Last updated 4/12/2005
There are several advertised in the
Australian News and we found that there is a great difference between the costs
charged by each of them. Often a free initial assessment is offered to assess
your chances of success. Some offer a "checking only" service whereby
you do all the work and just get them to check the application, for a lesser
fee, prior to lodging the application. Of course you can do it without their
help at all but for us we felt it was just too important to muck it up and with
the points system knocking off points for age every 5 years we felt that time
was of the essence. We had an initial assessment performed by the Immigration
David is a genial Australian who used to work for the immigration department. We found him very pleasant and a great help. I can only give my highest recommendation for his services, which were not too expensive. We took advantage of his home visit which cost a little extra but saved us something like 8 - 10 hours round trip driving.
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has its web
page at http://www.ato.gov.au
Social Secuirity - known as Centrelink here.
Another very high priority to action within days if not hours of arrival. Get registered with Centrelink. You should qualify for family allowance (assuming you have children of course!) and may qualify for rent assistance, but not if it is the Trust housing provided by the immigration department. Have a look at www.centrelink.gov.au
Medicare is the Aussie equivalent of the UK NHS. Get registered as soon as you are off the 'plane! I've not found a web site for this but their general enquiries telephone number is 13 20 11. Their offices are all over the place so you shouldn't have too much trouble finding one near by. Just turn up, queue for 5 minutes, prove who you are and that's it. In a week or so you will get a "credit card" with your detail on for all your family which you present if you are unfortunate enough to need any medical attention. Having this is another bit of fair dinkum Aussie ID.
South Australia Immigration Department.
Visit them at http://www.immigration.sa.gov.au/site/index.cfm
for a whole host of pertinent
Government Department of Immigration and Multicultural affairs.
I know it sounds sad, but I used to go here almost every day in the earlier stages. Have a nosey at www.immi.gov.au for a wealth of information.
International Organisation for Migration. http://www.iom.int Apparently this organisation can assist in getting cheap air fares and double baggage allowance for migrants. (Thanks Jim for that tip.) Their e-mail address is IOMAustralia@iom.int
The employment and training department of the government has a page at www.deetya.gov.au and all sorts of information can be obtained at www.abs.gov.au (statistical) such as business, lifestyle etc and links to other useful sites.
There are plenty of employment agencies, both specialist and general:
Morgan and Banks (who got me my job), now known as TMP, at www.morganbanks.com.au who also include a "job hound" alerting service and resume builder, aimed at accounting and IT folk.
www.monster.com.au who advertise themselves as "
Badenoch and Clark at www.badenochandclark.com financial and executive.
Michael Page at www.michaelpage.com.au. financial and executive
David Sladden & Associates at www.monster.com.au
Select Staff at www.selectstaff.com.au "
Hayes at http://www.hays-plc.com/group_businesses/index which includes several types of areas under its personnel heading.
See also newspapers.
Try www.realestatecentre.com.au for
See also newspapers.
The "Australian News" is a must for anybody seriously contemplating emigration at www.outbound-newspapers.com
Not really a newspaper, but try www.yellowpages.com.au
If you do not know your arrival address in
A whole wealth of information is at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Go to www.bom.gov.au
Transport. South Australian Governments transport web page includes public transport and driving. http://www.transport.sa.gov.au/
Car valuation. This site was discovered by a mate who has just now taken citizenship. (Good on yer Steve.) You enter the details of the car you want valuing and it tells you the sort of trade-in or private sell price. Apart from depressing me about the value of our car it is useful. http://www.carsales.com.au/pls/carsales/cs_vehicle_valuation.search
Friends reunited website. A brilliant
innovation for old school pals to contact each other after maybe decades of
lost contact. It has recently been extended to include work places. If you want
to get in contact with a pal from primary school or an old work mate (in the
Here's an interesting enterprise for anybody
longing for a Marks & Spencer Chocolate Selection, or a jar of Branston, or
even a Noddy Bike for a toddler. http://www.expatessentials.co.uk/ Order direct from
General but with some
General. Aimed at providing information for people undertaking the migration process, also has a forum. http://www.emigratepom.com. Thanks to Ian Moran for creating this resource.