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Understanding Australian Politics

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The British Queen is Australia’s Head of State, which means the country’s makeup owes much to a political framework that Brits are familiar with. They too have a Prime Minister who is elected predominantly from within two major parties. As the UK has seen in recent years, a Coalition Party has successfully hauled most votes, and given Australia a sense of political certainty.

But where did it all begin?  Australia’s political framework has its early roots in the 1850s when the eastern and western states began to form their own political and parliamentary systems. That said it wasn’t until four decades later when the Labor Party was formed that a real sense of political governance began to take shape.

It wasn’t until the establishment of the Commonwealth of Australia on January 1 1901 that the country became united as a whole. It saw the six independent British colonies agree to become one nation as a union of states under a central authority.

The Australian Constitution was created by a British Act called the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1901. It held the rules of how the government was going to function. It decided to work within a federal system and a Federal Parliament was agreed. This meant that the powers were divided between central government and six state governments.

The national government consists of the Federal Parliament that includes the Queen (represented by a Governor-General), a Senate and House of Representatives. As in the UK, the government is lead by a Prime Minister who selects their cabinet from a pool of senior ministers all of whom report to parliament. An Australian PM leads the country for three years, after which they have to call an election.  All ministers attend Parliament House, which is situated in the capital city of Canberra.

Within the Australian Senate there are 76 members who can be voted in for terms up to six years. They are very powerful and able to block legislation sent through from the House of Representatives.

The 150 members of the House of Representatives belong to a certain area within the country, sometimes called a ‘seat’. Like the PM they face elections every three years.

Local government is also very powerful within Australia. The six states and two territories, each has its own Parliament. The states have their own Governor and a Premier. These roles are similar to those of Governor-General and Prime Minister at national level. The states also all have their own Supreme Court.

Where national and local governments crossover is within their voting systems. Each follows the rules of an instant run-off system, which sees voters ranking the candidates in order of their preference. The winner is the candidate who secures more than half the votes.

Australia has two main political parties. The Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the Coalition Parties that include the Liberal Party of Australia and the Nationals.

The Labor Party are considered centre-left, the Liberals centre-right and the Nationals, conservative.

Currently the Coalition Party are in government. In September 2015 Malcolm Turnball was voted in as the Liberal leader of the Coalition, defeating Tony Abbott in a leadership election. In 2016 he won his own federal election and remains the country’s PM. He is Australia’s 29th Prime Minister.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 34 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Image: Old & New Parliament House, Canberra, ACT by Brenden Ashton https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

 

The truth about Visa processing times

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Image by Miran Rijavec – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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Waiting for your Visa to come through can be a nerve-wracking business. You may have planned your move to Australia, New Zealand or South Africa with painstaking accuracy, you may have found the job of your dreams, but until your Visa is confirmed there’s nothing much you can do but sit and wait. Most foreign embassies recommend you don’t confirm your travel plans until you have confirmation of a Visa. It can be a very unsettling time but the key to gaining a Visa and making sure you get one on time is to apply early.

As with dealing with any government office the better organised you are; the better they’ll be at getting back to you. Make sure you plan ahead, fill in applications forms correctly and observe all the guidelines and requirements for your chosen Visa. (See https://www.pssremovals.com/blog/visa-considerations-when-moving-abroad/).

It’s also worth checking the application procedures for the specific country you are planning to emigrate to. For example, some countries such as New Zealand allow online applications whereas South Africa prefers applicants to attend their Embassy or Consular Offices in person to hand in the documentation.

Typical processing will look at the following:

*  the requirements of the immigration instructions you are applying under

*  the completeness of your application

*  how easily they can check the information you provide

*  how well and how quickly you respond to any concerns raised with you.

(source: http://www.immigration.govt.nz)

Immigration New Zealand state, “Most problems and delays happen because an applicant has not provided all of the information required.”

If there are glaring errors in your application it will be returned to you and you will be given the chance to reapply within a certain timeframe. Failure to provide the details within the set number of days will usually involve the loss of the fee paid so it’s worth double-checking everything before applying.

Alternatively, you could use a visa specialist partner as recommended by PSS International Removals who can take the pain out of the process. They’ll know exactly what you need and make sure you hand in everything required for a smooth application.

Either way, once you’ve handed over all the necessary documentation, the length of time it takes to receive the Visa is hugely variable, dependent on which country you are applying to and what type of Visa you are applying for.

Current information from The Emigration Group states that for:

New Zealand waiting times are as follows:

*    Work Visa (1-2 months), Work to Residence Visa (1 month), Residence Visa with job offer (4-6months), Parent Visa (12 months) and Partner Visa (2-3 months).

In Australia they are seeing times of the following:

* Work Visa (1-3 months), Residence Visa (8-12 months),  Parent Visa (24 months) and Partner Visa (12-14months).

Countries such as South Africa and Canada publish waiting times on their websites; see

www.southafricahouseuk.com and www.cic.gc.ca respectively. Current figures suggest South Africa Visas may be gained between 1-6 months. In Canada, Express Entry for Skilled Immigrants can take up to 6 months. Data and figures, however change all the time so keep a check on proceedings through the relevant websites.

The key it seems to a successful migration is to be organised and be prepared to wait. Six months may seem like a lifetime but when you’re tipping your toes into the warm waters on Bondi Beach, it will surely have been worth the wait.

PSS International removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves. Contact us now for a free estimators survey, online moving and baggage quote.

 

Age Concern

 

Martin De Kauwe, Surf's up, Manly.

Martin De Kauwe, Surf’s up, Manly.

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Thanks in part to improved health care in developed countries, we are all set to live longer. Good news for the population maybe, but the implications of this increasing ageing population can be quite marked. In developed countries such as Australia and New Zealand the effects of lower birth rates and increased life expectancy can have knock on effects on housing, healthcare, the size of the working population and the demands for skilled labour. Economies that once thrived could, with less people in the labour market, find themselves struggling. Less money coming in, will lead to less money going out.

A recent report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) noted that over a 20 year period up until 30 June 2014: “The non working-age population is growing faster at 2.2% compared with 1.3% for the working-age population. This faster growth in the non-working ages has been evident since 2010. The main contributor to the increased growth of the non working-age population is growth in the population aged 65 and over.” http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/0/1CD2B1952AFC5E7ACA257298000F2E76?OpenDocument

New Zealand too has a similar problem. The Ministry of Social Development have predicted that:  “The number of people aged 85 years and over is projected to increase from 67,000 in 2009 to 144,000 in 2031, then more than double to about 330,000 by 2061. By 2061, people aged 85 and over will make up about one in four of the population aged 65 years and over, compared with one in eight in 2009 and 2031. https://www.msd.govt.nz/what-we-can-do/seniorcitizens/positive-ageing/trends/ageing-population.html

With less people working there are real concerns that less tax coming into the national system will have an impact on housing and social care.

Could increased levels of migration be the answer? Migration to New Zealand is at a record high. A recent May 2015 reports for Statistics New Zealand showed the country had a net gain of 56,800 people in the year to April – well up from the 34,400 the previous year.  http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/Migration/IntTravelAndMigration_HOTPApr15.aspx.  It was noted that this gain would indeed help the gaps in the labour market, especially in  areas such as Canterbury which are being heavily rebuilt after recent earthquakes.

The situation in Australia is similar with net overseas migration has been the major driving force in population growth within Australia, contributing 60% of its growth in 2013. www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4102.0main+features82014

If it continues at a level higher than it is now, with Australia’s births and deaths remaining the same, allowing more people in will help plug the gap between births and deaths – and so relieving the employment shortage.

The ABS report: Does Size Matter? states that: Under this scenario, Australia’s population would be 32 million in 2033. Around 19% of the population would be over 65 (with 3% being 85 and over), and 17% of people would be under 15. Two thirds of the population would be working age (64%), and there would be 55 ‘dependents’ for every 100 ‘workers’, 4 less than if we were to maintain current trends.”

Race forward another 30 years, when current migrants are reaching 65 and the scenario would see a population of 42 million. In 2063 around 23% of the population would be aged 65 and over. Three in five people would be of working age (61%), and there would be 63 ‘dependents’ for every 100 ‘workers’.

Tackling an ageing population is a developed world’s issue not just one for Australia and New Zealand to solve. In the short-term opening up their borders to increase a working-age population that can contribute to the social welfare system can only be a good thing. But as they too get older, border control will have to be re-examined once more. The solution, it seems, is an ongoing one.

If you are considering a move to Australia or New Zealand PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Inheritance planning as an expat

 

Peter-Ashley Jackson  money makes the world go round

Peter-Ashley Jackson
money makes the world go round

 

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Moving your family overseas often comes with the need to plan for their long-term future and it’s essential to keep your financial affairs in solid, working order. It’s particularly important to think about how to guard them in the unfortunate case of death or injury.

Be mindful of the influence of local laws – especially when it comes to estate planning and wills. Advice taken locally is key to ensuring that your wishes are carried out when you die and it is often difficult to bypass your children when planning inheritance in comparison to the UK where civil laws operate.

As a basic example, the house that you and your family might have shared in Australia would be automatically passed on to any children and your surviving partner might still be able to use the house but would not be able to sell it without the children’s permission.

Many people find trust schemes a useful platform for estate planning in that they allow a parent to ensure their assets are only passed on to children at a certain age and when they are able to make financially independent decisions. However, UK trust law might not hold up in a civil law jurisdiction, which doesn’t recognise legal structures of this kind. Holding your wealth in an offshore location could also be a way of managing this issue and may help avoid any potential issues.

Some expats often find it difficult to manage their bank account abroad, particularly joint accounts, as in the unfortunate case of death; the survivor may not be able to access the funds.

When it comes to securing your Will – if of UK origin, it should be accepted almost everywhere in Europe. However, it can be a good idea to exclude your foreign property from the main Will and have a separate Will drafted up in local form for dealing with the property in that country. Without a Will, your home will not necessarily be passed on to your loved ones in the way you would hope.

It is also worth bearing in mind that inheritance laws vary worldwide and are often highly complex, but with proper planning it is possible to pass on a legacy to your family without incurring a crippling tax bill.

In many countries inheritance tax is charged on an estate when someone dies. The important thing for expats to remember is that inheritance tax is based on your domicile and/or your residency. If you are domiciled or deemed domicile in the UK, you could be liable for UK inheritance tax on all of your assets worldwide, even if you live in another country.

Claiming back tax before you leave the UK can be very advantageous, even though completing a tax refund application can be a daunting task for anyone. However, PSS International Removals can happily refer you to one of our tax-back agents who will prepare and submit a claim on your behalf.

This will ensure that all of the information and evidence is provided correctly to the HMRC who can also review tax payments dating back 6 years and claim back any over payments at the same period. Furthermore, our tax-back agent is based in the UK and can offer a free, no obligation initial consultation. Please click this link to complete a form for more information or for our partner to contact you.

 

Having A Baby Abroad

 

Triplées, Raphaël Goetter

Triplées, Raphaël Goetter

 

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Pregnancy is a time of celebration and change. But however exciting it might be at first, having a new child abroad can be tough, especially when many don’t have the close and immediate support of their friends and family. Even basics, such as finding a doctor and the support you need, can be hard.

Exploring your options and making your own decisions can be one of the best tools for feeling empowered throughout your pregnancy. The choice is yours and being in control can certainly relieve some of your insecurities during the period. As always, research and planning are key to a successful pregnancy abroad. Here are some initial considerations:

Always research the best expat and lifestyle blogs and resources. Expat mums can also offer invaluable advice, recommendations, and support.

Will you need to change or adjust your diet?

What kind of citizenship status is your child entitled to?

What is the status of breast-feeding in your new country?

Are hospital births most common or do you have the option of a home birth?

How easy are medication and prescriptions to get hold of?

Where is the closest hospital and how easily accessible is it?

What does your health insurance entitle you to?

For many expats seeking medical care, their doctor is usually the first port of call and generally leads the patient through medication and care. But small differences like taking off your clothes rather than being offered a sheet to cover up can be deemed offensive and uncomfortable for some, so find out what is acceptable in your area. If the differences are too vast, you may prefer to consider a private hospital that supports your native language and offers familiar standards.

Some expats might like to consider creating a birth plan to help them understand what is happening every step of the way whilst gaining confidence in the process. A birth plan will help you to manage the process, the type of medication to be used, which monitoring devices you should use, whether you should be induced or not, Caesarean considerations and how the baby might be cared for.

Planning these choices carefully beforehand can help you realise what’s realistically achievable and help you deal with stress more effectively.

Birthing classes could also be an option as well as joining a support group. If you are not already established in a social circle in your expat life, being pregnant is an excellent gateway to make new friends.

It is also vital to understand your insurance coverage as different procedures and medications may or may not be covered. Also note the method of payment in your new country. You have to pay first (by cash or credit card) and then make a claim from your insurance provider so check with your hospitals to see if they have a list of insurers with whom they have direct billing arrangements.

Another factor to consider is the status of citizenship for you and your child. A second citizenship and passport can offer your child greater freedom to travel, less tax liability, access to more affordable health care or college education, and more employment and investment opportunities in future. Note that not all countries allow dual citizenship, and many countries only allow dual citizenship with a limited number of other countries. Find out about the dual citizenship regulations of your home country and the country you plan to have your baby in to discover the relevant laws and regulations surrounding citizenship.

PSS International removals are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimators survey, online moving and baggage quote.

 

Living The Dream – Job Opportunities in Australia

 

picture by Moyan Brenn on Flickr

picture by Moyan Brenn on Flickr

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Careers in Australia are as varied and diverse as you would expect from a country as varied and diverse as it is. However, whether you can pursue your chosen career will be dependent upon the working visas available within the sector in which you wish to work.

To work in Australia you need an Australian Visa with work rights. There are a huge array of temporary and permanent skill visas available, it’s just a case of finding the right one for you and applying through the relevant channels. In most instances you will have to be officially sponsored by an employer before your visa is granted. Most work visas are based upon age and relevant experience.

You can begin your job search by looking at SkillSelect: (http://www.immi.gov.au/Work/Pages/SkillSelect/SkillSelect.aspx)

This is the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website and helps manage the country’s skilled migration programme. Through this scheme you register an expression of interest before waiting to hear if you have been selected for interview. If your application is successful the scheme will arrange the relevant visas.

This page also lists the career opportunities currently on offer (accountants and software and applications programmers). It also places notifications on jobs that have reached their current limit or ‘ceiling’ (currently ICT Business and Systems Analysts). Look further and you’ll find jobs that have reached their quota and those that are still welcoming applications.

Away from SkillSet both the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) list and Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) highlight jobs available and information about whereabouts in Australia they are located.

Everything from Production Manager, Child Care Centre Manager and Land Economist are listed here. You might also find work if you are an Architect, Chemical Engineer,

Secondary School Teacher or Veterinary Surgeon. You could even get in if you’re a Horse Breeder.

A full list for both and information about the difference between a SOL and CSOL can be found at: https://www.immi.gov.au/Work/Pages/skilled-occupations-lists/sol.aspx and https://www.immi.gov.au/Work/Pages/skilled-occupations-lists/csol.aspx

There is currently a general shortage of doctors, nurses and GPs in Australia and applications are welcomed. More information can be found here: http://www.immi.gov.au/FAQs/Pages/i-am-a-doctor-how-can-i-work-in-australia.aspx

If you’re not planning a big move but fancy a few months away, you can apply for a Seasonal Worker, temporary visa which allows you to stay in the country for 14 weeks – six months. You can work anywhere in horticulture or in limited locations in tourism, sugar cane and cotton farming. https://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/416-swp.aspx

Finally, in a country that is as diverse as Australia it’ll come as no surprise that each state has very specific needs and requirements. Some regions have key employment opportunities in construction and health (Canberra) others in the Northern Territories list everything from butcher to fruit and nut grower! Whilst in Victoria there are occupations listed in human resources, biotechnology and sciences and engineering and building. All the information you need can be found by clicking on the links below:

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory

Queensland

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia

For more information about how PSS International can help you make your move to Australia visit https://www.pssremovals.com

PSS International Removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

 

Case study: Moving to Sydney, Australia

Image Credit: Nicki Mannix

Image Credit: Nicki Mannix

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Why choose PSS International Removals?

Mr Bonato first discovered PSS International Removals via Google when searching for an international removals company.

He decided to work with PSS International Removals because of the excellent customer service he received during his enquires, the friendly staff and extremely competitive rates.

The moving process

When asked about his experience of the moving day, Mr Bonato commented:

My experience with PSS prior to the moving was very good. Our account manager was very clear from the outset on quotations, paperwork and all other relevant tasks. He also answered all my questions in a very professional manner.

“The actual moving day was also excellent. The packers were fantastic from the minute they arrived on my doorstep to the minute they left. Every item was packed, moved and recorded with extreme care and all goods arrived at destination undamaged.”

Advice for those thinking of moving to another country from Mr Bonato:

“I have three tips for anyone that is thinking of moving to another country; firstly, create a plan six to nine months in advance of the move and assign clear and realistic deadlines to each. Ensure every task is completed on time.

“Secondly, don’t stress too much, it’s a huge task, but you can do it if you plan in advance. Finally, use PSS it will make the whole task so much easier.”

Contact

If you would like to find out more about moving with PSS International Removals, or to book your no obligation, home survey where we will send one of our estimators around to offer you advice as well estimate the items that you would like to ship, please get in touch:

Tel: +44 (0)800 988 3711

Email: sales@p-s-s.co.uk

Website: http://www.pssremovals.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pssinternationalremovals

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PSSRemovals

 

 

 

Case Study: Moving to Melbourne, Australia

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 Mr Micciche first discovered PSS International Removals via the Emigration Group (EG) Seminar and website, where the feedback on PSS was very positive.

He then attended an Emigration Group seminar and met some of the PSS team, who impressed with their friendly approach and knowledge. From that point forward PSS were always professional in their correspondence, which when combined with the strong and well established company history, convinced him that PSS were the best option.

Mr Micciche also admitted that his son fell in love with the PSS teddy bear given to him at the Emigration Group event, which certainly helped to sway his decision.

The moving process:

When asked about his experience of the moving day, Mr Micciche commented:

“Our experience was perfect, the way everything was handled both in the UK and in Australia, the time PSS spent answering our questions, re-assuring us and updating us on the project. I always felt confident and free to call or email PSS any time we had a question or concern. This customer relationship is a must, especially nowadays, and we truly valued the way we have been treated and helped.

“The moving day itself could not have been better. It was done with so much precision, efficiency and safety, it was impressive. I appreciate it is not an easy job, the PSS team are facing the customer at a crucial moment, when they are bound to be anxious and stressed to say the least, but the way the removals team handled their job was purely and simply amazing. They contributed significantly to the success of our move. It was a stress free process.”

Advice for those thinking of moving to another country from Mr Micciche:

“Plan your dream carefully, especially with all the costs involved before and after your move. Be patient with the visa process, it’s not very fast, and don’t give up at the first problem, or if each stage seems to take longer than you thought. It’s all for a better life, so fight for it.”

If you are interested in moving to down under, take a look at our recent blog post, which offers tips on moving to Australia.

Contact:

If you would like to find out more about moving with PSS International Removals, or to book your no obligation, home survey where we will send one of our estimators around to offer you advice as well estimate the items that you would like to ship, please get in touch:

Tel: +44 (0)800 988 3711

Email: sales@p-s-s.co.uk

Website: http://www.pssremovals.com/

PSS International removals

PSS International Removals is a family run company with the desire to ensure that your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

 

Contact us now for a free estimators survey, online moving and baggage quote.

 

Do you want to live and work in Australia? Take a look at this special offer from The Working Holiday Club

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Here at PSS we’ve teamed up with The Working Holiday Club to develop an amazing special offer for our customers. Get in touch with PSS for a special discount code.

Whether you are a gap year student looking for an Aussie adventure, or perhaps an Australian or New Zealand national looking to head home, take a look at these packages.

For as little as £195 you can enjoy an essentials bundle of services that help travellers relocate to Australia with the benefit of guaranteed jobs and accommodation, but that’s just the beginning.

Essentials Australia Pack (£195)

• 1 nights hostel accommodation

• In-country orientation at our local office (if on the Gold Coast)

• Resume Preparation

• Invitations to Day Tours around the Gold Coast

• Assistance opening a bank account

• Assistance obtaining a Tax File Number and ABN

• Mail holding and forwarding

• Australian sim card

• Personal Visa Consultant to prepare working holiday visa application

• Second Working Holiday visa assistance

• Assistance obtaining RSA

• Assistance obtaining blue/white card

• Valid for 24 months

Alternatively, if you would like more assistance and services, you can opt for the Jumpstart Australia pack (£595) which includes:

• Pre departure Skype consultation and preparation – Australia team

• Program acceptance interview with placement officer/employer Australia

• Personal Visa Consultant to prepare working holiday visa application

• Job guarantee insurance $50 pay a day until you start work

• Airport transfer from Gold Coast

• 3 nights hostel accommodation at Surfers Paradise

• Job offers within 7 days of registration in Australia

• Accommodation viewing where not provided by employer

• In-country orientation at our local office

• Resume Preparation

• Invitations to Day Tours around the Gold Coast

• Assistance opening a bank account

• Assistance obtaining a Tax File Number and ABN

• Mail holding and forwarding

• Australian sim card

• Second Working Holiday visa assistance

• Farm job assistance (if required for second working holiday visa)

• Assistance obtaining RSA

• Assistance obtaining blue/White card

• Valid for 24 months

The 7 Day Job Opportunity Guarantee – If a job opportunity is not secured within 7 days of your orientation completion, We’ll pay $50 a day until a job offer is given, or up to the value of the package (£595).

Common positions for participants include:

• Music Festival and Event Staffing

• Hospitality Work

• Agriculture

• Labour and construction

• Retail

• Telemarketing

• Valid for 24 months

The Jumpstart Package orientation is based on the beautiful Gold Coast, which has 30 kilometres of stunning beaches, great night life and amazing weather. It is also home to world renowned surf break such as Snapper Rocks, Kirra and Burleigh Heads.

With an average of 10 new arrivals each week, the Jumpstart Australia offers more than accommodation and employment opportunities for new arrivals to Australia. By immersing you in a group of like-minded travellers, who are experiencing the same excitement and nerves that come with settling into Australian life, you’ll begin to feel at home straight away.

When you get off the plane you in either Brisbane or The Gold Coast airport you will head to your hostel accommodation located in Surfers Paradise – the heart of the nightlife district. After orientation at the Working Holiday Club office in which your Tax File Number, Australian Bank Account and other work licenses are organised participants will be taken out for a pub crawl.

For further details please visit the Working Holiday Club website: http://www.theworkingholidayclub.co.uk/australia-packages.html or call 0333 800 1833

 

Get Packing with A 10% Discount for Students on Excess Baggage

 

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As a student you may have arrived to study in a new country with nothing more than a rucksack of clothes, your laptop and some favourite foods. Skip forward a year and you’ve suddenly found yourself with excess baggage that includes a guitar, a desk and a stash of course books – all of which you want to take back home with you.

Not much of a problem if your parents are coming to collect you and they can throw it all in the back of their car but more of an issue if home is several thousand miles away.

With budgets squeezed and airlines limited on what they can and can’t take the easiest and cheapest option could be an international removal service such as PSS, especially as we are now offering a 10% discount to students (code – students2015).

While taking an extra suitcase on an airplane may sometimes be the best option, especially if it’s fairly small, shipping home your cello or a few boxes of keepsakes needs specialist care and consideration.

At PSS we can tailor our Excess Baggage service to fit your requirements. If you need your belongings quickly, and have a bit more money to spend, you might like to consider the express airline rates. If however, money is tight and you’re not in any hurry, our sea freight delivery service may suit you better. Whatever your budget, we have a delivery option to suit you.

We can also offer you great deals on packing options. Whereas some companies may insist you have a standard size box or crate, regardless of what you have to pack, PSS have different shaped cartons for different shaped options.

We can also give you separate quotes if you have more unusual objects to send on. Want that snowboard shipped back? How about the trumpet you can’t be parted with? PSS can do it. These items will be priced individually and quotes are dependent upon their weight.

With the offer including free cartons and packing materials as well as free delivery and collection service for customers inside the M25, and just a small charge for outside delivery and collection outside, PSS really do have a student’s best packing interests at heart.

For more information go to: https://www.pssremovals.com/excess-baggage PSS International Removals have specialised in shipping excess baggage and luggage to a number of worldwide destinations such as Australia, South Africa and the USA for over 32 years. We handle thousands of baggage consignments each year ranging from shipments as small as 1 carton to larger shipments of 20 cartons. Our vast experience and expertise in moving baggage consignments is just one of the reasons why we are known as the UK’s 1st choice for sending baggage overseas.