The Australian Skilled Migration Programme

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The sun has finally come out which spells the start of the unpredictable British summertime. But for those of you who are looking for something a bit more reliable, emigrating to sunnier climes might be your best option.

16% of people emigrating from the UK choose to start a new life in Australia and it has been the most popular country of destination for emigrants from the UK since 1996. In 2012, estimates showed that a whopping 38,000 British citizens had packed their bags and emigrated to Oz and many of them will have gone through the Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) Programme.

The skills list

The GSM Programme has a skills list reflecting the high value skills Australia is short of, it was announced by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship in May 2010 and is updated annually. Those applying for this programme must have the capabilities and qualifications which fit an occupation on the list and the skills will be assessed before an application for the programme is made. For emigrants with the skills needed in Australia this programme is a fantastic option.

If the land down under is calling, take a look at these top tips for moving to Australia compiled by The Australian Times.

  • Decide on the city or state in which you wish to live and work.
  • Develop a budget for relocation and a schedule for your move to Australia.
  • Get your work qualifications assessed by the appropriate Australian authority.
  • Try to secure a job before you move to Australia via Australian branches of UK companies, or getting a transfer from the UK through an Australian company.
  • Register with employment agencies before you leave the UK.
  • Before working in Australia, you need to obtain an¬†Australian Tax File Number. You can apply online through the Australian Taxation Office.
  • Find UK expat groups that can help you find a job in Australia on LinkedIn and Facebook.

If you are thinking of moving to Australia but your skill set is not on the GSM Programme skills list then there are lots of other options including; temporary work, working holiday and training and research visas. Have a look on the Australian Immigration website for more information.

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