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Old 06-14-2009, 09:19 PM
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Looking to move to Australia from the States.

Hello, my name is Matthew I am a 23 year old male living in Chicago, Illinois. I have been thinking of and researching into moving to Australia for some time now. I have so many questions and I really did not know where to place this thread. If anyone can please help me with some sound advice it would be greatly appreciated.

First off I would like to live in an area of Australia that offers to most to my trade skills. I am a licensed and experienced plumber in Chicago as well as a Union member. Are there any areas of Australia that has a need for skilled plumbers, and are there areas of the country where I can make more money from my skills?

I would like to live in a rural or suburban area that is close (within 20-30 minuets of a major city). I would like to be near areas that are friendly to boating and hunting. I am use to poor weather being from Chicago so that is not a huge concern for me.

Based off that are there any suggested areas of Australia that would best suit me.

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Old 06-14-2009, 11:42 PM
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Welcome to the forum Matthew and don't know what demand situation is in States or Chicago in particular for plumbers but they are always seem to be in relatively high demand in Australia though current global economic situation may cool that a bit.

The government here has been propping up employment by first/new home owner grants and a lot of spending grants for schools all over the nation and so whilst they have the money available for all that, building trades work ought to remain in a healthy state.

Our sticky threads #4 & #6 in Visas & immigration section have some relevant links including Department of Immigration & Citizenship which is menu driven all about immigration and there's FAQ re immigration application priorities because of economic circumstances.

You'd probably need to look at a 175/176 General Skilled Migration visa for Permanent Residency though employer sponsored 457 temporary residency visas can be a longer route to PR and re the 175/176 you'll find on the immi site under their eligibility section that you need to get sufficient points based on your qualifications being assessed OK, work experience, age and ability in english - should be OK and coming from an english speaking country you automatically get 15 points.

If before doing your plumbing training you finished at college level I think it is, you may be eligible for a Working Holiday Visa - may be worth checking out as that would allow you to come over for a year and have a look/work a bit while here and if you are not eligible for that here you may want to have a look at New Zealand for they have a WHV for which you would be eligible and flights across the Tasman are relatively cheap for a look see here and be closer to where you want to get an application in, and also plenty of boating/hunting in NZ too.

I'll move the thread into the Visas & immigration section.

Anywhere about the eastern seaboard here ought to suit your interests with plenty of rural/urban areas about major capitals of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and there also reasonable size regional cities.
Boating in lakes and sea here mainly, and rivers though most are relatively short in length and quite a bit of state forests that have hunting allowed in some areas.

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Wanderer, thank you very much for the plethora of great information. Upon further research I have decided on the state of Victoria in particular the Melbourne area. I don't know the cost of living that well in the area but lets say I could land a job making $1,400 a week, would that allow me to live comfortably in the Melbourne area, even if I had to live maybe 30 minuets outside of the City for lower living costs?

Also how are Australians, people in Victoria in general, about Americans immigrating to there homeland?

Also if I came over as a permanent resident what is the heath care system like? It is mostly private? What are the taxes like in the Melbourne area?

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I am from Melbourne. $1400 (before or after tax?) a week should be enough for a single bloke. I get the impression skilled trades people are always in demand in Australia, of course building has softened a little. Some reports though are suggesting the worst is over for the recession.

Sales tax and income tax is set at the federal level so it's the same wherever you live in Australia. If you buy a house stamp duty varies from state to state (Victoria is the highest ).

My uncle does fox shooting, but buying guns in Australia has stricter laws than probably what you are used to.

Australia is built on immigration, so I don't think Aussies care too much about people migrating (except for a fairly small minority). As long as you can prove you can do a good job and easy to get along with, you shouldn't have any problems.

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Old 06-15-2009, 07:05 AM
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Victoria is a reasonable if not great choice for huge belt of state forests through Gippsland in eastern Victoria , a friend a deer hunter and Venison Pies/sausages ain't too bad; used to live down there myself too though I've got used to warmer weather further north for a longer period of the year these days.

Melbourne is a huge sprawling metropolis [have a look on Google Earth] and we in Australia ain't so much into apartment living to reduce cities in area sizes so thirty minutes from city centre in peak hour traffic could find some people very gridlocked but if you go to outer suburbs, say 20-30 km. out and that's where most building work occurs and then look 20-30 minutes away, you can for sure get some great areas to look at residing in - big downside is you hope you don't have a bushfire come along as occurred this past summer for NE of Melbourne and 1000s homes destroyed and 173 died, but there's always things you can do to make a place better able to stand a fireball effect - materials, clear spaces as much as councils allow or you do not tell them about, gas bottles away from house [they explode], sprinkler systems etc., a few houses did survive in some towns surrounded by forest.

It has always been the done thing for people moving into rural areas to buy an acreage block and get a shed and/or a caravan to live in as atemporary means whilst knocking up a house - land and housing prices you'll be a bit staggered by here compared to US and so some vacant land and a DIY approach that could entail you do some plumbing work in return for some carpentry/electrical etc. is not out of the question, there being some great log cabin kit homes on the market too and logs chemically treated to resist rot and termites etc. are also good fire resistors.

As Mike says, income tax is done federally much as in US I think with you guys having the IRS and we have the Australian Taxation Office Homepage which will give you an idea of tax rates and Medicare levy etc.
Health costs here through medicare/public hospitals etc. are probably a lot lower than what I think you pay in the US, and as an example for a limited cover singular policy I pay about $60/mth. and there could be some a bit less, down around $50 but nmaybe less extras included.

By limited cover I mean that I'm covered for various minor day surgery events in a private hospital, choosing surgeon etc. and for longer durations if I had a life threatening situation from an accident or heart attack etc. and then with medicare which everybody has [courtesy of government], you get a rebate on GP visits [some bulk bill and so no charge at all] and public hospitals are gratis - not straight away for immigrants though, a two year wait I think but having some private insurance is not a bad idea as the longer you go without, there's a surcharge of something like 2%/y added to premiums and people without private insurance end up paying a greater medicare levy.

Weaponry is nothing like US with no right to bear arms as in US constitution and when we had a maniac go crazy with some guns a bit 10 years ago , one a semi automatic and 34 people killed, the government tightened right up with semi autos basically banned and Shooters Licences and a good reason needed to own even a single shot bolt action rifle - you'd need to join a hunters or target shooting club or something like that and then you'd be able to own whatever type is deemed fit for hunting.

And as Mike says, Australians are generally fairly open and friendly in nature though you can always strike the odd yobbo but fortunately like most countries they are few and far enough between.
A bit like the US has generations of immigrants, we do here too with Polish, Dutch [better assimilated than others] Melbourne reportedly has the largest greek community outside of a couple of Greek cities, Italians, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indians, Germans probably being main origins and some people assimilate better than others, there no doubt being some little old Greek or Italian women at home for 50 years or so and hardly speaking a word of english.
Some of our Middle Eastern recruits have been in the news for all the wrong reasons during last few years and even reportedly Chinese Triads here and then a few Asian problems at times too but nothing too major.

And if you have a look at some of the threads in this section re partner visas you'll see many Aussies looking to have partners from various countries come to Australia and so the mixing goes on.

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