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Working in Darwin

Currently Darwin is going through a major economic boom. There is virtually a zero percent unemployment rate with skilled labour at a real shortage. Traditionally, wages in Darwin are just slightly higher to that of the rest of Australia. If you are prepared to take any work that comes your way, have a good work ethic plus the right attitude and presentation, finding work in Darwin should only take a few days to a week at most. People with university degrees and trade skill will find they will make a lot of money by working in Darwin.

To work in Darwin or Australia you must first have a working holiday visa. The Working Holiday Program offers young people the opportunity to travel and work overseas. The program is based on reciprocal arrangements that the Australian Government has with governments of selected overseas countries. Australia has reciprocal Working Holiday Maker arrangements in effect with the United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Republic of Ireland, Republic of Korea, Malta, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China, Finland, the Republic of Cyprus, France, and Italy, Belgium, Estonia and Taiwan. This allows you to work for up to 6 months with the one employer and working in Australia is to help backpacker supplement there money for further travels.

The other import fact about the working holiday program is that you must be under the age of 31 when you apply and you can only stay in Australia for a total of one year. Although recent changes to the working holiday program show that you can now apply for a second working holiday visa under the conditions that you can show evidence that you have worked for at least 3 months doing “seasonal work” for example picking fruit. For all the information on the working holiday program and to apply for your working holiday visa on line go to

The mango season in Darwin runs from October to November. There is a massive shortage of workers in this area and finding work is guaranteed. You will even find that the mango farmers run buses to the hostels and back every morning and night so getting to and from work will never be a problem. It is also possible to live out at the mango farms. Be warned that this is the hottest and worst time of the year to be in Darwin as the build up to the wet season is well under way. Also, let it be known that mango picking is hard, hot and dirty work hence the reason they find it so hard to find pickers in Darwin but a season of mango picking in Darwin and you are well on your way to a second working holiday visa.

One of the best ways to find a job in Darwin is by door knocking. It shows that you are keen and really willing to work. Where presentable clothing. Because of Darwin’s laid back life style, it is very acceptable to wear a nice shirt, nice pair of jeans or shorts and a smart pair of shoes when door knocking the local area. Try all the bars, clubs and restaurants in the city area. They are always looking for staff. Remember be confident and really show you are willing to work.

Another excellent option is going to a job agency. Most employee in Australia now use job agency. There are plenty in the city area and there are even job agencies that specialize in finding work for backpackers. Here are a few in the city area.

An excellent way to find a job is by looking in the local newspaper the NT News. Check the newspaper everyday but the days that has the most job placements are on Wednesday and Saturday. Saturdays NT News has about 20-30 pages full of jobs. That is not bad for a town with a population of 100 000.

For tradesmen or people looking for laboring work. Catch a bus out to Winnallie. It is about a 10 minute drive from the city. This is the industrial area of Darwin. There are thousands of businesses out here and they are always looking for labours.

Also check out the notice boards at all the backpackers and internet cafes. Often people will advertise for workers on these boards. Although it is high illegal, from time to time people will advertise cash in hand work on these boards. Mainly for labours, topless barmaids or when there is a big sporting or social event on in town. Usually this sort of work is for a day or two. Don’t come to Darwin or Australia thinking you will pick up a lot of cash in hand work because it is just not available on a regular basis.

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