Working Travellers: What You Need to Know

Working traveller in Cairns

As a working traveller in Australia there can be a lot to know about your requirements and rights as an employee. Unfortunately, many travellers end up being underpaid and exploited as employees. Luckily, Fix My Pay have you covered!

We are not just a service for Australian citizens. We are able to assist any employees working within Australia in order ensure a strong and respectful employment relationship.


Like many countries, if you are planning on working in Australia as a non resident it is essential that you apply for the correct type of visa before you arrive. Australia is known for its strict laws regarding immigration and employment, so trust us, it needs to be done right.

There is a lot to know about visas and immigration requirements regarding working travellers. The main thing to remember is that any work, whether it be full-time, part-time, casual, shift or voluntary work will require a working visa.

For more detailed information on what visa you will need, visit the Australian Government Website.

Finding a Job

There are a number of websites and resources you can refer to in order to find a job in Australia. Here is a number of online resources that may help you in the search for an job as a working traveller:


Before you begin wok in Australia, you will need to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN) as you will be required to pay tax on your earnings at a higher rate than Australian residents.

It is important that your employer knows you are a non-resident, as they are responsible for deducting tax from your wages before you are paid.

You can apply for a TFN online in a simple process.


You will also need to research your superannuation obligations. Superannuation contributions apply to all Australian workers and is taken out by your employer at a rate of 9.5 percent. When you leave Australia permanently, you will be entitled to collect your superannuation contributions, however, they will have already been taxed at 35 percent by the ATO.

We’re Here To Help!

Working in Australia is an exciting opportunity full of lots of adventure and discovery. This is why it’s important to be as organised and prepared as possible before, during and after your employment so that you can enjoy the rest of your time exploring Australia. At Fix My Pay, we help employees of all backgrounds and walks of life to understand their rights and obligations in the workforce.

Join The FMP Community

In addition to being at the ready to answer your calls, messages and emails, we invite you to join the FMP Facebook Community – a platform where you can ask questions and share your experiences with other employees around Australia with similar queries to you. Join the discussion now!

Photo courtesy of Jo Christian Oterhals