Job Seeking in Australia

How to go about finding a job in Australia...

Those looking for work in Australia must be able to demonstrate that they have a good command of English for most professional jobs. Applicants from non-English speaking countries may have to pass an English test. The pass mark is determined by the profession or trade. In some cases, skills are assessed by the relevant professional body prior to securing a job.

The government or public agency in charge of Employment at the national level in Australia is Centrelink. It provides advice and information regarding working in Australia and can be useful for new arrivals to the country. The offices have Career Information Centres, each with a library, information on training courses available and help with preparing CVs and applications.

  • Centrelink Employment Services Tel: 13 2850
  • To find a local Centrelink Customer Service Centre: Click here

There are a number of online resources for migrants seeking work in Australia including:

  • Australian JobSearch: funded by the Australian government this is the biggest free online job site in the country. The site has a map allowing a search for jobs in a specific area. Searches can be refined by type of occupation, and users can have a personal page to which they upload their details
  • Seek: leading Internet job site covering the whole of Australia and most types of employment
  • Jobs.com: nationwide job site advertising available positions across all sectors
  • Career One
  • Jora Australia

Job advertisements are also featured in daily newspapers such as The Age, The Herald Sun, The West Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Job Services Australia is a national network helping job seekers and employers by matching vacancies to job seekers. It can also help job seekers to start their own business.

Employment Agencies

There are many private employment agencies in major cities and towns, and larger companies frequently use these agencies to help them recruit staff. These agencies handle both temporary and permanent positions. Some agencies specialise in particular industries or job types. Contract or freelance jobs can often be found through specialist contract employment agencies.