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Chef/hospo Couple

1802 Oyster Bar - Coffin Bay Coffin Bay, South Australia

Published: 25th May 2022

We are looking for a talented Chef to come and work in our small but busy team in Coffin Bay to help with the daily... Read more


Experienced Cook / Chef For Busy Country Bistro

Nevertire Hotel Nevertire, New South Wales

Published: 25th May 2022

The Nevertire Hotel is on the hunt for an experienced cook or chef to head up our busy bistro. Our renowned kitchen... Read more

2nd Year


Tree Planting

Greenbank Myrtleford, Victoria

Published: 25th May 2022

Looking for one to two workers for two months of pine planting in Myrtleford Victoria.The work is hard and... Read more


Food & Beverage Attendants

Tangalooma Island Resort MORETON ISLAND, Brisbane

Published: 25th May 2022

Food and Beverage AttendantsTangalooma Island Resort, located on Moreton Island, is approximately 1 hour by ferry... Read more


Carbon Fibre Components

LSM Advanced Composites Toowoomba, Queensland

Published: 25th May 2022

Full time work for up to 6months.We manufacture complex components in carbon fibre. The work is procedure... Read more


Full Time Commis Chef - Port Douglas

Accor Apartments & Realty Port Douglas, Cairns

Published: 25th May 2022

*FULL TIME HOURS - 38 per week**Long Term Commitment required - 6 months +**We do not offer staff accommodation*... Read more

2nd Year


Head Chef-outback Queensland

MLKA Hospitality Recruitment Cairns, Queensland

Published: 25th May 2022

Head Chef-Outback QueenslandMLKA Hospitality Recruitment specialises in remote, live in hospitality roles in... Read more



Removalists Wanted

MLB Removals Brisbane

Published: 25th May 2022

Good afternoon all!Australia’s award winning removals company are currently recruiting!JOIN OUR BRISBANE... Read more


Bar Attendant

Warrego Hotel Motel Cunnamulla Cunnamulla, South West QLD

Published: 25th May 2022

Outback Qld Hotel seeks experienced Bar PersonRecent Bar Experience RequiredRSA and RSG RequiredTAB KENO and... Read more


Pastry Person/catering Assistant

The Pastry Lounge Mitcham, Melbourne

Published: 25th May 2022

Monday to Friday 8am -4pmAward rates plus superFriendly team, weekends and evenings free! Read more


Road Inspection Officer

IMG Sydney

Published: 25th May 2022

ABOUT US:Infrastructure Management Group is a Civil Engineering Consultancy providing inspection, analysis, and... Read more


Tangalooma Island Resort - Storeperson And Kitchen Hand All-rounder

Tangalooma Island Resort Moreton Island, Brisbane

Published: 25th May 2022

We have an opportunity for a casual Storeperson and Kitchen Hand All-rounder to join our team.About the role... Read more


Dairy Hand Position


Published: 25th May 2022

We are currently milking 800 cows through a 50 stand rotary dairy, 2hrs south of Sydney. We are looking for someone... Read more

2nd Year


All Rounder For Busy Roadhouse

BP Norseman Norseman, Western Australia

Published: 25th May 2022

Busy roadhouse/motel located on the Nullarbor in Western Australia requires a variety of different positions to be... Read more


Crowd Controller / Security Officer-spectacular Kimberley Region-remote...

MLKA Hospitality Recruitment Broome, Western Australia

Published: 25th May 2022

Crowd Controller / Security Officer-Spectacular Kimberley Region-Remote Western AustraliaMLKA Hospitality... Read more


Room Attendant

Accor Hotels Melbourne

Published: 25th May 2022

Casual Loaded pay rates starting from $27.15 per hour on weekdays and up to $38.00 per hour on Sundays! Positions... Read more



Bush Regenerator

Wetland & Wildlife Creations Mooroduc, Melbourne

Published: 25th May 2022

Backpacker friendly, covered under agriculture, travel work available throughout Victoria aswell as local work, all... Read more

2nd Year


Bar Staff - Boots & Beach Country Music Festival - Port Macquaire Nsw

Hamiltons Hospitality Port Macquarie, New South Wales

Published: 25th May 2022

We are taking Bar Staff applications NOW forBoots n Beach Country Music Festival - Port MacquarieWhere: NRMA... Read more


General Laborers (no Experience Needed)

JBS Australia Pty Limited Brooklyn, VIC, Melbourne

Published: 25th May 2022

General Laborers (no experience needed)We are looking for highly motivated and reliable candidates for day... Read more


All-rounder-outback Queensland

MLKA Hospitality Recruitment Cairns, Queensland

Published: 25th May 2022

All-Rounder-Outback QueenslandMLKA Hospitality Recruitment specialises in remote, live in hospitality roles in... Read more

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How do I find a Backpacker Job in Australia?

Australia costs money. Quite a bit, in fact. But happily for the backpackers that hope to tour the country, the 417 (Working Holiday) and 462 (Work and Holiday) visas grant the ability to earn as you travel, by working in a variety of temporary, part time and casual jobs in Australia.

How to Find a Backpacker Job in Australia
How to Find a Backpacker Job in Australia

Getting a job as a backpacker in Australia can be slightly different to getting a job at home though. Not only is it a different country with a different culture, backpackers also have to play by a very different - and very strict - set of rules when looking for work.

But whether you're searching for a casual job in a bar, a stretch of remote work on a farm, or a short term position at a hostel, fear not. The following guide will help you find work by walking you through the process of job hunting as a backpacker in Australia.

How to find a job in Australia?

How easy is it to get a job in Australia on a working holiday visa? Let's take a look. Here's how to find a job in Australia when backpacking. Note; it can take about 7 days to find work successfully and you may need a few items (WiFi, Resume, Computer, Mobile Phone).

1. Secure a working holiday visa

You can't work as a backpacker in Australia without holding a working holiday visa. The visa comes in two forms - the 417 and the 462 - which are designed for slightly different purposes, but are almost identical when placed side by side. The type of visa you're eligible for will depend on your nationality.

You must secure your visa before you arrive in Australia, as you'll need to supply a number of original documents as part of the application, and it will be checked at the airport on arrival.

2. Get an Australian mobile SIM

Having arrived in the country with visa in hand, your first job is to get an Aussie mobile number. Head to the nearest Telstra, Optus or Vodafone store (the three largest players in the Australian phone market) and grab a SIM card so that you can make contact with and be contacted by employers.

3. Update your CV / resume

When was the last time you gave your resume a spit and shine? It's important that it is up to date, and highlights the skills, qualifications and experience that aligns with the type of job that you'll be looking for while travelling Oz. You may well have been a lawyer in your home country, but that experience won't be super helpful in finding a job behind the bar in Adelaide or fruit picking in Tasmania. Instead highlight any relevant experience and transferable skills.

4. Find a great profile photo

A picture is worth a thousand words, and ideally yours will yell "Employ Me!" 500 times over. Make it professional, captivating, and unmistakably you.

5. Register with Backpacker Job Board

As Australia's number one backpacker job marketplace, signing up with Backpacker Job Board will grant you access to a huge number of potential jobs. It only takes about a minute to register as a backpacker, and it's totally free!

6. Begin browsing job vacancies

Once you've registered with Backpacker Job Board you're ready to start browsing! We have lots of new jobs posted every day, so keep checking your preferred job category pages often. All our jobs are also posted to our Facebook page. Follow us on Facebook for more updates.

7. Check job eligibility

There are restrictions on work options, if you're looking to gain 2nd or 3rd year visa extension.

At Backpacker Job Board we make the process of finding eligible work as simple as possible. We have a page dedicated to 2nd and 3rd year eligible work. Just remember that it is up to you to ensure that the employer is 100% offering paid specified work in an eligible postcode though - so always do your homework.

8. Do your due diligence

Is the employer legitimate? Do they have a good reputation? Will they follow through on their promises? It's important that you get a good sense of the employer before you get too far down the road. Check the employer's online presence for things like an Australian Business Number (ABN), contact details and an address, and do your best to search out former employees to get first hand info on what they're like as a boss (Google, Facebook and Glassdoor reviews are a great place to look). It's important that you stay safe.

9. Prepare your cover letter

Cover letters are important. They have the job of personalising your resume, explaining exactly why you, with your skills and experience, are perfect for this particular job. You need to spend time getting it right. If you feel as though your English isn't as good as it needs to be, get a friend to take a look!

10. Send applications

Once you've found some good jobs from good employers and developed a knock-out resume and cover letter, it's time to send out applications!

11. Follow up with employers

While you don't want to be overeager - the employer will likely be busy, as they're currently looking for help - it's smart to follow up within a day or two. This demonstrates initiative, and shows that you're eager to work.

12. Be responsive

The job market is competitive in Australia, so it's important that you respond quickly to any correspondence from a potential employer. Reply to their questions in a polite and professional manner, and be sure to ask any more that you might have - this is your chance to clear up any confusion.

13. Study up before the interview

You want to know a healthy amount about the job, the employer and the industry before you sit down for an interview. You will probably be going for plenty of jobs that you don't have much experience in, but if you can show that you've learnt a little bit about the field before you've gone to the interview, it'll demonstrate real initiative.

14. Accept the job

A job offer is on the table, but this is your last chance to decide whether this is the right choice for you, so take it. On top of your earlier due diligence, which ensured the employer was trustworthy, you should take the opportunity to look at the area that you'll be working in, and the type of work, the pay and the work conditions, to ensure that this is the right move. All of these things should be clearly laid out by the employer before you accept.

15. Gain the necessary certifications/ qualifications

Congratulations - the job has been offered and you've accepted! But before you get to work, you need to make sure you have everything you need.

The first items on your checklist will be any certificates and qualifications you might need in your new job. Your employer will be able to advise the specifics, but common qualifications include the White Card certificate system for labour and construction jobs, and RSA/RSG certificates for hospitality work.

16. Kit yourself out

You also may need to have clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE). Check what, if anything, the employer supplies, then go shopping for the extras. This is particularly important for labouring, fruit picking and farm work.

17. Start work!

You've done it! It's time to put in the hours and get paid.

18. Calculate your tax

There's one final step in the process. Getting paid is great, but it does mean that the government gets paid too, by taxing your income. You want to be sure you're not passing too much money on to them, and our backpacker tax calculator helps you to do just that. Simply pop in your income and the tax you paid, and we'll let you know what you can expect to get back at the end of the financial year!