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    Hey !

    Your right Cal it is worth all the effort, however it tests your resolve in so many and varied ways. Need to keep jumping those hurdles and eventually they reduce in size and maybe one day it's a walk in the park :cool:
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    Hey !

    Such a long time since I've posted anything to the forum, however I have replied to several private messages over the past few years. Almost 3 years now for myself and the family in Perth now, hope all that are already here a great Australia day on Saturday and those making the migration all the best. Be under no illusion it is not an easy transition for anyone coming here for many and varied reasons, but if it is the place for you and your family you will not be disappointed. OilDigger.
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    Dual Trading - Instrumentation

    Ste, Yes I'm in Oz, been here almost 16 months now. Working on a 2 n 2 roster in the pilbra region of WA. I'm home next week when I will have more time to compose a reply, if you would rather it be private leave me an email in my PM.
  4. I sure there are more than a few here who still have property and or savings in the UK and will be reluctant to move any of those assets across to Aus due to the current exchange rates. I was given some information lately that you can park your money in a sterling account and use the this cash to raise a mortgage here, has anyone used this option and what are the positives and pitfalls, the obvious advantage to me is not having to exchange the cash in the current enviroment.
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    Dual Trading - Instrumentation

    Sorry for the delay just bogged down with life at the mo. If you are wanting to stay in the instrumentation game then yes make sure it has electrial bias, as in that I mean an electrical qualification or degree. The electricians here who become inelecs just do a years conversion course. If your planning on staying as a tech then you should make sure you will be a able to apply for and do the 'A' grade electrical, without that ticket you won't get an inelecs license. Be aware they are offering training here in a big way for colledge leavers and due to the shortages I assume many will be pushed into the electrical route, so who knows what the demand will be in the future? The alternative is to do a degree and go into engineering or design, at pesent you don't need any licensing for this that I'm aware of as they class these as professional qualifications. Depending on your degree route I would try and find out if it will be recognised here, eg if it's OU or distance learning i'm not sure if they ill recognise them. if your rigging and scaffolding tickets are transferable you may be able to come here on them and do your studies in the Aussie system, you would't have any issues then. However I have found Australia normally has it's own equivalent rendering your Uk - European tickets invalid ie. CompEX to EEHA
  6. Only downside for you Karl is the licensing of sparks here, as electrical is regarded dangerous potential to life, as with gas fitters and you need to be licensed. You made be able to pick up work as trade assistant, basically working for someone on the cheap and have a qualified spark supervise you, so you will definatley remain an Indian. Altrnativley just go and do any work you can find. Take a look on British expats forum, they have a section especially for electrical trades and you may find some usefull info in there.
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    So rude!!!!!

    As you can see your not alone, the work situation here as worldwide is tight and they certainly do things differently here, from having to go through agents to get hired, or having to have a license or specififc australian registered qualification. I was talking with a recruitment adviser here yesterday who's husband is a very well qualified lawyer, even with her in recruitment they can't get him a job and he is now going back to university to gain Aussie quals. Lots of well qualified and motivated people with difficult stories and feeling 'what have I got to do here' and 'how much will this cost me' no easy answer I'm afraid, getting used to rejection is a bitter pill for us poms to swallow, well for me anyway. The old adage of it's always easier to find work in work rings loud when your chasing your tail and waiting on other people who continually dash your hopes. I think it's a case of not giving in, find out however difficult it is what your profession needs to work here and try to do it, we are not going to beat the systems here they produce to much revenue. Network with as many people as you can, my personality doesn't favour this but you have to try to do it, someone putting in a shout for you here is worth a lot. And as my wife says she would rather be struggling here than back in the UK. It's all very uncomfortable and stressful, but hopefully like many we get a break somewhere and begin to make a life in the country we chose to come to. Good luck with your endeavours :wink:
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    Potential Employers??

    Well done Jaybone and good luck, I think there was a post on here the other day about the Bass straight Inelecs being the highest paid tradies in OZ, so worth doing the six month course for that. Though I am gutted that the electrical tech's can do it in 6 months and I would have to do a full new apprenticeship, instrument stuff must be real easy in OZ I hope I will find out soon. If you come across any production op's jobs then let me know ;-))
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    Potential Employers??

    Jaybone, Production operations and instrument back ground offshore for 18 years, 7 with a major operator. I've been here 7 weeks now, tried like fury before we came but still getting dip **** in an industry that professes to be short of skilled personel. I keep hearing it's going ballistic around August, so who knows we may all get swept up in the rush. If you have project experience or contacts you may be in with a shout and if you have electrical qualifications then make sure you have all your quals with you and you may get to do your electrical license, you have to apply and ask permission first. With all the licensing **** here the system appears to work differently for anywhere else in the world. I'm still hoping I can break through and I do have contacts trying to help when they can, but with agents or front end HR portals and not engineers and managers to talk to getting through the barrier is a tough nut for sure. Good luck with your tour and job search.
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    Dual Trading - Instrumentation

    Much will depend on the recognition of your electrical content and to a certain degree which state you end up working in. I'm not an expert in this but from what I understand due to the lack of C & I training in Aus the vast majority of trainees do an electrical appreticeship then do a final year in instruments or a convertion course later in their career. This basically means that the jobs are advertised as Inlecs and you need the full electrical apprenticeship to be one, not much use considering there are catagories in the MODL for purely electronic inst techs. You should go through the TAFE and see if they can advise you on your electrical content, but I suspect that no matter what you do it's going to cost money and some extra training, ie just to do one of the 8 restricted licenses in WA, the instrument one, you must submit papers just to be allowed to sit the test and if your accepted it'll cost over 300 AUD for the test. That still won't get you a job as an inelec as you need a grade A electrical license for that, which I have recently been informed will become a renewable license every 5 years - it's all about money with the licensing over here. You may wish to try the British expats forum also with your research, there are several clued up electrical folk on there that may give you more in sight to this. You may also wish to research the vetasses courses ran in the UK, again these will cost you but you may be able to gain the necessary electrical competancies before you come to allow you to apply for the A grade license, which will of course cost you more money to take. Hope this helps.
  11. Nice one for blagging it, Emirtaes standard baggage is generous at 30 kg and 10 kg hand luggage we used all of that. Just remember no single case can weigh more than 32 kg's for manual handling. Did you work out the bill for your additional luggage if they had called your bluff ?, still I reckon once you have the confirmation email you are fairly bullet proof anyway. Loving it in Sunny and Dry Perth.
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    Moving To Perth 10?????

    Good luck to all currrently making the move, we arrived on Thursday 18th after 8 weeks or so of stressful activity - we new things would be tough but nothing can really prepare you for the efforts required to move yourself over. All starts again now we are here, more lists and organisation. Still it's been 30+ degrees since arriving and we had a great morning at mullaloo beach with the kids and friends yesterday, our son is 7 on Monday so more excitment for us all and I'm sure the party will continue from there. For those in the middle of the stress, keep going it does work out and you can come and see for yourself if this way of life is really the dream for you.
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    Perth U13 girls soccer north of river

    Thanks tazbear this should be a great help.
  14. Our daughter is currently playing U12 soccer for the diablos at cramlington juniors, for which she captains the side. Club News | Cramlington Juniors FC She is keen to continue when we arrive in February and is looking for any girls teams set up around the woodvale areas or generally NOR any information appraciated.
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    Snow on the driveway

    Well while we remain a hydrocarbon hungry world I'm sure we will continue to find employment and until those bright girls and boys find a suitable, sustainable and economical alternative it'll be keeping the wheels turning, heating on and lights burning.