Working in Australia

Before you apply for work

International students

Check that you can work in Australia with the Department of Home Affairs:

Check if your existing qualifications and skills meet Australian standards:

Know your rights

Workers in Australia have the right to minimum standards set for working hours, safety, pay rates and more. It's important to understand your rights and responsibilities as a worker.

Get work experience

Many employers want to hire people with previous work experience as this demonstrates a range of skills.

Learn more about how to find and get work experience.

Find work

Learn about different job hunting methods.

Job search engines

Journals and newspapers

Check the classified section of newspapers and journals.

  • The Age
  • The Herald Sun
  • The Australian
  • Leader community newspapers

Graduate programs

Graduate positions and graduate programs are jobs specifically for new and recent graduates. Recruitment occurs each year during March and April.

Companies with graduate generally have structured, professional development programs which enable you to broaden your industry experience to advance you to the senior levels of the organisation. Graduate recruits may spend 1-3 years in a specific role or rotate through different areas of the organisation.

To learn more about graduate programs, see:

Remote or rural employment