hi Leah, I m sorry that I cant help out with info for the visa process, as im a pommie OT working in NZ and now moving to adelaide, so its a different proxess for us, however I have heard about the sponsorship process whereby if you apply for a job and the employer wants you over the other candidates, that employer can sponsor you for your visa application.
I have just completed a 3 month locum in SA, to figure out if we really wanted to make the move, and adelaide is lovely, salaries are much better than NZ, and also for comparison of length of service higher than the NE of UK, when i completed the locum job i was working in health and they paid for flights and accomodation for three months, as it was rural. the SA health website gives you lots of updates on jobs available and also gives you an idea of the salary bands. to give you an idea senior level AHP 2 is 71,000 - 80,000 approx. which is great. the other really great thing about health SA is that they have a salary sacrificing thing, which means that you can designate to pay mortgage, childcare etc.. as a direct debit from your salary b4 you get taxed. there is a limit and i think its about 7- 9% of your annual income can be salary sacrificed b4 tax. the company that i will b working for dont offer this though, im going to be starting end of march with a company that specialises in work cover serious injury clients.
I will know more about the world of OT in SA after that date
Jo 34, Marc 36, 4 boys, 15,9,3,1.