How to earn while travelling in Australia

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Australia is a top destination for backpackers not only for its diverse attractions, but also for its encouraging working holiday Australia visa program. The working holiday visa allows adventurers to enjoy the country’s tourist sites, mingle with multicultural communities, and temporarily become a member of the workforce for up to 12 months. The Subclass 417 visa is a great way to experience the best of the country whilst being able to supplement your holiday funds. You can learn more about this visa and how it can benefit young travellers to Australia with the information below.

Sufficient funds

The amount of savings a working holiday visa applicant needs varies depending on the type of activities planned by the traveller. However, you will need to ensure you have access to sufficient funds for the initial stage of the holiday. Also, applicants must have either a return ticket or sufficient funds to be able to pay for a ticket to depart Australia. Once this condition is met and applicants are granted a 417 visa, they can start looking for a job when they arrive in Australia.

Requirements for job search

Migrants granted with a 417 visa are advised to prepare personal documents that may be needed for job search before flying to Australia. Employers may require an applicant to provide a proof of birth, proofs of certain vaccinations, a resume, a passport and a visa, and other papers to indicate legal entrance to the country. Also, applicants must apply for a Tax File Number upon arrival as employers will need a tax file number to pay the required tax to the government. Once accepted or even before applying for a job, applicants can open an Australian bank account where their pay will be deposited.

Actual job search

There are many sources that 417 visa migrants can look up when searching for a job. Fellow backpackers or tenants in backpackers accommodation can suggest restaurants and shops in the city in need of temporary workers. Newspapers and the internet are also great sources of part-time positions in companies. If staying in the suburbs, farms and ranches may have openings, especially during the harvest season. Tourism Australia, in partnership with monster.com, has also created bestjobs.careerone.com.au where working holiday visitors can find job vacancies. Migrants may wish to balance part-time work so that work will not consume all their time for travel.

Compensation and rights

Migrants receive equal work rights and salary as local Australian workers. The Fair Work Ombudsman ensures that working holidaymakers have a safe and fair work environment. Migrants receive the 10 entitlements outlined in the National Employment Standards in addition to other unique restrictions or benefits given by the employer.

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