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    Hi I'm an electrician in Adelaide who moved over from the UK. To be able to get any sort of license over here you need to get a thing called an Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR). This can only be gained if you are a qualified electrician and have a minimum of 5 years experience. To gain the OTSR you need to apply to Vettasses and fill out all the paperwork to prove you have completed an electrical qualification. You also have to give them reference letters from college and past employers. Once they are happy with all the paperwork they will invite you to do a Skills test. This consists of a day in college doing a theory test and practical exam. Neither are hard but they are just trying to make sure of a few things before they give you an OTSR. I believe this can be done in Australia also but you would not be able to get a restricted licence until you have it. When you have your restricted licence you will be able to work as a Trades assistant until you complete all your gap study over here to then get your full electrical licence. There may be other ways of doing this but that is the way I have done mine and all other sparkies I have spoken to had to go the same way.
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    Glad I could help and it's all not too bad just seems a lot but will all click into place when you get here. Yeah definitely don't do it over there if it's expensive especially as you will get help over here. They run the courses quite often too so you should get on one pretty quickly. Let me know if you need any more info and I look forward to a few beers in the sunshine
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    Hi James That is a good start having your OTSR because you can’t do the qualifications transfer without it. If you think you are not far away from getting your visas I would start to enquiring about the college courses available because they generally involve attending college for 1-3 weeks. The 2 main colleges are PEER and Training Prospects. I did mine with TP and I only needed to do 1 week but as me and another Pom were the first to carry it out there it was quite intense so they were looking at maybe making it 2 weeks instead. PEER required 3 weeks. Once you have that in place you will then need to document 6 months worth of work. It sounds more than it actually is just a pain that you need to go through it to get your licence. When you first apply you will get a restricted licence which you then transfer to an A class when you get your cert III. That’s the only issue with the service side of things here you have to fill out a Certificate of compliance (COC) with pretty much every job you do and these can only be filled out with a full licence. The construction industry doesn’t seem to have much of a lull here as even in the winter it doesn’t really restrict the work. Like I said though if you would like to stay in services keep applying and it may be that some of there work requires two men so you work along side them and still be able to fill in your work log. Have you looked into a company called Skills SA? They are a company that work with the government to help people migrating. I found them by chance when I was researching in the uk and got in contact with them. They paid all my fees for the college work that needed completing and will help fund with any other costs that will help get what you need. I set up an interview for when I first arrived and they just go through all your documentation to make sure for all eligibility. The place you get the licence from is next door so good to kill two birds with one stone. Hopefully this will help you with everything and point you in the right direction. When you get here you can give me a shout and meet up for a beer. I will give you a list of companies to try and it’s best to actually turn up at the offices and see if you can talk to someone directly because it’s easier to explain your circumstances. Have you researched any places where you are looking to live or set up a starting point? Cheers
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    Hi I'm an Electrician I have been here for nearly 2 years now. The construction market at the moment is booming so is quite a good time to arrive. I work for a construction and service company but I generally only work on commercial construction sites. I believe there are many jobs out there in the facilities and servicing industry but the problem you will find is they all want fully licensed electricians. When I arrived the construction industry was in a bit of a lull but managed to find a job for a service company but whilst I was there I continued looking for work. By a chance meeting on a train I got a list of companies and dropped in with my CV to them all and got a job out of it. I got my qualifications transferred across and got my full license and jobs are a lot easier to come by now. I think the best option for you would be to start as a TA for a company but I would still try the facilities companies if that's what you would like to get into. There are companies who would be prepared to take you on as a TA because they get electricians doing the work for cheaper labour. There are plenty of agencies out here too that are always advertising as some of the major sites use the agencies so they are not tied in to contracts. How far along with the process are you? Have you looked at doing the course to get your qualifications transferred across? What sort of visa are you coming on? Sorry for all the questions but there are other things I can tell you and point you in the right direction once I know. It is a pain doing all the transfer of qualifications but I would try and start it as quickly as you can and you will hopefully be able to get into the job that you are after. Cheers
  5. Thanks for the reply we saw some work around the Renmark area but there wasn't a lot of it. He has a friend who is also travelling so they are going to go up to Queensland where there is a bit more work. I think he is fully aware of the hours and days he needs to fulfill and hopefully it won't be too strenuous finding the work.
  6. Hi my son is over here on a working visa and is looking to try and do his regional work so he can apply for his 2nd year. Does anyone know any places to look or have any contacts you could put us in touch with. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Curly
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    Meet ups southern suburbs

    Hi Barry we have been in Adelaide just over 18 months and I'm 36 and wife is 42 so similar ages to you guys. We would be happy to meet up if you're interested either for a beer or a cuppa. If you fancy it give me a pm and will see what we can sort out. Craig
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    Hi and welcome. I'm not too sure about the nursing sector as such but I know that a lot of money has been spent and going to be spent in Adelaide in education for studying in the medical sector. North terrace which is part of the CBD has got 2 new university buildings one being the Uni SA. It has a lot of research facilities and also the new Royal Adelaide hospital. From my understanding working in construction there is also more planned for the future. Someone else on here may have a better idea of the uni quality but SA seems to have a great deal going on in that field at the moment
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    We just moved to Adelaide

    Hi for the broadband we went with Optus. We are not locked in to any contract and pay $60pm for unlimited broadband. There is a minimum amount of money you need to spend but it only works out around paying for 10 months.
  10. Yeah that could be a good option or the Warradale
  11. Hi we also live in Park Holme and from the North West. I'm 35 and wife is 42 we have a 9 year old girl and 2 older children would be happy to meet up
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    Hello everyone!

    Hi Marie You are welcome always happy to help if I can and glad it was helpful to you. I was unsure about the funding also and just seen it on a website somewhere that's why I'm happy to help because there are a lot of things you need to do that you don't realise. If Alastair speaks to skills SA they will set up an interview when you first arrive but they just want to see things like visas and OTSR just to check all eligibility. I also got my restricted licence sorted out on the same day as the offices are close to each other in the city. If you have any other questions or things I may be able to help with just let me know and I will try my best to help. Good luck with the visas and hopefully they won't take too long. Speak to you when you know more. Craig
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    Hello everyone!

    Hello Marie Thats good that you are coming over on a PR visa it will help with a lot of things and also good that your husband has already gained his OTSR. Tell your husband to go on the website Skills SA and explain the circumstances and skills as he should qualify like I did for funding on the work ready program. This will then cover all the college fees for getting his Aussie regs sorted. A couple of colleges to speak to would be PEER and the one I did mine with was Training prospects. This will take at least a couple of weeks in college and unfortunately there is no way around that. He will also need a white card to get on any building sites and work ready might pay for that also. I did mine on line but some sites don't like them not sure why. I know a couple of guys who work in the domestic installations and they are flat out at the moment and could always pass the number on when you arrive. Have you given any thoughts on where you are going to live? You will be busy when you first arrive getting all things done like Medicare and licences. Craig
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    Hello everyone!

    Hi Marie firstly I have a couple of questions for you. Are you coming over on your husbands skilled Visa? the reason I ask this is he would then be completing his Offshore Technical Skills Record (OTSR). This is probably one of the most important things you will need? I will run you through the rest when I find out what situation you are coming over on. Dont worry about what people say there being no work out there because there is. It is harder having no licence but when you are on a restricted licence you are classed as a Trades Assistant. Is your husband a domestic, commercial or service electrician? when I first arrived I got a job with a servicing company but I work in construction so was looking for other work while I was there. I found a job as a Trades assistant and completed all my college work and now work for the same company as a spark. I found the company I work for by chance as a lot of the bigger companies don't advertise too much on Seek or other job sites. Over here it is more of who you know than what you know but I could help point you in the right direction when you arrive with a list of company names or even just before you arrive to put the feelers out. The company I work for now and some of the bigger companies go to employment agencies which are always advertising and what they class as a TA is probably not what me and your husband would. Some of them have no experience in the industry but still find jobs so your husband would be highly desirable in the agency's but would still be best to find a permanent job. Just as a rough idea a TA can earn $25-$30 per hour and then when he obtains his licence can earn $30-45 per hour depending on what area he works in. The college work is a pain and can be drawn out and will take at least 6 months to complete because he will need to log 6 months worth of Australian work. Like I said if you let me know your circumstances I will try my best to point you in the right direction because there was not much help when I got here just word of mouth and research but hopefully I can help you get through the process quicker because the faster you get things done the better and easier it becomes. Sorry for rambling on but there is a lot of things that need to be done that the migration agents don't tell you Look forward to hearing from you Craig
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    Hello everyone!

    The Visa process can be long but patience is the main thing. You can't rush the Aussies as you will find out when you get here haha. We wasn't sure what to expect at first when we arrived and does take time to settle in. It's very daunting at first and lots of things to sort out when you first arrive. I'm an electrician so I needed my temporary licence, sign up to Medicare and Centrelink ASAP, activate the Australian bank account. we hired a car for a few weeks and then bought a cheapish run around. Public transport is good also and reasonable price if you get a metro card. My wife struggled at first but now she loves it here. I got a job after a few weeks which helped and then made a few friends and things just sort of drop into place. Like scooterdan said you still have to carry on life as normal paying bills, food shopping etc but if you make the most of what you have around you I'm sure it will fall into place. Not many places in the world where they have public barbecue in parks. Just enjoy it as much as you can

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