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Old 07-19-2010, 12:21 AM
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Question G'day mates!

I arrived in Australia mid-April 2010 with my Australian wife. After a couple of months in Queensland, we came South to Newcastle NSW. I had hoped that I would find work, but it appears to me that the legendary "fair go" is not so readily available to immigrants, no matter what the skills level is. Am I being paranoid ?? Or have others found the same ?


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I do not think it is just immigrants at the moment Johny for despite unemployment being relatively low compared to some other countries, I'm not too sure that the figure of 5.1% is telling us the full story and there are possibly a lot of people underemployed and then those living of savings or where one of a couple is still working and hence unemployment benefits cannot be claimed, so figures do not tell the full story, especially on the east coast.
It'll also of course depend on your skill area.
I think your best bet is to see where some of the larger resource projects are supposed to be getting cranked up and head in that direction.
Some employers will also have an inherent resistance to employing someone on a TR if that is what you were granted, a bit odd because TR 457 visas are popular with some employers.





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A little piece of my own advice wouldn't go amiss!

As I settle more, I'm finding that it is pretty hard for everyone looking for work. When I was back in the UK, I always said to people "If you go to Aus, keep your mind open and be prepared for an entirely different approach". Perhaps I should have listened to my own advice!

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I do not think it is just immigrants at the moment Johny for despite unemployment being relatively low ...... [truncated] ....Some employers will also have an inherent resistance to employing someone on a TR if that is what you were granted, a bit odd because TR 457 visas are popular with some employers.


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