Environment: If you want to care for the environment or be a willing helper on an
organic farm visit the web pages of the Australian Conservation Volunteers or
14 Ordinary Jobs
Australia has a significantly lower unemployment rate than most developed
countries and many businesses are happy to employ travellers from overseas.
A work visa is needed for paid employment and you can apply for it through
government channels www.ecom.immi.gov.au/visas. Or you may pay an agency
to make the application for you. There is no shortage of them advertising their
services on the net.
Fruit Picking: Whether it's apples in Tasmania or bananas in Queensland,
backpackers and other travellers play a vital role at harvest time. Information on jobs
is available at the fruit growers web site www.fruitpicking.org.australia .
Restaurants, hotels and bars are places where many Backpackers find work . Big
cities have recruitment agencies specialising in this sort of employment. You can use
them but it is not essential. The manager of one agency recently told me that a good
way for a traveller to find work is to go door knocking. A few simple rules apply. Don't
turn up at a busy time. Ask to speak to the manager. Don't dress in holiday clothes.
White shirt/black bottoms and closed shoes are generally acceptable. Hair neat and
tidy, including facial hair (guys). Nail varnish either on or off and not broken (girls).
Remove facial piercings. Be prepared to offer a free shift to prove yourself. First
impressions are crucial. Decisions are usually made in the first thirty seconds.
Other casual employment: Many businesses use casual labour. Large firms, such
as cleaning contractors, employ lots of people. Smaller outfits take one or two.
Opportunities vary from time to time and place to place. I now live on the Gold Coast
and see backpackers carrying advertising boards. Others are knocking on my door
trying to sell me thermal lagging or solar hot water systems . Talk to other travellers to
get ideas. Big employers can be approached directly or through an agency. That
doesn't mean you can't front up in person. Always remember the golden rule: look and
act the part. If you want to work as a builders labourer, wear heavy boots and the rest
of the gear when you arrive on site. Ask to speak to the boss and be prepared to join
the builders labourers' union if that is required of you.