Photo: David Parry/PA
COLD Chisel’s Flame Trees played out of a pop-up surf club in the middle of Waterloo Station this morning as part of Tourism Australia’s launch of a new campaign, the ‘Best Jobs in the World’ initiative.
A lifesaver and woman in a bikini braved the cold to distribute flyers to young commuters, encouraging them to apply for one of six available positions Down Under.
The initiative follows the successful Tourism Queensland ‘Best Job in the World’ campaign in 2009 which attracted 34,000 applicants from over 200 countries for a ‘Caretaker’ position at the Great Barrier Reef.
Now Tourism Australia, in partnership with six State and Territory offices, are looking to recruit six new employees to work in each corner of the continent.
Each position comes with a six-month contract and salary package worth AUD$100,000.
Tourism Australia Managing Director, Andrew McEvoy said the promotion will entice more young people from around the world to come to Australia to holiday and work.
“We’ve taken one of the most successful tourism campaigns in recent times — ‘Best Job in the World’ – and made it bigger and better by coming up with a competition which represents our breath-taking landscapes, our unique wildlife, great food and wine and, of course, our huge sense of fun.”
One of the roles available in NSW is titled ‘Chief Funster’. Job requirements include reviewing festivals and events, and tweeting and posting your thoughts on living the life of a Sydney VIP.
The initiative also seeks to encourage awareness of the work opportunities available to visitors outside of Australia’s major cities. The ‘Taste Master’ in Western Australia will eat their way around the state, foraging out the finest produce and uncovering the best bars and restaurants to share online through blogs and tweets.
“For many young people, Australia’s Working Holiday Maker visa programmes provide the economic means to fund travel plans. We recognise the high levels of youth unemployment in the UK and Ireland, and encourage young people from both countries to apply for one of the roles and to find out more about experiencing our country on a Working Holiday visa” Mr McEvoy said.
Working Holiday Visas are available to UK applicants between the ages of 18-30 to live and work in Australian for a period of 12 months. A one year extension to the Working Holiday Visa is available if applicants work in regional Australia for at least three months doing specified work.
Ben Southall, from Petersfield, Hampshere won the original ‘Best Job in the World’ in 2009, working as a ‘Caretaker’ on the Great Barrier Reef.
“Unfortunately for me, my time is up. But luckily for the world ‘The Best Job in the World’ is back. This time there’s not one, but six amazing jobs in Australia up for grabs,” he said.
For further details of the competition visit www.facebook.com/