​​​​You usually need qualifications and relevant work experience to find a job in Australia. If you don’t have local work experience – and by that we mean experience in an Australian workplace – you may face some barriers in finding a job.

Local experience may also refer to your knowledge of Australian:

  • occupational standards;
  • employment related legislation, for example the Western Australian
    Equal Opportunity Act​;

  • workplace culture.

You can get local experience by doing volunteer work or taking on a work placement (often referred to as work experience) in your profession. This will help you build professional contacts and experience the Australian workplace for yourself. Visit the Volunteering WA website​ to search for volunteering opportunities.

It’s currently a competitive jobs market in Western Australia, so here are a few tips on improving your prospects.

  • Visit the Finding employment page​ on this website.
  • Ensure your resume/CV reflects what local employers understand. For example, make sure that any overseas qualifications make sense to Australian employers. Our Overseas Qualifications Unit can provide you with a free assessment if you are a Western Australian resident. Visit our Overseas Qualifications Unit page​ for more information.
  • Register with Australian recruitment services and search online jobs websites like jobs.wa.gov.au​, Seek​ and CareerOne​.
  • Research the local peak bodies for your industry and get in touch with them. They may be aware of job opportunities or point you in the right direction.
  • Research the main local employers in your industry, contact them or see if they advertise vacancies on their websites.
  • Find out if your overseas employer has any Australian branches or affiliates for potential transfer opportunities.
  • Most of all, be proactive and stay positive!​