Australian Emigration Guides: How to work in Australia – A simple guide on starting the process
Australia is by far one of the most popular destinations for backpackers and expats from the UK and Europe, who are looking to emigrate to Australia for a better quality of life and amazing experiences. More and more families and young professionals are setting their sights on developing careers and establishing new lives in warmer climates. The pull of a better work-life balance, improved pay, and more career development opportunities are all major factors. Many working holiday makers are also choosing to make the jump and work and travel in Australia where employers can take on staff for up to 6 months. Some of them may offer to sponsor you on a permanent basis giving you a great opportunity to make a go of life in Australia. But navigating the complexities of applying for the correct work visa can be confusing. If you’re still in the UK and looking to emigrate to Australia, read on.
How to work in Australia – A simple guide on starting the process
Which Australian visa should you apply for?
Before you begin your hunt for your flight to Australia, make sure you research which Australian visa you should apply for first. Depending on your qualifications and personal circumstances, you may need to apply for a specific visa.
If you’re over 30 or planning on emigrating to Australia permanently then you may want to review the skilled visa pathway or employer sponsored visas.
Australian Skilled Occupation List
A good place to start is by looking through the Australian Skilled Occupation List, as this will tell you which skills and professionsare the most in demand. If you’re lucky, you may find your own profession is listed which may make you eligible to apply for a skilled visa.
Talk to an Australian registered migration agent
The next step in the process is to talk to an Australian registered migration agent. We always advise this step as it is a good idea to get a second opinion on your personal situation from an industry professional. Making a visa application without doing the right checks could result in your application being rejected and losing your application fees.
After your visa consultation with a migration agent you’ll be in a position to decide how best to apply. You may choose to do this yourself, or appoint an MARA approved migration agent.
457 Visa now known as the 482 visa or TSS visa
Until recently, one of the more popular visa streams to work in Australia was through the 457 visa, however this has now changed format to the 482 visa or TSS visa, as it’s otherwise known. The Temporary Skills Shortage visa programme allows employers to sponsor employees from overseas for up to 4 years, provided their qualifications and experience are on the list of eligible skills.
Studying in Australia – Student Visas
If gaining work experience in Australia is your long term goal, then the best thing you can do is plan for it while studying. Alternatively, a two year stint in an Australian university will make you eligible to apply for a graduate visa. This temporary visa will allow you to work in Australia following your graduation for a period of 18 months.
About the working holiday visa
If you’re under 30 and don’t find your occupation on the skills list, or if you’re just finding it difficult to get hired, then another option could be the working holiday visa. This popular visa will allow you to work and live in Australia for a period of one year with the option of a second year by completing 90 days regional or agricultural work in a specific regional business. However, the downside is that the holder can only work for any one employer for a maximum of six months, which can make finding a job that little bit more difficult. The best option here would be to do your ‘farm work’ first, then work for three months and then you can work for one employer for 18 months. WINNING! After this time you may well qualify for a sponsored visa provided you are eligible, and your employer will be more likely to agree and commit to being your sponsor.
Finding an Australian employer
Another way of migrating to Australia is to find an employer before you leave. This option is rarely easy but it’s more than worth the effort. Australia is a long way away, so it’s best to know if you’ll be able to secure employment before arriving. Bear in mind that finding the correct employer to sponsor your stay is crucial, as their sponsorship will allow you to remain in the country legally, and you will be committed to that one company for the duration. This means if you did want to move to another job while in Australia, you would have to find another company willing to sponsor you.
How to work in Australia
So whatever visa path you choose to go down, begin planning early. The more research you do, the better decisions you will make, and the more likely your dream of migrating to Australia will become a reality.
What Our Clients Say
Now that I have scraped myself off the ceiling following the exciting news regarding my VISA grant I received on Friday, I just wanted to pass on my thanks for your part in making all of this possible. A number of years ago I had a phone consultation with another company (didn’t know about OE at the time) and came away disheartened as there thoughts on my success at this was far from favourable. Yet on conversation with Laurence he stated to me that I could get a visa without state sponsorship and it would take 7 months and that I should be wary of the IELTS test. If I have my dates correct it took about 9 months but would have been 7 were it not for the IELTS test! Again, your patience support and effort were greatly appreciated and I have passed on this experience to a number of friends who are also thinking of making the move and that they should use OE.
We have all settled in well in Oz. We have now been here a year and loving it. Thanks.
Thanks so much for all of your help and support with my application. Everyone there has been so responsive every time we’ve contacted you, it really does make a difference. I should refer our estate agent back in Edinburgh to you for some tips on customer communication! And we certainly would recommend to anyone thinking of making the move to contact the team at OE.
Our emigration to Australia is going great so far thanks. Thank you for all your help.
They explained each process of the application and kept us up-to-date on what was happening at each stage; telling us when we needed to be doing things and in what order – they made the whole process very straight forward.
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Currently we have been staying in Thailand since before Christmas and in 5 weeks we travel to Australia to arrive at the same time as our personal effects. We can’t wait! Again – many thanks to everyone for everything!
We’ll keep you updated about how we get on but for now Lin and I would like to sincerely thank you, Richard, Magda and everyone else at OE who have made the process of getting our visas so straightforward for us. You are all so professional and we have felt at every stage that we are in the best hands possible. Your customer service is truly outstanding!
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Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am so pleased and there have been a few tears this morning, including my family. Phew! Superbly professional.
Thank you so much to all at OE, yourself and Lawrence can you send the gratitude to Mark too, it is only just becoming real, we are so pleased.
Thank you so so much and everybody at OE for everything. We are over the moon! We are all in shock and there are tears! Thank you again.
All going well. Thank you, after all the work that was put in from your office with regards our emigration we cannot thank you enough, again many thanks for everything!