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  1. Be aware This is the longest thread ever..and not interesting to most people!!but it would have been to me if someone had written it before I left lol xx I'm a mental health nurse and my husband has various unskilled work experience. This is our journey of arriving in sydney in July 2013 on a 457 visa. In October 2012 when I had been qualified for one year i contacted HealthStaffRecruitment. I applied to Ahpra in November and got letter of eligibility 8 weeks later. HealthStaffRecruitment arranged an interview for me with New South Wales Health in London in December and I was offered a full time post with 457 visa sponsorship in a new hospital in Sydney, the Concord Centre for Mental Health. All paperwork, visas etc were complete by April. We flew with Emirates/Quantas via Dubai and Perth from Newcastle costing £1300, that included one night stay over in a Dubai hotel and transfer from airport. We were allowed 30kgs each and one carry on bag each of 7kgs plus an extra handbag for laptop/documents was allowed. The flight from Dubai was late leaving so we arrived in Perth late, that resulted in us missing our connecting flight, however it was no problem and we were booked on another one a couple of hours later. We arrived in Sydney close to midnight and missed our transfer so we paid for a taxi to the staff accommodation where we were staying in Concord which is about 10km west from Sydney centre, it cost $80. The flights were great, we ordered special meals and they were beautiful! Service was exceptional and entertainment was good. They are strict with hand luggage weights, they carried out random checks just as people were boarding the plane and some people had to leave things behind despite being told at check in it would be ok I had previously asked how much an extra 25kg bag would be and was told with 30%discount it would be £680...so I down sized my wardrobe! We saved £6000 for coming, we changed it for dollars with ICE which gave best rate at the time and free next day delivery. You can take up to $10000 in cash without declaring it so we we chose to carry it on us. We opened a bank account with Westpac and deposited the money, we needed Passports, an address and at least $20 to deposit. They set up online banking and gave us a statement/letter too which was great for proof of address for other things. We collected the cards and pin numbers from the bank 2 days later. There is no overdraft and to have one there is a monthly fee and other banks appeared to be the same. They offered us a loan while we were there which we refused. The staff accommodation was only $70 a week but we wanted our own place. We looked at places within the budget of $300 to $400 a week and within 5km of work. There was lots available, studios, one bed and two bed units, furnished and unfurnished. Estate agents said we just had to check on line for viewing times and turn up, however 3 hours into our search we saw an ad on gumtree for a furnished place we liked for $400 a week, we had missed the viewing so we called and it was an estate agent, he asked if we wanted to view straight away, it was beautiful, big balcony, all newly fitted and huge for a one bedroom with secure underground parking, we loved it. We filled in paperwork, paid a total of $2400 which was the bond (4weeks rent) and 2 weeks rent in advance. Don't pay agent fees, council tax or water rates. We were given the option to pay weekly, fortnightly, monthly, whatever we liked. We did give names of previous landlord however this was not checked, all we needed was ID, print out of visa and my job offer letter stating my salary.That was it, we moved in after less than one morning of looking! We live in Burwood now, 10 mins bus ride to work and 15 minute train journey to CBD. I found renting here a lot more straightforward than in the UK, they also don't come to check the property every 3 or 6 months like they did in UK. I feel safe here too which is important I went into Sydney city centre to finalise Ahpra registration and was charged $20 per hour parking! I didn't have an appointment just turned up with passport, eligibility letter, print out of visa and proof of address. We took a seat while the lady at the desk done a final police check and after few minutes that was it. I didn't pay anymore money and was told renewal was due 31st may 2014 as is with all nurses. Later that afternoon I got an email saying registration was complete, it gave log in details for Ahpra website and in 4 to 6 weeks they will post out certificate. Went to Vodafone and got a Samsung galaxy express for $40 a month, get unlimited free texts in Australia and internationally, $250 worth of calls a month and 500mb of Internet data which is plenty for us as we rarely use the phone, we just wanted it for a work contact and my mum likes a daily text! Signal has been great with Vodafone. Dodo was cheaper with free unlimited access to Facebook, twitter, etc but they wouldn't give us a contract without 6months proof of banking in Australia. They have 4G here too. Applied for TFN numbers online which was easy, need passport number and address. They gave a ref number to use till TFN's arrived in post, we got ours in 10days. Home Internet is different to UK, not really any good unlimited offers and more expensive, virgin appears best so far but we haven't got Internet yet as I cant find a good deal for us There is loads of free wifi spots around though. The weather is beautiful, i liken it to a Scottish summers morning on a good day, bright and sunny but also nice fresh feeling, can be cool in the shade. It's not cold in the flat even though we have no heating, i usually wake up too hot, it can get cooler at night but nothing a cuppa and a onesie cant fix RTA said we are to use UK driving licences for 6 months and then as long as we haven't left Australia for any period of time we can change them for NSW ones. Driving here is ok and everything is well marked, roads are wider. People appear less courteous than in UK. At Medicare we showed our visa print off, driving licences, passports and had a short form to fill in. The lady gave us a number to use until the card arrives in 7-8 weeks. I went to a bulk billing doctor to make an appointment and was told I could be seen straight away. Consultation was free with Medicare or $50 without. We hired a car for a week with Red Spot, cost $280. We looked for a car for ourselves with a max budget of $2000 with at least 4months rego left. We searched gumtree and went for a 1995 Mitsubishi magna, low mileage, very good engine and reliable however not a great looker but we love him and christened him Barry or big baz to us lol, he cost $900 with service history and 7months rego. Petrol is about $1.50 to $1.60 per litre. We haven't found things overpriced or much more expensive, mostly the same except rent/Internet. In Sydney centre it was obviously expensive but in the surrounding suburbs we have spent surprisingly little to what I thought we would. Got fantastic big thick pillows $5 each, double duvet for $20, got pack of 12 coat hangers for $2, Kettle for $10 and 5 piece pot and pan set for $25 from Big W. Food shopping, clothes, shoes, hairdressers, all same as what I would pay in UK. Gumtree has been great, we went to garage sales and got lots of second hand things for cheap/free. We got 2 good bikes for $60, Vacuum for $10, iron for $10, got a 2yr old Tomtom satnav for $25, there was new ones in target for $119. We got a 2 year old 32inch flat screen LG Tv, a dvd player and solid wood tv unit for $200 and a stereo for $30. In a lot of the shopping malls parking is free for first 2 or 3 hours and there are lots of malls within close proximity. The suburbs round here are beautiful, the houses are omg! It would be perfect for a family, so gorgeous. We are spending approx $5 for a meal for both of us eating in each night. Eating out, the cheapest has been $15 for the two of us and the most expensive was an all you can eat buffet for $45 for 2. My husband got a hair cut and style for $12. Finally smoking, my fag ash husband gets 25g of tobacco and bag of filters for $16. One thing i didn't expect is the amount of Chinese/Asian people, I expected it to be multi cultural but it doesn't appear to be that, just Asian! Nearly all the shops are Chinese, eating out has been difficult with little options, i also got mild food poisoning on our first day But we see that as a good thing as we will save money eating at home! In the quieter areas of the suburbs there appears to be less of an Asian influence. We went into a hairdressers and my husband was refused service as we were white, the Chinese lady was very rude and clear about this but hopefully it was a one off. The train cost us $32 to go a few stops but the bus is reasonable with great service, it costs $3.00 to get me to the next suburb. The buses in sydney centre don't accept money so need to buy travel cards, we didn't realise this but the bus driver said not to worry and took us nearly all the way home for free I went to meet the HR manager from my work, and wow the mental health system they have here sounds amazing, it makes my old job in Devon feel like a third word country! I was so amazed and excited by the thought of these much improved services for patients I could have cried lol the hospital is very modern too, although i've not started yet so who knows. I was told that as soon as I want to apply for permanent residency they will support me. There sounds like there are a lot of options work wise and I got to pick the area I wanted to work in. He told me that I will earn a lot more than my salary states due to enhancements for certain shifts, and i will get paid fortnightly. When I asked about the dress code I was told 'as long as you can't see through it it's fine' lol. I was told to be aware that i may feel undervalued initially as tasks I'm used to doing in the UK are the doctors responsibility here, I don't know how I feel about that. My start date has been put back a week to the 6th August due to some paperwork fluff. There is loads of car washes advertising vacancies, my husband went for one and it was 10hrs a day 7days a week for $450 a week, another was 8 hrs a day for $40, he turned down these jobs (been there done that in the UK) however we kept the option open. He went for a job as a removals man, it sounded like a con though and he didn't get the job anyway. He went for a job as a paintball marshall, he got offered that job but it was casual and doesn't start for 6weeks and we needed something sooner, again we kept that option open. He went for a job in a garage too but didn't get that. He got an interview for a youth worker in a residential children's home, it does a 4 step recovery programme for PTSD, we had applied a couple of months ago through Seek and they told us to email when we arrived, we did and he got the job He's had his working with children check and starts on Tuesday So that's it, 2 weeks in..feel like we've been here months but still much to learn. I probably wouldn't visit sydney on holiday as its nothing special touristy wise, (we have done the main ones),but it appears to be a beautiful and interesting place to live. And my dad will be glad to hear we still have plenty of cash left Randoms: The money feels like plastic and they don't have one or two cents so if something is $9.97 they round it up or down. I have seen loads of young women out as 'workmen' with hi vis jackets on working the roads/traffic control. Toilets have an option to half flush or full flush..luv it! Cyclists go on the motorway! People don't expect tips. I was told by someone that because I work for the government things will be easier for me like getting rental accommodation, loans etc..don't know If that's true. Target, Big W and Coles have great bargains! Its no where near as expensive as I had braced myself for. You get electric/static shocks if you touch the underside of the escalator rails in malls The posh australian accent sounds Americanised. People are happy to help if you don't understand something. There is a lot of ads about keep Australian jobs for Australians and reduce the 457s which made me want to hide! But it's not affected us so far. I saw an ad at a circus for 'performing lions' hope that's not usual...there is also a shop with cats and dogs for sale, lots of young and old dogs alone in tiny spaces, it appears to be accepted so I just avoid walking past Water pressure here is amazing. We have noticed our skin is a lot dryer and tighter feeling, i feel like my skin is ageing right before my eyes! And my hair is all dry and full of static..it's never been like that TV is ok, quite a few british programmes, radio is great. Seen a fair few overweight police officers. Its dark by 17:30hrs. Nurses were on strike the other day about staffing levels. Most people we have met so far have been friendly and welcoming If anyone has any advice for us it would be much appreciated or any questions. Thanks to pomsinoz as so many questions i had were answered here and it would have been made a lot harder for me to move, get a job, etc without this site, I read it obsessively for months lol xxx
  2. So I've been living in oz for 18 months on a working holiday visa but I want live here permanently. I can't be sponsored in my current job (working offshore) because its not seen as skilled. I'm single, have a BA (hons) in performing arts and used to work as an actor in the UK. I'm 24, have a British passport but can't seem to find a visa to suit. nothing that I do/have done, is on the skilled occupation list... Can anyone help me?
  3. Hi all, As an unskilled worker Ive been toying with the idea of trying to migrate to a country near to Australia (not NZ) and use it as a jumpoff point into Aus. The flights to Aus would become much cheaper if I lived in somewhere like Indonesia. I could maybe go on the Pacific Workers visa scheme if I moved to a Pacific Island. I could become skilled working in an Australasian country, where the cost of living is much lower, then make the break for Aus 5-6 years later. As Australia is making relations with the far east now more than the UK this makes some strategic sense. Have you seen all the far eastern migrants in Sydney! Has anyone had experience of this or know of anyone who has done this?
  4. As the title suggests - If a potential 45+ migrant with positive skills assessment & IELTS gains Employer Sponsorship/Nomination but has an unskilled partner what future prospect is there for them to achieve Permanent Residency?
  5. Hi all, new to this site though have been reading posts all day! My boyfriend and I are thinking of going to WA for a few years, as we have heard there are great opportunities if you are willing to work hard/in a mine, and we could both do with a change. Any help on the following would be much appreciated as we are only just starting to do our research - a lot to learn!! 1) Realistically, can unskilled/inexperienced people get a good mining job? We have heard so, but are not convinced! My partner is 27 and physically fit, but no experience. 2) What visa options are there for us? We are both mid twenties, but neither of us do a job on the In Demand list. He has a degree in Business Management and I am a PR/Communications Officer for a local authority, but have no degree. We know we could probably get a working holiday visa, but this means we could only work for an employer for up to 6 months max and I assume this would hugely limit our opportunities to get good, settled jobs. Perhaps I could apply as an Office Manager, but although I manage my department, I don't manage any staff! HELP - not sure if we are being very unrealistic to think we could get out there for 2 years and be able to work hard, play hard and maybe save some money! thanks x 3)
  6. I'm on a month's holiday in Aus and I've quickly realised that my quality of life would be vastly better here than at home. I've seen a few places in Queensland, NSW and Victoria and I have to say that I'd be happy to live in any of these states, I'm 34yrs old and have worked in a variety of service industries, retail and call centres, and I currently work in a civilian post for emergency services. Unfortunately none of my experience is on the skills migration list. I do not have any higher education to speak of. I am single, self-sufficient and have no dependents. I've never been unemployed for a single day in my working life, and I would never ever consider becoming a drain on the state either at home or in Aus. I would be prepared to do pretty much any any job, if it meant I could get sponsored to come into Aus. I realise my situation is pretty dire when it comes to the usual routes to getting into Aus - what I'm looking for is "outside the box" thinking, any ideas that could help me. I know you may well get people like me come along every day, asking the same thing, so I pray you be gentle with me. I know it may be very difficult in my situation, but anything you can advise me would be gratefully received.
  7. Hi, I'm 34, single and in the U.K and unskilled. I visited friends in Victoria this year and fell in love with the place (although my Aussie obsession goes back for a good few years) Having been recently been made redundant this year (for about the third time) I'm at that point where I'm considering my options in regard to what I want to do with the next 5 years of my life, career wise. I've had a serious think about what I could possibly retrain in and have come up with Painter/Decorator. At the moment it is on the SOL list, but I believe it has been flagged so may not be included in the future. Do some skills drop off the list only to resurface a few years down the line? My thinking is, if I retrain, at the very least I will end up with better career prospects, and give myself a small chance of one day making it to Oz. What I was hoping to find out is the minimum level of work experience and minimum skills level (i.e what level of NVQ would I need) to possibly obtain a visa? Having postulated that I have 12 months work experience and a sponsorship by the regional govt - I passed the 475 State Sponsored Visa with 65 points but failed the 175 & 176 Visa Would that be realistic, or is it hard to obtain sponsorship by the state govt? I know this is very much like putting the cart before the horse, and probably quite laughable in many respects...but I would greatly appreciate any feedback in regards to this post. Thanks
  8. hi all, been reading into moving to oz for a while now after my boss has sold the idea to me (hes in the process of applying for his visa for him and his family). i just want to move somewhere with a better lifestyle as at present im working 9-6 6 days a week in car sales with very little money left after bills are paid. my problem is i cant get my head round what visa id need if there is one:daydreaming: id like PR so i dont want a working holiday visa which in my eyes id just have enough time to get myself sorted out there and then id have to move back home, at the same time all i seem to come across is the skilled work visas. is it possible to get a permanent visa in my situation? thanks i advance:biggrin:
  9. Hi looking for a little advice in regards to migrating to Australia I'm English, 30 years old and unskilled... having spent 2 years in Australia on a working Holiday Visa I fell in love with this country and knew that this was the place for me, actually for us, i met my Fiance in Australia a girl from Hong Kong who i travelled with and spent everyday with anyway to the point... I know Australia requires skilled migrants to be able to move there. so i took it upon myself to do a bricklaying course. I am now approaching the end of my course Diploma lvl 2 in brickwork (Is this an accepted qualification in oz or do they require NVQ or?) i plan to study the 3rd year here in England and then get a few years bricklaying experience under my belt in England before i think about migrating. Perth/Western Australia would be top of our choice of places to go as my Fiance has her sister there and she said she would be a sponsor for us if needed Me: England, 30 years old, Studying Bricklaying (Diploma lvl 2) (otherwise unskilled) Fiance: Hong Kong, 30 years old, Higher Diploma in Design (5 years experience in designing Lingerie) Am i doing the right thing? Are we going in the right direction? Should we get married before migrating or after? Bricklaying the right choice? are there many opportunities for this? Would i still need to find a sponsor? Would i need still need to do an assesment before i would get considered? Would it be able to study my 3rd year of bricklaying in Australia? how would i go about this? How much does it cost? would it guarantee me a residency? who to contact? TAFE? Do i need a Diploma or NVQ? (What is recognised in Oz?) Would my girl be able to migrate with her skills alone and am i wasting my time doing my bricklaying course? We are not married yet but we will get married in the future and would like to migrate as a couple.. would this affect me? she is a designer but this is not a job that is needed on the SML (skilled migration List) Can you offer me anymore advice? anyway any advice would be helpful Thanks for reading and thanks for your time Jason
  10. Hello I’m here on a 417 Working Holiday Visa, I’ve done regional work and got a 417 Second Year Working Holiday Visa and want to stay in Australia permanently. But I’m a Secretary / PA and that is not on the skills list so I can’t get sponsored on the 457. The only thing I know to do is move to a small regional town and try and get sponsored on the 857 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa. Does anyone know how you go about finding a job/company that is willing to sponsor people doing administration work? Does anyone know of any agencies or anything else I can try? Thanks
  11. from Fairfax newspaper, it attracts comments as startling as the original article!: Asylum Seekers Die Off Christmas Island By Chris Berg The decisions of the Refugee Review Tribunal make disheartening reading. It hears appeals from individuals who have had their application for a protection visa refused. For instance: the Fijian man who applied for protection because "my educational outlook and possible employment opportunities may not allow me to reach my fullest potential". Not really persecution, so he was refused a protection visa and refused entry into Australia to find work. Advertisement: Story continues below Or the Lebanese resident who claimed to be pursued by the terrorist group Fatah al-Islam, but applied for a protection visa because he lost his job and needed work. He was refused, too. Or the Indonesian woman seeking protection "due to economic hardship as it was impossible to make a living and support her young child". Also refused. The tribunal's decisions are no doubt correct in law. Applicants often have inconsistent stories, leading the tribunal to question their truthfulness. Others simply do not fit the legal criteria for humanitarian entry. They do not have a "well-founded fear of being persecuted". But is Australia really better off having refused these individuals a visa? Certainly the applicants are not. They would not have qualified for one of our numerous skilled migration programs. For many trying to get into Australia, claims of political or religious persecution are just pretexts: the real reason they want humanitarian visas is to seek employment and to participate in Australia's high standard of living. Advocates of strong border protection have dismissed these types of visa-seekers as "economic" refugees. And with asylum numbers booming, refugees fleeing poverty rather than persecution are clogging up the processing of humanitarian entrants. Here is one way to fix that. The government could introduce a visa category for economic refugees. After all, fleeing unemployment and destitution is just as justifiable as fleeing political persecution. Whatever moral obligation we have to accept political refugees applies just as easily to economic ones. Few of the usual arguments against migration apply to economic refugees. For example, they need not be a drain on taxpayers. Sure, humanitarian entrants immediately qualify for a wide range of government programs. They get caseworkers, language lessons and subsidised counselling. They receive settlement grants, crisis payments and Centrelink benefits and advances. Yet a program for economic refugees needn't be so generous. If migrants flee to Australia to seek employment, it is reasonable to insist they find employment. Or, at the very least, refuse to support them if they do not. Migrants who come to Australia looking for work seek to contribute more than they take. Those three people rejected by the Refugee Review Tribunal were eager find employment. And, presumably, they were eager to spend. They could have contributed to our economy, society and culture. There is an enormous need in agricultural industries for workers - an unskilled demand not being supplied by Australians - and significant demand in Australia's north-west, where a lack of unskilled labour has inflated wages to an exaggerated degree. Low-skilled labour (with its low wages) could fill a substantial gap in the urban labour market for nannies, live-in carers and house cleaners. Bosses such as Rio Tinto's Sam Walsh and Leighton Holdings' Wal King have made it clear heavy red tape for sponsored employment visas are restraining their ability to bring in migrant workers. The Australian National University's Professor Peter McDonald argued last week foreign contract employees are needed to build vital infrastructure. Economic refugees would be ideal candidates. If that demand doesn't exist, then economic refugees will not be interested in coming here in the first place. Of course, migrant labour should not be used as an excuse to ignore policy problems in our higher education and training sectors. But we have a strong economy and businesses looking for labour. We also must remember that migrants tend to be more entrepreneurial than everybody else - economic refugees make their own opportunities for work. So to be rejecting possible participants in our economy at the same time we are crying out for them is inexplicable. And it should not need to be said, but allowing people to seek work and opportunity in Australia is a moral and humane imperative. The tragedy on Christmas Island should remind us of how desperate some are to find a better life here. Allowing economic migrants into Australia also helps the developing world. The money migrants send back to their home countries is the unsung engine of globalisation. According to one survey, 96 per cent of migrants from the Horn of Africa remitted part of their earnings back to family and friends at home. In 2006 (the last good estimate we have), migrants in Australia remitted $2.8 billion to the developing world. It is more than we spent on foreign aid that year: $2.1 billion. Globally, the amount transferred in remittances is larger than that spent on aid. This money goes straight to families, rather than being filtered through aid agencies or corrupt governments. So when three people are refused residency in Australia because they don't have a well-founded fear of persecution, most people's gut reaction might be that the legal system is working as it should. But every economic refugee - every potential worker and consumer - we exclude makes Australia ever so slightly poorer.
  12. kasper5

    From Bedford to Australia

    Hello everyone, Im a 28 year old guy working in Italy, I normally live in Bedford and have been thinking about moving to Australia since I met some friends from out there. I am a graduate but my degree is virtually useless for migration so after 6 months of research I have finally found a plan. I plan to study for a year in Oz and then hopefully get a skilled job (bricklayer) for a year then come in on the skilled visa program. I considered doing an apprenticeship in the UK and even researched whether it can be done in OZ (It probably cant now). I even looked at joining the Navy and transfering to Oz navy (Possible if they have skills shortages). Ive never been determined to do something as this and I find myself reading Australian news on the net as much as UK news! If anyone else falls in the unskilled bracket give me a shout and we`ll see what we can do. If you are a 40 year electrcian you can virtually count on getting a visa but the pool of unskilled people who would cut their ties and make the jump is much bigger. Good luck to everyone...Im writing this in Roma and last year I had no idea Id could reach here. Im setting 2011 as the year to study in Aus.
  13. Hi can anyone tell me the state of play with regards to employment in perth. me ,hubby & 4 yr old are due out in jan, i will be starting on a graduate nurses programme but my husband will need to work too. he has no formal qualifactions and currently works for an engineering company, he also has experience in demolition ( not with dynamite!). i think he is pretty much prepared to do anything. just wondered what kind of things are available. i have checked the job search web sites but its difficult when you aren't looking for a specific job. many thanks emma
  14. Does anyone have any insider info on the liklihood of someone gaining unskilled employment on a 457 visa (partner of main visa holder) My husband has applied for several positions now with only 1 reply as yet. Is it beacause he is British? Understandably employers will possibly favour Aussie employees in the current climate. He has several years extensive/checkable warehousing/H&S experience and could get interviews no probs in the UK..what do you reckon, no chance or try a bit harder? He's thinking of either retraining as a truck driver or getting some locally recognised licences (forklift etc) We are in North Perth, WA. Any advice/tips would be appreciated as I'm sick of working FT now and need a bit more quality time with my purse in the shops xx:smile:
  15. Is there a recession in Oz? How bad is it? Back in January we booked one year working visas and flights to head over for a year beginning in August 2009. We plan to look for jobs in architecture and possibly something in teaching (I am aware that my teaching qualification may not be transferable so am happy to do teaching assistant or similar). We are also happy to work in unskilled jobs if they're available too. We aim to start in Sydney but could move to the jobs. We have heard that Australia is in a recession similar to the UK, so are wondering whether we are likely to find work upon arrival? Or, should we change our plans and head elsewhere? Any feedback would be gratefully received. Thank you.
  16. Hi, Myself and my partner are travelling to Oz in November. Laura is a nurse so will be able to find work ok. Now i know i have skills but i dont have any required trades for me to fall into a role. Does any body know of a good place to find help finding a job? I must admit i am worrying a bit... Help????!!!!
  17. TaniaColin

    Unskilled worker

    :confused:My husband doesn't have any particular skill, at the moment he works in a warehouse, we were thinking if he did his HGV licence and perhaps fork lift licence, this would stand him in a better position, for when we do finally get to Oz, what are other peoples thoughts on this, is there plenty of work for lorry drivers? Thanks Tania X
  18. My partner and i are moving to Oz next November. Laura is a nurse so she shouldnt have to much trouble getting work. I unfortunately i don't have any skills or trades. Is there anyone else out there in my shoes? As i want to try and develop a career for myself once im there and not have to depend on my partner. Im currently an account manager in the IT sector but am looking to get well away from it. Help!!!!
  19. Hi Again, I would like to know would I find it difficult finding unskilled work in oz (Perth)? as my family and I are going over on the bases I was born there so I do not need a skill. could we afford to live. OH and I were thinking of starting our own business, wacky warehouse type. But having seen their versions on yellow pages in perth, theirs are twice the size, three times, no..... ten times the size of the ones we see here in England. I do not think we could compete with that go bannanas in perth is huge, and fun station they are a multipule. I'm currently a sales rep on the road company car etc, OH is finnance and customer service administrator. It would be easier doing what we know or would we have to sweep streets or work in Mc donalds at first. Oh dear the thought? Not that working in Mac a D's is bad but not when your 40, could you imagine. I can see it now "would you like fries with that" any advise please, esecially those who are living in OZ already. Thanks in advance Glynn :err:
  20. Andrea and myself have finished our application and are just waiting for the acceptance\refusal (hopefully acceptance). Reading the posts regarding finding work, I am now expecting to be looking for a good while before finding work for myself, I work in IT and have done for the last 12 years. I have several Microsoft certs and some old City & Guilds certs. I dont specialise in any one IT field im an "all rouder" but if it comes to the crunch ill sweep the streets of Brisbane if I have to. Andrea on the other hand is a domestic (cleaner) at a local hospial, does anyone know what how easy\difficult it will be to find this kind of work in queensland, more specifically Redcliffe\Rothwell. Thanks John
  21. Hi my hubby is a Senior Travel Consultant and I work as a Hotel Manager (unqualified) so we do not come under the skilled trades, has anyone in the same boat successfully been granted a visa?? Thanks in advance!! Em