Working Holidays

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My husband and I are planning on heading off early next year on a working holiday around Australia - our first destination is Griffith NSW - for 3 mths for the grape harvest. We then want to head to the Northern Territory!

Does anyone have any advice for seeking seasonal employment and where is good to go from April - July or around that time? We are seeking employment either on stations - as governess/nanny and maintenance or bore runner. or fruit picking or anything really!

thanks in advance

SJ
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Reply By: Member - Patrick (QLD) - Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 12:47

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 12:47
Try this site as it offers a lot of info.

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Reply By: Notso - Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 12:52

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 12:52
There is plenty of work for seasonal workers all round Aus

Grey Nomads Work

Work About Aus

These are just two sites where you can look around for jobs

We picked up work in the Kimberlys even though we weren't looking for it
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 14:00

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 14:00
It is like that around Kununurra in tourist season. Every shop and business was advertising for staff in their window, and i met with the proprietor of a shop on a different matter and she offered me a job - before i told her i had been working in her line of business!

Our next door neighbours in the CP spend the season in Kununurra returning each year to the same job, then going south for the horticultural jobs in between.

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Follow Up By: oztours - Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 14:13

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 14:13
The problem is we are only 23 - everyone seems to be after grey nomads!
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 14:44

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 14:44
I can't see youth being a problem - where i come from it is very hard to get a job if over 50. In Kununurra as the example here, most of the check out chicks/guys, shop assistants, even the casualty nurse and lady doctor (one of whom had young children) were transient and living in their camper or caravans.

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Follow Up By: Notso - Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 18:07

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 18:07
There are young people working everywhere up there. Backpackers, school leavers, young married couples, you name it they are up there working, alongside a lot of us older folks.
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Reply By: Member - Matt & Caz H (QLD) - Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 14:20

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 14:20
Hi there,

We aren't quite grey nomads either (38 & 41) we have just completed 18mth trip. The problem with Fruit picking is, sometimes the back packers get there before you, we had this issue with working in CP's as well. Line up the work before you get there (if you can).

Another young couple we met, go onto the local "country life" newspapers, they often advertise for station hands ect.

There is work, just need to find it, sometimes they fall in your lap, and sometimes its a little more difficult.

Cheers and have fun!!
Caz
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Reply By: Member - Old Girl (QLD) - Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 20:04

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 20:04
Pitty you are not going now have a look at this link. Keep an eye out on this company when you are ready to go.Auvergne Station NT
another refSK kidman
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Reply By: Joe n Mel - Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 20:17

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 20:17
what kind of experiance do you have and what kind of accomodation do you have.....
Just in short.....
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Follow Up By: oztours - Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 20:27

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 20:27
my experience:

Governess
Administration
Bar Staff
Waitress
Nanny
Light station work


Husbands experience:

mechanical minded
qualified boiler maker
harvesting experience
customer service
bar work
waiter

We have a ute with canopy and also an oz tent hoping to build a camper trailer between now and then also
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Follow Up By: Joe n Mel - Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 21:06

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 21:06
I would look at buying a van for a start, the tent and camper will wear thin very quickly as you will be "working" and not on "hols" .....
Some will offer accom but dont bank on it and also rental accom is near on impossible as you head north unless you are loaded.
A few good sites ..... the few formost are "Seek, Career One and My Career" and set up a notification with the key words of "remote", you will get a lot of "remote" medicial jobs but filter through and you will turn up some good ones.. another good keyword is simply the exact location of where you plan to stop and work, for instance "Darwin" will almost always bring up any job that is in "darwin".....
Another new one is "red banana" not bad but still new to the game..
Another is "trans remote" it will have some that suit you both as a couple and will mostly offer accom .....
The internet is the best thing short of the local paper of the place, if you can get your hands on it then you are on a roll....
ALSO, get your resme up to date and ready to e mail when required and get GOOD referees, let them know what you are looking at doing.....
There is HEAPS of work out here if you simply want to work and are flexable and some really well paid jobs around also but accom is very hard to get, again look at a caravan as you wont last long in a camper or tent, we tried it and never ever again..
I would stay away from the bar work as you will be up against the backpackers who will work for very little just for a job, your combined experiance is really solid, i would have taken you both on, position filled last Mon, sorry :-)
Good luck
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Reply By: oztours - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 12:16

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 12:16
We have accommodation for our griffith leg.

We are then hoping to save enough money while we are there to purchase a caravan....

heaps of the positions we have been looking at have accommodation and board included.
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