Australia is a vast and fascinating country and offers some fantastic employment opportunities for expats. Below, we’ve put together a few tips that are worth bearing in mind if you’re looking to move to and work in Australia or if you already happen to be in the country and want to change occupations.
- Get Your Visa in Order
Whether you’re already in Australia or are looking to move over there to boost your career, getting a visa allowing you to work legally is an essential part of the process.
There are a number of different visas on offer for workers depending on your circumstances.
If you only intend to be in the country for up to year, for example, the Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) is a good choice, as it allows the holder to work and live in Australia for up to 12 months.
If you happen to have specific skills that can be of use in nationally deficient sectors, however, getting a skill-based visa can be a solid option for securing a good route into Australia to work. By applying via the Australian SkillSelect service, you can submit your details and may be nominated to work in a specific sector in the country, or even be invited to lodge a visa application by the Government.
- Insure against the Worst
It’s might not be too pleasant to think about, but getting good insurance coverage can be a real safety net when you’re trying to find your feet in the world of Australian work.
In the case of health insurance, it’s good to make sure that you have coverage for ambulance fees as depending on which Australian state you happen to be in, even a simple trip to the hospital can prove costly.
If you’re living out of a backpack as part of a working holiday, getting solid contents insurance is key, as this can save a lot of hassle if you happen to misplace key items such as your phone or wallet.
In the same line as being safe rather than sorry, fitting your phone with an international simcard can help cut costs when checking in with friends and family in the UK or other parts of the world.
- Get Acclimatised
This tip is dependent on experience, but getting used to the climate of Australia is especially important for a long-time resident of the UK, which generally experiences radically different weather conditions throughout the year.
The heat is one of the biggest challenges that a non-native is immediately confronted with, as even in the Australian winter months (June to August), it’s not often that the temperature drops below freezing. During the UK’s winter (December to February), seeing a temperature above ten degrees in urban areas is typically rare.
While it may be tempting to park yourself under an air conditioner as often as possible while in Australia, this actually slows down the rate at which your body adapts to the sudden shift in daily temperatures, so while you shouldn’t spend an entire day in the baking sun, it’s still better to immerse yourself in the climate of Australia than avoid it.
- Learn the Lingo
While Australian English is structurally the same as most other varieties of English found across the world, there are quite a few features unique to the Antipodean nation, which we’ll dip into here.
An introductory word that you probably already know is ‘G’day’, which is the equivalent to a UK resident saying ‘Hello’ or ‘Alright?’ when meeting someone.
A lesser-known phrase to non-Australians is ‘Fair dinkum’, which is used before or after a statement to effectively say ‘It’s true’.
If you happen to hear people describe things as ‘Full(y) sick’, it’s generally a good thing rather than a bad one, while ‘True blue’ is a recognised expression of authenticity and honesty.
There are numerous nuances and special features of Australian English, so brushing up on your ‘Aussie’ is always a good idea to ensure that you can take part in conversations and don’t feel left out when working in the nation.
- Get the Best Deal when Transferring Your Wages Abroad
If your new job in Australia is only intended to be temporary, or if you have to send your wages back to the UK for family members, chances are that you’ll be doing this fairly regularly. Sending money overseas isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation, however, as depending on how you transfer this money, you may or may not incur mounting fees that ultimately reduce how much you’re able to transfer without deductions.
Thankfully, there is a stress-free solution to this problem – by using a Regular Overseas Payment service (ROPs), you can routinely transfer Australian Dollars to Pounds from an Australian bank account to a UK one, without experiencing any hassle or garnering fees.
ROPs are offered by leading currency brokers, foreign exchange experts who can also provide expert guidance when it comes to getting the most from your international currency transfers.
We hope that these tips put you on the right path towards having a great job in Australia or help guide you to a great career if you’re already establishing yourself within the country. As with any new experience, working in Australia isn’t daunting if you just take it one step at a time. True blue!