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new4you says

Hey Andrew …

I’ve been I.T contracting in Australia for more than 10 years now (in Sydney) .... it’s definately NOT booming (any more).

I currently contract for one of the big Investments Banks – they are laying people off, and downsizing hourly rates for those lucky enough to survive.

Its basically the same sort of story for all my mates in different I.T companies/industries.

Jay.

I heard that everyone in Australia must have a boomerang. It’s kind of like their form of identification. Write that down…

Hahaha! I love that. I’ve got one, comes in handy occasionally :P

I’m in Australia, Sydney specifically.

No, but seriously Zigmat the IT industry in Australia is booming and suffering at the same time. It’s generally booming as technology in Australia is becoming more advanced, but it’s suffering as the Recession is hitting businesses causing them to have to knock off some workers and so on.

If you want to drop me an email i can give you a list of some good sites to find Australian related IT work – one or two specifically IT related too.

Housing in Australia, especially Cities are becoming expensive and also you’ll have to bring lots of money depending on your Currency as I’m paying almost double for things in USD that i buy :(

I suggest taking a trip over here (only if you can afford it) and have a look around, make yourself familiar with what goes on and how things work. Then you can visit the Immigration office and have a chat with them about whats required, etc…

Though, think and plan this out very well as it always pays to be prepared too.

Thanks, Andrew

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zigmat says

I have an IT education but I want work in web. At http://www.seek.com.au i see there is a bunch of places to work.

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Alexhughes says

I thought about this not so long ago. However thought with the worlds economy as it is, I don’t see this to be the best time to take risks.

However, if you do decide to make the move during this ‘lovely’ recession. Be sure to let us all/me know so we can join you! (I LOVE SUN TOO )

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zigmat says

Today I learned that my country is not included in the list of countries from which animals can be transported to Australia. And without my 2 cats (Paco and Semo) I am not going to anywhere.

According to what I read on the Australian government website, I need to live in one of these “allowed countries” six months and then fly with the animals.

I feel, l have to come to live in England for some time :(.

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thomasfedb says

Have a 6 month holidya! Or, give em a call and work things out…

Australia really is a buitiful place!

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Daan says

At the moment, I’m still a high school student, but together with my cousing (same age/education) we’re planning on living/working in Australia (Sydney) for a year (or 2), so I’m definately learning from this topic.

Thanks!
I think it’ll be great, but I didn’t know I had to go through all these procedures, Hehe…

Many Aussies here btw :)

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ck101 says

If you become either a New Zealand or Australian citizen, you then automatically have the right to live and work in both countries. I am a New Zealander and spend half my time in Australia/half in New Zealand.

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tjackson12 says

I think the job of print coder and designer are good and in this field, you can get more knowledge. You can search local resources for designers on Google.

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PaddyTaylor says

Hi, I do not want to wet anyone’s bonfire but spiders aside – if you are from Europe (assuming you are under 30) then you can go on a working holiday for 1 year (potentially extendable to 2 base don you doing Agricultural work whilst there). BUT to stay long term is very tricky.

You either need to be married to an Aussie (not a simple as it sounds as you must prove co-habitation and bank accounts etc), be sponsored by a company (again this costs a fortune for the company and is very rare unless you are highly specialised) or get a skilled visa – to do this you need to be in a highly demanded industry e.g. medicine, banking, specialised services etc. Design and media is not on this list. That paperwork can take as you said a year and will cost you into the thousands to do properly (it is worth getting help from a company who specialise in it because if you make a mistake you have to start over).

I am relocating from the UK to Sydney at Xmas under my current agency to set up a new office and there are even requirements on how many native Aussies we must employ and how much we must invest in the economy.

I wish anyone who wants to go to Aus the best of luck but STRONGLY advise you do your homework because while our industry is booming there it is not as simple as you might expect.

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FRESHFACE says

3yr old thread, nothing is booming anywhere now :)

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