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    As above. I've had fairly tokenistic medicals, I've had ones where I had to show I could pickup weights and do sit-ups, I've had full on ones that involve chest x-rays and hearing tests. They probably just want to establish that you can are fit for the job and aren't likely to get injured and claim compensation.
  2. Are you sure you're a citizen by descent and not a full citizen through your father? For people born before 1983 the rules are a bit different: the British government website states that: You became a British citizen on 1 January 1983 if both of the following apply: you were a citizen of the UK and Colonies (CUKC) on 31 December 1982 you had the ‘right of abode’ in the UK This includes people who were born in a British colony and had the ‘right of abode’ in the UK. It also includes people who: were born in the UK have been naturalised in the UK had registered as a citizen of the UK and Colonies (CUKC) could prove legitimate descent from a father to whom one of these applies. The last point would apply to you. I'm in the same boat too - I was born in Australia in the 70's but was granted full British citizenship through my UK-born father and my children are citizens by descent. I agree that the site is difficult to navigate and could do with a few "?" buttons when they start talking legal terms. Second the above and talk to a migration agent who would know the answer pretty much instantly.
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    Mechanical engineer HND foundation degree

    Check out Engineers Australia and they will have examples on what sort of jobs you can go for with that qualification. You wouldn't be classed as an engineer per se, but likely an engineering technologist or similar.
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    Advice on end of tenancy charges

    NSW Fair Trading refers a few times to the lease break fee being included in the lease agreement. As far as I can make out, if it's not written into the tenancy agreement you signed, the landlord cannot simply opt for it to be paid.
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    Did you get it sorted? The sites we stay up just use regular 15amp sockets (a normal 10 amp will fit and as long as you don't draw serious power will be fine. we normally just have a LED light and the Engel plugged in). I read somewhere that it's illegal to hook up a caravan using a 10 amp lead though. Your UK socket will not fit - I recall them being a round pin arrangement. We use a regular 15 amp lead (albeit a weatherproof one). There are some vociferous arguments on various camping forums as to whether you need this rating or that rating, though I've been on a lot of camp sites and yet to see any inspections happening.
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    Aussie Gold Hunters - Is it really that easy?

    Doesn't the human body have something like 10 ppb? Better off hanging around the cemetery.
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    Aussie Gold Hunters - Is it really that easy?

    I used to deal with a hobbyist on a regular basis who was convinced there was gold to be found locally. So he'd go collect rocks, get them assayed and bring me the results quite proudly that there was, in fact, gold present. Turns out he was taking samples from a rock wall down the harbour and the assay was showing amounts on the limit of detection at 2 parts for billion or something. But yeah, gold was there. Though i suspect the harbour master wasn't about to let him quarry the harbour wall.
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    Aussie Gold Hunters - Is it really that easy?

    Husband has a decent metal detector, so we consulted the geological maps to find rives with gold lodes up stream, found a likely area areas where gold is most likely to accumulate behind a boulder in the dry creek, cranked up the detector and "wooooooo" - something there. Dug down a bit, retested the site "wooopwooowoooooo". Something large. Dug down a bit more. And found a fork. Went home one fork the richer.
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    Engineering and overtime

    OH is currently a mechanical fitter / sheet metal welder in the mines. Those wages are from when he worked in town on that award. How it worked for him is that they did (and still do in new company) rotating shifts, originally he was 4/3 12 hour day, then went to something like 5/4 10 hour day, so they got loading for the effective daily overtime, plus weekend loading, plus public holiday loading (and a heap of others like tool allowance, commute allowance etc). So their yearly wage is forecast then divided into hours and that's what they got, so while the base salary worked out at 80k, the effective salary with all those loading factored in was a lot more. Whether whatever company you end up with does the same thing I can't say - and it's really confusing to work out to say the least. He got standard 4 week's hols then and 6 now (and because he's always done shifts with long breaks if he takes one week off effectively he gets 2-3 weeks' hols due to the breaks either end of the shift) but has to work through public holidays. If you want more info please feel free to PM me and I can ask him to clarify anything.
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    Engineering and overtime

    Hi Lavers. Slightly different circumstances as the OH is Aussie born and bred; he moved from country Victoria to regional QLD and found work without any particular issue - at the time there was a huge need for tradies in regional areas (as there is increasingly now), so I can't talk directly for Brisbane but the award will outline the basics wage so if you budget for that then any increase will be a bonus - you might see places advertise as "above award wages", and that's what they are referring to. Best of luck!
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    Engineering and overtime

    Those sort of jobs come under industrial awards - there's a sheet metal workers' award and a manufacturing and associated industries award among many. Google them and it will show the minimum wage that he's entitled to, plus penalty rates etc (there's a *lot* of numbers in these things so be prepared to plough through a bit). My OH was on the sheet metal workers award: his base salary was about $75k a year, but they did a 4/3 shift with 12 hour days which meant that there was penalty loadings, weekend and overtime loadings also applied which brought him up to about $110k without additional overtime outside of his shift. Overtime wasn't particularly common as they were already doing long days, but periodically they did a night swing which was 2 to 2.5 x pay. Bear in mind we are regional QLD and they had a fair bit of competition for tradies, but the basic award is still the same and he can't be paid less than specified.
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    House building

    Waffle slabs work, but generally under very specific conditions - do you have access to the site classification? If you do and it's and A or S and the site is flat and free-draining, there's no real issues. If you're on H or some M (since 2011 H has been divided into H1 and H2) you may potentially have problems. I say potentially, because if the house is 12 years old and the slab hasn't cracked you're probably in the clear; we see most structural problems arise in the first year or two as the house settles. There have been problems in some reactive clay areas where waffles were thrown in (cheap to build) during a prolonged dry spell, then when the rains returned and the soil expanded, they cracked. What's the local geology? if it's sandy or non-reactive fill then you should be alright. If there's clays around then really go over the walls and see if there's evidence of cracks that have been bogged up. You can normally expect fine ones around windows but anything a couple of mm wide is cause for concern. Don't instantly dismiss the place because of the slab - as a geotech we hold engineering liability for 13 years from construction, but make sure that the slab fits the land it's on.
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    That's fighting talk around here! Mackay is weirdly proud of the fact that the population is bigger than Rocky, though they have the edge when it comes to random cow statues. I do a fair amount of work in Rocky and have to say I'm impressed with the amount of investment and beautification that they've done, particularly along the river front. it's also the seat of a number of local government offices (if you are looking for Department of Mines and Department of Main Roads, I generally am). Plus as PQ says, there are some wonderful spots around there - Mt Morgan, the caves (whose name escapes me), good camping areas). But as previously mentioned, avoid the flood areas; they have been working on a levee in recent times but I can't say how far they've gotten with construction.
  14. Please don't take offence. I lived in Sydney, I was looking in Brisbane, and had the same experiences as you - couldn't get a foot in the door and literally two interviews in six months and moving to regional town is what I had to do to get employment. The cringe remark wasn't directed at you personally - you'll see loads of posts on here from people who are determined to live in a very specific area where there isn't necessarily the jobs they seek in the area. I've found very much that Australians value Australian experience, regardless of whether the acronyms and minutia of the job are applicable internationally. Once someone has that foot in the door - which may be gotten by living regionally, then doors open and people get a much broader area to choose from. You've had some positivity here so hopefully something will come your way soon
  15. I was unemployed for 6 months when I came over, couldn't get interviews as my experience was not local, in the end had to move to a regional city as in general they have trouble filling vacancies from Australian candidates. I cringe when i see posts saying "we want to move to X suburb"; you move where you can get a job and worry about where you actually want to live further down the line. I'd also be very wary about recruitment agencies, sorry to any genuine people who might be here, but I've found they tend to advertise and re-advertise the same job (at least in my field, which is not IT) to get people on their books which they will then occasionally hawk around; I read an advert from one once which effectively was one I had put on a jobsite a year or so before; they had taken off the logo but used the company slogan and everything - we weren't looking at the time either.