Australia and the Pacific


When I look back at myself as a freckly pomme fresh off the flight and reeling from jetlag I know that if I could find work over my working holiday visa, absolutely anyone could. I had essentially no skills and no amount of desperate pleading could make up for it! It’s what you do before you leave home, that truly gives you the edge- so here are my best Australian working holiday visa tips. Delve deeper into how to make the most of your precious work abroad experience!

1.Hit the ground running.
There are so many similar backpackers, how can you stand out? My tactic was to be  job-ready from the very start. An employer will almost always choose the candidate who can get started straight away, and that will leave you the only onein your hostel getting a job in australia on a working holiday visa.

Before you even land you can open an international movers bank account like this one with NAB. This will prove immensely valuable in establishing who you are for potential landlords as well.

2.  Once your plane touches down you can nip online and get yourself a Tax File Number, instantly. This is basically a tax thing-y that you need to work. Brits, consider it a glorified National Insurance Number.

3. I missed out on a few jobs through not having an Australian Business Number (ABN). This allows you to work self-employed and is free. Not only that, but you can still work as an employee any time too, so grab one just in case you need it.

4. Get a stonking exchange rate. For the first few weeks your Aussie bank account’s going to be drier than a goon at a party, so grab a currency card and top it up with pounds, then withdraw in dollars. A simple route to a cracking exchange rate- I chose Fairfx.

5. Australia LOVES qualifications. You cannot even pull a pint in this country without a certificate, and what involves a 2 minute VHS presentation in Britain is in Oz a $100 diploma. The only way of getting a job in australia on a working holiday visa is to get the paper you need and you’ll soon earn back the cost! To work with any alcohol you need an RSA so book one straight after you arrive- that’s one of my best tips for a working holiday in Australia.

How to Get Ahead on an Australian Working Holiday Visa- Oz backpacker WHV tips and trick

If you like it, then you shoulda put a pin on it!

How to Make the Most of Your Australian Working Holiday Visa

If you like then you shoulda put a pin on it! While you’re loving your working holiday year you could visit the annual camel race in Alice Springs, NT – like me.


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Keen to find out more about what’s available in Oz? You’ll find a wealth of valuable resources over at !

PS: Did you love your first year of working holiday visa and fancy extending? Take a look at jobs for your 2nd year visa extension so you can get your second year visa in Australia.


  1. Michaela @ 1001 Voyages gourmands

    August 4, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Good advice Danni! I would have never thought about these tasks.

    1. Danni Lawson

      March 29, 2017 at 5:06 am

      Thanks, Michaela, much appreciated!

  2. Kristina

    August 5, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Was always so jealous of all the connections being from the UK and the Commonwealth had, haha. Would love to get a working holiday visa to Australia! Great tips though 🙂

  3. Gabby

    August 5, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Short and to the point. Great for those who want to head to Australia ona working Visa (which is like, everyone!) so this is a helpful checklist.

  4. Kristine

    August 5, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Great tips from your experience. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Susanna

    August 5, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Great tips. I have a feeling this will save a lot of people’s skins when they choose this option. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Esther

    August 5, 2016 at 9:58 am

    This post is relly useful for future backpackers in Oz! Thanks for sharing your best tricks 🙂

  7. Laura

    August 5, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Great tips! I want to visit Aus really soon but i know many people who have never left after visiting!

    1. Danni Lawson

      March 29, 2017 at 5:07 am

      So true, half of my home village have disappeared to Oz and never come back 🙂

  8. Joanna

    August 5, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    I didn’t know you need a qualification for everything in Australia. Good to know if I’ll ever want to move there.

  9. Frankie

    August 6, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Short and sweet ! Great tips 🙂

  10. Sandy Cadiz-Smith

    August 6, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Very useful advice. You are so right, enthusiasm and energy will always help!

  11. Rob Taylor

    December 12, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I’ve never considered doing a working holiday. But gosh, that’s a brilliant idea. And hilarious that there are so many sticky rules if you want to work down under.

  12. Carlie

    December 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    All these are excellent tips! Having never done a working holiday visa I feel like I would be much better prepared to do so now!

  13. Mindi Hirsch

    December 13, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I’ve never been to Australia. This looks like a great way to visit for an extended time. Thanks for sharing all the tips on how to get a job there!

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