What You Need to Know About Relocate to Australia

There is a big demand in Australia for qualified and highly skilled expats, especially in the IT field. The average salary in the country amounts to 1,605 AUD (1,057 USD) per week for a full-time worker, but highly skilled, specialist workers earn well over this median. There is also a shortage of blue-collar workers such as builders and electricians. It is a possible gateway for workers who are considering self-employment or are wishing to start their own business in Australia. Whichever the case, the expat will need to familiarize himself with Australian business culture.


If you don’t have a residency permit in Australia and are not from New Zealand, then you first need to acquire a work permit before you even consider starting a career in the land Down Under.

Eligibility for Working in Australia

Like many things nowadays, the answer is online. So, if you are looking for a job in Australia, the top two rated sites are:
If you also happen to be in the fields of Education, Healthcare, Maintenance or the Public Sector, you might be able to find a job a bit more quickly as these are the most in-demand jobs in Australia.

Australian-style English

Yes, there is such a thing. So make sure that your CVs and cover letters are prepared, Aussie-style. CVs in Australia for one, can be up to four pages and still be acceptable. A shorter one is expected from fresh graduates.

Tips for Creating an Australian CV

No need to include a photo
Don’t include your marital status and age
Make sure to start with your current or most recent job and include your employment dates, what you did, and list of achievements
Your education history also follows the same as your employment history
Contact information for references are also not required in a CV

Minimum Wage and Average Salary

The national minimum wage, in Australia is at 19 AUD (13 USD) per hour, while the average weekly salary for a full-time worker is at 1,605 AUD (1,087 USD) per week.

Top jobs in Australia and their monthly wage




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Telecoms technician



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Some of the best self-employed jobs in Australia are blue-collar work as there is a high demand for these services. For this visa, you would need to prove that you can indeed help the economy by generating jobs. Here’s a list of the top Self-Employed jobs in Australia: ▸ Plumbers ▸ Construction workers ▸ Electricians ▸ Glaziers ▸ Landscapers ▸ Pool and spa maintenance and installers ▸ Security Other self-employed jobs whose demand is growing steadily are: ▸ Customer service assistant ▸ Online sales representative ▸ Virtual assistant ▸ Childcare worker ▸ Data entry jobs ▸ Freelance content writer ▸ Dog groomer ▸ Makeup artist or beauty therapist ▸ Social media manager ▸ Translator ▸ Online tutor ▸ Graphic designer ▸ Software developer ▸ Transcriptionist ▸ Bookkeeper Transparency is the key to the business culture in Australia, and building rapport isn’t always necessary to engage in business. Here’s a list of a few tips you need to keep in mind though: ▸ New ideas are very welcome and do expect your boss to actively seek your opinion ▸ Be modest ▸ Don’t be too aggressive when selling ▸ Be direct but friendly with what you want to say ▸ Use of first names is the norm, even if you just met someone ▸ Company decisions may take some time

Social Security and Benefits

Make sure you get a Tax File Number when working in Australia. The TFN is a nine-digit number that is yours for life. Having one means that you pay the correct tax, can access government benefits, and even work on your taxes online.

So how do you get one? If you are a foreigner, then you will be asked to present proof of your identity. It will be sent to your Australian address, 30 days after filing.

Social Security Benefits in Australia are worth a mention. The Centrelink manages its disbursement and you will have to get in touch with them if you would like to claim any of the following:
▸ Age pension—for people of retirement age, which is 65 years and above
▸ Carer allowance and payment—for carers of people with disabilities
▸ Disability support pension—for people who cannot work for two years due to a disability
▸ Sickness allowance—for employed workers who no longer have leaves but are suffering with an illness for less than two years
▸ Double orphan pension—for people raising orphans
▸ New start allowance—for people looking for work
▸ Special benefit—for people going through financial hardship and cannot support themselves
▸ Income support—support payment to help with living costs
▸ Pharmaceutical allowance—helps cover the cost of prescription medicines
▸ Telephone allowance—for eligible people receiving pension payments
▸ Widow allowance—payment for widowed, divorced, or separated women over a certain age
▸ Farm household allowance—payment for farming families going through financial hardships
▸ Bereavement allowance—short-term payment if you have recently lost your partner

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Maternity and Paternity Leave

Leaves for Mothers and Fathers are included in the Parental Leave Pay Scheme which entitles employees to paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child.

To avail of it you must be:
▸ Be the primary caregiver of the child
▸ Individually earned less than 150,000 AUD (102,071 USD) in the previous financial year
▸ Be on leave and not working while receiving Parental Leave Pay
▸ Meet the work test(unless you get an exemption)
▸ Worked for ten of the 13 months before the birth or adoption of the child
▸ Worked a total of 330 hours (approximately one day per week) in those ten months

Maternity and Paternity Benefits in Australia

Mothers who have just given birth are entitled to 18 weeks of paid leave at the national minimum wage. Working fathers and partners (including same-sex partners) receive two weeks of paid leave according to the national minimum wage.

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