Alt TextThe economy in Australia is highly developed, being the 13th most developed economy in the world. The industrial sector accounts for 25% of GDP, that is, much of the Australian economy revolves around the production. Australia is a major exporter of minerals and agricultural products, such as cattle, wheat and cotton.

The unemployment rate is around 6% and is stable since 1978, reflecting a better rate than the Euro zone, US and Canada.

Unlike other countries, here in Australia wages are paid weekly or every fortnight. Rents are charged per week and consumption accounts such as water, gas and energy are charged every quarter.

Before starting your job search, see below some necessary documents:

  • Open a bank account: You need your passport, proof of address in Australia, printed visa (to prove their situation in Australia and possibly get some student package). There are several banks in Australia. The largest are: Commonwealth, ANZ, Westpac, St George e NAB.
  • Get your TFN – Tax File Number.
  • Depending on the area, you will need a special license. This license you get after performing a course of 1 day and perform a test, the cost per license is around AUD $ 100.
  • RSA – License to work with alcoholic beverages (bars, pubs and restaurants)
  • RSG – License to work in places that have gambling machines.
  • White Card – License to work in constructions sites.
  • Some employers hire independent professionals through ABN, this and a number that acts as a register of the company.


Check grammar mistakes and be straight forward. Ask somebody fluent in English to revise your resume. Some companies also require a cover letter, be short and summary your experience and tell them why you are a good fit.

The link below has some tips to build your resume.

Where to look for jobs

Networking is the key, ask classmates and friends about job opportunities.

In Australia, a printed version of your resume is acceptable and it works very well. You can also seek online job posts on the following links: 

Negotiating a job

During a job negotiation, keep in mind the following questions:

  • The employment type (full time, part time, casual).
  • Payment rates and frequency.
  • Job function and how to dress.
  • Working hours.

Visit the page below to find more about jobs in Australia.


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