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  1. The Pom Queen

    Chefs Wanted in Australia

    The McGowan government’s ­decision to tear up the list that fast-tracked overseas workers to Western Australia has made it tough for Margaret River’s wineries and restaurants to put meals on customers’ plates during their peak new year trade. There are simply too few local chefs and trained kitchen staff to cope, says Amelia Park Tavern’s resident chef Gary Wilkins, who moved to Margaret River eight years ago for the relaxed lifestyle. “We’re struggling to get help and there’s a limited number of good local chefs,” he says. It has taken the importation of seven temporary chefs, one flown in from Sydney, to keep operating Amelia Park’s kitchen. “It costs management a lot more money to get people in,” Wilkins said. The labour cost — more than double the normal rate of about $25-$30 an hour — can reach nearly $100 an hour in some cases, when labour-hire company fees are included. Shortly after taking office, Premier Mark McGowan made good on an election promise to slash occupations that could be filled by overseas workers. He said changed economic conditions required local jobs to be kept open for the more than 90,000 unemployed West Australians, but his government’s cuts to the eligible skills list — from 170 occupations to 18, none of them hospitality jobs — has left the sector shorthanded. The government also withdrew Perth as a destination from the Regional Sponsored ­Migration Scheme, which offers incentives to lure foreign visa holders to less populated areas. Opposition tourism spokeswoman Libby Mettam said Perth’s hospitality industry was having difficulties recruiting staff as a result. “This is the first Christmas season for the hospitality and service industry where the impact of this shortsighted and ill-advised move is being felt,” she said. The changes have hit just as a wave of new hotels, bars and restaurants is helping to diversify WA’s resource-dominated economy. And with direct flights due to start between Perth and London, and Asian tourism on the rise, good hospitality staff “is high on the list of needs”, she said. “From a tourism perspective, there is no second chance in making an excellent first impression.”
  2. Being a 30 year old male, who has been living in Australia for the last 1/3rd of his life, I can safely say I love the country and prefer it over India – my birthplace and my homeland. I finished my Bachelors in Engineering back in India and was looking for options for places to pursue further studies and that offered future opportunities to develop a career. A good friend of mine suggested Australia as a fair land that offered multiple options and opportunities. I started researching about Australia on the internet, came across a lot of websites offering tons of information on Australia and what to expect once here. I distinctly remember a website www.pomsinoz.com that was super detailed and answered most of my questions to a great extent. The entire process of applying to universities and for a student visa was very simple and that’s when www.pomsinoz.com came in very handy. The best things I love about the country are fairness, multiple and varied opportunities, the welcoming attitude of people you meet, the political system, the influence and actions of police, the judicial system, the abundance of nature beauty the country offers and thousands of kilometres of the coastline. Ever since I have been here, the university I went, the part-time jobs I have had over time, whether it be working in hospitality or working the graveyard shift at a petrol station or working in a cleaning role, I have never had a bad racial experience, being a brown-skinned guy in a foreign country. I have always felt welcome and never had any negative experiences. In my current white collar job as an Operations Analyst, I feel very welcome, respected and listened to. I always get a fair say in the office and my opinions and ideas are considered with the importance that they deserve. In India, you are only respected if you have a Government job or if you are a doctor. Other professions are not given the importance and respect that they deserve. In contrast, Australia regards all professions equally and provides everyone a fair chance to earn money and provide for their family I love the sense of security that Australia offers via enforcement of the laws and rules and a fair judicial system. Unlike India, when I see a police officer around in Australia I feel safe and secure. I love the fact that the police are honest and not prone to bribery which is a huge issue back in India. I love how the people here are very obedient of the laws. For e.g. I have seen people stopping at a red light at 2am even when there is absolutely no one else on the roads. The Judicial system here is fair and super quick at arriving at a decision whereby in India, cases drag on for tens of years and most of the time never get resolved. I absolutely love the 5-day work week culture here as compared to the 6-day or sometimes 7-day work week back in India. The shorter work week gives everyone a chance to relax, rejuvenate and mingle with friends and family. This encourages better performance at work and thus a better output and results compared to someone working every single day without a break. I love the fact that the Aussies know how to relax whether it be gathering at a barbeque or going out for a couple of drinks or partying hard once in a while. I am proud of having very good Aussie friends who treat me as one of their own and not a migrant. Another thing I love about this place is the social events and gatherings that are organised. There is something available for everyone’s interests. Many events are kid-friendly and really entertaining. A lot of these happen in one of the many parks and gardens. These are very well maintained and a delight to hang out in. I love how Australia has a great sporting culture participating in so many different kinds of sports. All sports get their own importance and fans who follow them religiously. As compared to India where Cricket is only sport they know of. I like how Australians follow sports and encourage kids to participate in sports from a very early age thus promoting health and well-being in kids. And lastly, the best thing I love about Australia is the abundance of natural beauty Australia has to offer. Driving on the Great Ocean Road, camping at Warrnambool or the Grampians, skiing on Mt Buller, climbing up the Sydney Harbour Bridge, trekking in the Blue Mountains, wine tasting in the Barossa Valley, travelling on the Spirit of Tasmania are only some of the activities I have done and have been amazed with the beauty of everything. There’s lots more to do and I cannot wait to experience more different activities.
  3. Hello there, I am in the process of applying for my citizenship but I have come across an error while doing my online application through ImmiAccount. One of the items included in the application is the residence eligibility by way of using the residence calculator. I have been here in Australia since 2013 and while I have been deemed eligible and with the requirements "met" using the calculator, this doesn't seem to get me to go ahead with my application. Has anyone had the same problem? First Lawful Entry: 20 June 2013 (Tourist Visa) x 3 months PR granted: 23 February 2016
  4. Hi, please can anyone advise on this who perhaps has similar experience... I am British my decent, (born in Zimbabwe) so the only way I can pass British citizenship onto a new born child is if he/she's born in the UK. We have been living in the UK for 3 years and plan to move to Aus on a 457 visa. Our intention is to try for a baby while living in Aus. Do you know whether the baby would be able to get British Citizenship if born in Aus? I know that the baby would be added to our 457 visa if born there, but was wondering whether I could get him/her a Brit passport. It would have been more straight forward if I was born in the UK, as I know then the baby would definitely be eligible....however that's not the case Many thanks
  5. Jack123

    Moving to OZ as a Plumber

    What are the requirement for plumbers to move to Australia? It say's you must have the required skills/qualifications' but it doesn't say what they are. Any information is appreciated
  6. Hi community Thank you for accepting me to this forum, amazing topics over here. I have been offered a job in Sydney with 100.000$ (QA Engineer 7 years experience) as a yearly gross salary. Is it enough for a good living, taking in consideration : - Married and wife is not working. - Have to travel to Spain twice a year for family and parents visit. - Be able to save some money and do some activities over the weekend. I've seen the renting prices are high, what do you think ? Thank you for the help
  7. Peng

    How hard is it to migrate?

    How hard is it to migrate to Australia? I'm an 18 year old that in 3 years is planning to move to Australia. June of 2016 I spent 14 days there and fell in love with the country. I'm currently getting my associates in IT at a technical college which should help. Open to recommendations as to what I should do to make it a better and easier experience. Working holiday visa for a few years, waiting a few years, etc... let me know!
  8. More and more Brits who go to live down under end up coming back to live here (uk). Why? http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/02/australia-too-boring-emigrate I also find it too boring:dull::SLEEP:
  9. Rocky99

    Visa 189 External Auditor

    Hi Lads, I am shortly awaiting outcome of Skill assessment from IPA and planning to submit EOI under External auditor category for 189 visa. I am currently on 70 points (assuming all find in the skill assessment). Can you advise whether accountant were invited at all in the last couple of rounds and if yes, what was the cut-off? Is it worth waiting for bar to come down to 70 or I should re-appear PTE to target 79? Thanks million.
  10. Rbuk17

    Tourist visa after WHV

    Has anyone flow to New Zealand after their first year on a working holiday and come back to Oz on a tourist visa? If so how easy is it to do so/ are they strict on letting you back in? My WHV ends at the end of November but my mum and dad are coming for Christmas and new year to visit family so obviously want to be here with them for that. 1. Can I book return flights from SYD to NZ? Will I get pulled up for not having a valid visa for oz when I enter nz? Obviously I'm applying for that when I get there. 2. Do I need to get a visitor visa for nz or not? I'm a UK citizen so says online I qualify for visa waiver but other sources say I need a visa for nz if I'm going there to renew a visa for another country? Thanks in advance.
  11. Work with industry leaders and the latest equipment National training budget for all employees Brisbane-based Our client is Australia's largest diesel fuel injection and turbocharger company with 11 branches across Australia. The Position Reporting to the Branch Manager and working with a team of skilled technicians, you will be responsible for servicing and repairing fuel injection pumps and injectors. Skills Duties will include: Disassemble, clean and inspect pumps and injectors Repair, service and calibrate components Accurately record and report job details The Person Our client is looking for an experienced technician who is honest and reliable. Other requirements include: Minimum 7 years (post apprenticeship) pump room experience Ability to show on-going and recent Bosch training certificates Ability to repair all current FI pumps (including all Bosch inline pumps & governors, P-size, Bosch & Denso common rail, EP44s) Experience using EPS815 and AVMPC2 Diagnostic skills The ability to work unsupervised Experience in organising service jobs would be highly regarded. Remuneration will be based on skills and industry experience. This position is permanent full-time and can include employer sponsorship (457 visa) for the successful applicant. If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please send me a private message for my contact details. John Young - Recruitment Specialist AMVL International Recruitment http://www.amvljobs.com
  12. Coupleinoz

    Help with big decision

    Irish and English couple, aged 33 and 29. Living in Melbourne for 4 years, we both met out here 3 years ago. Recently applied and granted permanent residency. Our plan was to stay for another 2 years to get citizenship and then move back home to get married and start a family. We would then have the flexibility to move back to Australia in our late 30's / early 40's (e.g. when the children are ready for school). The complication for us is the recent change from 2 years to 4 years to apply for citizenship. It makes decisions about where and when to get married, buy a house and start a family a lot harder. We are also struggling with getting good, unbiased advice (for example; family want us back home, friends in Australia want us to stay etc). A lot of peoples point of view doesn't go deeper than the immediate, emotional layer and we need to try and move beyond this. We would like some thoughts on two options we are currently working through: 1. Move back to UK or Ireland within the next few months, with the plan to return within the 5 yr return visa allowed with permanent residency. During our time at home we would likely buy a house and get married (maybe have a child or wait until we get back to Australia - tbc!). On return, we would be settling in Australia and get our citizenship this route. We like this option as our preference is to spend our 30's back with close friends and family. There is obviously a risk with this option that we would not return (and most of our friends believe we won't). 2. We stay for the 4 years and get our citizenship (at this stage we would be 38 and 34). After we get our passport we would likely head back to UK / Ireland for a number of years. During the 4 years, we would want to get married, put our savings down (e.g. buy a house or shares) and maybe even have a child. We would likely organise the wedding from Australia but go back to get married in the UK. On the plus side, we are here now and we will get to citizenship quicker. On the downside, we won't be able to spend these important years with friends and family. Overall, we only know life as a couple living in Australia (as we met here). So although we love it, we don't know what a life would be like living back in UK or Ireland. Add in buying a house, getting married and starting a family during this time - and the decision gets more complex! Thoughts?! What else should we be thinking about to help our decision?
  13. Hi guys. Can anyone help explain a bit about the new skilled migration visas. I know there is a medium to long term skilled occupation list(up to 4 year visa) and a short term skilled occupation list (up to two year visa). If your occupation is on the short term list, after the 2 years that you are given do you HAVE to leave the country? As I know you can no longer apply for PR after this visa. What other options are there after your 2 years on this visa are up?
  14. lebowski.junior

    Project builder

    Hi greetings to all! I hereby pursuing Masters in project management in Australia and graduated as an Bachelor of Architect from India. And also got one year of experience from an architectural firm. As per SOL 2017, Architecture is the course listed for skilled occupancy but not project management. So I consulted few migration agents, they said that I can access my current course through VETASSESS. But I'm not sure which occupation should I choose? Architecture Project builder Construction project manager. Please guide me. Thanks.
  15. Hi guys, first post here! Okay, so basically, I'm wondering what the best way to do this is. I would like to apply for a partner visa subclass 309 (the one which ends with permanent residency after 2 years) so I can live in Australia with my girlfriend (she's the Aussie) and also be able to travel back and forward to the UK without having to get a different visa each and every time. We are both currently in the UK, and she has until June 30th 2018 until her UK working holiday visa expires and has to go back to Australia, and obviously I want to go too! Problem is, on the Aussie immigration website, it says the current processing time for the 309 temporary visa is 70% completed in 13 months, and 90% in 16 months. June is only 10 months away. What's the best way to go about this? Is there a different visa I can get to go to Australia in June next year and apply for my Partner Visa? Am I even allowed to travel to Australia on a separate visa whilst my partner one is being processed? Or is it better to go to Australia on a 6/12 months visitor visa, then apply for my partner visa whilst I'm there (if that's even allowed)? Thank you so much in advance! This is a confusing and slightly stressful process, but obviously so, so worth it.
  16. Recently i got an opportunity to work in australia and my employer is giving me sponsorship for that . but i read somewhere that if you had any caution , your visa may rejected .As i got a "simple caution", for sexually assault in u.k. , but it was not intentional , i never had experience with alcohol before and my friends gave me that in coke (coca cola - soft drink ) and i was not aware about that . And i had no knowledge the night before . next day i did not recall anything .I was in London only for a year and working for a bank . it was only 3 weeks before my friends ask me to join them at London Bridge , but before leaving they ask me to have dinner with coke and that was mix (alocohol) and i never had any experience before so it taste different (sweet and fizzy ) after that i did not recall anything after that .I never had any criminal background or any caution in last 29 year , this was first time will this effect my future or visa
  17. The Pom Queen

    Lidl coming to Australia

    One of the world's biggest retailers continues to register trademarks in Australia, despite insisting it has no plans to set up here. German discount supermarket Lidl – which will open stores in the US next month, offering up to 50 per cent off rivals' prices – has trademarked the words LIDL TO GO and LIDL YOU. LIDL TO GO is the chain's convenience assortment. LIDL YOU is a streaming service. A Lidl representative told Fairfax Media the chain had "no plans" to enter Australia. It's speculated Lidl is keeping open the option of launching here, once it has bedded down its aggressive US expansion. Lidl is owned by the privately held Schwarz Group, one of the world's largest retailers, which also owns discount department store Kaufland. Until last year, Lidl planned to open in Australia and emulate the success of its arch-rival Aldi. But Schwarz Group chief, under executive Klaus Gehrig, decided Lidl would focus on the US and Kaufland would head Down Under to increase its international sales. Michael Bate is the head of retail at Colliers International, which conducted research for Lidl about the Australian market. Mr Bate said Lidl was initially excited by Australia but concluded the market was too small and too concentrated, and was now focused on the US. He said Lidl was "hedging its bets" by continuing to register brands here. The LIDL YOU application was lodged after Kaufland confirmed in November it was looking for land and staff in Australia. Lidl has applied for thousands of trademarks in Australia since the year 2000, around the time Aldi set up here. Last year it applied for trademarks covering hundreds of products, held talks with the Victorian government, and contacted suppliers. It's understood Schwarz Group plans to launch a bespoke Kaufland in Australia, rather than use its German or Eastern European formats. It's unclear when the first Kaufland stores will open here, although it's speculated it will be several years from now. After years of competing, Fairfax Media understands Lidl and Kaufland are now being encouraged to work together and share resources at a top level.
  18. Har00n

    Motorbike Licence Questions

    Ok... here's a strange question that might be easy to answer, but I cant find the answer online anywhere. I'm going back to Scotland at the end of August. I've got a full UK Car licence, and had passed my CBT for motorbikes but left for Australia before actually sitting my test. In Australia, i got my bike licence, unrestricted, and have been riding big bikes for over 5 years... Now, i know i can convert an australian licence to a UK licence, but i already have a uk licence. I just need my Motorbike entitlement added to my UK licence, so i can get insurance when i buy a bike when i get back home. Is that possible? is it just a form? im guessing ill have to take a trip to the local DVLA office, no big deal, kjust thought id ask here in case someones been through the same process at all?
  19. i'm currently on a student visa which is going to expire in september 2017 and i still haven't been able to finish my course not even half way. i have 65 points without nomination(age=30,degree=15,pte=20 261313 software and applications programmer). my question is if i voluntarily cancel my student visa and go back to my country after submitting EOI, will it have any effect on my 189 application outcome? i'm very confused about whether to extend my student visa(going through financial hardship) or cancel my student visa. i don't have much time and any help would be appreciated thank you
  20. I entered all the details it asked for and I got stuck at Page 4. One of the following issues is preventing this application from continuing: The applicant does not hold an appropriate visa. The applicant cannot be identified. The applicant will not be able to continue. The applicant should review the eligibility information on our website. Please help! Thanks in advance.
  21. I've seen this question asked a few times now so thought I would supply as much info on this matter as possible. Aussie power outlets are the same as the UK. 230-240 volts. Plug sockets are very different however, but you can get around this issue with an adaptor plug. If you have a High Definition Digital Television, even though Australia and the UK both use the PAL system to broadcast Analogue and Digital TV signals, there is still a good chance your UK bought TV may not work when you get here. First up...Analogue TV sets Australia and the UK both broadcast in PAL, but they are differing variations of PAL. This means the audio has different frequency properties and so, more often than not your UK TV (set up for PAL I) will not be able to receive the audio component of the signal from Australian transmitters (broadcast in PAL G). Secondly... High Definition Digital TV sets... Similar issue. The vision will be received fine by your HD telly, but the sound will more than likely be corrupted by the DIGITAL signal output by Aussie TV stations/broadcasters. The reason is that the UK and Australia ouputs digital audio in different digital based formats. Some in AC3 and some in mpeg which is a similar audio format to DVD audio. I should stress however that SOME very new Digital TV sets may have an option menu to change this audio system setting for receiving Digital TV signals in other worldwide areas, but unless you can check this out for sure on you particular model of Digital TV, it is best to sell it and start again with buying a NEW one here in Australia. It is also a good point to remember that the ocean can be rough, and you may need to wrap your precious telly-box in at least a foot of bubble-wrap before placing it into a container for shipping. Screen components on LCD and Plasma TV's are very fragile! In summary...sell your UK set before moving here and buy a new one in Australia when you arrive. LCD and Plasma Digital High Def TV's appear to be much cheaper here than in the UK, and if you purchase one here you will have peace of mind that everything will function properly, and that your vision AND audio will be crystal clear. My YG :idea:
  22. So I'm wanting to move to Australia, permanently. I plan to get a two yearly working holiday visa, and then after this - what are my options? I'm an exotic dancer so I really don't have a career path. While in Australia I'd like to do some beauty courses. Ultimately I'd like to set up my own business which is very doable, weather it's mobile, in home or small store.Is there a visa for me to start a small business and stay in Australia after the two year working holiday visa? Or what are my options, if any, to permanently move and live in Australia?
  23. Hi, me and my sister are both over 18, and are dependent in a de facto(temporary) visa application for our mom and her partner. We stated that we are still studying as to why we are dependents even if we're over 18. We lodged the application last Dec 2016 and we're still waiting for the approval til now. We're currently in a tourist visa in australia. My first question is: how likely is it that our visa will get approved? We've been waiting for 6 months now, and we havent heard from them yet. this end month, our tourist visa will expire and i am planning on going back to our country but my sister and mom are planning on extending for another 3 months. My next question is: is me going back to our country alone and separated from my mom and sister will affect the decision of the embassy to our application? please help. Thank you!
  24. VanDana

    Work Visa

    When these two countries Work Visa Start process, duration, cost,job,where I start process which agency,etc
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