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Old 12-07-2011, 02:46 PM
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Wow, that's opposite of what I had been hearing. I have a friend out in Camden and they told me it was still going strong. I have another friend in Perth, and they told me that both construction and mining was up out that way. I've applied to entry level mining positions, but I'm still applying to Project management/site superintendent positions. I don't really care where I go at the moment, I just need to get into the country so I can gain the necessary points to apply for my visa. My only hope at this point is with an employer sponsored visa. Anyhow, thank you for the information, if you don't mind me asking.....what is your trade?


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Old 12-08-2011, 02:03 AM
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Dry plastering (wallboard in yankee term).

I am based in Sydney. There is work, I am not out of a job, but we had a few years ago 20 people working in the company, now its down to 5.

Asians have taken over with cheaper rates, they work for $100 / day! We normally get $300-$500 / day.

Perth may be in a much different position, their economy is booming compared to ours.


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It's actually called Drywall instead of wallboard. I've spent year finishing drywall myself. I still have my commercial stilts. When I had my company I had 2 sets of finishing boxes instead of pan and knife.

We have the same problem here, but instead of asians it's our hispanic population that killed us. I was finishing at .54 cents a square foot with texture, and they were biding around .38 cents. Absolutely killed my business. I was replaced by hispanic as a superintendent at about half my wages. So, I feel your pain there. It's hard to compete in markets when you're completely underbid. I can't work for what these guys do, but then again, I don't have 3 other families in my house as well. Anyhow....good luck, and any further information you can help me with, I would greatly appreciate it.


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Old 12-08-2011, 10:37 AM
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So what licences do you have? Just drywall? Any other skills? You can't apply for a skilled migrant visa?

I can tell you all these asians come here on a student visa, do any cheap course they can, work longer than allowed for cash, no one will ever find out as most employers pay less and don't care. Then they apply for some other means to stay. It's not right or ethical, but it works for them. They get in like ants.


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I'm not exactly sure how things work over there. Here we don't have to have licenses to do alot of work. Plumbing (if the job is over a certain amount or commercial), electrical, HVAC (Heat Ventalation and Air Condition), or refrigeration you do. I came up as a remodeling carpenter, so basically I can build a house from the ground up except for HVAC. I don't have licenses for electrical or plumbing, but I've worked under other people's licenses and can complete any level of plumbing or electrical. I'm too old to do roofing, but essentially everything else is fair game. I built my reputation as a Finish Carpenter (custom millwork (trim) and cabinets). So, what I'm taking a long time to say, is that there isn't much I can't do, but I don't have licenses. The last job in construction was as a commercial superintendent overseeing up 10 million dollar medical facilities. So, if you know anyone in the industry that might be able to use me, let me know and I'll send them a resume. Heck, I'll pay my way over if I can just get someone to agree to sponsor me.


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