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Are you contemplating visiting Australia and looking for work? Or maybe you already live here and are seeking a career change? Then check our Employment section for a great listings of web sites, that can assist you in your job search.

Whether it is seasonal harvest work, casual, part-time, something to utilise or expand your existing skills, or a full-time career, we have gathered together some great information and resource to make the task easier.

If you are looking for employment in another town or city, perhaps you want to work out bush (looking for outback work), then check the local council and tourism sites for your preferred destinations, as they may have an employment section on their website.

Some sites such as Tourism Australia has Employment at Tourism Australia and Tourism Central Australia has a R U Looking for work?

If you want a government job, then check their sites, government services such as health will most likely have a job/careers section. There are also some government sites that provide information on job vacancies in certain industries such as mining, harvesting and fruit picking.

International Travellers
Overseas travellers should always clarify with the appropriate travel services and organisation within your own country, with regards to employment regulation governing visitors who wish to work in Australia.

Our Visa and Working Holidays section provides information and links that can assist the traveller to find out the regulations governing a working holiday to Australia.

Additional information is also available from the Australian Embassy or by visiting the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs website.

If you are a student, maybe taking a break from your studies, check out the information and links from our Students section.

Potential Australian employers can check out our range of employment categories for listing their jobs, with some sites such as the Australian government providing some free options when seeking employees, especially if you are targeting a particular section of the community such as backpackers. Listed are some links to government information on visa options for hiring skilled workers from overseas.

We have endeavoured to group the information nationally, and by state and territory. Some of the listed services may cover more than one state or territory.

National Employment

Australian JobSearch
Australian government site for those seeking work.
Affinity Nurses Recruitment
Provides a personalised service combining quality nursing jobs with adventure. Let us help organise your placements and permanent or sponsored positions in Australian hospitals and nursing homes. We have current opportunities in all of Australia's capital cities and regional areas where you can enjoy beachside living and diverse scenic landscapes.
Home Buddies
• Ph: 02 6288 4963 • Email
Home Buddies is an online home help directory for parents. We have high demand for nannies, babysitter, tutors, music teachers, cleaners and more. Travellers can set own pay rates, hours and change the contact details if travelling. Check out HB Central/Our Services/Classifieds for current listings. is a search engine for jobs, allowing job seekers to find jobs posted on thousands of company career sites and job boards.
SK. S. Kidman & Co Ltd
• 183 Archer St, NORTH ADELAIDE SA 5006 • Ph: 08 8334 7100 • Email
Australia's most respected and successful beef producer, S. Kidman & Co Ltd has pastoral leases covering 120,000 square kilometres in three states and the Northern Territory.

An equal opportunity employer, the company's staff are fostered through a program of training and internal promotion. Training programs provide the opportunity to achieve nationally accredited qualifications. Each year an introductory station hand course is run, where selected participants receive training in basic skills, then experience life and work on a Kidman station. Indigenous Australians with their strong connection to the remote outback have always made a valuable contribution to the Kidman workforce. Check the web site for employment opportunities.
Willing Workers on Organic Farms ~ WWOOF
• Ph: +61 3 5155 0218 • Email
Want to arrange a farm-stay in Australia... for work instead of money?
When you buy a WWOOF book, you become a member of WWOOF Australia and you:
  • work in exchange for your keep
  • get all meals and accommodation, usually in the family home
  • learn about organic growing and about Australia
  • choose from 1,200 Organic Farms offering to teach you aspects of:
    • Organic growing
    • Bio-dynamics
    • Permaculture

Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a form of cultural exchange in which WWOOFers live and work as family with host farms, and learn about:

  • the skills of organic growing
  • the area they are visiting

WWOOF Australia and their hosts make travelling in Australia easy, safe and more fun for both Australian and Overseas Visitors.

The WWOOF Australia Program gives you a unique opportunity to experience life on the land while learning organic growing techniques. With over 1,700 registered WWOOF Host properties throughout Australia, where you can exchange 4-6 hours of your time for food and accommodation, while learning about organics in a very hands on and practical way.

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National - Casual, Part-time and Temp Work
Bluestrike Jobline
• PYRMONT NSW 2009 • Email
Blue Strike Jobline is a revolutionary casual job exchange which focuses solely on casual, part time, and temporary employment.
Hi Wages
Australia's Part-time, Casual and Temp Job Seeker's website.
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National - Seasonal and Working Holiday
For more information on harvest work such as fruit picking, click here...
Anchor Healthcare Consultants
Nurse on Holidays offers nurses the opportunity to work and travel around Australia, NZ and the South Pacific Islands.
National Harvest Labour Information Service
Referred to as the "Harvest Trail", this service ensures growers and job seekers find each other at peak harvest times. For information on harvest work opportunities call 1800 062 332.
Seasonal Work Australia
• PALM BEACH QLD 4221 • Ph: 07 5598 4603 • Email
Seasonal Work Australia is a new, free-access, job-search website linking travellers directly with seasonal and casual work opportunities in Australia and with some relevant information about visas, accommodation, transport and adventure tourism.
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New South Wales Employment
Sailing Crew Wanted
• 76 James Sea Drv, GREEN POINT NSW 2251 • Ph: 02 4367 3183 • Email
Sailing Crew Wanted : Linking the divide between sailing crews and skippers/owners. (Free) This site specialises in helping people. Don't sit at home this weekend... have some fun sailing Australia!
Superyacht Crew Jobs, STCW 95
• CASTLECRAG NSW 2068 • Ph: 02 9818 2024 • Email
Australian Superyacht Crew Academy places professional crew in boat jobs, yacht crew jobs on sail/motor super yachts and provide MCA endorsed STCW95 safety training for international superyachts, (not STCW 95 AMSA) plus crew positions training: deckhand, steward, stewardess, engineer, chef.
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Northern Territory Employment
Karen Sheldon Training & Development
• Contact: see website
Karen Sheldon Training is a division of the Karen Sheldon Catering Company and specialises in training unemployed indigenous people in hospitality and connecting them to jobs, especially in the Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs region.

We pride ourselves on our integrity and commitment to providing opportunities to Indigenous Australians. It is our vision to form a partnership with all hospitality industry stakeholders and promote the employment of our local people who are capable and more than eager to secure ongoing work.

Karen Sheldon Training is also a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) who can assist your business in up-skilling staff and delivering accredited training courses ranging from hospitality Operations to Commercial Cookery. We have qualified trainers ready to assist your business and we can tailor make a training package to suit your needs.
NTG Employment Opportunities OnlineNorthern Territory Government
Looking for a government job, just select the location, vacancy type and employment type, or just browse through the categories. Advertised vacancies and information for potential applicants can be found on the NT Government’s Employment Opportunities.
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Queensland Employment
People Priority One Pty Limited
• 3972 Pacific Hwy, LOGANHOLME QLD 4129 • Ph: 07 3387 0170 • Email
People Priority One is a recruitment & group employment company dedicated to providing professional assistance to jobseekers and employers.
Working In Cairns
• Ph: 0407 577 408
Find work and jobs in Cairns & Far North Queensland, post your resume and advertise your job vacancy.
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Victoria Employment
Belmore Nurses Bureau
Provide casual, permanent and contract work for all types of nurses (Specialist Nurses, Midwifes, General Nurses, Student Nurses). Backpacking and travelling nurses airport pickup and city accommodation as well as the best work options in Melbourne.
Paediatric Nurses Agency
? 2/47 Railway Rd, BLACKBURN VIC 3130 • Ph: +61 3 9878 2508 • Email
Provides a specific employment service for Paediatric trained nurses and Midwifes. Paediatric Nurses Agency supplies to all of Melbourne's Paediatric Units and all midwifery departments.

Paediatric Nurses Agency provides Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Specialist Nurses and Midwifes on a casual agency basis, short term contract basis, and permeant basis to all public and private hospitals, as well as contract work Australia Wide.
Roy Morgan Research
• 411 Collins Street MELBOURNE VIC 3000 • Ph: 03 9224 5118 • Email
TELEPHONE INTERVIEWERS - NO SALES! We are seeking people to work in our CBD call centre. Work when you want, earn $$$, work with friends or make new friends! We need excellent English communication skills and keyboard skills.
Victorian Nurse Specialists
One of Melbourne's leading nursing agencies. Nurses who join our agency have a high satisfaction rate enjoy nursing in Melbourne. It's one of the most innovative nursing agencies in Melbourne.
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Victoria - Seasonal and Working Holiday
Fruit Pickers - H. V. McNab & Son
• Ph: 03 5829 0016 (Office Hrs: 8 am-5 pm) • Email
McNab's orchard in the Goulburn Valley offer some seasonal work picking fruit in their orchards.
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Resources for Australian Employers

Visa 457 - Temporary Business (Long Stay) - Standard Business Sponsorship (Subclass 457)
This special class of working visa is the most common program for Australian Employers to employ (sponsor) workers with particular skills, from other countries, to work in Australia on a temporary basis.

More information can be found on the Australian Government - Department of Immigration and Citizenship: Employer Sponsored Workers - About this Visa and How this Visa Works.

The Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship offers two visa options: Temporary Visas (457) and Permanent Visas.

International / Overseas Based Employment Services - Volunteer Abroad
• LEEDS UK • Email
In the last 12 months i-to-i has helped 4,000 people to volunteer abroad in vitally important projects in 27 countries, including Australia. We've also trained 10,000 people how to Teach English as a Foreign language (TEFL).
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