Ahhh the Outback. Incredible vistas. Prehistoric dinosaurs. Red, rocky terrain. Stunning gorges. Loads of history. We could go on and on, but you probably already know all the reasons to visit.
But what about all the reasons to pick up sticks and move there? Have you considered what it would be like to live and work in our incredible Outback.
Research released by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) shows one-in-five city residents are feeling the pull of a move to the regions, with more than half wanting to make the jump within the next 12 months. If you haven’t already considered getting a job in Outback Queensland, there are so many reasons why you should.
There are plenty of jobs in Outback Queensland – in fact, there’s a real staff shortage at the moment to fill jobs. Right now there are jobs available from Cloncurry in the north through to Cunnamulla in the South. You can work in iconic Birdsville or head out towards dinosaur country in Winton. And they need all kinds of workers. Educators, managers, horticulture and town services officers, mechanics, experienced hospitality and tourism industry personnel, and nurses and biochemists (among many others).
Finding the right fit is easy. There are job boards and other regional Queensland Talent Communities that will help you find just the right role for you. You just have to get started.
The Queensland government has announced a $7.5 million ‘Work in Paradise’ package to help workers take up Outback jobs. From 1 July 2021, regional job seekers will receive a $1,500 incentive to relocate as well as $250 in travel vouchers. This covers the thousands of Outback jobs that are available in the areas (and on the site), including training and apprenticeship positions.
There is also AgMove, an Australian Government initiative that helps with costs for eligible people who relocate to take up short term agricultural work, including harvest work in Australia.
Without a doubt, Outback folk are pretty awesome. Despite the vast spaces (or maybe because of them!), the people who live and work in Outback Queensland are just plain friendly. Out bush everyone says ‘g’day’ with a smile and a pat on the back. You will definitely receive a warm welcome in the Outback.
Outback towns are full of real community spirit. There’s a strong sense of cohesion and of people pulling together in the bush. That means if you’ve got any troubles, there’ll be someone to help you out… always. They also really know how to have fun!
No traffic might not seem like such a big deal, but this is a huge drawcard for many people who are looking to relocate to regional areas. Getting to work is so easy and always takes the same amount of time. You never have to worry about when you should leave for a driving holiday to avoid the Friday afternoon traffic jam. Oh, and getting a parking space is absolutely never a problem.
Out bush you have the chance to learn new skills, or have new experiences, you wouldn’t be able to in the city. This might be in the type of job you do (cattle station hand anyone?) or simply in the lifestyle you can live (fishing for fresh Barra for dinner each weekend). Along with all the other quintessentially Outback skills you can pick up – like what Akubra to wear correctly.
With jobs in Outback Queensland, competent workers have the opportunity to advance their careers at a much faster pace. If you’re a chef you won’t spend years as a line cook in the hopes that someday a head chef position might open up for you. In the Outback there are plenty of jobs, and as long as you have confidence and initiative, they’re yours for the taking.
The pace in Outback Queensland is slower than in the city, and this applies to both your work and your life. People out here love the simple, slow life, and expect that you’ll be spending just as much time out on your tinny as you will stuck behind a desk or working the floor of the pub. The pressures and stressors of big city life are simply not part of the Outback way of living (and we’re glad about that).
There’s nowhere in the world that feels as free as the wide-open spaces of the Outback. And when it comes to adventure, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Whether you just want to stick with the things in your own backyard, or jump in your car for a bit of exploring on the weekend, there’s so much to do and see. Bilbies and Australian dinosaurs. Opal hunting, waterholes and gorges. Lakes, fishing and camp fires. And much, much more.
There really is something for everyone.
If you’ve ever considered living in Outback Queensland, there’s no better time than now. Your next job might be just a few clicks away.
Find your Outback Queensland job (and your new life of freedom and adventure) today!