Canberra - Post Report Question and Answers

What types of jobs do most expatriate spouses/partners have? Locally based or telecommuting? Full-time or part-time? Can you comment on local salary scales?

We both worked for the Embassy, but lots of spouses worked on the local economy - especially teaching. Telecommuting is pretty hard given the time difference (ranging from 14 to 16 hours from the US East Coast depending on the time of year), but I know someone who did therapy telecommuting for their whole tour. - Aug 2020

Tons, and the pay is much better than in the USA or anywhere else. - May 2012

Yes. - May 2011

Yes, especially if you are a school teacher with credentials for America or a nurse or doctor. - Dec 2010

YES. People who work on the economy make much more than working at the embassy. Even high-schoolers working part-time at the grocery store after school make more money per hour than most EFMS at the embassy. - Nov 2010

It's a very good place to work on the local economy. Pay scales were better than at the embassy. - Apr 2010

Yes, there are. - Oct 2009

Yes. - Apr 2009

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