Working Holiday Jobs in Australia

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  • 16 Aug 2017 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Watch Sarah Mak talk about her time on a Working Holiday in Australia! Click on the Youtube link for a transcript

  • 02 Aug 2017 9:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Organisation is instrumental to job performance success. In university many people procrastinate and submit tasks at the last minute. If you have learned how to manage your time effectively before entering the workforce, you will find that you are ahead of a number of your peers. Consider the concept that you are self-managing yourself. You need to primarily eliminate procrastination habits if this is an area in which you struggle.

    1)      Make the task smaller by dividing it into sections. Have a set goal to complete each of these sections by a certain time and stick to this schedule.
    2)      Find out which tasks to prioritise. This is key as some tasks can wait until another day whereas others need to be completed quickly. Speak with your supervisor about their priorities so you can determine your own schedule.
    3)      If there is a task that you do not want to do it is best to do this first. Try to get them done earlier in the day so you are refreshed rather than being tempted to leave it until the last minute.
    4)      Give yourself some motivation or reward for completing a task. Whether that be a 10 minute break or the promise of watching your favourite television show when you get home. This can really help your motivation.
    5)      Set aside time to complete the task or enter it into your calendar so you are reminded to start working on a project.
    6)      If you don’t know what to do, you should ask someone. It is better to ask someone than it is to continue putting a project aside.
    7)      If you find that you have a number of projects or tasks to do that would take a short amount of time to complete, it is better to do those tasks first. This will make it easier to tackle the larger projects.
    8)      What’s stopping you? Figuring out what it is that’s stopping you from starting is key in getting started.
    9)      Know why you are doing the task or project. Sometimes seeing what you are contributing to the bigger picture can help you feel motivated.
    10)   Rip off that Band-Aid and just do it.

    Hopefully this might help you get some ideas about how to avoid procrastination.  

  • 31 Jul 2017 4:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When you come to Australia on a Working Holiday you are also competing with the local job market. Although you will stand out as having different experiences to those of local Australians, it can help to understand aspects of the Australian job market and improve your chances of getting hired.

    1)      Accomplishments – Take note of the accomplishments and achievements you have made over the years. This can help you in interviews when you are asked about your achievements.
    2)      Take time to think about your weaknesses and strengths. Apart from being a common question in interviews, it can really help you improve your work performance.
    3)      Consider ways that you can assist co-workers with their work. See what you can do to be of value to someone else.
    4)      It is ok to make mistakes but you need to evaluate what went wrong and consider ways to do better next time.
    5)      Consider your body language – eye contact, smiling, maintaining open body language. Ask someone to film you or tell you the things you could improve.
    6)      Prepare for your day whether it be a meeting, interview or presentation. Prepare notes as this will boost your confidence.
    7)      Do not compare yourself to peers or role models, each person is unique and you should not seek validation based on another person’s success. Don’t let anyone make you feel like a failure.
    8)      Learning something new can allow you to improve your skills and confidence.
    9)      Stay away from negative thinking, be positive about your experiences even the ones you may not consider positive.
    10)   Stay away from speaking ill of other people. Negativity can breed negativity and reflect poorly on you.

    We hope some of these tips might help. Stay tuned for more ways to improve your employability over the next few weeks!

  • 24 Jul 2017 4:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Although most people have a great experience in Australia on their Working Holiday, there are some employers who might take advantage of Working Holiday makers. Here are 10 things to know about your rights as a worker in Australia. 

    1)      No one has the right to take your passport from you. 
     A hostel owner or manager does not have the right to take your passport from you even if you owe them money. An employer also does not have the right to revoke your visa. If they are asking you to do something you think is illegal or dangerous and they are threatening your visa status you must contact the authorities.
    2)      Get everything in writing and in a contract.
    If a hostel is promising you work upon arrival, request this in writing. If they are unwilling to provide this keep in mind they may be promising work in order to entice backpackers to fill beds/rooms.
    3)      Harvest trail
    Is a Government website and one of the best resources for information on where you can find second year visa work. It is a Government run website with detailed information on the harvest months for various produce.
    4)      Be cautious when looking for work on Gumtree and Facebook.
    There are some legitimate employers who will advertise here but remember that all Australian businesses have an ABN. You should ask employers for their ABN and then look it up here:
    5)      All Australian employers must pay you at least the minimum wage.
    If there is wage theft happening it should be reported This website also contains information about what you should do in cases of harassment.
    6)      Never pay money for a job
    It is not lawful for you to be required to pay money to receive employment. If an employer is requesting this of you, they are not abiding by fair work laws.
    7)      You are permitted to quit a casual job
    You must adhere to the minimum resignation notice in your contract however you do not have to work with an employer. If they refuse to pay you, you need to contact the authorities or the fair work ombudsman.
    8)      You should be given a contract
    Read it carefully before signing and ensure that you are being paid at least minimum wage for your work.
    9)      Employment termination
    You have 21 days from the day you were sacked to lodge an application with the Fair Work Commission. Check the information at the Commission website to find out more information about the different dismissal laws.
    10)   If you work on a contract, permanent or part time basis you are entitled to annual leave
    This must be either taken or paid out at the end of your employment. 

  • 14 Jul 2017 8:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Business in Sport with the Sydney Swans

    25th of July, 2017 - 5:00PM

    Hosted at The Old Growler (Canadian owned & operated), CACC is proud to present an exclusive evening with Sydney Swans CEO, Andrew Ireland and Premiership winning Canadian player Mike Pyke.

    Join us for a CACC exclusive for this informal discussion around business in sport. This is an opportunity to listen to and ask questions of two of the most recognisable names in the AFL and Swans history. Mike Pyke is a Canadian ex-pat who found his way onto the Sydney Swans roster after transitioning from Rugby Union. Andrew Ireland is a former Collingwood player who turned into sports administrator in the early 80's and has led both the Brisbane Lions and Sydney Swans to AFL Premierships under his leadership. 

    A rare opportunity to interact and ask questions of a Canadian ex-pat who has found success in his adopted homeland beside one of sports administrations most recognisable names. Our Q&A includes the opportunity for our audience to ask questions.

    Ticket includes wings and poutine and beverage on arrival (beer/wine/non-alcoholic drink). Spaces are limited, so to avoid disappointment register now.

    See details

  • 12 Jul 2017 8:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Originally posted by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection here:

    The exploitation of foreign workers can have a lasting negative impact on Australian communities and individuals, including:

    • underpayment and substandard treatment of vulnerable visa holders in workplaces
    • closure of small to medium businesses due to unfair competitive advantage gained by operators not following the law
    • reputational damage for rural and metropolitan industry sectors affected by these operators
    • loss of government revenue, including loss of taxes
    • reputational damage to Australia’s international standing.

    Five signs to look out for that might indicate a company is participating in the exploitation of foreign workers include:

    1. the company is able to seriously undercut competitors
    2. workers are underpaid or paid irregularly
    3. workers seem to be living in substandard conditions
    4. workers seem afraid or anxious
    5. company owners or directors enjoy an extravagant lifestyle that doesn’t appear to match their income.

    Anyone who is aware of an individual, business or employer who might be facilitating visa fraud or illegal work is urged to contact Border Watch Allegations and Referrals on 1800 009 623 or report them immediately to us using our Immigration and Citizenship Online Report

    For more information about the ETA please visit our website

  • 26 Jun 2017 8:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To view the full list of over 398 Job Openings to date, go to Search Jobs.

    Check back regularly, with more jobs from various states in Australia added weekly.

    Wishing you all the best in your job search and in your working holiday adventure!

  • 30 May 2017 3:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In Sydney, missing home and feel you want to see a small slice of Canada? This year the Sydney Film Festival includes a showcase of the best of new Canadian cinema to mark the 150 years since the confederation of Canada. These films demonstrate the creativity and exceptional storytelling of Canadian filmmakers. Going to the Sydney Film Festival is also a great opportunity to network with Australian and International filmmakers. The festival will also feature First Nation filmmakers from around the world.

    The Sydney Film Festival occurs every year and this year will feature a number of stellar guests such as Steven Yuen from The Walking Dead, Cannes Palme d’Or contender Bong Joon-ho, former New Zealand Prime Minister and UN Secretary-General candidate Helen Clark along with director-producer Gaylene Preston to showcase the documentary My Year with Helen. Also among guests are Vanessa Redgrave, David Wenham for his directorial debut film Elipsis, Red Dog director Kriv Stenders and Indigenous actor and director Wayne Blair. This year will feature Meet the Filmmaker talks in Town Hall, an opportunity to meet and speak with other avid film goers.

    Not only is this a fantastic opportunity to feel at home on the other side of the world, it is also a wonderful way to experience Australian cinema and culture in a unique way. Use this as an opportunity to network with other people who are interested in the art of filmmaking and storytelling.

  • 16 May 2017 4:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Just as in Canada, there are many occupations in Australia that will require qualifications. It is a good idea for backpackers to research the jobs they might want to undertake before coming to Australia and potentially organise the completion of courses in advance. Some examples are listed below.

    • Construction: A white card or Construction Induction Card (CIC) is needed before individuals can work on a construction site. You must complete a general construction induction training with a registered training organisation. You can use a construction card that you have gained in one state to work in another.
    • Lifeguarding and Swim Instruction: When summer rolls around, all you want to do is be by the water. Australia has a need of Lifeguards and Swim Instructors throughout the year but particularly over summer. Backpackers should check out Pool Lifeguard or swim instructor qualifications. You can also volunteer with Surf Lifesaving Australia, one of the largest volunteer movements of its kind.
    • Bar Work: A responsible Service of Alcohol course is required in order to work in an occupation that serves alcohol.
    •  Working with Children: You can work with children in Australia as an Au Pair, in a childcare centre or after school care program. If you are a qualified teacher, you may be able to secure casual work as a teacher. In Australian states, you may have to complete a Background check in order to be eligible to work with children.  

    Remember to research jobs and their qualifications to determine whether or not you will be able to work in your chosen job.


  • 09 May 2017 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To view the full list of over 353 Job Openings to date, go to Search Jobs.

    Check back regularly, with more jobs from various states in Australia added weekly.

    Wishing you all the best in your job search and in your working holiday adventure!  

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