Hello Poms in Adelaide,
It has been my dream for several years now to move to South Australia but am having no joy talking my wife into such a move. We are both 45 years old and live on the Wirral in northwest England. I currently work a general maintenance job (navvy!) but have just recently all but secured a position with the NHS in the Community Equipment Service in Liverpool. My wife has been a registered nurse for over 20 years and has been a community nurse for the last 8 of them. It is, therefore, her visa that would get us to Oz.
I would like to ask some general advice about which visa (State sponsored, skilled migrant etc) would be best for us to look at - (we are assuming here that I can talk Kate round in the next couple of years!)
Having done some preliminary research I believe that we should be okay up until the age of 50 and her experience should be a substitute for a degree which neither of us have.
Does anyone have any experience with community nursing, possibly RDNS, for her or Domicillary Equipment Service (for me) in SA? Is the lot of a community nurse a happy one? If I can show my wife that we can achieve positions similar to those which we will (hopefully) be occupying in a year or two then it would help my cause greatly. It is my daydream that we could both find these sorts of positions.
Also, I have been eyeing up the Australia Expo in Manchester at the end of March but before I commit I would like to hear some thoughts about these events.
And finally.....how much does the process of migrating actually cost? (Agents, skills checks, visa applications etc).
I look forward to hearing from anyone with advice, the temperature here is marginally above freezing and the Barossa Valley is still a long way away! : )