This is a guest post from Cath Isakson. Cath has a communications business and can help you with job applications.
‘The problem with moving to Tasmania,’ everyone says, ‘is there are no jobs’.
Not quite true! The Tasmanian job market is more like that of a regional area, with proportionally more jobs in some industries and fewer in others. So where are the jobs in Tasmania?
Focussed around Hobart, Launceston and the regional hospitals, the largest employer in Tasmania is the health care industry. Experienced nurses and allied health professionals don’t seem to have any problems finding work. Specialists are particularly sought after.
You can also approach private providers such as nursing homes directly. Check their websites for the appropriate contact person.
Medical reception and administration jobs are regularly advertised, mostly in Hobart and sometimes in Launceston. Check Seek and the Saturday newspapers.
While the Aged Care industry has in the past been desperate for carers, that may be changing with the push to move Newstart recipients into the industry.
Government school jobs are keenly sought after in Tasmania. Applications can be onerous, with numerous selection criteria, each requiring 1/2-1 page of a response.
Having assisted a number of educators into new jobs, my experience is that even recent graduate teachers can get their foot in the door via relief teaching. An expression of interest can be as simple as a friendly cover letter highlighting your passion and flexibility and a detailed resume.
Check here for more information about registering to work as a teacher in Tasmania.
There are significant differences in school life in Tasmania compared to the mainland. Kindergartens are not separate entities; they are attached to primary schools. In practice, this means that primary school teachers can also teach kinder. Secondary schools usually go to Year 10 rather than Year 12, with separate colleges for Years 11 and 12. The current government is trialing up to Year 12 at some high schools.
Another point of difference is that Teacher Assistants/Aides look after children with a wider range of disabilities than on the mainland.
The University of Tasmania is always advertising for staff for their three campuses. Keep an eye on their jobs page for academic and professional roles.
Dairy, cattle, viticulture, cropping and aquaculture are all thriving in the ‘Apple Isle’. Fruit picking work is usually snaffled by backpackers and a few local diehards.
If you’ve skills in any sort of farm work – tractor driving, fencing, vine pruning – you’re likely to find sporadic and regular work in the rural areas of Tasmania. I’ve seen ads for dairy and viticulture roles on Gumtree and the Wine Jobs website, and aquaculture work occasionally advertised on Seek.
Although outside my area of expertise, I’m reliably informed there is steady work in civil construction in Tasmania. Forestry and mining would seem to be dying industries, however I have seen job ads for this type of work on Seek.
Residential construction is still happening, generally in the outer areas of Hobart and to a lesser extent, Launceston. The better-quality modular home builders are busy. Electricians seem to be in demand at the moment. Demand for tradies fluctuates.
In my region (NE Tas), you can count the number of electricians on one hand and they are flat out with work.
IT, administration and call centre work
IT roles are mostly confined to Hobart and Launceston. Unless they can secure a permanent role, IT professionals often move between Tasmania and the mainland. Self-employed IT professionals based in the regional towns seem to do well offering generalist services such as repairs and basic training.
There are regular spates of recruitment for NBN labourers and technicians across the state. However it is a role at the mercy of politics.
Office administration roles are 99% of the time generalist, requiring skills across the usual computer packages, bookkeeping, payroll, banking and reception. Administration work is advertised in the local newspapers on Saturdays, on Seek and occasionally Gumtree.
The freeze on APS hiring (Australian Government) has hit Hobart hard. The word on the grapevine is employees are still being made redundant and recruiting won’t happen for some time.
There are 29 local councils in Tasmania. You can check each council website individually for employment opportunities, keep an eye out in the local newspapers or check one of the compilation websites such as Adzuna.
The State Government employs customer service officers for their Service Tasmania branches and LINCs (libraries). As with other Tasmanian Government jobs, check their website.
There are call centres in Hobart for Vodafone and Telstra. Serco runs a call centre on behalf of the Australian Taxation Office in Burnie. They advertise periodically on Seek for staff.
According to a recent newspaper article, TasWater’s call centres will close and move to Devonport. Aurora Energy’s call centre is in Cambridge.
Retail and hospitality
Retail store manager positions come up regularly. There is small but regular demand for sales assistants, both for entry level and experienced sales people. Try Seek and the Saturday papers. You can also visit shops in person and hand out your resume.
From barista to chef roles, there is a lot of work in hospitality and it isn’t always in the cities! Hospitality work can give you the opportunity to live in some of the most beautiful and remote locations of Tasmania. Check Gumtree for hospitality roles. MONA also employs hospitality staff for the busy summer season.
Accommodation providers regularly advertise for roles such as night auditor, concierge, and receptionist – or if you’re interested in a more independent role – cabin park manager. Housekeeping work is always being advertised in Hobart and Launceston. In the remote areas onsite accommodation is usually offered to staff.
You can also try the Federal Group, which employs people all over Tasmania.
If your hospitality role requires you to serve alcohol, make sure you get the Tasmanian RSA certificate. It is different to the other states.
Outdoor, adventure and tourism roles
If you love adventure or the outdoors, Tasmania is the place for you!
Hydro Tasmania occasionally recruits mechanically minded people to work on their remote sites.
If you love animals and have a real taste for adventure, check out the dog handler roles on Macquarie Island.
Kingston, south of Hobart, is the base for the Australian Antarctic Station recruitment.
If you’re comfortable with driving, pointing out the sights, and you’re able to absorb and impart local knowledge, tour-guiding positions crop up at regular intervals. I’ve even seen jobs for experienced horse riders to lead small groups of riders.
Gourmet tourism is now a ‘thing’ in Tasmania and cellar door roles come up every now and again, usually on Gumtree.
MONA recruits casual gallery staff, particularly before big events. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery has an employment register for the Visitor Services Officer role. Check with the contact person (bottom right of the webpage) to see if they are actively recruiting.
If you’re an experienced arts administrator and have an ArtsHub membership, I’d suggest looking there for advertised positions.
Where are the job ads?
Unlike on the mainland, jobs are still advertised in the print newspapers on Saturdays. The Mercury and The Examiner are a good start. Online there is of course Seek and you should also check the compilation websites, Indeed and Adzuna.
Do you have any tips for finding a job in Tasmania? Share them in the comments section below.
The author wrote this article on the basis of firsthand experience, word-of-mouth and research. Job market information dates quickly so please do your own checks. Best of luck with your job search!
Cath Isakson writes job applications for people and specialises in the Tasmanian market. She has a great track record with a large number of her clients receiving job offers.