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Regional Gap Year

Discover new places, make new friends, learn new skills, create memories that will last a lifetime – and get paid – by embarking on a Regional NSW Gap Year.

If you’re aged 17 to 24, have just finished school or university, are currently looking for a job, or just not sure what to do next, consider giving a gap year in Regional NSW a go.

Here you will find links to everything you need to know about where and when work is available in regional NSW, how to apply, how to travel to your new job, information about safety and your rights at work, and even some of the exciting things you can do while you’re there.

Camping on the beach at sunset

It’s a gap year that doesn’t require a passport. While COVID-19 has led to restrictions on international travel and a trip overseas might currently be off the table, there’s a world of experiences to be lived by visiting local towns and cities in your own backyard.

Employers are facing a huge shortage of workers because there are currently no backpackers or overseas workers to fill roles, so this is the ideal time to kick-start your adventure!

There are thousands of jobs to choose from -  whether you’d like the chance to spend time in the bush, up in the mountains or on the coast – picking fruit, vegetables or cotton, childminding, labouring, hospitality or even working as a lifeguard – your once-in-a-lifetime experience starts here.

Young people who take a gap year in regional towns have the chance to upskill in new industries, meet down-to-earth people, make new friends and be part of vibrant communities.

Live and work in thriving communities that are bouncing back after the toughest drought and bushfire season on record. The welcome mat has well and truly been rolled out and employers need an extra set of hands.

Discover what you can earn and what you can learn about regional NSW. See first-hand where your fresh fruit and veggies come from, make a local’s day with a barista made coffee, or get a high from some hard yakka on a building site and gain skills that will take you from the bush to the boardroom.

There’s spectacular, natural beauty on offer in regional NSW, from the outback to the lush rainforests in Northern NSW, to relaxed coastal towns and the stunning surrounds of the Southern Highlands. Camp under the stars in a swag, go for a bushwalk, or swim under a waterfall on your time off.

If you don’t have any experience, this could be a great way of getting some real-life job skills, experiencing the extraordinary and adding something meaningful to your CV. There is so much to see and do in regional NSW so don’t wait, start planning your journey today.

Check out the range of industries and job sites on this website and register your interest with the employers on the site. Have a simple CV prepared. 

The majority of jobs do not require previous experience or skills, but some do. 

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Please note: The Department of Regional NSW has developed this website to bring together useful information for young people thinking of working in regional NSW. The Department and NSW Government does not independently check information provided by third parties. You should do your own research and take steps to independently verify information available to you before deciding whether to accept a job you have found using this website.

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