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Working holidays

Britain and Australia have a long history of swapping backpackers and the tradition is still going strong. Every year thousands of young Aussies and Brits leave their respective nests and head out to discover the world on a working holiday.

A year on the road

There's no better way to experience the best Melbourne and the state of Victoria has to offer than spending six to 12 months immersed in the culture, food and the great outdoors. Australian Working Holiday visas allow travellers to stay in Australia for up to 12 months and take on short-term employment. Be sure to arrange your visa several months prior to travelling.

Work opportunities

Melbourne is home to numerous international sports and cultural events, and this means plenty of short-term employment opportunities, especially over the summer. There are also opportunities for short term employment across regional Victoria during the fruit harvesting season. A good source to find about harvest work is the federal government's Harvest Trail website.

Longer term, there are often positions available in the banking, finance, nursing, hospitality and teaching sectors, as well as opportunities for call centre and nanny work. Key employment websites include: Job Capital, GN ConnectionsAdzuna and Seek.

Numerous Melbourne hostels have in-house staff and services to assist with finding work. See hostel accommodation in Melbourne.

You may be able to extend your visa for an additional year if you undertake 'specified' work, including seasonal and volunteer work.

Training courses

The majority of hospitality and construction jobs in Australia require the completion of a course prior to commencing work, however most courses are relatively short and inexpensive. Be sure to check with your employer before you start a course, always make sure it's valid for the Australian state in which you want to work.  For more information on training courses, visit Edway Training.

How to go about it

As terms and conditions often change visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for up-to-date information and directions for applicants.

Backpacker information


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Information for backpackers about work and working holiday visas, study, volunteering, places to stay and places to party in Melbourne and Victoria.

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