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preeces Sep 7th, 2005 03:48 PM

short-term jobs in Australia???
I'm planning to go to Australia in November/December, probably for about six weeks and am going to try to make a little bit of money while I am there. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've heard of picking apples, but don't know if the pay is worth it. And what about bartending? other ideas? I don't have a work Visa

lizF Sep 7th, 2005 04:59 PM

If you don't have a visa then picking fruit would be the only type of job that you could do without setting yourself up for deportation.

christellefv Sep 7th, 2005 05:04 PM

Yea... Without a visa don't work. Why risk getting in trouble in beautiful Oz and not being allowed to return???

But if you have a visa (for example, working holiday visa) try temp agencies... :) Register to many of them... And you'll get work! I did that with baby/caregiving/kids agencies... I worked at different day cares and after school programs each time... Temp agencies also exist for business world, etc.

Good luck! And have fun!!

Neil_Oz Sep 7th, 2005 05:09 PM

Suggest also posting to's Thorntree forum, where you'll find many more people in your position to give you the lowdown.

preeces Sep 8th, 2005 07:41 AM

Wow! You are all so helpful! So is it possible to get a work visa in the next 2 - 2 1/2 months??? Also, where is the thorntree forum?

Thanks everyone.

Neil_Oz Sep 8th, 2005 01:26 PM

preeeces, I think few if any of the people reading this would have the experience or special knowledge to help you much further with this one. I suggest you go to an authoritative source, i.e. the Australian Government, starting with the Immigration Department site at - read up on working visa requirements and if necessary contact the relevant Australian diplomatic mission. In British Commonwealth countries that would be the Australian High Commission, elsewhere the Australian Embassy, in your country's capital city.

The Thorntree forum can be found in the sidebar on the Lonely Planet home page,

Needless to say, large numbers of backpackers do work in casual off-the-books jobs. I couldn't recommend that, because if you got caught up in a raid by the Immigration Department you'd be in trouble.

prue Sep 8th, 2005 02:44 PM

Just to emphasize the information you have been given - I live in one of the major fruit picking areas of New South Wales and the immigration authorities have certainly tightened the rules and regulations for itinerant workers over the past few years - and make frequent unannounced visits throughout the season to catch those who are here illegally.

christellefv Sep 8th, 2005 05:08 PM

On the Australian government's website you can apply for the visa and it takes very little time to get it if you're accepted!

Here is the one I had... If it applies to you...

SusanMac Sep 9th, 2005 01:37 AM

I would apply for the visa if you can get it. That paperwork always helps! A few years ago my husband was in Australia and sold juice on Bondi beach (called sejuiced juice-I found quite funny)and also picked bananas in queensland. He had a visa, but I'm not sure if anyone really checked it.
Good luck. Don't work too much-you don't want to miss out on seeing the country. It is a beautiful place and traveling around takes time.

Sarvowinner Sep 9th, 2005 06:18 AM

One thing to consider - if you do receive a work permit - it is a one off. You may want to weigh up the value of using it for a 6 week sojourn versus a longer stay later on.

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