Are you tempted by the idea of visiting Australia? Who isn’t? Australia is a land of mysteries and a lot of foreigners, especially young people looking for their place in life, dream of spending some time exploring the continent. Yes, but with what money? That’s easy, you can easily work your way around Australia. You can spend a bit of time here and there and take odd jobs. However, before you start packing your bags and thinking about finding side employment on your trip to Australia, let’s talk about some legal aspects.
Get a Working Holiday Visa
If you think about visiting Australia on a tourist visa and working a bit on the side, that’s a very bad idea. Working without a proper permit is illegal. Even if you could, technically, do it, it’s not advisable. Any potential employer learning you don’t have a work permit will try to take advantage of you. It is likely that they will offer you the worst jobs for lousy pay.
Why would you even want to do that when you can easily get a Working Holiday Visa. Especially one specifically created for young and adventurous people willing to do some honest work to fulfil their dream of discovering Australia.
You can choose between two types of visas: 462 and 417. The difference between the two of them is that the first one, WH Visa 462 only allows you to tour Australia and work along the way for up to one year. While the second, 417, can be renewed for a stay of up to two years.
Do I need a background check for a Working Holiday Visa?
Under Australian law, foreigners applying for a Working Holiday Visa need to prove that they pose no danger to Australian society. When you apply for a visa, you will be asked whether you have a criminal record. At a later stage, you will be required to present a police clearance from your country of origin.
If you’re the wandering type and have been going from country to country, you will be also asked to provide a police check from any other country where you’ve been living for at least 12 months. If you’ve been living in Australia before for more than 12 months, you will also have to submit a police clearance.
This can be easily arranged for employment purposes by going through an online Australian character check agency like ANCC – Australian national character check. All you have to do is upload an ID and a photo and you’ll receive your police clearance in 2-3 business days. For a visa check application, you will need to go directly to the Australian Federal Police.
Keep in mind, though, that the process of obtaining an Australian visa might take months so plan accordingly.
What sort of jobs can I get in Australia?
You can get any job you want since you have the legal right to work. However, since you’re probably not going to stay in one place for too much time, you’ll have to limit yourself to temporary jobs that don’t require many skills. Many young people visiting Australia take up jobs in restaurants or cafes as they’re easy and fun. If hard work doesn’t bother you, Australian farmers are always eager to hire help.
Also, don’t forget about remote working when finding side employment on your trip to Australia. The best idea would be to work for a travel blog, sending them regular updates on the places you’ve visited. Others just like you would surely appreciate such articles. Or why not start your own travel blog writing about your adventures? And, don’t forget about travel photography. Australia has spectacular views and you could sell your photos to an agency if you travel armed with a good camera.
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