Finding Work in Australia

Potential migrants looking to relocate to Australia under the “Skill Select” skilled migration program have several options available to them:

  1. To find an employer or business that would be willing to sponsor them to come to Australia before applying for a visa.
  2. To apply for a visa based on their skills and qualifications and look for work on arrival in Australia.
  3. To apply for a visa based on their business attributes, and establish or invest in a business in Australia.

No matter which option suits you, if you are granted a visa under the “Skill Select” skilled migration program you will be responsible for finding work in Australia. It is important to note that State nomination does not mean that the State will provide you with a job on your arrival, it merely means that people with your skill set are thought to be lacking in the State or Territory which is willing to provide sponsorship, and you are therefore more likely to be needed in the local workforce.

 Helping you find work

  1. Join your Industry Association and keep abreast of job postings via their website or networks.
  2. The website “JobSearch” is a job search engine initiated by the Australian government with many migrant friendly job options. Search by state or occupation.
  3. Keep track of what is happening in different States and Territories. Research primary and growth industries in each state, and apply to relevant industries and employers that could benefit from your qualifications.
    1. The Northern Territory is currently seeking engineers, dentists, doctors, nurses, community workers and teachers. Highly skilled tradespeople are also very much in demand by local businesses. A list of useful websites to assist you with job hunting in the Northern Territory has been created by the Northern Territory Government and may be accessed here.
    2. Queensland is currently seeking engineers and scholarships may be available for recent graduates. Queensland is also experiencing growth in industries such as mining, information technology, food processing, aviation, and biotechnology. The Queensland Government has published information to assist in seeking employment in the state which may be accessed here.
    3. Victoria is currently seeking electrical engineers, people qualified in other electrical trades, and telecommunications specialists. Highly qualified tradespeople in other fields are also in demand. Major industries in Victoria include the automotive industry, aviation and aerospace, biotechnology, building and construction, defence supply, education, energy extraction, engineering, financial services, health and nursing, manufacturing, information technology, and hospitality and tourism. State Government information relevant to job hunting can be found here.
    4. South Australia is currently seeking professionals from the health services, resources, management and engineering sectors. Highly skilled tradespeople are also in demand. South Australia is currently undergoing a minerals, energy and resources boom. Minerals exploration and bioscience are major growth industries in South Australia, as are Information and Communications Technology, the automotive industry, and food (particularly seafood and meat) and wine industries. Check the Saturday edition of Adelaide’s major newspaper, The Advertiser for job listings. More on major growth areas in South Australia can be found here.
    5. Western Australia currently requires nurses, biomedical engineers, mining engineers and a range of highly skilled tradespeople. You can view the list of occupations in demand in Western Australia here in order of priority. Priority lists are released each year and play an important role in determining which occupations will be available for state nomination under the Skill Select skilled migration program. Western Australia’s leading industries are in the mining and resources sector (iron-ore, gold, liquefied natural gas, diamonds), as well as in the agricultural, wine and fishing sectors (wheat, barley, wool, lamb, beef, wine, rock lobster, prawns, crabs, shark and tuna). Metal Engineering is also a significant industry, as is ship building, and petrol and diesel production which takes place in oil refineries situated off the Western Australian coast.  Significant growth areas include tourism and education. The West Australian newspaper features employment listings each Saturday. The West Australian government recommends joining your industry association to keep tabs on job opportunities in the area.
    6. The Australian Capital Territory boasts the best educated workforce and highest income per capita in Australia. The ACT currently requires professionals from the health, building and construction, finance, administration, management, engineering and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) fields. Canberra’s local newspaper, the Canberra Times is an excellent job hunting resource. Alternatively, look to recruitment agencies, and industry specific associations in order to keep track of job availabilities.
    7. Tasmania currently requires professionals in the health care, education, agriculture, energy, fisheries, information and communication technology, forestry and timber, Antarctic and Southern Ocean research, infrastructure, marine manufacture, minerals and mining, tourism, and services and retail industries. Tasmania’s three major newspapers feature employment sections: The Mercury (southern Tasmania), The Examiner (northern Tasmania), and The Advocate (north-western Tasmania). Alternatively, jobs may be posted on recruitment agency websites.
    8. New South Wales has the largest and most diverse economy in Australia. Home to 80% of the countries multi-national pharmaceuticals, the NSW Government seeks highly skilled professionals and business people in finance, biotechnology and information and communications technology and sustainable environmental technologies to settle in Sydney. It also seeks health care professionals, engineering professionals and tradespeople to settle in regional NSW. Clean energy and creative and media arts (including animation) are hot growth industries in NSW. The Sydney Morning Herald lists job vacancies in bulk on a Saturday. Alternatively look to recruitment agencies and industry specific associations to help in your search for a job.
    9. Newspaper listings of job vacancies have long been used by potential employers and job hunters alike in Australia as a way of keeping track of job vacancies. They are an excellent resource. Many publications are now available online.
    10. Recruitment Agencies. Many of the positions advertised in newspapers are now also advertised via recruitment agencies. Join several to make sure you have the widest range of options available to you.
    11. Networking. Many vacancies are filled before it becomes necessary to publicise the position. Ask your friends and family in Australia to keep an eye out for jobs that might suit you, and don’t forget to join any industry specific associations that suit your trade or qualifications.

 Good Luck!