Paid Work, Gap Years

Paid Work - Outback Experience, Australia

A truly unique Australian working holiday that guarantees a well-paid job opportunity of your choice, located in the breathtakingly beautiful Australian Outback.

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Overview

The Great Australian Outback is an immense, unspoilt, wild and seemingly never-ending expanse of land inhabited by the odd farming community, and a plethora of beautiful animals from kangaroos, dingoes and emus. 

Twin Work & Volunteer offers guaranteed paid work for all applicants, allowing them to experience life in this wonderfully unique environment. You can choose work in agricultural jobs such as mustering livestock and harvesting and planting crops, to hospitality jobs at outback pubs and roadhouses. You will be given training, food and accommodation. 

The programme gives you the opportunity to gain hands on experience, and receive well-paid work in rural and outback Australia for the duration of your working holiday.

Jobs in the Paid Work Outback in Australia programme can include activities such as:

  • Off road bike riding
  • Stock horse riding
  • Working with cattle on foot and on horseback
  • Tractor driving and operating
  • Fencing
  • Vehicle maintenance 
  • Outback safety 
  • Spend your time meeting the locals by working in hospitality and home education

This paid work outback in Australia programme will give you the chance to experience real Australian culture alongside Australians and fellow backpackers. Get to know a beautiful rural side of this marvellous country that few tourists get to explore. If you’re under 30, you’re eligible for a visa for this programme – it’s an opportunity that really shouldn’t be missed.

What's included?

  • Guaranteed job opportunity
  • Pre-departure information and advice
  • In-country assistance and support
  • 24-hour emergency contacts
  • In-country induction or training
  • Transportation: airport pick-up
  • Accommodation: volunteer or on-project residence
  • Food: all meals included during work days and provided by staff or host family

What's NOT included?

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Sightseeing activities
  • Transportation: airport drop-off

Dates and duration

  • This programme operates throughout the year
  • You can spend 4 months to a year working, some jobs will qualify you to earn a second year visa
  • The programme starts on every Thursday
     
Please check 2014 availability with your travel advisor

Eligibility

  • You must meet all the requirements of the Australian Department of Immigration for the class of the visa they hold, or for the type of visa you wish to apply for
  • The programme is restricted to passport holders from the following countries who can get the Working Holiday Visa: UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Italy, Cyprus, Malta, Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, USA and Hong Kong.
  • You must be aged between 18 - 30
  • You must have a driving licence
  • You must be a native English speaker or have a good conversational level
  • For certain jobs you may have to be able to drive a vehicle that has a manual gearbox

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Location

We have placements in locations all over the Australian outback. You get to choose a location from a series of options in rural Australia, so your job may be anywhere from a farm in Queensland to a ranch in New South Wales. However, before you start work you will be given an induction to prepare you for life in the outback.

The induction includes a pick up from Brisbane airport and accommodation in a hostel. After that you will spend a few days at Rainbow Beach Resort in Queensland, so you can shrug off your jet lag as you acclimatise to the weather and new surroundings before embarking on the 5-day introductory agricultural course on Springbrook Farm in Queensland.

Project life and photos

The Induction Period:

Your induction offers you a full jet lag recovery programme (that includes 4 days relaxing on a beach resort). You will then spend a further few days training in your chosen sector while receiving room and board, before moving on to the destination of your choice. 

Whatever field of work you decide to do, it is obligatory that you complete this induction period before taking up your employment, as it will prepare you for agricultural life in a quiet setting.

Project Work:

After your induction, there are several different types of work that you can take part in. Choose between the Hospitality IndustryAgricultural WorkHomestead Help or Distance Education in the Outback of Australia.

  • Agricultural Work
    Depending on your previous experience, those looking to get hands-on experience in the outback can work in lucrative skilled jobs that will give them a valuable insight into the agricultural industry of rural Australia. Work can include tractor driving, harvesting and planting crops. There are also other roles that you can be trained for including sheep and cattle work (e.g. mustering, droving and tagging), as well as work with horses at riding centres.
  • Hospitality Work
    These jobs encompass work at outback pubs, roadhouses, and host farms where you will be serving the public. Jobs can include bar and kitchen work, cleaning and gardening. Cooks and chefs are in short supply so these roles receive better pay.
  • Homestead Helper and Distance Education Tutor
    There are some opportunities for applicants who would like to experience the outback without getting their hands dirty. You will be staying with a family, giving children private tuition everyday, as well as helping out with any household duties. This role requires previous teaching experience or a good academic record.
  • You must meet all the requirements of the Australian Department of Immigration for the class of the visa they hold, or for the type of visa you wish to apply for
  • The programme is restricted to passport holders from the following countries who can get the Working Holiday Visa: UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Italy, Cyprus, Malta, Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, USA and Hong Kong
  • You must be aged between 18 - 30
  • You must have a driving licence
  • You must be a native English speaker or have a good conversational level
  • For certain jobs you may have to be able to drive a vehicle that has a manual gearbox.
  • This programme operates throughout the year
  • You can spend 4 months to a year working, some jobs will qualify you to earn a second year visa
  • The programme starts on every Thursday

Flights, transportation and visas

  • A full meet and greet service at Brisbane Airport
  • Transport into the city centre
  • Bus ticket to Rainbow beach retreat and Springbrook farm for training.
  • Flights not included
  • The necessary type of Visa is 417 Working Holiday Visa: This is a more flexible visa that allows you to enter Australia for up to one year and work with any employer for up to a maximum of 6 months. For further information and to apply for a WHV 417 visa online, please visit the Working Holiday Visa website.
  • Visa fee not included

 

CIBT Visa advice...

For expert visa advice we advise our volunteer, work placement, and internship participants to get in touch with CIBT - a company that we work in partnership with. Our UK, Canadian, and US travellers can use CIBT for visa advice and to get their visa applications processed - with visas returned within a week.


Canadian citizens should state account number: 57497
US citizens should state account number: 57496

Safety and insurance

All of Twin Work & Volunteer's placements are in partnership with recognised and established local organisations, run by or employing local people. These organisations, depending on the nature of what they do, might be small-scale NGOs, family projects, schools or orphanages, or local initiatives with environmental or social goals.

  • We often use local businesses to provide logistical and support services to volunteers such as transfers, pick-ups, accommodation and so on. In this way, we support the local economy through helping independent local businesses to thrive. We take our partnerships very seriously and work extremely closely with all our partners.
  • We provide 24-hour emergency support from the UK and our partners provides support locally.
  • We have an agreement with the crisis management service Tranquillico, should the very worst situations arise.
  • If any wider safety concerns arise in the destination, such as civil disturbances or natural disasters, we seek advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and implement their recommendations where appropriate.

 

Insurance options...

Comprehensive insurance is available for all programmes. You have no obligation to take up insurance with any of these companies, but insurance of a suitable sort is mandatory on all our programmes.

Accommodation and Food

Food and accommodation will always be provided or allowed for in your wages. Your accommodation could be in a house, cottage, or you may be sleeping out under the bright stars of the outback if you are mustering away from the station.

Your farm owner or manager will provide meals for all the staff.

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