SBCC Shoal Bay, Newcastle
Published: 23rd September 2020
We are seeking summer casuals to work alongside our current teams at the Shoal Bay Country Club in the idyllic Port... Read more
Best Western Ascot Lodge Motor Inn and Cascades Restaurant Goondiwindi, Queensland
Published: 16th September 2020
Cascades Restaurant and Best Western Ascot Lodge Motor Inn, located in Goondiwindi Queensland ( approx 4 hours from... Read more
Williams Hotel Williams, Western Australia
Published: 11th August 2020
We are looking for 2 people to join our team at the Williams Hotel, located 1.5 hours South of Perth. You will be... Read more
Imperial Brew House Tamworth, New South Wales
Published: 8th November 2019
Imperial Brew House Tamworth is seeking short and long term Chefs, Cooks, Sommollier, Bar Tender, Cafe Manager and... Read more
Scorchers on Prosser Orford, Tasmania
Published: 10th July 2019
We are a lovely restaurant/cafe located in a privileged area by a beautiful river on the Tasmanian east coast, near... Read more
Lentil As Anything Abbotsford, Melbourne
Published: 9th April 2019
Volunteers are the heart and soul of Lentil As Anything. From kitchen hands, wait staff, baristas, musicians and... Read more
Newberry Sorrento, Melbourne
Published: 19th December 2018
Looking for a variety of roles for immediate start. Some share accommodation provided. New Brewhouse, roles for the... Read more
City Elements Pty Ltd Bundaberg CBD, Bundaberg
Published: 28th December 2017
We have a vacancy becoming available in Mid January for a qualified Barista (min 20 hours) who is confident in all... Read more
Barista Jobs in Australia
Australia is world-famous for its independent coffee shops, with Sydney and Melbourne in particular renowned for the wealth of choice on offer. The coffee industry in Australia grew to around $8.2 billion in 2016/17, with cafes and restaurants leading the charge. Considering the sheer variety of establishments in the country, a barista job can be the perfect choice for working holidaymakers in Australia. Here's a few reasons why:
In Australia, as in many other parts of the world, barista work is seen as casual, often being fulfilled by students or other young working holidaymakers needing to save significant amounts of money in a short amount of time.
Most barista jobs involve short shifts of between three and seven hours, but cafes are open from early in the morning to fairly late in the evening, so you should be able to choose the hours that best suit you.
Casual employees will work for an hourly rate, which can actually be higher paid than full-time work. Hospitality jobs in Australia pay a decent base wage, with hourly rates tending to be between $15 and $20 per hour. If you have the opportunity to work late nights, weekends of public holidays, this may be paid extra – 'double time' or 'time and a half'.
You'll also have the opportunity to earn extra through tips. Although Australia has no compulsory service charge, good service is usually rewarded with a tip of around 10% of the bill. Tips tend to be pooled among staff, but you could still earn a significant amount.
Australia is a nation of coffee buffs – Melbourne alone contains around 1,600 cafes and restaurants and traditional, ubiquitous coffee chains found across the rest of the world – such as Starbucks, Costa and Caffe Nero – are conspicious by their absence.
Even smaller, more remote towns will have at least one cafe, so wherever you want to travel in the vast country, you should be able to find a place to show off your barista skills.
By its very nature, barista work involves meeting and interacting with new people – whether staff or customers - on a daily basis. Travelling can be a lonely experience, particularly if you've arrived in Australia on your own, but working as a barista can give you the opportunity to team up with like-minded people you could eventually become friends with – while you never know which colourful characters could come in and order a soy chai latte!