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Liz and I enjoying some beer (November 2010)Liz and I enjoying some beer (November 2010)

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Work, tools and accomodation

by golfermad

Hi, i've got a 476 visa, and i'm arriving in Sydney on 6th Oct this year. I'm also worried about this job finding situation. I'm going through the visa company 'visa first', I'm a 28 year old Joiner/Site Carpenter from Lancashire. I keep searching through the SEEK.COM.AU website frequently and it seems pretty clear to me that there is plenty of work all over the place, with 15-30 new posts daily, in Carpentry, on that website alone!!. My idea is just to get over there, buy a car/van. Find a temporary place to stay. Register with 'HAYS RECRUITMENT' also 'SKILLED', and use the visa office for resources ie, internet etc. Also booking any health and safety courses before arrival aswell, thats all done through visa first aswell. Does this seem like a suicide mission or reasonable idea?
The big problem I've got is tools!, I'm unsure whether to send mine over as i'd have to send them 8-10 weeks prior to leaving England, also there's some fumigation laws aswell on sending tools to Australia. So my only other option really is to just get a general labouring job and build up new gear over there.
What does everyone do about tools, cost me to much just to completely re-tool up over there?
Also, what is the situation accommodation other than hostels. I’m hoping to make my stay in oz a more permanent one. Is there short term tenancy leases available and are they available to WHV migrants?

Re: Work, tools and accomodation

by 1+1

I'm not an expert on this but the job agencies should be able to advise you on the best course of action with tools. There's a lot of cheap Chinese made tools available and provided you never use them they should last a long time. There's a lot of jobs available in mining areas, often in remote locations in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. But accommodation is a killer in these places, although the money (pay) is excellent.

A lot depends on what you want to make of this trip. I've known quite a few people who worked these high paying mining and other outback jobs then would go to Thailand and live cheaply there for ages. Usually work the dry season in Australia and live it up dry season in Thailand.

Travel Tips for Sydney

Sydney Visitor Centres

by wkcsmt

Sydney Visitor Centre is located @ 106 George Street, The Rocks. It is a good place to pick up maps, brochures & general tourist information about Sydney as well as towns in New South Wales. The office is open daily from 9am-6pm. Phone: (02) 9255 1788.

City Host information kiosks, located near Town Hall (George Street), at Circular Quay (corner Pitt & Alfred Streets), at Martin Place (between Elizabeth & Castlereagh Streets) also provide comprehensive information on Sydney.

Two more Visitor Centres are @ Sydney International Airport Terminal & Darling Harbour.

Try the dessert at this cafe...

by szeyuenlim

Try the dessert at this cafe at Darling Harbour -- it's called Passionflower.... You MUST try the black sesame ice-cream...... Awesome Sitting at a cafe overlooking Hyde Park in the morning having coffee and reading a good book.

The Circular quay area of...

by solar_uk

The Circular quay area of Sydney is a great place to start a tourist trek. Right there you have the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge the rocks area and close to Centrepoint tower and the downtown shopping area. Barbecues on the beach , sunbaking playing in the waves in Coogee bay and scuba diving in Sydney Harbour

Take a look at the El Alamein...

by Ronald_T

Take a look at the El Alamein Water Fountain, shaped like a big dandelion, on the Fitzroy Gardens at Kings Cross. The El Alamein Fountain is Sydney's homage to the fibre-optic lamp. You can seat in the nearby cafe and enjoy the fountain or simply watch life unfold as visitors and unofficial residents of the gardens gather around it.

Films, batteries and memory cards

by dutchguy001

You will never have enough films, batteries or storage space on memory cards to store all your pictures. My advice, take a loptop or a portable hard drive to store everything. So far in 10 weeks, I've shot 4 Gb of photo's....


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