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Old Jun 30th 2011, 10:58 am
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Originally Posted by Pollyana View Post
Re your own income - its possible that you would be able to make a bit on ebay like you do now, but the whole internet shopping idea is far less prevalent here. Aus doesn't have its own Amazon site - although use of the US and UK ones is growing - and ebay itself isn't as widely known or used as back home so while you probably could supplement your income that way it might not be quite as lucrative.
Oddly - Australia is my biggest international ship to location - I often marvel at the prices people will pay for postage for something as low value as £1.99 here.
I was wondering if there a big gap in the market is the reason in which case I was thinking I could explore the possibility of doing more import and wholesale in Oz which I also do here. Before I had my son I had 2 shops as well as web shop and ebay store - but this is obviously something I am not counting on which is why I want to be sure we could get by on my husbands wages then anything I can do is a bonus.
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Old Jun 30th 2011, 11:03 am
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Wouldn't they be entitled to rental assistance and various family payments from Centrelink? Don't know if I'd want to live in an area of Sydney with cheap rents or in a unit with a child, though, what are the schools like there?
This is also something I havent totally explored, because i'm (not sure but) technically I wouldnt be entering Australia on my husbands Visa and myself and son being Australian citizens dont know how that impacts on benefits or entitlements etc. and if the same restrictions would apply.
Again its something I have ruled out of the equation that way if we could get anything it would be a bonus.
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Old Jun 30th 2011, 11:05 am
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Originally Posted by HelenTD View Post
Doing a quick search for motor mechanics, there appear to be dozens of jobs at higher salaries or hourly rates in several cities that are cheaper than Sydney. Perhaps don't bother with this particular agency you have been in contact with and apply directly or via www.seek.com.au; www.simplyhired.com.au and other websites. WA has lots of automotive trade jobs, especially for diesel mechanics. Some of the ads give the opportunity to train for diesel and heavy vehicles work.
Thats what lead me to think it was a poor offer really - thanks for links will check them out
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Old Jun 30th 2011, 11:13 am
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Originally Posted by Hebe View Post
The answer for me would be no. However, what do you manage on in the UK? Also once here and working it is then easier to get another job. You have to bear in mind that your husband has no Australian experience which can count for a lot. If he is good then I am sure that he will be able to sort something else out within a short period of time.
Thats the thing - do we just use it as a way in?
Once there (again havent checked it out completely) but I was thinking we could then apply for a spouses Visa for my husband which if he had a job etc. would be, in my head, quicker and cheaper and more likely to succeed, feel free to correct me if I am way out there, than applying for one in the UK.
From what I have read so far it seems that as we have been married for 11 years and have a child together he could skip through the temp one to the perm one without the wait.

At the end of the day we are literally only 2 weeks into looking at this again and It looks like the jobs are out there think we should just give this one a thanks but no thanks unless you can offer a lot more and then go from there
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Thats the thing - do we just use it as a way in?
Once there (again havent checked it out completely) but I was thinking we could then apply for a spouses Visa for my husband which if he had a job etc. would be, in my head, quicker and cheaper and more likely to succeed, feel free to correct me if I am way out there, than applying for one in the UK.
From what I have read so far it seems that as we have been married for 11 years and have a child together he could skip through the temp one to the perm one without the wait.
You are way out there. If you apply for a partner visa from Australia it is slower and more expensive.

Also if you are applying from Australia, then what visa would your husband go over on in the first place? He needs a visa to get on the plane.
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Average total wage for males working full time is approx $75,000 (Australia wide)
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Google "hasting Deering".
They are a good in-road to the Mines...well they are in Mackay.
Better money too....
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Old Jun 30th 2011, 12:53 pm
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Originally Posted by Bermudashorts View Post
You are way out there. If you apply for a partner visa from Australia it is slower and more expensive.

Also if you are applying from Australia, then what visa would your husband go over on in the first place? He needs a visa to get on the plane.
Blimey it is more expensive - and its gone up since last time I looked!!! - Scratch that then.

We were hoping to go via an emloyer sponsored route to get in because we are no longer planning on selling our house and dont have the excess funds to do the whole lot ourselves without a job to go to.
Once there we could explore other options.
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Old Jun 30th 2011, 1:16 pm
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Oddly - Australia is my biggest international ship to location - I often marvel at the prices people will pay for postage for something as low value as £1.99 here.
I was wondering if there a big gap in the market is the reason in which case I was thinking I could explore the possibility of doing more import and wholesale in Oz which I also do here. Before I had my son I had 2 shops as well as web shop and ebay store - but this is obviously something I am not counting on which is why I want to be sure we could get by on my husbands wages then anything I can do is a bonus.
I buy a lot from ebay UK - cos the prices even with postage work out more reasonable, and cos in a lot of cases there is just more available from the UK - Aus is just a long way behind with the internet shopping-wise.
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Blimey it is more expensive - and its gone up since last time I looked!!! - Scratch that then.

We were hoping to go via an emloyer sponsored route to get in because we are no longer planning on selling our house and dont have the excess funds to do the whole lot ourselves without a job to go to.
Once there we could explore other options.
If you've been married more than two years - with a child - then your husband would get PR straight away, as you said earlier. Having a job is unlikely to make a difference really, though it does show that there is work for him. Quicker, easier and cheaper to apply for a Spouse Visa in the UK - don't risk coming here with him on a tourist visa and then applying here.
Also, if he comes on a tourist visa he then can't work till the Spouse Visa is granted. If the job are offering to sponsor him (eg on a 457) then he could come on that and apply for the Spouse Visa onshore, from which point he wouldn't be tied to that employer.
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Old Jun 30th 2011, 2:31 pm
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If you've been married more than two years - with a child - then your husband would get PR straight away, as you said earlier. Having a job is unlikely to make a difference really, though it does show that there is work for him. Quicker, easier and cheaper to apply for a Spouse Visa in the UK - don't risk coming here with him on a tourist visa and then applying here.
Also, if he comes on a tourist visa he then can't work till the Spouse Visa is granted. If the job are offering to sponsor him (eg on a 457) then he could come on that and apply for the Spouse Visa onshore, from which point he wouldn't be tied to that employer.
Oh no not thinking of a tourist visa - we basically would like a job to go to before we left the UK.

The problem with the spouse visa for us is that because the Asutralian (me) has to be the sponsor I basically dont have any of my own money to support him etc. and because we are no longer planning on selling our house dont have that to fall back on so not sure on how that would be viewed so thought that if he had a job in australia already that would make it easier to convince them we would not be high benefit users etc.
Thats why I thought it would work out better to 1st get a job and get out there, then apply for it there rather than from here.
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Old Jun 30th 2011, 2:41 pm
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Actually its all academic now - sent this email to the agency:

"we would be happy to consider Sydney, however, following some reasearch we feel that a salary of $55,000 is far to low to live in such an area, forgive me if I am wrong too but it also seems a little low for a fully qualified 40 year old mechanic with over 20 years experience (mostly peugeot dealership). Its actually probably less than I make here.

I was offered that 2 years ago along with flying us all out, shipping tools, finding and paying for 1st month accomodation, loaning a car and health insurance - I know the world economy has taken a dip but surely not by that much - again please correct me if I am wrong."

And got this email back:


Glen,
Good luck for the Future!

Regards,

Bit rude dont you think???
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Originally Posted by Rudi View Post
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You DO NOT need two incomes to survive in Australia.

However, I agree $55k is a very low wage and it would be VERY hard to survive on that sort of money in Sydney. I think your quality of life would be very low. So much of your salary would go on rent, tht you would have little left over for anything other than basic food and living costs.

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Yup, I would not fancy surviving on that alone but to say 'you need two incomes' is bullshit,
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Actually its all academic now - sent this email to the agency:

"we would be happy to consider Sydney, however, following some reasearch we feel that a salary of $55,000 is far to low to live in such an area, forgive me if I am wrong too but it also seems a little low for a fully qualified 40 year old mechanic with over 20 years experience (mostly peugeot dealership). Its actually probably less than I make here.

I was offered that 2 years ago along with flying us all out, shipping tools, finding and paying for 1st month accomodation, loaning a car and health insurance - I know the world economy has taken a dip but surely not by that much - again please correct me if I am wrong."

And got this email back:


Glen,
Good luck for the Future!

Regards,

Bit rude dont you think???
Sounds to me like you're well shot of them. They were chancing getting someone in on the cheap. Keep plugging away at it.
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Old Jun 30th 2011, 5:14 pm
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Originally Posted by HelenTD View Post
Doing a quick search for motor mechanics, there appear to be dozens of jobs at higher salaries or hourly rates in several cities that are cheaper than Sydney. Perhaps don't bother with this particular agency you have been in contact with and apply directly or via www.seek.com.au; www.simplyhired.com.au and other websites. WA has lots of automotive trade jobs, especially for diesel mechanics. Some of the ads give the opportunity to train for diesel and heavy vehicles work.
Seems to be lots more in WA - which is my preffered destination tbh, I know the place and have some family and friends there - beginning to think we should try looking there again.
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