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Posted on Nov 26, 2015 in Australia, New Zealand |

6 Misconceptions About Australia and New Zealand

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT AUSTRALIA Not all animals are poisonous in Australia. In fact you can hardly come by bad spiders and snakes, so they could be easily avoided. Furthermore, Australia is the home of one of the sweetest animal – the Quokka. Not all Aussies live outback. Actually half of Australia’s population live in the five largest cities like Sydney and Melbourne. Aussies and Kiwis are not the same. While they do are more similar to each other compared to Chinese or Arabs, the two nations are quite different. It’s like saying that Canada is part of the United States of America and vice versa. Kiwis are really tetchy on this topic. MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT NEW ZEALAND New Zealand is 100% green. Some tourists get the impression that everything is clean and green in New Zealand. This is not true. New Zealand is not as green as people think it is. In fact the environment records are not that impressive. New Zealand has 20 sheep for every person. Although, no one’s going to deny the fact that sheep farming has been crucial in the development of New Zealand’s economy, it now stands at seven sheep per human. The capital of New Zealand is Auckland. If you hear Auckland all the time this is because Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and main transport hub. But New Zealand’s capital since 1865 is Wellington. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about New Zealand visas, you can e-mail us at If you found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Nov 13, 2015 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Living Abroad, Travel, Travel Destinations |

7 Top Places to Visit in Perth

Perth is ranked one of the best places to live on the planet and also one of the world’s most sunniest capital city. These are the top 7 places to visit in Perth: 1. Kings Park and Botanic Gardens Kings Park and Botanic Garden is often called the green heart of the city. It is located in the top of St. George’s Terrace. The park is one of the most popular destinations among the tourists in Western Australia. There are extraordinary river and city views from the park. With its barbeque and picnic facilities, Kings Park is preferred by families with young children. 2. Perth Cultural Centre The Perth Cultural Centre includes the Western Australian Museum, the Library of Western Australia, the Art Gallery, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and The Blue Room Theatre. It is a place to learn new things, get involved in different activities or just enjoy the sunshine. Near to the public transport and adjacent to the Perth central train station, the Cultural Centre is a dynamic and lively public area. 3. Fremantle Harbour Fremantle has recently been named in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016. It is one of Australia’s busiest ports. There’s a great weekend market here with locally grown produce and live music. The streets are full of trendy cafes and bars, musicians and collections of art. Tourists are also attracted by the waterfront at the western end of Victoria Quay as it is open for people to watch the port’s workings. 4. Cottesloe Beach Cottesloe Beach is one of Perth’s best and most popular beaches. Walking along the coastline, surfing, diving or snorkelling are just a few of all the activities you can enjoy here. In March Cottesloe Beach becomes an open gallery. 5. Rottnest Island  Rottnest Island attracts half a million visitors a year. It is a nature reserve and an idyllic little island offering a range of marvellous white beaches with crystal clear water, bays and coves, reefs and wrecks. 6. Perth Zoo What you can find in Perth Zoo is a diversity of 164 species of animals and a...

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Posted on Oct 7, 2015 in Australia |

Do you Know Your Working Rights in Australia?

The 10 basic rights all employees in Australia are entitled to are: Maximum of 38 hours working week for standard week plus additional hours Annual leave – four weeks paid leave Parental and adoption unpaid leave of 12 months with an option to request another 12 months Personal / carer’s leave of 10 days Request flexible working arrangements Public holidays leave Log service leave Community service leave Notice of termination and redundancy pay Provision of a Fair Work Information Statement What are the minimum pay rates for foreign workers? In Australia, all employees are treated equally regardless if they are temporary work visa holders or Australian citizens. No one should be paid less than the minimum wage. The national minimum wage in Australia as of July 2015 is $656.90 per week, or $17 .29 per hour. Can you be paid in cash? Yes, if your employer decides so and as long as the appropriate taxes are paid to the Australian Tax Office. Alternatively, you can be paid using cheque, money or postal order or money transfer into your bank account. You should also be getting superannuation. Taking your wages in cash and not paying any taxes is against the Australian laws. All employers should issue a payslip within 1 day of your pay day. What are your working rights as a 457 Visa holder: The employers hiring overseas skilled workers on 457 visa need to ensure the conditions and pay rate offered are not less favourable than those offered on their Australians working the same or similar job in the same workplace. You and your family can be covered all travel costs in case you need to leave Australia – you only need to request this in written You are only required to provide the duties related to your approved occupation Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about Canadian visas, you can e-mail us at If you found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Sep 11, 2015 in Australia, Work in Australia, Working Abroad |

5 Tips for Working in Australia

If you are looking for a career challenge in a country of almost unlimited opportunities, Australia should be your first choice because the demand for qualified overseas workers in most Australian sectors is really strong. The average working hours in Australia are 38 per week and the employees are entitled to four weeks annual leave. 1. Working in Australia as a backpacker Looking for job in Australia while you are travelling is much more different compared to job search at home. You may need to consider different opportunities you would never have done before or accept weird working hours. Backpackers are allowed to work only 12 months. Those looking for a longer term job can apply through SkillSelect for permanent positions. Working Holiday makers who intend to work in construction, will need the so called “white card” and a day of safety training. And those intending to work behind the bar and to serve alcohol, should have passed RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) training. You can find a lot of vacancies online while still at home. Some of the most popular websites for job search are Gumtree, Backpacker Jobs and Seek. If you want to extend your first Working Holiday visa with another 12 months, you need three months seasonal job in regional Australia. Gumtree is a good place to look for seasonal jobs. Remember, don’t pay anything upfront as a ‘deposit’. Get familiar with the Working holiday visa  1. Working in Australia as a backpacker We are sending people to Australia for so many years now. Are you eligible? Check the main requirements below: – be aged 18-30 – hold an eligible passport valid for at least 6 months after your proposed return – have no dependant children – be able to prove sufficient funds – be of good character and meet the health criteria. Look for the cheapest flight to Australia The flights are cheaper in April, May, June and November, so if you want to save some money book your flights around that time. Another saving tip: If you are sure you won’t be getting a...

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Posted on Sep 7, 2015 in Australia, Australian Immigration, Living Abroad |

Living in Australia After Graduation

If your study in Australia is near to its end and if you are not ready to leave Australia just right now, then you have no other choice but stay and look for a job! There are a number of options for those of you seeking a job in Australia. Job Opportunities for Graduates in Australia There are a lot of job opportunities for graduates from tertiary universities in Australia. Some of the most popular websites to look for a job are and where you can find great job vacancies for international students. Another option is the local job market. Skilled graduates from Australian universities are in high demand in the country, especially if their English language skills are advanced. A number of industries such as hospitality, health and tech Industries are growing in Australia and there’s a desperate need for skilled workers. Australian Graduate Visa Options Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) To meet the criteria for this visa, you need to be undewr 50 years old and have recently graduated with an eligible qualification from the Skilled Occupation list (SOL). You also need to be in Australia in order to aply for this visa; Skilled—Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476) This visa is for engineering graduates to gain up to 28 months skilled experience in Australia. To be eligible you need to be under 31 and in the last 2 years you have completed an engineering degree at one of the universities recognized by the immigration authorities. Cost of Living As a young working professional you need to have a clear idea of the cost of living in Australia. Those who have already lived in Australia as students might be aware that the salaries are good but the daily expenses are pretty high in Australia too. Cost of Living in Australia, 2015 Source: Markets Avg. Milk, (1 liter) 1.47 A$ Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.84 A$ Rice (1kg) 2.93 A$ Eggs (12) 4.65 A$ Cheese (1kg) 9.68 A$ Chicken Breasts (1kg) 11.03 A$ Apples (1kg) 4.19 A$ Oranges (1kg) 3.70 A$ Tomato (1kg) 4.68 A$ Potato (1kg) 2.96 A$ Lettuce (1 head) 2.43 A$ Water...

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Posted on Aug 28, 2015 in Australia |

Top 10 Things to Do in Melbourne

Melbourne has recently been ranked the most liveable city in the world for the fifth year in a row. And we absolutely agree with this! The city is home of great number of attractions and plenty of surrounding destinations. Look at the top 10 places that you should visit in Melbourne according to us: National Gallery of Victoria The National Gallery of Victoria is free, apart from special exhibitions. There is a Kids Space on the ground floor for the children to play in. Designed by Sir Roy Grounds, the National Gallery of Victoria’s international art collection is really outstanding. You can spend a wonderful day enjoying the paintings, sculpture, fashion and photography exhibitions there. To go there use tram to St Kilda Road (multiple routes) or train to Flinders Street. It is open every day from 10am-5pm. Free City Circle Tram This is the best way to get around the city using the free City Circle Tram. It takes around 30 minutes and you can get on and off as many times as you wish. The City Circle Trams stops at places of interests such as Aquarium, Federation Square, Parliament House etc. The tram runs every day between 10 am and 6 pm. Royal Botanic Gardens One of the city’s most impressive treasures is the Royal Botanic Gardens and you can set aside a few hours to take a walk there. It is open every day from 7.30am till sunset. Enjoy a variety of trees, plants and flowers set on 38 hectres of land by the Yarra River. Australian Centre of the Moving Image This is the first centre of this kind in the world dedicated to the cinema and TV shows from the earliest time till the modern videos, moving image from the digital era nowadays. Films and documentaries are screened every day and there are many workshops even for kids. The centre is open daily from 10 am till 5 pm. St Kilda Beach One of the most favourite attractions to relax in Melbourne is St Kilda. It is near to the city surrounded by some...

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Posted on Aug 13, 2015 in Australia, Migration News, Work in Australia |

Labour Agreement will Lower the Income Threshold for 457 Chefs and Cooks in Australia

There is a shortfall of 56,000 Chefs, cooks and restaurant managers on Australian market according to Restaurant & Catering Australia. Employers say these are among the most difficult vacancies to fill. Cooks, chefs and restaurant managers were in Top 15 of the nominated occupations for 2014-15. And the sector demanded easier conditions from the Government to get overseas workers for these vacancies through the 457 program. It is expected that the industry will require additional 43,700 jobs by November 2018. As a result of this and to deal with the constant shortages in the sector, a historic labour agreement was negotiated with the Australian government for Cooks and Chefs. Waiters will also be included after national endorsement of this occupation. The labour agreement will lower the income threshold by 10% for restaurants should they meet particular criteria. Industry Labour Agreement outlines some specific requirements for both the business and the overseas worker, such as industry recognition through award programs, la carte menu, having uniformed staff and a maître d’ etc. for the employers; and certain skills, qualifications and English language requirements for the employee. Food and Accommodation sector in Australia was the largest user of the 457 temporary work visa program for the period 2014-15, with 4,350 approved applications. Mr. John, Hart Restaurant & Catering Australia CEO said: “Skilled migration has contributed to the evolution and fusion of cuisine types here in Australia. With migration comes innovation and new ways of thinking about food and the restaurant experience. With skilled migration also comes job creation for local Australians. The reality is most businesses find it difficult to remain open when they cannot find suitably trained staff. The facilitation of a small number of skilled workers under this agreement will ensure businesses remain open, are productive, and have the capacity to hire and train local workers Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about Australian visas, you can e-mail us at If you found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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