Move To Australia Guide

Working in Australia

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Should I get a job in Australia before leaving New Zealand? Or is it easy enough to get a job after arriving?

My wife and I are seriously considering moving from Dunedin to Melbourne. I have been applying for lots of jobs in Melbourne in my area of work (science/technical) but have not had any luck. I…

Posted by leaving-dunedin. 18 replies. Latest activity on 11 March 2022.

Did you guys find jobs before or after you moved to Australia? Why and how?

It would be so hard to attend interviews from NZ (seeing as you often need to attend a few to get a position). Did you save a lot of money first?


Posted by brand-geek. 11 replies. Latest activity on 19 November 2014.

Should me or my husband go to Australia and get a job first before bringing the family over?

My husband can potentially earn more than me as I was out of the workforce for a while raising kids. Should he go and get a well paid job and send money back to help support us until we join him. Or…

Posted by kiwinow. 2 replies. Latest activity on 22 July 2009.

What is the blue card Australian employers request for some jobs?

Posted by unhappy. 3 replies. Latest activity on 06 December 2015.

Does anyone know of any useful Australian job sites?

My partner has all truck class driving licenses and has been in his current employment for over 12 years as a furniture truck driver. I'm in Early Childhood with many years experience teaching and…

Posted by debbie. 4 replies. Latest activity on 22 April 2011.

Am I able to work in Australia if I only have NZ Permanent Residency?

I have a NZ permanent residency visa but am planning to move with my kids to Australia. I want to know if I need a special visa to work and live there, or would it be better for me to get…

Posted by gironzo. 1 reply. Latest activity on 14 November 2008.

Where is a good place to live in Perth?


We're moving to Perth in February 09. We are 2 adults in our early 40's and are looking for somewhere quiet by the sea but accessible to the city for work. Can anyone recommend an area/s for us…

Posted by tinggg. 5 replies. Latest activity on 02 March 2009.

Do Australian employers ask for employment certificates and/or recommendations from previous employers?

When applying for a job in any Aussie city do employers ask for written recommendations or employment certificates from your previous employers here in New Zealand?

Posted by tigerlilly. 1 reply. Latest activity on 02 March 2009.

Qualifications for a tradesman (tiler) in Australia

My partner and I are looking to move to Aus in July this year. He is a tiler and has been for 15 years but is self taught. How do we get on without qualifications on paper? What would be our first…

Posted by binklet. 1 reply. Latest activity on 25 July 2010.

Finding employment before moving to Australia

I'm looking to move over to Australia but would ideally like to find employment first. Did you secure employment before making the move or after? I'm using and other Australian…

Posted by laosslave. 1 reply. Latest activity on 14 August 2011.

Finding administration jobs in Perth - how hard have people found it?

What have your experiences been finding full time or temp administration jobs in Perth?? Thanks

Posted by renee. 0 replies. Latest activity on 06 November 2009.

Can NZ residents (not citizens of NZ, but of UK) work in Australia?

Posted by fd. 2 replies. Latest activity on 11 March 2019.

How easy is it for a uni graduate from NZ to get a job in Australia straight away?

Hi there, I'll be graduating end of next year with a bachelor of science, majoring in computer science. What are my chances of landing a job in Aussie straight away? Or would I be better off working…

Posted by kozzie. 1 reply. Latest activity on 14 August 2011.

How easy is it to get work teaching in Melbourne?

I am keen to hear from anyone who has gone over to Melbourne to teach. I am a secondary school teacher of English and Drama and want to know how easy it is to get work and what the schools are like.…

Posted by teachernz. 1 reply. Latest activity on 13 August 2011.

Moving to Australia to work. What should I do before I go?

I'm moving to Mount Isa in three weeks to work. What do I need to do before I go?

Posted by stephen. 1 reply. Latest activity on 12 August 2011.

Is it possible to transfer an apprenticeship from New Zealand to Australia?

I'm two years into an electrical apprenticeship but the wife has been offered a great position in Sydney. Is it possible to have the experience and qualifications I've achieved so far recognised in…

Posted by sillykiwiman. 2 replies. Latest activity on 15 January 2023.

Can a New Zealander move to Australia and become an Air Force Pilot easily?

Or do you need to be a permanent resident and apply for citizenship before you can join? Also, is there a way that you can transfer from the New Zealand army reserves to the Australian forces?

Posted by yoyo. 1 reply. Latest activity on 12 August 2011.