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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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Chase the sun


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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All Australia Programs

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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Free virtual info event - Mon 2 Oct '23 @ 17:30

J1 USA with USIT - Get ready for summer '24

Your J1 ride or die, we’ve hollered around this rodeo a few times. For 65+ years in fact, so it’s fair to say we have this whole job thing covered. Log on to our virtual information session to learn more about USIT's famous J1 program and how you can start preparing now.

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Grad USA with USIT - Everything you need to know

Final year student or recent grad? You only have 12 months after finishing your degree to enter the USA on our 1-year Grad USA visa. In this free info session, we'll go through everything you need to know about who can go, how to apply and what positions you can do.

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Free virtual info event - Mon 9 Oct '23 @ 17:30

Camp USA - Everything you need to know

Spend your summer living, earning and having the time of your life as an Activity Specialist or Camp Counsellor in the USA. Job placement and new BFFs included. Join our travel talk for the need to know on visas and how USIT helps you land a job before you go.

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Free virtual info event - Tue 17 Oct '23 @ 17:30

Work & travel Australia with USIT and Tourism Australia!

Thinking about taking the plunge and making the move to Australia this year? We've partnered up with Tourism Australia - so don't miss our next free virtual info event where we will be talking all things Australia and giving you the low-down on everything you need to know!


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