Work Abroad Australia

Every year hundreds of thousands of young people work in Australia - and for good reason. With a booming economy, great weather, a cool lifestyle and a very generous minimum wage, it is easy to see why Australia is king of the hill when it comes to working holiday programs.

StudentUniverse offers three programs in Australia - Work Abroad Basic, Work Abroad Plus and Work Abroad Pro.

Work Abroad Plus

up to 12 months: $799

Australia Work Abroad Plus includes many of the same services of the basic package, but also includes a week of fun before getting down to work. You’ll be met at the airport, whisked to your hostel in the center of Sydney where you will meet your group and Group Leader. It will be a week of getting to know Sydney, learning lots of important tools you will need to get working in Oz (including meeting our jobs team) and most importantly lots of fun and activities. This is the perfect package for people who are heading abroad to work for the first time. Your job support lasts the entire year, and our team assists with helping you find affordable accommodation once your week of fun is over.

Work Abroad Plus Program Highlights

  • Work in your chosen career field in paid employment positions throughout Australia
  • Earn a minimum of AUD $16.88 (approx. $13 USD) per hour, with many participants earning as much as $12 to $18 USD per hour
  • Immerse yourself in Australian culture while living, working and traveling in Oz
  • City Orientation and Jet Boating on Sydney Harbour
  • Learn to Surf Day Trip
  • Bondi Beach, BBQ & Snorkelling
  • Trip to Sydney Aquarium
  • Farewell Dinner at Sydney Tower
  • Comprehensive work abroad job support for 12 months

What's Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in a dorm room
  • 3 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Airport transfer to the hostel
  • Group activities throughout the week
  • Services of a Tour Leader
  • 12 months of comprehensive job support
  • Assistance with setting up your Australian bank account
  • Mobile phone SIM Card
  • Free mail holding
  • Unlimited free internet use in Sydney office

Work Abroad Pro

up to 12 months: $1599

Australia Work Abroad Pro is unique to StudentUniverse and focuses on getting you a job before you even step foot on the plane. Once you apply for Australia Work Abroad Pro, we’ll collect some information from you and start your placement. Once you’re accepted, we will match you with a suitable job, present you with a job offer, and once everything is signed and sealed, get you on your way to Australia for three days of orientation and fun. You’ll then have time to settle in to your optional shared accommodation (enquire for prices - you are also welcome to find your own accommodation), enjoy the weekend and be ready for work on Monday morning.

Australia Work Abroad Pro Program Highlights

  • Depart for Australia with a full time job for up to 6 months secured before arrival
  • Earn $$ straight away
  • Make new friends - all program participants arrive on the same day and take part in all social activities together
  • Have everything taken care of on arrival – accommodation, bank account, superannuation, tax file number, Australian SIM card
  • Choose a job that suits your passions and skills
  • Earn real-life job interview experience with international companies
  • Earn $$ straight away
  • Enhance your resume and be more attractive to future employers when you return home
  • Top performers will be given the opportunity to stay in Australia for another 2 years on the our innovative Skills Shortages Program which gives a clear career development pathway to sponsorship visas

What's Included

  • Airport meet and greet with dedicated staff member
  • Transfer from the airport to accommodation
  • 4 nights accommodation in a multi- share dorm at a 5 star Hostel, voted one of the best in the world (single room and hotel upgrades can be arranged on request)
  • Daily breakfast and free Wi-Fi during hostel stay
  • In-depth job placement seminar with setup of Australian bank account, tax file number, superannuation, Medicare (where applicable), Australian SIM card and mail holding service.
  • Guided Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk
  • Guided Sydney city tour – take in the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Botanical Gardens and the historical “Rocks” area
  • Sydney Harbour cruise with lunch
  • Welcome dinner and drinks
  • Party Pub Crawl with VIP entry and free drinks in Sydney’s best bars and nightclubs
  • Long term accommodation booking service in several city and beach locations
  • Continual help and support from in- location staff
  • Weekend social activities program with other program participants

Work Abroad Basic

up to 12 months: $399

Australia Work Abroad Basic is our no frills package. We’ll put you up for a week in a centrally located hostel in Australia, an airport transfer, breakfast each day and an introduction to life in Australia. After that, you’ve got the support of our team in Sydney to help you apply for jobs, secure interviews, and find a place to live.

Australia Work Abroad Basic Program Highlights

  • Enhance your resume with international work experience
  • Find paid work (appx USD $13/hr) with job placement assistance, resume review services, employment contacts and access to a full resource facility center
  • Receive comprehensive assistance with your Working Holiday Visa application before you go

What's Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in a dorm room
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Airport transfer to the hostel
  • Free wi-fi for length of hostel stay
  • 12 months of job support
  • In- depth orientation from a local guide covering everything you need to know when living, working and traveling in Australia
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge walking tour and picnic
  • Assistance with setting up your Australian bank account
  • Mobile phone SIM Card
  • 1 drink voucher for hostel bar

What is living and working abroad in Australia all about?

The United States has reciprocal agreements with countries around the world to issue Working Holiday Visas to young adults that allows them to work for up to a year. Hundreds of thousands of young people around the world participate in work abroad programs, and we’re thrilled you are interested in working in another country. This is a great once in a lifetime opportunity to gain real world experience that will benefit your resume and best yet, you get paid while working abroad, gaining an experience in a new culture.

What are the requirements to live and work abroad?

For all programs you must be:

  • between 18-30 in age
  • a US citizen
  • High School Graduate (must have diploma or equivalent)
  • of good character

Are flights included?

Flights are not included with your work abroad program fee, however your StudentUniverse travel services team member can provide a competitive discounted student flight quote.

For students looking to travel the world, we offer our StudentUniverse members special rates on flights, hotels and tours, allowing students to travel more and spend less. Our unique pricing and terms are negotiated specifically for this demographic through contracts with dozens of world-class partners and more than 70 airlines. Membership is free.

Do I need a college degree?

No, you do not need a college degree to work in Australia or New Zealand.

How long do the work visas in Australia last?

For Australia and New Zealand, the student work visa lasts one year.

Do I have to stay the entire year?

Not at all! While the visa is valid for a year, you are under no obligation to stay in the country for the entire term.

Can I interview for my job before I leave the US?

Our Australia Work Abroad Pro package is perfect for people who want to secure a job while they are still in the United States. Currently, we are able to offer this service to people interested in the following fields: hospitality, customer service, labor/construction and gardening/landscaping.

Australia Work Abroad Basic and Work Abroad Plus employers will want to meet with you face-to-face while you are in country. Moving overseas without a firm employment offer may seem frightening, but the reality is that thousands of young people participate in working holiday programs around the world each year, and companies build in positions to attract this audience.

What if I can't find a job overseas?

Our Australia work abroad job teams around the world will do everything possible to help you find a job. If you are willing to put in the effort to set up interviews and are flexible with the type of work you’re willing to do, you’ll be working in no time.

Where do I live while I am working abroad in Australia?

Each program includes either five or seven nights accommodation in a centrally located hostel. Following this, our in-country teams will assist you with securing longer term accommodation.

How do taxes work when I work abroad in Australia?

Our job teams will work with you to obtain a tax consultation before you return home. The vast majority of people end up with a sizable tax refund - a nice way to do some traveling on your way back to the States!