EMPLOYMENT – WORKING IN AUSTRALIA

Everyone in Australia has the right to work and earn wealth. That wealth helps you to enjoy the benefits of a free and equal society. Australia has a wide range of successful industries that operate across all states and territories. There is a wide range of professional and industry qualifications that can help you find and keep a job. We all expect each other to contribute to and share in Australia’s wealth.

The Australian labour market can be very competitive. How quickly you can find a job in Australia depends on economic factors, qualifications and skills, the type of work you are seeking, and particular circumstances which may affect the availability of certain types of work in different parts of the country. Australian work experience is invaluable and should be a priority if you are struggling to find work in your desired field.

If you do not already have a source of income or a job available, and provided your visa allows it, you will need to look for work. Approval to migrate, permanent residency and/or citizenship do not guarantee you a job.

APPLYING FOR A JOB:

Your success in gaining employment depends on a number of factors. The factors include: where you plan to work, economic conditions, your skills, your qualifications and the demand for employees.Employers advertise for employees in many places. If you are new to Australia, your best option for finding employment is to respond to job vacancy advertisements. The advertisement will inform you of the type of work required, location and other important information.

WORK RIGHTS IN THE AUSTRALIAN WORKPLACE

Australia has laws on minimum wages and work conditions. These laws are designed to ensure equitable working arrangements for all Australians. The laws specify the types of legal agreements that define the work relationship between employers and employees.

They vary between enterprise bargaining of whole organisations to individual common law contracts. Industrial relations law makes the workplace fair, safe and productive for both employers and employees. Protected working conditions include:

    • minimum rates of pay
    • hours worked
    • leave
    • free association with any organisation
    • occupational health, safety and welfare

Source: Department of Immigration website

  • EMPLOYMENT QUALIFICATIONS AND RECOGNITION:

  • Some occupations have special requirements. This could include registration or licensing with a government authority and/or membership of a professional or industry association. The Qualification Recognition site (managed by the Department of Education and Training) helps you to find out how you can have your qualifications recognised.Trade qualifications are assessed by the Department of Education and Training through Trades Recognition Australia.Many careers will require some form of qualification for even entry level jobs. If you have a particular industry in mind, browse through ads for similar jobs or visit industry websites. The Education and Training page of this website can give you some general ideas on what sort of education is available and where to go for more information.

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