This has been my experience since I moved here. Australian (in quotes) means Anglo-Australians/ White Australians in this thread.
1.The Australian job market favours "Australians" (like anywhere else I guess) for any openings unless you have a skill in demand where your services are not available locally.
2. White migrants from the UK, New Zealand and other major English speaking countries (e.g. US & Canada) receive 1st priority if they can't find an "Australian". This also explains why the Australian Government and/ or companies go to the UK and run career expos. I know that some people may argue that it is because the cultures are similar, but I don't buy it. Please try and find a job before you get here. One of my friends (non-white) got a job as a professor at UniSA while still in the UK and they did not have to overcome this problem. See this post (many others can be found on the Internet): http://www.imdiversity.com/villages/...ustralians.asp
3.Do your homework before parting with the visa fees if you are not a member of no. 2 above. This will save you and your family from a lot of grief.
4. Adelaide is a very small job market (more so for certain fields). Do not just apply for provisional SA sponsorship just to get to Australia. You may not find enough work (even non-skilled) to fulfil your visa requirements for PR. Or if you have PR you may remain jobless for a long, long time.
5. If you are a professional, think much harder about leaving your country of origin before moving here (unless point number 2 applies to you). Stories abound of Indian, African and Middle Eastern professionals working in chicken factories, or as cleaners, or driving cabs etc. even after earning their Australian degrees (sometimes master's degrees)
6. I know the name of the game is "buyer beware" but I wish the Australian Government would stop frustrating some migrants and making it clear to them that they might not fit in (esp if they don't have a job pre-arranged). I am very proud of the modeling agency in Perth that told the Indian model that she may have problems getting work due to her non-Anglo background. Sometimes this info is not available for would be migrants. (Oh, but wait: the visa fees fill DIMIA's coffers and to only accept migrants from countries they desire would be construed as discriminatory).
7. I am writing this because I have seen quite a number of migrants go back to their home countries due to the above problems.
8. This is just my experience and I am happy to be challenged on it.
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