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Frequently Asked Questions

Everyone has questions about working overseas and more specifically working in the South Pacific. Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you have a specific enquiry not listed in the questions below, please contact us by completing the "Contact Us" form or emailing

When will I find out what the resorts are when I apply for a role on Tropical Resort Jobs?

Once you have applied and your background has been evaluated and if you fulfil the broad criteria, you will be sent a series of questions to further ascertain suitability.  Based on your responses and potential for the roles(s), we will then be in contact to discuss the specific opportunities with you. 

Why do these resorts want applications from people from other countries?

Resorts in the South Pacific cater for international tourists and require a diverse mix of staff to cater to specific requirements. There may also be an insufficient level of skills available locally.  Most resorts are after top calibre skills and these can come from anywhere.

Will I need a work permit to work in the South Pacific Islands?

Yes, all nationalities need a work permit. If your application is successful, the resort recruiting for the role will apply for a work permit on your behalf. Please note that all employment contracts are subject to approval from the Immigration Department of the respective country you would be working in.

What other clearances are necessary?

Most countries need a Police and Health Clearance.  You will be required to provide personal details to undergo a full police check and also a full medical and health check to receive these clearances.  If you anticipate any issues in these areas, then these should be declared up front.  Normally those with Criminal Conviction or a medical condition requiring ongoing treatment will be refused entry.  These clearances are normally a prerequisite for the issuing of a work permit.

What qualifications and skills do I require for the roles listed on Tropical Resort Jobs?

Depending on the role, you will require recognised, professional qualifications in your discipline. Where qualifications aren't necessary, you will need to demonstrate a verifiable track record and provide referees who can attest to your abilities.  In the hospitality sector, most resorts will provide ongoing training and career development opportunities to successful applicants.

How does the remuneration level compare to industry standards in the hospitality sector?

It depends on the location and your qualifications, experience and the position for which you are applying.  Remuneration is comparative with industry standards in the hospitality sector in the broader region.

What working conditions can I expect if I worked full time on one of the resorts?

Resorts operate 24/7.  Whilst you are not expected to work 24/7, there are very few roles that operate 9-5.  This is due to the nature of working in a resort business where customer expectations and demands on the business can fluctuate.  Whilst the 24/7 nature of a resort can mean long hours, there is always time of for relaxation.

Can I live on site on one of the resorts should I be successful in securing a job?

Accommodation provision differs from resort to resort.  Your accommodation entitlement will be spelt out in any formal offer of employment.  It is common to offer initial short-term accommodation whilst longer term arrangements are organised.

What would I typically pay for accommodation in the South Pacific Islands?

Rental accommodation depends on the country but tends to be very affordable in comparison with the larger countries nearby, such as Australia and New Zealand.  On evaluation of interest, the employing resort can provide more information on the specific location.

What can I expect from life in the South Pacific Islands?

The lifestyle in the South Pacific Islands is much more relaxed compared to city life. Luxuries and conveniences that you may have become accustomed to are not always available in the South Pacific Islands. This relaxed lifestyle is one of the attractions of working in a resort location.  Generally life in the South Pacific revolves around outside activities and socialisation, and the pace tends to be much slower than larger countries. 

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