The Working Holiday Visa allows young people not only to travel to Australia but also to work for 12 months so that they have enough money to finance their adventure. Finding a job provides all backpackers with an opportunity to explore the labour market in Australia and to settle down in one place for a longer time period, in order to be able to experience the Australian day-to-day life.
Because of the recent resource boom, which Australia is experiencing it is now relatively easy for most young people to find a temporary backpacker job. Typical working holiday jobs include farm work, fruit picking, fieldwork, tourism and cuisine/gastronomy. With a little bit of luck, it is also possible to land on well-paid office jobs, which will later look good in the CVs as well.
The so-called temporary jobs in which someone works with a certain employer for up to six months are very common in Australia. This is really good for backpackers because the working holiday visa allows its holders to stay with a given employer for a maximum of six months.
The farm work and fruit picking jobs that are in the rural areas are really easy to obtain and the competition is not very big. Work positions in the large cities such as Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, can, however, be more competitive and therefore a good English language skills can be advantageous.
There are some things that should be taken into consideration before starting to search for a job. The first one is – opening of a bank account. This is a requirement in many cases because most Australian employers do not pay salaries in cash. The international transactions are very expensive so there is no way to avoid the opening of an Australian bank account.
Furthermore, it is recommended, that all backpackers apply for a Tax File Number (TFN). The Tax File Number has to be shown to the employer before the beginning of the job. Without TFN it is still possible to work legally, but the taxes that must be paid will be around 50%. In order to escape from such extreme tax rates, all backpackers must receive a Tax File Number.
The processing of applications for TFN lasts not more than ten days. Even without a permanent address, it is still possible for backpackers to receive their TFN, this usually happens over the phone. After TFN has been obtained there are no more bureaucratic obstacles between the working holidaymakers and their Australian jobs.