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Australia offers reciprocal working holiday visa programs with many countries where all participating countries have basically the same requirements.

For more details on those requirements, visit the official website. Once you meet the requirements, you are good to go. Your Australian working holiday awaits!

The Australian government makes it easy for 18-30 year olds to find work with initiatives such as the website at http://www.jobsearch.gov.au Work is not limited to that age group, it is simply a recognition that the majority of working visitors fall into that age bracket, with many being backpackers. Another major website listing jobs available is www.seek.com.au

If your plan is to travel through as much of Australia as possible, topping up your coffers as you go, then consider following the Harvest Trail which involves fruit and vegetable picking in places that extend from the tip of Tasmania to the Top End of the Northern Territory.

Don't overlook the fact that this type of work often involves long hours outdoors and physical activity that demands you have a reasonable level of fitness. The Jobsearch website mentioned above has a complete Harvest Trail section devoted to connecting temporary workers with employers looking for help.

If the Harvest Trail is not to your liking, there are plenty of other opportunities, especially in the food and beverage sector. The big capital cities like Sydney and Melbourne are awash with coffee shops, sidewalk cafes, bars and nightclubs all needing willing people to wait tables, serve drinks and meals and keep the bar stocked. Just remember that Australians seldom tip so you'll be working for a wage in these jobs, and the rates of pay are low.

The tourism industry is a large employer offering thousands of jobs that range from being part of the housekeeping team in a Gold Coast resort through to front desk reception on a Barrier Reef island getaway. Most retail outlets in the larger shopping malls will put an advert in the window when they have a vacant position and in most cases you can start immediately.

The working holiday market assumes that most workers are going to be short term and probably a backpacker. For that reason its usual to find job opportunities in the local area on the job boards at backpackers dormitories and hostels. Even if you are not staying in the hostel, a few minutes checking out the jobs board may be time well spent. Talking to a few backpackers can also lead to word of mouth referrals from other travellers who are doing exactly the same as you.

In addition to the harvest trail, food and beverage and hospitality sectors mentioned above, there are often opportunities on fishing trawlers, in meat processing plants, cleaning and maintenance teams, deckhand on sailing vessels, jackaroo/jillaroo on a rural property, nanny/home help... the list goes on.

Getting around is easier if you have your own transport, but travel throughout Australia is easy with a network of Greyhound coaches and excellent train services. The airlines often sell cheap seats, usually with conditions attached, but these can be a great way to cover a long distance for minimal cost. Look for opportunities to share travel expenses once you get to know others with their own transport.

And remember, you'll never know when you will need your CV so it's a good idea to always have a copy with you, and keep it current.