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Any one out here who has landed in West Australia? Please throw some light, eager to know about that state too as I plan to move in shortly.

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Hello Friends

I got my PR by sep end 2012. Currently winding up things in India to move to Sydney for job-search by Feb end or March start.

I see lot of collective experience/wisdon from people who are already ahead of me and "been there done that"; and hope that I would get some realistic feedback to the questions I have at this moment.

Here's my summary:

1. IT professional with 10+ years of experience - primarily technical, in SAP NetWeaver. Certified SAP Portal consultant. At a managerial post in a big consulting/technology US mnc working out of Bangalore, but in the last few days of my notice period.
2. Have plans to get PMP certified by April. Already completed the PMP workshop for 35 PDUs and will take the test once in Oz.
3. International exposure - Have lived in Canada/US, UK, Europe in the past on work assignments, but would be my first time to Oz.
4. First, would travel alone to search/land a job then would bring wife/kid over.

Questions:

1. Is INR 600000 ~ 10k AUD enough for 4 months considering worst-case scenario of being jobless and in a shared accommodation?
2. What options does one have to earn money (what kind of jobs available?) while trying/waiting to get a job of your choice/field?
3. How's the demand for SAP NetWeaver (if someone really knows)?
4. I do understand that Oz follows/recognizes the Prince2 model for Proj. Mgmt, nevertheless does PMP certification add value in Oz?

This is my first post since becoming a member of this forum a couple of days back. Please excuse my ignorance if the info I am seeking here is already available in other threads - if you know, do guide me to those threads.

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Am new to this forum. Was just reading all the posts of this title. Gone thro' all the 19 pages. It has loads of information.
Not to forget i'm also keeping my fingers crossed for my PR

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Hey Satish,

Nice to have a detailed information on Adelaide and financial services market there. It was really a good detailed account about Adelaide and its life in general. I got PR 190 SA and will move to Adelaide in the 2nd week of May'2013 and expecting a lot of co-operation from you and i am immigrating as an liasion officer and and had a 15 years of experience of India in accounting, financial and liasioning sector and i think you know a lot about these sectors.

Hope to get the very vital guidelines from you.

Please let me know that can i pm you or can we conversate through mails ?

Thanks in advance.


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Hi Friends,

Nice to see you all here. I was active here until last year, then I don't know why I didn't got time to surf. Nice to see my friends like Anj and some others are still active here. I was looking for someone who landed here in Adelaide and their settlement stories...

We landed here in Adelaide during December '11 from Middle East wher we worked. Both me and my wife are from Banking and Finance and we were well aware that getting a start here in Adelaide will be little difficult than other cities. Within a weeks/months time we managed to get rented accommodation, school admission, car, medicare, driving license and other stuff. I enrolled for a 5 months taxation course here and started applying for jobs. Initially started getting interview calls from good Companies, but after 2nd/3rd level interviews I was not shortlisted further. Reasons might be lack of local experience, over qualifications etc.

First 4 months went like this and my wife also got some interview calls but results almost similar to me. Thanks to our Middle East job/savings which definitely helped us not to panic in the initial days. My wife got job first with SA Govt and during May I finished my Taxation Course and got 80% plus marks in the final exams which helped me to get a job offer from a Tax Accountant Firm. I started working with the Firm interviewing clients, lodge their tax returns etc etc which helped me to improve my language skills as well.

Within a months time, I got a job with SA Govt and I contunues to work with the Dept untill now. I strongly believe that local experience and local reference is the main reason for getting a job here in Adelaide and my 18 years experience in banking and Finance and Professional qualification etc etc is only secondary. Now I work full time with the Govt and part time with Tax Firm. I really kike the Tax Consultant job, one side I am getting good pay and other side I am getting good contacts. I strongly suggests all, if possible try to join Tax Course which starts during Jan every year. You will get minimum $ 500 pw if you work part time during evening time for Tax period (July - Oct).

Regarding Adelaide - One of the beatiful cities of Australia with full of greeneries and very few sky scrappers. Here in Adelaide you can live around 10-15 km close to the city and you can drive to CBD in 20 minutes time. There are good schools, lots of Asians, Indian Stores, Temples, Churches etc etc. One of the demerits here I noticed is the city and suburbs are deserted after 6 PM. No night life at all. I lived in Dubai, Bahrain, Mumbai, Bangalore and Cochin where life starts after 8 PM.

I met lots of new migrants here all have different stories, but all of them survived to get a job with an average of 6 months period. Initially what I thought was moving to Sydney after 2 years (State Sponsorship obligation) but now my family won't allow me to do that. They are happy, thats what we are looking for, right?

All of us are waiting for Christmas vacation - we plan to drive to Melbourne through Great Ocean Drive!! Then to Sydney where my brother lives...

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Hi bangalg,

Execellent Post....., I have gone through this entire post of 19 pages and I found it very useful as I am 1 of the aspiring Migrant.

I have got my Visa grant and I am planning to move to Sydney in a couple of months or so with my family. I just wanted to know how were you able to book initial accommodation from India.As my husband would be moving first so we wanted to know if it is easier to book an accommodation from India.

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Finally some good news from my side too... I have managed to land up a job in Sydney in my domain. It is a contract job but at least that would get me started off initially in Aus.
The day before y'day the recruiter contacted me and took my consent, y'day I cleared the first technical round and today I went to the client office for the final rounds. Thankfully I cleared all the rounds and made it.
The big hurdle is out of the way now.
Hello Shubho2012

I am an SAP ABAP con, planning a move to Melbourne in Jan-Feb. Howz the job market over there? Would be nice to hear from you. THanks.

Cheers.
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To those IT guys who are landing here-let me warn you that things are slowing down. The opportunities are not that easy to come by, contract rates are reducing as companies are getting more CVs to choose from per opportunity. Permanent jobs are hard to come by. Whether you are short listed simply depends on the 'key word matches' between your CV and the job advertised.
This is based on my experience with 'BA jobs' so far. But then, I think you can generalise the above to the whole of IT in Australia. As one consultant put it, It is a 'candidate rich' market.
Hello Bangalg.

Any idea how the scene is now? I plan to come over in Jan-Feb and I find the data on this forum inconclusive. Is the IT scene cooling down now? I thank you and others for your awesome posts. Cheers.

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NRE vs NRO accounts (Specific only to India)
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It took some time for me to understand the subtle differences between the two accounts. Finally on top of it. Hope this helps others scratching their heads about it:

NRE Account

- Rupee denominated
- Funding can only be through $ remittances from abroad
- Can transfer back money to Australian $ account online
- Money can be used for any purpose in India- like a normal account
- Has to be a totally new account
- Interest earnings taxed at flat 30%

NRO Account

- Can convert existing Savings account to NRO account
- Converting to NRO will not impact existing Standing Instructions on your Savings account in any way
- Rupee denominated
- Funding can be through both $ remittances from abroad and Rupee remittances from India
- Cannot transfer back money to Australian $ account (special approval needed)
- Money can be used for any purpose in India- like a normal account
- New account- so you get a new card, new ATM PIN and Internet PIN
- Interest earnings taxed at flat 30%

Ideally, open both accounts in India. Only problem is it requires 'proof of address' for Australia. And that is difficult to get before you move from India. I managed to do it from India- somehow. So most people have to open these accounts after making the move to Australia.
So much to do, so little time.

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