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  1. Warnbro

    Advice on what to ship?

    My big regret is not bringing as much as we could. Sure, clear out your old junk, but bring all your pots and pans and kichen stuff, power tools, hand tools, jars of nuts and bolts and all the other useful stuff you have accumulated over time. It hurts like mad when you have to buy a new adjustable spanner for double what you would pay in the UK, knowing that you sold a perfectly good one at a boot sale for under a quid just before you left.
  2. It very much depends on what trade you are in. People in mining construction services did very well up until early 2015. Big money was made and if people were sensible, they would have squirreled a bit of that away. I'd say the downturn has hit those who didn't plan ahead the hardest. I know quite few people who earned big and spent bigger who are now suffering. I have one friend who went on a grand 6 week world tour in 2013 which cost him and his wife over $100k. She paid someone to do the housework and the ironing and they were always popping off for luxury mini breaks in places like Margaret River on his week off. He's was laid off once the job he was working on finished, and now he's earning around $70k a year managing a shop. Now $70k a year is not bad for a couple with no kids, hardly poverty. But they are in dire straights. They have a pretty big mortgage on their house and can't downsize because the house isn't worth as much as they paid for it. The fact is, if they'd been a bit sensible, they could have been mortgage and debt free before he was retrenched. Younger people have also suffered a bit as well. Kids were leaving school back in 2012 and walking into low skilled jobs paying $80k a year. Not the case today. Perth has been through the old boom and bust cycle before and no doubt it will happen again. The trick is to recognise when you are in a boom and make some preparations for the bust.
  3. Warnbro

    Construction industry

    I agree. Some of our best workers are new arrivals. I suppose it makes sense. Lazy people don't up sticks and move half way around the world for a better life. I think some of the problem is that there is this perception that the newly arrived Pom may well decide they have made a mistake and decide to turn tail and go home. The longer you have been here, the less this is a concern for potential employers. You can't claim benefits for the first two years, so you lose nothing by doing a bit of unpaid voluntary work. I didn't do that myself, but I know an ex civil servant from the UK who came over on his wifes visa (Nursing). He volunteered to clean the windows at the local aged care facility and also did three days a week at the local Good Sammy sorting through donations. He's now manager of maintenance at the aged care facility. In my first week, I took my forklift ticket and paid the instructor some extra to let me play around on it for a couple of hours to hone my skills (I was a bit rusty). I signed up with a couple of labour hire companies and took anything they offered even if it meant travelling 50kms for half a days work. I got myself a reputation for never turning anything down and always being on the other end of the phone. They could ring me at 9am and I would be on site at 10am. My first full time job was pretty rubbish with long, unsocial hours but I used my free time to write off for things I wanted to do. Eventually, I got myself into what I am doing now. I think Vicky87's hubby may have also struggled last time around because they were on a working holiday visa. I expect being here on a PR next time will change things a bit.
  4. Warnbro

    Construction industry

    FIFO probably wouldn't be an option anyway for a new arrival. The FIFO jobs tend to go to those who have done it before. But the plus side is that when a FIFO project starts, it creates vacancies in Perth. As for finding work when you first arrive, it's best to just take anything you can get so that you gain some local experience. I started out doing forklift work through an agency. A day or two here and there to start with and then one of the contracts turned into a full time job. The longer you are here, the easier it becomes to find work (employers are reluctant to take on people who have just stepped off the plane).
  5. Warnbro

    Construction industry

    I wouldn't get too carried away with this story if I were you. In comparison to the period 2010 to 2014, these projects are chicken feed. Back then we had all of the Iron Ore and Oil and Gas majors building some of the worlds biggest projects all at the same time. Ports needed expansion, rail networks had to be built. The huge influx of new people created an unprecedented demand for housing and wages went through the roof. Big projects blew out their budgets and a lot of lessons were learned. This is not what is going to happen this time. Of course, there will be job opportunities but they will generally go to those who have done fly in/fly out work before (FIFO). FIFO is a pretty hard game to get into especially since FIFO worker welfare became a major issue. The big miners would rather employ someone who has done it before than take the risk on a newbie. However, every FIFO worker who is currently doing something else, will leave behind a job in Perth. These newly vacated jobs will become easier for a new arrival to walk into.
  6. Warnbro

    Good news for Perth and WA

    Of course this is good news but it won't be anything like what WA experienced a few years ago. These expansions were always coming and anyone in the industry has known about them for years. They are part and parcel of the life cycle of a mine. Build it, get it up and running, expand it. The South Flank project is pretty big though and it will create a fair few FIFO construction opportunities. I'd bet though that most of those jobs will be filled by former resource construction workers who are currently in Perth doing other things.
  7. Warnbro

    Renewal of UK driving licence??

    I've done a bit of ping pong pomming in my time and a few years back, I moved back to the UK for a spell due to family reasons (I'm currently back in WA). To make life easier for myself, I renewed my UK licence. It was actually very easy as I still had my nine year old card. All I needed was proof of my current address such as a council tax or utility bill and a current form of ID such as a passport. Took about five minutes in the post office. If you were coming back for a year or less (simply for a holiday or something), use your Aussie licence. I've done that many times and had no problem with hiring cars or anything else for that matter.
  8. Warnbro

    Has anyone gone to WA on a 188 Visa

    I've been pretty lucky in that the firm I work for secured a decent long term contract with an overseas client just before things started to "go south". Life is still pretty good in Perth, but it isn't what it was a few years ago. The great majority of people I know have suffered to some degree from the downturn.
  9. Warnbro

    Approved business sponsors/TSS

    I'm afraid the cards are all stacked heavily against you. I know two bricklayers who were run off their feet until early 2015. One is now doing part time caretaking work and the other returned to the UK two years ago because he couldn't find anything here. Most brickies here are self employed. House building doesn't work the same way here as it does in the UK. Developers don't buy land and build 100's of houses in one go. They sell serviced blocks and the buyer then employs a builder to design and construct a house. The builders generally sub out all of the trades. House building was booming until a few years ago. WA had the fastest rate of population growth in Australia due to the mining boom and the relaxation of some of the migration rules (more trades on the most wanted list). This has now reversed and construction is suffering. There is no shortage of construction workers in WA, if anything, there is an acute oversupply. It is highly unlikely that any company would be able to sponsor you because to prove they have tried to employ a resident, they would have to advertise the job and there would be no shortage of applicants. Being over 45, you will never be able to become a permanent resident anyway.
  10. Warnbro

    Construction industry

    Headwinds facing WA constrction. 1. WA has spent ahead on resource infrastructure and has more than enough capacity to satisfy resources demand for many years ahead. 2. Perth has an apartment, Hotel and office space glut which currently sits at record levels. 3. The State Government has massively overspent on bling projects in the last decade (Stadium, Elizabeth Quay, Forest Highway etc.). 4. The State Government currently has a near record budget deficit. 5. Perth has a near record number of available properties for sale and rent and the lowest population growth rate in recorded history.
  11. Warnbro

    Construction industry

    Construction has picked up over the last year but Perth is still very very far from booming. Both posters were right. Perth is in the doldrums compared to just 4 or 5 years ago. Maybe things are improving, but it is very slow progress at best. It would be remiss of anyone on here to paint a false picture of reality just to suit the grass is always greener outlook of a prospective migrant to WA. Even back when Perth was boomtown central, local people with local work experience always got first dibs at the best jobs. But as there were so many jobs around, migrants could walk into positions with relative ease. Of course, if you are the best person for the job today, you will get it. But, if you are equal best along with a local person, you won't. Truth is though, there are a lot of very experienced local people in WA doing filler in jobs (handyman, shop work, Uber driving etc.) whilst they wait for things to pick up again. It is very stressful (making the big move). But please view this forum for what it is. Free advice which you can choose to take or not. Don't shout at those with experience who offer you free advice just because they say something you'd rather not hear.
  12. I took out citizenship four years ago and all I had was a certified copy of my Birth Certificate. Same one I used for my visa application years before. I had no problems.
  13. Most visa classes require that you are under 45 at the time of application. There are some classes with higher age limits but they involve having immediate family already in Australia or significant long term investment in Australia. I moved heaven and earth to get my application on their desk just before my 45th as a day late and it would have been curtains for my hopes. Sorry to say this, but I think you've left it a bit late.
  14. Warnbro

    At a turning point - Not sure what the future holds

    When you come here, you might as well be going to Mars or Venus if you want something similar to the UK. Australians look a bit like English people, talk a bit like English people but it ends there. You have to be prepared for a sea change in attitude, values and outlook on life in general. Every time you open your gob, you'll be a pom. If you complain about anything, you'll be a whingeing pom. After two or three years, you'll be a whingeing pom with a bit of a local accent. On the other hand, after a few years, your kids will be true Blue Ocker Bondi Aussies with dual nationality and the freedom of the planet. And after all, that is what is all about.
  15. Warnbro

    At a turning point - Not sure what the future holds

    Anyone who comes here thinking that life will be easier than back in the UK is fooling themselves. It's a bloody hard slog for a good few years at least. But stick it out for long enough and your endeavours will bear fruit. My best advice is to stick it out because every year under your belt brings a better year in front of you. I speak from experience. Good luck.