Before you apply for work
- Understand the Australian tax system
- Get a Tax File Number (TFN)
- Understanding your residency and your tax
Check that you can work in Australia with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP):
- conditions for working while studying
- how to apply for permission to work
- changes to skilled migration program
- international tax for individuals
Check if your existing qualifications and skills meet Australian standards:
Workplace entitlements vary across the world. The Fair Work Ombudsman provides free information and advice on pay, conditions and workplace rights and obligations. To check your pay rate and workplace rights you should contact the Fair Work Infoline on 131394 or search Fair Work. Learn what these are in Australia:
- your workplace rights
- pay rates and salary
- international students - Fair Work
- your rights - disclosing you have a disability.
Work rights consultations
If you are confused about your work rights in Australia or have specific concerns, drop into Career Connect during the following times:
|Clayton||9 - 12pm
||9 - 12pm
||2 - 5pm||2 - 5pm|
Campus Centre (opposite Monash Connect)
21 Chancellors Walk
|Caulfield||2pm - 5pm
Common topics for discussion include:
- unpaid trial work or being paid below minimum wage
- unsafe work environment or poor working conditions (not getting a break)
- differences between a tax file number and an Australian Business number and how this impacts your employment arrangement
- unsure about your employment contract.
Get work experience
Many employers want to hire people with previous work experience as this demonstrates a range of skills.
Learn more about how to find and get work experience.
Learn about different job hunting methods.
Job search engines
Journals and newspapers
Check the classified section of newspapers and journals. They only advertise in the hardcopy edition.
- The Age
- The Herald Sun
- The Australian
- Leader community newspapers
Graduate positions and graduate programs are jobs specifically for new and recent graduates. Recruitment occurs each year during March and April.
Companies with graduate programs are recruiting five or more graduates at a time. They generally have structured, professional development to advance you to the senior levels of the organisation. Graduate recruits may spend 1-3 years in a specific role or rotate through different areas of the organisation.
To learn more about graduate programs, see:
- how to get ready for graduate recruitment (pdf 158kb)
- graduate program application closing dates
- careers events
- Australian graduate employers
- Australian graduate employer profiles.
The Victorian Government recognises that overseas-qualified professionals and skilled migrants often find it difficult to access job markets due to lack of local networks and professional references.
Remote or rural employment
- Australian slang expressions (Wiktionary)