LIVING AND WORKING IN MELBOURNE
Hiring Season: All year
Location: Melbourne City, VIC
Wage: Minimum $21.75 per hour or contract + bonuses
Accommodation: Hostel / Shared Rental / Subsidised Rental
Job Types: Direct Sales, Tele-Sales, Charity / Fundraising
Commitment: Three-to-six months
Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and the second largest city in Australia. It has a population of around 4.35 million people and is on the southern coast of the eastern half of Australia’s mainland. Melbourne is sheltered from the ocean by the beautiful Port Phillip Bay.
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2014 Liveability Survey, Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world, claiming top spot for the fourth year in a row. A high recommendation indeed.
Melbourne seems to attract a greater variety of immigrants than any other city in Australia. There are more than 200 different nationalities making it one of the most multicultural cities in the world. It has a large Greek contingent, as well as Italians, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and Indian residents. It is also a young person’s city with almost half of the population aged under 35.
The streets have a lively feel about them and Melbournians enjoy live music, performing arts, including public street performances, fashion, independent music and independent film.
But you can still make off for the beach. St Kilda and Brighton beaches are both close to the city and are highly recommended. A little further out will find you at Sandringham, and further still, Mordialloc beach. Both are very popular. But if you want some really stunning beach scenery, you only need to jump into your car for about an hour or so and you’ll be at the beginning of the Great Ocean Road. It starts at Torquay and winds for about four or five hours of driving, taking you all the way to Warrnambool.
Melbourne is known as a city that can have four seasons in one day. They have weather that can turn on a sixpence. A lunchtime temperature of around 35°C turned into a chilling 16°C by around five o’clock in the evening.
Wild winds and thunderstorms can descend out of clear blue skies and winters can be quite cold and very dull, with probably the fewest hours of sunshine found anywhere in Australia.
But summers can be extremely hot and very dry. The intense heat often stops trains from running on their tracks and some areas have a high risk of bushfires.
- Have a good to intermediate level of English
- Be aged 20 – 28
- Be eligible for a working holiday visa to Australia
- Be in good health and have a high level of personal grooming
- Must be willing to plan your travel arrangements according to employer defined start dates
- Sales experience preferred