It’s no surprise that many who come to Australia for a year out end up wanting to stay for a second year. With guaranteed glorious summers, great job possibilities and a full and rich lifestyle, it’s a far better prospect than returning home. However, to stay in Australia for a second year, you will need to undertake some form of regional work for your second working holiday visa. To find out what that entails, let us take you through the ins and outs of the jobs you should be seeking and the requirements you must meet.
Regional or specified work covers farming, fishing, pearling, mining, forestry, construction or conservation, and must be completed over at least 88 days. The common misconception is that you’ll be breaking your back in the fields, getting whipped by a farm owner in the outback and forced to sleep in a hut with a half-eaten kangaroo. However, this is wrong.
Farm work is just one option of many, and, just like every other job, has its positives and negatives. While it can be challenging and see you rise before dawn and sweat it out in 40° heat, you’ll be far more active than in an office with the potential of meeting travellers on the same wavelength as you. As the majority of farms are located in the arse-end-of-nowhere, you won’t face the costs that you would in the big cities and you are likely to save a substantial amount of cash that can fund the next leg of your trip. Plus, you get the crowning glory: a shiny sparkly, second year working visa which allows you to keep the dream alive for at least another year. To obtain these happy memories, just visit: www.workstay.com.au and check out farming jobs in Australia.
You don’t have to restrict yourself to farm work; there are so many other opportunities to rack up the 88 days that don’t involve picking fruit and dipping cows. If you’re a bit of a seaman, then why not try Oyster Pearling? Popular working destinations for this are Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory, but one of the most popular is Broome, WA, producing the best pearls in the world and having perfect weather around the peak harvest time. You can pick up casual work all year round as there are people regularly coming and going; the best way to enquire is to just turn up and ask. As this type of work is so popular with travellers, as you can imagine, the social aspect is one of the best. In the day, you get to see turtles, sea snakes, dolphins, sharks and whales, and after-hours sees the workers get together for drinks, swimming, fishing and fun by the sea. You can expect to earn between $120 and $145 per day with both accommodation and food provided. Check out www.downundr.com/jobs-and-work/backpacker-jobs/pearling-work for more details.
If you’re not concerned about earning money and you just want to give something back, then Conservation Volunteering is right up your street. There is so much work available in this field, like coastline maintenance, landcare management, endangered species care or rescuing turtles in Cape York. You can plan your volunteering around the places you already intended to visit and get in the midst of nature where you can truly explore and ‘find yourself’. Conservation Volunteers Australia is a great source to check out, completing over 2000 projects across Australia each year – all you need is a love of nature and reasonable health and fitness to get involved. Prior experience is not essential, so head to www.conservationvolunteers.com.au to take the first step.
Finish your regional work with a huge wad of cash in your pocket by mining. Not only is it a great way to make money, but with the current mining boom in Western Australia, even cities close to Perth such as York are eligible regional areas. The type of work includes coal and metal mining and even oil and gas extraction. While the best paid jobs will go to the skilled and experienced workers, there are mining jobs for those without relevant backgrounds, including Trade Assistants and Fire Watchers. The final added bonus is the fact that most mines will pay for your travel out there, which is great news as most are in the middle of nowhere.
A common mistake made when looking for specified jobs is when workers don’t check out the postcode to find the right work. The specified work must be undertaken within an authorised postcode. Visit: www.travellers.com.au to view the table of eligible postcodes and remember, if you take work in the wrong postcode, you have to start your 88 days from scratch, a real pain when you need all the time you’ve got.
Once you’ve nailed three months of labour and you have filled out a verification form, or you’re waving the certified pay slips high like Charlie and his golden ticket, then you’ve met the requirements. Remember to keep all of your pay slips so when the time comes to apply, it’s quick and painless. Once your visa has been granted, you can spend another 12 months enjoying the sun, sea and surfing lifestyle that Australian dreams are made of. Good luck!
Visit: www.immi.gov.au to apply for your Second Working Holiday Visa.
By Lucie Potter