- Destination NSW
Aerial view of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour.
Views of Bronte beach, Sydney
Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. View from Circular Quay.

Working holidays in NSW

The Australian Government encourages cultural exchanges and closer international ties by allowing young travellers from certain countries to supplement their income with short-term employment and stay in the country for up to twelve months.

For those who qualify, there’s a heap of awesome jobs waiting to be filled in New South Wales.  Many young travellers use this as a way to experience the authentic Australian lifestyle and fund their travel across Australia.

In Sydney's central business district, inner city, eastern suburbs and northern beaches of Sydney, restaurants, cafés, hotels and bars are always on the lookout for motivated staff. Recruitment agencies are a good place to find temporary office work, as a carer, IT professional or call centre worker.

Notice boards at youth hostels and backpacker haunts are another good place to learn about job opportunities, as are online resources like TNT Down Under’s jobseekers microsite.

If you’re heading out bush, you'll find literally tonnes of seasonal fruit picking work on offer: orchard fruits and cotton picking from November to April, grapes from February to March, while banana plantations in the Coffs Harbour area need workers all year round. See the Harvest Trail or Willing Workers on Organic Farms to learn more and find jobs around NSW.

Spending three months or more working in regional NSW can qualify you for a second year visa. It's a great incentive to try the quintessential Australian working holiday in an outback pub, or as a jackeroo or jilleroo on a cattle or sheep station.

See all the details and apply on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website