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Helpful Resources for an Australian Migration

Posted: 24/04/2012 5:00:00 AM by AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Filed under: Job-seekers, Australian-Life

Have you ever made an international move for your job? Whether you are thinking about migrating to Australia, in the process of getting your visa or actually living here already, you should know about some useful resources to help you make important decisions and get settled as quickly as possible.

My School website

If you’re moving with children, one of the biggest concerns is finding the right school for them. The My School website is a government website enabling you to search the profiles of almost 10,000 Australian schools. You can quickly locate statistical and contextual information about schools in every community throughout Australia and compare them with statistically similar schools across the country.

The website is completely free of charge and uses academic data derived from national testing of children attending Australian schools.

For more information, visit the My School website.

Australian Health Plans


A significant change in the requirements for temporary visa holders as it pertains to health insurance took effect in 2009. According to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website:

“If your subclass 457 visa was granted on or after 14 September 2009, you are responsible for health costs which are incurred in Australia by you and your accompanying family members.

You are required to maintain an adequate level of insurance cover for the duration of your stay in Australia.”

Australian health insurer IMAN specialises in health insurance for visitors and temporary residents. They offer attractive options for migrants coming into Australia for work including:
  • The ability to apply online before you arrive in Australia
  • Ambulance Cover throughout Australia, Funeral Expenses and Medical repatriation to your home country
  • Dependent children under 25 years of age are included under your family plan
  • Bonus Australian travel policy
  • Refund of prepaid costs upon cancellation or termination
  • Credit for time overseas on business or holiday
In support of your visa application, IMAN will provide you with a Certificate and DIAC approved template letter, confirming your membership, and how you will be paying for the costs of the Plan membership.
For more information about Australian health plans, visit the IMAN website.

A Piece of Perth

For those of you looking at moving to Western Australia, A Piece of Perth is a relocation information and support website developed by people who have made the move themselves. It’s full of free, up-to-date information specific to people who are thinking about migrating or people who have already migrated to Perth. The business directory contains specialist businesses who can help with your relocation and also help you settle into your new life. The blog at A Piece of Perth will keep you posted on regular migrant meet ups and share experiences of living in Perth, including great things to do and places to see. All if it is written from a voice of experience by migrants who have made the move to Perth.

A Piece of Perth also offer a fee-based membership which includes 24/7 email support, special offers, and migrant meet-ups. In addition, you can invest in a Suburb Profile Pack utilising a tailor-made research service.

For more information, visit the A Piece of Perth website.

Living and Working in Australia

Moving to Australia for a mining job or for an oil career opens the door to untold opportunities at both the personal and professional level. To successfully make a move, even if it’s just for a couple of years, requires planning for both you and the family members travelling with you. With a little bit of preparation in advance, you can minimise the upheaval and start enjoying your new home from the minute you pass through immigration.

If you would like more information about living and working in Australia, visit the Life in Australia section of our Careers and Industry Guide. You’ll find all sorts of information to assist you before, during and after your move.

Have you ever moved to another country for your job?

More good things to do if you’re new to Australia:

  • Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog. We’re publishing new information every day about employment in the Australian resource industry.
  • Lastly, if you’re looking for a job in mining, energy or oil and gas, make sure you visit our industry jobs board where we only advertise real jobs by real employers.

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