Welcome to Australia
Assuming you have already made arrangements with your temporary accommodation prior to arriving in Australia and you are settled, you should do the following as soon as possible, ideally within the first few days of your arrival.
The state and territory contact details for driving licenses are given below:
New South Wales (NSW) See: Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA)
Victoria (VIC) See: Vic roads
Queensland (QLD) See: Licensing & registration
South Australia (SA) See: Welcome to Transport SA
Western Australia (WA) See: Licensing services
Tasmania (TAS) See: Transport - TAS
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) See: Road transport information management
Northern Territory (NT) See: Driver licensing
The "Life in Australia" booklet welcomes newly-arrived migrants and humanitarian entrants to Australia. It provides national, state/territory and local settlement information for migrants, humanitarian entrants, their sponsors and service providers. This booklet is available in PDF format in 29 different languages on above website. It is important and useful to printout the booklet and read carefully. You will find answers to many of your queries in this booklet to start a new life in Australia. Long-term accommodation To find real estate agents, you can look at the Yellow pages. Most real estate agents have listings online as well as in their offices. You will have the option of signing a lease for 6 months or 12 months. There will be a Rental bond (4-6 weeks of rent) associated with your rent depending on the accommodation you sign up for. As a first time tenant, you might also need some bank statements to prove your ability to pay rent. Once you are employed, pay slips will be accepted as proof of your ability to pay.
Some helpful real estate sites are:
Job Search Information
The first thing to do regarding employment is to register with the local Centrelink office. The facilities at their offices include printing out listings of local opportunities for free, and getting advice on local jobs and conditions. It is important that you have a well-written resume detailing your qualifications, training and work experience. It is advisable to get your resume professionally written. It is important that you tailor your job applications to suit each job you apply for ensuring you have addressed the selection criteria requested. Sending the same resume for all the jobs may not produce the desired result. Also, make sure every resume is accompanied with a cover letter. Most recruitment agencies receive hundreds of resumes every day. Hence it is imperative that your cover letter and the first page of your resume is impressive.
Many immigrants struggle to get a job in this land of opportunities due to lack of a professional resume. Most employers advertise for positions online. However, this percentage is as low as 20%. Most immigrants compete for these 20% advertised positions miss out on the 80% hidden job market. Our "Ultimate Results System" will tremendously help you quickly survive, sustain, and thrive in Australia.
Here are a number of useful sites, some of them specific to types of industries and trades:
We hope you find this information useful. We wish you the best for your settlement in this "Land of opportunities". We also offer free Home Loan Advice to Immigrants.