Employment News

  • 24 Jul 2017 4:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Although most people have a great experience in Australia on their Working Holiday, there are some employers who might take advantage of Working Holiday makers. Here are 10 things to know about your rights as a worker in Australia. 

    1)      No one has the right to take your passport from you. 
     A hostel owner or manager does not have the right to take your passport from you even if you owe them money. An employer also does not have the right to revoke your visa. If they are asking you to do something you think is illegal or dangerous and they are threatening your visa status you must contact the authorities.
    2)      Get everything in writing and in a contract.
    If a hostel is promising you work upon arrival, request this in writing. If they are unwilling to provide this keep in mind they may be promising work in order to entice backpackers to fill beds/rooms.
    3)      Harvest trail
    Is a Government website and one of the best resources for information on where you can find second year visa work. It is a Government run website with detailed information on the harvest months for various produce.
    4)      Be cautious when looking for work on Gumtree and Facebook.
    There are some legitimate employers who will advertise here but remember that all Australian businesses have an ABN. You should ask employers for their ABN and then look it up here: http://abr.business.gov.au/
    5)      All Australian employers must pay you at least the minimum wage.
    If there is wage theft happening it should be reported http://www.fairwork.gov.au/. This website also contains information about what you should do in cases of harassment.
    6)      Never pay money for a job
    It is not lawful for you to be required to pay money to receive employment. If an employer is requesting this of you, they are not abiding by fair work laws.
    7)      You are permitted to quit a casual job
    You must adhere to the minimum resignation notice in your contract however you do not have to work with an employer. If they refuse to pay you, you need to contact the authorities or the fair work ombudsman.
    8)      You should be given a contract
    Read it carefully before signing and ensure that you are being paid at least minimum wage for your work.
    9)      Employment termination
    You have 21 days from the day you were sacked to lodge an application with the Fair Work Commission. Check the information at the Commission website to find out more information about the different dismissal laws.
    10)   If you work on a contract, permanent or part time basis you are entitled to annual leave
    This must be either taken or paid out at the end of your employment. 

  • 14 Jul 2017 8:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Business in Sport with the Sydney Swans

    25th of July, 2017 - 5:00PM

    Hosted at The Old Growler (Canadian owned & operated), CACC is proud to present an exclusive evening with Sydney Swans CEO, Andrew Ireland and Premiership winning Canadian player Mike Pyke.

    Join us for a CACC exclusive for this informal discussion around business in sport. This is an opportunity to listen to and ask questions of two of the most recognisable names in the AFL and Swans history. Mike Pyke is a Canadian ex-pat who found his way onto the Sydney Swans roster after transitioning from Rugby Union. Andrew Ireland is a former Collingwood player who turned into sports administrator in the early 80's and has led both the Brisbane Lions and Sydney Swans to AFL Premierships under his leadership. 

    A rare opportunity to interact and ask questions of a Canadian ex-pat who has found success in his adopted homeland beside one of sports administrations most recognisable names. Our Q&A includes the opportunity for our audience to ask questions.

    Ticket includes wings and poutine and beverage on arrival (beer/wine/non-alcoholic drink). Spaces are limited, so to avoid disappointment register now.

    See details

  • 12 Jul 2017 8:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Originally posted by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection here: https://migrationblog.border.gov.au/17/07/07/five-ways-spot-foreign-worker-exploitation

    The exploitation of foreign workers can have a lasting negative impact on Australian communities and individuals, including:

    • underpayment and substandard treatment of vulnerable visa holders in workplaces
    • closure of small to medium businesses due to unfair competitive advantage gained by operators not following the law
    • reputational damage for rural and metropolitan industry sectors affected by these operators
    • loss of government revenue, including loss of taxes
    • reputational damage to Australia’s international standing.

    Five signs to look out for that might indicate a company is participating in the exploitation of foreign workers include:

    1. the company is able to seriously undercut competitors
    2. workers are underpaid or paid irregularly
    3. workers seem to be living in substandard conditions
    4. workers seem afraid or anxious
    5. company owners or directors enjoy an extravagant lifestyle that doesn’t appear to match their income.

    Anyone who is aware of an individual, business or employer who might be facilitating visa fraud or illegal work is urged to contact Border Watch Allegations and Referrals on 1800 009 623 or report them immediately to us using our Immigration and Citizenship Online Report

    For more information about the ETA please visit our website

  • 26 Jun 2017 8:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To view the full list of over 398 Job Openings to date, go to Search Jobs.

    Check back regularly, with more jobs from various states in Australia added weekly.

    Wishing you all the best in your job search and in your working holiday adventure!

  • 30 May 2017 3:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In Sydney, missing home and feel you want to see a small slice of Canada? This year the Sydney Film Festival includes a showcase of the best of new Canadian cinema to mark the 150 years since the confederation of Canada. These films demonstrate the creativity and exceptional storytelling of Canadian filmmakers. Going to the Sydney Film Festival is also a great opportunity to network with Australian and International filmmakers. The festival will also feature First Nation filmmakers from around the world.

    The Sydney Film Festival occurs every year and this year will feature a number of stellar guests such as Steven Yuen from The Walking Dead, Cannes Palme d’Or contender Bong Joon-ho, former New Zealand Prime Minister and UN Secretary-General candidate Helen Clark along with director-producer Gaylene Preston to showcase the documentary My Year with Helen. Also among guests are Vanessa Redgrave, David Wenham for his directorial debut film Elipsis, Red Dog director Kriv Stenders and Indigenous actor and director Wayne Blair. This year will feature Meet the Filmmaker talks in Town Hall, an opportunity to meet and speak with other avid film goers.

    Not only is this a fantastic opportunity to feel at home on the other side of the world, it is also a wonderful way to experience Australian cinema and culture in a unique way. Use this as an opportunity to network with other people who are interested in the art of filmmaking and storytelling.


  • 16 May 2017 4:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Just as in Canada, there are many occupations in Australia that will require qualifications. It is a good idea for backpackers to research the jobs they might want to undertake before coming to Australia and potentially organise the completion of courses in advance. Some examples are listed below.

    • Construction: A white card or Construction Induction Card (CIC) is needed before individuals can work on a construction site. You must complete a general construction induction training with a registered training organisation. You can use a construction card that you have gained in one state to work in another.
    • Lifeguarding and Swim Instruction: When summer rolls around, all you want to do is be by the water. Australia has a need of Lifeguards and Swim Instructors throughout the year but particularly over summer. Backpackers should check out Pool Lifeguard or swim instructor qualifications. You can also volunteer with Surf Lifesaving Australia, one of the largest volunteer movements of its kind.
    • Bar Work: A responsible Service of Alcohol course is required in order to work in an occupation that serves alcohol.
    •  Working with Children: You can work with children in Australia as an Au Pair, in a childcare centre or after school care program. If you are a qualified teacher, you may be able to secure casual work as a teacher. In Australian states, you may have to complete a Background check in order to be eligible to work with children.  

    Remember to research jobs and their qualifications to determine whether or not you will be able to work in your chosen job.


  • 09 May 2017 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To view the full list of over 353 Job Openings to date, go to Search Jobs.

    Check back regularly, with more jobs from various states in Australia added weekly.

    Wishing you all the best in your job search and in your working holiday adventure!  

  • 04 May 2017 10:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Each year the Canadian Government offers opportunities to young Canadian university students or recent graduates to fill contract positions in various government agencies. The High Commission of Canada in Australia is seeking a candidate who is interested in obtaining work experience in international affairs, government relations, trade policy/market access, public diplomacy or in other areas where there is a specific requirement.

    The position will provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to be involved in an area of government to government affairs and to gain a general understanding of Canada-Australia relations.

    The successful applicant will be mainly involved in the promotion of the Canadian food industry through assisting in the facilitation of Canada’s involvement at the Fine Food Australia trade show, being held in Sydney, 11th to 14th September 2017.

    The program is open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who either are enrolled in or have graduated from colleges and universities in Canada and Australia.

    The term is for around four months commencing in early June 2017.

    Remuneration and Benefits
    The successful applicant will be paid the Australian (AUD) equivalent of CAD 2,000 per month with no deductions. For Canadian income tax purposes, the contractor will receive a T-1204.

    To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/2pzkvHV

  • 19 Apr 2017 3:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hosted by BlueChilli, CACC is pleased to present a panel of Canadian Entrepreneurs as they share their unique experiences, learnings and achievements during their journey of starting their own business in the land down under.

    If you are an entrepreneurial Canadian on a Working Holiday interested in business, or just someone looking to be inspired by exemplary Canadian/Australians then this exciting event is for YOU!

    Guests speakers include:  Ronald Tucker (CEO, BiTrade Australia), Luther Poier (CFO, Blue Chili), Jeff Downs (CEO, Redback Conferencing) and Sarah Mak
     (Managing Director, The Story Boxes & Co-Founder, FolkTales). Sarah turned her Australian Working Holiday into an award-winning collaborative storytelling studio. You can watch Sarah Mak’s story here: http://bit.ly/2pzO0XT

    The event will be held on Thursday the 27th of April from 5:30-7:30pm at 125 York Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000.

    You can find out more about the event and register your interest in attending here http://bit.ly/2olkaWo. Spaces are limited, so please register to avoid missing out!

    To attend the event you need to register as a CACC member. Registration to become a member is FREE and you can stay in touch with the CACC by recieving newsletters and notification of upcoming CACC events. To register, fill in this online application form http://cacc.com.au/application_form

  • 27 Mar 2017 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Fair Work Ombudsman has released a ‘Record My Hours’ app to address and prevent the underpayment of Working Holiday goers in Australia. 

    The new app allows workers to easily record the time they work by aggregating data using geofencing technology to track when the employee arrives and leaves the workplace each day. 

    Natalie James from the Fair Work Ombudsman has said that ‘the app would be a valuable back-up for workers when employers failed to meet their record-keeping obligations.’ 

    James further stated that ‘downloading this app won’t cost you a cent, but it could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars if you are concerned that you are not being paid your correct entitlements.’ 

    The Record My Hours app is available in 12 different languages and can be downloaded from the iTunes and Google Play stores.



    Image: Anson Smart

    Source: http://www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/news-and-media-releases/2017-media-releases/march-2017/20170317-record-my-hours

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