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Land Down Under

Work and travel in Australia

Never have I ever… surfed before work in Bondi, dived the Great Barrier Reef, worked in a vineyard, camped in the Outback. Australia – makes you lose at hostel games. 

We have hundreds of jobs to fill in Australia right now!

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Why work and travel in Australia?

Barefoot islands, lush rainforests, tropical reefs… Australia has natural wonders by the bucket load. Along with legendary surf towns like Byron Bay and some pretty out there Outback towns (looking at your Alice Springs), it also does cool and cosmopolitan cities in spades – with a flat white, rooftop bar and boho boutique on every corner.


Need to know before you go

Where to go

Australia practically invented the ‘work when you want, travel when you want’ working holiday mentality. You can work anywhere, choosing to pick up casual or career jobs in iconic cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane of Perth – or work to fund your adventures on the road. Select our Ultimate option for Job Hub access for your whole visa.

What it pays

Australia has a high minimum wage, currently AUD $20.38/hour. The cost of living can be high, so opt for stints of resort work or seasonal work such as fruit picking which often includes subsidised accommodation. If you're looking to do professional or trade work, your earning potential will be much higher – just remember you need to change employers every six months.

When to go

Australia’s laidback attitude has a lot to do with the weather, but it’s not beach hair and board shorts all year. Oz has long summers (Nov-Mar) and mild winters (Jun-Sep). But as with all things nature-related in Oz, there are extremes. Like snowy ski resorts in New South Wales and Victoria in winter, and cyclones in the tropical north in summer.

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Ask the experts

Book a call with USIT

Don’t call us, we’ll call you. All our USIT team have worked the world, so are here for real talk and authentic advice about where you can go and what you can do.

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Return to Oz

Get a second 12-month visa

To qualify for a second working holiday visa, you must do three months of ‘specified work’ on your first visa. Already done? Talk to the USIT team about handling your second year visa application.

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