Employment and business
  • Last updated:
  • 28 Nov 2022

A range of services and support is available to assist people to gain employment on the Sunshine Coast.

First steps

Overseas skills recognition

The first thing you should do is get your overseas skills and qualifications formally assessed and recognised in Australia, visit Queensland Government for more information. 

Apply for a Tax File Number (TFN)

You need a TFN before you can work in Australia, receive government allowances or money from investments.  A TFN is a unique number issued to individuals and businesses to help the government administer taxation and other government programs.

Foreign passport holders, permanent migrants or temporary visitors can apply for a TFN online – it’s easy and all you need is your passport and an Australian address. 

Finding a job

There are a number of employment service providers on the Sunshine Coast.

If you are registered with Centrelink they will assign you to an Employment Service Provider who can link you in with potential employers and also pay for new training. 

jobactive - Australian Government Employment Program

You can get help from a jobactive provider to find work and keep a job. jobactive providers have the flexibility to tailor their services to suit your needs.

To find out if you are eligible, visit Services Australia or phone 131 202.

National Work Experience Program

Work experience will help you get your foot in the door, show potential employers what you can do, and grow your skills and confidence. 

You will do a maximum of 25 hours of unpaid work each week for up to four weeks. 

If you're interested talk to your jobacitve provider or phone 13 62 68.

Jobs advertised online

There are a number of websites where you can look for jobs

Tips to find work

Here are some ideas to help you find work.

  • Be authentic. Your cultural background is valuable. Remember that you have a lot to offer.
  • Meeting people and telling them you are looking for work is important. 50% of jobs are not advertised.
  • Volunteering can help you get real life work experience and develop new skills.
  • Persist - you have nothing to lose. The worst they can say is 'no' and every 'no' is one step closer to a 'YES!'
  • Get a good mentor to help you with your job seeking.
  • Update your résumé or curriculum vitae (CV). 
  • Get assistance with your job application.
  • Practice your interview skills.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile.
  • Apply to join the Migrant Work Ready program.

Workplace rights and pay conditions

Migrant workers and some visa holders have the same workplace rights as all other workers in Australia.

The Fair Work Ombudsman can give you information and advice about your workplace rights and obligations.

Their website has information translated into 30 different languages and includes the following tools:

  • The Pay and Conditions Tool can help you calculate pay rates, leave and entitlements.
  • Keep track of the number of hours you’ve worked with the Record My Hours app.
  • The website also provides information about pay and conditions for visa holders.

Business and self-employment

Council provides a range of services and programs to enable local business to thrive.

Read the latest edition of Business News and subscribe for updates. 

Become a council supplier 

Sunshine Coast Council is committed to supporting local businesses, so we have a 20% local preference weighting in our Procurement Guidelines to support you.

If you are a Sunshine Coast trade or maintenance business, we urge you subscribe to council's tender alert service and you will receive an email alert each time a tender is publicly advertised.

By subscribing to this service you will also receive notification of other Council events for businesses, such as Doing Business with Council and Cleantech events. 

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

New Business Assistance with NEIS provides support to people interested in starting their own business or who need help to refocus an existing micro-business.

There are 8600 places available nationally each year, delivered by a network of NEIS providers.