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Excerpted from the Australia Career Guide

In Australia there are two methods of finding employment: formal and informal. The formal method is facilitated by applying for positions advertised in newspapers or on websites. While this is a good way to find leads on jobs, many positions are not advertised — they’re filled through the informal method, sometimes referred to as the ‘hidden’ job market. For jobseekers in Australia, creating contacts and having referral networks is very important.

Business Organizations

Business and Professional Women Australia (BPW)
BPW is an international organization that educates and informs women, undertaking research and projects aimed at making a positive difference for women. It works to raise the status of women and encourage them to become well-informed and active at local, national and international levels. Membership in BPW provides opportunities for business and professional women to network, access mentors, develop skill sets and participate in forums to discuss issues of concern with like-minded and diverse women. BPW lobbies governments at all levels — including the United Nations, where it holds Special Category Status on current and emerging issues of importance to women. There are clubs located around Australia; click on ‘Find a Club’ on the home page to find information on each club, including meeting times and locations.

Tel: +61 3 9895 4487
Fax: +61 3 9898 0249
Email: bpwaust@bpw.com.au

Professional Associations

Information Technology

Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)
The AIIA represents IT and telecommunications organizations in Australia, providing advocacy and promoting the ICT industry. The website provides useful links, information on seminars and conferences, and IT employment opportunities. This association is for organizations and business entities; however, it also offers individual memberships in five specific groups.

Tel: +61 2 6281 9444
Fax: +61 2 6285 1408
Email: admin@aiia.com.au


Engineers Australia
Engineers Australia is the largest engineering association in Australia, with approximately 70,000 members. It administers the national registry for engineering. It has been in operation since 1919 and provides a wide range of benefits, facilities and services. The association offers resources, networking events, industry news and professional development activities.

Tel: 1300 653 113
Fax: +61 2 6273-1488
Email: memberservices@engineersaustralia.org.au

Accounting and Finance

Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA)
FINSIA is the top professional body for general financial services. It was formed in 2005, when members of the Securities Institute of Australia (SIA) and the Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance (AIBF) voted in favor of merging into one organization. With more than 17,000 members, the association represents the entire spectrum of financial services, including the wealth management, banking and finance, and capital markets sectors.

Tel: +61 2 9275 7900
Tel: 1300 346 742 (within Australia)
Email: membership@finsia.com

Business Management and Marketing

Australian Institute of Management (AIM)
AIM is Australia's largest professional body for managers, with more than 25,000 members from more than 5,000 businesses. The institute is best known as Australia's largest private provider of management training and consultancy services. AIM hosts regular meetings and networking events to provide a forum for experts in a variety of specialties to share their knowledge.

Tel: +61 2 6120 1900
Fax: +61 2 6273 3212
Email: enquiry@aim.com.au

Industry Organizations and Councils

Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute (AMTIL)
The Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited is the peak national body representing the interests of manufacturing technology suppliers and users within the precision engineering and advanced manufacturing sector. AMTIL, formed in 1999 from a merger of the Institute of Machine Tools Australasia and the Australian Machine Tool Association, offers a number of services for the industry. Its beneficiaries include manufacturers, importers, distributors and general manufacturing technology companies.

Tel: +61 3 9800 3666
Fax: +61 3 9800 3436
Email: info@amtil.com.au

Union and Labor Organizations

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
The ACTU, formed in 1927, is made up of 46 affiliated unions representing around 1.8 million workers. There is a branch of the ACTU in each state; these are generally called ‘labor councils.’ The ACTU guards the interests of its members by ensuring employers observe minimum wages and working condition requirements, as well as equal pay, long service leave, paid holidays, periodic wage increases and other labor-related issues. It also publishes occupational health, safety and labor-related materials.

Tel: +61 3 9664 7333
Tel: 1300 362 223 (within Australia)
Fax: +61 3 9600 0050
Email: help@actu.org.au

Networking Groups

Rotary International
Rotary International is an organization of Rotary clubs, each comprising business and professional men and women united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. It is organized by district, and these are located in all states and territories of Australia. In each district there are several clubs; information about each can be found at the website address above, in the section on ‘Districts.’

Tel: +61 2 8894 9800
Fax: +61 2 8894 9899
Email: risppo@rotary.org

Chambers of Commerce

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)
ACCI is Australia's largest and most representative business association, and serves as the nation’s peak council of business organizations. The organization speaks at a national and international level on behalf of the nation's state and territorial chambers of commerce, as well as regional industry and national industry associations from all sectors of the economy. The website provides many research publications; users also can sign up to receive an email newsletter.

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Commerce House
Level 3, 24 Brisbane Avenue
Barton, Australian Capital Territory 2600
Tel: +61 2 6273 2311
Fax: +61 2 6273 3286
Email: info@acci.asn.au

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Australia Guide.

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