Reach new career heights

If you’re dreaming about a move to Australia and you’re ready to climb the next rung on your career, you could soon wake up to an attractive pay package and the opportunity to be mentored and trained by world-class professionals.

Workers’ rights are very important here too: Australia was one of the first countries in the world to implement the 40-hour work week. Some other career benefits include:

  • highly competitive salaries
  • employees (other than a casual employee) accumulate paid annual leave for each year of service with their employer
  • 7 national public holidays with additional state and territory public holidays
  • access to superannuation. This is money put aside by your employer over your working life for you to live on when you retire from work
  • a low unemployment rate
  • world-class universities with high quality post-graduate courses
  • quality training programs
  • an unbeatable workplace culture

I decided to migrate to Australia because of its rewarding working conditions and the nursing opportunities are exceptional.

Jenalyn Del Rosario - Philippines
Registered nurse Jenalyn from the Philippines

Registered Nurse

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be eligible to work for the Australian public service?

Permanent residents and citizens can apply for a permanent position with a state or territory government. Unless an exemption applies, you need to be a citizen to work for the Commonwealth of Australia public service.

Are flexible work arrangements common?

Employees (other than casual employees) who have worked with the same employer for at least 12 months can ask their employer for flexible working arrangements if they:

  • are the parent, or carer, of a child who is school aged or younger
  • are a carer (under the Carer Recognition Act 2010)
  • have a disability
  • are 55 or older
  • are experiencing violence from family member, or
  • provide care or support to a member of their household or immediate family who is experiencing violence from their family.

Does Australia have laws against unfair dismissal?

Employees are protected against unfair dismissal (being dismissed from a job in a harsh, unjust or unreasonable manner) under the Fair Work Act 2009.

How much holiday leave (annual leave) do employees usually receive?

Full-time employees accumulate four weeks of paid annual leave for each year of service with their employer, unless they are casual workers. Casual workers are not eligible for annual leave.

Is superannuation compulsory?

If you’re an employee, you are typically entitled to compulsory superannuation (also known as super) contributions from your employer. You can choose to make additional contributions. Find out more about superannuation.

Are men and women paid the same amount for doing the same job?

Under Australian law, men and women must receive equal pay for performing work of equal value.

Will I be treated differently in the workplace because of my accent?

In Australia, treating someone differently because they speak with an accent is against the law under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. This can include a decision not to employ a person because of their accent or harassing a person because of their accent.

Is age discrimination illegal in Australia?

Australia’s Age Discrimination Act 2004 (ADA) makes it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of age when advertising jobs; during recruitment and selection processes; when making decisions about training, transfer and promotion opportunities; and in the terms, conditions and termination of employment.

Will I enjoy the same workplace rights as other Australians?

No matter their citizenship or visa status, all employees working in Australia have the same basic workplace rights and protections. The Australian Government does not allow worker exploitation including the underpayment of wages and entitlements.

Where can I find out about job opportunities?

Some well-known online job advertising websites include:

  • Workforce Australia, the Australian Government’s employment service.
  • Care and Support Jobs, the Australian Government website where you can find information and resources about working in the care and support sector.

State and territory governments also publish their own job opportunities.

What are the benefits of permanent residence?

As a permanent resident of Australia, generally you can:

  • remain in the country indefinitely
  • work and study
  • enrol in Australia’s national health scheme, Medicare
  • apply for bank loans to buy property
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible
  • travel to and from Australia for as long as your travel facility permits
  • attend free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program
  • work in New Zealand.

You may also qualify for other government benefits and services. Your eligibility for these benefits may be impacted if you hold a permanent visa, but you aren’t living in Australia.