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Australia or “The Land Down Under” is a country with a diverse and multicultural population, where people enjoy a relatively high quality of life. More commonly known as the ‘Commonwealth of Australia’, it is a federation of six states and two territories; Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory. Tasmania is separated from mainland Australia by the Bass Strait... More

Although it is the smallest continent in the world, Australia is the biggest Oceanic country and the world’s 6th largest country, with an area of 7.6 million square kilometres. Australia is made up of diverse landscapes; beaches, rainforests, mountains, reefs, deserts, lakes, rivers, tropical islands and snow-capped mountains. The closest neighbouring countries to Australia are New Zealand, Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.

The Capital of Australia is Canberra, and the largest city is Sydney. Popular metropolitan cities in Australia include Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Australia has a population of 25 million, made up of a diverse range of cultures with people from over 150 countries calling it “home”. More than 30% of the Australian population have been born overseas, with most of them being from UK, New Zealand, China, India and Vietnam. About 40,000 – 60,000 years prior to the first British settlement in New South Wales in 1788, Australia was populated by indigenous Australians; Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. Today indigenous Australians only make up about 1.5% of that population.

Australia follows a system of Parliamentary Democracy. The Australian Head of State is Queen Elizabeth the 2nd and is represented by Peter Cosgrove; the Governor General of Australia since 2014. Since 2018, Scott Morrison has been the Prime Minister of Australia, and the leader of the liberal party, the largest party in the coalition government.

The country has over 500 national parks and more than 2,700 conservation areas, from wildlife sanctuaries to Aboriginal reserves as well as man-made icons like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is also renowned for comprising some of the world’s greatest natural wonders and home to seventeen UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park, and Fraser Island to name a few.

Australia has several modes of transport, where all major Australian towns are serviced by affordable and reliable public transport systems; buses and train networks in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, as well as over 200 airports. Melbourne also has a very efficient tram network, while Sydney and Brisbane have ferries, and Sydney has a light-rail line and a newly opened Metro line. Taxis and uber services operate throughout all major towns, cities and inner suburbs.

Australia has an extremely low unemployment rate, low levels of air pollution, world-class education system, top-notch healthcare system, efficient public transport, and the highest minimum wage worldwide; providing great incentives for those wishing to live, work and study in Australia.

Australia has one of the highest living standards in the world; The global liveability index 2018, has placed three Australian cities; Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide within the World’s top 10 “Most Liveable Cities”.

When you plan to migrate overseas, one of the primary worries that you have is, “Where am I going to live?”. Finding new accommodation is a daunting task and would require you to devote hours and hours of your time into researching, fact-finding, and verifying, before you can find something you like. We have tried to make that process simpler for you, by compiling a list of short-term and long-term accommodation options in Australia.

Short-Term Accommodation

Short-term accommodation is a great way to settle into your new life, get to know more about Australia, its people, and adapt to your new culture, before you can decide on a more permanent accommodation solution. Short stay accommodation options range from:

  • Budget Hotels and Motels
  • Short stay apartments
  • Flat Sharing
  • Private Rentals

Budget Hotels/ Motels

Australia has plenty of budget hotel and motel options that you could choose from, especially located around central business district. You could find suitable options through:

Short Stay apartments

Short stay apartments are fully furnished, and most include access to regular cleaning services. The average nightly price of a short stay apartment would be around $120-$300.

You could utilize the following sources to find suitable short stay apartments:

Flat Sharing

If you like to mix and mingle with others, and don’t mind sharing accommodation facilities, you could always find good shared accommodation facilities to suit your needs. Flatmates.com is a good source for finding this type of accommodation; all listings are broken down by rent, city, room type, amenities, and more.

Most listings would have a minimum stay requirement, which can be anywhere between one week to a few months. You would also be required to pay a bond deposit when you sign the contract, which would include months’ worth of rent. This bond is returned to you when your contract is over. If there were any damages to the property during your lease, then a certain amount will be deducted from the total bond, for the repair of these items.

Indianroommates.in is another good source for finding shared accommodation. Despite its name, the website is not only limited for Indians looking for accommodation.

The cost of shared living varies, depending on how big the accommodation facility is, how many people are sharing, location, and whether utilities (gas, water, electricity, internet) is included in the cost. Generally, it would cost between $150 - $400 per week for shared accommodation.

Private Rentals- Apartments and houses

If you like your privacy and prefer to live by yourself, then private rental accommodation is the best option for you. You could look at renting a property, from units and apartments to small or large houses. The cost of the property would depend on a number of factors, including; Size of the property, Facilities (Number of rooms, bathrooms, other amenities), Proximity to the CBD, Access to public transport, how old or new the property is and other factors.

On average:

  • Two-bedroom apartments cost between $200-$500 per week
  • Three-Bedroom houses cost between $250-$750 per week

Sources of Short-Term Accommodation


Although some houses come furnished, usually the properties only come with the basic amenities. You would be required to source your own pots, pans, couches, beds, and more. You can buy cheap new furniture through finder.com.au (Deals page). If you are on a budget and cannot afford to buy brand new furniture, you can look for second-hand furniture through websites like gumtree.com.au.

Real Estate Agents

If you are planning to rent your own apartment or house, it is recommended that you go through a licensed real estate agent. Australia has several real estate agencies, based in the city, town or suburb that you are looking at. The following websites are useful when trying to locate a suitable real estate agent:

Long-term accommodation

Once you have been in Australia for a few weeks/months, you may be ready to change from short term accommodation, into long term accommodation. If you are living by yourself, the best option would probably be renting an apartment. (6-12-month lease with a possibility of further renewal).

If you are accompanied by your partner/spouse, and children, then it would be more beneficial to look for a house. Before buying a home in Australia, you would need to have the necessary visa and work permits to do so. Individuals on Permanent Residence, and Temporary Residents both have the opportunity to purchase a home.

Once a contract has been signed, you will need to pay a deposit on your new home. Before you can purchase a home, you would need to sort out a suitable home loan with an Australian lender (Banks/other financial institutions). You would need to ensure that you have all records of your credit history, and current financial situation with you.

To be approved for a home loan, it would be beneficial if you are earning a regular income, to ensure to the lender that you would be able to manage your loan repayments in a timely manner. If you do not have a regular income, the chances of being approved a loan would be low.

If you cannot get a loan from a financial lender, then Australia has an agency called the Department of Human Services that provides rent assistance. There are also several government agencies in each state and territory that assist people with low incomes to pay their rent/mortgages.

It is important to remember that in addition to paying a mortgage, there would be other costs and taxes associated with owning a home. On average, the additional costs/taxes would be equivalent to about 5% of the total value of the property. You will need to be mindful of land transfer registration fees, legal fees, mortgage, local taxes and even insurance. There could be other variable costs that you would need to account for, like pest inspections, and strata inspections.

Sources of long-term accommodation

The Following individual state pages would also be an added source for helping you with your accommodation needs:

Important facts to note

  • It is important that you make note of busy periods of the year, especially any major holidays like Christmas, Easter, New Year etc, to ensure you book your accommodation in advance. Accommodation tends to be a lot pricier during peak holiday times.
  • Scope out where you will be staying, to ensure it provides easy access to major public transport and roads, your workplace, and other services like supermarkets, shopping centres, medical clinics, service stations, children’s playground ( if you have kids), Schools, restaurants and other amenities.
  • Shipping your personal items: There are two companies that are specialized in International relocation and overseas shipping; World Baggage, and Seven Seas Worldwide. If you’re using a migration agent to help you relocate, they will be able to assist you in this matter.
  • Customs taxes: If you want to ship used, personal effects and household goods to Australia, you won’t have to pay custom duties or tax, if the items have been used for at least one year. Items that you have owned for less than a year will be subject to taxes.
  • Restricted or prohibited items: ensure you are aware of all restricted and prohibited items, as Australia has strict policies and rules on bringing in prohibited items into the country. This could include weapons, drugs, certain food items, wood, etc.

Due to the vast and diverse landscape covering Australia, the climate varies dramatically in different parts of the country.

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Canberra, the capital of Australia is found in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). In Canberra you would experience a continental climate as it is located away from the coast. The summers are mild and wet, with a few warm days. Winters in Canberra are quite cold with frequent frost and fog.

A lot of the high-altitude mountain ranges in the south-west get covered with snow during winter. During Spring and Summer (October – March), occasional thunderstorms could occur. Rainfall is highest during the spring and summer and lowest during winter.

Sydney, New South Wales (NSW)

More than half of the state of NSW has a semi-arid climate. In the state capital of Sydney, the climate can be described as humid subtropical, with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The eastern part of the state experiences a temperate climate, a desert climate to the west, and an oceanic climate to the south. In the Snowy Mountains region of NSW in the South-East, the weather tends to be either subpolar oceanic or alpine, with extremely cold weather all year round, and snowfall during winter.

Sydney has one of the best weather conditions, averaging 15-17 degrees year-round. The city experiences mild and cool winters, and warm and hot summers. The highest rainfall is recorded during the first half of the year. Sydney also experiences around 20 thunderstorms per year on average. Sunshine is plentiful in the months of January and August. Spring is quite dry in Sydney, and during summer, the temperatures could rise well above 35 degrees.

Darwin, Northern Territory (NT)

The Northern Territory (NT) has two distinct climate zones. In Darwin, the climate is a tropical wet and dry climate, and experiences very high levels of humidity, and two seasons; the wet season (October – April) and the dry season (May – September). During the dry season, almost every day is warm and sunny with a humidity level of 30% in the afternoons. May and September months have mild rainfall, and June and July are the coolest months; the weather can go down to as low as 14 degrees Celsius. The wet season brings monsoon rains and tropical cyclones, with maximum rainfall during December – March, accompanied by frequent thunderstorms. The temperature remains approximately around 30 degrees Celsius for most of the year. However, certain parts of the Northern Territory experience monsoon weather including hurricanes and typhoons.

Brisbane, Queensland

A majority of the State experiences two distinct seasons; winter which is accompanied by warm temperatures and low rainfall and Summer, which can get very hot, sticky and high rainfall levels. Parts of Queensland also experience monsoon weather including hurricanes and typhoons.

Brisbane, the capital of Queensland experiences a subtropical climate, where most of the year is warm and humid, and residents enjoy around 2,800 hours of sunshine annually. Most rainfall occurs during the summertime and can be accompanied by thunderstorms including torrential rain. Winter is generally dry, with clear, blue skies. The hottest months are during summer (December – February) and the weather can get very sticky and humid.

Adelaide, South Australia

The climate in Adelaide is Mediterranean, with cool, mild winters and a fair amount of rainfall. Summers are generally dry and hot; Adelaide is the driest from all Australian capital cities. In recent years, Adelaide has experienced spikes in heatwaves, droughts and extremely high temperatures, which could be attributed to global warming and climate change.

In winter, Adelaide experiences substantial wind chills, making the temperature seem cooler than it actually is. In summer, rain is infrequent and light, and in winter there are heavy periods of rain, with June being the wettest month of the year.


Tasmania experiences a cool, temperate climate and has four seasons. Summer is the warmest (December – February), with average temperatures ranging from 17 to 23 degrees Celsius. Winter is a lot colder, and averages around 3 to 11 degrees Celsius. Rainfall in different parts of the island varies, and the capital; Hobart gets very little rainfall and is the second driest capital city after Adelaide.

In Tasmania, Australians experience the harshest and coldest conditions during winter, with hail and snow. Summers are generally mild, with a low of mid-twenties. The weather in Tasmania is quite unpredictable, so you should always be prepared, and carry an umbrella and a raincoat/jacket for extra measure.

Melbourne, Victoria

Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, has a temperate oceanic climate, and is known for its extremely unpredictable weather patterns. This is largely due to its geographical location.

During spring and summer, Melbourne faces strong cold fronts, with severe weather patterns, including thunderstorms, gales, heavy rain, and even on occasion; hail.

Melbourne is known to experience all four seasons in one day, with sudden formation of isolated showers, which are heavy and include hail and strong gusts of wind. These temperature changes could sometimes last only several minutes before it passes on, and the weather clears to a more sunny, calmer weather. This could happen several times in a single day.

Summers in Melbourne are known for their extreme heat, especially in the months of January and February. Winters can get quite cold, with moderate rainfall, accompanied by occasional frost and fog, especially during the months of June and July. Winter averages at about 10-12 degrees, and during summer it averages around 25 degrees Celsius, but has been known to rise over 40 degrees Celsius on occasion. October is known to be the wettest month in Melbourne.

Perth, Western Australia

Perth has a Mediterranean climate and experiences hot and dry summers through December- March, with sporadic showers, and thunderstorms, and the occasional tropical cyclone. Winters are quite mild, but wet, with a significant amount of rainfall. Perth experiences several days of sunshine and is known as the sunniest capital city in Australia.


Although English is the official language of Australia, there are over 200 different languages spoken across the country. The most common languages include; Mandarin, Italian, Arabic and Greek.

Australians are also famous for their unique Australian (Aussie) slang and phrases; Barbie, (barbeque), Servo (service station), Bottle-O (liquor shop), G-day mate ( hello friend), Arvo (afternoon), Fair Dinkum ( Honest), Maccas ( Mc Donald’s), among others.


Popular Australian food and snacks include Vegemite on toast, Lamington, Barramundi, Meat pies, Chicken Parmigiana, Tim Tams, Barbeque Snags (sausages), a burger with ‘the lot’, and Pavlova to name a few.

Eating out is a popular Australian pastime, and due to Australia’s multicultural society, the country has several restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars, serving a wide-range of global cuisine from Chinese, Japanese, Thai, French, Greek, Indian, Turkish, Italian, Lebanese, Sri Lankan, Vietnamese, Indonesian, to Mexican food.

Australians are also famous for their love of the outdoors and never miss an opportunity to enjoy a great outdoor BBQ or picnic with family and friends.


Sport is a major Australian past-time, and Aussie’s are avid lovers of Australian Football League (AFL), Australian-Open Tennis, Rugby, Horse Racing, Cricket, Golf, and Formula One Grand Prix.

Australians also love the outdoors, with an abundance of national parks, tropical forests, walking tracks, cycling paths, amusement parks, zoo’s, deserts, mountains, and beaches, offering a diverse range of activities to keep you entertained.

Coffee and pub culture

Australia is popular for its coffee culture, from its lattes, short blacks, long blacks, cappuccinos, skinny lattes, to espressos. It is also big on its pub and bar culture, from old style pubs, lounge bars, rooftop bars, beer gardens, clubs, to elegant tea rooms.

Arts and performing arts

Australia is dotted with an extensive range of art galleries and museums, featuring everything from modern art, traditional, to aboriginal art. Australia is also home to several theatres, concert halls, and performing arts venues, featuring a range of local and international music, art, dance, comedy, and other acts. Australia also regularly features several Broadway productions like Mamma Mia, Aladdin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Annie and other famous Broadway productions. Major Australian cities also host yearly arts and cultural festivals, music festivals, and so much more.


Australians love to shop and have a wide-spread network of department stores ( Myer, David Jones) , popular retail chains, discount stores ( Target, Big W, K-Mart), farmers markets, supermarkets ( Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, IGA) , shopping centres, malls and outdoor shopping districts, offering late night shopping options on weekends and 24 hour convenience stores, like 7-Eleven.

Australia is comprised of a mixed market economy, with a GDP of AUD 1.69. They are the second wealthiest nation in terms of wealth per adult, following Switzerland.

The service sector, which comprises of 61.1% of the GDP, dominates the Australian economy, and employs close to 80% of the labour force.

The Australian economy has remained stable and resilient despite declines in certain sectors, like mining, and has not experienced a recession or economic decline for over 25 years.

Some of the top performing Australian organizations include: Commonwealth Bank, Telstra, Woolworths, BHP Billiton, Caltex, Macquarie Group, Westpac, National Australia bank and Wesfarmers, to name a few.

GDP growth has increased in the first quarter of 2018, due to significant fixed investments, benefitting from a significant growth in housing construction and commodity exports. It is estimated that the economy will continue to grow at around 3%. Business investment is expected to increase, together with public infrastructure investment.

Due to an increase in job creation, the employment and participation rates have significantly risen in the last few years. (Participation rates are calculated based on the number of persons currently employed or actively looking for work).

The increase in the number of skilled migrants can be attributed to the rise in the participation rates. The up-skilling of the workforce and the increase in the number of hours worked per worker has additionally contributed to an increase in the overall economic performance of Australia.

The participation rates as at June 2018, was 65.70 %, which is a 0.20% increase from the previous month. On average, Australia’s labour participation rates have remained between 63.80% and 65.80% since 1978. The participation rates for the past year are depicted in the chart below.

The Australian Education system is structured as follows:

  • Primary School (Year 1- Year 7)
  • Secondary school (Year 8- Year 10)
  • Senior Secondary School (Year 11 and 12)
  • Tertiary Education – Higher Education including, University/College, and vocational education and training (VET)

*It is compulsory for children aged between 6-16 years to be enrolled in school.

Primary Language

The official language practiced in Australia is English. However, there are several schools which offer education programs in other languages.

In Australia, there are three types of Healthcare schemes available for residents, including:

  • Medicare
  • The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • Private Health Insurance


This is a government run medical scheme, operated by Medicare Australia, which is the primary health care funder in Australia and covers 70% of healthcare costs of an individual.

Medicare provides healthcare primarily for Australian PR holders and Citizens. Through Medicare, Australian residents are entitled to subsidized treatment from health professionals, medical practitioners, midwives and nurses, as well as receive treatment from public hospitals.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for Medicare:

  • You should be living in Australia and have been granted permanent residence or citizenship.
  • You must be holding a valid visa and have a spouse, parent/s or child who is an Australian permanent resident or citizen.
  • Have applied for a permanent residence visa and are holding a valid visa with work rights, while the PR visa is being processed. This could include a bridging visa A, B or C. *If the bridging visa has a “no working rights” condition, then you must show evidence of spouse/ de facto partner relationship with an Australian citizen or PR holder to be eligible to receive Medicare (You would need to provide a relationship certificate/marriage certificate).
  • You must currently not be awaiting outcome of a parent visa or protection visa, or have previously applied for a parent visa.

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)

The PBS is an Australian program, which together with Medicare, ensure that a diverse range of medicines are available, affordable and easily accessible to the residents of Australia.

Private Health Insurance

The balance 30% of healthcare benefits which is not covered by Medicare falls under private health insurance schemes. Therefore, it is recommended that residents include a private health insurance plan in addition to their Medicare schemes to ensure that they have a 100% medical coverage.

There are several health insurance schemes available in Australia, each with their unique coverage plans. For those considering private health insurance, it would be beneficial to go through websites like iSelect and Bupa, which offer comparisons of different healthcare schemes, and would enable you to select the plan that would best suit your budget and needs.

*It is essential that you bring any past medical records, including x-rays, dental records, etc for yourself and any family members migrating with you to Australia.

As at June 2018, the following jobs are in high demand in Australia:

  • Data Analysts
  • Digital Marketing Analysts
  • Cyber Security and DevOps specialists
  • Executive Assistants
  • Project Lead Architects
  • Facilities Managers/Facilities Coordinators
  • Civil Design Engineers
  • Social Workers
  • Early Childhood Teachers
  • Project Engineers
  • Site Managers
  • Mechanical Fitters
  • Construction Workers
  • Civil Operators

Before considering migrating, it is always best that you are prepared for the financial costs associated with living and working in Australia.

The following costing is only an approximate guideline. The actual costs could vary depending on where you are located within Australia.

Average MONTHLY expenses (per person)

Accommodation cost Groceries Utilities (Water/Gas/ Electricity) Phone & Internet Public Transport Personal expenses (Eating out/Shopping) Miscellaneous

$ 1,000 - $1,500

$ 350-400

$ 150- $ 200

$ 120

$ 150

$ 350

$ 200

The average monthly expenses per person is between $2000 - $2500

Studying in Australia

Australia has been ranked as the 3rd most popular study destination in the world, with 16% of its Universities ranked in the World’s top 100.

With a highly regulated, world class education system, Australian University courses are Internationally recognized and fiercely sought after. It is a safe environment offering a high quality of life for those that live, work and study here.

All students are allowed 40 hours of work per fortnight while studying, and unlimited number of work hours during semester breaks.

Australia has:

  • More than 40 Universities
  • The Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector – (University, Private Colleges, TAFEs)
  • Foundation programs (bridging courses)
  • English language courses (ELICOS)
  • Professional year courses
  • NAATI (Translation/Interpreter courses)

Before studying in Australia as an International student, a candidate would need to first:

  • Decide on preferred Australian State/Territory, University, and course of study
  • Submit application/s to desired University/College together with documentation
  • Wait for an acceptance letter from the University/College
  • Receive the Confirmation of enrolment – COE
  • Apply for student visa (Subclass 500)
  • Wait for the student visa to be granted
  • Arrange accommodation, travel, overseas student healthcare and finances in selected state
  • Book Flight/s to arrive in time for University Enrolment/Admissions

Before submitting an application to study in an Australian University or College, a student will have to meet minimum entry requirements. The Entry requirements differ for each University and may also depend on the type of course you wish to study.

  • Academic requirements (A Levels /IB/ BTEC/ATAR)
  • English language requirements. (IELTS/PTE/TOEFL) – minimum 6.5 IELTS
  • Evidence of funds to support your study. (Most Universities ask for a minimum of 12 months funds to cover course fees, accommodation, F & B, travel and other expenses)
  • Overseas student health cover. (OSHC) – Requirement for all international students
  • Scholarship opportunities- When applying for selected course, always check if the University is offering any scholarships for high achievers or other student incentive fee.

The Course cost would differ for each University. For eg: The cost of completing a Business degree at the University of Melbourne would be significantly higher than studying the same course offered at La Trobe University or Deakin University. Some Universities offer scholarships for high academic achievers in certain fields of study. Students should refer to the University websites prior to applying, if they wish to avail any scholarships on offer.

A student may choose to undertake a course on part-time basis (6 years) or Full-time basis (3 years).

Popular University Courses

  1. Arts

    Inclusive of study areas in Languages, Philosophy, History, Literature, Religion, Geography, Economics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Media, Communications and Foreign Affairs. Two of the best art facilities and programs in Australia can be found at the University of Melbourne and Monash University.

  2. Health Sciences

    Areas of study include Health and Nutrition, Policy Development and Marketing. The top two Universities for a health sciences degree are Deakin University and La Trobe University.

  3. Nursing

    Nursing is one of the most popular courses followed by students in Australia - best nursing courses can be found at Victoria University and Federation University in Melbourne.

  4. Engineering

    Engineering degrees obtained in Australia are equivalent to those obtained in the US, UK and Japan. This is due to the high standards set by the accreditation body, Engineers Australia (EA). Some Universities offering the best engineering courses include the University of Melbourne and University of Southern Queensland

  5. Computer Science/IT

    Degrees in IT and Computer Science include study areas that cover programming, software design, algorithms etc. Top IT Universities include RMIT, Charles Sturt University and University of New South Wales (UNSW)

  6. Teaching/ Education

    With the demand for skilled teachers on the rise, Australian Universities are offering a wide variety of Teaching courses, covering Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and Special Needs education. The best teaching courses are taught at Macquerie University and the University of South Australia.

  7. Business

    The following Universities offer some of the best Business Degrees and Post graduate courses – RMIT, University of Melbourne, Monash University, Victoria University, La Trobe University and Swinburne University.

  8. Hospitality Management

    Hospitality is one of the most popular courses undertaken by International students. Institutions that offer the best hospitality courses include, Melbourne Polytechnic, William Angliss Institute, La Trobe University, University of Wollongong, Edith Cowan University, James Cook University, University of Southern Queensland, University of Adelaide and Victoria University.

  9. Medicine

    Australian qualifications in this field are globally recognized, although the entry requirements to study medicine at an Australian Institute are quite high. A medical degree in Australia takes about 5-6 years to complete. The University of New South Wales (UNSW), University of Melbourne and Charles Sturt University offer some of the best Medicine courses in Australia.

  10. Building and Construction

    Due to the construction boom in the last few years, there has been a rise in demand for skilled builders and construction workers in Australia. RMIT University in Melbourne offers one of the best degrees in this field of study.

Students are eligible to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during the semester and full-time during semester breaks. The average wage for part time work would range between $17-$21 an hour.

  • One of the biggest employers of casual staff is the hospitality industry. Anyone holding a student visa (Subclass 500) or a working holiday visa may be eligible to work in Australia.
  • Before hiring in the hospitality sector, most employers would ask you to come in for a trial run to see how you perform and handle the given job tasks. If they are satisfied with your performance, then they may choose to offer you employment at their establishment. A key factor in securing a good job would be your English language skills and proficiency level.
  • If you are looking to secure a job as part of the wait staff or customer service, which requires you to carry out duties at the front counter or serve customers at restaurants and bars, you would first need to get an RSA certificate (Responsible Service of Alcohol) before you are eligible. It is not difficult to get, and only takes half a day to complete the course.

As a student, the following industries would be the ideal opportunity for you to work in either casual or part-time work and earn some extra cash.

  • Retail outlets – Shop assistants at Supermarkets (Coles, Woolworths, Safeway, 7 Eleven), department and clothing stores (MYER, BigW)
  • Hospitality – Wait staff, kitchen hands, café cleaners, bar staff, chefs and cooks
  • Direct Marketing and Market Research- cold calling, direct sales, market research, telephone interviewers
  • Administration or Clerical roles
  • Tutoring
  • Dog sitters
  • Baby sitting jobs

How can I find work?

  1. Online job sites: Indeed.com, Seek.com, GumTree, LinkedIn, CareerOne
  2. Online Recruitment agencies: Register your contact details and CV with online recruitment agencies like MichaelPage, Randstad and Hays.
  3. Campus noticeboards: Check for vacancies on University/ Campus noticeboards
  4. Do Volunteer work with charities and NGOs
  5. Internships: Take part in an internship placement program –Internships can most often lead to permanent employment offers, depending on the needs of the employer
  6. Door to door: One of the best ways to find job opportunities is by going door to door with your CV, and speaking to Café owners, Restaurant Managers, Retail Outlets to find out if they have any current vacancies. You could leave your CV with them, so that you could be contacted if any future job vacancies open.

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