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Hi guys,

My family has landed in Canberra on 176 ACT sponsorship since 1st Feb.

Bougth a car, found a rental and children school in 2 weeks.

Had 5 interviews and 2 job offers. (Software)

So far so good....

All the best guys!
 

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patking said:
Hi guys,

My family has landed in Canberra on 176 ACT sponsorship since 1st Feb.

Bougth a car, found a rental and children school in 2 weeks.

Had 5 interviews and 2 job offers. (Software)

So far so good....

All the best guys!
Hi patking,
How was your job hunting experience in general? May I know which country you are from?

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I am from Malaysia.

IT jobs in ACT is actually not so big because 70% of the jobs require cirizenship. (Most jobs are in government sector)

But still there is a sizeable market. Just apply as many as possible and do well in interviews. :)

The interviews that I attended don't seem to be bothered about local experience.
 

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Malaysia, Hong Kong , UK and recently Ireland are considered as markets very similar to Australian market. SO usually "local experience" for these countries is relaxed.
 

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Hi Patking,


congratulations!
we have a similar story to share....:)

will send a PM... will be gr8 to connect up and meet....

Sunita

Hi guys,

My family has landed in Canberra on 176 ACT sponsorship since 1st Feb.

Bougth a car, found a rental and children school in 2 weeks.

Had 5 interviews and 2 job offers. (Software)

So far so good....

All the best guys!
 

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Hi guys,

My family has landed in Canberra on 176 ACT sponsorship since 1st Feb.

Bougth a car, found a rental and children school in 2 weeks.

Had 5 interviews and 2 job offers. (Software)

So far so good....

All the best guys!
So much done in 2 weeks.. superb!!!
Great going.. keep us posted...
I'll be landing in Melbourne in mid june.. hope I can post the same soon!!

Cheers,
smh
 

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Hello Patking, nice to know a fellow msian in Canberra and are doing well! Me and wife also just got our ve176 approved and are looking to make the move early next year. Hope to get more info and advice from a has been there mate ie your goodself. We have read far too many bad reviews abt Act in general and it's definitely pleasing to know you story.
 

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Cheers!

Hi Hockeyman, no worries... feel free to ask any questions and I try to answer based on my experience so far...

what kind of field is your profession in?
 

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Hi Hockeyman, no worries... feel free to ask any questions and I try to answer based on my experience so far...

what kind of field is your profession in?
Hi Patking,

Thanks for the reply. I am in sports industry, sports administrator. I studied in Melbourne before but regretted I didnt applied for PR soon after because I never thought I would be going back to Oz. Anyhow, a ve176 is nevertheless a good start. I dont mind starting fresh in Canberra except I have been hearing horrific stories about shortage of jobs. Ouch. Did you go there for a recce before you head there for good? How did you settle for a suburb to live in? Are there many Malaysians in Canberra? Are you in the community? I'm heading to Canberra early next month for a recce. To be precise, 3-5 sep. Hopefully can get some real recce done. So if you have done a similar trip, I'm hoping to learn what you did before. Moving to a new city can be hard without support groups like family, relatives or friends. I have none in Canberra so I'm preparing myself for a tough road ahead. Appreciate all the help.

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Hi guys,

My family has landed in Canberra on 176 ACT sponsorship since 1st Feb.

Bougth a car, found a rental and children school in 2 weeks.

Had 5 interviews and 2 job offers. (Software)

So far so good....

All the best guys!
Hi Patking,

Could you please advise about using Malaysian driving licence in Aus?

1. Can we drive in oz using Malaysian driving licence, if migrating under 176 visa? If yes do we need to obtain an international driving licence or the regular malaysian licence will do?
2. How many months does WA state provide before requiring to convert to Aus Driving licence?
3. I have seen in other posting about obtaining a ‘letter of verification’ from the relevant High Commission / Consulate regarding the authenticity of the driver’s licence; and the high commission in turn requiring an NOC from the local licensing authority. Is this requirement applicable for Malaysian Driving licences?
4. Can Malaysian driving licence be converted over the counter or do we need to sit for theory,eye and driving tests?

Any general information and tips related to conversion of Malaysian Driving licence will be greatly appreciated.
 

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Interesting piece of information... May i know where you came across this info?

Malaysia, Hong Kong , UK and recently Ireland are considered as markets very similar to Australian market. SO usually "local experience" for these countries is relaxed.
 

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Hi Patking,

Could you please advise about using Malaysian driving licence in Aus?

1. Can we drive in oz using Malaysian driving licence, if migrating under 176 visa? If yes do we need to obtain an international driving licence or the regular malaysian licence will do?
2. How many months does WA state provide before requiring to convert to Aus Driving licence?
3. I have seen in other posting about obtaining a ‘letter of verification’ from the relevant High Commission / Consulate regarding the authenticity of the driver’s licence; and the high commission in turn requiring an NOC from the local licensing authority. Is this requirement applicable for Malaysian Driving licences?
4. Can Malaysian driving licence be converted over the counter or do we need to sit for theory,eye and driving tests?

Any general information and tips related to conversion of Malaysian Driving licence will be greatly appreciated.
1. I think in most Aus states, Msian license is only valid for 3 months.
3. Do obtain the official English translation for driving license from JPJ. Only cost RM10,
4. Msian license cannot be converted inAus. You will need to sit the computer test and driving test. Unfortunately...
 

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1. I think in most Aus states, Msian license is only valid for 3 months.
3. Do obtain the official English translation for driving license from JPJ. Only cost RM10,
4. Msian license cannot be converted inAus. You will need to sit the computer test and driving test. Unfortunately...
Many thanks Patking for taking the time to reply to my queries. Good luck & wish you a very bright future ahead.
 

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How's everything so far Patking? All good. I'm still pondering about the move. Very afraid leaving my currently job to go struggle in canberra. Have been applying for jobs but nothing so far. Feeling unsure abt it. I was there last week. Environment is really different from other cities like Melbourne for example.
 

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How's everything so far Patking? All good. I'm still pondering about the move. Very afraid leaving my currently job to go struggle in canberra. Have been applying for jobs but nothing so far. Feeling unsure abt it. I was there last week. Environment is really different from other cities like Melbourne for example.
hi, nice to hear from you again. How's your experience with Canberra? :)

Guess now you have a clearer picture of what to expect.

I know its a ig decision. It really depends on what you what. You are happy with things in Msia, nothing wrong with staying back. :)

Things are going well for me here. I knew what I was looking when coming over here and experiencing what I expected. :) Canberra is really a great little city for families especially for children. It is a expensive city too, so you need a good paying job to support the lifestyle here. :)

All the best mate!
 

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hi, nice to hear from you again. How's your experience with Canberra? :)

Guess now you have a clearer picture of what to expect.

I know its a ig decision. It really depends on what you what. You are happy with things in Msia, nothing wrong with staying back. :)

Things are going well for me here. I knew what I was looking when coming over here and experiencing what I expected. :) Canberra is really a great little city for families especially for children. It is a expensive city too, so you need a good paying job to support the lifestyle here. :)

All the best mate!
Canberra actually has a lot of potential to grow further if compared to established cities like Sydney or Melbourne. Other than the fact that I do not have friends/family members there which can be daunting because I have seen first hand what it's like in the night time, Canberra is great as you said for the more family oriented people. For now, looking for job will be the priority. I am a bit unsure to just quit and head there. Hopefully, I will get an offer although I know it's going to be difficult when I am not there physically.

When you said one needs a good job coz the city is expensive, what kinda salary you had in mind as minimum? This will be key too because unless I get that sort of salary, it'd be a struggle even with a job.

I am really happy that things are working out. How many of you in Canberra?
 

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A salary of $60k above would be good.
 

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