Australia is consistently voted as one of the top 10 best countries to live in every year, so it's no surprise that it is not only one of the most sought after holiday destinations but also a highly coveted place to live and work in. 

Whether you're looking for a complete change of scenery to live and work in Australia's rugged outback or perhaps want to take advantage of its beautiful sea-side capitals and metropolitan areas, Australia offers a warm climate all year round with a lavish lifestyle and employment opportunities. Living and working in Australia allows you to pursue cultural entertainment, recreation & leisure activities, and an overall brilliant quality of life.

Australia has a world-class reputation for its economic stability and is home to the headquarters of many global organisations. While they vary year to year, consistently, the top industries to work for within Australia are finance, healthcare, industrial, and mining & natural resources. 

Corporate work colleagues
Corporate work colleagues

legally working in Australia

To work in Australia, you must first apply for a valid Australian visa with work rights. A range of temporary and permanent skilled visas are available, however, the Australian Government has strict laws regarding the employment of non-citizens and penalties for breaking the law so it is important to find out the necessary visa and eligibility requirements before you begin searching for work in Australia. Visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and border protection for more information.

how can I get sponsored to work in Australia?

At Randstad, we often get asked by visitors on a working visa 'how can I get sponsored to work in Australia?'. Our recommendation would be to first apply for a working holiday visa as it is rare for a newly advertised job to include a sponsorship opportunity right from the beginning of your employment - most employers will want you to work for 3-6 months prior to them sponsoring to ensure you are the best fit for their company. To be eligible to be sponsored by an employer, there are a number of requirements you must meet including (but not limited to) the below:

  • only certain skilled occupations are eligible
  • you need to be earning over a certain set wage
  • need to meet health and English language standards.
  • your employer must be willing to sponsor you (and be preapproved to sponsor by DIAC). 
  • your employer needs to be able to provide evidence of your relevant skills and reasons as to why you are most suitable for the position. 

Visit the FAQ page for employer-sponsored visas on the Department of Immigration & Border Protection's website for an up to date list of all eligibility requirements. 

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    looking for work in Australia

    Once you have been successful in your application for the necessary visa requirements to work in Australia, the next step is to start searching and applying for roles within your chosen Australian city. You can do this in two ways:

    1. Visit our jobs board and search and apply directly to roles that interest you.
    2. Register your details on MyRandstad and upload your CV & cover letter. Once your skills & experience match any of the current roles we have available, a specialist recruitment consultant will contact you to arrange a time to meet.

    when you start your new job in Australia

    Finding work in Australia is just the first step! Once you have secured your employment in Australia, there is a range of websites and associations that can help you make the successful transition into living and working abroad.

    Below are some useful links to help you get started. 

    for information on:

    • how to obtain a tax file number and other international taxation enquiries, visit the Australian Taxation Office.
    • how to find an apartment or house to live in across all national cities in Australia, there are a number of websites you can visit, including Gum Tree (for flat sharing), Domain or (for accommodation rental/buy).
    • how to study in Australia, visit

    Randstad can make working in Australia a reality by providing you with exciting, rewarding career opportunities in some of the best cities in the world. We are always on the lookout for skilled professionals wanting to experience the fantastic lifestyle on offer in this part of the world. 

    Visit the FAQ page for employer-sponsored visas on the Department of Immigration & Border Protection's website for an up to date list of all eligibility requirements.