Service Jobs in Australia – 90,000 Foreigners Needed

Posted on January 28, 2012 by

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Australia’s government is in negotiation to provide visas to allow thirty six thousand waiters, bartenders and cooks into the country.

Another 56,000 will be needed by 2015. This seems to be official, because its coming from Chris Bowen, the government’s Immigration Minister.

The tourism and hospitality sectors are so short-staffed the government is in discussions to import tens of thousands of employees on a visa similar to the current 457 visa.

The 457 is a temporary visa used by businesses to sponsor foreign workers and allow them to live and work in specific Australian jobs.

The 457 visa can last for up to four years.

Workers must meet Australia’s health requirements and be sponsored by an employer to fill a nominated position. They must have skills, qualifications, experience and an employment background which match those required for the position. They must be able to show proficiency in the English language and be eligible for any relevant licenses or registration required for the nominated position.

Any employers seeking to bring in tourism and hospitality workers will have to first show that they are making efforts to train Australian workers and paying full market rates for the jobs.

It’s not unusual for Australian businesses to use overseas people to do work that they find difficult to get Australian workers to do.

One of the classic examples is fruit-picking, which has part-funded many a back-packing trip around Australia by young British people.

The need for overseas workers to do jobs the locals won’t do is not unique to Australia. Although British youngsters are happy to pick fruit in Australia, fruit picking jobs in Britain itself are generally carried out by workers from Eastern Europe.

Some Australians blame the lack of Australian workers in some sectors on employers who want them to work unofficially and take cash in hand.

More details are expected to be released by the government in the coming weeks.

Comments (33)


  1. delcaine kiewitz says:

    Hi, im a 23 year old male searching for work in traffic law enforcement or police. I do have all needed document and is currently employed as a Provincial traffic inspector in Western cape South Africa. If possible please assist. Thank you.

  2. Victoria says:


    I am looking to relocate to Australia, I just came accross this website and found it interesting. Is there any chance to move and live in Australia permanently with having just a abiture, high school diploma? And get non profesional job?

  3. Mario Fargher says:

    Hi, I am 38 year old male looking for work in Austrulia.
    I am willing to do any non profesional job.

  4. Charles says:


    I’m looking for a job in Australia that will commensurate my qualification, i’m working in one of the Goverment Bank here in the Philippines, hope that you will i will find a job,, if there is im willing to send my detail resume,,
    thank you.

  5. Vivi says:


    I’m a 33 years old female, living in Singapore. I’m looking for a job – Admin Assistant or related to HR. Wish to leave Singapore….

    I don’t think this works by writing this here because it’s just a piece of article but I can just try.

  6. Darren says:

    hi currently looking for employment in any sector in Australia

  7. Fazlul Hoque says:

    I am 52 yrs male from BD.My terminal qualification is MSc in ARD from UK. This study done digitally and directly in English language.I have vast & diversified working experiences for last 25yrs in BD.I am looking for Agricultural sector’s job/Office Management /Rural and social development job/Human Resource Management in Australia etc.

    Kind Regadrs


  8. Lee Roth Wilhelm says:


    My name is Lee I’m from the Republic of Palau. We are Located on the western carolice Islands. Is it possible for me to find a nice tourism and hospitality work in Australia and can I bring my wife along with me?

  9. Desmond says:


    I am looking for a position in hospitality. I have plenty of experience in restaurants, bartending, and management. please let me know if there are any available positions in these areas.

  10. John says:


    I am currently working in Singapore and would like to a move to Oz. Anything you can suggest where to apply?

  11. Chairul Zen says:


    I am currently working in Jakarta Indonesia. I am 55 years male I am a bachelor graduated from one of University/ Institute in Jakarta, Indonesia, electrical engineer, looking for work at any profesional or non profesional job in Australia

  12. Kedar says:

    I am currently working and would like to work in abroad. I have completed Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and have more than 18 years work experience in various position on different projects/Offices. Now, i am looking for store keeping job at abroad right now.

  13. Janet says:

    Hi, am currently a student pursuing B.Sc in biochemistry but since I have been unable to continue my studies due to lack of school fees, am seeking any unprofessional job in Australia.
    Do i stand a chance?

  14. Bev says:

    hi! i want to apply as a fruit picker in australia.. i’m 29 and in philippines… i just want to ask if you could suggest a legal agency that would be able to help me? pls? thank you much!

  15. Priya says:

    I am 23 years old, i am so much interested to work in Australia right now i am doing my internship in one of the MNC company in France
    Please give some guide line in order to get a permanent job

  16. Priscilla Barquet says:


    Im a mexican professional with a bachelors degree in Communication. Im looking for a job in Australia in the media area. Can you suggest where I to apply?
    Thank you

  17. Kostas says:

    I am from Greece and I am looking for a job in Australia. I want to live and work in Australia because in my country we don’t have any jobs. If possible please assist. Thank you.

  18. le says:

    Hello, I am a 27 year old male looking for a opportunity to work and live in Australia, currently employed by GMB. I hold a diplomas in computers and a certificates in marketing and business studies. how can i be assisted to work in Oz.

  19. hi im roberto filifino citizen and currently work here in manama bahrain as a professional decorative faux painter .i would like to know if is possible me to find job in australia as a painter ?

  20. Vic says:

    Hi, I’m Licensed Massage Therapist and i would love to work in Australia.

  21. Mez says:


    Me and my husband really need a job in Australia, My husband is currently work for Defence and I work as an IT Technition hope that theirs is an opportunity for us


  22. Dexter says:


    Im 48 yrs old and willing to relocate in Australia, equipped with corresponding skills in Hospitality Management, such like, commercial cooking, housekeeping, Food and Beverages services a national certificates given by the Philippines-Technical Education Skills Development Authority
    Kindly help me look for any vacant job that will commensurate to my pedagogical and technical know how.

    thank you very much…

  23. Dimitrov says:

    I am from Bulgaria (41 years old) and I have Msc. degree in Agronomy, Plant protection. Besides I have a lot of experience in racehorse’s training. Do you think I will be able to find a suitable position in Australia?

  24. Dominic says:

    Hello, I’m from the Philippines and I am currently employed as a Past Due Officer and Field Auditor at a Financing company here. I have had 4 years work experience as such, and I am looking for a job similar to the one I have now. It would be a great opportunity to work in Australia.

  25. marcos says:

    Hi I’m from Philippines currently working here in Singapore as a Assistant manager in a Restaurant.I had 8 years experience in F&B since when i was in Philippines.And im looking for a similar job or any vacant position,that suits to my qualifications.

  26. Tina says:

    Hi im 29 y/o female from Georgia. Finished my Bachelor’s in Business Administration and MBA in International university Vienna. Have over 2 years experience in working as PA to finance director and 3 years working as Customer service manager. would love to get a job in Australia.

  27. Fiona says:

    Hi, I am from HK and currently working as an Accounting Manager in one of SME. I am now looking for the opportunity to develop my career in Australia. I finished my degree course in South Australia in Year 2000 and being charterd CPA since 2005.

    I had over 12 years working experience in accounting and finance area, being the advisor to senior management with accounting figures.

    Please put me on your list if you need any talent related to my field

  28. Ned says:

    Hello, I am from Serbia (45 years old).24 years work experience.Electrotechnician,currently workink for Dyncorp International in Afghanistan on position Foreman Electrician.I am looking for a job similar to the one I have now.It would be a great opportunity to work in Australia.

  29. Alvin says:


    I am from malaysia 21 year old, currently need a job as internship to complete my BA.(Hons) hospitality management. preferably working in hotel or travel agent line, and i do have previous internship experience in international chain hotel. Hopefully can get an internship opportunity in Australia.

  30. Giawa says:

    I am Giawa from Indonesia, male 36 years old. I have been working in hospitality industry (Hotel, Restaurant and various Cruise Line companies) for 14 years. my current position is Assistant Dining Room Manager (2nd Maitre D’) on board Holland America Line Ship which is now sailing in Alaska. I speak other foreign languages and I would love to work in Australia as I have once worked for P&O Cruise Australia in 2001 onboard MS. Pacific Sky. I will be available for deployment in the early 2013 if such position or supervisory level is availabe within the hospitality industry. I will be very happy to send my CV if any response arise.

  31. Kalpa says:

    Hello, I’ve just finished me bachelor degree in chemistry and am currently searching for any job available. Would like to start somewhere abroad.
    Have experience in working in the hospitality industry while studying.

    Happy to send cv when contacted.

  32. Walter says:

    Please assist in getting the job, I am SA citizen wants to go work overseas for few years, I am currently working in Tyre Fittment centre but will take whatever job that may suit me inorder to achieve my goals, so please help in finding the job.

  33. Mischa says:

    i am Mischa from Germany and 44 years old. I worked for different company´s in German, Spain and Portugal as an Ingeneer for technical textiles. My especialities are Lean Manufacturing and Quality Management! I return to Germany because of the crises which is still acting in Spain and Portugal and of course also in other country´s of europa! I speaking fluent English, Portugese also Spanish and basic´s vocal´s in Italian! I would like to work as an Ingeneer in Australia because i want to give me and my son and new life and i need new challenges! If there is any interest, free job for Ingeneer´s or even German speaking teachers, i will send my CV asap.