Program Costs

  • $2,600 AUD (365-day)
  • $2,000 AUD (88-day+)
  • $1,400 AUD (88-day)

Other costs to consider

  • Airfare
  • Visa ($485 AUD)
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Personal support funds ($5,000 AUD)
    • You may need to show proof of access to funds as a visa requirement

Earnings

  • The minimum wage is AUD $18.93 but many jobs pay a good bit more than this.
  • In three months, you can expect to earn and save $4-6,000 AUD. Room and board is often included in outback jobs.

Jobs

There is a huge range or work available in rural and outback Australia. VisitOz has more than 2,000 employers in their network and there are typically 50 or more vacancies each week!

  • General Farm Work
    • Ideal if you have limited previous farm or practical experience, but enjoy being outside and doing physical hands-on tasks. Jobs include operating machinery, herding cattle, and other general farm work.
  • Trade & Practical Skills
    • If you have trade skills and/or related work experience, you can land roles as a mechanic, metalworker, welder, carpenter, plumber, electrician, and painter.
  • Equine & Equestrian
    • If you have previous experience, there are opportunities to work with horses, including: racehorse training, dressage, equine vet assistant, and breeding programs.
  • Childcare or Cook
    • If you like working with children or have cooking skills, you could work as an au pair (childcare provider) or tutor, or as a cook.
  • Volunteer
    • If you’re interested in farm life, but have limited time and/or don’t want the commitment of a paid job, then you can volunteer in the Outback in a number or roles!

Most jobs are seasonal (about three-to-four months). If you’re participating on the 365-day program, your visa allows a maximum of six months for one employer. VisitOz can match you with another job once your first one ends.

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
Exclusive partner of the Erasmus Student Network for J-1 Visa sponsorship of internships in the U.S.
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Generation Study Abroad
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation