Finding jobs in Australia

Before you start looking for a job in Australia, it's important to have the right visa that will allow you to work. Not all visas will automatically give you the right to work in Australia, and some may have conditions attached.

Australian visa types

Two of the most common visas available are the temporary work (skilled) visa (subclass 457) and the skilled independent visa (subclass 189):

  • The 457 visa - allows a skilled worker to work in Australia in a nominated occupation approved by a sponsor for up to four years, providing that the sponsor is an approved business
  • The 189 visa - is for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government.

You can find out more about different visa options and considerations at and our article on finding a visa.

Looking for jobs in Australia

You can get an idea of what jobs are available by keeping a close eye on Australian job websites.  Popular websites in Australia include:

These websites can also give you an idea of what salary is paid and how this can vary by experience and job type.

Alternatively, you can read the national and local newspapers.  Some well-known papers in Australia are the "Sydney Morning Herald", "Financial Review", and the "Telegraph".

Tax file numbers and tax in Australia

All workers in Australia are required to pay tax to fund programs and services such as roads, schools and hospitals. The amount of tax you'll pay will depend on how much you earn. You can find out more about how tax works and the different tax rates at

You'll also need a Tax File Number (TFN). This is a number unique to you to identify your tax records and is required to work in Australia. To find out how to apply for one visit

Getting a job in Australia

Typically you would apply for a job following an advertisement for a position by providing the employer a covering letter and a resume.

Generally, job Interviews are an important part of the process of applying for a job and may range in formality from a casual conversation to a series of discussions with multiple people that work in the company.


  • Do your research - Find out about the company, what they do, if they have had any recent product launches, what their last year's profit was etc.
  • Practice your answers  -There are some common questions that will definitely pop up, such as why you are the right person for the job, and what are your strengths and weaknesses, so its good to have answeres to these questions prepared in advance.
  • Look the part, dress for success - make the best impression you can. First appearances really do count.
  • Stay calm and breathe - Good preparation is the key to staying calm. Practice, practice, practice!
  • Ask questions - You should always have some questions prepared to show that you are genuinely interested in the position.

This article covers general information about Finding a job in Australia , and doesn't take your individual circumstances into account. Please use it as a guide only.