I currently live in Taunton, Somerset in the UK. My wife has applied for a Skilled Visa to live in the Canberra. We have got state sponsorship and have passed the health checks so we are expecting to get our Visa soon. We have applied for a Visa in Canberra because it was the only place we can get a Visa in Australia. It does look like a really nice place but I am finding the thought of moving very daunting as we have two children age two and four and I am worried about getting jobs, property, and finding decent schools for the kids. I am also amazed at how much some things cost in Australia. I looked at the eprice of cars and found that a car that would cost about £2000 in the UK costs about £3500 in Australia.
My main concern is that I am not sure if we will be able to get decent jobs. I was very hopeful of finding a job until I e mailed a job agency in Canberra. I work in IT and my wife works for local Government. I have been told that due to Federal Government being based in Canberra I would need to have security clearance to work in IT and for this I would need to be an Australian Citizen.
Does anyone have any experience of finding work in IT in Canberra? My wife will probably try to get an admin job to start of with but I am not sure if she will need security clearance to work in admin in Canberra.
I would also like to find out if there is allot of large employers in Canberra or is Local Government the main employer.
I am sorry to ask so many questions on my first visit.