Finding work in Brisbane


The city of Brisbane, located in the north-eastern state of Queensland, is a thriving city of approximately 2.2 million people, with a strong local economy. Brisbane is also the largest city in Queensland. Brisbane enjoys a warm climate and great natural beauty in its surrounding countryside. It is large enough to offer many career opportunities, but is also small enough to make new arrivals feel welcome.

Major industries in Brisbane include construction, education, health, retail, and government. Finance, manufacturing, mining, and transport are also large sources of employment in the area. Brisbane also has a busy port that is important to domestic and international commerce and logistics. Brisbane has seen an 89% increase in jobs advertised in the last year in science and technology, and a 40% increase in government and defence job ads. There are also increases in job ads in the fields of marketing, design, and residential construction.

Obtaining a working visa

To work in Brisbane, you must first obtain a visa that allows for employment within Australia. You may wish to consider the Working Holiday Program (WHP) or a skilled employment visa. You will be eligible for a work and holiday visa if you are over 18 but under 31, and you want to work for a period of twelve months in Brisbane. This visa allows you to work for a period of six months for one employer and for another employer during the time remaining till your visa expires. This visa can sometimes be extended for a second year, if you complete three months of work in regional or remote Australia. For this visa type, you will need to prove that you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses during your stay in the country.

If you are a qualified foreign worker with experience in a specific area, you may be eligible for a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) worker visa. This is a new visa type that replaces the former 457 skilled worker visa. It allows employers to hire and sponsor workers to relocate to Australia, if their field of work is considered to have a shortage of local workers.

Please consult the Department of Immigration for more information on Australian visa options.

Job-hunting in Brisbane

To find work in Brisbane, it is helpful to have strong English language skills and a current CV that showcases your background and experience. Practising your interview skills is also helpful, so that you make a positive first impression to potential employers.

The majority of job vacancies are listed on career search websites or through employment agencies. Some jobs are still listed in newspapers, but this is becoming less popular than in years past. It is helpful to search online regularly, as new jobs are listed daily, and to also register with an agency. Employment agencies can help with short or long term placement, regardless of experience level. They can also provide valuable advice on the Australian working environment, which may be different than your home country.

If you are in Brisbane on a work and holiday visa, you may wish to consider work in retail or hospitality, casual administrative work, or labour and construction.

 Useful links:

Australian Job Search
My Career

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