is it easy to get a job in adelaide

Mon 14 Jan, 2008 01:00 am
Hello all,

I am a newbie here Very Happy . I'm thinking of migrating to adelaide with my fiance. What concern me the most is the job apportunities. I heard that it is hard to get a job there. is it true? Are most of the jobs require a permanent residency or citizenship? If so, I may be in a difficult situation as I will be holding visa 475 (which requires me to work in SA for at least 1 yr before applying for a PR)
I have a degree in IT from the USA and have been working for 2 years in a corporate. However I dun mind working in a non-IT field. How's the job perspective looks like in Adelaide?

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Mon 14 Jan, 2008 06:14 pm
I will try and contact our resident SA guru.

I have no idea

Welcome to A2K
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Mon 14 Jan, 2008 08:22 pm
Hi smilingdust, welcome to a2k. I live in Adelaide but am retired. However I can post you a career supplement from our Daily Newspaper which will give you an excellent idea what type of work opportunities are available here in South Australia. Have a look at that first before you take your next step.
You may also want to have a look at this: http://www.careerone.com.au/
This is our daily paper, the Adelaide Advertiser.
I will send you a personal message here with my e-mail address and you can e-mail me your home address should you wish to do that. Please note you can not reply to my pm on this forum!

Wed 16 Jan, 2008 06:37 am
Smiling dust, could you email me this info too please?
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Wed 16 Jan, 2008 06:43 am
Hi..I am in Adelaide, but I don't think I can help much.

There is certainly more employment here than a few years ago, but I know nothing about your field. I think looking at positions vacant in The Advertiser, or links Dutchy posted, is your best bet...and perhaps phoning some likely companies and seeing what their recruitment people have to say.

I would check with Immigration re restrictions on work that come with your visa.
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Wed 16 Jan, 2008 06:44 am
Hi djalliance

As of this moment I haven't heard from smilingdust nor has he collected my pm.
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Wed 16 Jan, 2008 06:47 am
Here's some more sites that may help:


General tourist stuff:


Work stuff:

Skilled migration stuff



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Wed 16 Jan, 2008 06:48 am
Hi dlowan,

coulkd you give me some goo dinfo about Adelaide as im going over in April for 1-year. I have a temp visa and know that it is difficult to get a job with that. My partner has been denied several because A) ewmployers say they will only take on someone who has a permanent visa or B) because she dowsn't drive.

Do you know if there are lots of youth work type jobs?
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Wed 16 Jan, 2008 06:58 am
djalliance wrote:
Hi dlowan,

coulkd you give me some goo dinfo about Adelaide as im going over in April for 1-year. I have a temp visa and know that it is difficult to get a job with that. My partner has been denied several because A) ewmployers say they will only take on someone who has a permanent visa or B) because she dowsn't drive.

Do you know if there are lots of youth work type jobs?

I am sorry, I have no idea.

You would need to check with agencies that employ youth workers, such as Families SA.


This place might have some idea:




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Wed 16 Jan, 2008 07:44 am
Thanks soooooo much everyone.

Dutchy, Thanks! I just replied your email with my home address

dlowan, Thanks for providing so many useful links. I will go through it one by one

djalliance , if your visa is same as mine, (mine is 475). The
Immigration SA has prepared an open letter to employers explaining our work rights and ability to work full time.
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Wed 16 Jan, 2008 10:59 am
I have a holliday working visa.
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Wed 16 Jan, 2008 01:55 pm
Hi djalliance, thank you for reply, will post you the paper today. Good luck.
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Mon 9 Jun, 2008 05:58 pm
To answer the main threads question easy.
No it's not easy to find work in Adelaide unless you are a labourer.
I know of several IT engineers and Network engineers as well as marketing executives from Asia. Who have had to work as packers or on a production line for the last 2 years It seems to me, that the General Australian employees put foreigners resumes to the bottom of the pile.
Also my wife who speaks perfect English with a Masters degree in Business communication and International communication is knocked back every time she applies. And has had to work at the very bottom of the food chain and resort to retail.
Don't let this threaten you. You may get lucky. I'll hope you succeed in your employment. If possible you will have a lot more to gain living in Melbourne or Sydney as they are allot more multicultural than Adelaide, and not as pioneer.
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Mon 29 Dec, 2008 07:25 am
hi dutchy how are you?
i saw you on net helping a guy to get a job in adelaide so i thought if u can help me to. i am moving to adelaide from india and my problem same as of smile dust that i came to know that there is hard to get a job in adelaide, is it true?

about me # my status is that i can work for full time in Australia.
# i have exp of 3 yrs in sales and markeitng of pharmaceutical products

# i also have exp of 2 yrs in HR recruitment

# i also have exp in FMCG sector of sales in co -opertaes ( pharma products )

i also have exp in produciton deptt of vitamin and few drugs prepration.

and above all i dont mind working in same mentioned line or any other stream... i know about carrierone.com seekjob.com ....

my quesutions are if u can help:
1) will i be able to get a job there in adelaide? and how?
2) what do u suggest regarding renting a home?

please mail me at [email protected]

thanks in advance
Mon 29 Dec, 2008 02:57 pm
Hi sumitwadhwa78

There are a lot of Indian people living in Adelaide, they would be far better qualified to answer your questions than me, try to approach them.

Stick "Indians in Adelaide" in Google and you can find out a bit more.

You can also already find a fair bit of information about Adelaide on this thread supplied by dlowan.

In General, the worldwide economic downturn has also hit Australia very hard, the forecasts for 2009 are very gloomy, particularly in the work environment as all businesses are scaling down their operations and subsequently their work force.

My honest opinion is, stay where you are, until the employment situation improves considerably.

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Mon 29 Dec, 2008 05:08 pm
From the pharmaceutical industry perspective:

I don't think there's much in the way of manufacturing or other production of pharmaceuticals in Adelaide. It's mostly in Sydney or Melbourne.

There may be some sales positions, but these will have been reduced considerably.

I don't know what the position is with regard to other opportunities in Adelaide. It's a small city and Dutchy and.or dlowan are in a better position to give a response.
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Mon 19 Jan, 2009 11:36 am
Dear friends...
I just want to know the job chances in Adelaide as a mba graduate.
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Thu 19 Mar, 2009 04:45 pm
i have no any job yet and my family will come next week
so please help me
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Eagles Eye
Sat 24 Mar, 2012 05:35 am
Hi Smilingdust / Dutchy ,

This forum is very useful and would like to thank all who have contributed with some key tips on getting a job and settling in Adelaide, Australia.

I have two questions –

I have applied for a Visa under Professional Skilled workers – State Sponsored (Migrant) - Visa - Sub class 176 – I have been advised by Migration consultant that I am most likely to get thro for South and West Australia. Currently under first stage which is the skill assessment - Once I clear the state sponsored Visa I shall be able to migrate by Sept 2012. Thus I am on the hunt for jobs in Adelaide / Perth / Fremantle. On my hunt to get a job in Adelaide I am going through the site advised by you ..but at the same time need yr help me on below info-

What is the market situation now in Adelaide for Job opportunities in Freight forwarding / Shipping and logistics Industry? Would Perth / Fremantle be better cities for the job hunt? Pls guide in yr views..

2. @ Dutchy, can you Pls send some update as you send to Smiling dust from local news paper current job advertisement pertaining to Shipping and logistics? Would be great help

Sat 24 Mar, 2012 06:06 am
@Eagles Eye,
Hi Tiger

Job opportunities have not improved in Adelaide infact worsened. This week the Government pumped $275 million into Geeneral motors Holden our biggest employer to stop it from closing down and throwing thousands of workers out of work. I wouldn't advise anybody to migrate here presently to look for work. I do not know the circumstances in other States so can't advice you on Perth and Fremantle.

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