified jobs:

All jobs with a certain level of specialty, usually professional, are skilled jobs.

Qualified professions require specialized training, which can be obtained through Qualifications or University Degrees. In terms of language, you must have a medium or high knowledge of the language to be able to function in a demanding professional environment and perform complex functions.

Ejemplos de industrias y profesiones cualificadas
Dental Health
Animal Care
Cookery & Professional Chef
Business Administration
Therapeutic care

Fundamental requirements to work in Australia:

Obtain a Visa that allows you to work

There are several types of visas that allow you to work in Australia, but the most interesting and the one that we usually recommend from ACE Australia is the Student Visa, which allows you to study and work full time (unlimited hours) while you stay in Australia for the duration of the University Qualification-Career in which you are enrolled. Once again, we would like to emphasize the temporary nature of this measure explained above. The Student Visa has the best immigration projection in Australia, both in accessing the Graduate Visa and the Australian Government‘s Permanent Resident Migration programs.

Visa Types
Student Visa
Graduate Visa
Skilled Visa
Sponsor Visa
Work & Holiday Visa

Obtain Tax File Number

You will also need to obtain a “Tax File Number (TFN)”. This number must be requested before starting work. You can only apply when you are already in Australia, you can do it on-line. The TFN is key to have it (only one per person) to be able to work legally in Australia. In this way, the employer, for example, can prepare the employee’s payslips and deduct taxes correctly (gross salary to net salary).

If you intend to work as a freelancer, on the other hand, you must apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN). You can also apply online. With this ABN number, you will be able to issue the invoices corresponding to the customer you are providing a good or service to.

Obtain a new cell phone number in Australia

It will be important that you can request an Australian telephone number to make local communication easier and more efficient. For example, with your employers. The process is very simple, you must choose a cell phone plan in the different phone companies that you can find in Australia. If you wish, you can look at this link for a comparison of the different cell phone companies in Australia.

Having a bank account in Australia

Another requirement is that you have a bank account in Australia. With the ACE Australia team we will assist you in everything you need. This is very simple to do and you will be asked for your Passport plus other personal information such as address in Australia (they will send you the debit card there), contact details such as telephone number and email, as well as the type of Visa you are in Australia on. Australian visas are digital/electronic and are therefore linked to your passport number. Also, a person’s visa can be checked with the Department of Home AffairsVEVO checktool.

Where to look for a job?

When looking for a job in Australia, you will have many possibilities and opportunities. These are some of the best options where to look for a full time, part-time or casual basis job:

  • Job websites: Seek, Indeed, Jora, GumTree jobs, AirTasker and Adzuna are some of the most important job platforms in Australia. There are millions of jobs loaded on every site, ranging from part-time to high-level corporate roles.
  • Your educational institution’s job board: The best thing about using your educational institution’s job board is that the roles uploaded have been specifically targeted to students, which means employers are ready and willing to hire students.
  • LinkedIn: This is probably the best social network for connecting with recruiters and leaders in all types of industries. This will help you with your job search not only now, but in the future when you are looking to develop your career.
  • Facebook: There are many good Facebook groups dedicated to particular industries and cities, where employers post all kinds of jobs.
  • Freelance work platforms: A large number of students accept jobs through various freelance platforms such as Uber and Uber Eats, DiDi, Ola, Deliveroo and EASI. Many students also opt for freelance work through platforms such as Freelancer, Fiverr or Upwork.
  • Industry Platforms: If you are looking for a hospitality, events, tourism and food & beverage job in Melbourne, the Supp app allows you to search for shift work and get additional jobs when you need them. More hospitality jobs can be found at Scout Jobs, while roles in media, publishing and other creative industries are often advertised at The Loop and Pedestrian Jobs. If you are looking for a non-profit position, be sure to check out Ethical Jobs.

How to get a job?

Follow the steps below to help you in the job search process. Australians, like everyone else, value a work culture and building the right teams for it. They also allow themselves to enjoy time with their work colleagues and have a good time after office. The following details are simple accompaniments:

  1. Understand your employment rights as an international student in Australia.
  2. Make sure you fully understand what the position entails and what the company does.
  3. Read the job description carefully.
  4. Make your resume and cover letter stand out and attract attention. You can share it with friends, acquaintances and teachers in Australia so they can share a 2nd look at it with you!
  5. After submitting your application, track the status of your application. Show your interest!
  6. Be prepared for the interview. Be attentive!
  7. Follow up with the employer. Shows enthusiasm for achieving the role.
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