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Migrant work ready

Services and programs to help new arrivals get ready for work in and find employment.

Man and lady back to back with the words Migrant Work Ready - Enquire Today

Man and lady back to back with the words Migrant Work Ready - Enquire Today

Diverse Queensland Workforce program

Designed to boost job opportunities for migrants with working rights. Offering: 

  • career coaching and mentoring
  • employment readiness workshops
  • health and wellbeing support
  • referrals to essential services
  • post-employment support.

Program delivered by Caloundra Community Centre with hubs in Baringa and Nambour.

Phone (07) 5353 0503 or email [email protected]

Community Action for a Multicultural Society 

Connecting migrants with the Sunshine Coast community, supporting cultural groups and providing job and business support for individuals. 

Working in Australia

The first thing you should do is get your overseas skills and qualifications recognised. Contact Queensland Government for more information.

You will also need to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN) before you can work, receive government allowances or money from investments.  

Passport holders, permanent migrants or temporary visitors can apply for a TFN online. All you need is your passport and an Australian address.

Migrant workers and some visa holders have the same workplace rights as all other workers in Australia.

The Fair Work Ombudsman provides information and advice about your work rights and obligations.

Information is translated into 30 different languages and includes the following tools:

Finding a job

Sunshine Coast Jobs Hub connects you with the latest job and career opportunities here in our Sunshine Coast region.

The following websites are also helpful:

Hire agencies

Hire agencies work with employers and job seekers to find a successful job match, you can try:

Employment service providers

An employment services provider can give you support and advice to help you with your job search. 

Find out which provider is best to help you using the online directory.

Workforce Australia can also help you search and apply for jobs, understand support payments and link you to training options and work experience.  To find out if you are eligible, visit Services Australia or phone 131 202.

Tips to find work

  • 70% of jobs are not advertised, so meeting people and telling them you are looking for work is very important.
  • Volunteering can help you get real life work experience and develop new skills.
  • Approach employers directly, you have nothing to lose. The worst they can say is 'no' and every 'no' is one step closer to a 'YES!'
  • Get a good mentor to help you update your resume and prepare job applications.
  • Practice your interview skills.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile