Take Control of Your Recruitment!
The process of recruiting short term staff can be a daunting one, but giving total control to a traditional recruitment agency can also be an expensive process.
At Workabout Australia we endeavour to make the recruitment process as easy as possible for you.
All Workabout Australia Employers, are allocated a username and password to log in to the website at any time (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Within the membership:
- Employers are able to upload unlimited listings to the Workabout Australia Website. These listings can be added to, deleted or updated at any time by logging in to the website.
- all vacancies will be highlighted in our weekly email bulletins sent to all Workabout Australia Club Members each Friday morning.
- Workabout Australia Club Members will then contact the Employer directly to apply.
- Each listing will remain on the website until the expiry date specified, it is deleted or it has been filled.
- During the week following the listing appearing in the weekly bulletin, we make contact to enquire about the result and assist with ‘tweaking’ the listing to improve results in future bulletins
- Workabout Australia Employers also receive all Workabout Australia Club Member Benefits at no additional cost, including the receipt of the weekly bulletin.
For more information about our Employer Listing Service click here.
Other Useful Tickets
If you’re not looking for work in the hospitality, harvest or caravan park industries, there are still a number of qualifications, checks and tickets that you can get as an extra ‘feather in your cap’.
Working with Children Check
If you are planning to undertake any positions that involve contact with children (eg driving school buses, childcare etc), you will need a Working With Children Check (WWCC) or a Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) registration (depending on the state you are in). The WWCC and WWVP are required for anyone who works or volunteers in child-related work or with vulnerable people. They involve a National Police Check (criminal history record check) and a review of reportable workplace misconduct. To obtain a WWCC in your state or find out more information go to the following links:
- New South Wales
- South Australia
- Western Australia
- Northern Territory
A ‘police check’, involves comparing an individual’s details (such as name and date of birth) against a central index of names to determine if the details of that individual matches any others who have police history information. A police check may be used to help in screening individuals prior to employment. Police checks can be quickly and easily obtained through Australia Post. For more information, click here.
Queensland Driver Authority
In order to undertake employment as driver on a public passenger service in Queensland, you will need to obtain a Driver Authority. For more information, and to apply, click here.
The hospitality and tourism industries are often popular areas for travellers to find work. If you are looking to work in a bar or registered club, you will need:
- RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) – this is the foundation needed to serve alcohol
- RCG (Responsible Conduct of Gambling) – if your work duties involve gaming machines, such as poker machines.
Only registered training organisations (approved training provider) can conduct RSA and RCG competency card training and issue certificates.
What you might not know, however, is that the regulations that relate to RSA and RCG Certificates differ from State to State. Which type of certificate you need depends on the State you want to work in.
If you want to obtain an RSA/RCG Certificate and not sure where to start, you can contact the relevant State regulator using the links below. They can provide you with a list of the approved training organisations to obtain the necessary Certificates.
One of the most ‘traditional’ forms of short term work is harvesting. Opportunities come up all over the country as different crops are harvested in different regions at various times through the year…making it a versatile industry to work in!
If you are interested in picking up harvest work as you travel, there are a few licences and tickets that you might like to get as a ‘starter’:
- LR/MR/MC/HC Licence
- Forklift Licence
- Car Licence
If you have Header operating experience this is often seen as a ‘plus’ as well…although this is one of those things that you will generally get on the job.
If you are wanting to work in a caravan park (particularly as a park manager or manager’s assistant), there are a number of qualifications that you can gain to help you get a foot in the door.
What qualifications and training you need will depend on the type of work you are wanting to do.
If you are looking for front office work, then you will generally need some knowledge of park booking systems, such as RMS (Reservation Management System) or Newbook. Many parks are happy to train you in their particular software, however if you have training in one of these already, it gives you an advantage.
There are also short practical park management training courses available. These help to give you practical training in reception and reservation services as well as safe work practices that are required in a park.
If you are keen to take your learning a little further to become a fully qualified park manager, you can undergo the full Certificate III or IV in Holiday Parks and Resorts, the Certificate III in Tourism, or Certificate IV in Travel and Tourism.nThere are a number of training providers around Australia who provide training in Caravan Park Management and Tourism…just make sure you check out their compliance as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
But as always…the best skills to take into any job are a “can do” attitude and a willingness to learn!
Are you not very tech savvy but still wanting to find short term job opportunities around Australia? With a Club Membership, you only need to know how to open and read an email!
If you don’t have an email address, you can easily set up a free one with one of a number of providers such as Yahoo or Gmail.
At Workabout Australia, our Employer Members load their job vacancies up onto the website and every Friday morning (at 10am NSW time), these are sent out to our Club Members as part of our weekly email bulletin.
If you are still in the planning stages of your ‘trip of a lifetime’ we also include extra information to help you with a Tip of the Week, outlining ‘tips and tricks’ for life on the road. We also have a Facebook Group exclusively for Members of Workabout Australia where you can share updates, photos, tips, and recipes as well as sell any caravanning gear that you no longer need.
If you want to get even more out of Club Membership, you only need to log in to the website to get full access to all other Club Member benefits, including:
- The last 12 months’ worth of weekly bulletins (a great tool for planning!)
- Club Member Deals and Discounts
- A Members’ shop for books and merchandise
For more information on Club Membership, just go to Club Member Benefits
As a member based organisation our primary aim at Workabout Australia is to provide tangible benefits and support to our Club Members and Employers.
As part of that, we strive to make both Club Membership and Employer Membership as economical and affordable as possible.
Club Membership is currently just $44 per year (starting the day you join). So for less than $1 a week, you can be getting employment opportunities sent straight to your inbox every Friday, as well as all the other benefits of Club Membership (see our Club Member Benefits page for more information on what you get as a Club Member).
Our Employer Membership also works on an annual subscription of just $149 (for the first year). For less than a small takeaway coffee a week, you can advertise as many jobs as you need, as often you like for as long as you want! This is especially useful for businesses who need staff at various times throughout the year or those who have an extended “season” and need a rolling supply of workers. For more information on the benefits of Employer Membership, just go to our Employer Listing Service page.
Whether you join as a Club Member (looking for work), or an Employer (looking for employees), we try to make your first few days after joining with us as easy as possible.
To help you get started and familiarised with the website, we send you our “How To Guide” that is available to our Members only. We also have a number of instructional videos that will be coming soon!
In your How To Guide we cover:
- Logging in
- How to Renew and Change your Contact Details
- Searching Vacancies
- Adding a “For Sale” ad as part of our Members Only Facebook Group
- Accessing our Member Area
- Adding, Editing or Deleting a Vacancy (Employers Only)
When you think of working while you travel, often fruit and vegetable harvesting, picking and packing positions are the first things that come to mind.
While these are great, short term options to earn while you travel, not everyone enjoys this type of work. But there are also many other industries where you can find work on the road.
Since our inception in 1996, we have helped travelling workers find employment in:
- Transport and Storage
- Meat Works
- Seafood Processing
- Circus…yes, you can even run away to join the circus!
- Special Events
- Caravan Parks
- Labouring and Trades
- Local Government
- Kitchen Hands/Cooks
- Sales and Office Work
- Plant Operators
But if you don’t have experience in these industries, don’t worry….your skills and experience are often ‘transferrable’ from one industry to the next. Keep yourself open to the opportunities…don’t just look at positions that you may have been doing for years.
Most importantly, though, don’t forget why you are travelling – to explore the country, meet new people and most importantly, HAVE FUN!! For more information on becoming a Club Member click here, or to find out more about Employer Membership, just click here.