Working in Australia
Consistently ranked near the top in worldwide quality of life indexes, Australia is a popular choice for professionals from all over the world as a location to live and work. The services sector, including Financial and Business Services, constitute nearly 70% of Australia’s GDP and employment opportunities in these fields are excellent.
We are experts in global professional services recruitment and we can not only advise you before you depart for Australia, but can also provide support when you arrive, via our Sydney office.
Living in Australia – Fast Facts
- The currency is the Australian dollar.
- Immigration plays an important role in Australian society.
- Almost 25% of the population were born overseas.
- Australia is rich in natural resources and is the largest net exporter of coal worldwide.
- Australia is divided into six states and two territories and has three time zones.
- The average Australian working week consists of 37 hours.
Visa and Tax Requirements in Australia
There are two types of visa you can initially apply for. A Working Holiday Visa enables you to work in Australia for up to 12 months. You may also be eligible straight away for sponsorship (Temporary Work (Skilled) visa) from your employer, however, many people arrive to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa and then transition to a Skilled Migration Visa. There are conditions, including financial, skills and age requirements, You can find more information about visa requirements online through the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, at www.immi.gov.au. You can also contact the Australian Embassy.
You will also need an Australian Taxfile Number – a 9-digit number that allows you to work in Australia and ensures that you are not taxed on the maximum bracket of 47% on your wages. You can apply for a TFN from your nearest Australian Taxation Office once in the country, or before you depart, by doing so online at www.ato.gov.au.
You can find more information about visa requirements online through the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Thinking about Moving to Australia?
If you are considering working abroad, international recruitment specialists Morgan McKinley can give you advice and guidance on a number of locations worldwide, including Australia.