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How Can I Work in Australia

Updated on February 5, 2015

Work In Australia

Working Holiday Visa

Thousands of people from around the world come to Australia every year on a Working Holiday Visa. You must have a current Visa to enter Australia. Many people choose to seek jobs by following the ‘Harvest Trail’ and this is certainly a viable option for both unskilled and skilled workers. It is also a great way to see the country, and you would normally spend few months working before moving on to another area.

Australian growers are crying out for people to come to their farms, orchards and vinyards. There is work available on strawberry farms, pumpkin farms, mango farms, apple orchards, mandarin orchards, and in the grape growing areas all over the country.

Basically you apply to an advertisement for a job, that you might find on (which is Australias most popular website for job searching). Once you secure a position, you must turn up to the job site on the specified day and commit yourself to work for the agreed hours.

Some farms in rural areas may also offer basic cheap accommodation or there will be a backpackers or hostel nearby set up to cater for itinerant workers. Whilst working for your new employer, you will almost certainly hear of other work available in nearby towns or other regional areas close by. This gives you the opportunity to consider moving on to another location after a few months, so that you get to see more of the country.

There is clearly a 'bush telegraph' which serves to relay messages via word of mouth to those people most interested in hearing about where the jobs are located. Many of your workmates will know others who have moved on and sent a message back to their collegues to tell them of job vacancies elsewhere.

Most Australians are not interested working in regional and semi-remote areas, as it requires a degree of physical activity outdoors and can sometimes be uncomfortable in the Australian summer. Sun protection, a watercooler and a good attitude is all that is really required, however when faced with the opportunity to be employed on a farm or collect government benefits, most people will more often choose to stay at home and collect government benefits.

Personally I think it's time that the government woke up to this silliness. In the meantime, it is providing those coming to Australia on a working holiday with the perfect opportunity to work and travel.

Work On The Harvest Trail

Plenty of Jobs Available Picking Fruit and Vegetables

Growers are more than willing to employ both men and women to hand pick fresh produce. There are also jobs available in the farm packing sheds where the fruit and vegetables are prepared and made ready for market.

Some growers pay workers by the hour and others pay by weight, either way there is good money to be made!

There are all kinds of jobs available from picking strawberries, beans, bananas, blueberries, pineapples, asparagus, etc, to driving trucks and operating harvesters, or working on machinery if you are mechanically minded and have suitable qualifications.

Jobs For Australians?

To Work or Not to Work - The Governments Gift To The 'Unemployed'

You would perhaps think that Australians would be snapping up these jobs, but the government has made it too easy for unemployed people to gain, and retain social security benefits. Quite simply they would rather sit at home and collect the government hand out, than do a days’ work!

I know it’s appalling and embarrassing, but it’s true! One day the government will realise that a) most of these people are capable of working, or b) the government can’t afford the handouts anymore!

In the meantime the system is working in your favour if you don’t mind a bit of physical work in the fresh air!

Jobs In Australia - Coffee Plantation North Queensland

Jaques Coffee Plantation on the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland
Jaques Coffee Plantation on the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland

Jobs In Australia - Vegetable Picking (Pumpkins)

There are lots of fruit and vegetable picking jobs in Australia, available for people on a working holiday visa.This pumpkin farm is near Mareeba in North Queensland.
There are lots of fruit and vegetable picking jobs in Australia, available for people on a working holiday visa.This pumpkin farm is near Mareeba in North Queensland.

Irrigating Fruit and Vegetable Crops

There are also jobs available operating all kinds of farm machinery.
There are also jobs available operating all kinds of farm machinery.


Work in Australia

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    • aboutaustralia profile image

      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Hi Ivan,

      Firstly you would need to get a Working Holiday Visa. You can do a quick visa assessment on the link below, to find out if you qualify. Once you have a Working Holiday Visa, you can start to plan your trip to Australia. You might like to get a copy of my ebook - just click on the image of the ebook above. The ebook has everything you need to know about how to find jobs on the Harvest Trail in Australia.

      Here is the link where you can get a free visa assessment:

      Good Luck, I'm sure you will love your trip to Australia.


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      ivan 5 years ago

      how can to be part of it?i'm here in the philippines.what are the requirements?thanks

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Hi Charlene,

      Sorry to hear you are having difficulties finding work, but I am so excited to hear you are planning on packing up and travelling in the future. It is such a wonderful lifestyle and I'm sure you will love it!

      Other travelers are very friendly and only too happy to help out, if someone needs a hand. There are lots of free camps in Australia which help us to keep costs down. We use the Camps 6 book (free-camp directory) which lists free camps all over Australia. It costs around $80 but will save you thousands of dollars. Most Aussie travelers have a hard copy.

      If you are on facebook you might like to visit my page or you can find our blog at

      I love your idea of generating income from market stalls. I am actually working on setting up a wholesale supply business for people who need products to sell at markets while they travel. You are welcome to send me an email if you would like to be updated when my wholesale business is up and running (customers will be able to order and pay for wholesale products online with free express post to anywhere in Australia). My email:

      Other things that sell extremely well at markets are homemade jams, marmalades, pickles, relish, cakes, muffins etc. I guess you already know that arts and crafts are popular too!! :)

      Looking forward to hearing from you Charley.

      Kind regards, Sharon

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Hi Genie,

      Thanks for your inquiry about purchasing a copy of 'Work in Australia - Follow the Harvest Trail'. Just click on the link above (under the picture of the ebook). This link will take you to my sales agent Marshmallow Marketing who will provide you with the instant download of my ebook, straight to your computer.

      If you have any other questions please let me know. Feel free to leave a comment here after you have downloaded the ebook, to help others decide if it could be useful for them. Many thanks, Sharon

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Thank you Dr Funom Makama, glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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      charlene 5 years ago

      Hi I have been researching for jobs that I can do once my children leave home. I have so far not been able to gain employment in my area where I live no one wants a 50 year old single parent. So I am now planning within 5 years I will need a job any job, so I will be giving back my housing commission home and packing up car and trailer and working around the country following the harvest trail it sounds like a much better way to find some work. I just have to get the teenagers settled and im off they can always come too if they want. I like your site it gives me much to keep planning for my new life style in 2017. Wish I could go now but still got 2 in high school plus need to get prepared would be great if any one would give me some casual work here but only juniors are usually wanted so am also planning to do a teachers aid course so i can do other things for income as well as arts and crafts and market stalls. thanks Charley

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      Genie 5 years ago

      Hi! Where can I buy this book from QLD? Thank you!

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      Dr Funom Makama 6 years ago from Europe

      Fantastic Hub and a great share

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      Injured lamb 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this great hub of yours, I have bookmarked it for future reference...picking strawberries, blueberries...oh, you have made me wanted to be there...

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      aboutaustralia 6 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Yes susan, there are heaps of jobs on the Harvest Trail for anyone wanting to have a working holiday in Australia. Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for your support!

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      susan54 6 years ago

      aboutaustralia,VOTE UP! What a great hub full of info. If a needed a job down under this told me it all. Thanks

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      aboutaustralia 6 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Hi nishagandhi, I am not sure what you mean by 'labor force' but I will try to answer you as best I can.

      The jobs that I am referring to are open to anyone, locals and travelers alike, and the workers do not necessarily need to move from state to state all year round unless they want to see more of the country.

      It is important to understand that locals do not want the jobs because the government pays them a social security benefit which is enough for them to live on without working.

      Each job may last from several weeks to several months, and there is usually another job opportunity close by if someone wants to stay in that area.

      There are thousands of jobs to choose from in each state at any given time. The only requirement is a Working Holiday Visa if you are coming from overseas. My ebook gives people access to jobs that need to be filled urgently in every state.

      Many thanks for your comment and interest in my hub. Kind regards, Sharon

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      nishagandhi 6 years ago from UAE

      Job opportunities you are referring to are for labor force and are not permanent. You need to travel from state to state all year round. I believe these kind of jobs local labor force is best suited.


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