Working in Australia

Start a Career in Australia

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Maybe the travel bug has bitten you during a gap year; perhaps you have fallen in love with Oz during a working holiday, or you have decided to escape the influence of the Euro zone and kickstart your career in a more positive business climate… Whichever personal reasons you have, you now want to work in Australia.

According to experts, Australia is currently rated as one of the countries with the best economic prospects worldwide. However, this doesn’t mean that you can just move there and start looking for a job. Also, to stay down under in the long term, you can no longer follow all those backpacking youngsters on the harvest trail or get by with part-time bartending and baby-sitting.

To secure your ticket to Australia, so to speak, you either need a job offer or a skill set that’s currently in demand. As mentioned above, for the employment offer, just any old job won’t do. Your future boss has to prove that there was no local resident available to fill the position, and the HR department needs to handle plenty of paperwork in order to sponsor a visa. So, Australian companies are mostly interested in well-qualified applicants who are worth the hassle. Alas, there’s no way round sitting down and doing your homework, i.e. you need to read up on the Australian labour market in various regions.

Local Economies

If you have some professional experience related to mining or agriculture, rural Victoria, Queensland, or Western Australia could be the place for you. The latter two in particular are typical resource states, where natural resources like gas, coal, bauxite, ores, precious metals, and gemstones are excavated. In the state capitals of Brisbane and Perth, aluminium processing is obviously an essential part of the manufacturing sector, and an entire support industry specializes in mining-related services. Wanna-be expats with know-how in engineering and advanced manufacturing might want to look into the industrial areas of Brisbane and Melbourne, where R&D and production for the fields of aerospace, defense, and automotive are going strong.

As far as the tertiary economy is concerned, Sydney is the first choice for people from banking, finance, and real estate – as well as for artsy types and bohemians working in the media and creative industries. The life sciences, e.g. bio-technology, pharmaceutics, and medical tech, are particularly strong in the metropolitan regions of Melbourne and Brisbane. The former is also the unofficial ICT capital of Australia, so Melbourne should be the first stop for all computer nerds and tech-savvy expatriates. Unsurprisingly, logistics and transport are centered heavily in port cities like Brisbane or Kwinana, an industrial area near Perth. Western Australia also has a near-constant demand for people working in education, healthcare, and social services.

The Skilled Migration Programme

If you haven’t found a job offer yet, but are still keen on moving down under, there’s another possibility: You could try to obtain a visa first and then start working while abroad later. There have recently been some changes in Australia’s Skilled Migration Programme. First, you need to get your qualifications recognized and show proof of your English language skills. Then you can enter your profile in a so-called Skills Select database set up by the Australian government. If the Immigration Department thinks that you might be worth sponsoring, they’ll send you an invitation. Only then can you officially apply for a migrant visa. The Skilled Occupation List includes a wide ranges of jobs, particularly in engineering, ICT, healthcare, education, and skilled labour. Don’t hesitate to give it a try and make your dreams come true!

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