Popular Posts

Support Petition to Reinstate Parent Visa(Sub-Class 103)

From 2 June, Immigration Australia have permanently closed the following visa subclasses in the Family Stream of the Migration Programme to new applications:
  • Parent visa (subclass 103)
  • Aged Parent visa (subclass 804)
  • Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclasses 114 and 838)
  • Remaining Relative visa (subclasses 115 and 835)  
  • Carer visa (subclasses 116 and 836).
The visas will be closed to new applications before the start of the 2014-15 Migration Programmer year.

Pardesi Express which is a community newspaper has raised the concerns  pertaining to the permanent closure of the Parent Visa Sub Class 103  in the form a Petition. 
IndianConnection support this initiative of Pardes Express and would requests our readers to 'KINDLY SIGN AND SUPPORT PETITION RAISED BY “PARDEsI EXPRESS” It is impossible for an average family to raise $125,000 (for Contributory Visa) to get our parents here in Australia. As our parents will be residing overseas, it will affect our daily life, our productivity most of all our children especially those where both partners are working.
If our parents join us, they can look after their grandkids which would be beneficial for government to save child care & Centrelink entitlements as well for us, our kids will learn moral & family values from their grandparents.

For your support just visit Pardes Express Website and fill up a popup window which will be your confirmation of support.


Please fill up the following details and email back to info@pardesexpress.com
I agree to reinstate Parents Visa Subclass 103.

Contact No.

Looking for a job sponsorship in Australia?

How do I get a job in Australia is most common question asked by many fellow Indians looking to start a new life in Australia. I have just come across this e-book on Amazon which is small yet very informative and I just finished reading in 30 minutes.
This week the author Nadine has launched a free version of the book through Amazon and she's given a lot of information away; but it's only free until Saturday, yes until 19/07/2014, so you'll need to grab it fast. 

Impact of Indian Union Budget on Non-Resident Indians | Webinar | 15 July | 5:30 ISD

Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC), an initiative of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and CII, in partnership with Deloitte will be hosting an Interactive Webinar to provide an in-depth analysis of ‘Impact of Indian Union Budget on Non-Resident Indians’ at 5.30 pm Indian Standard Time (IST) on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Please visit https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/875250919 to register for the Webinar. You will receive a confirmation email with the Webinar link and the dial-in information once you complete your registration.

In case of any difficulties, please feel free to write to oifc@cii.in

What Racism means to you ?

A lot of talk is happening these days in Australia about Laws pertaining around Racism and whether these should be scrapped or not.In particular  the 'Racial Discrimination Act'. Being twelve years in Australia and of Indian origin I myself haven't faced 'Racism' but I am keen to know 'What my fellow Indian in Australia think' and what we can  as 'One community' do to make Australia a better place to live for every India.

Please spare a few moments to take survey titled 'What racism means to you? and share your individual experience of what racism means to you.Whether its the color of the skin,discrimination because you are not Australian or anything else , Your feedback is important!  

Indian in Australia

Before taking the survey below I would like us all to introspect and think 'Does Racism stop with us' 

Watch & Read More

Survey Details

The survey which I am referring is anonymous,through surveymonkey link .The direct link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RSBF5Y7.


The recent sucide by International student of Indian originin Australia is one of the many stories which unfortunately had a tragic ending. This however isn’t new and my experience with newcomers to Australia day in day out have clearly again highlighted a gap in the support system. 

It becomes more imperative for Indian connection whose primary goal is to support newcomers to Australia that Indian wishing to come to Australia is aware of how life in Australia can be so that they are prepared for any obstacles. Most of these obstacles aren’t that serious and is a transition phase when you move oversees.

Cultural change:-Australian work and social culture are different from those back home with few similarties.Dealing with culture change sometimes can be a daunting task and an open-minded attitude assists moving forward.Read More

Survival of the fittest:-Life in Australia isn’t all green as it looks from India. Australia no doubt is considered a ‘Lucky country’ but has its own challenges for newcomers. These challenges would be a litmus test for most of us as it stretches us away from the comfort zone which we had in India .So makes sure you have a lot of adrenaline and positive energy when you plan to come here.Read More

Moving abroad is not easy, no matter how financially prepared or how much research you have done-Understanding the settlement journey and realizing that settling down in Australia is step by step process helps in setting up your expectations right. The process time varies from person to person but we all need to follow that process. The list start from the time of  you are picked up from the airport ,find the right accommodation, opening the smart bank account, getting the Tax file number quickly, career planning-sanitise your resume, apply for job, getting a job, if a student how to transfer from Indian education system to Australian education system. The list goes on and connecting to the Indian network in Australia is a must before your departure to Australia.Read More

Being Self Aware and mixing up with broader Australian community-Settling down in Australia whether you are a migrant, student, business or work visa holder should be an amazing experience and life has its up and down (Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gam).But the settlement journey sometimes makes us so busy that we totally become unaware of our mental well being & physical resilience. Issues like home sickness, anxiety and depression do effect and early self-awareness does helps in long term.

Last but not least  develop your connection, network with Indians in Australia and broader Australia community to broaden your experience and keep in touch with your family always.

I hope you have something to think about  after reading this article and learn’t some valuable insights from it.

Remember to connect with Indian Connection to help make your stay in Australia easier.We at Indian connection offer end to end services for varied needs of Indian visiting Australia.Check out our End of review 2013 of what we do.In 2014 we have started conducting workshops for newcomers to Australia to provide them with more customized skills aligned with Australian work and social culture.

Be sure to share this with your friends and family or anyone who is coming soon to Austrlia

Interesting and Funny fact of Australia No 2'Tasmanian Devil'

Australia is an interesting beautiful country and through this series of my post 'Interesting and funny facts of Australia' I will share every week one fact about Oz that I have personally researched on Australia.

Here is my no. 2
Tasmanian devils are the world's largest carnivorous marsupial( whose young are very undeveloped when born).

Devils weigh 13 to 18 pounds and range from 23 to 26 inches in length.Devils can eat about 5 to 10 percent of their body weight in a day.

The Tasmanian Devil  has the jaw strength of a crocodile and are strong enough to gnaw through metal traps.

A 10kg Tasmanian Devil is able to exert the same biting pressure as a 40kg dog. It can also eat almost a third of its body weight in a single feeding. 

Tasmanian Devil are considered a endangered species due to a fatal infectious cancer and scientists are working hard to find a cure and  the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program is working to save them from extinction.

While I am searching for the third fact on these series of post,don't hesitate to visit Australia Wikipedia and the reference material of this post to satisfy your hunger to know more about Australia.

What do you think? Please comment how we as a community can make things better for Indian international students here in Australia.

As an Australian of Indian origin I am really saddened by the news about these tragic ending of some Indian students in Australia.

I can relate to my student life in Australia and wonder how difficult it would be for those who are suffering. Being alone in a foreign country without any support and constant abuse is tough. But life isn’t all about good things so I guess bad things happen and we have to Live with it.

Said that I only wish that these tragic ending don’t spread more.There is definitely more to why these tragic event might occur but clearly for  newcomers to Australia(students or migrants) there is  clearly a gap in the support system.

I think it’s time that Indian community in Australia, Indian Consulate & Australian government should stand up and extend help to Indian students so that they don’t feel alienated in a new country.

What do you think? Please comment how we as a community can make things better for Indian international students here in Australia.

Lets together make Australia a pleasurable experience for all

Invitation to tell the Indian community your Settlement in Australia story?

We are looking for your settlement in AUSTRALIA stories! How you found the process and advice you would give to others doing the same process .We are looking for a total of 10 different stories so please email us as soon as possible thanks! info@indianconnection.com.au

Interesting and Funny fact of Australia No 1'Kangaroo'

Australia is an interesting beautiful country and through this series of my post 'Interesting and funny facts of Australia' I will share every week one fact about Oz that I have personally researched on Australia.

Here is my no.1

Interesting and Funny fact of Australia #1.

1)The official animal of Australia is the Kangaroo.They are not particularly good at walking backward and they are symbolic of Australia's determination to move forward as a nation.Go Aussie!!!!

2)Kangaroo meat can be purchased from the supermarket, butcher and available on restaurant menus as a leaner and healthier alternative to beef or lamb with a 1-2 percent fat content.

3)There are an estimated 40 million kangaroos in Australia.

4)A baby kangaroo at the time of its birth measures 2 centimeters.

5)Kangaroos need very little water to survive and are capable of going for months without drinking at all. When they do need water, they dig 'wells' for themselves; frequently going as deep as three or four feet. These 'kangaroo pits' are a common source of water for other animals living in the kangaroo's environment.

6)A kangaroo being chased by a dog may jump into a dam. If the dog gives chase, the kangaroo may turn towards the dog, then use its paws to push the dogs head underwater in order to drown it

7)Kangaroo is Aborigine language for, “I don’t understand what you’re saying.

While I am searching for the second fact on these series of post,don't hesitate to visit Australia Wikipedia to satisfy your hunger to know more about Australia


Dear Vivek,

I write this mail thanking you for all the support you have provided. The services which I enrolled in your company like "Resume editing" and "Consultancy" were really useful. 

It's very important to know the culture of Australia, How to search a job here, especially when we arrive from different country. Resume writing and job hunting is a different ball game. It needs dedicated time, effort and guidance. The conversation we had was really helpful to understand what needs to be done. I realized that I have to change the strategy to find a job. I thank you for showing me the right path and asking me to put all the efforts, Without this guidance it would have been difficult for me to settle. 

I hope every job seeker in Australia meets a person like you who can guide him. Thanks once again for all the help. It was my pleasure meeting you.

With Warm Regards,



For the past 2 decades I have lived and worked both in Australia and India for different organizations. It has given me a unique perspective and I have become more responsive to the differences in cultures across both the countries. You can say I have become more cultural sensitive. Good or bad but these interesting differences are worth exploring when you go from one country to next. I have put down my Top 5 work culture difference between India and Australia.

Working Hours 

The amount of time that people work during a typical day will vary between each country. People in Australia typically engage in traditional eight-hour work days similar to what people in the west use. Meanwhile, people in India are known to work for ten to twelve hours in a day. The big difference is that Australia promotes a fair work and family balance where as in India this concept is still far-fetched.

Work Culture-relationships with boss

Australian workplace promotes cordial relationship between you and your boss in comparison to that of India.Aussie bosses encourages a flat organization where communications are less formal and calling by names is OK. Don’t shy away if you find your prospective boss direct or over friendly it’s the way of life in Australia. Catching for a coffee or a beer at bar for finalizing a project is normal.Meanwhile, it is more formal in India and hierarchical organization engagement is preferred which of course is dependent on the overall culture of the workplace. As per research by Geert Hofstede and collaborators Australia is a Low power distance culture as compared to India which is predominantly High power distance culture. 

Equal opportunity employment

As more and more jobs I did, I had more sense of appreciation and respect to my Australian employers.
The laid back attitude of Australian and their appreciation of my hidden skills made things easier for me. Every opinion is listened too without being judgmental. In comparison for right or wrong reasons Indian employees tend to be judgmental at times due to societies traditional perception of caste, creed, color, gender and sexual orientation.

Dignity of Labor 

No work is low and the idea of doing what you like to earn livelihood fascinates Aussies.At the end of the day there aren't any division on the basis of work you perform. The Australian respect dignity of labor unlike Indian work culture where society frowns when you take a job beneath you. Respecting individual identity fascinates Australian work culture.culture. In fact a cleaner or a plumber in Australia might earn more than an IT professional.

Being on time, keeping promises and delivering results

The Australian work culture is polite in its own way and a professional code of conduct is mandate in all engagements. Your behavior and everyday actions play an important aspect of your performance at job. Always remember the PIE rule to excel in work Performance, Image and Exposure. The words like please and sorry and thank-you is among the most used words in their day. Don’t make promises you can’t keep and be open about things if project go pear shaped. 


Welcome to Australia. Indian Connection is a community organisation designed to help Indian international students get the most out of their Australian experience. We provide the support network you need to make friends, connect to your culture, link you up with cultural events and assist you for times when you might come across a difficult situation.


Live safely in Australia
Australia is a great place to study. In order to make your experience even better always keep the general rules of your safety in mind as if you are back in India.e.g
->Keep your valuable items including documents in a safe place; make sure you keep photocopies of your passport.
->Always carry with you some identification and an emergency contact number.
->Avoid travel alone in late night and let someone know if it’s absolutely necessary. Familiarise yourself with the route on Google map.
->Don't carry more cash with you than what is required.

Be brand ambassador of India  
Australia is a multicultural society and our individual behaviours have a huge impact on Indian image overall. At the end of the day the way an individual behaves depicts the image of their country; remember that certain aspects of Australian culture are different from your own like
->Invading another person's privacy or personal space. Maintain some distance from the person you are talking to (at least an arm’s length).
->Being polite and greeting people with a G’day and always using ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’
->Respect others time and avoid being judgemental towards people on the basis of their dress, colour

Student Help Websites and Centres:
The high commission of India in Australia student’s resources guide
Need help?
• Emergency (Police/Fire/Ambulance) call Triple Zero (000)
• Lifeline (crisis support) 131 114
• International Student Legal Advice 9698 7645
• Department of Immigration and Citizenship 131 881

Top 10 reasons why Indian should move to Australia

1) Australia has become a magnet for Indian migrants.

Now India is Australia's biggest source of migrants. Figures released showed nearly 30,000 Indians arrived in Australia in 2010-11, surpassing arrivals from Britain and China. The number of Indian-born Australians has trebled in a decade with the number of Australians who identify themselves as of Indian origin now more than 400,000. Hinduism has become the country's fastest growing religion and more than 100,000 Australians speak Hindi at home.

 2) Skills Shortage

Indians are Australia's most skilled, successful middle class migrant group. Three quarters of Indians who arrived in Australia in last decades have entered under the skilled migration program. The largest job category is ''professional'', followed by clerical and administration, and technicians and tradespeople.

3) The quality of life is very good

Ever heard about work and family balance. Yes that what life is all about in Australia. Australian workforce rule encourages the work and family balance .This includes flexible working arrangement to make sure that you are with your family when they need you. Overall Australia is country which works well both politically & socially and encourages positive lifestyle. The Herald's Lateral Economics Well being Index even states that Australia is one of the friendliest places to live in.Australia is seen as a country that functions well by most India who feel that it would be better if India’s government and worked more like Australia's.

4) Multicultural Society

Australian society is a product of a unique blend of established traditions i.e aboriginal and new influences i.e. new migrants. Majority of population in Australia are migrants, many of them which have the same shared reason to come to Australia i.e. motivated by a commitment to family, or a desire to escape poverty, corrupt political system, war or persecution. One out of five Australian’s are born oversees and the ratio is increasing, which means in Australia you would never stand out as a foreigner.

5) Medical Services & Benefits

Australian medical service Medicare caters for the need to overall population of Australia in fairly decent way. Through Medicare, world class medical services are accessible to the general population and general practice services are free. Some families opt for private medical insurance which makes sure there aren't any surprises when your family needs specialized medical treatment. The portion of premium of private medical insurance is tax deductible which provides that extra lump sum for your family at the end of the year.

6) Education System

Education overall is totally based on the natural inclination and passion of Kids aptitude rather than an imposition of what their immediate surrounding environment suggests. Right from kinder garden kids are taught to be independent learners and exposed to various activities. Extra emphasis is put on each kid’s special skills which could be academic or sports. Overall Education system is competitive without putting kids under.

7. Weather

The weather in Australia is known for being relaxing with temperatures that don't go over 30 degree too many times in the summer season. In addition, snow and icy conditions hardly ever occur in the country. This is a relatively relaxing time and enjoyable place to live in. If you looking for hot summers by the beech and mild winters than Australia is the place to be.

8. Economy and Job Market

Australian economy has been a success story among the developed countries of the world. It’s continues to grow and is competitive. Unemployment rate is stable with few fluctuations and if you’re smart, positive, have a good English level and the right attitude, you’ll find lot of work opportunities. It’s no wonder Australia is often called “the lucky country”!

9. It's More Spread Out

The population density in Australia is much lower than what is in other countries. The country is home to about seven people per square mile, thus giving people more than enough space to breathe. Australian landscape is beautiful and unique with many natural wonders which Indian really appreciates and enjoy.

10. Easy to Adapt

Overall Australia is easy to adapt for most of the Indian. The Australian way of living, if you are prepared to come to terms too is really easy. Basic aspects like  cricket,weather, left hand drive, spoken English, competitive work culture; study opportunities are similar to the Indian way of living. In addition to that Australia now has a good number of Indians settled in every state which would never make you feel home sick. Major cities has Indian associations ,religious places  Indian restaurants ,Indian movies and many Indian events happening to get your self involved in Desi cultural and social activities.

Indian Oz Connection Customer Testimonial

Vaibhav & Kavita on their arrival in Sydney after Indian connection picked them up from airport and dropped them at the respective accommodation.

Their Testimonial of our services

"Vivek is really nice and genuine person who likes to help new migrants like us. Services provided by him are fantastic, affordable and within budget, exactly as per our requirements. He understood our needs and mindset clearly. We really thank him for his help in finding us a home away from home, here in Sydney.

We Would definitely recommend him for those coming to Australia and want a good Indian mentor."

2013 was a year of change for the Indian migrants in Australia in more ways than one.

Let me take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for the New Year! 
2013 was a year of change for the Indian migrants in Australia in more ways than one.

India become the leading source of migrants

People of Indian origin have become one of the Australia largest and fastest growing migrant communities.In fact Australia saw an increasein influx of Indian travels visiting Australia in 2013, which Tourism Australia believes to increase in coming year with Air India commencing new direct flights connecting Delhi with both Sydney and Melbourne.

More Indian students likely to choose Australia

Seventy five percent of Indians still think Australiato be a good place for education in spite of controversies over Indian students’ welfare few years ago.

Australia speeding up Visa program

Perhaps the biggest change beneficial to Indian aspiring to come to Australia has been the appointment of Scott Morrison as the Immigration minister. In October he announced that Australia would speed up the Significant Investor Visa Program to make it quicker for foreign investors to migrate to the country. In addition to that he would prioritize Skilled Migration

Uranium Sale

The big news for 2013 for the Australian Indian community perspective was the Australia Federal Election which would assist India buying Uranium moving forward as there is now an agreement on this issue with the current Liberal government, and negotiations towards a bilateral safeguards agreement are underway with its nuclear deal.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
Sydney hosted the seventh Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to connect Indian Diaspora and opportunity for Indian community in Australia to contribute in the relationship between the two countries.

Cricket –The Game changer

Cricket continued to help deliver a positive image of both Australia and India and assisting two countries grow closer. Although Australia tour to India in early 2013 was one of the darkest days in Australia team history.Mohali again played a place in the black book of Australia Cricket.

Shahrukh khan featured in Temptation reloaded in last year Parramasala event organised by Parramatta council.

With all said and done, whatever happened in 2013 is history and the New year 2014 is what is in front of us and I am sure its going to be another year of achievement for all of us.
With best wishes life changing 2014!!

Indian Connection 2013 Year In review

What a year 2013 has been for Indian Connection Australia and for you, our customers!
We have done so many exciting things like –opened offices in India, added extra capacity of accommodation sites across Australia, we gave our customer $10 free international calling card when they availed our Airport pickup services, and have added wide range of value added services to our portfolio like City Tour, Cultural Orientation & Job marketing.
We’re really proud of our achievements in 2013 so decided to put them altogether in a little snapshot of our 2013 in review.

Check out and tell us what you think.

India VS Australia-Are Indian better off in Australia?

Ever since the Bollywood movie ''Dil chahta hai'' hit the cinema's in early 2000 many Indian including me were impressed by better quality of life in Australia.

Since then thousands of Indian have made it to Australia hoping to make a better life and the number continues to increase.

But recently some Indian in Australia have started to ask the question-Are we better off back in India or should we stay in Australia.

The below comparison tries to answer the question for Indian in Australia

So as far as our study is concerned Indian in Australia in 2013 is better off back in India.

This is the current situation which might change in years to come but we all have our personal reason to stay in Australia or move back to India which is the deciding factors where you live.

For me personally there is more to life than the cold numbers of GDP and economic statistics and currently I am happy in Australia

Please be free to share your valuable comments if you feel other wise and may be share the analysis with your friends too Thanks Indian connection

References I am happy to provide the reference of above data on request.

Trying to find initial accommodation when arriving in Sydney first time

Trying to find initial accommodation in Sydney can be a daunting experience when you are still in India. There are hundreds of rental properties available on the internet to choose from and without any appropriate support it becomes hard to choose the right rental property which would meet your needs.

With increase in migrants from India in last 12 months I have been receiving a lot of request for assistance in finding the right rental property for many of my fellow Indians. The first thing which worries new migrants coming to Australia is finding a suitable inexpensive place to live and someone to actually pick them from airport and drop them to that suitable place.

‘Peace of mind’ is what I am told my fellow Indian are looking for in new a country and they don’t want to have a bad start for a new Journey.

‘Don’t Panic ‘through this blog post I would try to provide information so that my fellow Indian can make a right choice when looking for rental property.

1) When arriving in Australia for first time you should commit yourself for short term accommodation which can vary from one week to up to 3 months instead of a long term accommodation which generally has a 6 months commitment i.e. lease for long term accommodation

The reason of doing this is to buy yourself some time before you find a job so that you can make individual assessment of the right location you want to live. In addition to that it does help save you a fair amount of dollars i.e. bond for 6 months lease for long term accommodation

Other benefits include that your short term accommodation becomes a bench mark to help you find the right rental property later where as your able to answer question like question your previous address and provide necessary reference details.

2) When finding short term accommodation it is always handy to have a local contact that can do the necessary search for you and make sure your needs match the rental property . Ideally a good rental property (shared accommodation) would be of 4 weeks tenure with following highlight like close to transport, access to Central business district via public transport, acces to a shopping, surrounded by Indian community base so that you won’t feel home sick, access to WIFI internet etc.

In a nutshell I think finding a rental property can be done quite easily but you need to plan and buy yourself some time. The best way is to get a local contact find you a reasonable short term accommodation while you take care of other challenges involved in re-locating to a new country.

Are you an Indian Company looking for furnished accomodation for Employees in Sydney?

Indian connection provides furnished accomodation services to employees/executives of Indian companies who are coming to Sydney for a period of time for work.

We maintain these premises on regular basis to provide a high quality living environment.Theemployees/ executives have options of shared accommodation or individual accommodation based on their budget and .

In addition to that we offer Supplementry Services
Airport pickup and drop

Mobile phones

Internet access - Wireless Card

Weekend Tours and Travel

Car rentals

Pre-packed Lunches and Dinners

How do I get a Job in Australia ?

How do I get a job in Australia is most common question

asked by many fellow Indians looking to start a new life

 in Australia.The answer to this question is usually dependent

on which Visa you will utilise to get yourself a job here,however

there are so many options available to get a visa in Australia that

deciding which one is the most suitable can be tricky.Australian

 department of immigration has introduced a new tool to help

 guide users through the tricky process of choosing the most

 appropriate visa.The 'Viza Wizard' help you find the visa

 most suitable to meet your specific requirement.

Travel Guide to Australia

Sydney or Melbourne? You Decide!

If you are thinking about moving to Australia then consider taking some Australian holidays before deciding where to move.  I would recommend booking your flights to Melbourne or Sydney as the starting point.
The East coast of Australia is the most densely populated one, with a large diversity of landscapes and weather zones to choose from. It is also easiest to find work and accommodation in the larger cities, as well as to get to know the modern Australian culture.

Sydney is the largest city in the country, and probably the best known outside Australia as a great place to visit. And it’s true: the historic harbour area, with the Sydney Opera House, the coat-hanger shaped Harbour Bridge and the Rocks markets is a tourist’s dream. However, Sydney is also quite pricey to live in and very spread out, so it can take quite a bit of time to get from place to place, due to both traffic and a public transport system that could use some TLC.

Then again, if you’re here you might like the bustling atmosphere: of all the largest cities in Australia, Sydney sleeps the least. There is a fabulous Aquarium to visit, right in the beautiful Darling Harbour area, as well as a Wildlife Centre if you would like to see a koala as soon as possible! Also, don’t miss having a dip at Bondi Beach, the serenity of the Chinese Gardens and a drink at 360°, located at the top of Sydney Tower: the views from this revolving restaurant are breathtaking. 

 Melbourne on the other hand is much cooler than the sub-tropical Sydney, especially in winter, so if you plan to relocate here, you must grow to love your layers. The city has an old-world European charm about it, with tons of preserved Victorian architecture and plenty of trams which will help you to easily get around to see it all. 

Melbourne is blessed to have both the Yarra river winding through it and the ocean nearby too, easily accessed from St Kilda pier. It does not have Sydney’s beaches however, for that you would need to drive further, to Mornington Peninsula. 

Full of character, Melbourne has fashioned itself into the cultural capital of Australia, offering the latest trends in food, fashion and entertainment. The inner suburbs have plenty of treasures to offer. Make sure to see the Victoria Markets,  have a cappuccino on Lygon Street, take a ferry to Williamstown and go for a visit to Healesville Sanctuary to see the amazing Australian wildlife. There are also great tours of wineries in the nearby Yarra Valley. Another advantage to living in Melbourne, are the cheap flights to Tasmania, yet another fantastic place to explore in Australia.

About the Author:  Patricia Bieszk is a freelance writer and an avid traveller who's visited all the continents at least twice. When not writing about her adventures, which usually keeps her on the

We are well settle professional couple in India,should we apply for PR and migrate to Australia?

I have been asked this question so many times so I thought its important I write down my
views on this question.

Q1)Is my decision to migrate to Australia is right or wrong?

 Migrating to Australia is undoublty a right decision you have chosen.Australia offers a new experience altogether which every Indian should go through.It has its challenges which are rewarding in the end all you need is courage to stick your decision and prevail.With time these challenges become a habit and you start liking the place.

I congratulate you on your decision to migrate of Australia and I am sure you are looking forward to grab this opportunity.Your apprehension about this new venture  is normal.Australia is a good place to be and being a multicultural society its also adventurous.

No doubt its a big decision to take but as long as you are a flexible to handle different ways of doing things adaptable to have a laugh to yourself at some interesting cultural clash situation and lastly comfortable in your company..because you are going to develop a day - day to social life from scratch,you will be ALRIGHT!!!

Q2)May i get the job in my field  e.g Telecom in Australia easily?

Getting a job in your in field in Australia is a slow process and might take some time.The time taken depends upon an individuals and varies how sooner you understand how Australia work culture is different.

Australia still has a low employment rate inspite of the the Global financial cir sis.As long as
you know how to market your skills getting a job in your field might not be a far fetched dream.

Q3)What will be the positive and negative points on which i have to think?

Moving to Australia can be  positive and negative which is  dependant on why do you want to move to Australia..From my experience it more to do with better job opportunities,better education and better lifestyle among fellow Indians.


Moving to Australia might not solve your financial problems straightways but your lifestyle would definitely change.
If you love to surf, dive, 4WD, camp, drink and eat well then Australia will offer you years of entertainment.


Migrating to Australia will fracture your family as there  would be limited contact with wider family That's not a threat its a statement.

Moving might be stressful on all levels from the practical to the emotional.

Q4)If i do labor work in Australia what will be my earning, living expense over there? 

Your living expenses would  would include rent,grocery,travel,bills and your kid expenditure etc.Although its not difficult but it would be a challenge initially as you might have to think of doing 2 jobs.However with time and experience you can manage things properly For more tips click.

2011 Year in Review for Indian Community in Australia

First things first let me  wish you all a happy and prosperous new year. I’m sure 2012 is going to be a very exciting year for all of you as you take your own journey down under.I wish you the very best for your future.

Year 2011 was a great year for Indian community.The community presence reached 340,604 Indian-born people living in Australia. (ABS June 2011)The Indian Ministry for Overseas Indian Affairs estimates the number of Indians in Australia at 448,430 people.

Year 2011 saw a lot of positive changes happening for Indian in Australia...firstly something very close to our hearts and mind was the Uranium Sale to India.We as a community were successfull in lobbying a deal for sale of Uranium to India.It clearly tells us how important it is to let out feeling be openly known to the Australian politicians and the impact it makes for the community as a whole.

Secondly year 2011  saw less number of hatred attacks to Indian  student however not completely eradicated there is a sense of justice as the killer of  Indian student was sentenced  to a 13 year jail.

On the whole Year 2011 was beneficial as far strategic partner ship between Indian and Australia are concerned.In November 2011, India became Chair and Australia Vice-Chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC).The two countries will work closely together to address challenges facing the Indian Ocean Region. Official visits ,economic and trade relationship were high on agenda which indirectly helped Indian community in Australia to flourish.

Year 2012 would definitely shows Indian shining further in Australia..Go Indian Aussie!!!!

Indian Community decision and its Impact on NSW State election results in Western Sydney

With NSW State election approaching soon I have seen
a lot of election promises coming from both labour
and liberal candidates.Although I am not sure whether
they are going to be fulfilled or not.

What I am sure of is that,Indian community can influence
the the state election results to their benefit which would
have a domino's impact at central government as well.
This impactcan be driven in Western Sydney.

It is critical at the moment that we realise what is
important to us as a individual family and as a community.

As a individual family rising prices of grocery,water,
electricity,gas ,interest rise,carbox tax etc becomes
important to first generation immigrants like me.

As a community the decision to cancel the uranium sale
to India which was earliar approved just adds to the my
importance list.

I strongly believe it time for Indian Community to rise
and make their presence felt.The stage is all set in Western

Tips to get the right job in Australia

Finding a right job can be the most difficult part in
immigrating to Australia. This article will give you
a plan, using several steps, of how to tap into the
job market in Australia, and to help to make your
dream of settling down in Australia become a reality.
Firstly congratulations of being in Australia as it
would always be much easier for you find a job being
onshore rather being offshore as Australian employer
look for someone who is already established in Australia
and can start work immediately.

Do your Research

Do your research and understand the how different is the job market is here in Australia .
After research it is time to reflect those changes on
your resume/cv.

Making changes to your resume/cv to be inline with
Australain standard is the most important factor to
make sure you receive interview calls.In addition to that attaching a cover page along with your resume
helps further.

Look for Job

Use various channels of job search and shouldn't
be just limited to online job banks like
jobsjobsjobs etc.

Use printed media like newspapers,recruitment agensies
and directlories like yahoo to look for job/companies
you would like to work for.

Remember :-

Once you find the right job to apply make sure you call
them,talk to the appropriate person and inquire about
the job to show your interest.

Always good to keep a record so that you can follow up
as most of them keep your resume/cv in store for 3-6 months.

Double check the fine print. Many of the jobs advertised
will stipulate the requirement for the job skeer to
have Australian permanent residency

Volunteer WorK Expereince

If you are able to try to line up some volunteer work
in your skills set or the organisation you would like
to work for.

This would enhance your resumeand will be to your
advantage if you have expereince working in Australia
while you are looking for a job,even if it is a
volunteer employment.

Study in Australia-Join TAFE

Its always a good idea while job hunting join a
TAFE course
in Australia in your Industry which certainly would
be advantageous for applying jobs andbuilding a Network.

Become A Freelancer.

Make self development your priorty
and work as a
to get your skills refined while you
are looking for Jobs.It would always come handy
when you will the right interview and the right job

In Summary

The feeling of not working in your field does haunt many but
you need to realise and reconnect to your emotional mindset
when you first came here and ask yourself what your vision is?

Its a step by step process to settle down in Australiaand
your final step of getting a job in your field is not that far.
Stick to your dream and enjoy what you have now.

JObs in Australia still exist in their thousands and
it shouldn't be hard to find a job once you are here
althoug it might be time comsuming.

Disclaimer The Intention behind initiating this blog is to share my experiences through articles which are of interest to the Indian coming to Australia. Indian Migrant Life in Australia Blog will also contain articles from other sources, the information in which could directly or indirectly impact you. even though the aspiration is to provide you with the most accurate details in the most timely manner, accuracy of information could change with time of publication of each posting. Indian Migrant Life in Australia blog is only your guide which gives you pointers and suggestions. It is your responsibility to work towards what is best for you. This blog cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred by you as a result of error, omission or misinterpretation of any piece of information provided.

- Copyright © The living OZ Blog, by Indians, in Oz - Skyblue - Powered by Blogger - Designed by Johanes Djogan -