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Working and Living in Australia

  • mawer_9

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    12th March, 2013
    Posts: 3

    Good afternoon everybody!

    I was looking for some advice if possible for when my girlfriend and I arrive in Australia. We will of been travelling in SE Asia prior to arriving in Sydney (we have friends here) and will then be looking to work and if possible, rent our own place.

    I understand what most people do is ensure they have their working visa, and then sign up to agencies. I know Sydney will be expensive but we would like our base to be here, or the outskirts. We will of course travel to other places when time and money allows.

    However, any advice on ways to go about finding somewhere to stay, costs, if its possible at all would be greatly appreciated. Similarly, any information about work would be also.

    Apologies if you have seen similar questions before.


    #1 Posted: 19/3/2013 - 08:37

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  • stefanw

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    I think it depends where you're from for visa etc. Some people work illegally but that would be mostly farm or odd job work.,, should help.

    Also if you are under 21 (i think) in some states you dont have to be paid minimum wage. It will be slightly lower. I think you would want a job that allows for time off for travel.

    #2 Posted: 28/3/2013 - 05:21

  • BackpackinG-

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    19th January, 2013
    Posts: 3

    Hi Chris,

    The good news is that it is pretty easy to find places to rent and work in Australia. Note that apartments will require you to place a bond, so do ensure that you arrive with a bit of money (the amount varies greatly but you will want about $1,000 - $1,500 for a bond for an apartment). It will be cheaper for you to just rent a room in a house, it will still require a bond, but it won't be as much. The best place to look for people who are advertising for housemates is Gumtree

    As for work, the economy in Australia is booming and so you shouldn't have any problems as long as you are open minded about the work that you do - for advice about securing a job check out this article -

    Best of luck!


    #3 Posted: 6/4/2013 - 06:11

  • thetravelle-

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    11th April, 2013
    Posts: 1

    Hey Chris, I've found this free travel info pack you can download on WHV in Australia. Check it out,


    The traveller02

    #4 Posted: 11/4/2013 - 04:19

  • mawer_9

    Joined Travelfish
    12th March, 2013
    Posts: 3

    Thanks for the help and advice everyone!

    #5 Posted: 11/4/2013 - 04:55

  • susee

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    26th July, 2013
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    Hey I am Susee From Sydney Australia. I live in a special town of Sydney and here rentals can start at au $1,300 for a 1 bedroom apartment house to au$18,000 plus which is a inexpensive good deal a week for a home in the location I live in. You can rent a home in the south west approximately East Hills or in the Rockdale district from approximately au $500 to au $900 for seven day or a week. As all of the world Sydney is one of the beautiful and very expensive city's in the world to live in. All the district around Sydney are all really good and the civil transportation is dazzling. So you can store around and find a good agreement. When you achieve get a long lease as they will put the rent cost up at the end of a lease.

    #6 Posted: 30/7/2013 - 07:34

  • PeterMFL

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    21st September, 2013
    Posts: 16

    You can easily find work in restaurants or cafes though the pay won't be very good...

    #7 Posted: 27/9/2013 - 02:55

  • tinab

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    2nd October, 2013
    Posts: 4

    Hey mawer_9,

    You might want to check different websites out there that concern issues about Working in Australia. You just have to go and search about them. I can recommend you one, Jobsearch - it is a governmental webpage from Australia and they keep updating and giving lots of ops to people.

    Hope I helped you/

    #8 Posted: 2/10/2013 - 10:40

  • petersumpte-

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    29th October, 2013
    Posts: 12

    I'm sure you can get through working at the same time living in Australia, Its such a nice place to live with.

    #9 Posted: 29/10/2013 - 03:55

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