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Queensland flood and cyclone reconstruction: Australia visa information

by Stephanie 08/02/2011 15:03:00

Reconstruction in Queensland after the record-
breaking Cyclone Yasi could take considerable time.

The business of reconstructing the areas of Queensland affected by the devastating floods or by Cyclone Yasi has begun in earnest.

Significant flooding occurred in many areas of Queensland during late December 2010 and early January 2011, with three quarters of the state declared a disaster zone. The state was hit yet again with another natural disaster, when a large cyclone struck Far North Queensland last week.

Yesterday, the Queensland Government formally expanded its disaster reconstruction authority established after January's floods to oversee the state's rebuilding after the cyclone devastation.

The Australian Government has also moved to fast track certain Australia Visa categories for workers needed in the recovery, and released information relating to how Australian Working Holiday Visa holders to get involved and use their volunteer or paid work to secure a second visa.

Information for Australia Working Holiday makers wanting to help

Australian Working Holiday Visa holders may choose to volunteer their time to help with the clean up and rebuild following the flood crisis, and they may also seek paid work related to this rebuilding effort.

If the clean up work falls within the definition of "specified work", which includes work in the construction industry such as demolition work or erecting new fences and is conducted in an eligible regional Australia postcode, the work may count towards the 88 days of specified work required in order to be eligible for a second Working Holiday visa.

The specified work need not be paid work as volunteer work also counts towards the specified work requirement.

However, it is important for working holiday makers to remember that metropolitan Brisbane is not included in the Australian immigration definition of regional Australia.

It is unlikely that this will change in the near future, as the government has concerns that if the second WHV regional postcode definition was expanded to include non-regional areas such as metropolitan Brisbane, working holiday visa holders would choose to work in metropolitan areas at the expense of regional Australia. Any review of the definition of regional Australia would have to be undertaken carefully and in consultation with state and territory governments. For a full list of eligible regional postcodes visit the Australian Working Holiday Visas frequently asked questions page.

The following types of work fall under the definition of specified work and may assist with flood cleanup activities in regional Australia:

  • Demolition of buildings;
  • Trench digging;
  • Land clearing and earth moving;
  • Residential and non-residential construction or renovation/repair, including of roads, footpaths, bridges, parking lots, railways, dams, irrigation systems, sewage and storm water drainage systems.

Fast-tracked applications for Australian 457 Visas 

Australian 457 Visas for reconstruction jobs in flood or cyclone affected areas will now be fast-tracked by the Australian Government, providing quick access to skilled overseas labour where there is a local shortage.

The 457 Visa is an employer sponsored visa, which means in order to qualify an employee must have an Australian employer who is willing to sponsor them. There are also other requirements an employee must meet, including having an eligible nominated occupation and English language proficiency.

Under this Australia visa, a wide variety of skilled construction and engineering occupations are available for sponsorship, and employers can sponsor skilled workers for up to four years with no limit on the number of workers they sponsor.

The Australian Immigration department will give these visas priority processing at each stage of the application process and once all the application steps are completed the visa will be processed within five working days.

If your Australian Visa is about to expire 

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) officers are currently visiting areas in Queensland affected by the recent cyclone,  including Tully and Innisfail,  to provide support to temporary visa holders who may be concerned about their immigration status.

“If people in the affected areas hold a visa which is about to expire, or work for a business which has been affected, the department urges them to contact DIAC as soon as possible to discuss their options,” a departmental spokesman said.

- Stephanie Bradley is Content and Communications Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Relocation: Phil Down Under returns to Australia for a second series

by Stephanie 14/01/2011 15:55:00

Property expert Phil Spencer uses his skills to find
perfect homes Down Under. (Image: Channel 4)

Phil Spencer returns to our screens tonight, helping to relocate six more families into their dream home in Australia with Relocation: Phil Down Under. 

This is the second series of Relocation: Phil Down Under, and during the six episodes Phil visits Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney, the Central Coast and the Gold Coast to explore appealing areas for the aspiring ex-pat. He also provides tips and ideas for anyone thinking of emigrating to Australia.

Phil looks into the realities of life in Oz, from the booming property market to finding out the secrets of success stories from Brits who have made it. He also finds out the best jobs on offer to gain an Australia Visa, from catching Wombats in the Outback to being a flying instructor over Sydney harbour. 

In a regular feature in the show, Phil investigates the Skilled Occupation List, an important part of the Australia Visa application process under General Skilled Migration.  

Relocation: Phil Down Under. Friday nights at 8pm on Channel 4 and on 4OD

 

 

Season 2 Episode 1  – Melbourne

Tom and Julie Pickup  from Manchester are social workers seeking a new adventure and a fresh start. Tom and Julie are currently renting a house near the beach with their two young kids, but are keen to put down roots. In Melbourne, Phil meets up with a vet from Sheffield and a couple who have made a huge success out of their bakery business in Australia.
Friday, 14  January at 8pm on Channel 4 and on 4OD 

Season 2 Episode 3 - Canberra

Homebirds Rob and Catherine Morris had barely left Wales when they made the life changing decision to move with their family across to Canberra, Australia. Now they desperately need Phil’s help to get their heads around the complicated housing market and help them settle in. While in Canberra, Phil takes a ride from a balloon pilot from Surrey and visits the local neonatal ward, where he meets some premature babies and helps a Scottish nurse.
Friday, 28  January at 8pm on Channel 4 and on 4OD 

Season 2 Episode 5 – Sydney

Late-twenties professional pals, Alistair and David decided to escape the credit crunch in the UK and transfer to Sydney with work. These flatmates are both desperate to own a property, but buying individually in the most expensive place in the world is impossible. The pair have joined forces and decided to combine their finances to buy a bachelor pad in a young, funky area of the city. While in Sydney, Phil takes a lesson from a flight instructor who moved across from Hampshire and now does the job of his dreams. He also meets a Brit who started up her own business – teaching yoga on the beach.
Friday, 11 February at 8pm on Channel 4 and on 4OD 

Season 2 Episode 2 – Adelaide

Phil helps Jason and Lisa Dancer find the home of their dreams. Having had a tough time over the last few years, this family see their move as a fresh start. Phil also goes wombat catching with a conservationist from Aberdeen and meets a mechanic who moved to Australia en masse with 23 other members of his family.
Friday, 21  January at 8pm on Channel 4 and on 4OD 

Season 2 Episode 4 – Central Coast

Ian and Julie Leigh recently retired and were left with an empty nest when both sets of children moved to the other side of the world. They’ve paid a whopping £40k to be reunited with their children and grandchildren – meeting their granddaughter for the first time on arrival to Sydney. Phil also meets a science teacher from Yorkshire and takes a trip to a successful spice shop owned by two Brits.
Friday, 4 February at 8pm on Channel 4 and on 4OD 

Season 2 Episode 6 – Gold Coast

After holidaying to Surfers Paradise in 2009, the Hale’s fell in love with the Gold Coast and made the brave decision to sell their business and 6 bedroom house in Grimsby, pack up their lives and move to Australia in search of a more family orientated lifestyle. Can Phil help this fussy couple find the Aussie home they are after? He also meets a British boat builder as well as a successful couple from Sutton Coldfield who found a niche in the market for British Fish & Chips!
Friday, 18 February at 8pm on Channel 4 and on 4OD  

- Stephanie Bradley is Content and Communications Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Wanted Down Under: Series Five now showing

by Stephanie 07/01/2011 14:38:00

Wanted Down Under Series Five is now being
shown on BBC1 (Image: BBC).

A new series of the popular Wanted Down Under television programme is now being shown on BBC1 on weekday mornings, and for a limited time on BBC iPlayer.

The reality series program hosted by Nicki Chapman flys British families to Australia and New Zealand for a week so they can experience how their life might be changed if they moved Down Under.

The episodes give an insight into the lifestyle in popular cities and a good indication of property prices, as well as employment opportunities.  However, Wanted Down Under also touches on the real challenges faced from moving thousands of miles away from family and friends, and the difficult choices a family might have to make. 

Those who are considering applying for an Australia Visa or currently in the process of moving permanently overseas may find the program provides a helpful illustration of Australian life.

The episodes include:

Season 5 Episode 1

Booth Family: Brisbane
Helen and Tim Booth and their two children, from Cheshire, try life in Brisbane for a week. Helen has dreamt of emigrating since she was 18, but teenage daughter Steph is not so sure. If she cannot be convinced of a new life in Australia, will Helen have to sacrifice her dreams? 
Monday 4 January at 9.15 on BBC1 and on BBC iPlayer

Season 5 Episode 3

Little Family: Melbourne
Simon and Heather Little and their two sons want to escape the rain of Britain and enjoy the outdoor life in sunny Australia. Wanted Down Under offers them a week to try out life in Melbourne to see if they can they afford their dream. But the biggest problem might be convincing their two teenage sons they have a future down under. 
Wednesday 6 January at 9.15 on BBC1 and on BBC iPlayer

Season 5 Episode 5

Paton Family: Adelaide
Nicki Chapman tries to help Alan Paton from Carmarthenshire find a home in Australia, where he hopes to have a better quality of life with his family. The demands of running a tree surgery business have left him wanting to spend more time with his wife and three daughters.
Friday 8 January at 9.15 on BBC1 and on BBC iPlayer

Season 5 Episode 7

McEvoy/Wareham Family: Melbourne
Science teacher Stephen McEvoy, from Port Sunlight, Wirral, dreams of playing tennis in the Australian sunshine, but partner Fred Wareham has a large family at home which he would find hard to leave behind. Would life in Melbourne be better for both of them, or just for Stephen? They have a week to see if Australia can provide the opportunities they seek.
Tuesday 11 January at 9.15am on BBC1 and on BBC iPlayer 

Season 5 Episode 9

Homes: Christchurch
Paul Holmes from Ulverston in Cumbria is desperate to move his family to New Zealand. However, his wife Sarah is uncertain about uprooting their five children from the town where she grew up, and where her parents and childhood friends still live. Paul faces a tough week in Christchurch trying to convince his family to make the move to New Zealand permanent.
Thursday 13 January at 9.15am on BBC1 and on BBC iPlayer 

Season 5 Episode 2 

Horn Family: Adelaide
Self-employed glazer Andy and pre-school teacher Lynn Horn from Herne Bay have their work cut out to try and convince their two reluctant teenagers that life would be better in Australia. They spend a week in Adelaide to see if Australia is for them.
Tuesday 5 January at 9.15 on BBC1 and on BBC iPlayer

Season 5 Episode 4

Mannall Family: Christchurch
Financial advisor Andrew Mannall from Great Yarmouth has found life tough since the collapse in the UK housing market. He wants to move to New Zealand, where he believes he can earn a better living and have more time to spend with his family. He has one week in Christchurch to convince everyone a move would work. 
Thursday 7 January at 9.15 on BBC1 and on BBC iPlayer

Season 5 Episode 6

Cliff Family: Adelaide
Nicola and Jimmy Cliff from Leeds want to build a better future for their three young boys. Bricklayer Jimmy has struggled to find work in the UK and hopes Australia will give him the chance to provide for his family but Nicola is reluctant to leave all her family and friends.
Monday 10 January at 9.15am on BBC1 and on BBC iPlayer 

Season 5 Episode 8

Nowell/Horton Family: Brisbane
Car mechanic Simon Nowell dreams of a new life down under, but his fiancee Laurie's doubts are holding them back. Whilst staying in Brisbane they look for work and a home, and try and find a lifestyle to make the move worth the pain of leaving close family behind.
Wednesday 12 January at 9.15am on BBC1 and on BBC iPlayer 

Season 5 Episode 10

Wells Family: Brisbane
Simon Wells lives near Brighton and wants to move his family and ice-cream business to Australia. He's already sold the family home and is putting everything on emigrating. However, his wife Kerry and their two children are reluctant to move. Will a week in Brisbane make Simon's gamble pay off or will he be forced to return home and give up his dream?
Friday 14 January at 9.15am on BBC1 and on BBC iPlayer 

The Wanted Down Under Series 5 contains 20 episodes, and we will update you with more episode synopses as they are released.

- Stephanie Bradley is Content and Communications Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Australian Visas: full disclosure and false declarations

by Stephanie 22/11/2010 14:52:00

If you have not made a full declaration of
prior offences it may still be possible to
amend your application.

The Australian Government has a number of processes to promote visa integrity, so it is important that when making an Australian Visa application that you make full disclosure of all your circumstances.

False declarations or partial declarations may result in your visa being denied or cancelled, and the Australian Immigration department can check your application using a number of methods.

Of course, the visa process and the level of checking carried out varies depending on the country of origin, the visa class and conditions and the intended length of stay and purpose of the applicant’s stay in Australia. 

For example, your marital or relationship status declared in a spouse visa application may be checked against Facebook or MySpace profile, or if you live in a country with high incidences of fraud local embassy staff may make a house visit to confirm your address. 

Continued false declarations may be seen as an issue of poor character 

A series of false declarations may be viewed more harshly by the Australian Immigration department than the full declaration of a minor offence.

This may be particularly important to Britons who have a relatively minor offence on their record, but who declare they do not when making an Australian Working Holiday Visa or tourist visa application. 

If they later decide to emigrate to Australia permanently they will be required to submit a UK police report, and the immigration officer in charge of the case will compare this with previous applications and will be able to see that they have falsely declared or partially declared offences on previous occasions. This then becomes no longer an issue about the offence but a character issue and the series of lies that they proffered in their declarations.

If DIAC have concerns they can refer your case to the Character Unit, who may forewarn that your application maybe refused and give you the chance to prove you are rehabilitated and provide more information about the offences.

Recent Australian immigration court cases

There have been recent court cases that have highlighted the issue of making a false or partial declaration to the Australian Immigration Department.

In the case Hikawai vs Minister for Immigration in the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia (25 August 2010), the issue of the lack of full disclosure of a criminal record was considered.

The applicant Mr Karaitiana Hikawai, a New Zealand Citizen, sought to stop his deportation from Australia, to overturn the decision made by immigration to refuse him a visa, and be allowed to stay as a permanent resident and settle with family in Perth.

He arrived in Australia in August 2010 to make a new life for himself and his young family in Perth. On his incoming passenger card he declared that he had criminal convictions relating to one event and had spent three years in prison. He then made a criminal history declaration to Australian Immigration Officers and gave permission for the department to check these details.

When the department requested the New Zealand Police provide full details of Mr Hikawai’s criminal record in New Zealand they found it included three alcohol related offences – offences which he did not declare on his passenger card or in the full declaration to immigration officers. 

The department refused his visa, and this decision was upheld by the Court. Mr Hikawai was returned to New Zealand.   

The Court noted that these offences would not have meant he would have been seen as a behaviour concern under the Migration Act 1958, and the positive parole assessment in 2008 that indicated Mr Hikawai had left offending behind him was also in his favour, however the Court found that there was no error of law made by Minister’s delegate in refusing Mr Hikawai a visa.

Advice for Australian Visa applicants

It is always advisable to make a full disclosure of your circumstances and history, even if you think this may not be favourable to your application. As previously stated, offences may be considered minor issues to an application whereas making a false or partial declaration could be seen as a more serious issue of character.

If you believe you have failed to mention your circumstances or past offences accurately, for example if your offence was committed years ago and you forgot it when making your application, it is advisable to talk with your migration agent as soon as possible.   It’s advised to discuss issues even if they’re embarrassing or they occurred many years ago - many people have the false impression that their offences are spent if they occurred a long time ago.

Migration agents are experienced in addressing various types of character issues, and their advice can be sought regarding offences no matter at what stage of the visa process you are in, before or during, as well as if offences occur during the processing period.

- Stephanie Bradley is Content and Communications Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

100,000 reasons to shine with a new Australian tourism campaign

by Stephanie 13/10/2010 17:00:00

A new social media campaign by Queensland looks
to encourage more British tourists to Australia.
 

Following on from the highly successful Best Job in the World promotion in 2009 could be a little tough, but the sunny state of Queensland has launched a new campaign to attract more UK tourists by offering the ultimate Queensland holiday worth up to $100,000.

In a massive social media campaign, one lucky holidaymaker and up to nine friends will win Tourism Queensland's biggest ever holiday prize - an ultimate Queensland holiday worth up to $100,000, Queensland Tourism Minister Peter Lawlor announced yesterday in London.

"Passport to Shine is a unique global social media campaign which provides Facebook users in Australia and across the world with a virtual passport which they can fill with Queensland experiences to be in the draw to win an ultimate Queensland holiday worth up to $100,000," Mr Lawlor said.

"Passport to Shine celebrates Tourism Queensland's new global brand, Queensland, Where Australia Shines, by telling Facebook users the world over that Queensland is where they can have an unforgettable Australian holiday experience and 'find their shine',” he said.

Queensland hopes the campaign will highlight adventures for British tourists in the sunny state, from snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef to sailing around Queensland’s islands or mustering cattle in the outback. All tourists to Australia, unless they have Australian or New Zealand passports, must have an Australian Tourist Visa. The most popular of these visas for short tourism visits to Australia is the ETA Visa, as it can be applied for quickly and easily online, removing the need to send in passports or paperwork.

The campaign will run until 22 November and is the first global campaign activity in the roll-out of Tourism Queensland's landmark new tourism campaign, Queensland, Where Australia Shines.

Initially, entrants in Passport to Shine will initially be able to choose a favourite Queensland experience from eight available to place in their passports.

As the campaign progresses, additional Queensland experiences will be released and each time an entrant adds a new experience, the value of their prize doubles - from $25,000, then to $50,000 and, finally, up to the maximum of $100,000.

By choosing a total of three experiences by the end of the campaign, users will be eligible for the ultimate $100,000 Queensland holiday experience. Up to 10 people can share this holiday and they will be able to experience incredible shining moments in Queensland though an itinerary designed by Tourism Queensland.

You can enter the competition via www.facebook.com/visitqueensland.

The competition will close on 22 November, and the winner will be drawn and contacted by the end of that month, Mr Lawlor said.

- Stephanie Bradley is Content and Communications Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Ed Miliband promises to listen on UK immigration

by Stephanie 28/09/2010 15:59:00

New Labour leader
Ed Miliband. (Image:
Labour.org.uk)

The new Labour leader Ed Miliband has delivered his conference speech in Manchester today, humbly admitting the errors of Labour’s time in office but offering himself as a leader of a new generation.

“Be in no doubt. The new generation of Labour is different. Different attitudes, different ideas, different ways of doing politics.

“Today I want to tell you who I am, what I believe and how we are going to do the most important thing we have to do - win back the trust of the country,” he said.

While Miliband did not make major policy announcements in his speech he did talk on a number of topics of importance including his family’s experiences as migrants to the UK, British economic policy, the national deficit, globalisation and UK immigration.

Humility, Mr Miliband said, was the most important word in politics for Labour.

“We need to learn some painful truths about where we went wrong and how we lost touch... We have to understand why people felt they couldn't support us. We have to show we understand the problems people face today,” he said.

One of the key issues for Labour in the last election was the appearance that the party did not understand voters’ concerns about UK immigration, and Miliband hopes to reconnect with the electorate on this issue.

“New Labour was right to be enthusiastic about the opportunities that come in a more connected world: the movement of goods and services, the chance to travel, the new markets for our companies.

“But this new generation recognises that we did not do enough to address concerns about some of the consequences of globalisation, including migration.

“All of us heard it. Like the man I met in my constituency who told me he had seen his mates’ wages driven down by the consequences of migration. If we don't understand why he would feel angry—and it wasn't about prejudice—then we are failing to serve those who we are in politics to represent.

“I am the son of immigrants. I believe that Britain has benefited economically, culturally, socially from those who come to this country.

“I don't believe either that we can turn back the clock on free movement of labour in Europe. But we should never have pretended it would not have consequences. Consequences we should have dealt with.

“We have to challenge the old thinking that flexible labour markets are always the answer.

“Employers should not be allowed to exploit migrant labour in order to undercut wages. And if we have free movement of labour across Europe we need proper labour standards in our economy, including real protection for agency workers," Mr Miliband said.

What this means for Labour's immigration policy, particularly in light of the difficulties experienced by employers in recruiting highly skilled non-EU employees under the Coalition's restrictive UK Visa cap, is not yet clear.

Ed Miliband’s full speech can be viewed in full here.

- Stephanie Bradley is Content and Communications Editor for the UK Visa Bureau. 

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Profile: new Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen

by Stephanie 15/09/2010 17:54:00

The Hon Chris Bowen.
(Image:
Parliment of
Australia)

Julia Gillard was sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia at Government House in Canberra yesterday, followed by her appointed ministry that includes Chris Bowen as the new Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.  

Gillard faces the enormous challenge of balancing a minority government that includes three fractious independents and a Green Party member, while also needing to address the problems and failings of the Rudd government.

Challenges as new immigration minister

Bowen, an ambitious right-leaning member of the Labor party, replaces Chris Evans who failed to control the often-divisive immigration debate as Australian immigration minister and is now Minister for Jobs, Skills and Workplace Relations and Tertiary Education. 

Both ministers can expect intense lobbying by universities in the coming months over the recent Australian Visa changes for international students that makes it more difficult to settle permanently after study – a move that threatens a million dollar education industry.

Described by the Sydney Morning Herald as smart and ambitious, Bowen has moved from a dry financial services portfolio into the difficult role as immigration minister.

His challenges will include depoliticising immigration intakes, catching up on a growing backlog of skilled visa applications, Australian immigration reforms for a number of different streams, as well as the difficult issue of asylum seekers.

Political career

Chris Bowen, 37, was educated at Smithfield Public School and St Johns Park High School in Sydney.

He graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics and won the Australian Transport Officers Federation Prize for the best industrial relations student at the university.

He was elected to Fairfield Council in 1995, and was Mayor of Fairfield for 1998 and 1999. He became president of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils from 2000 to 2002.

Immediately before being elected to Parliament, Chris was chief-of-staff to Carl Scully, then NSW Minister for Roads, Housing and Leader of the House.

Chris Bowen was elected to the Federal Parliament as Member for Prospect in October 2004, and following an electoral redistribution he is now the Member for McMahon.

Since being in Parliament, Chris has been elected as Deputy Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, Finance and Public Administration. He was also a member of the Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services.

In December 2006, Bowen was appointed to the Federal Labor Party's frontbench as the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Revenue and Competition Policy.

The following December, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd appointed him two portfolios, as Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs.

In June 2009, Chris was elevated to Cabinet as Minister for Human Services and Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law before taking on the portfolio of Immigration and Citizenship.

- Stephanie Bradley is Content and Communications Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

Let property expert Phil Spencer find you a new home Down Under

by Stephanie 25/08/2010 15:17:00

Emigrating Brits could have their Australian dream
home found by property expert Phil Spencer.
(Image: Channel 4)

After the success of the first series, production company IWC Media are currently on the hunt for people willing to take part in the second series of Relocation: Phil Down Under with property guru Phil Spencer from Channel 4’s Location Location Location.

Phil will be taking his property finding and negotiating skills along with a large dose of English charm, Down Under to help emigrating Brits find their perfect home in Australia.

In each episode, Phil will be helping one British couple navigate their way through the Australian property system and negotiate the deal on their dream pad. From harbour-side homes in Sydney and Beach pads in Byron Bay to Ranches in the Outback and Retreats in the Rainforest, no property search is too daunting for Phil.

For the return of this exciting series the production company IWC Media are on the hunt for people who are looking to emigrate to Australia before the end of 2010 to take part in the show.

Participants must be available and able to buy in November or December 2010 and must have secured approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB), without which you are unable to buy property in Australia.

If you have secured approval from the FIRB and would like the help of a dedicated team who will assist you find the house of your dreams follow this link http://www.meontv.co.uk/PhilDownUnder and fill in the application form.

- Stephanie Bradley is Content and Communications Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.

South Australian jobs to tempt Australian working holiday makers

by Stephanie 12/08/2010 10:38:00

Fancy working as a koala catcher?
South Australia needs working holiday
makers to fill unusual jobs.

Bored with your current job and fed up of cloudy skies? Or sick of looking for a job in credit-crunch Britain? South Australia might have the job for you, with the state government starting a campaign offering Britons aged 18 to 30 the chance to  take up unusual and quirky jobs on their Australian Working Holiday.

While it may sound like another spin on the successful “Best Job in the World” campaign, the South Australian Government says the difference is this campaign is about exciting work and travel options for everyone.

South Australia's London-based agent general Bill Muirhead said life seems to be dealing workers a rough hand at the moment and the jobs they are offering are in stark contrast to the UK's long working hours and high taxes.

"This isn't about one job that everyone has to compete for, but rather about showing people that South Australia offers more exciting work and travel options than anywhere else in the world.

"And anyone on a working holiday could do them,” Mr Muirhead said.

Quirky jobs that offer ultimate work-life balance

Jobs include driving the world's first solar-powered bus fleet in the coastal city of Adelaide, catching koalas, shark personality profiling in Port Lincoln, beer taster or Fairy Penguin home remodeller on Kangaroo Island.  Even a position of “roo poo” harvester is on offer.

All interested applicants need to do is fly to South Australia on an Australian Working Holiday Visa to be in contention for the unusual jobs. None of the jobs require previous experience.

The campaign follows a survey by the South Australian government of 2000 British workers that found an estimated 60 per cent of British employees were bored with their jobs. Those most bored by their work come from Portsmouth, Chelmsford, Southampton, Cardiff and Oxford, with those from Wrexham, and Coventry among the most disgruntled.

The survey revealed the most boring job sectors to be electronics, administration, retail and call centre work.

In contrast, the South Australian Government says life in the state is the “ultimate work-life balance”.

The Queensland tourist board posted the “Best Job in the World” in January 2009 to raise its profile around the world and increase tourism, inspiring more than 34,000 applicants and generating millions of dollars worth of free advertising for the destination.

Briton Ben Southall won the “Best Job in the World” campaign to become caretaker of Queensland’s exotic Hamilton Island. 

- Stephanie Bradley is Content and Communications Editor for the Australian Visa Bureau.

Visa Bureau takes no responsibility and cannot be held accountable for action taken as a result of any information or comment provided on this blog, and we recommend that you always seek a number of opinions before making a decision regarding your migration or visa application. Please refer to the Visa Bureau terms of use for more information.