Before you start

Before you even start looking for a job there are two things you should do:

  1. Check whether your visa has any restrictions regarding employment.
  2. Apply for a Tax File Number (TFN).

The search begins

There are many ways to find a job in Australia.

People you know

Sometimes jobs are filled before they are even advertised. If you know people already working in your industry in Australia, ask them if they know of any jobs available. An online networking site like LinkedIn can help you make these connections.


A popular medium for job searching in Australia is the internet. You can use these sites to find all kinds of jobs in all kinds of places.

Government sites

Private sites

These websites also contain useful information on how to prepare your resume as well as some handy interview techniques.

Transferring skills

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you hold in your home country will be recognised in Australia, you should check with the immigration website.


Australia operates a compulsory superannuation scheme. This is often referred to as Pension in some countries. If you are eligible, your employer has to pay an additional 9.5% of your salary or wages into a superannuation fund of your choice. This money is then put aside throughout your career until you retire.


Australian workers pay tax to the Commonwealth Government to fund programs and services such as roads, schools and hospitals.

The amount of tax paid is based on the amount of income you earn. The higher the income, the higher the percentage paid. Your employer is responsible for deducting tax from your income before you are paid.

Before you start working, you'll need a TFN (Tax File Number) which is a unique number that is used to identify your tax records.

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