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Working in Brisbane

Brisbane is Australia’s fastest-growing capital city for employment and offers a great range of opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Our Working in Brisbane section provides a quick rundown on a few of the need-to-know facts for those looking to join the local workforce.

Finding work

Where to find advertised jobs:

Employers advertise for employees in many places – newspapers, private employment agencies, online job sites and direct contact. For further information about finding a job in Brisbane visit any of the following websites:

Qualifications and skills

If you have skills or experience in occupations where there are skills shortages, your chances of finding work are much improved. For further information about skills assessment and recognition visit the Trades Recognition Australia website. For further information about Australia’s General Skilled Migration Program visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.

Applying for a job

Job Services Australia is the Australian Government’s national employment services system. Designed to provide job seekers with access to one-on-one assistance and tailored employment services, Job Services Australia provides opportunities for training, skills development, work experience and tailored assistance. For more information visit the Job Services Australia website.

What are my rights?

All employees have rights that the government has put in place by law. The laws also state what rights an employer has. For further information about employee and employer rights in Australia visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website or any of the following websites:

Industry sectors

Key growth industries in Brisbane are: business services; construction; education; finance; government; health; manufacturing; mining; retail; and transport. Construction, education, government, health and retail account for more than half of total employment in Brisbane. 

Business services

Business services account for more than one-quarter or $13.4 billion (AUD) of the Brisbane economy. It’s the largest employing sector in Brisbane and it includes a large proportion of the highly skilled professional workers located in commercial offices in inner Brisbane. This sector includes a wide range of high value knowledge-intensive services provided to other business clients – including architecture, consultancy, design, engineering, legal and other professional services delivered to manufacturing, mining and other businesses throughout the economy.

Investment attraction

Brisbane is proactively involved in attracting companies in the following key industry sectors:

  • Clean technologies;
  • Digital industries;
  • Food and beverage;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Innovative manufacturing;
  • Life sciences;
  • Logistics and distribution; and
  • Mining technology and services.

Visas and permits

Currently, the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship is the only organisation that has the authority to approve visa applications in Australia. Before making any plans to live, work in or travel to Australia, you must ensure that you have the appropriate visa, without which you will be refused permission to enter and sent back to your home country at your own expense.

Passports and visas

All international travellers must present a valid and approved travel document (generally a passport) and a visa to enter Australia. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a special category visa upon arrival in Australia, while all other passport holders must apply for a visa before travelling to Australia.

Business and skilled migration

Australia is committed to encouraging business and skilled migration. The Federal Government controls immigration to Australia, with support from specific State Government agencies as appropriate. There are two key classifications – business migration and general skilled migration. Under each category there are visa classes and different eligibility criteria apply to each. In most cases there is the option to be sponsored if you meet certain criteria. 
For further information on visas and permits visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.