3 Tips for Irish Construction Workers moving to Australia

June 09 2015   08 AM  

Irish in Australia?  You'll need these tips...

Are you part of a new wave of Irish making the move down under with a Working Holiday Visa? Here are 3 tips to get set up:

  1. Construction Induction Card (White Card)

A White Card is a compulsory requirement for site managers, supervisors, surveyors, laborers and tradespeople who work on construction sites. You must complete general construction induction training with a Registered Training Organization (RTO). Different states have different requirements so make sure you complete the right induction course for the state you will be working in.

     2. Visa

The most common question amongst Irish Immigrants in Australia is “What Visa are you on”? You can make your move permanent by applying for a Skilled Migrant Visa.  The Government puts out a Skilled Occupation List regularly and if your trade appears, you’re eligible. You may not be on this one but could appear on the next. This can also work the other way and your trade can be taken off the list once capacity is reached so act fast if you want to stay. Before you start the visa application process, you must get your skills assessed by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA).

    3. Licensing

After getting your skills assessed, you can apply for a trade license from the relevant licensing body in your state. We compiled the list with links to make it easy for you:

New South Wales: NSW Fair Trading
See: Fair Trading

Victoria: Building Commission
See: Building Commission

See: Building Services Authority

See: Workplace Standards Tasmania

Northern Territory
See: Building Practitioners Board

Australian Capital Territory
See: Australian Capital Territory Planning and Land Authority

I’ve been through the motions of all of the above and it's not easy. I landed as a backpacker on a working holiday visa, I went farming to earn my second year working holiday visa, then I went on a de-facto through my wifes job, and finally I used my carpentry skill to secure my permanent residency.

The economic crisis in Ireland caused a mass emigration to Australia on temporary visas to find work. People from Ireland are now the third-largest source of workers entering Australia under the 457 temporary skilled worker visa program. With thousands more coming in under the working Holiday Visa and a high percentage of these construction workers, ConX is here to help you land that first job.

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