work around australia

Submitted: Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 21:33
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I am planning to throw in my job of 30 + years and spend the next 10 or so years working and /or driving around this this great place of ours . I have been keeping a watch on some employment sites is one and harvest trail is another one is there any more good sites out there that I can look at .

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Reply By: Busy Bee - Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 22:08

Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 22:08
A mate of mine joined WorkAboutAustralia.
There's an annual subscription but he says it is well worth while.
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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 22:23

Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 22:23
depends on what type of work you want to do or are capable of doing, 10 or so years is a long time but then again it is NOT a long time ......
We (me, wife n bubs) left Tom Price 11 years ago and now have 3 kids and have been all over the place, and still have NOT got to where we were going....
if you REALLY want to see a place properly then you can spend at least 18 months at each location and even then you are still finding places ...... and to spend 18 months you are then in the "full time" catagory and you can find positions that will shift you around with the same company .... and the benifit is they provide accomodation that is often FREE
How i would do it....
Make a list of what you CAN do and what you want to do and enjoy doing and then how much you need to survive out there and then start looking at what is available, last thing you want to do is get the first job and hate it ....
I got lucky, my first job was north of Broome on a pearl farm, awsome spot, then to Kakadu at Cooinda and have since been to Arnhem Land, Vic river nat park, way out in the desert, on the Roper river and many more ....
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Reply By: Witi Repartee - Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 23:04

Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 23:04
I enrolled with Skilled and Workpac...they were excellent for picking up work in larger towns/cities.
I also had a couple of introductory letters (quick one page Skills/CV) on my laptop.
I printed off 10 in Port Douglas and after only approaching 2 business's got a job with a hire company. I found it very effective to guarantee to any employer a time commitment...such as 6 weeks or 3 months etc....which gave him a bit of permanence and elevated you above the very casual "backpacker"workforce.
Be prepared to try anything...and enjoy mixing with the locals...lots of doors open.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 23:35

Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 23:35
Hi Feathery

You have given no indication of what areas your skills and experiences are in. The mining industry is a big employer at present. If you are prepared to do anything from cleaning toilets to working at a hotel, there are plenty of opportunities in the tourist season in high profile places. There are a number of different websites to check here:
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Reply By: Greg & Dianne - Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 17:52

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 17:52
We are considering doing the same thing but a bit frightened to take the step just in case it doesn't work out and we fall flat. My husband has all his tickets for all the machinary and have been told that he would probably be knocking back work offers with all those tickets. We wish you the best and good luck. G&D
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Follow Up By: feathery - Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 18:08

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 18:08
Both wife and myself are a frighted but we are more scared of sitting in nursing home saying I wish I had of
I also have all plant tickets
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Reply By: Member - Brian R (WA) - Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 23:57

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 23:57
Ok guys I think you have reached a stage of no return !!!
Organise your every day commitments ie insurances health covers ......whenever is a need in your life (not wants) and go go go
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Reply By: John & Loz - Friday, May 27, 2011 at 10:34

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 10:34
Hi feathery,
We are currently travelling with our 3 boys and before leaving put a lot of research into working as we travel. We found the help exchange website and for a small fee joined up. It was money well spent. Help exchange is primarily set up for backpackers, but works for anyone. It starts that they ask you to exchange 4 hours of work a day in exchange for meals and accommodation. We have our own fully self contained van so we never need to worry about the accommodation part. John is very skilled and we have outlined this in our profile, we applied to the first place and they said YES straight away, it was to be for 4 weeks 6 weeks later we where still there. Our deal was pay in addition to meals for the 5 of us, power and water for the van and a level camp site.. Really its what ever you want to negotiate. We have had offers from all over Australia. We are currently in the West and are receiving offers in the East for next year.
You put together your profile in this include your interests, skills and experience. What your travelling in (van/car/4wd) and where you would like to go. Then list your profile.
As long as you log in regularly so people see you are active the rest seems to just follow.
Sometimes you may only need to work 2 hours a day and they will give you a main meal and accommodation, its up to you to make it work for you and when you look into it you will see there are hundreds of people hosting through this program.
It costs you nothing to look, I recommend you check it out.
Good luck and happy travels you will meet some great people and see some amazing sites
cheers lorraine
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