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Top tips to finding work in Australia

Top tips to help you find work in Australia.

Now that you have made the all important decision to relocate to Australia, one of the important next steps is often securing a suitable job. With a growing economy, a buoyant job market and essential skill shortages across a range of sectors and professions, finding work in Australia may be far easier than you thought.

However, before you commence any job search, it is important to secure the right visa that will allow you to live and work in Australia. With the recent changes to one of the most common visa types, the 457 visa, it is essential that you secure professional advice to ensure that you make an application for the correct visa type. General visa information can be found at and Up-to-date information on the 457 visa can be found here.

Looking for jobs in Australia

General web based jobs searches can be a useful source of information. They will enable you to get a clear picture of the salary rates and opportunities in your chosen profession. For general job searches the following websites have been found to be useful:

For particular occupations, for example nursing, mining, construction etc, dedicated recruitment agencies can often give you a strong indication of the employment opportunities in your sector. The list below is a good starting point though you will find many more:


It is also worth consulting the Australian national and local newspapers to view available vacancies and employment opportunities.

Paying Tax in Australia

All workers in Australia are required to pay tax to fund programs and services such as roads, schools and hospitals. As in the UK, the amount of tax you pay depends on how much you earn. You can find out more about how tax works and the different tax rates at

You will also need a Tax File Number (TFN). This is a number unique to you, identifies your tax records and is required to work in Australia. It is similar to your NI number in the UK. To find out how to apply for one visit

Applying for a job in Australia

Like in the UK, you would typically apply for a job by providing the employer with a covering letter and a CV or by completing an application form. Generally, job interviews are an important part of the process of applying for a job and may range in formality from a casual conversation to a series of discussions with multiple people. Different employment sectors and companies can all have very different recruitment approaches, as they do in the UK.

Top Interview Tips

1) Research - Find out as much as you can about the company, what they do, if they have had any recent product launches, developments, what their last year's profit was etc.
2) Practice -There are often common questions that will definitely be asked during most interviews, such as why you are the right person for the job, and what are your strengths and weaknesses, so it is always useful to have good practiced answers to these questions. Preparing well for an interview increases your chances of success and raises your confidence.
3) Dress - First impressions really do still count and if you look the part and dress for success, you will make a good first impression. Taking care over your appearance will also give you a confidence boost.
4) Relax - Staying calm under pressure can be difficult but remaining calm enables you to perform well in an interview situation. Good preparation is the key to staying calm; along with some nice deep breaths!
5) Questions - Well prepared questions are crucial in any interview situation. They give your prospective employer an insight into your commitment to, interest in and knowledge of the company and role you are applying for. Well prepared questions could also give you an edge over other candidates.

If you want to know more about getting the right visa for the right job in Australia, contact Michael Leonard for a free consultation on +44 7904 666 124 or email

Updates to the 457 Visa

Further updates to the 457 Visa have been announced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) on 18 November 2017.

Original article by Hall & Willcox.
Regional Boundaries update

Perth is longer classified as a regional area for the purposes of a Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) Subclass 187 visa which means employers within this area no longer have access to this program. This will not apply retrospectively.

The whole of the Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania and Northern Territory remain ‘designated regional areas’ for the purposes of the RSMS. For Western Australia areas excluding metropolitan Perth will still have access to the RSMS program. For New South Wales, areas excluded from the RSMS program include Sydney and Wollongong. As for Victoria, it excludes metro Melbourne. Finally, for Queensland, the RSMS option remains available to areas outside of Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

457 insurance cover

From 18 November 2017, 457 applicants no longer need to provide proof of their insurance cover. Instead, applicants only need declare that they are aware of this criteria and will make their own arrangements as part of the conditions applicable to grant of the visa.

Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) to supersede Training Requirement

From March 2018, businesses no longer need to satisfy the training requirement when submitting an Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) or 457 visa. Businesses will instead need to satisfy the SAF requirement where a contribution is made to the SAF. The contribution amount is dependent on the duration of the sponsorship and turnover of the business.

Clients are reminded that the SAF is subject to the parliamentary process and we will provide further updates once this has been finalised.

Condition 8602 – Public Health Debt

DIBP have introduced a new condition 8602 where an applicant must not have an outstanding debt while in Australia. This condition applies to skilled, student, business and tourist visas. Visa holders must extinguish such a debt to be compliant with their visa conditions. This condition does not apply where the costs are covered by their insurer or Medicare.

Reviewing the list of occupations for 457 Sponsorship

Occupations which appear for sponsorship list are reviewed by the Department of Education and Training every 6 months. They are now trialling a ‘traffic light’ management system where occupations are flagged before the list is updated. Occupations which appear green will remain, blue occupations will be introduced for sponsorship and red occupations will be removed.

The aim of this is for businesses to better manage their resourcing needs and not be caught out by changes to the program. Occupations which have been flagged for potential removal in January 2018 are Accommodation Managers, Hair or Beauty Salon Managers, Recruitment Consultants and Building Associates. Businesses opposed to these changes are welcomed to provide submissions against them which we are able to assist with.