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  1. Hi all am asking for some assistance please. In South Africa i am a registered counselor and I need to find out what my qualifications are equivalent to in Australia. Anyone on this group immigrate as a registered counselor an what are the steps I need to be able to work as a counselor in Australia? Battling to find advise so any help would be greatly appreciated
  2. Hi everyone! We recently received our 189 visas, flight tickets are booked to Melbourne in May. Can anyone point me in the right direction as to where we can find a room to rent in the area it will be appreciated (it's just hubby and I with our suitcases)? Also, if anyone knows of any work in the area, we would be extremely grateful. Hubby has red seal trade for instrumentation and has been working in a petrochemical plant and coal mine the last couple of years, but willing to do any job really. We also don't mind moving to a more regional area (will go where ever we find employment). We are also applying for any positions we might qualify for on Seek. Greatly appreciate it!! 🤙🏼
  3. Hi All, This is my first post to the forum. My wife and I have been pondering for a good few years (Since 2011) on whether we should pack up and go or stay and pray that things will get better in SA. Our first child was born in June 2017 and that forced us to have a longer term perspective and to reflect (yet again) on our life strategy and options. I am not going to go into all the reasons as to why we have come to this decision (those have been discussed ad nauseam in many threads), what is more important is that we have made the decision we are moving to Brisbane in early 2019. My wife is a civil engineer and has been very fortunate to secure a job with a large multi-national consulting company that is assisting us with a visa (482) and relocation. At the moment we are in the process of preparing all the documentation that is required for the visa (Deloitte is assisting with the application). I am an Industrial Engineer and I have been working in the Supply Chain space for Large FMCG companies with experience in Continuous Improvement (as a Six Sigma Black Belt), Inventory optimisation, Supply Chain Network Modelling, Sales & Operational Planning, Factory Logistics, Analytics, Reporting and compiling business cases for strategic projects. I also completed my Mba this year with Wits Business School. I have been actively looking and applying for Jobs on Seek and LinkedIn but have had no response (not even an email) as yet. I am thus seeking advice from people that have made the move as to what the best approach should be to secure a job. My wife's income should be enough for us to get by but I also want to and need to work. Please let me know if you know any specific agents I can contact in Brisbane are if I should take a different approach. Are my chances better of finding something after we have landed? Secondly, I have put together the following budget and I am looking for any feedback on if I am over/underestimating costs: Expenses Item Per Week Description Rent $ 500 Looking to live in a 2 bedroom flat close to the CBD Household $ 150 Electricity, Gas, Water, Internet, Mobile Phones, Netflix Daycare $ 300 I estimate $100 per day but deducted the subsidy if both parents are working. Healthcare $ 105 Comprehensive cover with extras for 2 adults and a baby (1.5 years) Cars+Fuel/Travel $ 100 We will buy a car cash for leisure and use mainly public transport for work Groceries $ 300 Dining $ 100 Once a week in an average restaurant Recreation $ 100 Weekend spending for entertainment Misc $ 200 Anything not already specified Total $ 1,855 Thank you in advance for any information you are willing to share. Kind Regards Z Prinsloo
  4. HI all I am looking for advice please, We have our visa`s and are making plans to move ASAP, In SA I am registered as a registered Counselor with the HPCSA, I have a honors degree in psychology and a post grad in Trauma counselling and accredited as a registered counselor under our board. My question is how do I find out what I and able to work as In Australia or what type of work I would be considered for, would I need to get my qualifications assessed by the Psychology board to be able to work? I have over 12 years of counseling and management experience. Any advice or guidelines would be hugely appreciated please.
  5. Good day everyone, My husband was told by fellow students when writing his IELTS test that they went to Australia for a few weeks to attend interviews. They were blessed to get job offers and even sponsored visas. Apart from contacting HR Departments from say mining companies can anyone maybe give advice on how to actually arrange for a few interviews so that it can be worthwhile going over before having an approved work visa?
  6. Large and Medium Format Printing Industry: You will perform fault finding, preventative maintenance work and help on new installations on a variety of printing machines at various customer sites in NSW, Australia. Including but not limited to: • Ongoing preventative maintenance in the field • Fault finding and emergency breakdown service of equipment • Fast response to customer service calls • Telephone assistance to customers • Assist with the installation and commissioning new equipment • Some interstate and international travel may be needed. Skills and Experience: • Experience in service and repairs of Offset Printing machines. • Commitment, enthusiasm and initiative • Strong fault finding and diagnostics skills. • Current driving licence • Good written and verbal communication skills • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail • Computer literacy • Ability to work autonomously, and also as part of a team Training and an attractive package is on offer to the right candidate including base salary, allowances, super, Car allowance plus fuel ca rd, tools, phone, laptop/tablet etc.
  7. Hi Ever since April this year I've been thinking to migrate but haven't put in a lot of effort yet except for reading. I am eligible for a 189 PR Visa as I'm a Mechanical Engineer with approximately 5 years experience in both Chemical and Power Generation industries. If I get the maximum points for the IELTS I will be having 70 points with the possibility to increase this to 75 next year April. The whole process of leaving everything behind like a decent job, properties and then most important your family is something that we still need to overcome. However every time when there are increased political instability or crime I just know the move will be for the best. I've also appointed Migrate2Oz as my migration agent and currently I'm busy compiling my work experience documentation. What I actually would like to find out is it worth it to migrate without a job and how do select which state? Also how long would it generally take to get a decent job with a good salary? Regards Carl
  8. Sabrin

    Mixed bag

    Couple of qlvaried questions for those who went on a 190 visa to nsw: 1. You don't need a job offer on this sub-class so assume most people go and then find work once there. How did you decide where to work / live? Not sure to look at school first, then area then commute then job. May be overthinking it. 2. Time of year: processing times 4-8 months. Ideally want to be there in Aug when 3rd term starts but any advice on going later in the year if visa comes in later? 3. Age: not sure if it's a real concern but always a worry in SA. Husband turned 47 this month. Experienced manager in warehouse management. Is age discriminiation a worry in Oz or are they more open to experienced candidates than here in SA? 4. CV writers: yay or nay? Thanks
  9. Mariushvisser

    Looking for work in Sydney

    Hi All I am currently living in Sydney and have a permanent Residence Visa. I have 13 years IT experience. I am looking for work, be it part time, full time and would consider doing casual work in other fields as well. If anyone knows any positions available I would appreciate it a lot. Thank you
  10. Hi Everyone, I just wanted to find out, does having a TAFE Certificate IV in your current field count for something when looking for a job in Australia? i.e Would it increase your chances of finding a job? I am currently considering enrolling for such a course at Open Colleges (online) and was wanting to hear if it would be worth it.
  11. We currently have a full time position available in Southport, Gold Coast. Position: Contracts Administrator (no previous contracts admin experience required) Very busy position with a wide variety of tasks. Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 5.00 pm. On the job training provided. Overwhelming at first but they understand that it takes between 4 and 6 months to be fully trained. I started 5 months ago and enjoy it a lot! yes, I too thought that I would never remember everything, but it suddenly started falling into place after 4 months. If you are very organised, methodical, good with accuracy, comfortable with Excel spreadsheets and a few basic formulae, have a bit of patience to learn, but are up for the challenge, please email me at cheryl.carberry@bbcdigital.com and I will forward you the job description so you can decide whether you would like to apply. Hoping this position is for someone here!
  12. Hi All We currently have various positions available across the world but I'll restrain this post to Australia and New Zealand only. If you go to the main search, you will also see jobs from Johannesburg, and about 43 other cities across the world including America, Asia, Europe etc Jobs will change over time, but these links should navigate you to what is currently available whenever you click on them. I'm not a recruiter, please do not contact me in this regard, follow the online application instructions. We do have an employee referral program whereby I would be eligible for a finders fee. So let me know when you get the job so I can claim it and take you out for coffee, or lunch. :-D Sponsorship opportunities are city and country dependant. I know Sydney and Melbourne can no longer sponsor. Sydney (Follow links below city names) http://jobs.jobvite.com/verifone-review/search?c=&l=SYD+-+Sydney&r= Implementation Manager North Sydney, Australia Implementation Manager North Sydney, Australia Implementation Manager North Sydney, Australia IT Systems Administrator North Sydney, Australia Senior Implementation Manager North Sydney, Australia Senior Implementation Manager North Sydney, Australia Senior Software Engineer North Sydney, Australia Senior Software Engineer North Sydney, Australia Senior Software Engineer North Sydney, Australia Senior Software Engineer North Sydney, Australia Software QA Analyst North Sydney, Australia Test Manager North Sydney, Australia Melbourne http://jobs.jobvite.com/verifone-review/search?c=&l=MEL2+-+West+Melbourne&r= Implementation Manager West Melbourne, Australia National Services Manager West Melbourne, Australia Production Support Analyst West Melbourne, Australia Production Support Analyst West Melbourne, Australia Wellington http://jobs.jobvite.com/verifone-review/search?c=&l=WLG+-+Wellington&r= ADC Delivery Manager Wellington, New Zealand ADC QA Lead Wellington, New Zealand Application Support Analyst Wellington, New Zealand Development Manager Wellington, New Zealand NZ Senior Accountant Wellington, New Zealand Senior Business Analyst Wellington, New Zealand Senior Business Analyst Wellington, New Zealand Senior Developer Wellington, New Zealand Senior Test Analyst Wellington, New Zealand
  13. Good day All. So, we are making the big move to Sydney on 22 January 2017. I work in the SharePoint space and my wife is an actuarial analyst at the moment. So we are looking for jobs and doing all the research for accommodation and how to actually settle in and start a life on that side. We have booked accommodation in a little place in dee why for the first 2 weeks of arriving in Sydney but we need to get more permanent accommodation thereafter and we obviously have a limited budget. If any advice can be given on how and where is a good place to start looking, it would really be helpful. Also, we would need to look at getting a vehicle when we are there. Any advice would be really appreciated. Can't wait for the move!
  14. Hi, We have only recently decided to go to Australia. I am still wrapping my head around all the different visas and requirements of each. From my limited reading I am seeing that "everybody" goes over without a job, and only starts looking while they are there. This seems very risky to me? I am in the IT field, is this a riskier field or is the demand higher than normal for IT professionals?
  15. Sassyninja

    IT Job Lead Time??

    Hi guys How long did it take you to find a job in IT? And where are you? Thanks in advance!
  16. I am currently a Junior software developer in South Africa(1 year experience, 24 years old) with my Bsc. Computer science and Mathematics and Bsc(Hons) Mathematics from University of the Witwatersrand. I was just wondering how I go about looking for work in Australia, how to apply for those jobs, any tests I should take and how to get out of South Africa before it's too late. I have no debt to South Africa(still staying with folks), and no obligations to pay off before leaving. I'm currently also saving money, which I assume you need to have a certain amount saved in order to get a visa? any advice is much appreciated. Thanks.
  17. Hi guys, I just have a brief question in relation to taxation on a 457 Visa. I am the primary applicant and my wife is the secondary applicant on my Visa application. And I just want to find out if she will be taxed the same as myself. Thanks Sean
  18. Hello All, We have arrived in Australia! It feels good to finally be here, but the paperwork is not yet finished: our import permit email has just come through for the one motorbike, they didn't seem to get the visa grant letter for the second bike (scooter) and our removal company has just let me know that the bikes must be picked up in Cairns (they had originally let us know that they can get dropped at our new address, along with all the other stuff!). My husband has had his first day of work: he says it is very different from what he was used to in South Africa, but the people are very friendly and he has had a lot of laughs on the floor. Now it's my turn to start looking for a position, and it all seems very daunting. My husband works at the Mareeba airport, but we have had a lot of people telling us that the weather and the community is nicer in Atherton. Also, we are staying in a really lovely holiday accommodation place on Lake Tinaroo, that we were able to book for a month, however it is further to work for hubby than we are used to: 20 minutes and therefore fuel costs are bigger. Also the internet connectivity and even the mobile phone reception does not work in our cottage - we are too low down the hill, apparently. So the big accommodation hunt begins: where to stay while we wait for all the paperwork to get finished so that the container can actually leave East London! We are weighing up all the options, but it would be so super to have someone that knows the area... anyone familiar with the Tablelands, Far North Queensland??
  19. Hi there, Can anyone help me how is the work opportunities over in Oz? As I am currently in the insurance industry, and not sure how their quilifications work regarding this. And if I want to change my career path, is there any opportunities to do so...
  20. I wrote this as a response to another post and it grew its own head so i created a post for it rather: I work in an industry where i visit a lot of different businesses and deal with management and staff so i got beaten into shape pretty quickly. I am writing this in such a way as to hopefully illustrate why people’s attitudes will not fit in here, I had to fix the below in my own attitude when I got here especially as I am an expert in my field and used to people listening to me….. There is that good old RSA arrogance coming out J The reason why companies interview for people fitting in more than how fancy your CV is, is because the people are more important than the skills, remember that for each of the points below and you will understand why things work the way they do. (“He is a tall poppy”) The tall poppy is the one that gets taken out by the weed whacker (weed eater), I work with a ton of companies here, not matter how good you think you are in your job you have to be humble, give people who perhaps have no idea what they talking about a chance to speak, don’t tell them they wrong rather "Good idea but I think a better way could be .... because....." and if they then decide to do it the wrong way that is cool, it was a group decision, once you have made your point you also need to let it go, don’t keep at it even if you think they are all idiots….. (See what I did there?) Be very careful not to even slightly come across as I told you so if you are “vindicated” (wrong attitude) by the group decision not working, you will NOT look the hero and have them listen to you in future, rather you will get a label of arrogant and be ignored in future (Even though they will let you have your say), your best bet is to say nothing unless asked then bring it up as a new idea again, NOT, “Like I told you last time we should have….” , “If you had listened to me….” South Africans come across as arrogant and tall poppies as that is how we were raised, that is how RSA works, we need to shout to be heard and if we want to be recognized we need to shine, here you get recognized as a team player by making suggestions to the group and making the group look good, if you want to be liked, fit in, and have others listen to your ideas, make others look good. I can see most South Africans firstly cutting off the person who has no idea what they talking about with "no, no, no, that is not right, because.....", "Dont be stupid..", If the group then decides to do it a different way anyway and you keep arguing to convince them that it is a bad idea, you will be labelled as rude & arrogant on the spot by everyone there. We also butt in, if we have something important to say, especially if we think we are more qualified in the subject than the person currently speaking or higher up the corporate food chain, that is a huge no here, let people finish what they have to say before you speak, you also need to wait your turn, and that may mean you don’t get a chance to voice your “wonderful opinion”, so be it. We are also taught that we need to be recognized for our success, this means that when we have an idea in a meeting and that idea gets used later we expect to be praised for it and if not we try to make a point that it was our idea, also a no here, if it is presented as a group idea (Or just presented as an idea with no associated name at all) then your win is that you were part of the group that came up with the idea, and you have scored with other people in the group as they know that you were a part of the groups success. It can be hard not to bask in the sunlight for coming up with a great idea, poppies that push everything else out of the way to grow nice and tall are the first to get chopped down. Taking this all into consideration: When it comes time for a job interview you need to play it carefully, your CV sells your achievements, and your verbal interview sells your great attitude, “This really sounds interesting, I am sure I have a lot to offer the company…” (Feel that poppy syndrome coming on...?) “This sounds really interesting, I am sure I could learn from it as well as hopefully offer something from my previous experience” (Much better) “At my previous company I designed a system that saved the company….” It actually doesn't matter if it really was only you in all your awesomeness….. “We implemented a system at the previous company that saved the company….” (Much better) The last bit is about being polite, it doesn't matter if the person you are talking to is your employee, a supplier or the local post office worker, you need to always be polite, treat them like they are distant family (You don't really know them but need to be nice to them), South Africans have the notion that "You work for me" so i can treat you like an idiot if i think you are one, you would be surprised how difficult they can make your like if they think you are looking down on them, and on the flip side how they will go FAR out of there way to help if you are nice to them. The feet you stand on today might be connected to the ass you have to kiss tomorrow.
  21. Hi everyone My OH has been in WA for 3 weeks now. He has managed to get all his registrations (ATN, Medicare, drivers license, bank account etc) done in quite a short time. He is now job hunting, but finding it a little difficult without the "Aussie experience". He has been doing odd jobs, even free work. He is a qualified plumber and will be getting a forklift license soon. Unfortunately, the next available date for migrant gap training is mid August. He has enrolled for a two week course at the TAFE that will enable him to get his WA plumbing license. He currently has a white card. He is reliable,hard working, healthy and fit. If there is anybody that can assist with any kind of work or tips or help it would be HUGELY appreciated. He is currently living with friends in Mandurah. He has not decided on a area to settle just yet because we will settle where the work is. Please pm me if you are able to assist in any way. Thank you
  22. Killerjoe

    189 Visa

    Hi All Im new to this forum but its great to find a forum finally dedicated to South Africans going to Oz and visa versa. Thanks for all the infomation thus far. My wife had a job in Geraldton Regional Hospital as a Registered Nurse and we were supposed to go through to Western Australia by Feb 2013 but the job had to be Authorised by Head office in Perth were it fell through. The Health budget was cut and the jobs put on hold. We would have been on a 457 visa had that worked. We thought at that time to quit our endeavous due to the fustration we had been through for the past 3 years. She has paid registration to the Australian Nursing coucil 3 times already and has not even worked there yet...imagine. We decided to try one last time by applying for a 189 visa, and because we had all the documents and stuff needed already prepared it was not that difficult.The fustraion of not doing anything in SA like taking out contracts etc is what really made us want to quit, We were in Limbo not knowing if we here or there. We submitted a skill select EOI and recieved an invitation to apply for 189 visa. We then got assigned a case officer (CO) and she asked for some documents, we now are only waiting for our medicals to be checked and Police clerance must be sent. We think we stand a good chance of getting this visa. We are now looking for jobs in Australia but have not yet applied as we are waiting on the outcome of Visa. If we recieve the visa we will have to enter the country to validate the visa within a year and will then be granted a 5 years period to make the permanant move. The whole cost thus far has been about R80000.00 and we hope it was all not for nothing. I hope that anyone that reads this will see the road is difficult. It is possible but dont be fooled by thinking it will be easy like the impression I had. I will keep all posted if it works.. God willing we will be in Oz soon.
  23. Killerjoe

    Nursing Jobs

    Hi Guys We had some distrurbing news end of Last year where they said theat the Health Budget was cut and that public sector nurses actually lost thier jobs and had to move into the Private sector which dried up many nursing jobs. Has anyone gotten a nursing jobs lately or knows someone that has. Does anyone know anything else regarding the medical/health budget cuts? Regards KJ
  24. Hi guys, I have a question, when do you actually start applying / searching for a job? I am in process of applying for a 189 (skilled independent). EOI is done, invitation received, application lodged, information posted and now awaiting CO. There are some approximations of how long it will take and so forth but when do you actually start applying for a job? Will an employer wait for you or is timing important? I am a Civil Engineer and apparently we are in demand in OZ and should not have a problem finding a job (I HOPE). I would like to hear what your experiences are / were? Regards
  25. Family with a daughter (age 2.5) and a son (age 3 months) looking for a nanny to start Jan 2013, 1 to 2 days per week, hours 8am to 5:30pm. From March the hours would probably increase to 3 days per week, 7:30am to 6:30pm. Afrikaans speaking is preferred, but not essential. Contact Kirstin at kirstinmiteff "at" gmail.com
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