Settling in Oz: 4 Key Job Sources

If you’ve been in Australia as a tourist for a good few months now, it’s quite possible that you’re starting to ponder the expiration of your visa. Even as you continue to enjoy the natural wonders and relaxed atmosphere of the country, something in the back of your mind will remind you that, in a few short months’ time, you’ll have to leave.

If the thought of departing the Lucky Country for colder climes unnerves you greatly, then there’s only one thing for it: try and find a job. If you can convince a prospective employer of your value, they will vouch for an alteration to your visa conditions – ultimately meaning that you could gain residential status. Settling in Australia could allow you to adopt the loca lifestyle on a permanent basis!

Of course, the job market is heavily competitive. To up your chances of success in the job hunt, there are a few growth industries you should aim to target – and some that you’d be better to avoid.


Australia’s mining boom has been well-documented. Already, thousands of workers are employed in the sector on a fly-in fly-out, or FIFO basis. This way of working, while potentially incredibly draining, can be very lucrative from a financial point of view.

The mining boom, which has largely been fed by China, has begun to decline. However, the ongoing demand for services such as excavator loader hire in Perth indicates that the sector is still in serious demand. Engineering, construction (more on that later) and geophysics workers remain in hot demand in Western Australia, especially as diamond and gemostone mining industry expands. It is expected to grow 24% this year alone, according to IBISWorld. Even if you can grab 0.1% of that revenue, you’d be sitting pretty.

settling-organicOrganic farming and agribusiness

Australian soil facilitates the growth of a large variety – a garden variety, you could say – of plants. As Australians continue to become more health-aware and environmentally conscious, organic eating options look set to become more widely adopted than ever before. No longer will quinoa and organic coconut be the preserve of Surry Hills cafes – a high proportion of suburban spinsters and rural families could soon be eating organic, too.

The ability of Australians to access organic fruit and veg will also improve as incomes continue to jump. This means that all facets of the industry – from root to cashier (independent retailer, of course) – should improve.


As more and more Australians seek a university education following high school, the demand for trade services is going somewhat unfulfilled. Construction is a very steady industry to work in – as the Australian population continues to grow, more lodging facilities will be required. By extension, equipment-based businesses like Equiprent are also sure to retain their importance in the industry. From on-site workers to construction equipment hire services, all elements of the industry are a fairly safe bet in terms of employment.


Who better to show visitors the best of Australia than an enthusiastic ex-tourist? The global tourism industry is expected to expand about 4 per cent between now and 2033, according to a recent Deloitte report. China and Asia will represent key stakeholders in this industry, meaning that bilingual candidates should move straight to the front of the queue.

It could be very, very beneficial to keep these growth industries in mind when searching for a job in Australia. Equally worthy of consideration, though, are the industries which are on the decline, and so should be avoided: manufacturing, print journalism, and horse racing are three examples. Giddy up!

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