Hospitality Jobs

If you’re searching for the ideal paid work experience during your travels on a working holiday visa, consider hospitality jobs abroad. Whether you aspire to work in the hotel industry, find a waiting job at a restaurant, secure a position in a bar, or explore opportunities in the travel and tourism trade, working in hospitality can be a rewarding and enjoyable way to earn money while on your gap year.

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Hospitality jobs are highly sought after due to their flexibility, fun, and social aspects, making them an excellent option to make the most of your travels. Embrace the opportunity to have a great time, forge new friendships, and earn money simultaneously!

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Areas of employment

Some typical areas of employment include: Farm Work, Accounts, Banking, Au-Pair Jobs, Nanny, Childcare, Hospitality, Chef, Beauty, IT, Media, Office, Admin Jobs, Retail, Customer Service, Sales, Marketing, Teaching, Coaching Jobs.

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Great wages

Wages are typically between £10 (AU $18) and £16 (AU $30) an hour, so get out there and start earning! Especially you only pay 15% for taxes as a working holiday maker. If you’re an expert in your field, you can earn much higher then the average wage.

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Hospitality Jobs Abroad

Looking for a hospitality job abroad for the perfect paid work experience on your travels? Do you want to work in the hotel trade, get a waiting job in a restaurant, get paid work in a bar or try out a job in the travel and tourism trade? Then why not go travelling and make money abroad with a hospitality job? Hospitality jobs are some of the most sought after, fun and flexible ways to make a mint on your gap year. Have fun and make new friends at the same time!

Whether you’re an experienced hospitality expert or are new to the hospitality trade, a job in the hospitality industry is the ideal way to get paid work abroad. Head abroad and earn money with the perfect hospitality work opportunity!

Hospitality jobs in Australia for Working Holiday Makers

The hospitality industry, now accounts for one in twenty jobs in Australia. There are opportunities for part-time and casual employment, which means there are many jobs highly suitable for foreigners from overseas. This page contains everything you need to know.

Top 3 Ways To Get Hospitality Jobs

  1. Dropping your resume to employers in busy areas of town actually still works
  2. Registering with local recruitment agencies that deal with events at certain times of year.
  3. Websites that are Aussie specific and unknown to many backpackers (We uncover the 7 best Aussie websites in our “Survival Guide eBook”)

The big cities do have lots of employment but it is more competitive for the cool jobs. Experience will go a long way, but not always required.

Note: In the big cities September to January are the best times of year.

Outside of the cities many opportunities exist for those who want to get exposed to ‘real’ Aussie culture and the country – so if you like the idea of working in the outback or in a small country town in rural Australia this can be a great way to do it. Experience is always handy, but if you do not have any rural Australia is a great option.

What types of hospitality jobs in Australia are there?

There is a huge range of jobs in the Australian hospitality industry in venues ranging from bars, restaurants and boutique hotels to multi-national hotels and entertainment venues like stadiums and theatres. Most backpackers work as bartenders or waitstaff, but there are is a wide range of hospitality jobs available in casual, permanent part-time, or full-time roles, such as:

  • Bartenders and bar jobs in Australia in hotels, bars, café’s and nightclubs
  • Waiter/waitress jobs in restaurants and hotels
  • Food preparation and service staff
  • Function and corporate boardroom waitstaff
  • Chef jobs — head chefs, sous chefs, chefs de partie etc
  • Baristas
  • Sommeliers
  • Butlers, concierge, valet, and customer service roles
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A lot of hospitality jobs, especially casual jobs, require you to work shifts ranging from three hours to seven or eight hours (or more). If you are a casual employee, you will work for an hourly rate. This can be a great way to earn money quickly because you can do plenty of hours/week and the hourly rate paid is higher then full time work.

Top 3 ways to get a job:

  1. Book a gap year tour program with us and receive local support on finding a job in Australia, plus an amazing first week in the country.
  2. Find a job from internet.
  3. Just travel – Signs in the window of a businesses requiring staff is still a way to find work. This works far better outside of the big cities. If you are going to do this, dress well, have you resume ready and a copy of your RSA certificate (links to information below) Also do not be afraid to just go in and ask even if there is no sign. Hostels and other backpackers are also a great way to find jobs so try there as well.

Where should I go if I want to work in hospitality in Australia?

Hospitality jobs in Bars, cafes, hotels and restaurants

The majority of hospitality jobs are in the capital cities with Sydney and Melbourne being the biggest hospitality centres. This is primarily because these cities are where most of the bar jobs, restaurants, hotels and venues are located and the cities with the biggest populations. The State of Queensland also has an abundance of hospitality employment from Cairns to the Gold Coast.

Hospitality jobs in Sports and entertainment venues

Sydney and Melbourne also have a lot of major sport and entertainment venues which often require food and beverage staff for sporting events like Australian football, rugby league, cricket or rugby union matches and events like concerts and festivals. Working at these venues means that you get free entry and can sometimes watch some of the events or sporting matches.

Major sport and entertainment venues in Sydney:

  • Sydney Football Stadium
  • Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Telstra Stadium (in Sydney Olympic Park)
  • Sydney Entertainment Centre

Major sport and entertainment venues in Melbourne:

  • Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Vodafone Arena
  • Telstra Dome
  • Waverley Park

There are also large sporting and entertainment venues requiring hospitality staff in other capital cities such as Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Generally, the recruitment of staff for these venues is outsourced to recruitment agencies.

There is also a large gaming industry in Australia and jobs are available in betting centres, casinos and member clubs.

Hospitality works on Australian islands/holiday resorts

There are island and coastal holiday resorts in Australia, such as the Whitsundays off the coast of Queensland, that constantly require workers in tourism and hospitality. Travellers looking for work on the islands will find that wait persons, bar jobs, cleaners, chef jobs, dive instructors, kitchen staff, sailing hosts, lifeguards and tour operators are always in demand. Although holding a hospitality operations or retail certificate helps, there are a number of specific island jobs that don’t need qualifications.

Employment rates on the Whitsunday mainland are high, and there is a good chance that travellers holding a current working holiday visa will either find full-time, part-time or casual work quite easily.

When is there hospitality work available?

Although hospitality work is steadily available all year round (particularly in the capital cities), casual job opportunities definitely increase from September/October until January, mainly due to the Christmas/New Year period and summer holidays. During this busier time of year, casual workers usually operate on a rostered or ‘on-call’ basis.

What do hospitality jobs in Australia pay?

Casual rates hospitality jobs

Unlike some countries, casual hospitality jobs in Australia pay a good base wage and sometimes include tips on top of this.

If you are a casual you will be paid an hourly rate that will obviously vary between employers. Hourly hospitality base rates for adult casuals are usually $15-$20 per hour. You will normally get paid extra for working overtime/late nights and possibly ‘time-and-a-half’ or ‘double time’ on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

There is no compulsory tipping or built-in service charges in Australia, although tipping for good service is becoming more common in restaurants in the bigger cities. Satisfied customers will leave around 10% of the bill, or more. In bars, tipping is less common but customers will often leave small change. Tips are often pooled amongst staff.

Permanent part-time hospitality jobs

Some jobs are offered on a permanent part-time basis, which means that you work regular hours and shifts but still get paid an hourly rate. Permanent part-time staff are entitled to holiday and sick pay, so their hourly rate is slightly reduced.

Full-time wages

These ranges are estimates of average yearly salaries and should only be used as a guide.

Food and beverage attendant $15,000-$30,000
Food and beverage supervisor $25,000-$40,000
Hotel Duty Manager $40,000-$50,000+
Concierge from $35,000
Housekeeper $15,000-$25,000
Qualified head chef/cook $49,000-$60,000+
Sous chef $40,000-$45,000
Kitchen chef $30,000-$40,000

Getting your RSA — Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate (important if you’re seeking hospitality jobs)

The RSA certificate is a course that is required by law for most States – NSW, QLD, WA, SA and NT can be done online. VIC and Tasmania need to be done in a classroom. Basically, if you intend to work in a job in Australia that involves serving alcohol (including in a bottleshop) you should get one before you start looking for work. Fortunately most can be done online so its a good thing to do before you go.

What does the course involve and what does it cost?

The RSA course teaches you the skills and knowledge required to responsibly serve alcohol in licensed premises. It involves training and testing either online or in person. It costs between AU$60 (most States) – $129 (NSW). We have a whole page of information about Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) courses including how to save $5.

Choosing an RSA course provider

Each state has it’s own liquor legislation and it’s own RSA accreditation particular to that state. This means you may need to get more than one certificate if you hope to work in different states. Learn more about getting your RSA course.

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RSA Tasmania

Getting your RSG/RCG — Responsible Service of Gambling and Responsible Conduct of Gambling certificates

The RCG certificate is attained through a classroom course in New South Wales.

The RSG certificate is attained through an online course for Queensland.

It is required by law to have these certificates before you start work in Bars and Hotels where there are poker machines in Queensland (QLD) and New South Wales (NSW) – most of them. While it is not compulsory in other states, it can also be an advantage. In QLD and NSW it could harm your chances of getting a job if you do not have it and you want to work in a hotel or bar. We highly recommend you get a certificate and put it on your CV before applying to jobs.

What does the RSG/RCG course involve and what does it cost? The RSG online and RCG training teaches you to detect, and if necessary assist, a problem gambler. It involves training and testing either online or in person. It costs around AU$60-$75. Find more information about (RSG/RCG) courses online. Fortunately some training companies offer Gambling and Alcohol training together and give you a discount. Combined the online courses cost around $100.

Choosing an RSG/RCG course provider

Each state has it’s own gambling requirements. Only two states require that you get training before starting work – Queensland (QLD) and New South Wales (NSW) Learn more about getting your (RSG/RCG) certificate online (QLD) or in person (NSW).

How do I get a hospitality job in Australia?

  • Book an arrival package or gap year program to receive support from our local team in order to find a job in Australia.
  • It’s best to get your Australia Working Holiday visa sorted ASAP.
  • Register with local hospitality recruitment agencies within a couple of weeks of your arrival.

Embarking on a working holiday adventure in Australia has never been easier and more rewarding than with our intro gap year tours and arrival packages. When working holiday visa holders choose to book with us, they’re not just signing up for an incredible journey; they’re also investing in a seamless and stress-free transition into the Australian job market. Our carefully curated packages are designed to help travelers find hospitality jobs effortlessly, ensuring they can fully embrace the Australian lifestyle from day one. With our expert guidance and support, you’ll be well-equipped to navigate the job market with confidence, making your working holiday in Australia a truly unforgettable and hassle-free experience. Join us, and let the adventure begin!

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