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Old 02-07-2010, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
Hi mm,
I understand unemployment is high in the Uk and Europe and though it is not quite as bad here it is heading up too, even if a bit slowly at the moment.

You do need to have some sort of specific qualifications for most GSM areas and the only area where there are minimal possibilities is to look at the Employer Sponsorship 457 visas which are for temporary residency but can lead to PR.

However as you raise yourself, it is more about finding employment and that with an employer prepared to sponsor, something that can be hard if not impossible to achieve in the current economic climate where many trades personnel have lost work with mining and manufacturing industry and are probably quite suited to the Plant hire/rental market.

I'd suggest that for now, you google up Plant hire and you'll find quite a few different companies and just start looking and sending out CVs and see how you go.
I would love to be able to do this, but dont you have to be able to work in Aus 1st??

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Originally Posted by mmurdoch View Post
I would love to be able to do this, but dont you have to be able to work in Aus 1st??
There'll certainly be more likelihood of an employer being interested in an employee if they are here for face to face interviewing but you do not actually have to have a visa for working in Australia first.

That is what an employer sponsor visa is for.

So what I've suggested is a part of a multi stage approach with researching for possible employers, sending CVs and doing follow-up calls all being what you could call Stage 1.
Of course you also need to have a look at the employee eligibility requirements to see if you'll be eligible.

I'm suggesting that so as you get an appreciation for what opportunities there may be and to assess the extent of potential for picking up a sponsorship and whether it is worth investing in a trip.
Hot off the signing table is news of a latest China Coal supply contract in Queensland, a broad description of some aspects @ 'New dam needed' to service mining deal
Typically, I could see lots of contractors with work in such a project and project managers/contractors in turn are usually good customers of plant hire companies.
There are a couple of large China Gas export projects to be developed in WA as well over coming decade. is also typical of various types of employment agencies that might be able to assist you, there being a number that concentrate on mining/resources industries.

Some people with more specialised high in demand skills can score a sponsorship from abroad but there're quite a few who do decide on recce trips, most in past possibly arriving on an ETA [visitor] - Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) - Online Applications .
Though it is not illegal to go making enquiries of businesses whilst on a visitor/tourist visa, it is not considered good form by immigration and if they suspected someone was actually here for working they could refuse entry.

It may be safer to use an ETA Business with the business of assessing plant hire companies for the scope of their activities re potential for immigrating [or something like that ] .
An ETA is only $20 and you can get some cheap enough return flights or even a one way flight Stansted > KL > Oz. with Welcome to, The World's Best Low-Cost Airline

If you come over prepared to start and an employer is prepared to sponsor you, then there is nothing to stop you applying for a 457 visa and they can be processed quite quickly, especially if employer has experience with them or is prepared to use an agent and it could be that an agent may even be able to offer a good package deal for both employer and employee to expedite the visa application being submitted.

You also need to appreciate there is a down side to 457 visas, the main one being that the visa is conditional on you having an employer sponsor and so if employment is curtailed for any reason, you need to find a new employer sponsor, get a different visa or leave [ nominally 28 days allowed though sometimes there can be some extra time given ].

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Old 02-08-2010, 05:36 AM
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Originally Posted by mmurdoch View Post
Hi all,

Me & wife are thinking of wanting to emigrate from England to Australia but as we are new to this we have no idea about this life changing dessision.

Were do we start ???

Were a family of 4,2 children aged 14ys & 5ys.

We have no idea how to start anything for this

Do we have to find work while still in Uk? What about a home? Can we live & work in Australia?

This is all new to us any information anyone can give would be very appreceated.
you can get some ideas of my experiences on my web diary

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