This is Part 3 in our three part series on employment in Cairs. Read Part One and Part Two. 


Obtaining a part-time position could pave your way into sustainable employment. For example, one of the top industries for part-time and full-time employment is the retail trade industry. So, if you see a part-time opportunity, why not give it a go?

After all, you could be opening the door to further opportunities and even get full-time employment out of it.


Thinking about seasonal work?

You can search and apply for jobs all year round in Cairns, however if you want to optimise your opportunities, then ‘peak season’ in Cairns is the best time to look for work – whether that be seasonal or not.

During the months of April – November ‘peak season” occurs primarily as a result of minimal rainfall and non-tropical monsoons less likely to occur. This results in a boost in tourism as other Australian states escape their winters.

Choosing the right time is as much about time of year as time of day. For seasonal workers looking for such things as farm work or hospitality and tourism, you need to know the right time of year to apply.


Seasonal job examples

 Job Location Time of year
Sugar cane planting  All regions in Cairns June – November
Pumpkin and watermelon picking Tully October – December
Mango, lychee, avocado  and banana Mareeba November – February
Bananas and sugar Innisfail/Tully December – January


So, keeping seasonality in mind when looking for work is extremely important especially for somewhere like Cairns.

For casual workers looking for retail or restaurant positions, choosing the right time of day is just as important. You can’t show up during the dinner rush at a restaurant and expect to get anyone’s full attention, so pick your time wisely.

Although majority of this work is part-time as opposed to full-time, getting your foot in the door to build your skills will also help you gain the employment you want. It’s also a great opportunity to test the waters and figure out what you like and what you don’t like, before you jump right into full-time employment.

After all, you never know, part-time work may suit you better and work in well with your lifestyle as you will have more flexibility.


Making it easy to find work in Cairns

There are a few ways to make it easier on yourself when trying to find employment in Cairns. One way is to work with a Disability Employment Service provider, like CoAct.

CoAct has several Service Partners that offer Disability Employment Services across the Cairns region.

At CoAct we specialise in getting you the right information and connecting you to the right people, building your confidence and giving you the support that you need to find the right job sooner. From putting your resume together, matching your skills and interests to jobs in your area of Cairns, to getting you interview-ready and beyond, we are here to help you succeed.

Our team will work closely with not only job seekers, but businesses and community partners, to create pathways for people with disability to obtain sustainable, meaningful employment.


Want to get in touch with our friendly, local Cairns regional teams?

Here are the details for our local Service Partners for Cairns City and the sub regions: Cairns City, Innisfail, Mossman, Atherton, Port Douglas, Tully and Yarrabah.


Other ways to find work in Cairns

  • Local newspapers Cairns Post – Jobs are advertised daily in the Cairns Post Classifieds. Stay up to date here.
  • Local online job advertising tools (Seek, Indeed, Gumtree, etc.) where you can search for fulltime, part-time/casual work daily and you can even split it by the sub region you live in
  • Social media – There are a few Facebook pages available that post advertisements.


Ready to partner with a job provider that knows Cairns?

Register with CoAct today! When you register with CoAct, your employment needs are our number one priority, no matter your story. You’ll get tailored one-on-one support with local, friendly staff who have a genuine interest in helping you on your road to success.




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