Shortlist announced for Australia’s best jobs

24th Apr 2013
Written by: Macca Sherifi

Shortlist announced for Australia’s ‘best jobs’

150 people in with a chance for one of Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’

After weeks of campaigning and hundreds of thousands of entries, Tourism Australia have finally announced their shortlist for the ‘Best Jobs in the World’.

More than 350,000 people from 196 countries expressed an interest for the positions in a hugely successful campaign.

Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said the quality of the videos received had exceeded expectations.

They include a spoof 007 video for the park ranger job offered in Queensland, an applicant for the taste master job in Western Australia singing for his supper and a video for the chief funster role in NSW delivered in rap (which is quite honestly just awesome).

Most of the short-listed applicants came from the US, followed by the UK, Australia, France, Canada and Italy.

23 Brits are shortlisted and Andrew said: “Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ competition has clearly struck a chord with Brits, and I know there are some fantastic entries from the UK in the mix.

“Now it’s time for the short listed contestants to show the UK public what they’re made of. We’re looking for great storytellers, someone adventurous, inspiring – a person eager to jump into the role and soak up all Australia has to offer.”

A team of around 20 people made up of current and former Tourism Australia staff and people brought in from creative and media agencies watched the video applications after undergoing rigorous training.

Entries were judged against a comprehensive selection criteria, including English language proficiency, creativity and originality.

Mr McEvoy said the ultimate aim was to get more people to come to Australia for a working holiday and a Facebook page promoting working holidays in Australia shot from around 50,000 fans to more than 400,000 since the competition was launched.

The short-listed candidates now have two weeks to submit references to support their application.

Judges from each state and territory tourism board will decide the 18 finalists – three for each job – who will be invited to Australia in June to take part in formal interviews, tests and challenges.

How many entries have you watched? Let us know which one is your favourite!

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