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Old Jan 14th 2009, 2:47 pm
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Hello I am just wonderin what the work situation is like in Darwin and the NT at the moment I am a stonemason and have been offered employer sponsorship but I am a bit worried about the recession hitting OZ can anyone please tell me whats happening in the NT thanks
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hi alzer
think a few of us want to know what is going off in the NT
me and my OH are on there shortage list which means they having probs filling in the jobs
yet after so much emailing and cv sending no sponsorship is forth coming ?
i am a disabilty/aged care worker OH is a cable layer/construction plant operator
we was hoping a move to alice springs
as of yet not a bite
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I'm also intrested in this one, I'm planning on visiting Darwin this year (been to Melbourne and Sydney before).

Anyone here working in Darwin now? Anyone know what the IT market is like there?
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I have 2 siblings living in Darwin so would offer the following comments based on what I know. There is work in Darwin, however do not expect it to be at the higher levels. You are not likely to get offered a wide range of high paying IT jobs. There are jobs there, but I don't think they are plentiful. You might want to check out seek.com.au and do a job search for Darwin.

For the person who wants to move to Alice Springs, I would recommend that you do not do it. We lived there when we were last living in Australia, it was easy for us as we had family. However, the security situation is such that I would not choose to expose myself or family members to the situation again. Darwin is much nicer, less isolated and more to do than Alice.
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and what situation was that ?
thanks for the warning but we will be ok there is just me and hubby and kids we have no family and friends and so have only relied on each other
we keep ourself to ourselfs
and it has worked
i think alice springs will be great
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When we lived in Alice it was just DH and myself, no kids to worry about. I don't want to rain on your parade, but you will not find anything "great" about Alice Springs. If you are one of those do-gooders who thinks you are going to move there and rectify the indigenous issue, I have to tell you they will not roll out the welcome mat for you. There was recently an article in The Australian on what is going on in AS at the moment. It is 3 years since we left and we are glad that we were able to do so. I have family members who are connected to the NT police force and from what they tell me the situation is deteriorating on a daily basis. AS is the crime capital of Australia and with good reason.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...05-601,00.html

This is an accurate reflection of Alice.

The other thing you have to take account of is the isolation. I don't mind remote, but Alice is in the middle of nowhere and it is expensive to get anywhere. There are only so many times you can go to Uluru and it is a days drive to Adelaide or Darwin. Wait until you get sick and need to go to hospital. Have a heart problem - don't worry the specialist comes up once a year. The local GPs though were extraordinary - probably the best I have ever encountered.
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Hello all considering becoming a Darwinite,

I am living and working in Darwin, thanks to an employer sponsorship and RSMS visa. Darwin is probably not for everyone but I love it here :0)

To me Darwin is a compromise, because it is not as busy or hectic as a usual City (Sydney, Brisbane etc) it has a part City feel and part feel of a small coastal town on the Coast. If I like the feel of a small coastal town why didnt I settle in one? Well I tried and couldnt find work, but I could in Darwin. There is not as much work as in the other cities (Sydney, Brisbane etc) because it is not as big, and the wages aren’t as good but I am willing to sacrifice that for the slower pace of life. As I said it is a compromise of small coastal town with no work, to big busy fast paced city with more choice and better paid jobs.

I do not work in IT but believe there to be plenty of work in that area, particularly with growing rural communities in the NT. The national job search websites tend to neglect the NT a bit and you may be best looking at NT news (the local paper which has a website) direct and also the NT government website www.nt.gov.au The government has a recruitment drive on themselves at the moment too.

The one down thing about living in Darwin (cos I am honest although bias cos I love it!) is it is a high standard of living. Rent is high, buying a car is more expensive and even general daily shopping seems higher, due to a lot of groceries being transported a fair way to reach us. So i guess this combined with lower wages could really put people off.

I guess it depends what you want as I am certainly comfortable financially, although wish I coudl be saving a bit more (but when and who doesnt?!) and I dont feel the pressures that I did when I was living and working in Sydney, people arent rushing around, people are laid back, friendly and say 'g'day!' when they pass you, we have the best sunsets in the dry season and the best storms in the wet season! Okay I will stop now as I am sounding bias again hehe...

If you want to ask me anything, feel free, as well as my current home being Darwin, I have lived in Coffs Harbour and Sydney, then also visited Brisbane n travelled the east coast (but those were as a tourist – so had a different perspective), during my time in Australia and I am happy to help if I can :0)

Thanks for listening/reading guys. Have a good day :0)
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Originally Posted by susanmj View Post
hi alzer
think a few of us want to know what is going off in the NT
me and my OH are on there shortage list which means they having probs filling in the jobs
yet after so much emailing and cv sending no sponsorship is forth coming ?
i am a disabilty/aged care worker OH is a cable layer/construction plant operator
we was hoping a move to alice springs
as of yet not a bite
good luck
As another poster has stated,think very carefully prior to moving to the Alice.
It has been called the murder capital of Australia although that is is some what covered up(as negatives tend to be in OZ)
Anyway crime is an issue and besides that it is isolated and far from else where.
I worked there for only a month ages ago and was glad to return to Darwin.
Darwin ,although not cheap,is a very likable place.
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Originally Posted by missmileyselina View Post
Hello all considering becoming a Darwinite,

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Planning on been up there around june time whilst on a WHV , are there many casual jobs around that time bar/waiting on /cafe work or anything really?

Just thought i'd pick your brains as you seem to know darwin fairly well
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Planning on been up there around june time whilst on a WHV , are there many casual jobs around that time bar/waiting on /cafe work or anything really?

Just thought i'd pick your brains as you seem to know darwin fairly well
Yep there will be lots of casual work for travellers around that time of year! There will also be lots of travellers competing for them, but you should find something. My advice would be come as early as you can, by then end of June Darwin will be really busy. Most places re-open/take on extra at the start of the dry seaon in April and through May ready for the tourists. If you stay in any of the backbacker places in town, they often help set you up with casual work. Some even employ you for reduced lodgings! Hope you enjoy your time here :0)
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Originally Posted by missmileyselina View Post
Yep there will be lots of casual work for travellers around that time of year! There will also be lots of travellers competing for them, but you should find something. My advice would be come as early as you can, by then end of June Darwin will be really busy. Most places re-open/take on extra at the start of the dry seaon in April and through May ready for the tourists. If you stay in any of the backbacker places in town, they often help set you up with casual work. Some even employ you for reduced lodgings! Hope you enjoy your time here :0)
A rough sort of plan was to be leaving perth May time up to broome which i've told will be full of work at that time or make may way to straight to darwin at roughly the given times you said .....

Is it a case of if you get there early it will easier to find a job but if you come mid season if you keep looking you'll find something ??

Really appreciate your opinions , like to have as much knowledge as possible before I embark on my travels
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Originally Posted by missmileyselina View Post
Hello all considering becoming a Darwinite,

I am living and working in Darwin, thanks to an employer sponsorship and RSMS visa. Darwin is probably not for everyone but I love it here :0)

To me Darwin is a compromise, because it is not as busy or hectic as a usual City (Sydney, Brisbane etc) it has a part City feel and part feel of a small coastal town on the Coast. If I like the feel of a small coastal town why didnt I settle in one? Well I tried and couldnt find work, but I could in Darwin. There is not as much work as in the other cities (Sydney, Brisbane etc) because it is not as big, and the wages aren’t as good but I am willing to sacrifice that for the slower pace of life. As I said it is a compromise of small coastal town with no work, to big busy fast paced city with more choice and better paid jobs.

I do not work in IT but believe there to be plenty of work in that area, particularly with growing rural communities in the NT. The national job search websites tend to neglect the NT a bit and you may be best looking at NT news (the local paper which has a website) direct and also the NT government website www.nt.gov.au The government has a recruitment drive on themselves at the moment too.

The one down thing about living in Darwin (cos I am honest although bias cos I love it!) is it is a high standard of living. Rent is high, buying a car is more expensive and even general daily shopping seems higher, due to a lot of groceries being transported a fair way to reach us. So i guess this combined with lower wages could really put people off.

I guess it depends what you want as I am certainly comfortable financially, although wish I coudl be saving a bit more (but when and who doesnt?!) and I dont feel the pressures that I did when I was living and working in Sydney, people arent rushing around, people are laid back, friendly and say 'g'day!' when they pass you, we have the best sunsets in the dry season and the best storms in the wet season! Okay I will stop now as I am sounding bias again hehe...

If you want to ask me anything, feel free, as well as my current home being Darwin, I have lived in Coffs Harbour and Sydney, then also visited Brisbane n travelled the east coast (but those were as a tourist – so had a different perspective), during my time in Australia and I am happy to help if I can :0)

Thanks for listening/reading guys. Have a good day :0)
Hi missmileyselina

Thanks for your post.

How do property prices fair with the other cities? Are they cheaper in comparison?

Are there any 'cad' areas in Darwin, places you'd not want to live?

What's the traffic like at peak times?

Thanks.
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I'm also intrested in this one, I'm planning on visiting Darwin this year (been to Melbourne and Sydney before).

Anyone here working in Darwin now? Anyone know what the IT market is like there?
I worked in IT in Darwin for a spell and I know the company I worked for (that has ALL the gov contracts ) was always on the lookout for good staff.
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The one down thing about living in Darwin (cos I am honest although bias cos I love it!) is it is a high standard of living. Rent is high, buying a car is more expensive and even general daily shopping seems higher, due to a lot of groceries being transported a fair way to reach us. So i guess this combined with lower wages could really put people off.
This is true. I know plenty of people who love Darwin and wouldn't be anywhere else. There is definitely a slower pace of life and if you love your 'easy' activities like fishing - and I mean really love it above all else - then Darwin may be for you.

For us, the long wet season when we spent so long indoors with the aircon running reminded us of what we left behind in the UK. Namely winters spending so long indoors with the heater running.

During the dry season, the weather is spectacular and there is some life about the place but during the wet, there are no tourists and even the locals head south, so the place is really quiet. And even if it wasn't, it's too damn wet to go outside and do anything. The beautiful places like Litchfield and Kakadu will be flooded and the sea is full of deadly jellyfish and crocs.

Darwin has its plus points and I would encourage people to check it out in June / July / August but I could not recommend living there, based on my own experience.

Forgot to add re: groceries. Not only do they cost more, they are most certainly not fresh.
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Originally Posted by wmoore View Post
I worked in IT in Darwin for a spell and I know the company I worked for (that has ALL the gov contracts ) was always on the lookout for good staff.
Thanks, nice to know there are jobs available in this area. Does the local work force have a large amount of IT workers? Do they have an advantage getting jobs over outsiders?

Intresting post about the weather, I didn't think it got as extreme up there. Always good to know these things.
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