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  1. Extending working holiday visas so backpackers can stay and work longer in agricultural jobs could make a difference to the chronic labour shortages facing Australia’s farming and rural sectors.Currently, backpackers under the age of 30 can visit Australia for 12 months under 417 visas where they are permitted to work six months of that time to help supplement their holidays. The time-frame can be extended to 24 months if the backpackers work in regional areas for three months, while using their first visa. Australia has reciprocal working holiday visa arrangements with the UK, Ireland, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea. Working holiday arrangements under the 462 visa classification also exist between Australia and Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Turkey, Chile and the US - encouraging cultural exchanges and closer ties. However, when those visas expire, rural employers often face the conundrum of having to let good workers go, having trained them and developed solid working rapports - even with a local labour shortage. They can apply for a 457 visa which allows businesses to employ non-Australians under sponsorship arrangements, to fill voids in certain skill sectors. Under those rules, workers can spend four years employed in an Australian business, bring family with them and travel to and from the country freely. The workers must be sponsored by an employer and have certain skills, qualifications, experience, and an employment background, matching the position’s requirements. They must also demonstrate a certain level of competence in speaking English; be eligible for any relevant licences or registrations required for the nominated position; and have health insurance. AgriLabour Australia business development manager Luke Brown said extending 417 and 462 working holiday visas, by as little as 12 months, would make an immediate difference to help relieve the massive workforce shortages in rural and farming areas.
  2. sadsmile23

    Wanted down under

    Hi, I've been avidly watching the Wanted Down Under series this week. Just want to know if anybody else thinks the same as me tho - the family on Wednesday programme were looking at WA, now they said at the beginning of the property search they had £180k to bring over and would like to buy without a mortgage, lets see what you get for your money. In the voiceover, Nadia whatsername says you can get 4bed family house in Rockingham area for around £200k. Now my ears prick up, coz we fancy that area, sounds a decent price, looking forward to this! WHY oh WHY then, do they show them houses (lovely as they were) for nothing under £260k????? Is it to make the programme look good, fancy newly renovated or new build houses, but what about us that live in the real world and want affordability??!!:arghh: Sorry about me ranting, its just i would really like to see what the average joe bloggs could really afford! By the way, im from yorkshire, got a pretty low mortgage here and we are (apparently) notorious for being tight with money here, so maybe that explains why im so peeved!! lol. :biglaugh:
  3. Hello, Im a gas engineer from the UK, i have been in Oz for a few months now and looked for work since I landed. Ive applied for over 100 positions and get very few responses. Before leaving the UK I applied for a number of jobs but didnt get any resonse, I thought it was because I was not in the country. Since arriving things havnt changed much. Does anyone know of any trainee positions available? Im willing to do anything and work anywhere (FIFO, mining, relocate...) to get my foot in the door and show my true potential. Any advice would be a great help Thanks in advance Liam
  4. Hi Everyone! I'm new to poms in oz and thought I would give this a shot to see what advice I can get! So, I am currently in Brisbane on a international student visa and have just completed the Certificate III in children's services. I would really like to work and live in Australia and really do not know what route to take next?! Does anyone know whether if I go onto doing the Diploma of children's services will I be any more eligible to get a permanent visa?? If I go through the skilled migrant option do you need higher qualifications such as bachelor degrees rather than Diplomas?? My partner is also over with me and is also from the UK and he is currently the de-facto partner on my student visa which expires in March. I'm really worrying as Ive kinda been putting things off ignoring the fact my visa expires and I will have to go home! I'm running out of time :unsure: If anyone has advice please help me........ Thankyou!!! :cute:
  5. Hi Guys, Just a quick message, to ask if someone could tell me if the 12 month working holiday visas counts towards anything regarding Migration. As me and the missis have had a 12 months working holiday visa, and are granted another. So when the time comes for me and the missis to move would any of that information i.e 2 years living & working in australia count towards anything @ all??
  6. Hi all, I am a paediatric nurse and am looking at applying for a job at North Shore Hospital, Ramsay Health Group, as they are advertising for paediatric nurses. Does anyone work for the Ramsay Health Group, especially this hospital or in paediatrics. I would like to know a bit more about the hospital as the website doesn't include the paediatric ward, and are they a good company to work for? Thanks, Tracey
  7. Guest

    Employee sponsorship.........

    Hi all, My fiancé and I are already in Australia, Perth to be exact. We are having trouble finding any kind of permanent employment due to our visa (which is a working holiday!!) I'm an insurance broker and my fiancé is in construction. Let me give you some background info: whilst we were in the Uk we attended an Australian Migration open day with representatives from all over Australia. We were told by these representatives that the best way to enter Australia was on a working holiday visa and then obtain employee sponsorship. Now, whilst I can understand the risk in taking us on (from the employer perspective) I didn't expect there to be a flat refusal. I suppose my question is: is this just a western Australia thing? Would it be easier to gain employee sponsorship on the east coast? There seems to be a lot of red tape over here!! Does anyone have any experiences or info on this? Equally I've got a good mind too tell the organisers of the Australian open day that they are handing out duff information!!
  8. Hi Im looking into getting a visa for Australia, as my skills are currently in great demand and im sure i could get a job offer (I work in Advanced NDT/Welding Inspection) However i got a Drink Drive ban aged 22, a Drunken Disorderly aged 24 ... then when i was 32 i got a racially aggravated public order conviction (involved an argument in a bank over bank charges, judge said there was no racial aspect other then the bloke was a lovely Muslim), and finally a section 4 public order offence aged 34 (im now 36). The problem is the last conviction in that i was innocent and unbelievably got found guilty as it involved my word against 2 coppers as one of them punched me several times in the face whilst handcuffed so i refused to plead guilty to a lesses charge which would have got me a fine, i then refused to do community service so i got a 6 week jail sentence. Now my record is all for stupid little things but has anyone with a similar record got a visa or been refused a visa, ive called a couple of numbers of companies who arrange visas but the people on the phone have said youll find out when you apply ... which is fairly obvious. If anyone has insight id be grateful. PS I only want to work in OZ my job is a 3 week on week off rotation where i will live in SEA, which is the best visa to live this way.
  9. Hi everyone, it looks as if I'm going back to school as I can get in on a student visa !! So excited, can't wait to get my teeth into my studies! I have a question though,(or two!) on a student visa apparently you can work 40 hours a fortnight, does anyone know if that can be self employed work? Asking because I train dogs currently and would love to continue to do that while I carry out my studies. I don't seem to be able to find information on this anywhere? Also from what I can see, a student visa is very easy to apply for and the colleges/Uni's etc seem to be incredibly helpful, so am I still best to use a migration agent or is that overkill for a student visa? Love to hear all your experiences and opinions, so please reply !! Clare x
  10. hi, I'm starting work in Ipswich in January but am in a major panic.... where do we put the kids in school (16 &13) and where is nice to live? I don't mind a commute of up to 30 minutes. any advice gratefully recieved.
  11. Hello everyone Apologies for my naivety but this is my first post on this forum and I would really appreciate some advice. I am a recently qualified chartered accountant from N Ireland and my other half is a joiner with approximately 10 years experience. We are seriously fed up with life at home and are considering a move to Australia in February 2011 on a 12 month working holiday visa. Will we both be able to secure work without much hassle? I have a feeling Paul will be able to find something more easily than me? Would employers consider someone on a working holiday visa for temporary accountancy jobs? We are pretty sure that we will go to Perth but if jobs are more likely to be readily available elsewhere then we would of course go wherever we have most chance of getting work. Is there any way that we could secure work before we leave home? If not, where do we start looking for employment when we get there? Also, if we love life in Oz what are the chances of securing a 2nd year working holiday visa having worked in the construction and accountancy sectors? I'm sure these are probably pretty basic questions but we really do need some help, we have only just begun our research and it is an absolute minefield!! Thanks in advance
  12. HI EVERYONE! just wanna say this forum is awesome! Right now I'll explain my situation... lived in oz for 8 months on a working holiday visa where i kinda fell in love with the country and a girl (she's a kiwi) but she's living in Melbourne and i wanna go back desperately for ever or atleast another year! I was just wondering how long i have to wait to get another working holiday visa for oz or if its even possible?? I know that if i get one of them i could try and get sponsered while over there again by an employer or my great auntie that lives over there. My profession is in the Media Industry and I'm university educated (don't know if that even matters) but any suggestions what so ever would be greatly appreciated! what do you guys think my best best is regarding eventually getting residency in oz??? Thanks Alot Scott
  13. hi everyone, wondering if you help me at all. I am a children's nurse with 12 months experience in a community nursing team.. Applying for our 175 visa but going out to Brisbane on a Working Holiday Visa in June It looks like there are lots more jobs in the hospital rather than the community like i am currently doing. Problem is i do not have any post-graduate experience in the hospital. would i be able to go back to working in the hospital in Australia? I am hoping to do a bit of nursing on the WHV so maybe this is something i should try and do then? Any advice or info would be great! Thank you in advance, Dani xx
  14. Guest

    Working holiday visa

    Hi, I am planning a trip to Bali next year and i am currently in Australia on a working holiday visa...can i leave the country then re-enter on the same visa? or will i need to apply for a re-entry type of visa? Thanks
  15. Where is the best place to obtain a working at heights certificate? :wideeyed:
  16. Hiya, I may have the opportunity of working in Perth with the St. Johns Ambulance service as a Paramedic. Is there any British Paramedics working in Perth that could tell me the best accommodation, travel, cheapest air fares, etc. Many thanks Bill
  17. I'm a building services engineer. Working in such a male dominated industry can be hard at times and I'm worried if it'll be worse in Aus. "Macho culture" and all that! Does anyone have any experience?
  18. lauradarlin

    Working Visas

    Hi all I'm new to PIO and looking at heading to Oz on a years working visa in July/August 2012. Can anyone offer any advice on the types of things I'll need to consider? I'm hoping to be able to spend a decent amount of time in each place I stay as I've already done some travelling around on a normal holiday visa this year. I've come across conflicting info about how long you're allowed to work for each employer on this visa (3 or 6 mnths). Also, I know nothing about the Australian equivalents of things such as tax, NI, NHS, driving licences, renting property, bank accounts etc so any advice on where to get started with my research would be fab! thanks
  19. Hi there, If this has been covered in a previous thread, apologies! We have got our PR visas and were planning on going out to QLD in 2012 and looking for work. However, my hubby's company have started discussing the option of employing him remotely in AUS. (He's a web designer). Does anyone have experience of working for a UK company whilst in AUS? Did you get paid into a UK bank account -pay UK taxes or did you have it transferred into Aussie bank account and pay full taxes that end. We are going to consult an Aussie accountant when we go to validate our visas in Feb, but any advice from people in a similar situation would be gratefully received!!
  20. Never posted before, first forum i have ever registered to... Im flying into Brisbane early january 2012!!! alone hopefully to find some carpentry work anywhere on the East coast. Im not sure of anything to be honest so im keeping a complete open mind and am willing to do any kind of work anywhere on the East coast. only Three months of crazy saving to go! A mate was supposed to come with me but cant get his backside into gear to save money and hes blown me out Alone it is... Although im very nervous about it. I cant wait to get out there and meet people and just have an unbelievable time! Ive dreamt of being in Australia since i can remember! Im mostly worried about finding the work... Chhhheeeeeerrrsss
  21. Hi all, My wife and I will be moving to Aus next year. She's a permanent resident and I'll either be on a spouse visa or WHV. We've looked at a lot of different types of jobs and we're thinking at least for the first year in AUS that working remote would be a good way to do things. We'll need to recoup moving expenses and really wanted a year just work and figure out our life in Australia. Remote jobs seemed a good way to put away some cash. Just trying to get a bit more info. Seemed like you can get the jobs relatively easily, but maybe that's just the recruitment agencies trying to sell things. Are the jobs really that easy to get? Even on a WHV? What if one of us doesn't have a job, can they come along? If so, how much extra would we have to pay for room and board? Really, any information would be much appreciated at this point. We've found a lot of places to look for jobs but it's been hard finding much about the actual conditions people live and work in. Just that it can be long hours and not much to do besides work.
  22. Hello all. I am just applying for (another) 457 with my current employer. I currently invoice them for any work done as a contractor / sole trader. Does anyone know what the rules are for 457 visa and working like this. My employer does not wish, if it can be avoided, to put me as an "employee". However I have provided a work agreement and I only work for that employer. Hours are also the same each week. I am payed on a salary but "invoiced each month" (ie. Base Salary / 12). IMMI are giving us a little hassle....esp about the Training Requirement, as the company has no official "employees", just contractors who work directly with them. Not everyone works a desk job immigration! The occupation is Natural and Physical Sciences (NEC). Employed as an Exercise Physiologist. Any advice is much appreciated? Thanks in advance. :hug: Owen
  23. Guest

    Working holiday Visa Dec 2011

    Hi I have been a member here for some time. My grandson who is 20 is coming over in December on a working holiday visa and I would like to hear from others going this so I can pass on contacts. Here will be arriving in Brissie from UK in Dec 2011. We live in Brissie but we would like him to travel. Any contact would be good. Thanks Susan
  24. welshfitter

    Working holiday visa

    Anybody know how long a working holiday visa takes to get? And best way to get one. Cheers:smile::smile:
  25. Guest

    Holiday visa working

    Hi I have been a member here for some time. My grandson who is 20 is coming over in December on a working holiday visa and I would like to hear from others going this so I can pass on contacts. Here will be arriving in Brissie from UK in Dec 2011. We live in Brissie but we would like him to travel. Any contact would be good. Thanks Susan