Video – Western Australias Beautiful Landscapes

By |January 9th, 2014|

Luscious, scenic, and filled with remarkably diverse experiences.

This film which is getting a bit of air time on the TV here in Oz at the moment begins with the dramatic landscape of the Stirling Ranges, and moves through stunning South West locations including the coastal views of the Cape to Cape Walk, the cathedral roof of […]

Western Australian Population Surges With Australian Visa Holders

By |November 22nd, 2013|

The population of Western Australia increased to 2.5 million people in March this year according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics – with over 60% of the growth due to Australian visa holders.

Western Australia is the country’s largest yet most remote state, meaning the state has relied on Australian visa holders to capitalise on its abundant natural resources in the height of the mining boom.

The state’s population has been growing steadily as both Australian and international workers have flocked to high paying positions in the state’s remote mining and construction projects, finally reaching 2.5 million people for the first time earlier on this year.

“WA’s population nudged 2.5 million people at the end of March, 2013 and grew at annual rate of 3.4% or 82,600,” said Bjorn Jarvis from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). […]

New School Fees For Parents On 457 Visas

By |August 24th, 2013|

If you have children and are considering a move to Western Australia on a 457 Visa then I’m afraid your journey down under looks likely to be a slightly more expensive one.

Following changes flagged in the recent Western Australian budget, from January 2014 a new $4,000 fee per child per year will apply if you choose to send your children to the state’s public schools.

The Western Australia treasurer Troy Buswell said Western Australia had experienced record growth in student numbers over the past two school years, driven by a baby boom in the middle 2000s and high levels of overseas and interstate migration. […]

ACT Updates Skilled Immigration Lists

By |March 25th, 2010|

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has revealed its sponsorship criteria for workers wanting to emigrate to the state. The changes will have repercussions on Australian immigration for that area as some migrants choose to look towards other states for work.

Each state or territory of Australia have their own skilled occupations in demand lists according to the particular needs of that area. So whereas Western Australia’s critical skills in demand have focused largely on mining and engineering professions, the ACT has traditionally focused on white collar work such as business analysts and IT professionals, many of whom are based out of the states capital in Canberra […]

Perth Weather – That’s what you get for gloating!

By |March 23rd, 2010|

I know I can often be a little romantic about the wonderful weather we receive here in Western Australia.

Perth is the sunniest capital city in the world at the end of the day so it’s often very easy to gloat when the weathers so damn nice all the time.

Yesterday it would seem was payback time for that three years of gloating when the worse weather experienced in Perth in over 10 years hit the CBD and surrounding areas.. VERY hard!! […]

Australian skilled migrants are highly paid professionals

By |February 22nd, 2010|

Almost 90 per cent of temporary skilled migrants who were granted Subclass 457 visas in 2009-10 to date are managers and professional workers, new figures show.

The average total salary package for all new Australian temporary skilled migrant workers is almost $100,000 – an increase of $10,000 on the same time last year.

The highest paid workers on a Subclass 457 Australia visa were in the mining industry, with an average total remuneration of $169,000, followed by the financial and insurance services sector at $127,600.

Temporary skilled overseas workers in Western Australia were the highest paid with an average total remuneration of $114 800, followed by New South Wales ($101,100), Queensland ($97,900), Victoria ($94,200), Tasmania ($94,100), Northern Territory ($85,500), ACT ($83,600) and South Australia ($81,700). […]

Western Australia Could Adopt State Based Migration Scheme

By |January 12th, 2010|

Western Australia job advertisements surged 6% in December which is the strongest monthly growth since May 2007.

Experts say that the renewal of the mining boom could force business to compete ferociously for workers. This isn’t good news for businesses in WA but it could be great news for folks looking to migrate to the state.

Just one day after Western Australia was declared the nations best-performing economy, treasurer Troy Buswell called for a state-based migration scheme as WA businesses were warned to brace themselves for skilled labour shortages. […]

Personal Update…

By |April 16th, 2009|

So I’m sat on the train on my way to work this morning and it’s not going to be a typical day.

Sure, the suns still shining, the sky is still blue but today I’ll find out whether or not my job has been made redundant.

Like many large organisations, the company I work for is finding times a little tough. Despite posting some healthy profits our cost income ratios (the number of dollars we have to spend to make more dollars) are deemed a little on the unhealthy side.

This means that over the last two weeks the sinking ship I work for has been busily bailing hundreds of members of staff equating to approx 10% of it’s total work force.

I feel a little numb about the whole situation if I’m being honest. […]

Shell Beach – Monkey Mia

By |February 2nd, 2009|

I thought I would save the last entry in the recent series of Blog entries following our Western Australia Road trip to Shell Beach.

Shell beach, just a few Kilometres south of Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort is an amazing place.

From a distance the beach looks like any other ‘amazingly beautiful’ tropical beach with clean white sands and the glimmer of the warm turquoise green Indian Ocean on the horizon.   A sight pretty typical to the area.

The thing that makes Shell beach different is the fact that it’s not sand that makes the beach so white but shells!

Shell beach gets its name from the Billions of tiny white ‘Coquina Bivalve’ sea shells also known as Cardiid Cockles which form a snow white stretch of beach approximately 110km long.

An amazing and very unusual occurrence and apparently one of only two such beaches in the world.

The shells are mined under special license nowadays for production of calcium for poultry feed and exotic mulch for gardens and planters (there’s plenty going spare) In the early years of Denham, blocks of the solidified shell deposits were also mined and used as materials in building constructions. […]

Wild Budgies and Zebra Finches – Australias local pet shop

By |January 31st, 2009|

Since arriving down under I’ve already written about the wonders of the bird life here in Western Australia.

Coming from Northern England, the most exotic birds we saw were the pigeons we’d often see waddling around. The poor things normally had a toe missing or stumpy foot due to a close call with a piece of rubbish thrown away by one of the local yobs to!

I was pretty surprised to see this little collection of Birds sat in a couple of trees near one of the petrol stations we pulled into during our road trip.

If you were a pet store owner with a large net I’m sure you could have a field day. There were literally hundreds of Budgerigars and Zebra Finches.   Birds I’d only ever seen before in a Pet store back home.

The Budgies here in their natural-habitats of Australia are noticeably smaller than those in captivity. Whether that’s down to diet, breeding or what I’m not to sure but they all seemed pretty happy chilling out in the shade of this tree. […]

Large open spaces – the remoteness of Western Australia

By |January 30th, 2009|

As I mentioned yesterday, we travelled quite some distance during our road trip, 4449 kilometres to be exact and I have to say, I have never been so awe struck by the vastness of the place that we now call home.

The reality of the sheer size of Australia first struck home when I had to fly from Sydney to Perth on Business a year or so ago. The flight takes you from one side of the country to the other and (dependent on which way the wind is blowing) takes in the region of five hours

Yes, five hours people! Five hours flying in a plane over the same vast landscape. Absolutely amazing!

Driving through Western Australia was an altogether different and frankly, more amazing experience. I’d read stories about the remoteness of Australia’s roads but never fully appreciated how vast and remote some of these roads would actually be, some of them appeared to go on forever.

During our journeys, it wasn’t unusual to not see another single car or vehicle for 10 – 15 minutes at a time. There was just nothing else but mile after mile of endless tarmac. […]

Our Western Australia Road Trip

By |January 29th, 2009|

It’s been a while since we arrived in Australia and even though we have been living down under for over two years now we have still to undertake any kind of extensive travelling.

We have always been very busy since the day we arrived down under. To begin with we had to find somewhere to live, then we became pregnant, and bought a house. Add to the mix a small thing called work and you’re not left with very much free time. That was until now!

During the past week we’ve spent over six days travelling around Western Australia.

We left our home at Quinns Rocks and travel north to a place called Geraldton, then from there we travel to Carnarvon, Monkey Mia, Kalbarri with a final stop in a beautiful little coastal town called Dongara.

If I’m being honest, the distance was a lot more then I ever anticipated. After all we were travelling across only a small section of Western Australia but somehow managed to cover nearly 4500 km within this time!

Over the next few days I’ll be posting a few Blog entries covering some of the things we saw and some of the places we’ve been to. To begin with though, lets look at our mode of transport. […]

Extra 400,000 workers needed for Western Australia

By |November 11th, 2007|

I’ve just read an interesting article posted by the Australian Newspaper about the number of extra workers required if Western Australia is going to continue to grow at its current rates.

Apparently an extra 400,000 workers will be needed in Western Australia over the next 10 years if the state is to reap the full benefits of the economic boom.

Despite an increase in the Skilled Migration quota for the 2007 – 2008 year, I’m really not sure where WA is going to find all these people.

Despite the fact that there are “770 people flooding into the State each week” its only a matter of time before this influx of new migrants starts to have a counter productive effect. […]

So where are you heading?

By |October 9th, 2007|

A little while ago I added a poll (which is displayed on the left hand side of every page) to the site to try and get an indication of where folks would be heading to once they move down under.

I’m not sure if the poll is a little bias towards Western Australia because that’s what I’m writing about most of the time and will therefore be the kind of stuff people might stumble upon when searching for Western Australia on the internet.

Still, at time of typing its good to see that its not all about Western Australia.

The rankings for most popular Australia destinations for new migrants (according to our extensive poll of 84 people ;) ) are as follows:

Western Australia (yay!) :D
South Australia (that’ll be Adelaide then).
Queensland (aka Brisbane)
Victoria (Melbourne)
New South Wales (aka Sydney)
Northern Territory

Ok! Its only a bit of fun but the results are still kinda interesting. I’m surprised to see New South Wales down in fifth Spot but its good to see the West and South taking some healthy pickings of new migrants.

If you’ve not taken our poll yet then go ahead :) You’ll find it in the side bar to the left of this post. […]

Lots of people moving to Western Australia – Where will they all go?

By |August 25th, 2007|

I’ve just been watching a story on the news this afternoon about the influx of migrants into Western Australia.

According to figures produced by the clever statistitions at the Federal Department of Immigration and Citizenship; Western Australia accounted for 14.1 percent of all new settler arrivals in Australia.

It seems Western Australias ‘booming economy and lifestyle’ are the big draws and out of the 160,000 migrants expected to come to Australia in the current financial year, a large portion are expected to call Western Oz their home. […]

All About Perth – Perths transport system

By |June 1st, 2006|

Perths Transport System

Perth is served by Perth Airport in the city’s east for domestic and international flights and Jandakot Airport in the city’s southern suburbs for light aviation.

Perth has a road network with three freeways, nine metropolitan highways and no toll roads.

Perth metropolitan public transport, including trains, buses and ferries, are provided by Transperth, with […]