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Working and Living in Australia

Need some help on where to work in Australia
9 years ago, June 30th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #114484  
Hi All

We are currently in Asia and are going to Australia on the 1st September, we thought to subsidise part of our trip and to stay away from home longer we could get temporary jobs in Australia.

Ive looked on the internet for agencies to use but wanted to see if anyone has any experience in doing this and who they used?

My boyfriend is looking for construction work, either labouring or working in a testing laboratory for construction materials and I am looking for office work as a secretary or PA.

Also, compared to how much we earn how much will a flat rental be?

We are also trying to decide between working in New South Wales or Queensland.

Thank you in advance!!
Vicki and Phil Reply to this

9 years ago, July 1st 2010 No: 2 Msg: #114565  
Guys, new south wales is very expensive to live in. The rentals there is so high. I will recomend Cairns.It is a good place to bring up kids. Have access to shopping centres, can still have city life or which ever lifestyle you want no shortage of water. Trade is in demand every where.

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9 years ago, July 21st 2010 No: 3 Msg: #116183  
Hi Phil and Vicki,

Where were you traveling in Asia? I ask this queation because perhaps you are more adaptive to humid or cooler climates.

I feel that one of the most hospitable destinations would be Sydney or Brisbane. Both of these destinations have wonderful quality of life (and lifestyle) indexies.

The whole year is wonderful and the cherry on top are the summer months. Yes they do get a bit hectic, but the weather and abiltiy to through together a friendly 'pop-up' bbq by the beach.

I am currently in London and am only partially satisfied with the summer weather here. Aussie summers have it better than a British one for sure! Reply to this

9 years ago, July 28th 2010 No: 4 Msg: #116625  
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I would definately recommend Sydney as both my boyfriend and I found work really easily here. I worked for a temping company called Eloqent staffing and they found me loads of really well paid office work. For labouring work your boyfriend will need a green card. its a one day course and a bit expensive bu he'll need that to work on any building site. Sydney can be pricey for accomodation but we found a gorgeous flat share witha thai couple and it was really cheap.

I was paid about $22per hour and my boyfriend was about the same and our flat cost $300 each per week and it was a beautiful flat.

If you really want to save money though i'd recommend working somewhere remote. we just spent 4 months working on a small island and saved heaps of money. we found this on gumtree. we found gumtree great for finding casual work. and if you work somehere remote for 3 months you can extend your visa to 2 years!

Hope this helps Reply to this

9 years ago, August 7th 2010 No: 5 Msg: #117191  
If you don't like the big smoke of Sydney try going to Cairns or Airlie Beach. Theres heaps of work for travellers up that way....I like one hour south of Cairns!! The further you go down south the dearer it gets with accom etc.... Reply to this

9 years ago, August 7th 2010 No: 6 Msg: #117205  
Hi All

Thanks for all your replies, we are planning on getting to Brisbane and seeing whats there over a period of 2 weeks whilst we stay with family friends. Then we are going down to Sydney (and surrounds) for a few weeks so will check that out as well and see what we prefer.

Will look in to the green card, am guessing it will be something like the CSCS in England which he has already.

Monica - will be checking out eloquent staffing as well! Thanks for the advice!

Michael - we have been to Malaysia, Borneo, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand so far and have been sweating the whole time 😊 The hot weather doesnt bother us though, and yes I totally agree English summers suck and Ozzie ones are definitely better!!

Kristen - thanks for your advice, maybe we could work 6 months in the city and 6 months out of it to get the best of both worlds!!

Thank you all again, any more advice on job agencies would be great!!
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9 years ago, September 1st 2010 No: 7 Msg: #118493  
Hi Phil & Vicki,

Ever thought of Western Aus? All trades are wanted desperatly and money on the mines are great!
You will pick up work easily. Use www.mycareer.com.au

Make sure you visit Esperance, WA its about 8hours SE of Perth. Best beaches in Australia!!

Justine :-) Reply to this

9 years ago, September 7th 2010 No: 8 Msg: #118805  
Hi Vicki and Phil,
Apparently it's coming into the best time of year to find work in Australia and if you check out the different jobs sites especially for travellers like travellers at work, i found heaps.

My friends who travelled australia last year said they found it pretty easy to find jobs around september and october but by christmas most jobs had been taken by other travellers and aussie school kids on holidays.

I have already applied for a few different jobs in sydney and have heaps of interviews lined up for when i arrive in a couple of weeks. Good luck and wherever you are for xmas and ny in Oz, it's going to be unreal!
Benny 😊 Reply to this

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