Bunya Mountains, Queensland
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
Maslina Bar and Grill Moree, New South Wales
Published: 1st November 2018
Maslina Bar and Grill is looking for staff to come and join our team in Moree. We are a New restaurant located in... 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
The Rylstone Hotel Rylstone, New South Wales
Published: 8th November 2017
Starting May 2018Plenty of hours, great opportunity to work and save while having a great time!Located 3 hours... Read more
BP Retail Australia St George, Queensland
Published: 26th October 2017
We have an exciting opportunity for motivated and customer focused individuals to join our BP St George store! St... Read more
Gourmet Life Edgecliff, Sydney
Published: 19th October 2017
Gourmet Life is one of Sydney’s leading fine food stores, with a unique range of products sourced from around the... Read more
Oliver's Real Food Anywhere
Published: 24th January 2017
WORK YOUR WAY AROUND AUSTRALIAAt Oliver's Real Food we serve FRESH, NATURAL & ORGANIC fast food ( AND AWESOME... Read more
Sauber Promotions Milton, Brisbane
Published: 5th September 2016
Looking for Girls and Guys to get involved with our upcoming Promo campaigns.We are a promotions company... Read more
Airstream Events Group Pty Ltd Sandown Racecourse Melboure, Melbourne
Published: 10th August 2016
Want to be part of a very cool event, serving great coffee from one of the best food vans in the country?... Read more
Bar Sur Loup Balwyn North, Melbourne
Published: 18th August 2015
Looking to hire a barista on casual basis approx 20 hours/week, more if good.You need to have experience in coffee... Read more
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!