Employment while on the trip

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 09:19
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Good Morning All

I keep hearing there is plenty of work out there you can pick up while having an extended trip around Australia. Can anyone give me an insight as to how easy it is to pick some work up. We would be staying 2-3 months at a time in places so I would imagine that would be a plus. Would appreciate any feedback as the big trip is getting closer.
Much Appreciated
Rob
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Reply By: Ozrover - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 09:41

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 09:41
Hi Rob.

We have been on the road now for over two years & we were offered work after only three weeks!
It depends on what type of work that you are after, we have worked in caravan parks & resorts, but have been offered work as drivers for mines as well as work on cattle stations.
Don't expect to be paid a great deal, but it will pay for your fuel/food, accommodation with a little bit left over for the bank.

Ask around the local pubs, in caravan parks or shopping centres, someone usually will be able to tell you where the work is.

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Follow Up By: Member - Rob - Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 at 16:40

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 at 16:40
Thanks Jeff. Should eb out there in about 8 weeks or so.
Rob
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 10:05

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 10:05
Rob


Just go out there and po it and stop having anxiety attacks.

Anywhere north of the Tropic of Capricorn there is work. Be aware that Queensland bosses don't like to part with money though.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 10:30

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 10:30
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 10:43

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 10:43
Only for typo's, Stephen
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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 10:52

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 10:52
Our last three jobs were south of Capricorn!

& no one likes to part with dollars!

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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 11:28

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 11:28
There ya go, even jobs to the south. Too easy
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Follow Up By: Ozrover - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 15:34

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 15:34
Yep, were now working 10ks south of the NT/SA border! 250ks from the nearest bitumen road.

poing it with no anxiety.

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Follow Up By: Member - Rob - Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 at 16:41

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 at 16:41
Ok Willem. In about 8 weeks time we will hit the road.
Rob
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 at 16:46

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 at 16:46
Rob

I am convinced that you will enjoy your wanderings and pick up enough work to keep the wolf from the door :-)


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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 10:12

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 10:12
On our 6 mth trip last year every where we went there seemed to be signs for 'jobs' going begging , met a cple in Broome who needed to replenish the travel account and were offered 9 different jobs between them on the 1st day they went looking , thing was though that the "wages" offered would barely cover the site fees at the c/van park on a weekly basis. Work is out there for the traveler but so is some very low pay in some very expensive locations .
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 22:24

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 22:24
yep from my experience theres never a shortage of crappy underpaid jobs with a boss thats a prick

- its proper employment thats harder to find
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 11:21

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 11:21
Gday,
It really depends on your qualifications and expierience, age, how long you are prepared to stay and what type of work.
There was work everywhere a while ago, and employers couldnt pick and choose, they had to take what they could get. This recession we arent having is makeing things a bit tighter.
6 months ago in Alice Springs employers were going overseas to get tradesman......now hours are getting cut (temporarily). It really hasnt made a lot of difference for us but Im hearing a lot of other places around Aust arent so fortunate.
Some towns are harder to crack than others and some employers dont like transient employees. Places were you need security/ criminal/ medical/ clearences arent goint to pay for it knowing your leaving in three months?

What do you do?

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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 11:31

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 11:31
G'day Hairy

Aren't you going to become a transient soon :-)


Cheers


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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 11:50

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 11:50
Gday Willem,
Looking more like a transfer than transient.
Works dropped off over West to apparently.

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Reply By: yakodi - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 13:14

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 13:14
We spent the last four years recently travelling Oz and working for 2 - 6 months at a time, averaging about 8 months of work a year.

A few tips we can offer, based on out experiences, would be working out which caravan parks offer long term rates (greater than 8 weeks). Long term rates vary from place to place, but are usually about 2/3rds the price of a short term booking. Get a feel for the van park and have a look around the park before commiting to stay. A pool and air conditioning helps in the tropics.

Tell your prospective employer that you are relocating to the area and not working to move on in a couple of months.
There is work everywhere if you look hard enough. Have a great time.
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Reply By: Joondalupgerry - Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 18:17

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 at 18:17
Hi, we've just completed a 2 year working holiday around Aussie.
I registered and did the induction for Skilled and Workpac before I left Perth. Both these labour hire companies got me work on the way, but they are city based..not much use in small towns.
I easily scored jobs in smaller places like Port Douglas by printing out a "work wanted" letter...simply saying I was reliable, had HR and fork lift license etc and would guarantee 3 months (or what ever duration was wanted)
I fruit picked, worked for hire companies, drove trucks,assembled electrical components and made carpet tiles...it was all an adventure and I loved it.
I found the harvest trail etc was very hit and miss..often with work promised, but not immediately etc...try again next week etc.
Lots of folks seemed to think they would walk into jobs at caravan parks etc..but we never saw any available.
CHeers
Gerard and Anne
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Reply By: Rossc0 - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 00:07

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 00:07
Last August/September travelling back from Adelaide to NQ we could have had jobs at any pub along the way, ranging from a few days to 6 months.

Don't need the work at the moment, as it was a holiday, but every publican said we had to have Responsible Person's card, needed to server alcohol in bars,restaurants,etc.

Probably worth investigating and completing before departing on your trip.

Cheers
Ross
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Reply By: Sixty at Last - Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 02:31

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 at 02:31
Hi Rob. MG Kailis usually has work at their prawn processing factory during the Exmouth prawn season.

They operate a ste of art platform from a superb Gulf beachfront with great employee facliities. They have a stack of grey nomads go there ea year.

Cheers. John.

http://www.kailis.com.au/about/about.htm
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