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We're on Twitter! 2014-11-25 Media Releases Canberra. Create your future is now on Twitter! Follow us @CBRyourfuture Newsletter 18 - Cool off in the Capital 2014-11-17 Media Releases Read Issue 18 of the Canberra. Create your future newsletter. Find out where you can cool off with a splash, get to know Canberra suburb Bonner and more. CBRfree public Wi-Fi goes live in Canberra 2014-11-17 Media Releases The first area of Canberra’s new free public Wi-fi network is now live! The Civic East area, which goes from Garema Place to the Convention Centre, round to Gorman House and up to Girrahween Street in Braddon, was officially launched by ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher on 31 October 2014. Festive fun in Canberra 2014-11-17 Upcoming Events The festive season seems to be arriving earlier and earlier every year! The good thing about this though, is that it means we get to start celebrating earlier! With events starting to take place in the next few weeks there will be plenty for you to enjoy, here’s just a few. Meet new Canberrans, the Trevino Quiroz family 2014-11-17 Testimonial "In Canberra peace and quiet are found everywhere, even in busy places, which is exactly what we were looking for." Get to know Canberra: Bonner 2014-11-17 Explore Bonner, one of Canberra’s newest suburbs, is located in the far north of Canberra, within the district of Gungahlin. Its location just off Horse Park Drive means that residents have a direct route to both the Federal and Barton Highways (connections to Sydney and Melbourne) and, via Majura Road, to the airport and South Canberra. Cool off with a splash! 2014-11-17 Explore Canberra doesn’t have a beach you say? Well who needs one when you already have some amazing natural and man-made swimming spots. Guideline and ACT Occupation List changes 2014-10-01 Migration News The Guidelines and ACT Occupation List were revised on 1 October 2014. Please review the documents carefully before applying to ensure you are eligible. Newsletter 17 - Spring has sprung! 2014-09-26 Media Releases Read Issue 17 of the Canberra. Create your future newsletter. StudyCanberra scholarship winner announced 2014-09-26 Media Releases One of Canberra's most enthusiastic advocates in the higher education sector has been announced by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher as the recipient of the inaugural StudyCanberra and Yellow Edge scholarship to China. Preparing to work in Canberra 2014-09-26 Media Releases Canberra offers great job opportunities in the private and public sectors at all levels of expertise and across a range of key industries. Whilst it is more common to find work once you have relocated to Canberra, there are a number of things you can do to get the ball rolling while you are still overseas. Here are just a few: Meet new Canberrans, the Murabet family 2014-09-26 Testimonial In 2013 Faisal Murabet, his wife Hala and their three children, Sarah, Tia and Hashem, migrated to Canberra from Jordan. Here, Faisal and his family share their story and tips for other families planning on making the move. Get to know Canberra 2014-09-26 Explore In this article you will find a brief overview of these different districts and the suburbs that are within them. We have highlighted some of the more major facilities within these districts, however keep in mind that many suburbs have their own smaller facilities that may include shops, community centres and schools. What to do with your long weekends 2014-09-26 Explore Lucky Canberrans! We get to enjoy two long weekends in a row - right as the weather is starting to warm up! There’s plenty to do, here’s some ideas. Newsletter 16 - Canberra comes alive 2014-08-11 Media Releases Read Issue 16 of the Canberra. Create your future newsletter. New precincts come alive in Canberra 2014-08-11 Explore We love Canberra! It’s an exciting and vibrant city with lots to offer its visitors and, most importantly, its residents! And with some exciting urban renewal projects happening right now, our wonderful city is only going to get better! Meet new Canberrans, Richard and Florence Poiré 2014-08-11 Testimonial My wife Florence and I are from France; we lived in Germany for 4 years during my PhD and moved to Canberra about 4 years ago for me to work as a postdoctoral fellow at CSIRO Black Mountain. Did you know? You can experience snow just 45 minutes from Canberra! 2014-08-11 Explore Did you know you can experience snow just 45 minutes from Canberra! Embrace your passion at Floriade! 2014-08-11 Media Releases Every year when Floriade comes into bloom, Commonwealth Park in Canberra comes alive with the sights, tastes and sounds of Spring. Create your own Information Pack! 2014-08-11 Media Releases You can now create your own Information Pack on the Canberra. Create your future website, helping you to collect all the information you require to make the move and settle in to life in Canberra. Guideline and ACT Occupation List changes 2014-08-01 Migration News The new ACT Occupation List and guidelines are now available. Before submitting your application to us, make sure you carefully read the relevant guidelines and if applicable, the ACT Occupation List. Update on Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa program 2014-07-01 Migration News The ACT Government is pleased to advise that ACT nomination of Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa is now open to applications. Issue 15 of our Newsletter (June 2014) 2014-06-12 Migration News The latest issue of our newlsetter is now available! Our new website 2014-06-12 Media Releases Welcome to the new Canberra. Create your future website. We have refreshed it to include some exciting improvements including an updated interactive map, new working section and more detailed settlement information to help you in your move to Canberra. Relocation Checklist 2014-06-11 Migration News Relocation tips from migrants who have made the move. Snowy Mountains – the ultimate adventure playground! 2014-06-11 Explore Canberrans are lucky. Our city is perfectly located between the coast and the mountains, giving us wonderful opportunities to enjoy both summer and winter pursuits. Warm up this winter 2014-06-11 Explore If you’re looking to warm up this winter, staying indoors and checking out some of Canberra's sites is a great option! Of course, there is always our amazing assortment of national attractions to visit. This winter though, why not pay a visit to some of our lesser known museums, galleries and sites - or get active with outdoor activities like Skate in the City! Meet new Canberrans, the Sulit family 2014-06-11 Testimonial "There is a world of beautiful opportunities in this part of Australia and we just want to let everyone know - we LOVE Canberra!" Bionic Eye trialled in Canberra 2014-06-11 Media Releases We look for imaginative ways to solve problems - like the bionic eye, recently tested by NICTA in Canberra! Inspirational Women 2014-04-17 Did you know? Did you know? A rural lifestyle just 35 minutes from Canberra! 2014-04-17 Did you know? Not one but two long weekends in the pipeline! 2014-04-17 Upcoming Events Meet new Canberran, Cindy Rue 2014-04-17 Testimonial Bangladeshi business student banking on a bright future with ANU 2014-04-17 Testimonial Explore and more: a passion for fashion 2014-04-17 Explore Suzan Dlouhy, child of migrant parents from Czechoslovakia and South Africa, remembers clearly her introduction to the world of design. She was just seven years old when her Czechoslovakian grandmother, a dressmaker, visited Australia and taught her a basic blanket stitch. Together they handmade a pillow slip and Suzan was hooked. Issue 14 of our Newsletter (April 2014) 2014-04-17 Media Releases Sometimes simply a sense of adventure, but more often the promise of a better life, has for decades brought people from across Australia and all corners of the world to the nation’s capital. Whether it’s an interstate move or an international one, the move can entail making sacrifices. Important announcement about Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa program 2014-03-25 Migration News The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is pleased to announce that program targets for ACT nomination of a Skilled- Nominated (subclass 190) visa have been met for the 2013/14 financial year. Issue 13 of our Newsletter (January 2014) 2014-02-10 Media Releases Explore and more: a people and dog friendly city 2014-01-31 Explore National Multicultural Festival – 7 to 9 February 2014 2014-01-31 Upcoming Events Brilliant Possibilities 2014-01-31 Media Releases Meet new Canberran, Tony Nsofor 2014-01-31 Testimonial Village Building 2014-01-31 Special Offer Did you know? There are incentives & support available to first home buyers... 2014-01-31 Did you know? 2012 2013 2014
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Migrating Migrating to Canberra 1 ACT Government support for skilled, business or employer sponsored visas. Family walking by lake Mother and Father and daughter walk around the Lake Burley Griffin. Daughter is on father's shoulders. New and Old Parliament house in background. family-walking-by-lake.jpg Migrate Sponsor a skilled employee <p>There are two visa pathways for employers in Canberra who want to sponsor a skilled overseas employee for permanent residence under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS):</p> <h3> Temporary Residence Transition Stream</h3> <p>You may sponsor an employee under this stream if they have worked for you in the nominated position for at least two years on a subclass 457 visa. The employer nomination is lodged with the Department of Immigration and&#160;Border Protection&#160;(DIBP) without input from the Regional Certifying Body (RCB).</p> <h3> Direct Entry Stream</h3> <p>The direct entry stream allows you to sponsor an employee who has worked for you for less than two years provided that the RSMS nomination is assessed by the local Regional Certifying Body (RCB) as meeting certain criteria.</p> <p>The RCB in Canberra is the Small Business and Skills Unit, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, ACT Government.</p> <p>The assessment by a RCB is a legislative requirement for DIBP approval of a direct entry nomination. DIBP cannot approve a nomination where advice from the relevant RCB has not been provided.<br /> &#160;</p> <h2> Meeting the requirements</h2> <p>Before you apply for RCB support you should read the guidelines to make sure that the RSMS nomination meets RCB criteria.</p> <p><a class="roundedButton doc" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/rcb-support-guidelines-20nov14.doc" target="_blank" title="RCB Guidelines">RCB Guidelines: 2.8MB (Updated 20 Nov 14)</a>&#160;<a class="roundedButton pdf" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/rcb-support-guidelines-20nov14.pdf" target="_blank" title="RCB Guidelines">RCB Guidelines: 139kB (Updated 20 Nov 14)</a></p> <p>Employers seeking to nominate a skilled position under RSMS need to meet the Labour Market Test (LMT) criteria for that position. You are deemed to meet the LMT criteria if the status of the nominated occupation is shown as &#8216;open&#8217; on the ACT Occupation List. Occupations with the status of &#8216;limited&#8217; or &#8216;closed&#8217; do not meet the criteria, however you should refer to the RCB guidelines for other pathways to meet the LMT criteria.</p> <p><a class="roundedButton pdf" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/act-occupation-list-oct-14.pdf" target="_blank" title="ACT Occupation List PDF">ACT Occupation List (Updated 1 Oct 14)</a>&#160;<a class="roundedButton doc" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/act-occupation-list-oct-14.doc" target="_blank" title="ACT Occupation List doc">ACT Occupation List (Updated 1 Oct 14)</a></p> <p>As well as understanding the&#160;RCB guidelines, you should also make sure the nomination meets the Department of immigration and&#160;Border Protection&#160;(DIBP) requirements for the RSMS.</p> <p><a class="roundedButton" href="http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/index/visas/subclass-187/" target="_blank" title="Visit the DIBP website">DIBP - RSMS</a></p> <h2> Apply to DIBP</h2> <p>Before you apply for RCB support of a direct entry nomination, you must first lodge the online application for &#8216;Employer nomination under the RSMS&#8217; with DIBP.</p> <p><a class="roundedButton" href="http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/index/visas/subclass-187/" target="_blank" title="Visit the DIBP website">DIBP - RSMS</a></p> <p>You must attach a copy of the DIBP online application &#8216;Employer nomination under the RSMS&#8217; with your application for RCB support.</p> <h2> Apply for Regional Certifying Body (RCB) support</h2> <p>Please ensure you have read the&#160;RCB&#160;guidelines to check your eligibility before you apply. A non-refundable service fee is charged for processing applications for RCB support.<br /> &#160;</p> <ul> <li><strong>Direct Entry Stream (Fee: $300)</strong><br /> <br /> Login here to register a new account, create a new application or resume an existing application.<br /> <a class="roundedButton page" href="https://forms.canberrayourfuture.com.au/Login.aspx" target="_blank" title="Apply for Direct Entry Stream">Login</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/index/visas/subclass-187/" target="_blank" title="Visit the DIBP website">Department of Immigration and Border Protection -&#160;RSMS information</a></p> Migrating 2014-Business5 Business meeting 2014-business5.jpg Business Migration Visas <p>Australia&#8217;s capital city offers exceptional business investment opportunities and has significant competitive advantages in the national and global markets.</p> <p>If you are a successful business person who wishes to establish a new business, invest in an existing business, or invest under the Significant Investor stream, you may be eligible to apply for ACT nomination of your Business Innovation and Investment visa.</p> <p>Please ensure you read the ACT nomination guidelines to check your eligibility before you apply. A non-refundable service fee is charged for processing applications for ACT nomination.</p> <p>To find out more about investment opportunities and priorities in Canberra visit the <a href="http://www.investcanberra.com/investment-directory.aspx" target="_blank" title="Invest Canberra">Invest Canberra website</a>.</p> <h3> Business Talent (permanent) (subclass 132)<br /> (Fee: $1,100)</h3> <p>This visa has two streams:<br /> &#160;</p> <ol style="margin-left: 40px"> <li>Significant Business History stream: This is a permanent visa for&#160;owners of a business who have entered into a contractual arrangement to invest A$2 million into an existing business in Canberra.</li> <li>Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream: this is a permanent visa is for people who have entered into an agreement to receive at least A$1 million venture capital funding.&#160;</li> </ol> <h3> Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) (subclass 188)<br /> (Fee: $600)</h3> <p>This visa has three streams:<br /> &#160;</p> <ol style="margin-left: 40px"> <li>Business Innovation stream: this is a provisional (4 year) visa for people who want to invest at least $200,000 to establish or purchase a business in Canberra.</li> <li>Investor stream: the ACT does not participate in this stream.</li> <li>Significant Investor stream. This is a provisional (4 year) visa for people who want to invest A$5 million into a complying investment.</li> </ol> <h3> Business Innovation and Investment (permanent) (subclass 888)<br /> (Fee: $1,100)</h3> <p>This visa has three streams:<br /> &#160;</p> <ol style="margin-left: 40px"> <li>Business Innovation stream: this is a permanent visa for people who hold a subclass 188 visa, have invested at least A$200,000 to establish / purchase a business in Canberra, and have managed that business for at least 2 years.</li> <li>Investor stream: the ACT does not participate in this stream.</li> <li>Significant Investor stream. This is a permanent visa for people who hold a subclass 188 visa and have invested A$5 million into a complying investment for the last 4 years.</li> </ol> <h2> Meeting the requirements</h2> <p>Once you have researched Canberra and are satisfied there are investment opportunities available, check if you meet the nomination criteria. Everything you need to know about applying for ACT&#160;nomination is available on this website and the criteria are clearly documented the ACT&#160;nomination guidelines.</p> <h3> Business Talent (permanent) (subclass 132)</h3> <p><a class="roundedButton doc" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/132-significant-business-history-guidelines-aug14.doc" target="_blank" title="132 Guidelines - Significant Business">132 Guidelines - Significant Business: 2.8MB&#160;(Updated 1 Aug 14)</a><br /> <a class="roundedButton pdf" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/132-significant-business-history-guidelines-aug14.pdf" target="_blank" title="132 Guidelines - Significant Business ">132 Guidelines - Significant Business: 130kB&#160;(Updated 1 Aug 14)</a></p> <p><a class="roundedButton doc" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/132-venture-capital-guidelines-aug14.doc" target="_blank" title="132 Guidelines - Venture Capital">132 Guidelines - Venture Capital: 2.8MB&#160;(Updated 1 Aug 14)</a><br /> <a class="roundedButton pdf" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/132-venture-capital-guidelines-aug14.pdf" target="_blank" title="132 Guidelines - Venture Capital">132 Guidelines - Venture Capital: 122kB&#160;(Updated 1 Aug 14)</a></p> <h3> Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) (subclass 188)</h3> <p><a class="roundedButton doc" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/188-business-innovation-guidelines-aug14.doc" target="_blank" title="188 Guidelines - Business Innovation">188 Guidelines - Business Innovation: 2.8MB&#160;(Updated 1 Aug 14)</a><br /> <a class="roundedButton pdf" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/188-business-innovation-guidelines-aug14.pdf" target="_blank" title="188 Guidelines - Business Innovation">188 Guidelines - Business Innovation: 132kB&#160;(Updated 1 Aug 14)</a></p> <p><a class="roundedButton doc" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/188-significant-investor-guidelines-aug14.doc" target="_blank" title="188 Guidelines - Significant Investor">188 Guidelines - Significant Investor: 2.8MB&#160;(Updated 1 Aug 14)</a><br /> <a class="roundedButton pdf" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/188-significant-investor-guidelines-aug14.pdf" target="_blank" title="188 Guidelines - Significant Investor">188 Guidelines - Significant Investor: 121 kB&#160;(Updated 1 Aug 14)</a></p> <h3> Business Innovation and Investment (permanent) (subclass 888)</h3> <p><a class="roundedButton doc" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/888-business-innovation-guidelines-aug14.doc" target="_blank" title="888 Guidelines - Business Innovation">888 Guidelines - Business Innovation: 2.8MB&#160;(Updated 1 Aug 14)</a><br /> <a class="roundedButton pdf" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/888-business-innovation-guidelines-aug14.pdf" target="_blank" title="888 Guidelines - Business Innovation">888 Guidelines - Business Innovation: 131kB&#160;(Updated 1 Aug 14)</a></p> <p><a class="roundedButton doc" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/888-significant-investor-guidelines-aug14.doc" target="_blank" title="888 Guidelines - Significant Investor">888 Guidelines - Significant Investor: 2.8MB&#160;(Updated 1 Aug 14)</a><br /> <a class="roundedButton pdf" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/888-significant-investor-guidelines-aug14.pdf" target="_blank" title="888 Guidelines - Significant Investor">888 Guidelines - Significant Investor: 118kB&#160;(Updated 1 Aug 14)</a></p> <p>The ACT Government does not grant visas. Check the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)&#160;website to make sure you qualify for the visa category you are seeking nomination.</p> <p><a class="roundedButton" href="http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/" target="_blank" title="Visit the DIBP website">DIBP - SkillSelect</a><br /> &#160;</p> <h2> Apply for ACT&#160;nomination</h2> <h3> 132 - Business Talent<br /> 188 - Business Innovation<br /> 188 - Significant Investor<br /> 888 - Business Innovation</h3> <p>When you confirm you meet the requirements for ACT nomination, follow the link below to&#160;complete your application online and pay the non refundable service fee. You will then need to print your saved application and send the hard copy and supporting documents to our office for processing.</p> <p><a class="roundedButton" href="https://www.canberraconnect.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/1488/kw/business%20migration" target="_blank" title="Apply for 132 (Business Talent) or 188 (Business Innovation) or 888 (Business Innovation)">Apply now</a><br /> &#160;</p> <p>With each application above you will receive email confirmation when your hard copy application has been received by our office.</p> <p>We will contact you by email with the outcome of your application. If your application is unsuccessful, we will explain the reasons for the decision.</p> <h2> Apply for your visa</h2> <p>Remember that ACT nomination is NOT a visa application; it can only assist you in meeting the requirements for the visa. To apply for a visa you must apply to the Department of Immigration and&#160;Border Protection&#160;(DIBP), the Australian agency which manages the Australian visa application and approval process.</p> <p>Before you submit your application for ACT nomination you must ensure you meet the DIBP criteria for the relevant visa. More information about visa criteria is available from the&#160;<a href="http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect" target="_blank" title="Visit the DIBP website">DIBP website.</a></p> <p>All potential business migrants must record their details through DIBP SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI). Your EOI can be lodged before you apply for ACT nomination, or after you receive ACT nomination.</p> <p><a class="roundedButton" href="http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/" target="_blank" title="Visit the DIBP website">DIBP - SkillSelect</a></p> <p>When you complete your EOI you will receive an ID&#160;from DIBP. You need to email your EOI ID&#160;to <a href="mailto:migrationservices@act.gov.au">migrationservices@act.gov.au</a> so&#160;we can confirm your ACT nomination with DIBP.</p> <p>Once your ACT nomination is confirmed on SkillSelect, DIBP will immediately issue you with an invitation to apply for your business migration visa. You have 60 days to apply.&#160;DIBP will let you know the outcome of your visa application.</p> <p>You ACT nomination will expire if you don&#8217;t apply for the visa within&#160;90 days of receiving ACT nomination.</p> <h2> When your visa has been granted</h2> <p>You should let us know when your visa has been granted. Email your copy of the visa grant notification to <a href="mailto:welcometocanberra@act.gov.au?subject=Visa%20grant%20notifcation">welcometocanberra@act.gov.au</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.business.act.gov.au/" target="_blank" title="Visit the Business Development website">Innovation, Trade and Investment -&#160;ACT Government</a><br /> <a href="http://www.investcanberra.com/" target="_blank" title="Invest Canberra">Invest Canberra</a><br /> <a href="http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/" target="_blank" title="Visit the DIBP website">Department of Immigration and Border Protection -&#160;SkillsSelect</a><br /> <a href="http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/business/" target="_blank" title="Visit the DIBP website">Department of Immigration and Border Protection - Business migrants</a></p> Migrating 2014-Business3 Three business people meet on street in Canberra 2014-business3.jpg Skilled Migration Visas <p>If you have an occupation in demand in Canberra and have relevant skills and experience you can apply for ACT nomination of your skilled migration visa.</p> <h3> Skilled - Nominated (190) visa</h3> <p>The Skilled - Nominated (190) visa is a points-based visa for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory.</p> <p>You may apply for ACT nomination if you are: <strong>(1)</strong> living overseas; or <strong>(2)</strong> living in Canberra, subject to additional criteria as outlined below.</p> <p>Canberra residents must be employed by an ACT employer in a skilled occupation and demonstrate you have lived in Canberra for three months prior to applying for ACT nomination.</p> <p>International graduates from an institution located in another Australian state or territory must be employed fulltime by an ACT employer in your nominated occupation for at least six months.</p> <p>You will <strong>not</strong> meet the ACT&#8217;s eligibility criteria for nomination if you are currently living in another Australian state or territory.</p> <p>Please note overseas applicants who have lived or studied in another Australian state or territory within the last year may not meet the ACT&#8217;s eligibility criteria. If this situation applies you should&#160;discuss your&#160;circumstances with&#160;our team prior to lodging your application.&#160;Each application will be assessed on a case by case basis.</p> <p>Please refer to the ACT nomination guidelines below for verification of limited or closed occupations.</p> <h3> Skilled - Nominated (provisional) (489) visa</h3> <p>Please note the&#160;ACT does <strong>not</strong> have access to nominate subclass 489 visas.<br /> &#160;</p> <h2> Meeting the requirements</h2> <p>If you have the skills or qualifications that Canberra needs, or you are working in Canberra in a skilled occupation, you may be eligible for ACT nomination for the Skilled - Nominated (190) Visa. Here&#8217;s how to check:</p> <p>&#160;</p> <ol> <li>Visit&#160;the DIBP website (link below)&#160;to make sure you qualify for the visa category you are seeking nomination. Remember, the ACT Government does not grant visas.</li> <li>Confirm your occupation is on the current ACT Occupation List:<br /> <br /> <a class="roundedButton pdf" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/act-occupation-list-oct-14.pdf" target="_blank" title="ACT Occupation List PDF">ACT Occupation List (Updated 1 Oct 14)</a>&#160;<a class="roundedButton doc" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/act-occupation-list-oct-14.doc" target="_blank" title="ACT Occupation List doc">ACT Occupation List (Updated 1 Oct 14)</a><br /> &#160;</li> <li>As well as having a listed occupation, you need to meet the ACT nomination criteria. The criteria are clearly documented in the ACT nomination guidelines:<br /> <br /> <a class="roundedButton pdf" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/190-skilled-nominated-guidelines-20nov14.pdf" target="_blank" title="190 Guidelines (PDF)">190 Guidelines (Updated 20 Nov 14)</a>&#160;<a class="roundedButton doc" href="/workspace/uploads/documents/190-skilled-nominated-guidelines-20nov14.doc" target="_blank" title="190 Guidelines (DOC)">190 Guidelines (Updated 20 Nov 14)</a></li> </ol> <h2> Apply for ACT nomination</h2> <ul> <li>Individuals who are not using an agent may apply directly for ACT nomination without creating an account.</li> <li>Migration agents lodging an application on behalf of a client must create an account.</li> </ul> <p>Please ensure you have read the guidelines for ACT nomination to check your eligibility before you apply. A non-refundable service fee is charged for processing applications for ACT nomination.<br /> &#160;</p> <ul> <li><strong>Skilled-nomination (190) visa (Fee: $300)</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Individuals:</strong><br /> <br /> <a class="roundedButton page" href="https://forms.canberrayourfuture.com.au/NewSMApplication.aspx" target="_blank" title="Apply for skilled nomination 190 visa">Apply now</a> <a class="roundedButton page" href="https://forms.canberrayourfuture.com.au/ResumeApplication.aspx" target="_blank" title="Resume a skilled nomination 190 application">Resume saved application</a><br /> <br /> <strong>Agents:</strong><br /> Login here to&#160;create an account,&#160;start a new application or resume an existing application.<br /> <br /> <a class="roundedButton page" href="https://forms.canberrayourfuture.com.au/Login.aspx" target="_blank" title="Login">Login</a></li> </ul> <h2> Apply for your visa</h2> <p>Remember the ACT nomination is NOT a visa application; it can only assist you in meeting the requirements for the visa.</p> <p>To apply for a visa you must apply to the Department of Immigration and&#160;Border Protection&#160;(DIBP), the Australian Government agency which manages the visa application and approval process for all migrants to Australia.</p> <p>All potential migrants, including those who are nominated by a state or territory government, must record their details through a SkillSelect Expression of Interest (EOI).</p> <p><a class="roundedButton" href="http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/" target="_blank" title="Go to the DIBP SkillSelect website">DIBP - SkillSelect</a></p> <p>You can lodge an EOI before you apply for ACT nomination or after you receive ACT nomination.</p> <p>When you complete your EOI you will receive an ID from DIBP. You need to&#160;email&#160;your&#160;EOI ID&#160;to <a href="mailto:migrationservices@act.gov.au">migrationservices@act.gov.au</a> so we can confirm your ACT nomination with DIBP.</p> <p>On confirmation DIBP will&#160;immediately issue an invitation to apply for your Skilled-Nominated (subclass 190) visa. You then have 60 days to&#160;lodge the application for the visa. DIBP will let you know the outcome of your visa application.</p> <p>Your ACT nomination will expire if you don&#8217;t apply for the visa within the 90 days of receiving approval.</p> <h2> When your visa has been granted</h2> <p>Let us know when your visa has been granted by emailing&#160; a copy of the visa grant notification to <a href="mailto:welcometocanberra@act.gov.au" title="Email the Welcome to Canberra team">welcometocanberra@act.gov.au</a>. The ACT provides a free settlement service to help ACT nominated migrants settle in Canberra. The Welcome to Canberra team will:</p> <ul> <li>provide information and advice to help you move to Canberra by referring&#160; you to the relevant websites.</li> <li>keep you up to date with regular newsletters including information about special events and upcoming activities in Canberra.</li> <li>meet with you (<em>by appointment only</em>) when you arrive in Canberra and give you some initial settlement support and advice. We will also follow up with a phone call or email.</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/index/visas/subclass-190/" target="_blank" title="Visit the DIBP website">Department of Immigration and Border Protection</a><br /> <a href="http://www.immi.gov.au/asri/" target="_blank" title="Visit the DIAC website">Australian Skills Recognition Information</a></p> Migrating 2014-Chidlcare Childcare worker 2014-childcare.jpg The Trevino Quiroz family Moved to Canberra from Mexico <p>We are a young family from Mexico City who recently moved to Canberra seeking a more relaxed and safer lifestyle. In Canberra peace and quiet are found everywhere, even in busy places, which is exactly what we were looking for.</p> <p>My family and I are very keen on nature, wildlife and sustainability, and Canberra has provided us with all this and much more as it has lots of parks, nature reserves, lakes, bike paths, clean air, many species of colorful birds, kangaroos and other wonderful things. Beautiful skies and colorful seasonal plants make the everyday scenery an ever changing delight to the senses.</p> <p>We have been living in Canberra for nine months and we already feel a part of the community, we have many friends, acquaintances and connections and we have visited many of the attractions the city has to offer. We still have many more to see. We&#180;ve also enjoyed the many cultural and artistic events that Canberra offers all year round.</p> <p>Our children were quickly accepted in the excellent public school system, and the school they attend has been very supportive of our particular needs. All the staff and teachers are good and cheerful people who have accepted us with a warm attitude. The education our children are receiving is of high standards.</p> <p>My wife Jenny and I share the responsibilities of taking care of the children, and in doing so we have found their school to be a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Similarly, through our own courses and training we have networked positively, allowing us to understand the professional culture in Australia.</p> <p>We arrived in Canberra in a time of political change which, in all honesty, complicated the job seeking process for my wife and me in the beginning. Yet after a few months of getting interviews, doing volunteer work, studying courses and getting involved with the community, we both found professional opportunities in our fields. Jenny is now practicing alternative healings and massages in a new business well located in a wellness centre, and I have started my own practice of house and landscape design with good success.</p> <p>Our advice to people considering migrating to Canberra is to be prepared to have a great quality of life, clean air, a relaxed vibe and no traffic jams, while having great professional opportunities in a beautiful city. For those seeking to move from foreign countries, you will find an astonishing diversity of cultural backgrounds and nationalities. For those seeking to move from other cities in Australia, you will find that Canberra is a great place where you find much more than just politicians with arrogant attitudes.</p> <p>My family and I consider our moving to Canberra to be a great change in our lives!</p> Testimonial-TrevinoQuiroz The Trevino Quiroz family trevino-quiroz.jpg The Murabet family Moved to Canberra from Jordan <p>My family and I are from a small but beautiful country, Jordan. Unfortunately though, being in the Middle East we had some concerns about our safety which made us think of our kid&#8217;s future and as parents we always wanted the best to our 3 kids.</p> <p>It all started when my supportive wife Hala said that we should think of immigrating. We then started doing our research and found out that Australia is on top of the list for the best country to live in!</p> <p>We chose Canberra to live in. It is the best city to live in for families &#8211; there are plenty of parks, kids activities and low crimes. It is a very safe to live in and the people are lovely.</p> <p>Sometimes I think that that not all Australian citizens know how lucky they are to live here, with strong public schools, job opportunities, freedom of speech, no corruption nature, animals &#8211; really, what more do you want!</p> <p>We do miss our family and friends back home, but that is really the only hard part and we hope we can travel more often there to visit, like once every 1 or 2 years!</p> <p>When we got our visa approval it was one of the happiest days of our life! At the same time though, we were a little bit tense and wondered what we should do next. It is important to have very good planning for your move. Here are some of my tips to help anyone who wants to immigrate to Canberra:</p> <ul> <li>I found it helpful to move alone especially at the start, as having your family with you at first may tie you up and give you more pressure!</li> <li>You should book a hotel for around 2 weeks after you arrive as it will take you a while before you get a place to rent. I think it is best to be in the centre of the city - I know it&#8217;s more expensive but it will be worth being in the centre when you start looking for a job and rentals. Once you arrive at the hotel, it&#8217;s good to just rest for a day as you&#8217;ll have a lot to do and you can&#8217;t waste time!</li> <li>It is helpful to have some cash with you (about $1,000) particularly for emergencies.</li> <li>Even if you come alone, make sure you bring your family&#8217;s relevant documents (e.g immunisation records, reports, photos) as you will need it before you register for schools etc.</li> <li>Make sure before you come over you make an appointment to meet with your Settlement Officer. I was lucky to meet with a wonderful lady called Michelle. She was a great motivator and gave me all the information I needed in a nice folder with maps for transportation, etc.&#160; She also gave me some great tips which I followed and she was right in every advice she gave me (so you better not miss your appointment and be there on time)! Keep in mind if you need anything you can also give them a call like I did with Michelle and she told me what I should do.</li> <li>Renting a house can be difficult &#8211; especially as you may not have a job and no history of renting in Australia! One option I found helpful was to use some of your savings, choose a 6 month lease and offer to pay them upfront, that way there is no risk for the owner to think that you will not pay on time! Once you have a job and good rental history it is much easier to move where you want and pay normal payments.</li> <li>Finding a job is another big challenge! It is not that there is no job opportunities - there is plenty of jobs - but it depends on you to take any job, any rate, at the start and then go up step by step to get the job you want according to your skills! Please do not think that if you where a manager back home you should be a manager here straight away!</li> <li>For me I had a regional position and worked all over the world in Thailand, China, the Maldives, North Africa, Jordan and South Korea! But when I first came to Canberra I worked for 1 month in the front office department at a 5 star hotel. This was a blessing to start with and fun at the same time!</li> <li>After that I found a better job in another company more related to my skills and with a better salary. I stayed there for 3 months, and then I finally got an even more related job as a club manager for a fitness group. Recently I was promoted to be the club manager for 2 of their clubs. They are great people to work with and very down to earth owners, I can&#8217;t ask for more career wise. I can see my future is with this company and eventually I plan to get a higher position like I used to have previously.</li> <li>Here in Australia they appreciate families so even with managerial jobs, or any job, you will always have a quality time to spend with your family!</li> <li>Now I am sure you are asking when I brought my family over! After 3 months in Canberra I had gotten our apartment ready, a job, my driving license and new toys for the kids! I then went back to Jordan and flew back to Canberra with my wonderful wife Hala and my kids, Sarah, Tia and Hashem. I took some time off work to show my family how beautiful Canberra is and just to make them happy.</li> <li>At the start for kids it can be difficult from a language point of view but trust me, they will be fine very quickly! Make sure you register them in English courses which my kids did and now they are in schools and having a great time, they speak better English than me and my wife now! It&#8217;s nice though to keep speaking your own language at home so that they will not forget it.</li> </ul> Testimonial-Murabet family The Murabet family murabet-family.jpg Richard and Florence Poiré Moved to Canberra from France <p>My wife Florence and I are from France; we lived in Germany for 4 years during my PhD and moved to Canberra about 4 years ago for me to work as a postdoctoral fellow at CSIRO Black Mountain.</p> <p>Since we arrived here, we were quite impressed by the gentleness of the people here and how safe the city feels. It was a marked difference compared to our overstressed lifestyle in European cities.</p> <p>We were surprised during the first few weeks here to see people coming up to us whenever we were pulling a map of the city out, either to tell us what places we should visit or just to chat. We found it very easy to settle in here compared to other countries we lived in.</p> <p>Florence quickly found a job and we are both enjoying the standard of living that Canberra has to offer, it is above any other European city we lived in. We got married in Australia 3 years ago and this place and the friends around us really hold a special place in our hearts. It is really a place where people are given the opportunity to live up to their potential and we feel that we could really make a difference.</p> <p>Coming from France we just couldn&#8217;t imagine a life without good wine and cheese. We discovered a lot of excellent vineyards in north Canberra where we could source great wine locally. We were afraid that living here would mean to lose some of our identity and values but we realised that they were very similar and we wouldn&#8217;t have to give up much by living here.&#160;</p> <p>We are rather outdoorsy persons; we love bushwalks around Canberra with 4 distinct seasons. It doesn&#8217;t take much driving to reach wild places like nature reserve of Tidbinbilla and we value that. It is a real pleasure to drive around Canberra and something that I particularly enjoy on the way back is the sight of the Telstra Tower, it really means home for us now. I really enjoy cycling to work and running around the various lakes. The city and the landscapes are stunning.</p> <p>We think that Canberra is the ideal size of city for us, we can find here everything we could possibly need while remaining at a human scale, and we can still encounter friends and colleagues at the grocery markets and there is a real sense of local community. People may not think of Canberra as a prime holiday destination, but it has a lot to offer in term of quality of life for the people who actually live and work here. We are used to commute much longer and further back in Europe and it is a pleasure to drive and cycle to work here. Canberra is very bike friendly, and rider and cars are encouraged to share the road fairly.</p> <p>We enjoy the access to cultural events in Canberra, museums open 7 days and for free, and we love fireworks (Skyfire) and hot air balloons! We enjoyed the celebrations for the centenary of Canberra at lot, we feel privileged to be there. Canberra feels like a unique mix of culture, good mood and family friendly events.</p> <p>We are engaged with our local community with volunteer work in Canberra schools. Florence assisted a French teacher at Maribyrnong Primary School to help the students prepare for a poem reading competition. I am also committed to Hawker College through the &#8220;Scientists in School&#8221; program where I had the opportunity to meet students, explain what the work of a scientist at CSIRO is and encourage them to pursue a career in science.</p> <p>We are also involved in our local church. We are part of the welcoming team and Florence is one of the leaders of the Sunday school. On multiple occasions we also helped at the Another Chance Op Shop.</p> <p>Local communities are very important to us, we invested a lot of time and resources into them and every aspect have been very rewarding. We definitely gave Canberra a chance when we moved in 4 years ago and we are feeling well integrated now. We travelled a lot for work and holiday and we really call Canberra home now.</p> <p>With its great schools and universities, Canberra is the ideal environment to raise a child and we are excited to welcome a baby home within the next few weeks.</p> <p>This week, we just applied for Australian citizenship and it is with a great honour that we took the last step of our integration. We cannot overstate how much it means to us.</p> <p>We moved here for work, but we stayed for the community.</p> Poire Family Richard and Florence Poire poire.jpg Voices in the Forest <p>Voices in the Forest is a spectacular outdoor operatic concert held in the natural amphitheatre at the National Arboretum. This year&#39;s concert features Latvian soprano Inessa Galante, Australian Baritone Peter Coleman-Wright and New Zealand Tenor Simon O&#39;Neill.</p> <p>Whether your preference is to be seated theatre-style, or to relax with friends and family enjoying a picnic on the grass, Voices in the Forest promises to be a delightful event for everyone.</p> <p>Don&#39;t miss your chance to be part of the most complete summer schedule of cricket that Australia has witnessed.</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong></p> <p>Sunday 30 November 2014</p> Living Voices in the Forest 2014 vitf-art-rp.jpg 2014-11-30 Learning Learning in Canberra 2 Canberra offers the ultimate student experience. Canberra Architecture Front of the National Museum of Australia at Night. camberra-architecture.jpg Learn Universities <p>Our nation&#8217;s capital has several&#160;high-quality universities offering a diverse range of under graduate and post graduate study options.&#160;</p> <p>Canberra&#39;s two major institutions&#160;are The University of Canberra and the Australian National University, Australia&#8217;s highest ranked university (Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings for 2013/14). Canberra also has campuses for the University of New South Wales (incorporating the Australian Defence Force Academy), the Australian Catholic University and Charles Sturt University. Collectively they offer choice, convenience and advancement across most fields of study.<br /> &#160;</p> <h2> The University of Canberra</h2> <p><img alt="The University of Canberra" src="/workspace/uploads/images/university-canberra.jpg" style="width: 120px; height: 80px; float: left; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px;" title="The University of Canberra" />The University of Canberra was again awarded the maximum Five Stars for &#8216;Getting a Job&#8217; and &#8216;Graduate Outcomes&#8217; by the 2012 Good Universities Guide. The University provides unique access to knowledge, skills, internships and professional networks, which offer valuable competitive advantages when starting your career.</p> <p>The University of Canberra&#8217;s commitment to professionally preparing graduates for professional careers in Australia and internationally pays dividends. Its graduates are in demand with employers worldwide.</p> <p>The University currently offers some 116 undergraduate degrees, 95 postgraduate degrees and 38 research degrees through five faculties: Applied Science and Information Sciences and Engineering; Arts and Design; Business Government &#38; Law; Education; and Health.</p> <p>With over 12,500 students, including 1600 international students from over 100 countries, the University prides itself on its welcoming cosmopolitan environment.</p> <h3> Good reasons to consider the University of Canberra:</h3> <ol> <li>It specialises in high quality professional education and applied research. Its degrees are respected and accepted around the world.</li> <li>It offers flexible pathways to University through the University of Canberra College and the University of Canberra English Language Institute.</li> <li>Support programs include the Personal Adviser Scheme orientation programs which help new international students get off to a great start.</li> <li>Academic standards are high, tuition fees are moderate, and class sizes are small.</li> <li>The campus offers clean fresh air and beautiful native flora and fauna.</li> </ol> <h4> Further info</h4> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.canberra.edu.au" target="_blank" title="Visit the University of Canberra website">The University of Canberra</a></li> </ul> <h2> The Australian National University</h2> <p><img alt="The Australian National University" src="/workspace/uploads/images/university-australian-national.jpg" style="width: 120px; height: 80px; float: left; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px;" title="The Australian National University" />The Australian National University (ANU) is Australia&#8217;s only national university and home to some of the world&#8217;s leading educators and researchers.</p> <p>Consistently ranked amongst the top 50 research universities in the world, ANU delivers a unique learning experience to over 18,000 students.</p> <p>Relatively small student to staff ratios mean that ANU students have direct access to the people who write much of the material that is being studied.</p> <p>The unique learning environment nurtures active debate between students and academics, inspiring a challenging and passionate community of scholars.</p> <p>Many ANU students have gone on to become some of the world&#8217;s great industry, political and academic leaders and influencers.</p> <p>This success is helped by the University&#8217;s close location to federal parliament, government policy makers and the many national institutions located in Canberra.</p> <p>The ANU campus borders the city centre and is a short walk from the parliamentary triangle and Lake Burley Griffin.</p> <p>The campus is like a small town with nearly 5,000 students living in residences, plenty of shops and caf&#233;s, a medical centre and multiple sporting facilities.</p> <h4> Further info</h4> <ul> <li><a href="http://learn.anu.edu.au/index.php" target="_blank" title="Visit the Australian National University website">The Australian National University</a></li> </ul> <h2> University of New South Wales &#8211; Canberra</h2> <p><img alt="University of New South Wales - Canberra" src="/workspace/uploads/images/website-unsw-canberra-portrait-colour-pos-cmyk.fw.png" style="width: 120px; height: 80px; float: left; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px;" title="University of New South Wales - Canberra" />UNSW Canberra is the Canberra campus of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and is located at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). UNSW is one of Australia&#8217;s leading research and teaching universities, ranking in the top 50 universities worldwide.</p> <p>UNSW Canberra provides a liberal tertiary undergraduate education in a tri service model to midshipmen and officer cadets of the Australian Defence Force and the armed services of Australia&#8217;s regional neighbours.</p> <p>It also offers a range of postgraduate coursework and research programs open to the general community as well as Defence personnel. Excellence in research is UNSW Canberra&#8217;s backbone- students can enrol in research degrees, including PhDs, and professional courses.</p> <p>UNSW Canberra has four schools - Humanities and Social Sciences; Business; Engineering and Information Technology; and Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences.</p> <p>UNSW Canberra&#8217;s strength springs from the excellence of its academic research coupled with the University&#8217;s close and unique relationship to Defence.</p> <p>Students at UNSW Canberra gain all the advantages of studying with one of Australia&#39;s largest, most well-established and research intensive tertiary institutions. UNSW is a member of Australia&#39;s Group of Eight institutions and a member of Universitas 21. UNSW enjoys strong links to industry, reflecting its focus on real-world research and innovative research partnerships.</p> <p>In&#160;October 2013&#160;UNSW Canberra had 1,030 undergraduate students, 1,333 postgraduate coursework students, 330 higher degree research students and a small number of non-award students.</p> <h4> Further info</h4> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au" target="_blank" title="Visit the University of New South Wales – Canberra website">University of New South Wales &#8211; Canberra</a></li> <li><a href="http://sas.unsw.adfa.edu.au/international/index.html" target="_blank" title="Visit the University of New South Wales – Canberra website">University of New South Wales &#8211; Canberra, International Student Administrative Services</a></li> </ul> <h2> Australian Catholic University</h2> <p><img alt="Australian Catholic University" src="/workspace/uploads/images/university-acu.jpg" style="width: 120px; height: 80px; float: left; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px;" title="Australian Catholic University" />Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a public university funded by the Australian Government and open to students and staff of all beliefs.</p> <p>ACU has six campuses in Australia including one located in Canberra. Students enjoy the benefits of small, friendly campuses and small class sizes, and have direct access to highly qualified lecturers and quality student support services.</p> <p>With four hectares of landscaped grounds, the Canberra Campus offers students plenty of space and great new facilities, including a state-of-the-art library, lecture and tutorial rooms, nursing laboratory, computer facilities, as well as a swimming pool and sporting facilities.</p> <p>The Canberra Campus offers programs in early childhood and primary education, nursing, nursing/paramedicine, social work and theology.</p> <p>ACU has an established reputation for quality and innovative teaching with specialist undergraduate and postgraduate education in disciplines including arts and sciences, business, law, education, health sciences, theology and philosophy.</p> <p>ACU is dedicated to rigorous intellectual scholarship and the individual&#39;s pursuit of truth and academic freedom. Its ethos is derived from Christian values and the Catholic intellectual tradition, and our core concern is with ethics in all fields of endeavour.</p> <p>ACU&#8217;s graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia (Source: Graduate Careers Council of Australia). Many find jobs using their professional skills before they have graduated.</p> <h4> Further info</h4> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.acu.edu.au/about_acu/campuses/canberra" target="_blank" title="Visit the Australian Catholic University website">Australian Catholic University</a></li> </ul> <h2> Charles Sturt University</h2> <p>&#160;</p> <p><img alt="Charles Sturt University" src="/workspace/uploads/images/university-charles-sturt.jpg" style="width: 120px; height: 80px; float: left; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px;" title="Charles Sturt University" />Charles Sturt University (CSU) is a national university providing excellence in education for the professions, strategic and applied research and flexible delivery of learning and teaching. The University&#8217;s campus in Canberra offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in theology. CSU also offers a diverse range of almost 400 courses through campuses across regional New South Wales and Sydney.</p> <p>CSU in Canberra offers theology courses in partnership with St Mark&#8217;s National Theological Centre that allow students to deepen their understanding of their faith or begin on the path to ordination. The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture is located in Canberra, with a focus on interfaith dialogue, reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia, youth concerns, academic research and the relationships between theology and social issues.</p> <p>CSU&#8217;s Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) also has a presence in Canberra with offices for the support of postgraduate students. The AGSPS is globally recognised as a leading provider of postgraduate research and education for professionals in anti-terrorism and security, intelligence, emergency management, law enforcement, fraud and financial investigation and leadership.</p> <p>CSU is recognised as a leader in the delivery of distance education, with around 24,000 students from across Australia and around the world completing their degree by distance education. A huge range of study, communication and support tools are provided online, ensuring students can interact with classmates and teaching staff to really feel part of the CSU community.</p> <h4> Further info</h4> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.csu.edu.au/about/locations/canberra" target="_blank" title="Visit the Charles Sturt University website">Charles Sturt University</a></li> </ul> <h2> Find a university course</h2> <p>Searching for a university course is easy through each institution&#8217;s website. The Australian Governments official website - Study in Australia &#8211; also enables you to search for a course or an institution using a range of preferences.</p> <h4> Further info</h4> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/en/CourseSearch" target="_blank" title="Visit the Study in Australia website">Study in Australia, Course Search</a></li> <li><a href="http://cricos.deewr.gov.au" target="_blank" title="Visit the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) website">Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)</a></li> <li><a href="http://students.anu.edu.au/think/study.php" target="_blank" title="Visit the Australian National University website">The Australian National University</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.canberra.edu.au/courses-units/home" target="_blank" title="Visit the University of Canberra website">University of Canberra</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au" target="_blank" title="Visit the University of New South Wales – Canberra website">University of New South Wales &#8211; Canberra</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.csu.edu.au/about/locations/canberra" target="_blank" title="Visit the Charles Sturt University website">Charles Sturt University</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.acu.edu.au/about_acu/campuses/canberra" target="_blank" title="Visit the Australian Catholic University website">Australian Catholic University - Canberra Campus</a></li> </ul> Learning 2014-ANU Building at the Australian National University 2014-anu.jpg Vocational Education & Training <p>Whether you&#8217;re looking to move straight into the workforce, or take an initial step in your tertiary education, an Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification can take you where you want to go.</p> <p>VET courses develop specific knowledge and skills through hands-on learning across a large number of careers and industries. Qualifications range from certificate II to advanced diplomas and are provided by government institutions, called Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions, as well as private institutions.</p> <p>The quality of VET in Australia attracts around 230,000 international students each year, who want an education that will provide a real-world industry experience.</p> <h2> Canberra Institute of Technology</h2> <p><img alt="Canberra Institute of Technology" src="/workspace/uploads/images/university-cit.jpg" style="width: 120px; height: 80px; float: left; margin-right: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px;" title="Canberra Institute of Technology" /></p> <p>As the region&#39;s premier vocational education and training provider, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) has the course to help you get the skills to build the career you want.</p> <p>You can choose from a wide range of courses in areas including automotive, hairdressing, building, business, media, music, design, fashion, engineering, forensics, health, horticulture, hospitality and information technology.</p> <p>Our strong connection with industry means you gain invaluable connections and real-world experience. Our nationally-recognised courses offer practical experience, not just theory, meaning you end up with real industry skills.</p> <p>Our six locations across Canberra are designed to create a supportive learning environment for our diverse student population, and are home to world-class libraries and information technology resources, as well as sporting and recreational facilities.</p> <p>If you ever need help, we&#39;re here to assist you with student support, peer tutoring, counselling, disability support, and our dedicated CIT Yurauna Centre providing support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.</p> <p>But student life isn&#39;t all about study. In your downtime you can catch up with friends and relax at the canteen or Caf&#233; Yala. Take advantage of a range of discounted services at the CIT Restaurant, CIT Hairdressing and Beauty, CIT Fit&#38;Well or the student massage and naturopathy clinics.</p> <p>The CIT Student Association (CITSA) also offer a wide range of student support services and social activities to ensure you get the most out of your time at CIT. Take part in one of the social events including FyshwickNats, the National Campus Film Festival, pancake days, barbecues, exhibitions, movie nights, overnight trips, paintball sessions and ski trips.</p> <h4> Further info</h4> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cit.edu.au" target="_blank" title="Visit the Canberra Institute of Technology website">Canberra Institute of Technology</a></li> </ul> <h2> Australian Council for Education &#38; Training (ACPET)</h2> <p>ACPET is the national industry association for independent providers of post-compulsory education and training, for Australian and international students, including:</p> <ul> <li>Higher Education</li> <li>Vocational Education and Training</li> <li>English Language Courses</li> <li>Senior Secondary Studies</li> <li>Foundation Studies</li> </ul> <h4> Further info</h4> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.acpet.edu.au/" target="_blank" title="Visit the Australian Council for Education and Training website">Australian Council for Education&#160;and Training</a></li> </ul> <h2> Find a course</h2> <p>Searching for a VET course is easy through each RTO&#39;s website. The Australian Governments official website - Study in Australia - also enables you to search for a course or an institution using a range of preferences.</p> <h4> Further info</h4> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/global/australian-education/vocational-education" target="_blank" title="Visit the Study in Australia website">Study in Australia, vocational education and training</a></li> <li><a href="http://cricos.deewr.gov.au" target="_blank" title="Visit the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students website">Welcome to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students</a></li> <li><a href="http://cit.edu.au/future/courses" target="_blank" title="Visit the Canberra Institute of Technology website">Canberra Institute of Technology, course finder</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.acpet.edu.au" target="_blank" title="Visit the Australian Council for Private Education and Training website">The Australian Council for Private Education and Training</a></li> </ul> Learning 2014-CITHealthstudents Two health students studying at CIT 2014-healthstudent.jpg Living <p>Whilst we know when to be serious, we also know how to have fun. There&#8217;s more happening in Canberra than ever before and life as a student here will be one of your most enjoyable and rewarding experiences.</p> <p>With a population of over 380,000 people, Canberra offers all the excitement and advantages of city living without the traffic, pollution and stress of larger cities, making it an extremely accessible playground.</p> <p>Here you&#8217;ll enjoy world-class festivals, facilities, entertainment, outdoor pursuits, dining and shopping and a calendar overflowing with cultural, sporting and student specific events.</p> <p>Because we&#8217;re a planned city, getting around is easy. Everything is usually within a 20-minute drive or less. More than 500 kilometres of dedicated bicycle paths will deliver you to each of the major CBD areas in the city. And our public transport system, ACTION, is a fast, safe and reliable bus service.&#160;</p> <p>Ours is a safe city too, with one of the lowest crime rates of any major Australian city, and an inclusive and welcoming community.</p> Learning 2014-Bikeriding Person mountain bike riding 2014_mountain-bike.jpg Nabid Alam Student from Bangladesh <p>Determined to study at one of the world&#8217;s top universities brought Nabid Alam from Bangladesh to study a Master of Business Information Systems at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.</p> <p>As an international student, there were a few hurdles for Nabid. The first was to make study in Australia financially possible, which he did by winning an Australian Government Endeavour Award.</p> <p>In addition, Nabid had to prepare for his International English Language Testing (IELTS) exam and juggle travel and accommodation arrangements, all while he worked in a high pressure graduate role in a Bangladeshi bank.</p> <p>&#8220;This was my first time leaving Bangladesh and it was a very big step &#8211; leaving my family and friends. It was a really difficult decision &#8211; and a real challenge, but I was up to it,&#8221; he says.&#8220;I was also a bit scared about the pressure of coming to ANU because I had been working in a bank and out of study for a couple of years. I was about to start a new degree in a top university and wondered how I would fit into the ecosystem.&#8221;</p> <p>Nabid hit the ground running.&#160; He met with each of his lecturers right at the beginning of his study to gain an insight into course objectives and expectations and how best&#160; to manage his study load.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s a really good thing to understand your lecturers&#8217; expectations. They have all been very friendly and always available. Even if your study plan looks difficult and challenging at first, it isn&#8217;t actually that difficult to manage &#8211; you get into a good routine.&#8221;</p> <p>Nabid will graduate with a Master of Business Information Systems later this year.</p> <p>While he has enjoyed his experience at ANU, Nabid is looking forward to spending time with his family again. His mother and brother will travel to Canberra to attend the graduation ceremony.</p> Testimonial - Nabid Alam Nabid Alam nabid.jpg Yanina Ferreyra Student from Argentina <p>My name is Yanina Ferreyra, I am from Argentina and I&#8217;ve been in Canberra for two year and a half.</p> <p>When I first came to Canberra, my first impression was that is was such a tidy city. It was very beautiful and very clean. Everything was like, kind of very nice, organised. The transport system was very easy, the buses I remember were something very surprising- the time of the buses.</p> <p>The safety and security in Canberra is amazing. I really like it, I feel very safe. When you hear a sound or something in a dark street, the only thing you can think of is a possum there or a kangaroo. That is the only thing that can scare you here.</p> <p>Studying in Canberra was very different to my first experience back in Argentina. I found the education here very personalised. I was surprised in the first class when the teachers put their phone numbers on the board, I was like &#8216;why are you giving us your phone number?&#8217; The teachers said you can contact me, its fine.</p> <p>My friends back in Argentina sometimes, they can&#8217;t believe a lot of things I tell them about Canberra. The nightlife that Canberra has, having nightclubs or places open from Monday to Sunday that is something that doesn&#8217;t really happen in South America.</p> <p>The life-style here, when people start working in the morning, work until the afternoon and then going to live their life, that is something I really like about this city.</p> <p>I can&#8217;t believe I am here.&#160;</p> Yanina Ferreyra Video Thumb Yanina Ferreyra Video Thumb yanina-ferreyra-vid.jpg Arnaud Bourguignat Student from France <p>My name is Arnaud, and I am from France, Strasbourg and I have now lived in Canberra for almost 3 years. I am studying at the University of Canberra, and I am studying a double Master, a Master of Business Administration/Master of International Business.</p> <p>The quality of education at the University of Canberra is very, very good and very, very motivating. The fact is, all of the lecturers are here to help you, and they are doing there best when they know that you are an international student. Most of all living on campus is also great because you are living with Australian people or students from other countries, which is very great to discover other cultures and to make new friends from all around the world.</p> <p>What I love about studying in Canberra, it is actually the environment. Because it is a big city, with great Universities, but it also brings you that lifestyle that you cannot have anywhere else, as it is a city which is quite wild, it is very green, very peaceful and also you can have places to have fun if you want to, you&#8217;ve got all that you could look for in a city, in Canberra.</p> <p>To survive in Canberra as an international student, a few tips would be, don&#8217;t be shy. English is quite easy when you practice it, so you do not have to be shy you have to talk with everyone. You will improve your English, which will make you feel better, after getting involved in the city, you will feel more confident. And then it helps to take all the opportunities that are proposed to you, to get parts of programs, of challenges or anything that could bring you some other experience, not only as an international student, but even as a student.&#160;</p> Arnaud Bourguignat Video Thumb Arnaud Bourguignat Video Thumb arnaud-bourguignat-vid.jpg Voices in the Forest <p>Voices in the Forest is a spectacular outdoor operatic concert held in the natural amphitheatre at the National Arboretum. This year&#39;s concert features Latvian soprano Inessa Galante, Australian Baritone Peter Coleman-Wright and New Zealand Tenor Simon O&#39;Neill.</p> <p>Whether your preference is to be seated theatre-style, or to relax with friends and family enjoying a picnic on the grass, Voices in the Forest promises to be a delightful event for everyone.</p> <p>Don&#39;t miss your chance to be part of the most complete summer schedule of cricket that Australia has witnessed.</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong></p> <p>Sunday 30 November 2014</p> Living Voices in the Forest 2014 vitf-art-rp.jpg 2014-11-30 Living Living in Canberra 3 Discover the lifestyle advantages and employment opportunities on offer. Family Picnic Mother and Father having a picnic with their son and daughter at a park in Canberra. family-picnic.jpg Live Cost of living <p>Like any city, your living costs in Canberra will vary according to your family&#39;s needs, lifestyle choices and spending habits.</p> <p>We have provided approximate costs for a variety of day-to-day needs and recreational activities below. Using this information and the additional resources you can estimate your expected household expenditure.</p> <p><strong>Transport</strong></p> <ul> <li>All day parking: City zone A $13.50; City zone B $9.00; Town Centres zone A $9.00; Town Centres zone B $7.50</li> <li>Metered parking (hourly rate): City $3.00; Dickson $2.00; Kingston $2.00</li> <li>Petrol/Diesel: $1.45-$1.65/Litre</li> <li>Vehicle hire: $50-$150/day</li> <li>Vehicle purchase: Will depend on the age and type of vehicle, and your personal preferences. Visit the Car Sales website below to browse new and pre-owned vehicles.</li> <li>ACTION bus tickets <ul> <li>MyWay single trip (peak): $2.84</li> <li>MyWay concession (peak): $1.41</li> <li>MyWay school student (school day): $1.07</li> <li>MyWay tertiary student: $1.41</li> <li>Note: you must purchase a MyWay card to access the fares above - Adult $5.00; Student/Concession $2.50; Seniors free</li> <li>Cash fare single trip adult: $4.50</li> <li>Cash fare daily adult: $8.60</li> <li>Cash fare single trip concession/student: $2.20</li> <li>Cash fare daily concession/student: $4.30</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Recreation</strong></p> <ul> <li>Ice Skating (Phillip): $13.00-$16.00 ($3.00 skate hire)</li> <li>Canberra Raiders (National Rugby League): Adults $28.00-$34.00; Children $12.00-$17.00</li> <li>Brumbies (Super Rugby): General admission - Adults $24.00; Concession $19.00; Children 5-18 $11.00</li> <li>Entry to the National Zoo and Aquarium: Adults $38.00; Children under 4yo $2; Children 4 to 15 years $21.50; Concession $31.00; Family (two adults; 3 children) $105.00</li> <li>Floriade entry (spring flower festival): Free</li> <li>Cappuccino: $3.50-$4.50</li> <li>Movie ticket (Dendy Cinemas): Adult $18.50; Concession $14.50; Child $13.00; Senior $11.00 (cheaper for &#39;Club Dendy&#39; members)</li> <li>18 holes of golf (Gungahlin Lakes): Weekday $29.00; Weekend $39.00</li> <li>Free Entry to the following national attractions: <ul> <li>Australian War Memorial</li> <li>National Gallery of Australia</li> <li>National Portrait Gallery</li> <li>National Museum of Australia</li> <li>National Archives of Australia</li> <li>National Library of Australia</li> <li>National Film and Sound Archive</li> <li>Canberra Glassworks</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Health</strong></p> <ul> <li>Gym membership: $10.00-$15.00/week</li> <li>Olympic Pool entry (Civic): Adult $5.60; Child/Concession $4.10; under 3yo free. Aqua Aerobics $10.20; Aqua Aerobics concession $5.90</li> <li>Private Health Insurance: Single adult with basic cover $30-$100/month (no excess); Family of 4 with full cover $400-$600/month ($500 excess). Use the link to Private Health below to learn more about health insurance and to obtain quotes from a range of providers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Communication</strong></p> <ul> <li>Mobile phone: $30-$100/month depending on the plan and usage. (The main providers are Telstra, Optus, Virgin, Vodafone, iiNet, TransACT and TPG.)</li> <li>Internet: $30-$150/month depending on the plan and usage. (The main providers are Telstra, Optus, Virgin, Vodafone, iiNet, TransACT, TPG and iPrimus.)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Education</strong></p> <ul> <li>Childcare: $80-$120/day (full day)</li> <li>Permanent residents of Australia are entitled to a free education at Government schools, along with a voluntary contribution to the school. Students holding temporary visas however may be required to pay tuition fees &#8211; but you will need to check with individual schools for details. In certain circumstances you can apply for a fee waiver. Non-government schools will charge fees regardless of your visa status and may have a religious affiliation.</li> <li>Schools may offer optional items, activities and services for which parents may be required to pay. Such activities and items could include non-essential school camps and excursions, class photos, the canteen, private tutoring and uniforms.</li> <li>Systemic (e.g. Catholic) and private school fees can range from $5,000-$20,000/year. Additional costs may apply for extracurricular activities, clothing, books and other necessities.</li> </ul> <p><strong>At Home</strong></p> <ul> <li>Electricity, gas and water costs will vary depending on your dwelling type and usage. The main provider is ActewAGL - visit their website below to view service charges.</li> <li>Groceries: The main supermarkets include Coles; Woolworths; Aldi; Supabarn; Costco; and IGA - visit their websites below to view current grocery prices. There are also a great range of fresh food markets in Canberra.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Median Housing Costs^</strong></p> <ul> <li>Median three bedroom house rent: $430 per week</li> <li>Median three bedroom house price: $535,000</li> <li>Median two bedroom unit / flat / town house rent: $392.50 per week</li> <li>Median two bedroom unit / flat / town house price: $420,000</li> <li>Vacancy rate: 4.2%</li> </ul> <p>^ Housing statistics obtained from the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) Market Facts &#8211; June quarter 2014.</p> <p>All figures are approximate and are provided as a guide only. Figures are listed in Australian dollars.</p> <p><a href="http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/" target="_blank" title="Visit the XE Currency Converter website">XE Currency Converter</a><br /> <a href="http://shop.coles.com.au/online/national/" target="_blank" title="Visit the Coles Supermarket website">Coles Supermarkets</a><br /> <a href="http://www2.woolworthsonline.com.au/" target="_blank" title="Visit the Woolworths Supermarket website">Woolworths Supermarkets</a><br /> <a href="http://www.supabarn.com.au/home" target="_blank" title="Visit the Supabarn Supermarket website">Supabarn Supermarkets</a><br /> <a href="http://iga.com.au/" target="_blank" title="Visit the IGA Supermarket website">IGA Supermarkets</a><br /> <a href="http://www.costco.com.au/index.shtml" target="_blank" title="Visit the Costco website">Costco</a><br /> <a href="https://www.aldi.com.au/en/" target="_blank" title="Visit the Aldi website">Aldi</a><br /> <a href="http://www.privatehealth.gov.au/" target="_blank" title="Visit the Private Health website">Private Health</a><br /> <a href="http://www.carsales.com.au" target="_blank" title="Visit the Car Sales website">Car Sales</a><br /> <a href="http://www.actewagl.com.au/Product-and-services/Offers-and-prices/Prices/Residential.aspx" target="_blank" title="Visit the ActewAGL website">ActewAGL - Water, Gas, Electricity</a><br /> <a href="http://www.transport.act.gov.au/catch_a_bus/myway/fares" target="_blank" title="Visit the Transport for Canberra website ">Transport for Canberra (ACTION bus fares)</a><br /> <a href="http://www.reia.com.au/" target="_blank" title="Visit the Real Estate Institute of Australia website">Real Estate Institute of Australia</a><br /> <a href="http://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/act/sale-residential" target="_blank" title="Visit the Allhomes website">Allhomes</a></p> Living 2014-Family-Breakfast Family eating breakfast ont their deck 2014-family-breakfast.jpg Housing & accommodation <p>A home is the foundation for your lifestyle in Canberra. Once you&#8217;ve narrowed down the areas you want to live in, the next task is to decide what sort of accommodation will suit you and your family.</p> <p>Canberra has a huge range of housing options to suit your needs, budget and personal taste:</p> <h2> Temporary</h2> <p>When you first arrive, you may need to live in temporary accommodation before finding a long-term place to live. Luckily Canberra offers a range of temporary accommodation options to suit your needs from self-contained and serviced apartments, hotels, motels, hostels and caravan parks.</p> <p>Regardless of where you choose to stay, make sure you book your temporary accommodation well before you arrive in Canberra to ensure you can secure a place.</p> <p>You may also need to find a storage facility for the belongings you have shipped over and select a removalist, once you&#8217;re ready to move into long-term accommodation.</p> <h2> Sharing</h2> <p>If you&#8217;re an individual or even a couple, share accommodation is a great way to share the cost of living with other people and make new friends. You can either move into a house that is already occupied by other people or find and lease a property with other people.&#160;</p> <p>The most important factor when sharing a house or apartment with others is communication. Make sure you understand upfront what your living conditions will be, what you will be paying for and what everyone in the household agrees to before paying any money or signing an agreement.</p> <h2> Renting</h2> <p>Renting is a great way to find out about an area before committing to buy. Canberra has a huge range of homes and apartments at varying prices depending on where you want to live and the style of home you&#8217;re after.</p> <p>Most homes for rent are leased through real estate agencies and are advertised through the agency and on various websites, with inspection times or contact details of the landlord or agent. Whilst some homes are available furnished or partly furnished with items such as a fridge and washing machine, the majority of rental homes are unfurnished.</p> <p>You are normally required to inspect a property in person before applying for tenancy. When applying, make sure you have landlord references, character references and between 6-8 weeks payment up front.</p> <h2> Buying</h2> <p>Canberra is a fantastic place to call home and there&#8217;s no better way to commit to your future here, than by investing in a property.</p> <p>There is a huge range of housing options to suit most budgets. Do your research to determine current market values, as house prices vary depending on areas and even within individual suburbs. The median three bedroom house price in Canberra is $520,000*. The median two bedroom apartment/unit/townhouse price is $427,500*.</p> <p>* Housing statistics obtained from the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) Market Facts &#8211; December quarter 2013.</p> <h3> Before you buy</h3> <p>It is crucial that you have your finance approved, including enough to offer a deposit, before making an offer or bid at an auction. If you haven&#8217;t purchased property in Australia before, you may be eligible to receive the Australian Government&#8217;s <a href="http://www.revenue.act.gov.au/home-buyer-assistance/first-home-owner-grant" target="_blank" title="ACT Revenue Office">first home owner&#8217;s grant</a> to help you get started. The ACT also has a range of <a href="http://www.revenue.act.gov.au/home-buyer-assistance" target="_blank" title="ACT Revenue Office">financial concessions</a> to help low to moderate income buyers, including the <a href="http://www.revenue.act.gov.au/home-buyer-assistance/home-buyer-duty-concession" target="_blank" title="ACT Revenue Office">Home Buyer Concession scheme</a> and the ability for eligible buyers to defer stamp duty for five years. To make home ownership easier, the ACT Government has also released more land and ensured new developments include 20 per cent affordable housing.<br /> <br /> When you buy property in the ACT, you are provided with a 99-year crown lease over the land.</p> <h3> Ways to buy</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Public auctions. </strong>Buyers compete with other buyers to bid for a property on a set date. A property cannot be sold unless it reaches the seller&#8217;s reserve price.</li> <li><strong>Private sale.</strong> A property is offered at a price determined by the seller. If you want to make an offer, the seller&#8217;s real estate agent will negotiate on your behalf.</li> <li><strong>Tender Process. </strong>A property is advertised with a price range and interested buyers submit offers in writing by a set deadline. The highest and best offer is accepted.</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.independent.com.au/" target="_blank" title="Independant Property Group">Independant Property Group</a><br /> <a href="http://www.mrrental.com.au/" target="_blank" title="Mr Rental">Mr Rental</a><br /> <a href="http://www.allhomes.com.au/" target="_blank" title="Allhomes">Allhomes</a><br /> <a href="http://www.domain.com.au/" target="_blank" title="Domain">Domain</a><br /> <a href="http://www.realestate.com.au" target="_blank" title="Realestate.com.au">Realestate.com.au</a><br /> <a href="http://www.realestateview.com.au/" target="_blank" title="Realestateview.com.au">Realestateview.com.au</a><br /> <a href="http://www.tenantsact.org.au/" target="_blank" title="Tenants' Union ACT">Tenants&#39; Union ACT</a><br /> <a href="http://www.visitcanberra.com.au/find/accommodation" target="_blank" title="VisitCanberra">VisitCanberra - Accommodation</a></p> Living 2014-House House in Canberra 2014-house.jpg Work <p>Canberra&#160;is a place to actively pursue your dreams.</p> <p>As our nation&#8217;s capital, big ideas emerge, circulate and grow here, thanks to unique links between leading thinkers in business, government, education and research. Together with our dynamic economy, highly educated workforce and an innovative business culture, you&#8217;ll have access to unique career and business opportunities.</p> <p>Whilst the Australian and ACT Governments are major employers in the city, over half of Canberra&#8217;s workforce is employed in our private sector, with more than 25,000 businesses servicing the region, from multi-nationals to micro businesses.</p> <p>Our unemployment rate is low compared to most cities in Australia, and the pay&#39;s good too! Workers in Canberra enjoy the highest average full-time income in Australia.</p> <p>And because Canberra is a &#8216;20 minute city&#8217;, getting to work is a breeze on our network of toll-free roads, cycle paths and efficient public transport system. You&#8217;ll spend less time commuting and more time doing the things you and your family enjoy.</p> <p>To find out more about working in Canberra, visit our <a href="/portal/working/">Work portal</a>.</p> <p><a href="/portal/working/article/for-workers" title="Work portal">Visit our &#39;Work&#39; portal</a>.</p> Living 2014-Business1 Two business men walk along street in Canberra 2014-business1.jpg Education & childcare <p>Canberra nurtures the pursuit of dreams &#8211; from the ground up. Here families are provided with the supportive services, facilities and environments to raise happy, inspired and resilient children.</p> <p>Community is crucial for the support of families and Canberra has a number of ways to connect families with each other through playgroups, family events and activities.</p> <h2> Childcare</h2> <p>A wide range of childcare services provides children with a caring, creative and stimulating environment while allowing parents to pursue work or study. <a href="http://www.mychild.gov.au/" target="_blank" title="MyChild.gov.au">Government assistance</a> is available to help with the cost of these services that include family day care, occasional care, long day care and school-aged care.</p> <h2> Preschool</h2> <p>The ACT Government&#8217;s Education and Training Directorate also provides one year of public <a href="http://www.det.act.gov.au/school_education/directory_of_schools/preschools_act_government" target="_blank" title="ACT Education and Training Directorate">preschool</a> education. Public preschools are part of the local primary schools and are open to children who turn four on or before 30 April. In some areas, children are also eligible to start preschool from age three at an Early Childhood School.</p> <h2> Canberra school system</h2> <p>Canberra&#8217;s school system has a national reputation for achieving excellent academic results.</p> <p>Consisting of 86 ACT Government public schools and over 44 Catholic and independent schools, each school offers a modern, well-equipped and supportive environment with opportunities for intellectual, sporting and cultural development.</p> <p>Generally, children attend primary school from age 5 until they are 12 or 13 years old and then attend high school (or &#8216;secondary school&#8217;) until they are 17 or 18 years old. Some colleges (senior secondary schools) take only students in Years 11 and 12 who are preparing for the Year 12 Certificate. <a href="/portal/learning/" title="Learn portal">Find out more in our &#39;Learn&#39; portal</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.playgroupaustralia.com.au/act/" target="_blank" title="Visit the Playgroup Australia ACT web page">Playgroup Australia ACT</a><br /> <a href="http://www.dhcs.act.gov.au/ocyfs/childandfamilycentres" target="_blank" title="Go to ACT Government Community Services Directorate website">Child and Family Centres</a><br /> <a href="http://www.parentlink.act.gov.au/" target="_blank" title="go to the ParentLink web site">ParentLink</a><br /> <a href="http://www.wcs.org.au/family-children/childcare" target="_blank" title="Visit the Woden Community Services website">Woden Community Services</a><br /> <a href="https://commsatwork.org/" target="_blank" title="Visit the Communities at Work website">Communities at Work</a><br /> <a href="http://www.northside.asn.au/" target="_blank" title="Visit the Northside Community Services website">Northside Community Services</a><br /> <a href="http://www.sscs.org.au/page.php?page_id=28" target="_blank" title="Visit the South Side Community Services website">Southside Community Services</a><br /> <a href="http://www.yellowpages.com.au/search/listings?clue=child+care+centres&amp;locationClue=Greater+Canberra%2C+ACT&amp;selectedViewMode=&amp;emsLocationId=" target="_blank" title="Visit the Yellow Pages website">Yellow Pages Directory - Childcare listings</a></p> Living 2014-Students College students in the library 2014-students.jpg Tony Nsofor Engineer <p>Tony Nsofor has lived in and travelled to many places around the world, including London, Barcelona, New York, Cape Town, Los Angeles and Dubai. When he decided to emigrate, his top priority was choosing a destination &#34;characterised with an impressive work-life balance.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>You&#8217;re originally from Nigeria where you worked as a chemical engineer. After several years furthering your studies and working in the UK, you decided to emigrate. Of all the destinations in the world to consider, what were the reasons you chose Canberra?</strong></p> <p>There are several reasons why I chose Canberra but the most important is the personal aspiration to progress in a city characterised with an impressive work-life balance. Things are accessible, the city is a beauty being well planned and managed, the weather is awesome, crime rate is low and the prospect of establishing and excelling in a business is high. It&#8217;s also a great place to raise a family.</p> <p><strong>Did you know anyone in Canberra who influenced your decision to move here?</strong></p> <p>I have two friends, both post-graduate students, who have lived here for 18 months. Before applying for ACT sponsorship I checked out literature and information about other states too. However, learning that Canberra is a planned city got my interest; I appreciate organisation and planning. Other impressive statistics and first-hand information from my friends helped seal my decision to come to Canberra.</p> <p><strong>Would you describe Canberra as a multicultural and friendly city?</strong></p> <p>I find Canberrans are friendly, warm and welcoming to visitors and new migrants.</p> <p><strong>Whereabouts in Canberra do you live?</strong></p> <p>I live in one of the inner north suburbs. It takes me only 6 minutes to drive to my office or 10-15 minutes when I use the bus. I get to save time commuting compared to other places where I&#8217;ve previously lived.</p> <p><strong>What kinds of activities and entertainment do you enjoy in Canberra?</strong></p> <p>I must confess I enjoy the outdoors. I love picnics in the parks around the city. It always feels like the first time whenever I revisit the city landmarks. I love Sunday morning breakfast outdoors and soccer games with new friends.</p> <p><strong>Would you say that Canberra offers new migrants more opportunities than other cities in Australia?</strong></p> <p>I am not in the right position to compare opportunities in Canberra with other cities in Australia; however, I can proudly say Canberra has availed me so many opportunities. I got a lucrative job within 6 weeks of settling in the city and other good things followed. What more can I ask for?&#160;&#160;</p> <p><strong>Have you explored the region around Canberra?</strong></p> <p>Unfortunately I haven&#8217;t done much exploration of the regions around Canberra because there are lots of places to still see and functions to attend in the city. That being said, I have gone sightseeing at Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, Allan McGrath Reserve, Mount Majura and Isaacs Ridge Pine Plantation. Exploring regions around Canberra is still definitely in the plan.</p> <p><strong>Are you planning to one day start a business of your own in Canberra?</strong></p> <p>If things go according to plan, I intend starting a project management consultancy in the future.</p> <p><strong>Any other comments for others considering the move?</strong></p> <p>Canberra affords migrants a high standard of living. The move was worth it!</p> Testimonial - Tony Nsofor Tony Nsofor tony-nsofor.jpg The Bruno Family Property Manager, Moved to Canberra from the UK <p>Almost two years ago Niki and Darren Bruno left the UK with their two young boys, Nathan and Oliver, in search of a better quality of life. We asked them to tell us about their journey.</p> <p><strong>What motivated you to uproot your lives in London and move to the other side of the world?</strong></p> <p>Niki: It seemed in England that we were working day, noon and night, spending no time together, with nothing to show for it. We couldn&#39;t see a future for ourselves or our children in England and decided to emigrate.</p> <p>Darren: Migration was something we had looked into for a while. We looked at all sorts of countries but after lots of research we decided that Australia was top of our list as the place to make a fresh start, so we applied to Australia first.</p> <p><strong>Why did you decide to settle in Canberra rather than somewhere else?</strong></p> <p>Niki: Quite honestly we would have been happy to live anywhere in Australia as long as it was not in one of the big cities. After the hectic pace and insecure life we had in London we were looking for a more relaxed and safer environment for us and our children, with good opportunities. We also wanted a place where our children would be free to enjoy being children, whereas in London you worry about letting your children outside and they seem to grow up too quickly.</p> <p>Darren: In the end my occupation as a property manager determined our destination. We discovered that it was on the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government&#8217;s Occupation List and this gave us the extra points we needed to apply for a visa. Canberra has turned out to be the ideal place for us. We feel as if we&#8217;re living in the country yet we&#8217;re able to enjoy the many benefits that come with it being the capital city. We love it here.</p> <p><strong>What are the things that you most enjoy about Canberra?</strong></p> <p>Niki: There&#8217;s always something on! Canberra is easy to navigate and the place is so family orientated. One of our favourite things is something as simple as having a BBQ in the park with friends and the kids swimming in the pool or river. There&#8217;s nothing better.</p> <p>Darren: Weather in Canberra over summer is nice and hot, but it&#8217;s a dry heat so you&#8217;re not sticking to everything, so that&#8217;s nice. Compared to England it seems that the summers are very long and there are lots of opportunities for outdoor fun. Even in winter the sun shines and we&#8217;re told that Canberra has more days of sunshine than the Sunshine Coast! We were surprised though at how cold it gets during the winter nights.</p> <p><strong>How different is your life now to the one you left behind?</strong></p> <p>Niki: I would say that our lives are very different in one way but the same in others. We still have to work, send kids to school and do the daily routine of things, but the major difference is that we seem to have more quality family time, do more things together and relax more at weekends. So even thought the daily routine hasn&#8217;t changed much our lifestyle has and we are less stressed, more relaxed, go out more and we&#8217;re definitely less wet and cold! LOL!</p> <p>Darren: We sometimes miss family and that can be a little difficult at times. However we&#8217;ve always been a strong and independent family unit of our own and now we consider some of our close friends here our family.</p> <p><strong>How has the move changed your life?</strong></p> <p>Darren: We feel that we are actually living our lives the way we want and love being here. We&#8217;re very conscious that life is precious and should be enjoyed. We believe that moving to Canberra saved Niki&#8217;s life. A couple of months after arriving she had a major health issue and underwent an operation to remove a kidney. We cannot say enough good things about Canberra&#8217;s wonderful health system.</p> <p>Niki: My illness was a shock. I was saved by the quick thinking, in depth testing and excellent treatment provided by the health professionals in Canberra. We are grateful to be living in Canberra and appreciate the wonderful quality of life that is possible here. I wish we had moved 15 years ago when I first met Darren. It would have given us a chance to be established before the boys came along.</p> <p><strong>What are your plans for the future?</strong></p> <p>Niki: We plan to stay in Canberra and build our business here. In London I worked as a psychologist. Whilst recovering I enrolled at the Australian National University to obtain a graduate certificate and I have now started my own business which is growing nicely. I feel that we have been so blessed by moving to Canberra.</p> <p>Darren: We are planning to stay in Canberra for the foreseeable future (not sure where we will be when we retire!). We would very much like to build our own place and are very much excited about that prospect, but there is no rush, we are happy as we are.</p> Testimonial - Bruno Family The Bruno family nikibruno.jpg The Doherty Family Business Liaison Manager and Safety Manager <p><strong>[Alecia]</strong> Hi I am Alecia Doherty and this is my husband Larry. We&#8217;ve been living in Canberra for the past two and a half years. Prior to that we were living in Sydney. We&#8217;ve been very fortunate to have lived in a lot of different places around the world, and Canberra just keeps pulling us back. It&#8217;s got everything you could want.</p> <p><strong>[Larry]</strong> Canberra is an easy place to live, its good people, you know, there is a lot of people from all over the world, lots of different nationalities and it gives you everything that a big city has, like Sydney or Melbourne. But its in a small city, you don&#8217;t get all of the downsides of living in a big city.</p> <p><strong>[Alecia]</strong> The work life style in Canberra is great. In my job, I just recently have been working a bit of overtime and so today I took the day off. My experience with picking up work in Canberra, it doesn&#8217;t matter what your background is or what your skills are, there are opportunities because of the Arts and you know, if you&#8217;re a creative person there is something, restaurants galore, you know, lawyers, politicians. It just really doesn&#8217;t matter what your background is, there will be a job for you here in Canberra.</p> <p>For new people moving to Canberra, I&#8217;d recommend just jumping in your car and taking the time to drive around because each suburb is so different, so it really depends on what your particular requirements are. You know, if you are really sporting and want, you know, acres of land to go cycling or, you know, go in the forest, mountain biking, you might want to go to live on the south side. But if you want trendy restaurants, you want to come and live closer into the CBD, or Kingston and Manuka, it just depends on what you&#8217;re after, but Canberra will be able to provide it.</p> <p><strong>[Larry]</strong> Don&#8217;t show this video to anybody because they will all want to come and live here.</p> <p><strong>[Alecia]</strong> Yes, the best kept secret!</p> Doherty Family Video Thumb Doherty Family Video Thumb doherty-family-vid.jpg The Sulit Family Business Owner <p>My family and I migrated from the Philippines to Canberra just last July, 2013.&#160; It was a difficult decision to leave Manila which has been our home since birth but we knew that God has a purpose for our family here.</p> <p>We&#8217;ve visited Canberra twice as tourists in the past and really enjoyed this beautiful city. It has been our city of choice since we expressed our desire to migrate to Australia. We have been blessed to be granted a state sponsorship by the ACT and now that we are here, we are even more fortunate to have settled quite well in such a short time.</p> <p>We stayed in a small apartment in Forde and within just three weeks, three of our four daughters had the privilege to be employed by three of the most respected businesses in Canberra. My eldest daughter works as a makeup artist for a popular makeup brand. My second daughter is a culinary chef at one of the newest restaurants in the City and my third daughter is a pastry chef at a large grocery chain.</p> <p>Our youngest daughter is in year eleven and has easily adjusted to the welcoming multicultural communities in the school. She is currently being trained in the multimedia arts and has persistently excelled in her subjects in Gungahlin College.</p> <p>Just last December, we were blessed with a new home we bought under the land rent scheme which is a privilege enjoyed only by Canberrans. We were able to purchase a hilltop block at Bonner with a magnificent view of a nature reserve and surrounded by open parks, ponds, playgrounds and picnic areas</p> <p>Canberra is absolutely breathtaking. Every morning our backyard is home to cockatoos, parrots, doves, ducks and other unique variety of birds. We do get some kangaroo visits during the day and foxes and rabbits running around our house at night.&#160; Life here is just like being beautifully one with nature.</p> <p>My wife is a full time homemaker who enjoys attending to her greenhouse filled with all sorts of herbs, spices, vegetables and other ornamental greens. Her flower garden was absolutely stunning last spring. We also planted apricots, apples, lemons, oranges, limes, cherry and peach trees which we hope will bear fruits in the next few years.</p> <p>I, on the other hand have registered an ABN and currently running my own freelance interior design business while finishing an online two year diploma course at North Coast TAFE. I have done several projects in Gungahlin, Franklin, Bonner, O&#8217;Malley and I&#8217;m working on a new and exciting design commission in Kingston.</p> <p>After just seven months we were given the benefit of settling comfortably in Canberra in our new home. Everyone in the family, except for our youngest, all have their full Australian drivers licenses and are all independently driving to and from work every day.</p> <p>After travelling to many parts of the world, I can honestly and unequivocally say that there is probably no better place to settle a family than here in Canberra. This is where God brought us and we know that this is where our destiny and future will unfold.</p> <p>I just want to thank the city of Canberra for opening its doors to migrants like us and giving us the opportunity to live, work and settle in this magnificent city. There is a world of beautiful opportunities in this part of Australia and we just want to let everyone know - we LOVE Canberra!</p> Testimonial - Sulit Family Members of the Sulit famliy sulit-family.jpg The Murabet family Moved to Canberra from Jordan <p>My family and I are from a small but beautiful country, Jordan. Unfortunately though, being in the Middle East we had some concerns about our safety which made us think of our kid&#8217;s future and as parents we always wanted the best to our 3 kids.</p> <p>It all started when my supportive wife Hala said that we should think of immigrating. We then started doing our research and found out that Australia is on top of the list for the best country to live in!</p> <p>We chose Canberra to live in. It is the best city to live in for families &#8211; there are plenty of parks, kids activities and low crimes. It is a very safe to live in and the people are lovely.</p> <p>Sometimes I think that that not all Australian citizens know how lucky they are to live here, with strong public schools, job opportunities, freedom of speech, no corruption nature, animals &#8211; really, what more do you want!</p> <p>We do miss our family and friends back home, but that is really the only hard part and we hope we can travel more often there to visit, like once every 1 or 2 years!</p> <p>When we got our visa approval it was one of the happiest days of our life! At the same time though, we were a little bit tense and wondered what we should do next. It is important to have very good planning for your move. Here are some of my tips to help anyone who wants to immigrate to Canberra:</p> <ul> <li>I found it helpful to move alone especially at the start, as having your family with you at first may tie you up and give you more pressure!</li> <li>You should book a hotel for around 2 weeks after you arrive as it will take you a while before you get a place to rent. I think it is best to be in the centre of the city - I know it&#8217;s more expensive but it will be worth being in the centre when you start looking for a job and rentals. Once you arrive at the hotel, it&#8217;s good to just rest for a day as you&#8217;ll have a lot to do and you can&#8217;t waste time!</li> <li>It is helpful to have some cash with you (about $1,000) particularly for emergencies.</li> <li>Even if you come alone, make sure you bring your family&#8217;s relevant documents (e.g immunisation records, reports, photos) as you will need it before you register for schools etc.</li> <li>Make sure before you come over you make an appointment to meet with your Settlement Officer. I was lucky to meet with a wonderful lady called Michelle. She was a great motivator and gave me all the information I needed in a nice folder with maps for transportation, etc.&#160; She also gave me some great tips which I followed and she was right in every advice she gave me (so you better not miss your appointment and be there on time)! Keep in mind if you need anything you can also give them a call like I did with Michelle and she told me what I should do.</li> <li>Renting a house can be difficult &#8211; especially as you may not have a job and no history of renting in Australia! One option I found helpful was to use some of your savings, choose a 6 month lease and offer to pay them upfront, that way there is no risk for the owner to think that you will not pay on time! Once you have a job and good rental history it is much easier to move where you want and pay normal payments.</li> <li>Finding a job is another big challenge! It is not that there is no job opportunities - there is plenty of jobs - but it depends on you to take any job, any rate, at the start and then go up step by step to get the job you want according to your skills! Please do not think that if you where a manager back home you should be a manager here straight away!</li> <li>For me I had a regional position and worked all over the world in Thailand, China, the Maldives, North Africa, Jordan and South Korea! But when I first came to Canberra I worked for 1 month in the front office department at a 5 star hotel. This was a blessing to start with and fun at the same time!</li> <li>After that I found a better job in another company more related to my skills and with a better salary. I stayed there for 3 months, and then I finally got an even more related job as a club manager for a fitness group. Recently I was promoted to be the club manager for 2 of their clubs. They are great people to work with and very down to earth owners, I can&#8217;t ask for more career wise. I can see my future is with this company and eventually I plan to get a higher position like I used to have previously.</li> <li>Here in Australia they appreciate families so even with managerial jobs, or any job, you will always have a quality time to spend with your family!</li> <li>Now I am sure you are asking when I brought my family over! After 3 months in Canberra I had gotten our apartment ready, a job, my driving license and new toys for the kids! I then went back to Jordan and flew back to Canberra with my wonderful wife Hala and my kids, Sarah, Tia and Hashem. I took some time off work to show my family how beautiful Canberra is and just to make them happy.</li> <li>At the start for kids it can be difficult from a language point of view but trust me, they will be fine very quickly! Make sure you register them in English courses which my kids did and now they are in schools and having a great time, they speak better English than me and my wife now! It&#8217;s nice though to keep speaking your own language at home so that they will not forget it.</li> </ul> Testimonial-Murabet family The Murabet family murabet-family.jpg The Trevino Quiroz family Moved to Canberra from Mexico <p>We are a young family from Mexico City who recently moved to Canberra seeking a more relaxed and safer lifestyle. In Canberra peace and quiet are found everywhere, even in busy places, which is exactly what we were looking for.</p> <p>My family and I are very keen on nature, wildlife and sustainability, and Canberra has provided us with all this and much more as it has lots of parks, nature reserves, lakes, bike paths, clean air, many species of colorful birds, kangaroos and other wonderful things. Beautiful skies and colorful seasonal plants make the everyday scenery an ever changing delight to the senses.</p> <p>We have been living in Canberra for nine months and we already feel a part of the community, we have many friends, acquaintances and connections and we have visited many of the attractions the city has to offer. We still have many more to see. We&#180;ve also enjoyed the many cultural and artistic events that Canberra offers all year round.</p> <p>Our children were quickly accepted in the excellent public school system, and the school they attend has been very supportive of our particular needs. All the staff and teachers are good and cheerful people who have accepted us with a warm attitude. The education our children are receiving is of high standards.</p> <p>My wife Jenny and I share the responsibilities of taking care of the children, and in doing so we have found their school to be a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Similarly, through our own courses and training we have networked positively, allowing us to understand the professional culture in Australia.</p> <p>We arrived in Canberra in a time of political change which, in all honesty, complicated the job seeking process for my wife and me in the beginning. Yet after a few months of getting interviews, doing volunteer work, studying courses and getting involved with the community, we both found professional opportunities in our fields. Jenny is now practicing alternative healings and massages in a new business well located in a wellness centre, and I have started my own practice of house and landscape design with good success.</p> <p>Our advice to people considering migrating to Canberra is to be prepared to have a great quality of life, clean air, a relaxed vibe and no traffic jams, while having great professional opportunities in a beautiful city. For those seeking to move from foreign countries, you will find an astonishing diversity of cultural backgrounds and nationalities. For those seeking to move from other cities in Australia, you will find that Canberra is a great place where you find much more than just politicians with arrogant attitudes.</p> <p>My family and I consider our moving to Canberra to be a great change in our lives!</p> Testimonial-TrevinoQuiroz The Trevino Quiroz family trevino-quiroz.jpg Voices in the Forest <p>Voices in the Forest is a spectacular outdoor operatic concert held in the natural amphitheatre at the National Arboretum. This year&#39;s concert features Latvian soprano Inessa Galante, Australian Baritone Peter Coleman-Wright and New Zealand Tenor Simon O&#39;Neill.</p> <p>Whether your preference is to be seated theatre-style, or to relax with friends and family enjoying a picnic on the grass, Voices in the Forest promises to be a delightful event for everyone.</p> <p>Don&#39;t miss your chance to be part of the most complete summer schedule of cricket that Australia has witnessed.</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong></p> <p>Sunday 30 November 2014</p> Living Voices in the Forest 2014 vitf-art-rp.jpg 2014-11-30 Working Work in Canberra 4 Canberra is the meeting place for Australia's biggest ideas. Men at board meeting Three men and a female dresses in business attire in a board meeting. One man looking at the camera. work-homepage.jpg Work For workers <p>Canberra is a place to actively pursue your dreams.</p> <p>As our Nation&#8217;s Capital, big ideas emerge, circulate and grow here, thanks to unique links between leading thinkers in business, government, education and research. Together with our dynamic economy, highly educated workforce and an innovative business culture, you&#8217;ll have access to unique career and business opportunities.</p> <p>Whilst the Australian and ACT Governments are major employers in the city, over half of Canberra&#8217;s workforce is employed in our private sector, with more than 25,000 businesses servicing the region, from multi-nationals to micro businesses.</p> <p>Our unemployment rate is low compared to most cities in Australia, and the pay&#39;s good too! Workers in Canberra enjoy the highest average full-time income in Australia.</p> <p>And because Canberra is a &#8216;20 minute city&#8217;, getting to work is a breeze on our network of toll-free roads, cycle paths and efficient public transport system. You&#8217;ll spend less time commuting and more time doing the things you and your family enjoy.</p> <p>Use the resources in this portal to take advantage of the employment opportunities and lifestyle benefits available in Canberra.</p> Working 2014-Business3 Three business people meet on street in Canberra 2014-business3.jpg For ACT Employers <p>In Canberra we are known for our warm welcome and for being open to new people, new ideas and new ways of doing things. It&#8217;s what makes us successful in so many endeavours.</p> Working 2014-Business1 Two business men walk along street in Canberra 2014-business1.jpg Doing business in Canberra <p>Big ideas emerge, circulate and grow here, thanks to unique links between leading thinkers in business, government, education and research. These significant competitive advantages allow us to take those ideas to the rest of the nation, and to make an impact on the world. No wonder we&#8217;re a thinking entrepreneurial bunch!</p> <p>Whether you&#8217;re an innovative start-up or a successful company wanting to invest in Canberra, the ACT Government has a range of initiatives to help business grow and flourish.</p> <h2> Business Support services</h2> <p>The ACT Government has a range of programs to help your business from <a href="http://www.business.act.gov.au/grants-and-assistance/grants" target="_blank" title="Business.act.gov.au">grants and funding</a>, <a href="http://www.business.act.gov.au/business_advice" target="_blank" title="Business.act.gov.au">business advice</a> and <a href="http://www.business.act.gov.au/resources_and_networks" target="_blank" title="Business.act.gov.au">resources and networks</a>.</p> <h2> Business migration</h2> <p>If you are a successful business person who wishes to establish a new business or invest in an existing business in the ACT, you may be eligible to apply for ACT nomination of your <a href="/portal/migrating/article/business-visas" target="_blank" title="Business Visas">Business Innovation and Investment visa</a>.</p> <h2> Business investment</h2> <p>Known as the &#39;clever capital&#39;, Canberra boasts the country&#39;s best educated workforce, high labour productivity, modern infrastructure, low business costs and culture of innovation, and has one of the strongest and most secure economies in Australia. All this makes Canberra a city that offers a range of business benefits that cannot be found anywhere else.</p> <p>Discover how Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory is the ideal place to <a href="http://investcanberra.com/" target="_blank" title="Invest Canberra">build your business</a> in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.</p> <p><a href="http://www.business.act.gov.au" target="_blank" title="ACT Innovation, Trade and Investment branch">Innovation, Trade and Investment - ACT Government</a><br /> <a href="http://www.investcanberra.com/" target="_blank" title="Invest Canberra">Invest Canberra</a><br /> <a href="http://www.business.gov.au" target="_blank" title="Business.gov.au">Business.gov.au</a></p> Working 2014-Business2 Three buiness people meet on Street in Canberra 2014-business2.jpg The Doherty Family Business Liaison Manager and Safety Manager <p><strong>[Alecia]</strong> Hi I am Alecia Doherty and this is my husband Larry. We&#8217;ve been living in Canberra for the past two and a half years. Prior to that we were living in Sydney. We&#8217;ve been very fortunate to have lived in a lot of different places around the world, and Canberra just keeps pulling us back. It&#8217;s got everything you could want.</p> <p><strong>[Larry]</strong> Canberra is an easy place to live, its good people, you know, there is a lot of people from all over the world, lots of different nationalities and it gives you everything that a big city has, like Sydney or Melbourne. But its in a small city, you don&#8217;t get all of the downsides of living in a big city.</p> <p><strong>[Alecia]</strong> The work life style in Canberra is great. In my job, I just recently have been working a bit of overtime and so today I took the day off. My experience with picking up work in Canberra, it doesn&#8217;t matter what your background is or what your skills are, there are opportunities because of the Arts and you know, if you&#8217;re a creative person there is something, restaurants galore, you know, lawyers, politicians. It just really doesn&#8217;t matter what your background is, there will be a job for you here in Canberra.</p> <p>For new people moving to Canberra, I&#8217;d recommend just jumping in your car and taking the time to drive around because each suburb is so different, so it really depends on what your particular requirements are. You know, if you are really sporting and want, you know, acres of land to go cycling or, you know, go in the forest, mountain biking, you might want to go to live on the south side. But if you want trendy restaurants, you want to come and live closer into the CBD, or Kingston and Manuka, it just depends on what you&#8217;re after, but Canberra will be able to provide it.</p> <p><strong>[Larry]</strong> Don&#8217;t show this video to anybody because they will all want to come and live here.</p> <p><strong>[Alecia]</strong> Yes, the best kept secret!</p> Doherty Family Video Thumb Doherty Family Video Thumb doherty-family-vid.jpg Brent Juratowitch General Manager <p>My name is Brent Juratowitch, I am the General Manager and Vice President of Recruitment Systems. I have been in Canberra since 1987, a period of 25 years.</p> <p>We employ people from a skilled migration background, because one, we find them highly motivated, two, they have a skill set that we often find difficult to fine here in Canberra, three, we are actually a global company so we export around the world, and four, it makes for fantastic lunches around the lunch table.</p> <p>When I am talking to prospective skilled migrants coming into Canberra, I say that the life style is ideally suited to somebody in their position.&#160; There is a wide variety of different cuisine available, whether its restaurants or supermarkets. Secondly too there is the option to rent and then ultimately buy housing here in the ACT. A number of our skilled migrants have done that as well. There is also, there is no impediment on religious expression. But equally too if you have young children, its a very, very good place to raise children as you have a really, really good education system.&#160;</p> <p>I would totally recommend that other employers sponsor skilled migrants into their business. It gives you a breadth and diversity of experience and skills in your business, which then just helps you business to grow and expand, particularly globally.</p> Brent Juratowitch Video Thumb Brent Juratowitch Video Thumb brent-juratowitch-vid.jpg Son Ngoc Studies and now works in Canberra <p>More than a decade ago Son Ngoc arrived in Canberra from Vietnam on a student visa. He and his family, wife Thao Le and daughter Phuong Mai, recently became permanent residents. Son tells us about his experiences...</p> <p><strong>How long have you lived in Canberra and where did you move from? Tell us a little about yourself and your family.</strong></p> <p>I first came to Canberra from Vietnam to study for my Masters degree at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2001. At the time I was worried. I had not previously lived abroad and was not sure how I would cope. Fortunately there was no need for concern. There was a lot of support from lecturers, administrative staff, as well as other students.</p> <p>I was impressed to find that facilities at ANU are excellent. The large and rich libraries, computer labs, study rooms and student common rooms helped me to concentrate on my studies and I completed my degree with good results.</p> <p>Many years later when I decided to study my PhD, Canberra was the obvious choice. This time my wife, Thao Le, and my daughter, Phuong Mai, accompanied me. My wife came with limited English ability but it was not difficult for her to find a job in the hospitality and services industry. Her ability to work was a great help, being the main source of income for our family while I was studying.</p> <p>We have seen that Canberra is the best place in Australia for international students and their dependents to find jobs with good pay. We have experienced a friendly, fair and supportive working environment.</p> <p>We are now permanent residents and I work as a researcher at the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research, at ANU&#8217;s Crawford School.</p> <p><strong>What do you most like about Canberra?</strong></p> <p>Canberra is a great place for my family and me. It is a small city in terms of population (380,000 people), but quite large in terms of land area. We love the low population density and the many green open spaces. The city is safe and clean too.</p> <p>We enjoy visiting the abundance of parks with Glebe Park and Commonwealth Park being two favourites. We also enjoy going out for dinner with friends and watching fireworks in Civic on New Year&#8217;s Eve or the annual Skyfire event.</p> <p>Our traditional Vietnamese food can easily be found at grocery stores or at restaurants. There is a wide variety of food from different cultures and we like to eat out at different places. We also enjoy visiting markets on the weekends where we can buy very fresh produce from local farmers.</p> <p><strong>Do you miss family and friends back in Vietnam? Have they visited you here in Canberra?</strong></p> <p>Of course we miss our family in Vietnam. Family and friends visit us and we maintain close ties with our previous home.</p> <p>Luckily for me my younger brother, Giang Ngoc, followed my footsteps and also spent time studying in Canberra. He, too, has settled permanently in Canberra with his family, so we have some relatives here.</p> <p><strong>Would you recommend Canberra as a great place to live?</strong></p> <p>Yes. I feel lucky to have had the chance to study and live in Canberra. Our family has made many friends from studying and working here, and feel part of the community.</p> <p>Our twelve year old daughter is deeply integrated into school and society and has a good future. She has made many friends at school and thanks to her we have got to meet more local families, and to know about their lifestyles.</p> <p>Our time in Canberra has been memorable. We have developed deep connections and wouldn&#8217;t want to live anywhere else.</p> Testimonial - Son Ngoc Son Ngoc and wife Thao Le son-noc.jpg
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The Trevino Quiroz family Moved to Canberra from Mexico <p>We are a young family from Mexico City who recently moved to Canberra seeking a more relaxed and safer lifestyle. In Canberra peace and quiet are found everywhere, even in busy places, which is exactly what we were looking for.</p> <p>My family and I are very keen on nature, wildlife and sustainability, and Canberra has provided us with all this and much more as it has lots of parks, nature reserves, lakes, bike paths, clean air, many species of colorful birds, kangaroos and other wonderful things. Beautiful skies and colorful seasonal plants make the everyday scenery an ever changing delight to the senses.</p> <p>We have been living in Canberra for nine months and we already feel a part of the community, we have many friends, acquaintances and connections and we have visited many of the attractions the city has to offer. We still have many more to see. We&#180;ve also enjoyed the many cultural and artistic events that Canberra offers all year round.</p> <p>Our children were quickly accepted in the excellent public school system, and the school they attend has been very supportive of our particular needs. All the staff and teachers are good and cheerful people who have accepted us with a warm attitude. The education our children are receiving is of high standards.</p> <p>My wife Jenny and I share the responsibilities of taking care of the children, and in doing so we have found their school to be a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Similarly, through our own courses and training we have networked positively, allowing us to understand the professional culture in Australia.</p> <p>We arrived in Canberra in a time of political change which, in all honesty, complicated the job seeking process for my wife and me in the beginning. Yet after a few months of getting interviews, doing volunteer work, studying courses and getting involved with the community, we both found professional opportunities in our fields. Jenny is now practicing alternative healings and massages in a new business well located in a wellness centre, and I have started my own practice of house and landscape design with good success.</p> <p>Our advice to people considering migrating to Canberra is to be prepared to have a great quality of life, clean air, a relaxed vibe and no traffic jams, while having great professional opportunities in a beautiful city. For those seeking to move from foreign countries, you will find an astonishing diversity of cultural backgrounds and nationalities. For those seeking to move from other cities in Australia, you will find that Canberra is a great place where you find much more than just politicians with arrogant attitudes.</p> <p>My family and I consider our moving to Canberra to be a great change in our lives!</p> Testimonial-TrevinoQuiroz The Trevino Quiroz family trevino-quiroz.jpg "In Canberra peace and quiet are found everywhere, even in busy places, which is exactly what we were looking for."
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Nabid Alam Student from Bangladesh

Determined to study at one of the world’s top universities brought Nabid Alam from Bangladesh to study a Master of Business Information Systems at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

As an international student, there were a few hurdles for Nabid. The first was to make study in Australia financially possible, which he did by winning an Australian Government Endeavour Award.

In addition, Nabid had to prepare for his International English Language Testing (IELTS) exam and juggle travel and accommodation arrangements, all while he worked in a high pressure graduate role in a Bangladeshi bank.

“This was my first time leaving Bangladesh and it was a very big step – leaving my family and friends. It was a really difficult decision – and a real challenge, but I was up to it,” he says.“I was also a bit scared about the pressure of coming to ANU because I had been working in a bank and out of study for a couple of years. I was about to start a new degree in a top university and wondered how I would fit into the ecosystem.”

Nabid hit the ground running.  He met with each of his lecturers right at the beginning of his study to gain an insight into course objectives and expectations and how best  to manage his study load.

“It’s a really good thing to understand your lecturers’ expectations. They have all been very friendly and always available. Even if your study plan looks difficult and challenging at first, it isn’t actually that difficult to manage – you get into a good routine.”

Nabid will graduate with a Master of Business Information Systems later this year.

While he has enjoyed his experience at ANU, Nabid is looking forward to spending time with his family again. His mother and brother will travel to Canberra to attend the graduation ceremony.

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Published April 2014

Determined to study at one of the world’s top universities brought Nabid Alam from Bangladesh to study at the ANU in Canberra.
Man Lam Tsang Student from Hong Kong man-lam-tsang.srt

My name is Man Lam Tsang, you can call me Alfred. I am from Hong Kong and I came here four years ago.

There are many things that brought me to Canberra. First of all I would say, the excellent education here and also the people and culture here as well. Speaking of education, I guess the, one of the main reasons would be that there is opportunities for myself to get into ANU, one of the top Universities in the world. And, also the people and culture here, I really enjoy interacting with them and so its perfect. Really good living environment and stuff.

When I decided to study there was a couple of things on my checklist. First of all I would say the education, the reputation of the college and also the facilities supporting the students to learn, and also the environment.

I tell my parents that I am living on campus and made a lot of friends, a lot of events going on and even, like, you know, studying, participating in student societies and also organising a lot of events, for first year students as well. When I told my parents, they found that I have a really fulfilling university life and, which is, they could be a little bit jealous as well because they couldn’t find such a fulfilling life when they did university.

Compared to Sydney and Melbourne, I think Canberra is really special and also it is really suitable for students to study, especially the really good environment. So you wont have too much distraction from, like, entertainment and stuff to interrupt, like, you know, well, sort of like, distract your study. So you can focus more on that. And, also there are heaps of supporting facilities to help students to study, and form their own society as well. So I would say, really good. 

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Studying at the Australian National University

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My name is Man Lam Tsang, you can call me Alfred. I am from Hong Kong and I came here four years ago.
Yanina Ferreyra Student from Argentina yanina-ferreyra-.srt

My name is Yanina Ferreyra, I am from Argentina and I’ve been in Canberra for two year and a half.

When I first came to Canberra, my first impression was that is was such a tidy city. It was very beautiful and very clean. Everything was like, kind of very nice, organised. The transport system was very easy, the buses I remember were something very surprising- the time of the buses.

The safety and security in Canberra is amazing. I really like it, I feel very safe. When you hear a sound or something in a dark street, the only thing you can think of is a possum there or a kangaroo. That is the only thing that can scare you here.

Studying in Canberra was very different to my first experience back in Argentina. I found the education here very personalised. I was surprised in the first class when the teachers put their phone numbers on the board, I was like ‘why are you giving us your phone number?’ The teachers said you can contact me, its fine.

My friends back in Argentina sometimes, they can’t believe a lot of things I tell them about Canberra. The nightlife that Canberra has, having nightclubs or places open from Monday to Sunday that is something that doesn’t really happen in South America.

The life-style here, when people start working in the morning, work until the afternoon and then going to live their life, that is something I really like about this city.

I can’t believe I am here. 

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Studying at the Canberra Institute of Technology

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The safety and security in Canberra is amazing. I really like it, I feel very safe. When you hear a sound or something in a dark street, the only thing you can think of is a possum there or a kangaroo. That is the only thing that can scare you here.
Arnaud Bourguignat Student from France arnaud-bourguignat.srt

My name is Arnaud, and I am from France, Strasbourg and I have now lived in Canberra for almost 3 years. I am studying at the University of Canberra, and I am studying a double Master, a Master of Business Administration/Master of International Business.

The quality of education at the University of Canberra is very, very good and very, very motivating. The fact is, all of the lecturers are here to help you, and they are doing there best when they know that you are an international student. Most of all living on campus is also great because you are living with Australian people or students from other countries, which is very great to discover other cultures and to make new friends from all around the world.

What I love about studying in Canberra, it is actually the environment. Because it is a big city, with great Universities, but it also brings you that lifestyle that you cannot have anywhere else, as it is a city which is quite wild, it is very green, very peaceful and also you can have places to have fun if you want to, you’ve got all that you could look for in a city, in Canberra.

To survive in Canberra as an international student, a few tips would be, don’t be shy. English is quite easy when you practice it, so you do not have to be shy you have to talk with everyone. You will improve your English, which will make you feel better, after getting involved in the city, you will feel more confident. And then it helps to take all the opportunities that are proposed to you, to get parts of programs, of challenges or anything that could bring you some other experience, not only as an international student, but even as a student. 

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My name is Arnaud, and I am from France, Strasbourg and I have now lived in Canberra for almost 3 years. I am studying at the University of Canberra, and I am studying a double Master, a Master of Business Administration/Master of International Business.
Courtney Moore Moved to Canberra from South Africa

Falling in love brought Courtney Moore to Canberra for the first time in 2009. The year before she had met Stephen Moore, a Brumbies and Wallaby player, at an after-match function in South Africa, and romance blossomed. Thanks to Skype, texting, emails and many phone calls the long distance relationship flourished, and then Steve invited Courtney to visit Australia. As they say, the rest is history. Now married and proud parents to one year old Theodore, the family love living in the nation’s capital.

“For a girl from subtropical Durban, with the beach and the beautiful Indian Ocean on my doorstep, Canberra is a very different kind of city,” says Courtney. “Steve was born in Saudi Arabia of Irish parents who were working there, and spent a few years living in Ireland before the family immigrated to Queensland when he was five. Steve moved to Canberra in 2009 when he joined the Brumbies.

“We love Canberra and the easy lifestyle that it offers,” says Courtney, “and we’re still discovering new places and things to do. Visually it’s a beautiful city, with the Brindabella Mountains in the distance and the lovely tree-lined streets. It’s also a very active and outdoorsy place. I soon realised that although there is no beach, Canberrans love spending energy outside! Just go down to Lake Burley Griffin to see cyclists, joggers, walkers, mums pushing prams and people walking their dogs, windsurfers, rowers, boot camps and yoga classes on the lawns. There are also many beautiful nature trails to hike, with Mt Ainslie and Red Hill being our favourites.”

Courtney admits that there were times when she was lonely. “When I arrived in Canberra I had no friends or family, except for Steve. His career regularly takes him away from home and initially I did spend quite a bit of time on my own. But I was really struck by how people take you under their wing. Our neighbours have been fantastic to us and we’ve become great friends.

“Soon after settling into our new home in the inner south we decided to get a puppy to keep me company,” says Courtney. “Kaiser is a Weimaraner and is very much part of our family. We love how dog friendly Canberra is. Red Hill Nature Reserve is a short walk away and the Yarralumla Dog Park and Red Hill dog group are great places to take Kaiser for exercise, and to meet other dogs and their owners.

“When I was pregnant with Theo walking Kaiser became difficult and I was overwhelmed by the many kind and genuine people who went out of their way to help me. There is a great sense of community here. Neighbours would call to take Kaiser for walks or to drop off dinners, and they would check in to see if I was okay while Steve was away on a rugby trip.

“Now that we have a baby I’ve realised how family friendly Canberra is. With all my relatives in South Africa and being a first time mum, I relied heavily on the local health care system for pre and post natal information and guidance. There truly is an abundance of resources for parents and babies and nearly all services come at no cost.

“As Theo gets older I’m struggling to get through the bucket list of family things to do in Canberra. Besides the parks and playgrounds, there always seems to be something on at Questacon, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, local libraries, schools and pools, or the National Arboretum (and once again, at minimal or no cost).

“In summer we love going for a swim with our dog at Point Hut Crossing near Tidbinbilla. Another great spot for a picnic and quiet time is the Lanyon Homestead, and the lawns of the Yarralumla Yacht Club are a good place in the evenings for fish and chips. Theo loves to crawl on the grass and the views of the lake are great,” says Courtney. “Of course once the rugby season starts Bruce Stadium is a favourite and supporting the Brumbies is a must.”

Courtney and Steve have visited many of the local wineries and their restaurants. “The wine festivals are a great way to explore the wineries and to sample their fare,” says Courtney. “A favourite stop for Steve is Clonakilla Wineries - the owners boast Irish heritage,” she explains with a smile.

“To make the most of Canberra,” suggests Courtney, “you have to embrace it. When you start doing a bit of research you will find there is something fun and interesting to do almost every day of the week.”

“We’ve had wonderful weekends away at the nearby coast and especially enjoy dog-friendly Culburra,” she says. “Canberra has fantastic markets and there are some trendy shops in Braddon which I love to visit, as well as all the galleries, museums, theatres, exhibitions, concerts, restaurants, cafes and nature trails. You might hear people from other states giving Canberra a hard time, saying there isn’t much to do, but honestly, there is! “

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MOVED TO CANBERRA FROM SOUTH AFRICA

Published January 2014

“We love Canberra and the easy lifestyle that it offers and we’re still discovering new places and things to do".
Leeanne Honeyball Public Servant

Earlier this year Leeanne Honeyball made an interstate move after her application to participate in the ACT Public Service (ACTPS) Graduate Program was successful. She tells us about settling into the nation’s capital ...

Tell us a little about yourself and your family. How long have you lived in Canberra and where did you move from?

Last year I completed studying a dual degree at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. I had been studying for many years with the intent to move to Canberra and work in the public service. My partner, Ashley and I have nine year old boy/girl twins, Tyler and Lilibeth. We moved to Canberra in January this year and we live in Gungahlin.

You are one of a select few participating in the 2013 ACT Public Service (ACTPS) Graduate Program. Tell us about the program and what motivated you to apply for a position?

When I was in my final study year, I specifically searched to see if the ACT Government had a graduate program. I was pleased to discover that it has. The program appeals to me because I wanted a whole-of-government perspective. The fact that Canberra is a city-state provides a rare public service context to work in, one than I knew would provide special opportunities.

The program goes for 10 months and includes three different work rotations. The first rotation starts in the host Directorate where the Graduate is employed. I was lucky enough to be offered a position in the Education and Training Directorate in the Human Resources Branch.

During the second rotation you get to work in another Directorate for 3 months. I went to the Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate working in Public Sector Management. The third rotation you usually go back to your host directorate but work in a different area.

I am currently at the Education and Training Directorate for the remainder of the program and I am working in the Media and Communications team. The variety of work is a positive feature of the program.

As part of the program, I have also been studying the Graduate Certificate in Public Administration through ANZSOG Institute for Governance at the University of Canberra. The program finishes in December and I will be offered a permanent position at the end.

Taking up the ACTPS Graduate Program offer entailed uprooting your family and moving from Brisbane. How have you and family settled in?

It takes a lot of careful planning to move interstate, especially when you have kids.

It was a big task moving out of our home in Brisbane and finding a new home and new school for my twins in Canberra. Luckily, after careful planning we were settled in before I started the Graduate Program and in time for my kids to be enrolled into their new school.

My children and I enjoy catching the bus together. They get off at the school bus stop ahead of me while I continue on the way to work. They have some good friends at school. As a family we are slowly making friends and have some great neighbours.

Tell us about your first impressions and experiences of Canberra.

There are a lot of open spaces and it feels like there is an interesting mix between urban and rural lifestyles.

People are friendly and supportive, very willing to make friends with newcomers which is great. There are also a variety of Facebook groups where you can find information to help with settling in.

Would you recommend Canberra as a great place to raise a family? What places do you enjoy visiting?

I think Canberra is a great place to raise a family. There are a lot of friendly people here and there are many great online communities available to help connect with new people.

We like going to different places both indoors and outdoors. We enjoy going to farmers’ markets and cafes. We have also been to the Royal Australian Mint, the War Memorial, Parliament House, the Arboretum, Gold Creek Village, Questacon, Yerrabi Pond and Tidbinbilla.

The kids have been lucky enough to go to many other places through school and holiday care. We are still discovering all of the things that Canberra has to offer.

Has Canberra surprised you in any way? What do you most like about the city?

I’m surprised by how easy it is to get around here. I don’t feel like I need my car because I have had positive experiences with the bus networks here.

I like that you can travel all over the Territory and that nothing is really ever that far away.

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Moved to participate in the ACT Public Service Graduate Program

Published October 2013

"The fact that Canberra is a city-state provides a rare public service context to work in, one than I knew would provide special opportunities".
The Murabet family Moved to Canberra from Jordan

My family and I are from a small but beautiful country, Jordan. Unfortunately though, being in the Middle East we had some concerns about our safety which made us think of our kid’s future and as parents we always wanted the best to our 3 kids.

It all started when my supportive wife Hala said that we should think of immigrating. We then started doing our research and found out that Australia is on top of the list for the best country to live in!

We chose Canberra to live in. It is the best city to live in for families – there are plenty of parks, kids activities and low crimes. It is a very safe to live in and the people are lovely.

Sometimes I think that that not all Australian citizens know how lucky they are to live here, with strong public schools, job opportunities, freedom of speech, no corruption nature, animals – really, what more do you want!

We do miss our family and friends back home, but that is really the only hard part and we hope we can travel more often there to visit, like once every 1 or 2 years!

When we got our visa approval it was one of the happiest days of our life! At the same time though, we were a little bit tense and wondered what we should do next. It is important to have very good planning for your move. Here are some of my tips to help anyone who wants to immigrate to Canberra:

  • I found it helpful to move alone especially at the start, as having your family with you at first may tie you up and give you more pressure!
  • You should book a hotel for around 2 weeks after you arrive as it will take you a while before you get a place to rent. I think it is best to be in the centre of the city - I know it’s more expensive but it will be worth being in the centre when you start looking for a job and rentals. Once you arrive at the hotel, it’s good to just rest for a day as you’ll have a lot to do and you can’t waste time!
  • It is helpful to have some cash with you (about $1,000) particularly for emergencies.
  • Even if you come alone, make sure you bring your family’s relevant documents (e.g immunisation records, reports, photos) as you will need it before you register for schools etc.
  • Make sure before you come over you make an appointment to meet with your Settlement Officer. I was lucky to meet with a wonderful lady called Michelle. She was a great motivator and gave me all the information I needed in a nice folder with maps for transportation, etc.  She also gave me some great tips which I followed and she was right in every advice she gave me (so you better not miss your appointment and be there on time)! Keep in mind if you need anything you can also give them a call like I did with Michelle and she told me what I should do.
  • Renting a house can be difficult – especially as you may not have a job and no history of renting in Australia! One option I found helpful was to use some of your savings, choose a 6 month lease and offer to pay them upfront, that way there is no risk for the owner to think that you will not pay on time! Once you have a job and good rental history it is much easier to move where you want and pay normal payments.
  • Finding a job is another big challenge! It is not that there is no job opportunities - there is plenty of jobs - but it depends on you to take any job, any rate, at the start and then go up step by step to get the job you want according to your skills! Please do not think that if you where a manager back home you should be a manager here straight away!
  • For me I had a regional position and worked all over the world in Thailand, China, the Maldives, North Africa, Jordan and South Korea! But when I first came to Canberra I worked for 1 month in the front office department at a 5 star hotel. This was a blessing to start with and fun at the same time!
  • After that I found a better job in another company more related to my skills and with a better salary. I stayed there for 3 months, and then I finally got an even more related job as a club manager for a fitness group. Recently I was promoted to be the club manager for 2 of their clubs. They are great people to work with and very down to earth owners, I can’t ask for more career wise. I can see my future is with this company and eventually I plan to get a higher position like I used to have previously.
  • Here in Australia they appreciate families so even with managerial jobs, or any job, you will always have a quality time to spend with your family!
  • Now I am sure you are asking when I brought my family over! After 3 months in Canberra I had gotten our apartment ready, a job, my driving license and new toys for the kids! I then went back to Jordan and flew back to Canberra with my wonderful wife Hala and my kids, Sarah, Tia and Hashem. I took some time off work to show my family how beautiful Canberra is and just to make them happy.
  • At the start for kids it can be difficult from a language point of view but trust me, they will be fine very quickly! Make sure you register them in English courses which my kids did and now they are in schools and having a great time, they speak better English than me and my wife now! It’s nice though to keep speaking your own language at home so that they will not forget it.
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Published September 2014

In 2013 Faisal Murabet, his wife Hala and their three children, Sarah, Tia and Hashem, migrated to Canberra from Jordan. Here, Faisal and his family share their story and tips for other families planning on making the move.

Faisal Murabet and his family share their tips on migrating to Canberra.
The Trevino Quiroz family Moved to Canberra from Mexico

We are a young family from Mexico City who recently moved to Canberra seeking a more relaxed and safer lifestyle. In Canberra peace and quiet are found everywhere, even in busy places, which is exactly what we were looking for.

My family and I are very keen on nature, wildlife and sustainability, and Canberra has provided us with all this and much more as it has lots of parks, nature reserves, lakes, bike paths, clean air, many species of colorful birds, kangaroos and other wonderful things. Beautiful skies and colorful seasonal plants make the everyday scenery an ever changing delight to the senses.

We have been living in Canberra for nine months and we already feel a part of the community, we have many friends, acquaintances and connections and we have visited many of the attractions the city has to offer. We still have many more to see. We´ve also enjoyed the many cultural and artistic events that Canberra offers all year round.

Our children were quickly accepted in the excellent public school system, and the school they attend has been very supportive of our particular needs. All the staff and teachers are good and cheerful people who have accepted us with a warm attitude. The education our children are receiving is of high standards.

My wife Jenny and I share the responsibilities of taking care of the children, and in doing so we have found their school to be a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Similarly, through our own courses and training we have networked positively, allowing us to understand the professional culture in Australia.

We arrived in Canberra in a time of political change which, in all honesty, complicated the job seeking process for my wife and me in the beginning. Yet after a few months of getting interviews, doing volunteer work, studying courses and getting involved with the community, we both found professional opportunities in our fields. Jenny is now practicing alternative healings and massages in a new business well located in a wellness centre, and I have started my own practice of house and landscape design with good success.

Our advice to people considering migrating to Canberra is to be prepared to have a great quality of life, clean air, a relaxed vibe and no traffic jams, while having great professional opportunities in a beautiful city. For those seeking to move from foreign countries, you will find an astonishing diversity of cultural backgrounds and nationalities. For those seeking to move from other cities in Australia, you will find that Canberra is a great place where you find much more than just politicians with arrogant attitudes.

My family and I consider our moving to Canberra to be a great change in our lives!

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Published November 2014

"In Canberra peace and quiet are found everywhere, even in busy places, which is exactly what we were looking for."
Richard and Florence Poiré Moved to Canberra from France

My wife Florence and I are from France; we lived in Germany for 4 years during my PhD and moved to Canberra about 4 years ago for me to work as a postdoctoral fellow at CSIRO Black Mountain.

Since we arrived here, we were quite impressed by the gentleness of the people here and how safe the city feels. It was a marked difference compared to our overstressed lifestyle in European cities.

We were surprised during the first few weeks here to see people coming up to us whenever we were pulling a map of the city out, either to tell us what places we should visit or just to chat. We found it very easy to settle in here compared to other countries we lived in.

Florence quickly found a job and we are both enjoying the standard of living that Canberra has to offer, it is above any other European city we lived in. We got married in Australia 3 years ago and this place and the friends around us really hold a special place in our hearts. It is really a place where people are given the opportunity to live up to their potential and we feel that we could really make a difference.

Coming from France we just couldn’t imagine a life without good wine and cheese. We discovered a lot of excellent vineyards in north Canberra where we could source great wine locally. We were afraid that living here would mean to lose some of our identity and values but we realised that they were very similar and we wouldn’t have to give up much by living here. 

We are rather outdoorsy persons; we love bushwalks around Canberra with 4 distinct seasons. It doesn’t take much driving to reach wild places like nature reserve of Tidbinbilla and we value that. It is a real pleasure to drive around Canberra and something that I particularly enjoy on the way back is the sight of the Telstra Tower, it really means home for us now. I really enjoy cycling to work and running around the various lakes. The city and the landscapes are stunning.

We think that Canberra is the ideal size of city for us, we can find here everything we could possibly need while remaining at a human scale, and we can still encounter friends and colleagues at the grocery markets and there is a real sense of local community. People may not think of Canberra as a prime holiday destination, but it has a lot to offer in term of quality of life for the people who actually live and work here. We are used to commute much longer and further back in Europe and it is a pleasure to drive and cycle to work here. Canberra is very bike friendly, and rider and cars are encouraged to share the road fairly.

We enjoy the access to cultural events in Canberra, museums open 7 days and for free, and we love fireworks (Skyfire) and hot air balloons! We enjoyed the celebrations for the centenary of Canberra at lot, we feel privileged to be there. Canberra feels like a unique mix of culture, good mood and family friendly events.

We are engaged with our local community with volunteer work in Canberra schools. Florence assisted a French teacher at Maribyrnong Primary School to help the students prepare for a poem reading competition. I am also committed to Hawker College through the “Scientists in School” program where I had the opportunity to meet students, explain what the work of a scientist at CSIRO is and encourage them to pursue a career in science.

We are also involved in our local church. We are part of the welcoming team and Florence is one of the leaders of the Sunday school. On multiple occasions we also helped at the Another Chance Op Shop.

Local communities are very important to us, we invested a lot of time and resources into them and every aspect have been very rewarding. We definitely gave Canberra a chance when we moved in 4 years ago and we are feeling well integrated now. We travelled a lot for work and holiday and we really call Canberra home now.

With its great schools and universities, Canberra is the ideal environment to raise a child and we are excited to welcome a baby home within the next few weeks.

This week, we just applied for Australian citizenship and it is with a great honour that we took the last step of our integration. We cannot overstate how much it means to us.

We moved here for work, but we stayed for the community.

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Moved to Canberra from France

Published August 2014

"We moved here for work, but we stayed for the community."
The Sulit Family Business Owner

My family and I migrated from the Philippines to Canberra just last July, 2013.  It was a difficult decision to leave Manila which has been our home since birth but we knew that God has a purpose for our family here.

We’ve visited Canberra twice as tourists in the past and really enjoyed this beautiful city. It has been our city of choice since we expressed our desire to migrate to Australia. We have been blessed to be granted a state sponsorship by the ACT and now that we are here, we are even more fortunate to have settled quite well in such a short time.

We stayed in a small apartment in Forde and within just three weeks, three of our four daughters had the privilege to be employed by three of the most respected businesses in Canberra. My eldest daughter works as a makeup artist for a popular makeup brand. My second daughter is a culinary chef at one of the newest restaurants in the City and my third daughter is a pastry chef at a large grocery chain.

Our youngest daughter is in year eleven and has easily adjusted to the welcoming multicultural communities in the school. She is currently being trained in the multimedia arts and has persistently excelled in her subjects in Gungahlin College.

Just last December, we were blessed with a new home we bought under the land rent scheme which is a privilege enjoyed only by Canberrans. We were able to purchase a hilltop block at Bonner with a magnificent view of a nature reserve and surrounded by open parks, ponds, playgrounds and picnic areas

Canberra is absolutely breathtaking. Every morning our backyard is home to cockatoos, parrots, doves, ducks and other unique variety of birds. We do get some kangaroo visits during the day and foxes and rabbits running around our house at night.  Life here is just like being beautifully one with nature.

My wife is a full time homemaker who enjoys attending to her greenhouse filled with all sorts of herbs, spices, vegetables and other ornamental greens. Her flower garden was absolutely stunning last spring. We also planted apricots, apples, lemons, oranges, limes, cherry and peach trees which we hope will bear fruits in the next few years.

I, on the other hand have registered an ABN and currently running my own freelance interior design business while finishing an online two year diploma course at North Coast TAFE. I have done several projects in Gungahlin, Franklin, Bonner, O’Malley and I’m working on a new and exciting design commission in Kingston.

After just seven months we were given the benefit of settling comfortably in Canberra in our new home. Everyone in the family, except for our youngest, all have their full Australian drivers licenses and are all independently driving to and from work every day.

After travelling to many parts of the world, I can honestly and unequivocally say that there is probably no better place to settle a family than here in Canberra. This is where God brought us and we know that this is where our destiny and future will unfold.

I just want to thank the city of Canberra for opening its doors to migrants like us and giving us the opportunity to live, work and settle in this magnificent city. There is a world of beautiful opportunities in this part of Australia and we just want to let everyone know - we LOVE Canberra!

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Moved to Canberra from the Philippines

Published June 2014

"There is a world of beautiful opportunities in this part of Australia and we just want to let everyone know - we LOVE Canberra!" The Sulit family - Moved to Canberra from the Philippines
Cindy Rue Hairdresser

You were born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Tell us about your childhood years.

I had a happy although unconventional childhood. My father managed gold mines and we did a lot of travelling because of Dad’s work. In-between attending regular schools Mum home schooled me and my two brothers, depending on where we were living. I loved moving from place to place and experiencing new things. We were a very close knit family and were lucky enough to spend many holidays travelling all over Australia and overseas too.

Dad then started his own business in Perth and I went to secondary school there before taking up a hairdressing apprenticeship.

How did you come to live in Canberra after growing up on the other side of the country?

It’s a long story! After completing my apprenticeship I spent a few years working in Perth before taking up a job offer on an international cruise ship. I absolutely loved this experience but when my visa expired I needed to return to Australia.

My mum and dad are originally from Cowra in New South Wales and they’d returned to live there where many of our extended family is based too. My plan was to spend some time with family before arranging a new visa and returning to the cruise ship. Well I never did return to that cruise ship. I met Ben, (we’ve just celebrated our ninth anniversary), and I opened my own successful hair salon in Cowra.

We love the casual rural lifestyle. However Ben, a bricklayer, found it difficult to find regular work. Very little development takes place in small country towns. While on holiday in Melbourne Ben was offered a permanent job by a big company, so I sold my salon and we made the move.

I found work and within a few months was running two salons for a national franchise. We’d been in Melbourne for 18 months when I won a competition run by the franchise I worked for. The fabulous prize was ownership of a franchise store in Forster on the mid north coast NSW.

Ben did not enjoy Melbourne and we’d always wanted a sea-change. Forster was an amazing experience and we learned a lot. I was working seven days a week so we hardly saw each other. We had no time to enjoy the seaside, it was really tough going. We decided to sell the salon and moved back to Cowra to reconsider our future.

Ben was offered a job in Canberra and was spending Mondays to Fridays there, coming home on weekends. We hated being apart and after a few months decided to move to Canberra permanently.

Was it an easy decision?

Growing up in WA I hardly knew that Canberra existed but of course I would follow my husband anywhere. I must admit Canberra is not somewhere I thought I would live.

Straightaway my mind was changed.  I loved it, absolutely loved it. It’s like city meets country. It’s got everything you need, the shopping and food and it’s trendy. When friends visit from interstate we love to go out, there are so many cafes, bars, restaurants, clubs and pubs. There’s so much going on I simply can’t do everything I want to do.

I never dreamed it would be like this. When we lived in Melbourne, then Forster, we struggled to make friends but here everyone’s friendly and makes you feel welcome.

There’s hardly any traffic and it’s so peaceful where we live, just 10 minutes from Belconnen Town Centre. We can even hear cows mooing from our backyard!

We love how pet friendly the city is. Minna, a German Shepherd cross bull mastiff, is part of our family and goes everywhere with us.

How easy was it for you to find work?

I found work straightaway at a well reputed salon. Initially I worked just two days a week but this was soon extended to full time work.  I love my job and am steadily building up a clientele - we’ve only been in Canberra seven months.

I’m ambitious and enjoy entering competitions – I have just sent in entries for one where I did complete makeovers on two of my clients. I love creating the whole look, not only the hair but the make-up and styling too.

You’ve been selected to be one of the hairstylists at this year’s Fashfest. Are you excited?

Yes! I was hoping that I would get in, this is such a fun event and an opportunity to be creative. I’ll be doing hair styling on models before and after each look. It’s going to be a busy time backstage and the pressure will be on to get the models ready for show time.

Any comments for other newcomers to Canberra?

I feel so lucky to live in Canberra. If you have a passion then go out and get what you want. You can achieve anything if you really want it.

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Lived in many domestic and international destinations before settling in Canberra

Published April 2014

"I feel so lucky to live in Canberra. If you have a passion then go out and get what you want. You can achieve anything if you really want it."
Tony Nsofor Engineer

Tony Nsofor has lived in and travelled to many places around the world, including London, Barcelona, New York, Cape Town, Los Angeles and Dubai. When he decided to emigrate, his top priority was choosing a destination "characterised with an impressive work-life balance.”

You’re originally from Nigeria where you worked as a chemical engineer. After several years furthering your studies and working in the UK, you decided to emigrate. Of all the destinations in the world to consider, what were the reasons you chose Canberra?

There are several reasons why I chose Canberra but the most important is the personal aspiration to progress in a city characterised with an impressive work-life balance. Things are accessible, the city is a beauty being well planned and managed, the weather is awesome, crime rate is low and the prospect of establishing and excelling in a business is high. It’s also a great place to raise a family.

Did you know anyone in Canberra who influenced your decision to move here?

I have two friends, both post-graduate students, who have lived here for 18 months. Before applying for ACT sponsorship I checked out literature and information about other states too. However, learning that Canberra is a planned city got my interest; I appreciate organisation and planning. Other impressive statistics and first-hand information from my friends helped seal my decision to come to Canberra.

Would you describe Canberra as a multicultural and friendly city?

I find Canberrans are friendly, warm and welcoming to visitors and new migrants.

Whereabouts in Canberra do you live?

I live in one of the inner north suburbs. It takes me only 6 minutes to drive to my office or 10-15 minutes when I use the bus. I get to save time commuting compared to other places where I’ve previously lived.

What kinds of activities and entertainment do you enjoy in Canberra?

I must confess I enjoy the outdoors. I love picnics in the parks around the city. It always feels like the first time whenever I revisit the city landmarks. I love Sunday morning breakfast outdoors and soccer games with new friends.

Would you say that Canberra offers new migrants more opportunities than other cities in Australia?

I am not in the right position to compare opportunities in Canberra with other cities in Australia; however, I can proudly say Canberra has availed me so many opportunities. I got a lucrative job within 6 weeks of settling in the city and other good things followed. What more can I ask for?  

Have you explored the region around Canberra?

Unfortunately I haven’t done much exploration of the regions around Canberra because there are lots of places to still see and functions to attend in the city. That being said, I have gone sightseeing at Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, Allan McGrath Reserve, Mount Majura and Isaacs Ridge Pine Plantation. Exploring regions around Canberra is still definitely in the plan.

Are you planning to one day start a business of your own in Canberra?

If things go according to plan, I intend starting a project management consultancy in the future.

Any other comments for others considering the move?

Canberra affords migrants a high standard of living. The move was worth it!

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Published January 2014

"There are several reasons why I chose Canberra but the most important is the personal aspiration to progress in a city characterised with an impressive work-life balance."
The Bruno Family Property Manager, Moved to Canberra from the UK

Almost two years ago Niki and Darren Bruno left the UK with their two young boys, Nathan and Oliver, in search of a better quality of life. We asked them to tell us about their journey.

What motivated you to uproot your lives in London and move to the other side of the world?

Niki: It seemed in England that we were working day, noon and night, spending no time together, with nothing to show for it. We couldn't see a future for ourselves or our children in England and decided to emigrate.

Darren: Migration was something we had looked into for a while. We looked at all sorts of countries but after lots of research we decided that Australia was top of our list as the place to make a fresh start, so we applied to Australia first.

Why did you decide to settle in Canberra rather than somewhere else?

Niki: Quite honestly we would have been happy to live anywhere in Australia as long as it was not in one of the big cities. After the hectic pace and insecure life we had in London we were looking for a more relaxed and safer environment for us and our children, with good opportunities. We also wanted a place where our children would be free to enjoy being children, whereas in London you worry about letting your children outside and they seem to grow up too quickly.

Darren: In the end my occupation as a property manager determined our destination. We discovered that it was on the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government’s Occupation List and this gave us the extra points we needed to apply for a visa. Canberra has turned out to be the ideal place for us. We feel as if we’re living in the country yet we’re able to enjoy the many benefits that come with it being the capital city. We love it here.

What are the things that you most enjoy about Canberra?

Niki: There’s always something on! Canberra is easy to navigate and the place is so family orientated. One of our favourite things is something as simple as having a BBQ in the park with friends and the kids swimming in the pool or river. There’s nothing better.

Darren: Weather in Canberra over summer is nice and hot, but it’s a dry heat so you’re not sticking to everything, so that’s nice. Compared to England it seems that the summers are very long and there are lots of opportunities for outdoor fun. Even in winter the sun shines and we’re told that Canberra has more days of sunshine than the Sunshine Coast! We were surprised though at how cold it gets during the winter nights.

How different is your life now to the one you left behind?

Niki: I would say that our lives are very different in one way but the same in others. We still have to work, send kids to school and do the daily routine of things, but the major difference is that we seem to have more quality family time, do more things together and relax more at weekends. So even thought the daily routine hasn’t changed much our lifestyle has and we are less stressed, more relaxed, go out more and we’re definitely less wet and cold! LOL!

Darren: We sometimes miss family and that can be a little difficult at times. However we’ve always been a strong and independent family unit of our own and now we consider some of our close friends here our family.

How has the move changed your life?

Darren: We feel that we are actually living our lives the way we want and love being here. We’re very conscious that life is precious and should be enjoyed. We believe that moving to Canberra saved Niki’s life. A couple of months after arriving she had a major health issue and underwent an operation to remove a kidney. We cannot say enough good things about Canberra’s wonderful health system.

Niki: My illness was a shock. I was saved by the quick thinking, in depth testing and excellent treatment provided by the health professionals in Canberra. We are grateful to be living in Canberra and appreciate the wonderful quality of life that is possible here. I wish we had moved 15 years ago when I first met Darren. It would have given us a chance to be established before the boys came along.

What are your plans for the future?

Niki: We plan to stay in Canberra and build our business here. In London I worked as a psychologist. Whilst recovering I enrolled at the Australian National University to obtain a graduate certificate and I have now started my own business which is growing nicely. I feel that we have been so blessed by moving to Canberra.

Darren: We are planning to stay in Canberra for the foreseeable future (not sure where we will be when we retire!). We would very much like to build our own place and are very much excited about that prospect, but there is no rush, we are happy as we are.

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Published September 2013

"There’s always something on! Canberra is easy to navigate and the place is so family orientated."
Mark Young Moved from the UK. Temporarily moved to Perth but now living in Canberra

There’s no doubt about it, Mark Young has itchy feet and an adventurous spirit. Originally from the United Kingdom, Mark first visited Australia at the age of 19 while on a working holiday. After touring Asia he decided to explore ‘the land down under’ and spent several months doing just that. In spite of living and working in nearby Sydney for a few months, Mark did not get round to visiting the nation’s capital.

Skip a whole lot of years to September 2008, and Mark, this time with a wife and three young children in tow, arrived back in Australia. In search of a better quality of life the family had decided to immigrate to Canberra.

“My partner was offered a job,” says Mark, “and we decided to make the move. We lived in Canberra for two years, thoroughly enjoyed the easy lifestyle that the city offers and made some very good friends. Canberra is a family-friendly city with plenty of events and activities which catered for our three children of different ages and interests.”

For no particular reason other than they wanted an adventure and to explore more of Australia, the family decided to move to Perth. “We wanted to experience life in a big city and of course, we wanted to live at the coast,” says Mark. “Sun, sand and surf is the dream destination that most migrants from the UK are after when they relocate to Australia.”

Life takes many twists and turns and in September 2013, after living in Perth for three years, the Young family returned to Canberra. “Perth disappointed us,” Mark says. “If you’re not at the beach, there’s nothing to do. We’d got used to Canberra where there are so many fantastic events and something going on every weekend. After a while the kids dug their heels in and complained when we suggested a trip to the beach.

“Once we decided to leave Perth, Canberra stood out as the very best option for our family. The job opportunities and lifestyle here are second to none.

“We’ve spent some holidays in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne, and while these are great places to visit we could not see ourselves living there. We’ve not yet been to Brisbane but it does not appeal to us because of the high humidity.”

Mark has just come back from Mulligans Flat, one of the Australian Capital Territory’s many nature parks. Together with a team of 50 others, volunteers and staff from the ACT Government, he helped with a kangaroo count. Spread out and ‘sweeping’ across sections of the nature reserve the team counted 505 kangaroos during the morning. Mark was delighted to spot 12 kangaroos to add to the tally, and also enjoyed watching the many wallabies which bounded away as the ‘sweep’ progressed.

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Published November 2013

"Canberra stood out as the very best option for our family. The job opportunities and lifestyle here are second to none."
Son Ngoc Studies and now works in Canberra

More than a decade ago Son Ngoc arrived in Canberra from Vietnam on a student visa. He and his family, wife Thao Le and daughter Phuong Mai, recently became permanent residents. Son tells us about his experiences...

How long have you lived in Canberra and where did you move from? Tell us a little about yourself and your family.

I first came to Canberra from Vietnam to study for my Masters degree at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2001. At the time I was worried. I had not previously lived abroad and was not sure how I would cope. Fortunately there was no need for concern. There was a lot of support from lecturers, administrative staff, as well as other students.

I was impressed to find that facilities at ANU are excellent. The large and rich libraries, computer labs, study rooms and student common rooms helped me to concentrate on my studies and I completed my degree with good results.

Many years later when I decided to study my PhD, Canberra was the obvious choice. This time my wife, Thao Le, and my daughter, Phuong Mai, accompanied me. My wife came with limited English ability but it was not difficult for her to find a job in the hospitality and services industry. Her ability to work was a great help, being the main source of income for our family while I was studying.

We have seen that Canberra is the best place in Australia for international students and their dependents to find jobs with good pay. We have experienced a friendly, fair and supportive working environment.

We are now permanent residents and I work as a researcher at the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research, at ANU’s Crawford School.

What do you most like about Canberra?

Canberra is a great place for my family and me. It is a small city in terms of population (380,000 people), but quite large in terms of land area. We love the low population density and the many green open spaces. The city is safe and clean too.

We enjoy visiting the abundance of parks with Glebe Park and Commonwealth Park being two favourites. We also enjoy going out for dinner with friends and watching fireworks in Civic on New Year’s Eve or the annual Skyfire event.

Our traditional Vietnamese food can easily be found at grocery stores or at restaurants. There is a wide variety of food from different cultures and we like to eat out at different places. We also enjoy visiting markets on the weekends where we can buy very fresh produce from local farmers.

Do you miss family and friends back in Vietnam? Have they visited you here in Canberra?

Of course we miss our family in Vietnam. Family and friends visit us and we maintain close ties with our previous home.

Luckily for me my younger brother, Giang Ngoc, followed my footsteps and also spent time studying in Canberra. He, too, has settled permanently in Canberra with his family, so we have some relatives here.

Would you recommend Canberra as a great place to live?

Yes. I feel lucky to have had the chance to study and live in Canberra. Our family has made many friends from studying and working here, and feel part of the community.

Our twelve year old daughter is deeply integrated into school and society and has a good future. She has made many friends at school and thanks to her we have got to meet more local families, and to know about their lifestyles.

Our time in Canberra has been memorable. We have developed deep connections and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

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Published November 2013

Canberra is a great place for my family and me. It is a small city in terms of population, but quite large in terms of land area.
The Hayward Family Moved to Canberra from the UK

Rachael, Paul and Mickey (10) Hayward arrived in Canberra from the UK a little over three years ago. It’s been an eventful couple of years, with Rachael volunteering at Mickey’s school and also opening her own business. Rachael tells us more here:

Tell us a little about yourself and the reason(s) you and your family immigrated to Australia?

We first came to Canberra in 2004 as Paul was in the British Royal Navy and had a posting to the British High Commission for four years. We fell in love with the city instantly.     

We were lucky enough to travel extensively throughout Australia but of all the places we visited, Canberra was our first choice to migrate to due to the easy living, outdoor lifestyle and community spirit.

So you prefer Canberra to the bigger Australian cities?

We like the fact that although Canberra is the Capital of Australia, it is not too busy like Sydney! We also find Canberra an ideal city for schooling and sport for our youngest son Mickey and it is also ideally located to make travel to other areas (Sydney, Melbourne and the Coast) easy.

Also we love that there are four definite seasons in Canberra. The summer is gorgeous and not humid, autumn sees the trees turn the most beautiful colours and winter is cold but the skies are so blue. Spring comes around very quickly and sees the start of Floriade, an annual festival which celebrates this lovely time of the year.

Tell us about your first impressions and experiences of Canberra.

Our first impression of Canberra was that it was very colourful with all the cockatoos, rosellas and galahs. There was hardly any traffic and everything was so very clean and well maintained. Everyone we saw seemed to have a spring in their step and it was never too much trouble to say G’Day to us. We felt very welcome which was extremely important to us.

Our very first outing in Canberra was the Jazz in the Park at the Botanical Gardens which run through the summer on Sundays. We were amazed that this (and many other family events around Canberra) was free. It really helps bring the community together and there are so many different events that cater for all tastes. Having been to a few now though, our favourite by far is the annual Skyfire firework display which is all set to music and attracts tens of thousands of people each year.

You are very involved in Mickey’s school, and recently volunteered your time to create a beautiful mosaic artwork in the school foyer. Tell us about your motivation to get involved and about the artwork too.

I got involved with volunteering at the school to integrate myself in the local community when we bought our house over here. I firstly helped out in the school canteen to make friends and to learn how the school system worked. I then joined the school Parents and Citizens’ Association and was involved in the school fetes, craft fairs and other fund raising events.

I approached the principal and volunteered to do a mosaic artwork in the school foyer with the children of the school. After 18 months it is now finished. The inspiration for this was the Canberra Centenary. The mosaic includes lots of native wildlife, Telstra Tower, the Museum and Lake Burley Griffin. It was an amazing experience working with the children from designing the mosaic to the completion of it.

I have met some incredible people along the way and it is wonderful to see the school community coming together to create this fantastic artwork.

As someone who loves creative art, what would you say about opportunities to enjoy art in Canberra? How does it compare to where you moved from?

The diversity of the museums and art galleries in Canberra are inspirational and can be equally enjoyed by both young and old. The National Gallery has many different exhibitions.

In Canberra, the opportunities to enjoy art are so much easier than where we lived in the UK, as we would have to travel (for example to London) to see international exhibitions.

You’ve recently started your own business. That’s quite an accomplishment. Tell us about it.

I have been involved with Stained Glass now for approximately 17 years having learnt the trade from doing a four year apprenticeship in the UK.  I also taught adult education courses in several colleges in the UK. My dream has always been to ‘go it alone’ and set up my own business. This was an unreachable goal in the UK, but one we felt I could achieve over here in Canberra. I have now successfully set up ‘Groovy Glass’ and have also branched out to become one of the only suppliers of stained glass materials in Canberra. I also have a stall once a month at the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston.

Is all your family passionate about art? What other interests/hobbies do you enjoy?

My family are not particularly passionate about art, although they do support my love for it.  Paul and Mickey would much rather be on a bike ride, playing golf or playing football (soccer!) for Tuggeranong United, where Paul is the coach, than walking around an art gallery.

Moving countries can be challenging – do you have any tips/advice for others considering the move?

It is worth a holiday visit beforehand (as long as possible) to get a feel for the place.

Have a sense of adventure, put yourself out there and meet as many people as you can.  Some you will form great friendships with.

Check out job websites such as SEEK and check prices for houses/rental properties on allhomes.com.au.

Keep an eye out for emigration expos. This was very useful to us prior to getting the ball rolling to migrate. There are numerous stalls where you can find answers to your many questions.

If you arrive in Canberra and your containers are still in transit, the Green Shed on Mugga Lane is a fabulous recycling centre which you can buy cheap second hand goods, from cutlery to furniture to bikes. Well worth checking out!

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Published July 2013

"We like the fact that although Canberra is the Capital of Australia, it is not too busy like Sydney"
The Doherty Family Business Liaison Manager and Safety Manager alecia-and-larry-doherty.srt

[Alecia] Hi I am Alecia Doherty and this is my husband Larry. We’ve been living in Canberra for the past two and a half years. Prior to that we were living in Sydney. We’ve been very fortunate to have lived in a lot of different places around the world, and Canberra just keeps pulling us back. It’s got everything you could want.

[Larry] Canberra is an easy place to live, its good people, you know, there is a lot of people from all over the world, lots of different nationalities and it gives you everything that a big city has, like Sydney or Melbourne. But its in a small city, you don’t get all of the downsides of living in a big city.

[Alecia] The work life style in Canberra is great. In my job, I just recently have been working a bit of overtime and so today I took the day off. My experience with picking up work in Canberra, it doesn’t matter what your background is or what your skills are, there are opportunities because of the Arts and you know, if you’re a creative person there is something, restaurants galore, you know, lawyers, politicians. It just really doesn’t matter what your background is, there will be a job for you here in Canberra.

For new people moving to Canberra, I’d recommend just jumping in your car and taking the time to drive around because each suburb is so different, so it really depends on what your particular requirements are. You know, if you are really sporting and want, you know, acres of land to go cycling or, you know, go in the forest, mountain biking, you might want to go to live on the south side. But if you want trendy restaurants, you want to come and live closer into the CBD, or Kingston and Manuka, it just depends on what you’re after, but Canberra will be able to provide it.

[Larry] Don’t show this video to anybody because they will all want to come and live here.

[Alecia] Yes, the best kept secret!

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Moved to Canberra from Sydney

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Canberra is an easy place to live, its good people, you know, there is a lot of people from all over the world, lots of different nationalities and it gives you everything that a big city has, like Sydney or Melbourne
The Dawda Family General Medical Practitioner and Accountant the-dawda-family-.srt

[Paresh] My name is Paresh, we’re here from, we arrived here from the UK three and a half months ago. This is Heema, and my two children Maya and Shrey.

What brought us to Canberra were some of the fantastic opportunities we had on offer here. So when choosing a city, we were thinking about a city that was easy to live in, that was easy to get around and which had good schools, because clearly with the children schoolings really important, and also had the right career opportunities, not only for myself but also Heema, because Heema was beginning to think about going back to work.

The ACT Government came out with me and spent an afternoon with me showing me around Canberra, really giving us a feel for what its like to be living and working in Canberra. Which I think was just so critical in our decision-making.

[Heema] Our first impressions of Canberra, absolutely amazing, we love it, it’s a nice vibrant city, a capital like no other, really. Its got the kind of hustle and bustle of a capital, yet still not too imposing, like some other capitals around the world. It seems like an ideal place to bring up young children.

[Maya] If you’re moving to Canberra or Australia, I think that you should get involved in as many activities as you can, to meet new people and make new friends.

[Shrey] Make sure that you like, take part and give a good first impression so you can get more friends and, try not to be shy and just, like, talk to people.

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Moved to Canberra from the UK

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The ACT Government came out with me and spent an afternoon with me showing me around Canberra, really giving us a feel for what its like to be living and working in Canberra. Which I think was just so critical in our decision-making.
The Yap Family IT Consultant and Billing Consultant the-yap-family.srt

[Felix] My name is Felix Yap, I am originally from Sydney, where we lived for about 17 years, and we moved down to Canberra about 4 years ago. This is my wife Sylvia, and that is my eldest daughter Cassie, she is 12-years-old, and my youngest daughter Brynie and she is going to be turning 10.

My motivation for moving to Canberra, was basically work. I had trouble finding work in Sydney, working in IT there is too much competition. Thousands of people that I had to compete with, but there seems to be a shortage of IT skills in Canberra.

The biggest difference between working in Canberra compared to Sydney, is that it is so much less hectic.  It is so much closer to where we live and I find the company that I work for extremely family oriented. Like, for instance, our kids go to school about 5 minutes away from where we live, and that is about 15 minutes from where we work. So the company has got no problems at all allowing us to drive back at 3 o’clock, pick them up and bring them back to work. And then when I finish work I drive them back home again. That is something that you really could not do in Sydney.

[Sylvia] If we were staying in Sydney, I probably would not be working, I would probably have to stay at home to pick them up.

[Cassie] On the weekend we like to bike around Lake Burley-Griffin sometimes, go to the park or maybe go to the mall and have lunch or shop around.

[Brightony] On a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is awesome, I would say Canberra would have to be 9.9.

[Felix] 9.95

[Sylvia] 9.9

[Cassie] 8.9, actually I would say 9.5

[Felix] I said 9.5

[Cassie] No, you said 9.95

[Laughter]

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My motivation for moving to Canberra, was basically work. I had trouble finding work in Sydney, working in IT there is too much competition. Thousands of people that I had to compete with, but there seems to be a shortage of IT skills in Canberra.
The Chikwendu Family Health Improvement Manager the-chikwendu-family-.srt

[Kimani] My name is Kimani and this is my wife Cal, and this is my son Amari. We moved from the UK about 10 months, and we’re now living in Canberra, which is a great place to live.

[Cal] What I love about my work in Canberra is that its what I’m used to doing, it’s what I did in the UK and it’s the same job that I’m doing here, only the best parts of it. Love the people that I work with, great job, great team and love making a difference. One of the challenges ironically is the fact that I was offered three jobs and I had to make a decision which one I to choose.

Out life style has changed dramatically since moving here. We liked to go out and do a lot of family activities when we were in the UK, but we were either stuck because there really wasn’t anything to do or we were stuck because it was raining outside, it was cold and miserable. Whereas, here, there is always something on, somewhere to go, people to meet up with, and the sun is more often than not shining, even in the winter!

The assistance that we’ve received from the ACT Government has been really useful, they helped us early on in the application gaining state sponsorship, and we’re always just an email away in our application and then when we arrived a couple of days later they met us for coffee and cakes, in the local hotel.

[Kimani] Which you thoroughly enjoyed.

Our initial plan was to be here for a specific length of time, but as we live here, the more we live here, the more we want to stay here. Its just growing on us and we just absolutely love it and don’t necessarily want to return to the UK where its damp and cold and horrible.

[Cal] Its only an hour and a half to the coast, its only an hour and a half to the snowy mountains, you’ve got the beautiful lake, cycle paths, all the things that you could ever imagine you want to do here, in Canberra and brilliant opportunities for work and education.

[Kimani] You’ve said it all, haven’t you!

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Moved to Canberra from the UK

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My name is Kimani and this is my wife Cal, and this is my son Amari. We moved from the UK about 10 months, and we’re now living in Canberra, which is a great place to live.
James and Kathryn Carpenter and Home School Tutor the-hamilton-family.srt

[James] My name is James Hamilton, and I am from Old Castle County Meath in Ireland. Been living in Canberra for the last 15 months, and this is my wife Katherine. Canberra at home was portrayed to be the work capital of Australia, at the time we had not work at home at all, and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Didn’t want to lose our house, so we said, look we’ll give it a go. So I packed up all my belongings, and tied up my business and headed over. Came over and started work, got work and got a sponsorship and it went from there, and its all good ever since. Met some fantastic people along the way, they really, really helped us. And once they know that your Irish and, you know, your out to do a good days work, they love you.  We’re really, really well portrayed here in Australia, you know.

I’m a carpenter by trade, I came over here and got my trade recognised. Carpentry here, in commercial, is something I’ve never done at home before. So at 34 years of age I’m starting to re-skill again, you know, which is very good, it keeps the mind really occupied and really busy.

Canberra for bringing up the family is fantastic; because you’ve got your country feel in the capital of Australia. Schooling here in Canberra is fantastic, for our little one anyway, she loves it. She’s been made settle in really, really good.

[Katherine] There is a lot more choice in the curriculum as well, over here, and you have a playground around every corner as well.

[James] The neighbourhood is very, very good isn't it...

[Katherine] ...its very quiet

[James] Its very quiet, no dramas in it. The neighbours will pop their head across the fence and say hello, and how are you going, and our neighbour actually popped her head across the fence the other day and brought us over for dinner. When we’re telling them at home, you know, we’re going over to the neighbours’ for dinner, just after popping her head over, she said ‘are you going around already for dinner?!’

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My name is James Hamilton, and I am from Old Castle County Meath in Ireland. Been living in Canberra for the last 15 months, and this is my wife Katherine.
Brent Juratowitch General Manager brent-juratowitch.srt

My name is Brent Juratowitch, I am the General Manager and Vice President of Recruitment Systems. I have been in Canberra since 1987, a period of 25 years.

We employ people from a skilled migration background, because one, we find them highly motivated, two, they have a skill set that we often find difficult to fine here in Canberra, three, we are actually a global company so we export around the world, and four, it makes for fantastic lunches around the lunch table.

When I am talking to prospective skilled migrants coming into Canberra, I say that the life style is ideally suited to somebody in their position.  There is a wide variety of different cuisine available, whether its restaurants or supermarkets. Secondly too there is the option to rent and then ultimately buy housing here in the ACT. A number of our skilled migrants have done that as well. There is also, there is no impediment on religious expression. But equally too if you have young children, its a very, very good place to raise children as you have a really, really good education system. 

I would totally recommend that other employers sponsor skilled migrants into their business. It gives you a breadth and diversity of experience and skills in your business, which then just helps you business to grow and expand, particularly globally.

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Canberra employer speaking of his success sponsoring skilled migrants

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My name is Brent Juratowitch, I am the General Manager and Vice President of Recruitment Systems. I have been in Canberra since 1987, a period of 25 years.

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Canberra also has the power to surprise people – with food and wine, with art and culture, with our heritage and with our warm welcome.

We look to the future, not the past, and we actively pursue our dreams. Are you ready to pursue yours?

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