How to Search for POEA Jobs in Australia

If you’re looking for a job in Australia, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) website is a good place to start. The POEA is the government agency responsible for overseeing the recruitment of overseas workers. They have a database of jobs that are available in Australia and other countries.

Are you a Filipino planning to go to Australia for more job opportunities and a great salary? Australia is one of the top destinations for Filipinos because the country has a lot of opportunities to offer. It also has productive cities and beautiful landscapes. These are the main reasons why the Filipino community is growing.

Also Read: Top 10 Jobs for Filipinos in Australia

Australian Board of Statistics revealed that there are 310,000 Filipinos in Australia as of 2020. There is a population increase of 28.6 percent from 2015 to 2020. Considering the number of Filipinos in Australia, these numbers show that Australia is a good destination for Filipinos seeking career opportunities and a second home.

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These are the requirement for working in Australia.

  • Completed Application Form 147 – Application for a Temporary Residence (non-business) Visa – (please submit the original and one (1) photocopy of the form) This form can be downloaded for free from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs’ official website.
  • A Manager’s Cheque payable to ‘Australian Embassy’ must be used to pay the processing cost.
  • For each person in the application, four (4) passport-sized pictures are required.
  • Each person in the application’s birth certificate on National Statistics Office (NSO) security paper (SECPA). You can order a copy of the report online by going to the National Statistics Office’s website. (Original and one photocopy)
  • A certificate of employment or a contract of employment (Original and one photocopy)
  • Qualifications/skills evidence (Original and one photocopy)
  • Academic background (transcripts of academic record). (Original and one photocopy)
  • A valid passport is required. (Original and one photocopy)
  • A certificate from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) that says “Valid for travel to Australia.” (Original and one photocopy)
  • Approved nomination/sponsorship for the applicant and all dependents from the DIMIA office in Australia’s official website (if applicable). (Original and one photocopy)
  • Documentation (₱3,935)
  • Passport
  • NBI clearance
  • Birth certificate
  • PhilHealth contribution
  • Pag-IBIG membership
  • Australian Visa (AUD4,115-estimated cost)
  • Skills Assessment (AUD500- estimated cost)
  • Language Testing (₱11,650- estimated cost)


Under the authority of Trade Recognition Australia, the selected candidates must sit for and pass a Cert III skills assessment (TRA). This is a requirement of the Australian Department of Immigration for the subsequent issuance of a work visa in Australia.

Also Read: Do’s and Dont’s: How to Avoid Illegal Recruitment

How to Search for POEA Jobs in Australia

Here is a detailed guide on searching for POEA Jobs in Australia.

1.  Apply through a POEA-Accredited Agency to Work in Australia

Before you apply, you should check to see if there are any jobs available in the fields, you’re interested in. You can use the list at the top of this guide or search the POEA database on your own.

To access the database, simply select Australia from the drop-down box.

You’ll be directed to the database after hitting the Submit button, where you can view the available jobs, the number of available slots, and the date the job was listed.

Once you’ve found a career you like, make sure it’s on Australia’s list of skilled occupations. Simply type the job title into the bottom-of-the-page search field.

When you click the Submit button, you’ll be taken to the database, where you can view the available jobs, the number of available slots, and the date the job was posted.

It’s critical to confirm that the job you want is on the list so you don’t waste your time or money. You can also learn more about the job by clicking on this (ANZSCO).

After that, you should check to see if the company offering the job has a valid license. You can easily accomplish this by searching the POEA’s agency database. Simply type a portion of the agency’s name into the search bar, and a result similar to the one shown below will appear.

Make sure to update your resume and prepare for an interview before contacting the agency. Even if you are only speaking with the agency, you want to put your best foot forward. After all, they are the ones who will recommend you to a potential employer.

When you have finished preparing, contact the agency to inquire about the requirements and next steps.

2. Get a Work Visa in Australia

While you wait for your application to be processed, explore your visa alternatives after contacting your agency. The type of visa you need depends on the job you’re looking for.

A. Search Options for Your Visa

Simply return to the skilled occupation list to see what work visas are available for you.

Click here to check your visa options aside from the skilled occupations list above. Here is a screenshot of the site.

After you select working and skilled visas, this will be seen.

You can select among the list on what visa suits you and the job you are applying for.  You can also get advice from your recruitment agency regarding the best option for you.

B. Taking a Language Test

Each visa has its own language exam score requirement, which you can find on their own visa pages.

The medium-term stream of the 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa, for example, requires an overall band score of 5 and no score below 5 in their IELTS results. Meanwhile, the 494 Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa requires a score of at least 6 in each of the four IELTS components.

C. Assessing your Skills and Credentials

Different assessing authority is assigned to different kinds of jobs. So, each kind of job has a unique assessing authority. Check this out on the skilled occupation list. Here is a snip to show you the example of this.

Only a skills assessment issued by the competent assessing authority will be accepted by the Australian Department of Home Affairs. As a result, make sure you’re working with the right one.

Each accrediting agency has its own procedures and schedules. They have varying fees as well. As a result, you’ll need to conduct your own research or inquire with your agency about the next steps.

D. Beware of Work Visa Scams

Finally, be aware of anyone who might use your desire to work in Australia. There are a variety of frauds out there, and you must take the following precautions to protect yourself:

  • Understand your workplace rights and responsibilities, as well as those of your employer.
  • It’s important to understand that paying sponsors for visa sponsorship is against the law.
  • Know that the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission can help you report any scams you come across (ACCC)

3. Get Ready to Move to Australia

You can now begin to plan your move to Australia after receiving your visa.

  • Purchase a document holder to safely store your passport, work visa, contract, and other vital documents. You can also look up a list of prohibited products on the Australian Border Force website to ensure that you enter into the nation without any problems.

Here is a snapshot of the list of the lists of items categorized into ‘Bring It,’ ‘Declare It,’ and ‘Don’t Bring.’

  • Observe and research about the weather in the state or region where you will be residing. Because Australia is so large, the weather varies depending on where you are. The northern parts of Australia, for example, have a more tropical climate. The south, on the other hand, has milder summers and rainier winters. Make the necessary preparations for your suitcase.
  • It’s crucial to have a somewhere to stay when you arrive in the country, especially if you’ve traveled a long distance. The journey from Manila to Sydney, for example, takes more than 8 hours. So, before you depart, make sure you have a somewhere to stay.
  • Carry enough Australian dollars (AUD) or US dollars (USD) for your first few weeks in Australia. While opening a bank account there isn’t difficult, it’s essential to be prepared for any unforeseen happenings. You can also see if there are any digital methods available to you so that you can send money from the Philippines to Australia without any restrictions.
  • Make sure to work on your listening skills as well as your speaking and writing skills in English. Australian English is more similar to British English than American English, therefore it may differ slightly from what you’re used to. Listen to Australian videos online if you can to have a better understanding of their accent and terminology.
  • You might want to join groups like the Pinoy Australia Information Forum to network with other Filipinos residing in Australia. Not only will you get helpful advice on what to bring, but you might even meet a new friend before you depart on your journey.

4. Moving to Australia

Once you’ve arrived in Australia, make sure to take these steps to ensure that you may live comfortably and legally:

  • Get your Tax File Number (TFN) from an Australian Tax Office (ATO) branch near you or by filling out an online application form. You may be categorized as a permanent migrant or a temporary worker, depending on the type of visa you acquired. They do, however, have the same tax obligations as residents, which are based on the resident income tax rates. The fundamental difference between a permanent and temporary employee’s tax obligations is that a temporary employee is not obligated to pay the Medicare levy.
  • You do not have access to Medicare privileges if you arrive in Australia as a temporary worker. So, if you want to save money when you require medical assistance, you should probably get your own private insurance.
  • If your company will open a bank account for your payroll, make sure to consult with them. However, if you need to open one on your own, you won’t have any problems because creating a bank account in Australia is simple and inexpensive. Non-residents can open accounts with the four major banks (National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank, ANZ Bank, and Westpac).
  • You can personally experience Australia’s well-known laid-back culture. See if there are any local sports clubs or social organizations that interest you. If you join one of them, you will be able to learn more about Australian culture and integrate more easily into the society.
  • Prepare for deadly creatures as well as natural disasters. In Australia, most local government councils have an emergency warning system in place. Make sure you understand how they function so you can react appropriately if the need arises.
  • It’s also a good opportunity to assess what you need to work on to get a permanent work visa if you have a temporary or provisional work visa. Find out how you may improve your chances if you’re applying for a 186 Employer Nomination Scheme visa, for example. You’ll be working toward a goal and won’t be caught off guard.

Video: Searching for Jobs in Australia


YouTube channel: Momsie Jam Trabahong Abroad

This video talks about finding a legitimate agency for working in Australia at the comfort of your home. This also inform the viewers about the top eight in demand jobs in Australia.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some FAQs to help you out.

1. How much is the placement fee in Australia?

The placement fee can be can be a case-to-case basis depending on the POEA accredited agency you’re in but it must not exceed a month’s salary.

2. Can I just move to Australia and get a job?

On the visa, you can do any type of work, but you can only work for one employer for six months at a time. This visa must be applied for from your home country, and you must have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay. You’ll need to apply for a Skilled Migration visa if you want to work on a more permanent basis.

3. Can I work in Australia without a degree?

This can include a lot of difficult and potentially hazardous work, but the good news is that you don’t need a degree to get started. To go to this level in Australia, you need a Certificate III or three years of experience with two years of on-the-job training.

4. Can I work in Australia on a tourist visa?

Working in Australia is not permitted on a Visitor visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Working in Australia is unlawful for any non-citizen on a Visitor visa or ETA.

5. How long can you stay in Australia on a working visa?

The duration of your first Working Holiday visa is 12 months. However, if you conduct regional or farm work designated by the Australian government, you may be able to extend your working holiday to two or even three years.

6. Can a Filipino get a working holiday visa in Australia?

The Working Holiday visa is only available to young people who want to travel across Australia for a year while earning money to support themselves. Passport holders from the Philippines are currently ineligible for this program.

7. Which city in Australia has more job opportunities?

Sydney, which accounts for about half of Australia’s economic development, has the best work opportunities for expats migrating to Australia. Sydney has a flourishing economy in industries such as financial and professional services, building, and manufacturing, with an unemployment rate substantially below the national average of roughly 3.8 percent.

8. Can I apply for a job in Australia without a visa?

You’ll need proof of your right to work in Australia to work lawfully. A visa, proof of permanent resident status, an Australian or New Zealand passport, an Australian birth certificate, or a certificate of Australian citizenship are all examples of acceptable documents.

9. How much is the salary of Filipino in Australia?

According to Eric, Australia’s minimum wage is AUD $19.49 per hour, or AUD $740.80 per week, as of July 2019. This translates to PHP 667 per hour or PHP 25,354 per week in the Philippines. Australia has the world’s highest minimum hourly pay.

10. Which city in Australia has largest Filipino population?

Sydney has the largest Filipino population in Australia.


So, this is it. The ultimate guide for aspirant Filipino workers who wanted to go to Australia. This will be a great help to you since this will guide you from searching POEA jobs to working in Australia. Going to work in Australia may be a lengthy and exhausting process but one thing is for sure, it will be all worth it once you get there.

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