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What’s the best way for a Kiwi to get a job in Australia? Is it easy to get a job in Australia? And, can you get a job before you leave NZ?

New Zealand and Australia are similar in most ways, and the job market is one of these similarities. Finding employment is more competitive but that is the biggest difference. If you are intending to move to Australia, start looking for a job before you arrive. Most organisations are happy to conduct interviews online and it’s far better to have a job sorted prior to arrival.

Working in Australia

Kiwi’s get a SCV (special category visa) on arrival in Australia. This allows all New Zealanders to get a job and work just the same as they do in NZ. The only restriction is that they can’t join the military or a be in a permanent role in public service until they are citizens.

There are some careers that are in demand in Australia. These jobs can typically fast track you for a permanent residency/ citizenship under the Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) points tested scheme. These sectors may include:

  • Healthcare/ aged care
  • Construction
  • Travel/ tourism
  • Agriculture
  • Education/ training

If you believe you fall under this visa type it’s worth registering and fast-tracking your permanent residency. You must have an occupation on the skilled occupation list, and have a suitable skills assessment. Then, you will be invited to apply for this visa. It still costs AU$3755, the same as a regular application, but does make the process faster.

The job market in Australia

Overall, Australia’s unemployment rate is 5.6%, which is higher than in New Zealand. Different states have different rates, ranging from Southern Australia at the highest rate sitting around 6.3%, and New South Wales with the lowest rate at 4.8%.

The rate is increasing for a variety of reasons, but it is not expected to change a lot any time soon.

There are some parts of Australia that offer jobs in certain sectors. For instance, Perth offers a range of mining based jobs- iron ore, coal, oil, gas and other minerals. The boom in employment there due to the blue-collar jobs such as truck drivers, mechanics, and mining, has also led to a range of jobs in the service industry supporting them- retail and construction.

Sydney generates about a quarter of Australia’s GDP. It’s home to the Australian Securities Index, the Reserve Bank and the top 20 foreign banks have their headquarters there. Finance is a stronghold here, so check it out if you are in banking or investment.

Melbourne is the home of ANZ and National Australia Bank, the Australian automotive industry, and BHP Billiton. Melbourne has Australia’s largest port, and is also the technology/ biotech hub.

Canberra is the capital of Australia and is the home of the Federal Government departments. Adelaide is the largest wine producer and defence technology. Brisbane has a large port and invests in biotechnology. If you are into dairy farming, Victoria or NSW is where you’ll likely end up.

Qualifications transfer

There are a number of qualifications that Kiwis can get in New Zealand that are accepted in Australia. You can also study in Australia if you wish to gain new qualifications or if you need to complete equivalent studies.

The NZQA and Australian Equivalent (Australian Government Department of Education and Training) have worked together to ensure the levels of the NZQF and AQF are comparable.

Many university or polytechnic degrees that allow Kiwis to practice in some occupations such as electrical or plumbing work are accepted recognised qualifications in Australia. These don’t require any further testing or examination under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement. To have these qualifications recognised, Kiwis must contact the Australian Education International.

To find out if your skills or qualifications are recognised in Australia, check on the Australian Government site. This covers teachers, trades, and professional qualifications.

How to find a job

Much like New Zealand, there aren’t many jobs listed solely in local papers- the best way is going to be online. is the biggest Australian job site, and it works exactly the same as the NZ site. You can also try Ambition, Adecco, Michael Page, Slade, Jobsearch, Adzuna, Jobsjobsjobs and Hays.

It might be worth listing with an agency. There are specialised agencies for various sought-after roles. Healthcare roles can be found at HCA. For IT roles, try Peoplebank, Ignite, and Modis. Accounting roles can be found at KPMG,

Sort out your life

Resume: The same as NZ, resumes in Australia only a few pages long. You’ll need to list past achievements, responsibilities and past employers.

Drivers licence: You need to apply for an Australian drivers licence within three months of arriving in Australia.

Bank account: You’ll need an Australian bank account for your wages to be paid into. 

TFN: You’ll require the Australian equivalent of an IRD number

Home: Where are you living? Generally, workplace will determine address too- no-one wants a long commute.

Head over to the Australian Employment Guide to check out resume templates, salary expectations and other relevant employment information for Australia.

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Should you wish to add or remove any items, we will adjust our fixed quote accordingly. Hence, no nasty surprises at the end of the move process.

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If you are moving the majority of your household items from New Zealand to Australia, one of Ausmoves experienced relocation consultants will visit your home to establish your specific packing requirements and any unique moving needs. Learn more about moving to Australia from NZ.

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