How to find work in Western Australia

Are you looking for work in Western Australia? 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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A combine harvester cutting grain in the Wheat Belt of Western Australia
There is lots of farm work in regions WA
if you are a hard worker & like the heat!

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

If you are not an Australian citizen you must have a visa that allows you to work. If you want to backpack around Australia you can find more details on the work and travel Australia page. However, if you are an international student or are looking for a sponsored / professional worker visa, Check out the Australian Visas page.

While much in central inland WA is desert and virtually uninhabited, you can still find lots of regional jobs in other parts of the state, especially along the coast line. Below you will find some suggestions for the most common types of work you in regional Western Australia.

Farms, fruit picking, and agriculture

You can find fruit picking work most of year round, and it is especially concentrated in and around Perth, and in the south west corner of the state near Margaret River and Denmark/Albany.

WA is also host to some of the biggest grain farms in all of Australia. The Wheat belt, or Grain belt, is an area measuring approximately 155,000 km² to the east of Perth. It is home to two thirds of the state's wheat production and half of its wool production. There are obviously lots of farming jobs in the area, especially during harvest season.

For more details about fruit picking or farm work in WA see below for details.


WA is also Australia's mining capital with many mine all over the state mining all manner of ores and minerals. If you are specifically looking for this type of work, the Northern Territory, and Queensland also have many more mines 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).

Pearling and pearl farms

Australia produces some of the finest pearls in the world, and the northern city of Broome is the pearling capital of the country. Many backpackers and adventure seeking Australians flock to this city for the chance to work on a pearl farm. Pearling jobs, although hard work, are sought after by back packers and adventure seeking Australians alike. There are also other jobs out on the farms such as mechanics, cooks/chefs, kitchen hands, cleaners, engineers, etc.

If you are interested in this type of work must take a look at the Pearling and pearl farm work page! And have a look at the Find work in the Northern Territory page as there are also some farms operating out of the territory.

Island Work

There are a number of island resort dotted along the coast; Rottnest Island is just a 30 minute cruise from Fremantle harbour. The Archipelago of the Recherche in Esperance (southern WA) - otherwise known as the Bay of Isles - is home to hundreds of islands. And there are other island resorts just waiting for you to come work for them!

Resorts are often looking for workers, and even if you are unskilled there are jobs available. For example, do you speak another language? Don't mind washing dishes? Think you could clean hotel/resort room? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you should be able to find work on a tropical island and be the envy of all your friends! For 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 Western Australia soon!

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