Finding jobs in Australia can be a difficult task, especially if you are searching for work in Australia from overseas. We set up Next Step Australia specifically to help those of you looking to relocate to Australia from overseas. Our partners on the ground in Australia keep us up-to-date with the economy and jobs market in Australia so we can keep you fully updated in your job search.
What's more all the tools on our website are designed to ensure we keep you directly in touch with the job market in Australia and make your relocation as quick and simple as possible. Click Here to visit our migration portal to access our Job Portal and Sponsored Employment pages.
Visit our Job Market Update Page to find out more about the current job market in Australia and keep upto date by regularly checking our news pages and signing up for our monthly newsletter at the bottom of this page.
There are many different types of visas available which entitle you to live and work in Australia. We have included information about each of them below to help you to make an informed decision about the route you wish to take before you start to look for jobs in Australia.
The Australian general skilled migration scheme is aimed at attracting highly skilled people to work in Australia. Successful applicants are granted permanent residence in Australia.
Eligibility is based on the following criteria:
Occupation: You must nominate a skilled occupation which fits your skills and qualifications. The nominated occupation must be on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL).
Click here to see the Australia Skilled Occupation List (SOL)
English language: You must have good working English language ability.
Qualifications: You must have post-secondary qualifications such a degree or full trade qualifications.
Recent Work Experience: Generally you need to show that you have worked in your nominated occupation for a set period of time, and this experience must be recent.
Age: You must be over 18 and under 45 years of age when you apply.
The above criteria will be tested using the Australian points system along with a skills assessment by the relevant Australian assessing body. Click Here to take our Australian visa assessment.
This visa covers all immediate family members.
** Please be aware that the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) are currently reviewing the general skilled migration program and that both the Skilled Occupation list and the points assessment criteria are likely to change on 1st July 2010. We will add updates to our news pages as information is released.
Many Australian businesses find it difficult to find suitably qualified and experienced staff within the Australian job Market to help them to expand their businesses. Under the Australian Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) the employer can sponsor an overseas candidate to work in Australia with a temporary or permanent visa.
Finding Employer Sponsorship
We have a database of sponsored employment opportunities in our member site which is regularly updated. You will find opportunities across Australia in this database and in many different industry sectors including medical, Automotive, IT, Engineering, Finance and Transport. Click Here to visit our Sponsored Employment page and access these fantastic opportunities.
Overseas skilled workers may be sponsored by an Australian business or overseas business operating in Australia providing the candidate has the right skills, qualifications and work experience. The employer's location, position available and business needs will also be taken into account. Positions offered under the Australian Employer Sponsored Visa Scheme must also correspond to an occupation on the Employer Nomination Scheme Occupation list (ENSOL).
Click this link to visit the Australian Immigration Department Employer Nomination Scheme Occupation list (ENSOL)
The Australian government recognised at the end of 2008 that the right skills were not getting to the right areas of Australia. To remedy this announced they would be fast tracking sponsored visas going forward into 2009 to ensure the right people were being recruited to fill vacant jobs in Australia.
Your employer may pay for the cost of the visa in full or partially, however you should expect to pay for medical assessments, skills assessment fee (if required), police clearance documents, medical reports and photographs.
This visa covers all immediate family members.
To find employer sponsorship opportunities in Australia visit our Sponsored Employmet Page or upload your CV to our job portal and make your details visible to over 550 recruiters and employers across Australia.
If you fancy dipping your toe into Australian lifestyle there are plenty of temporary contracts available at the moment in many industries including IT, Finance, Allied Health and education. Qualified professionals happy to take on fixed term long or short term contracts will be issued 457 temporary business visas to enable them to live and work in Australia for the duration of the contract.
There are also fantastic opportunities for qualified nurses to work out in Australia on working holiday visas. At the moment the pay is above reward rates plus many agencies offer a weekly bonus scheme and many agencies also provide free trips and tours for you to make the most of your time in Australia.
If you take on nursing work in the Aussie bush or remote coastal regions free accommodation is often provided too as an added incentive!
Temporary opportunities exist right across Australia in the Tourism and hospitality industry particularly in regional Australia for those with working holiday visas.
To find temporary job opportunities in Australia upload your CV to our job portal and make your details visible to over 550 recruiters and employers across Australia.
Australia has a reciprocal working holiday visa program with many countries. The working holiday visa allows individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 to live and work in Australia for a period of 12 months, extended to 24 months if the individual is employed in a primary industry in Regional Australia for 3 months or longer.
There are several primary industries including plant/animal cultivation, fishing, tree farming, mining and construction work. There is always plenty of work all year round in the primary industries – particularly in agricultural work.
We have listed below places with the highest demand.
Broome is located in Western Australia around 2,227km north of Perth and is a popular tourist destination.They require workers for lemon and grapefruit picking and citrus pruning in the February and March months, Melon picking in the period June to September and Mango picking between October and December.
Kununurra is located in Western Australia 830 kms south west of Darwin. They have a large demand for labour between April and November to pick melons, pumpkins, corn, citrus and mangoes
The Bundaberg and Childers regions sit 3.5 – 4hrs north of Brisbane close the great barrierreef. Labour is required year round to pick tomatoes, Zucchinis, Capsicums, sweet potatoes, snow peas, Avocados, Melons, Mangos and Pineapples.
Cairns is situated in tropical North Queensland and offers easy access to the Rainforest, reef fantastic beaches and the outback. Opportunities exist year round in this region for Crop picking, prawn trawling and construction.
Toowoomba, Australia's 2nd Largest Inland City is only 90 minutes from Brisbane is home to the Oakey Abattoir. Opportunities exist year round at the abattoir.
Darwin in the Northern Territory is home to one of the most beautiful natural harbours on the north Australian Coast. Darwin's weather is perfect between may and September. Cyclone season is from October to April. Temporary employment opportunities exist year round in construction and in melon picking between June and September.
Katherine is located 320km south of Darwin in the Northern Territory. They require workers for lemon and grapefruit picking and citrus pruning in the February and March months, Melon picking in the period June to September and Mango picking between October and December. Station work opportunities also exist in this region.
To find seasonal job opportunities in Australia visit our Seasonal Work Directory where you will find details of Seasonal Employers across Australia.
Those wishing to invest, establish or purchase a business in Australia may be eligible for Business migration.
Business entry categories include:
Business Owner - for owners of a business
Senior Executive – for senior executives of major business.
Investor – for investors/business people willing to make significant investment in Australia
Business Talent - issued to very high calibre business people