It’s already September – not too much time left in 2015 to make your goal of moving to Australia a reality. Luckily we’re on hand with our top three tips to get you off your couch and onto that plane to Australia this year. Yep, this year. Really.
Sort a job before you land
For your best chance at an Australian visa, it’ll help to work in an industry that desperately needs your skills and experience. We’ve recently done a round-up of the occupations in demand in Australia – check out the list to see if your occupation is on it.
If it is, start searching for your new job in Australia. Working In Australia’s job board is updated regularly with opportunities across Australia in a variety of industries.
However, if your occupation isn’t on the list, there are still other visa options open to you – see ‘Understand your Australian visa options’ below.
Meet Australian employers in the UK
Even better than looking online for your job in Australia is meeting Australian employers on your home turf in the UK. You can do that this October as the Working International Expo is returning to London and Manchester.
The expos have a fantastic range of Australian employers, across a range of industries. This October we have upmarket retail giant David Jones exhibiting with us, looking for top UK Buyers. Also exhibiting are Retail FM, looking for Maintenance and Refrigeration Engineers. In Healthcare we have four organisations attending the expo, looking to lure doctors, nurses, and other Healthcare professionals to a job in the lucky country.
You’ll also have a chance to learn what it’s really like to live and work in Australia – face-to-face.
Think Beyond Sydney and Melbourne
Sydney and Melbourne are consistently found in the world’s most liveable cities surveys – but the rest of Australia has a lot to offer too. Competing against the big city lights, certain areas in Australia are desperately in need of skilled workers and they’re attractive options too.
Secure employment, progressive career opportunities, enviable lifestyles without the big city bustle, and incredible scenery can all be found outside Australia’s major centres. Even better – there’s a visa programme dedicated to regional centres, called the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.
It’s not a points-based visa scheme which may mean you find it easier to meet the criteria. Applying for this scheme means you cannot move to:
- The Gold Coast
Understand your Australian visa options
There’s a wide range of visa options available in Australia for business owners, family members, students, skilled workers and more.
The best way to understand the Australian visa process and the different options available to you is to get expert visa advice. At the Working International Expo in London and Manchester, you can meet Australian visa specialists like Migration Planners face to face. You’ll be able to understand the visa requirements and which visa may be right for you.
The Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection has a helpful visa finder tool, too.
Prove your commitment
Australian employers want to know that you’re really committed to taking the big step of moving, living and working in Australia.
Have you visited Australia? Are you planning to? Do you have family or friends there? Are you going to bring all your family with you, or are they staying behind? How will you cope thousands of kms from home? Will you arrive only to leave a few months later?
Think carefully about all of the above questions. If you’re still keen, then great.
One way to show your commitment is to attend the Working International Expo. All in one place you’ll find answers to all of your questions, and Aussies to grill about what it’s really like to live and work in Australia.
Make the move to Australia this October
From London and Manchester, you can get all you need to make the move to Australia – find a job, sort your visa and make all your moving arrangements, from finding movers to opening your bank account.
See you there!