Best Working Holiday Jobs For Young Travellers In Australia
by Helen R. Peacock, Finance Editor
Published in Finance on 13/10/2019
Use A Working Holiday Job Provider
If you're worried about getting work in australia right of the bat, using a working holiday job provider could be the solution. Services like Work N Holiday provide "packages" that guarantee a job once you land in Australia. Although they can be expensive, if the idea of getting a job is stressing you out, these can provide much needed peace of mind.
You'll find a lot of young foreign backpackers working in farms across Australia. Why? Because if you didn't know already, 88 days of farm work is a requirement to qualify for a second year working holiday visa in Australia. Although the work can be difficult, often demanding long days in hot weather, it does give you the opportunity to earn some cash and extend your stay in australia.
Plus, there are lot's of these jobs going and they're not that hard to get, especially if you have some experience. The majority of backpackers (over 90% in fact) looking for a second year working holiday visa work at fruit farms, picking and packing berries, grapes and other fruits.
You will often live with a bunch of other farm workers too, which gives you an excellent opportunity to make friends.
Au Pairing in Australia is a popular option for many young travellers, even if it doesn't pay as much as a regular job. As an au pair, you will be responsible for taking care of someone's children for up to thirty hours a week, and in return you will usually receive an allowance, a room to sleep in and three meals a day.
Australia has some of the highest wages for au pairs of anywhere else in the world, so it's easy to see why so many young travellers look for au pair work.
For many, working as an au pair is a fun way to get to know a specific part of australia well, acclimate to the culture, earn a bit of money and have an awesome job. Au pairs are also entitled to 2 weeks of paid holiday every 3 months, so you get some time to explore too!
Although this isn't an option for everyone, freelancing can be an excellent way to support your travels down under, without being held back by a regular job. If you have a specific skill set that you can do from a laptop, there's a chance you can be a freelancer.
Designers, writers, website developers, accountants, video editors and many more professions can find work online!
If you have experience working in reception or hospitality and want a fun, lively job, working in a hostel could be perfect for you. There are lots of hostels all over Australia, catering to millions of young travellers every year, and by working at one you have the chance to speak to and make friends with people from all over the world.
If you speak a second language, you'll be much more likely to get a job in a hostel, as they are always looking for people who can converse easily with the guests.
Barista / Bartender
Have experience in bar work or making coffee? Australia's coffee and alcohol industry is booming, with cafes on every corner and bars/pubs everywhere too. Even without experience in these jobs you may be able to find work as a bar back and work your way up.
These jobs tend to pay well and although they can be a lot of work and stressful at times, they do offer the opportunity to save some money and meet new people!f
Don't like commitment? Try temping as a way to earn some extra cash without having to tie yourself down. There are plenty of temp agencies in every major Australian city that you can sign up with to find temp work in retail, hospitality and office work. The Australian minimum wage is pretty high, so you'll likely be making decent money.
WWOOF stands for Willing Workers On Organic Farms - it's an organisation that connects willing volunteers with organic farms across the world, in exchange for food and accommodation. It's important to stress that these are for the most part unpaid positions, although some hosts may offer some payment.They are however, a great way to explore Australia for very cheap, and the working hours usually aren't very long.
If you're a skilled professional, contract work could be a possibility for you to earn while you travel. Unfortunately you can't work for more than six months in one location whilst on a working holiday visa, but if you can find contract work for a shorter amount of time, you may be able to earn more while you travel, and hopefully gain some relevant experience to put on your CV.
Last but not least, if you're looking to top up your bank account but don't want to necessarily commit to a full-time job, event work could be your solution.
There are some huge events in Australia, especially during the summer months, such as the F1 Grand Prix, The Australian Open and the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. All of these types of events need event workers to check people in, serve food and drinks and help with set up and takedown.