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Employment and your rights
  • Last updated:
  • 05 Sep 2019

A range of services and support is available to assist people to gain employment in Queensland.

The first thing you should do is get your overseas skills and qualifications recognised in Australia. Overseas skills recognition is having your overseas trade or professional skills and qualifications formally assessed and recognised in Australia:Web: www.qld.gov.au - search overseas skills recognition 

Apply for a Tax File Number (TFN)

A TFN is a unique number issued to individuals and businesses to help the government administer taxation and other government programs. You need a TFN before you can work in Australia, receive government allowances or money from investments. 

Foreign passport holders, permanent migrants or temporary visitors can apply for a TFN online – it’s easy and takes less than a minute, all you will need is your passport and an Australian address:Web: www.ato.gov.au - search TFN.

Finding a job

There are a number of employment service providers on the Sunshine Coast.

If you are registered with Centrelink they will assign you to an Employment Service Provider who can link you in with potential employers and also pay for new training. 

Jobactive - Australian Government Employment Program

Jobactive provides money to a range of job agencies to assist you with finding work. To find out if you are eligible for employment support services contact Centrelink’s Multilingual Officer.

Phone: 131 202

Web: www.humanservices.gov.au

National Work Experience Program

Jobactive matches job seekers in unpaid real life work experience programs to help jobseekers gain experience and confidence, while demonstrating skills to potential employers.

Phone 13 62 68

Web: www.jobs.gov.au - search national work experience programme 

Jobs advertised online

There are a number of websites where you can look for jobs.

Web: www.jobsearch.gov.au

Web: www.seek.com.au

Web: www.careerone.com.au

Web: www.smartjobs.qld.gov.au

Tips to find work

Here are some ideas to help you find work:

  • Be authentic, your cultural background is valuable – you have a lot to offer
  • Meeting people and telling them you are looking for work is important – 50% of jobs are not advertised
  • Volunteering can help you get real life work experience and develop new skills
  • Persist - you have nothing to lose – the worst they can say is no and every no is closer to a YES
  • Get a good mentor to help you with your job seeking
  • Update your résumé
  • Get assistance with your job application
  • Practice your interview skills
  • Create a LinkedIn profile.

Workplace rights and pay conditions

Migrant workers and some visa holders have the same workplace rights as all other workers in Australia. The Fair Work Ombudsman can give you information and advice about your workplace rights and obligations.

The Fair Work Ombudsman website has information translated into 30 different languages and a Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) where you can calculate pay rates, shift calculations, leave, and notice and redundancy entitlements. Keep track of the number of hours you’ve worked with their Record My Hours app, available in 18 languages. 

The website also provides information about pay and conditions for visa holders.

Phone: 13 13 94

Web: www.fairwork.gov.au 

Self-employment

The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) is a program that provides individualised help for job seekers to become self-employed business owners:

Phone: 13 62 68

Web: www.jobsearch.gov.au - search start your own business.