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Old 06-21-2007, 01:15 AM   #1
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Lori and I are planning our multi-year circumnavigation starting (hopefully) next year October. Last night we thought it would be interesting to take jobs in Australia or New Zealand for a year or two just to extend our travels.

So, we were wondering if anyone from down under could give us some insight into the job market and how difficult it would be to find a live aboard slip somewhere along the Eastern Coast.

Auzzie...are you out there? Any advice for a couple of Septics?
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Hi Trim,

Go to http://seek.com.au and register free of charge to receive weekly updates of available jobs within Oz and NZ. You can add specific criteria so that you will receive notification of only those positions which suit your qualifications. There is another similar site, though not quite as large, 'careerone'.

Finding marinas along the east coast which permit liveaboards is not difficult as most seaside towns and cities are well equipped. Generally, prices will vary but you should have no trouble finding good marina berths at around AU$150-175 per week all found. In some cases where longer terms (three months) are involved, it should be possible to find some marinas where you can tie up for considerably less.

Of course all Seppo's are welcome, but a little cultural advice...

1) Gridiron is stupid, rugby league and AFL are brilliant

2) Baseball is stupid, cricket is king.

3) Dennis who?...Connor?....Nup, don't know the name!

4) Bloody oath...Vegemite is my favourite snack at home in the US.

5) Practice this sentence..."Fair dinkum?...Geez, basketball is a bloke's game in America".

Always happy to help

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Old 06-21-2007, 01:49 AM   #3
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I've always thought Aussy rules rugby was the best, manliest, game ever invented...it reminds me of "Smear the Qu@@r" which we played as kids.

I don’t really consider Cricket or Baseball sports since you can play both while taking a nap.

So, what I’m hearing is that most marinas in Oz allow liveaboards…is that correct?
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Hi Trim,

Job market it pretty good, as unemployment is at record lows and there are labour shortages in some industries.

Easiest to get work in Capital cities or (I guess) mining boom areas (Central Queensland, Perth + NW Western Australia). employment in regional towns may be a bit harder.

About the legality of work, check out

http://www.immigration.gov.au/immigration.htm

There are 3 broad options:

1. Get a business to sponsor you as a professional or skilled worker;

2. The Working Holiday Programmes for people between 18 and 30 to holiday in Australia and to supplement their travel funds through incidental employment.

3. Work for cash or with phony tax file number etc without worrying too much about the legality. The worst that could happen is that you cannot claim back the income tax that the employer deducts, or that you are asked to leave the country.

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Hmmm....this is very interesting! Seems that I could get a job in OZ pretty quick based on the number of openings in my field that I found.

The big question remains about the liveaboard in the marinas. In the US, getting a liveaboard slip is nearly impossible. Also, what are the best cities to look for work near if you want to liveabaord your boat?
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Hi Trim,

Yes, the jobs market is extremely buoyant at the moment. Obtaining a permit to work can be a bit of a problem, but searching Australian Government sites will provide answers to your questions. I would strongly advise against working with a false Tax File Number*. Obviously it is illegal, can land you in jail or see the imposition of a hefty fine and, it can implicate your employer.

Duckie's suggestion that the worst that may happen is you being asked to leave the country, may be pertinent to penniless backpackers, but in your case you have a major and valuable investment at the end of the dock, which you do not want to put at risk, and I expect your good reputation has a high degree of personal value.

Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne are obvious jobs pools and all have marinas which will accept liveaboards. In my experience, the big public marinas will allow liveaboards, the boutique marinas within communities will not.

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David,

Where do you keep you vessel? Could you provide some names of marinas that I could investigate prior to our departure as to liveaboard slip availability or some web link with Oz marina contacts?

At this point I'm pretty darn sure we will stop over in Oz for a couple of years if possible. Maybe we could drop by for a beer???

Next week we move into our 1 bedroom apartment for 12 months while we finish the major interior reworks on Trim…not many really…just stuff that would be a problem if we lived aboard.

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Never having tried to work while abroad, I am relating what has been told to me by others.

If you wish to work legally, you will need a work permit, or work visa/resident visa. Cruising friend who was offered a job when he arrived in Oz had to leave the country to apply for and obtain the visa. That was standard, but I do not know if there are any exceptions to that rule, or if that rule has been changed.

I am most familiar with Brisbane. There are liveaboard marinas in many places. One that was quite popular was Manly, where there are several marinas behind the breakwater. The train station is within walking distance, and it takes you to Brisbane in 1/2 hour, 45 minutes, approx. Several Aussie friends lived on their boats in Manly and commuted by train to Brisbane.

Sydney Harbor is huge, and Sydney is the largest city in Oz.

Australia is a civilized country. Not all are. Another cruising friend worked illegally in one of the Caribbean islands, where hiring cruisers was quite popular. Every so often the authorities would check work visas/permits, and arrest any that were illegals. The jail wasn't something you would want to be in - a fire hose washed prisoners and cell in one fell swoop, for example, and the local chinese restaurant provided food for the prisoners at a cost to the government of $1.00 US per day! I was told in Venezuela by a Venezuelan that the goverment did not feel that it was necessary to feed their prisoners. Their families brought food for their unfortunate relative and enough food to be shared with everyone in the cell.
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I found this helpful site, but still looking for a list of Australian Marinas...

http://www.superyachtbase.com/Information/customs.htm
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Hi Trim,

The peak body for marinas Australia wide is MIAA whose website is http://www.marinas.net.au/ On the RHS of the page there is a DIRECTORY heading; the drop down menu contains a comprehensive listing of marinas across the country.

My boat is in Cullen Bay Marina in Darwin, which is the capital city of the Northern Territory. Cruisers generally would arrive from the Pacific along the east coast and eventually make their way to the north coast and Darwin, before setting off northward through Indonesia to Thailand, or westward across the Indian Ocean.

Jeanne's suggestion of Manly in Brisbane is excellent. Brisbane being a beautiful sub tropical city with a good rail network and a friendly population.

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Super link....Thanks Dave!

I'll let ya know what we find.
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You can probably get a 12 month visa. BUT, be careful if/when you leave the country to apply for another visa or extension.

Our own experience was that when we flew home to apply for an extension they refused our application. It should be noted that we had already had a 3 month multiple entry visa and a 12 month visa. We intended to circumnavigate Australia.

They said that we had already had enough visas and they "questioned our true intent". They did suggest that we apply for a retirement visa. They would not even give us a short visa to return to sort out our assets (boat, car, clothing, etc.) and suggested we employ an agent to dispose of same and/or move them out. They obviously did not need our tourist Dollar.

We loved the country, loved the people, loved the lifestyle but, will NEVER return there.

This experience prompted us to finally retire from cruising permanently.

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Were you employed in Australia when this happened?
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Were you employed in Australia when this happened?
No - not at all.
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