I have office admin / management work experience from overseas but in Australia i worked in cleaning, fast food, market stall and for the last 2 years a stay at home mum. 2, 3 years ago I applied for some jobs related to my overseas experience but didn't get through to interview. All those times, I contacted my ex bosses to get their permission to be my referees and to update their latest contact details and of course no one contacted them.
Now DS is older and i did some training I want to give it a go again. Just found a public job that I love but they ask for at least 2 referees with titles, addresses, numbers clearly stated on resume. I'm a bit nervous to chase down ex bosses. Haven't talked to them much, mostly just small interactions on facebook and they're all over the world now. The one that would add the most value to be my referee is now a very big boss of a world wide organisation and i'm nervous to bother her. She doesn't want to give out her details without knowing who she'll be talking to, about what etc. Thing is if I get to the next 2 rounds, I don't mind because for sure they will be contacted but it seems a bit time wasting (for them) if i get knocked off early. My bosses in Australia who are franchisees of retail business, fast food... can be more accessible but I'm worried what they have to say may not be much relevant to what i'm applying for, like "lovesushi is very good at cleaning toilet and making burgers"
I'm after some advice and opinion what i should do. Was thinking about putting "Reference available upon request" but It's a council job so i'm worry if something in resume is not per request i won't get an interview.