General Top Tips to help you with your journey when you emigrate to Australia

Top Tips When Using Australian Migration Agents

By |April 23rd, 2014|

Well hello there :bye: Gosh it’s quiet on the news front at the moment. In fact so quiet that the only Australian Immigration news appearing in my customised Google news feed references the fact that Australian Immigration may linked to drinking dry spell. Serious news indeed!!

To be fair this is pretty big news for the […]

Engineers Competency Evaluation Guide

By |November 22nd, 2013|

If you’re an engineer looking to emigrate to Australia, then you are probably in the process of writing your Competency Demonstration Report. We’ve already uploaded a number of CDR templates to our site, however we thought that you may also find the attached document of interest.

The engineer competency evaluation guide essentially details the qualities that an engineer […]

Nursing Jobs In Australia And How To Find Them

By |August 8th, 2013|

There are a diverse range of skills in demand within Australia and if your one of the lucky ones who holds one of these skills, making the move down under can, for you be that little bit easier.

Following our Australia mining jobs article we thought we’d provide another article covering one of the most popular professions used by people looking to use their skillset to help them secure a place in Australia:
Nursing Jobs in Australia
If you are currently working as a nurse in your home country and you’re looking to immigrate to Australia then you are in luck.

At time of typing, nurses are one of the most highly demanded jobs in Australia.

There are excellent career opportunities with permanent and temporary work available within most of the states in Australia. The icing on the cake? Most visa applications for nurses receive priority processing too!

If your currently doing a nursing job in an English speaking country then you’ll probably know someone (or at least know someone who knows someone) who has secured a nursing job in Australia. The Australian government spends a lot of time advertising nursing jobs overseas and frequently travels to places such as the UK and the US hoping to tempt local nurses with the quality of Australian life and the benefits that come with the nursing jobs in Australia. […]

Australia Mining Jobs and How to Find Them

By |August 7th, 2013|

AUSTRALIA MINING JOBS  are one of the most sought after jobs for people looking to move to Australia from overseas. The mining boom, although slowing slightly when compared to previous years is still in full swing with multiple, multibillion dollar projects still being rolled out and likely to operate for the next 30 – 40 […]

Australian Mobile Phones – Getting Mobile In Australia

By |August 5th, 2013|

Having a mobile phone in Australia is a way of life and you won’t need to be in the country for long to realise that many Australia’s simply can’t live without their little mobile friends!

Most Australian mobile phone companies require contracts of at least 24 months for post-pay phones (the type of plan where you get a ‘free’ phone and pay for the bill each month may vary dependent on usage.

With this in mind, it’s likely that you might want to opt for a prepaid phone plan (where you pay for your calls in advance), at least initially anyway.

For a post-pay contract, you’ll require proof of employment and/or residency in order to qualify. The main Australian mobile phone networks are provided by Telstra, Optus, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone. […]

Banking In Australia

By |July 31st, 2013|

Banking in Australia really isn’t that different to banking anywhere else in the world. It helps however to have an idea of what you are looking for before shopping around for your first Australian Bank Account.

There are currently over 20 banks in Australia with the ‘big four’ being the Australian New Zealand Bank (ANZ), the National Australia Bank (NAB), the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and Westpac (websites for these are listed below).

There are many websites offering to set up your Australian bank account for a fee of $50 or more, however if you do a little digging, you’ll discover that most banks will allow you to set up your account remotely (even when abroad). You can then pick up your ATM card and PIN in the local branch of your bank once you arrive in Australia.

Most banks will provide your ATM card/PIN within 5 working days of you opening your account so factor this lead time in making sure you have at least a couple of weeks’ worth of funds to allow you sufficient time to get yourself sorted when you arrive in Australia.

When finalising your account details in the Branch (and picking up your card), you’ll need 100 points of ID to open your account. This is satisfied by showing both your passport and drivers licence (some of the banks only require your passport if you’re opening your account within six weeks of your arrival in Australia). […]

Submitting An Expression Of Interest (EOI) In SkillSelect

By |February 21st, 2013|

The Australian Department of Immigration has recently published some top tips to help you submit your Expression Of Interest (EOI) In Skillselect

There’s some good stuff in here so we’ll share these tips below:

1. Make sure you express an interest in the right visa for your circumstances. Skilled visa options are available on the SkillSelect website at or you can use Visa Wizard to help you find out which visa is suited to you.

2. Confirm if your occupation is eligible for skilled migration by checking the relevant Skilled Occupation List.

3. Get to know the specific requirements for the visa you are interested in. Only certain skilled visa options are available through SkillSelect. The visa information booklets on our website will help you understand who qualifies to migrate to Australia. In particular, Booklet 11, SkillSelect includes information about how the system and process works.

4. Ensure all your documents are in order before you start your online EOI. Until you provide evidence of all required documents, such as an IELTS test and skills assessment, you will have an incomplete EOI in SkillSelect. […]

Australian Resume – Dispelling the Myths About The Australian Resume

By |July 12th, 2012|

Australian Resume, or Australian CV as they are often known, is an interesting term, and one which might often strike fear into the heart of any new Australian Job seeker.

Let me let you into a teeny tiny secret though. It’s really not that different to other resumes used around the world!

In a couple weeks, I start my third job since arriving in Australia. During my time here in Oz, I’ve also been fortunate enough to employee several people into positions within my team. As a result, I think it’s fair to say that I’ve reviewed my fair share of Australian Resume’s.

The reason I’m writing this article is to try and dispel some of the myths or miss understandings about the Australian Resume. […]

Learn English – Top Tips On How To Learn English

By |May 16th, 2012|

As the number of Australian immigrants from non-English speaking countries continues to rise, the requirement to speak and write a high standard of English is becoming a more significant part of the Australian migration process.

The IELTS or TOEFL  tests which need to be taken to support applications for many Australian Visa classes are for some migrants one of the most difficult hurdles to jump in their journey to life in Australia.

With this in mind, we’ve provided below 13 tips for those of you in the process of  learning English as a second language. […]

Import Car Insurance – Finding Insurance For Your Imported Car

By |May 2nd, 2012|

We’ve already provided tips on importing your car to Australia however once you’ve got your car onto Aussie soil you’ll need to obtain Import car insurance to drive the thing.

Import Car Insurance in Australia is a little different to the car insurance you’d buy for domestic vehicles.

You see with insurance for imported cars, the cost is generally higher as they are manufactured to meet the standards of their country of origin, and may need to be modified to meet legal requirements within Australia before they can even hit the road.

Modifications will always increase the cost of car insurance, as it is more difficult for insurers to determine their value. Some of these modifications, particularly modifications to Japanese imports are performance modifications which often results in the cars reaching higher speeds than domestic vehicles. […]

How To Prepare And Present Work Reference Letters On Your CDR

By |February 15th, 2012|

Prospective CDR applicants seem to be a little confused or not very sure about how to prepare and present work reference letters.

These reference letters are required by Engineers Australia for Additional Assessment under the new points test which became effective on 1 July 2011. T

The reference letters supplied by an applicant MUST have adequate information […]

Import Your Car To Australia – Costs And Top Tips When Making The Move

By |December 13th, 2011|

We included an article a little while ago about importing your car to Australia from the UK.

Since then we’ve had an excellent entry posted made by lezah20 within our community forums so I thought I’d include a big chunk of his post below as a separate article

It includes some great tips and perhaps more importantly a detailed breakdown of the costs..

General Tips When Shipping Your Car To Australia […]

Tips for taking the TOEFL test

By |January 26th, 2011|

So, you’ve decided to pack your bags and head to Australia to study?

If English is not your native language you may be required to demonstrate your English language skills to study at an Australian institution.

The TOEFL test, developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS), is the most widely accepted English language assessment worldwide. It is used in more than 7,500 institutions in 130 countries, including Australia.

To help you be the best prepared you can possibly be, we have outlined 10 top tips below to help you along your way: […]

How much does it cost to use a Migration Agent?

By |January 5th, 2011|

Going it alone or choosing to use a Migration Agent is often one of the first questions people ask themselves when looking to migrate to Australia.

One of the benefits of doing everything yourselves is the costs, however for some, getting an Australian Immigration Agent to do the leg work for you is the preferred, although slightly more costly option. […]

Be Wary Of Migration Scams

By |October 6th, 2010|

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, today warned prospective migrants and visa applicants to Australia to be wary of migration scammers.

‘It is vital that people are aware of fraudsters’ tricks before handing over money for immigration assistance which is never provided,’ Mr Bowen said.

‘This is why the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has launched a new online consumer protection resource to help people to learn about migration scams online and safeguard against scams. […]