How to find work in New South Wales

Are you looking for work in New South Wales? Do you have no idea what the labour market is like? Then come and discover all you need to know right now!

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Note: If you looking for work in the capital city Sydney, and not regional NSW, please visit the Find work in Sydney page.

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If you are not an Australian citizen you must have a visa that allows you to work. If you are a wannabe backpacker, for more details go to the work and travel Australia page. However, if you are a student or are looking for a sponsored / professional worker visa, Check out the Australian Visas page.

You're best chance to find work is in one of the larger regional cities like New Castle, Wollongong, or Wagga Wagga. These urban areas all have some level of major industry which makes finding work easier. In fact, New Castle is basically an industrial city, there is heaps of work in call kinds of industries. These kinds of urban environments also have many more hospitality and tourism jobs than small regional townships.

Farms, fruit picking, and agriculture

NSW has a strong agricultural industries. Many areas of the state are dedicated to farming of some description. Along the Murray River, inland areas, and up near Byron Bay are all good regions to find fruit picking work. These locations are often remote, and they often have trouble filling their vacancies. If you don't mind working in a remote location you can often find work very quickly as there are many vacancies all year round just waiting to be filled (see below for links).


There is a good amount of mining work throughout the state. There is a lot of coal mining in and around the New Castle area, and mining of other descriptions generally based in the Central West and Hunter/Central Rivers localities. If you are specifically looking for this type of work, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and Queensland also have large mining industries and are worth investigating. These jobs pay very good money, but are hard to find, especially if you are unskilled. You best chances to finding mine work is the have a look at some recruitment agencies and job boards (see below).

Ski Resorts

Alpine areas (Perisher Blue and Thredbo) get busy over the winter/snow season. Many back packers, especially Canadians, like to work in the resorts over winter. The jobs vary from cleaning rooms, ski/snow board instructors, cooks, bar work, child care, to just about any other job you can imagine. Again, your best chance to find these jobs are via recruitment agencies and job board links below.

Island Work

There are a couple of resort islands off the coast; Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island. Both islands have multiple resorts on them, and are often looking for workers. If you think this would interest you, and want some more details, have a look at the Island work page!

Links and Resources!

Here I have a selection of links to other parts of this site that should help you in your job search.
Good luck, I hope you find a job in New South Wales soon!

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