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CONTENTS
WELCOME TO NEW ZEALAND 						3

WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA 							4

THRIVING ECONOMIES 							5

THE NEW ZEALAND JOB MARKET 						                                          7

THE AUSTRALIAN JOB MARKET 						8

FINDING THE RIGHT JOB FOR YOU 					                                        9

YOUR CV IS STEP #1 TO SECURING THAT DREAM JOB 			                          10

WHAT MAKES AUSTRALASIA SO DESIRABLE? 				                                  11

FLYING DOWN UNDER 							20

SEE BEAUTIFUL NEW ZEALAND 						23

ADVENTURE ACROSS AUSTRALIA 						24

GETTING STARTED DOWN UNDER 						25

COMPANY BACKGROUND 							27

DISCLAIMER
All figures in this document were current at the time of writing (January 2018). The information in this
document is not intended to replace that of a professional immigration advisor. New Zealand and Australian
law states that you must be a registered Immigration Advisor to provide advice or answer any immigration
queries. We recommend you first look at the excellent New Zealand or Australian Immigration website if you
have any further queries or contact your closest New Zealand or Australian Embassy or Consulate.

For further information visit:
immigration.govt.nz | australia.gov.au
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WELCOME TO NEW ZEALAND
                         AUCKLAND                                                       NORTHLAND
                         1,676,100                                                            175,400

                                                                                       BAY OF PLENTY
                              HAMILTON
                                                                                               231,900
                              196,537

                    WAIKATO                                                                     GISBORNE
                    517,300                                                                       48,500
                                      TARANAKI
                                      118,100
                                                                                     HAWKE’S BAY
                     MANAWATU-WANGANUI                                                   163,900
                     240,700
                                                                                      WELLINGTON
      NELSON
                                                                                             389,000
      49,300

           TASMAN
                                                                   MARLBOROUGH
           51,200
                                                                            48,300
     WEST COAST
                                                                                      CHRISTCHURCH
     32,500
                                                                                               394,830
                                                                    CANTERBURY
                                                                         611,000

                                                                              DUNEDIN
                                                                              119,542
                                                           OTAGO
                                                         223,800
                                                                                                       REGION
                                          SOUTHLAND
                                                                                                       MAIN CITY
                                            100,500

                                                                 FACTS ABOUT NEW ZEALAND
AUCKLAND is our biggest city and manufacturer
HAMILTON is a hub of the dairy industry                CHRISTCHURCH is undergoing post-earthquake rebuild
WELLINGTON is our capital and the seat of government   DUNEDIN has great Scottish heritage

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WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA
                       DARWIN
                                                                                          CAIRNS
                       147,993
                                                                                         123,396
                                                                                          TOWNSVILLE
                                                                                              180,333
                                                                                         SUNSHINE COAST
                                                                                                   302,122
                                                                                            BRISBANE
                                                                                            2,300,000

                                                                                            GOLD COAST
                                                                                                 624,918
                                                                                       NEWCASTLE
                                                                                           434,454
                                                                             CENTRAL COAST
                                                                                     325,082
                                                                                                 SYDNEY
                                 ADELAIDE                                                      5,000,000
            PERTH
                                 1,300,000
        2,000,000                                                                          WOLLONGONG
                                      GEELONG                                                    292,388
                                      187,417
               MELBOURNE                                                                   CANBERRA
               4,700,000                                                                     424,454
                                                                HOBART
                                                                209,388
                                                                                          OTHER CITIES
                                                                                          MAIN CITY

                                                              FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIA
    SYDNEY is the biggest city
    CANBERRA is the capital of Australia         PERTH has a hot summer Mediterranean climate
    MELBOURNE is the world’s most livable city   CAIRNS is the site of the famous Great Barrier Reef

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THRIVING ECONOMIES
NEW ZEALAND
Overall the New Zealand economy is growing steadily. Annual real GDP growth is expected to rise to a peak of
3.7% in 2019, from about 3% at the moment. Migration-led population growth, low interest rates, an upturn in
the international economy, and stimulus provided by Budget 2017 initiatives are supporting this growth.

The unemployment rate is expected to decline gradually over the next year. It hovers around 5% because
even though there are more people looking for jobs, there are also more jobs. Further out, it is expected the
number of people with a job will grow faster than the number of people looking for employment. This will
lower the unemployment rate to about 4.3%

There are a number of high-profile construction initiatives kicking off across the country, all of which will
require skilled workers long-term. These include the KiwiBuild housing plan (which aims to create 100,000
houses in the next 10 years), the Transmission Gully motorway project in Wellington, and the ongoing work on
the Christchurch rebuild.

For further information visit:
treasury.govt.nz/budget/forecasts

ELIGIBLE SKILLED OCCUPATIONS
Perhaps you have always wanted to visit New Zealand - maybe you’ve already been here on holiday and don’t
want to leave. We wouldn’t blame you! New Zealand is a desirable place to live and is a melting pot of diverse
cultures. Migrants are chosen on their ability to find sustainable work and contribute to our economy.

There will always be opportunities for well-qualified candidates with appropriate work experience, and
particularly those jobs on the Immediate Skills Shortage List (ISSL) and Long-Term Skills Shortage List (LTSSL).
These ‘Skills in Demand Lists’ are updated every 6 months and you can find them on the New Zealand
Immigration Website. You’ll also find information on Temporary Visas (work permits for short duration - 1 to 3
years); Working Holiday Visas (if you are under 30 years of age); Essential Skills Visas (ISSL and LTSSL); and
Work to Resident Visas (which includes Skilled Migrant and Accredited Employer).

For further information visit:
immigration.govt.nz (to determine your Visa eligibility)

AUSTRALIA
Australia is a stable, democratic and culturally diverse nation with a highly skilled workforce and one of the
strongest performing economies in the world.

With spectacular landscapes and a rich ancient culture, Australia is a land like no other. It is the earth’s sixth-
largest country in land area and is the only nation to govern an entire continent.

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Following two decades of continuous growth, low unemployment, contained inflation, very low public debt,
 and a strong and stable financial system,

 The services sector is the largest part of the Australian economy, accounting for about 70% of GDP and
 75% of jobs. Australia was comparatively unaffected by the global financial crisis as the banking system has
 remained strong and inflation is under control.

 Known as one of the great agricultural, mining and energy producers, Australia has one of the world’s most
 open and varied economies, with a highly-educated workforce and an extensive services sector. Australia’s
 economy is considered one of the strongest, most stable and diverse in the world. In 2015, Australia entered
 its 25th year of uninterrupted annual economic growth, averaging 3.3 per cent a year.

 Underpinning Australia’s strong economy is its open and transparent trade and investment environment,
 business-friendly regulatory approach and its trade and economic links with emerging economies, particularly
 in Asia.

 For further information visit :
 dfat.gov.au

 ELIGIBLE SKILLED OCCUPATIONS
 If your profession is one of many jobs in the list of eligible skilled occupations then you will be able to
 quickly discover if your occupation is included in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
 or the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). You will also need to be under 45 years of age at time
 of submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to enable you to begin the process of applying for a Skilled
 Migration Visa.

 For example, the following professions/careers are on the MLTSSL list:
    • Architect                                             • Materials Engineer
    • Civil Engineer                                        • Bricklayer
    • Air Conditioning & Mechanical Services Plumber        • Carpenter & Joiner
    • Construction Project Manager                          • Metallurgist
    • Electrical Engineer                                   • Petroleum Engineer

STSOL
    • Chemical Plant Operator                               • ICT Support Engineer
    • Earth Science Technician                              • Power Generation Plant Operator
    • Geologist

The professions are many and varied and the list is updated every six months to ensure that they accurately
reflect the needs of the Australian economy.

For further information visit:
 homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/work/Empl/Visa-options-comparison-charts

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THE NEW ZEALAND JOB MARKET
The table below will help you establish where you think you might sit on the NZ salary range for your
discipline/industry sector, depending on your experience and qualifications.

   AVERAGE NEW ZEALAND SALARY BY INDUSTRY
           Accounting

                        Agriculture, fishing & forestry

                                                          Architecture

                                                                         Automotive

                                                                                      Banking, finance & insurance

                                                                                                                     Construction & roading

                                                                                                                                              Customer service

                                                                                                                                                                 Education

                                                                                                                                                                             Engineering

                                                                                                                                                                                           Executive & general management

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Government & council

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Healthcare

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hospitality & tourism

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HR & recruitment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           IT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Legal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Manufacturing & operations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Marketing, media & communications

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Office & administration

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Other

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Property

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Sales

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Science & technology

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Trades & services

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Transport & logistics
         SOURCE: trademe.co.nz/jobs/salary-guide

The New Zealand rate of taxation per dollar earned is as follows:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     New Zealand has a 24-hour, 7-day workplace compensation
       TAXABLE INCOME                                                                                                                                TAX RATE                                                                        scheme which covers wage earners for any work-related
 Up to $14,000                                                                                                                                      10.5%                                                                            accidents. Wage earners currently contribute $1.39 per $100
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     earned to this scheme through their wages. There is a goods/
 $14,001 to $48,000                                                                                                                                 17.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     services tax of 15% (GST) on all applicable items. There are
 $48,001 to $70,000                                                                                                                                 30%                                                                              however no: Capital Gains/Death Duties/Stamp duty taxes.

 $70,001 plus                                                                                                                                       33%

For further information visit:
ird.govt.nz | acc.co.nz | nzforex.co.nz

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THE AUSTRALIAN JOB MARKET
    AVERAGE AUSTRALIAN SALARY BY INDUSTRY
         Mining

                  Manufacturing

                                  Electricity, gas, water & waste services

                                                                             Construction

                                                                                              Wholesale trade

                                                                                                                Retail trade

                                                                                                                               Accomodation & food services

                                                                                                                                                              Transport, postal & warehousing

                                                                                                                                                                                                Information media & telecommunications

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Financial & insurance services

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rental, hiring & real estate services

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Professional, scientific & technical services

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Administrative & support services

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Public administration & safety

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Education & training

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Healthcare & social assistance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Arts & recreation services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SOURCE: Australian Bureau of Statistics 2018

    TAX RATES IN AUSTRALIA
                                                                                                                                                   The Australian health care system provides access for everyone
       TAXABLE INCOME                                                                       TAX RATE                                               to a comprehensive range of services, largely publicly funded
     Up to $18,200                                                                          Nil                                                    through general taxation. Medicare is now sometimes used to
                                                                                                                                                   describe the Australian health care system, though precisely it
     $18,201 to $37,000                                                                     19%
                                                                                                                                                   refers to access to hospitals (hospital Medicare) and medical care
     $37,001 to $87,000                                                                     32.5%                                                  (medical Medicare).

     $87,001 - $180,000                                                                     37%                                                    There is a goods/services tax of 10% (GST) on all applicable items.

     $180,000 plus                                                                          45%

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FINDING THE RIGHT JOB FOR YOU
Except in the case of a very specific skill shortage, you will not gain a job offer by firing off CVs at
random and waiting for someone to call you.

At RobLawMax we get over 150 CVs each week from around the world with only two or three raising any
immediate commercial interest and only a few each year gaining a job offer without coming here. If you
are considering a job in engineering, energy and construction let us help you. RobLawMax Recruitment is
Australasia’s leading Professional Engineering, Energy and Construction recruiter and has been for
the last 33 years.

MAKE A PLAN
You have to offer something very special if employers
are going to take notice while you are not Down Under.
You still have to deal with documentation that may take
months, give your notice, sell your house and car, placate
your in-laws, convince your partner that it is a good idea
to leave your friends behind, say goodbye to the dog, and
get on a plane, making sure you appease the kids with a
stopover at Disneyland on the way here.

There are many stories of recruits who stumble at each
step – and some who finally arrive months or years later
than expected.

FACE-TO-FACE IS STILL BEST
Unless we have advertised a specific job overseas, employers are unlikely to take interest unless the overseas
resident has a definite commitment to come here. This can be by submission of ‘Expression of Interest’ to the
relevant Department of Immigration, or by simply by booking a flight and coming as a visitor to look for work
opportunities. Obviously, an employer will take more interest when they can meet the applicant face-to-face.

BE FLEXIBLE
If you come to Australasia, be flexible! Jobs are harder to fill in the provinces, so that could be your answer to
obtaining an offer of employment and getting that elusive work visa. Identify potential locations for your career
before you rent a house. Most cities have excellent short-term fully furnished apartments that can be rented
on a weekly/monthly basis. Families could also look at ‘motels’ – self-catering accommodation usually costing
around $100 - 150 per night. Young, single visitors find ‘backpacker’ accommodation readily available, clean
and inexpensive during a short visit.

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YOUR CV IS STEP #1 TO
     SECURING THAT DREAM JOB
     Your CV is your advertising brochure that has but one purpose – to sell your working abilities to a potential
     employer so they choose to allocate perhaps $300 worth of their valuable time for you to convince them
     to employ you. The person reading the CV is busy and wants to find basic information needed to make a
     preliminary decision as quickly as possible. The secret is: not too little and certainly not too much.

                                                           Your CV should include:
                                                                •   Personal and contact details
                                                                •   Tertiary qualifications and important skill courses
                                                           		       relevant to the job with dates and institutions
                                                                •   List specific skills where specialist software is
                                                           		       concerned
                                                                •   List work experience and details relevant to the job
                                                           		       with dates
                                                                •   Provide a couple of past employer verbal referees

 Usually two to five pages will cover all levels of experience. Written testimonials are helpful but we insist
 on speaking directly with referees and only use verbal references with our client. Make sure they are of a
 high quality and relate to your working environment. Make sure your CV is up-to-date, includes your current
 employment and is well-presented as a Word document, or PDF, in English. Use your spell check - we are
 often amazed by poor quality CVs with spelling mistakes throughout. Dates are essential; include the months,
 not just the years that you worked there. Don’t claim degrees from non-accredited universities - we have a list
 of over 400 such institutions and ignore all such applicants.

 We would also comment on your English language ability. Although 6.5 may be the minimum IELTS score for
 Immigration - it won’t necessarily get you a professional career. Technical people must be capable of very clear
 communication in both technical and conversational English.

 A cover letter should outline your availability for interviews and/or travel to Australia or New Zealand and
 any progress you may have made with Immigration. NOTE: Some trades and professions require you to be
 registered.

 For further information visit:
     ewrb.govt.nz | erac.gov.au (Electricians)
     pgdb.co.nz/trade/links.html - AUS links at bottom of page (Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers)
     nzrab.nz | architecture.com.au (Architects)
     roblawmax.co.nz/blog/how-to-design-a-great-construction-and-engineering-cv (to read some of our tips for
     writing your CV)

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WHAT MAKES AUSTRALASIA
SO DESIRABLE?
BEAUTY AND STABILITY - A CARING SOCIETY
Perhaps you have seen that magnificent scenery on the Lord of
the Rings, or the stunning vision of the red rock of Uluru rising
from the desert of the Northern Territory, or the depths of the
blue-green ocean over the Great Barrier Reef? Believe us, they
are not CGI illusions - they are the real thing and within reach for
those times when you are not working. To natural beauty add: (i) a
thriving economy; (ii) a high degree of social and political stability; (iii)
modern social welfare systems (which includes universal entitlement to primary
and secondary education, subsidised access to health services for all residents,
income support for low and middle income families, and a range of benefits and
pensions) and you get a very desirable place to live and raise a family.

POPULATION
The majority of the 24.7 Million population of Australia is concentrated around the coastline of this huge 7.7
million square kilometers of continent. New Zealand by contrast is of a more manageable size with over 4.5
million people spread over a land area that’s just slightly greater than the UK. Both countries have a wide
variety of nationalities comprising for the most part of: people of European descent, Australian Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islanders, New Zealand Maori, Pacific Islanders, Asian and Middle Eastern/Latin American/African.
Source http://archive.stats.govt.nz/Census/2013-census/profile-and-summary-reports/infographic-culture-identity.aspx

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE SEASONS
WINTER: June, July, August				SPRING: September, October, November
SUMMER: December, January, February 			 AUTUMN: March, April, May

NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand’s climate is moderate in every respect,
without extremes found in many areas of the world.
In summer, only Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne on the
east coast of the North Island, and Canterbury and
Central Otago in the South Island regularly reach
beyond 30°C. In winter, the cities of Christchurch and
further south occasionally see snow – but only for a
day or so. Those who actually enjoy snow can find it
in depth on ski fields in both North and South Island
high-country that lie within a four-hour drive of all
main cities. New Zealand has opposite seasons to the

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Northern Hemisphere, with our summer falling at the end of year in December. So, try not to be too confused
     at Christmas when you find yourself at the beach swimming!

     While there isn’t huge temperature variation between seasons in New Zealand, there is the opportunity for
     summer barbeques and swims in the warmer months (generally November to April). The average maximum
     temperature during summer ranges between 22-30 °C (72-86°F) and the minimum temperature during winter
     ranges from 1 - 10°C (34 - 50°F) with the Auckland/Northland regions being the warmer parts of New Zealand,
     Otago/Southland regions being the cooler parts, and the Wellington/Central regions in between. Just a word
     of caution: like the Crowded House song says, being very coastal countries we are sometimes capable of:
     “Four seasons in one day.”

                                                               AUSTRALIA
                                                               The Australian climate can by contrast be seen to be
                                                               a lesson in the extremes of weather that a continent
                                                               can offer. From the tropical heat of Darwin in the far
                                                               north of the Northern Territories with its wet and dry
                                                               season to the beaches of the Sunshine Coast and the
                                                               icy beauty of the Australian Alps. The cities of Adelaide,
                                                               Sydney and Melbourne can all swelter in 40-degree
                                                               heat in summer but also have more temperate and
                                                               cooler winters. Researching the climate and activities
                                                               that suit you is a great opportunity to make yourself
     more familiar with the country as a whole. Apart from taking the time to get to know the stunning scenery
     and famous fauna and flora of this giant island.

     For further information visit:
     australia.com/en-nz/facts.html

     HISTORY
     NEW ZEALAND
     The earliest known residents of New Zealand were the Moriori. The Maori are thought to have arrived from
     Polynesia around 700 years ago, populating New Zealand with tribal groups that were frequently at war with each
     other and with the Moriori who were driven out to a last outpost in the Chatham Islands. As neither race had a
     written language, history of pre-European times is a mixture of myth, legend and oral history.

     New Zealand was ‘discovered’ by Abel Tasman in 1642, but he did not land on New Zealand. Captain James
     Cook was the first European to land here in 1769 and produced early coastal maps of the country. The land was
     settled by Europeans in the early 1800’s seeking whales, seals, then timber and finally gold in 1861. Sheep farming
     for wool was developed and the first shipment of frozen meat took place from Dunedin in 1882.

     TREATY OF WAITANGI
     In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed by Maori Chiefs and the Crown to give sovereignty to Britain, to halt
     inter-tribal warfare and bring the rule of law to the country. Not everyone agreed and certainly there were dubious
     land deals carried out, resulting in the Maori Land Wars in the late 1840’s and the 1860’s. Reparations have been
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paid over the past 20 years and are ongoing with the Treaty
of Waitangi being a hot political topic. In 1867, four Maori
seats were allocated in Parliament - this has been extended
to seven to cover the 210,000 voters currently on the Maori
electoral role.

IN NEW ZEALAND WOMEN CAN DO ANYTHING
In 1893 New Zealand was the first country in the world to
give women the vote – and of course it didn’t stop there, they
now have the third female Prime Minister, a female Governor
General, and female Chief Executives heading some of our
largest public companies. Women here can do anything - and
currently outnumber males graduating from our universities.
In 1907 New Zealand became a Dominion, and in 1947 established separate sovereignty within the
Commonwealth. Queen Elizabeth remains our Head of State through her representative, the Governor
General. Opinion polls currently support the status quo, though it is regularly debated.

AUSTRALIA
Australia (officially the Commonwealth of Australia) is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the
Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania
and the world’s sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea,
Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to
the south-east.

For about 50,000 years before the first British settlement in the late 18th century, Australia was inhabited
by indigenous Australians, who spoke languages classifiable into roughly 250 groups. After the European
discovery of the continent by Dutch explorers in 1606, Australia’s eastern half was claimed by Great Britain
in 1770 and initially settled through penal transportation to the colony of New South Wales from 1788. The
population grew steadily in subsequent decades, and by the 1850s most of the continent had been explored
and an additional five self-governing crown colonies established. In 1901, the six colonies federated, forming
the Commonwealth of Australia. Australia has since maintained a stable liberal democratic political system
that functions as a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy comprising six states and several territories.

A gold rush began in Australia in the early 1850s. An
early rebellion against mining license fees led to the six
colonies gaining responsible government while remaining
part of the British Empire. The federation of colonies was
achieved in 1901 and most of Australian’s constitutional
links with the UK were formally ended in 1942 with the
Statute of Westminster. After World War II, Australia
encouraged immigration from Europe in the 1970s and
immigration from Asia was also promoted leading to the
transformation of their demography and culture.

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AUSTRALIAN VALUES AND PRINCIPLES
     Australia has the world’s largest immigrant population, with immigrants accounting for 26% of the population.
     The assimilation of the new cultures and populations has been approached as many other activities in a
     uniquely Australian way. To best explain the unique way in which Australia has welcomed and incorporated
     a wide variety of different cultures and peoples, this extract from the Department of Immigration Life in
     Australia booklet will help. We recommend that you download and read this document as a precursor to your
     move.

     ‘While shared to some extent by many other countries, these values and principles have been adapted to
     Australia’s unique setting, shaped and modernised through the settlement in Australia of millions of people
     from all over the world. Although they may be expressed differently by different people, their meaning remains
     the same. Australia’s first inhabitants were the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, whose unique
     culture and traditions are among the oldest in the world.

     The first migrants were mostly from Britain and Ireland and this Anglo–Celtic heritage has been a significant
     and continuing influence on Australia’s history, culture and political traditions. Subsequent immigration waves
     have brought people from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, all of whom have made their own unique
     contributions to Australia and its way of life.

     This statement of shared values and principles does not seek to make everyone the same with the same
     beliefs. The aim is to help new residents understand the basic values that have helped to create a society
     that is stable but at the same time dynamic; cohesive yet diverse. In Australia, people have many freedoms.
     However, in taking advantage of these freedoms, everyone is required to obey Australia’s laws, which have
     been put in place by democratically elected governments to maintain an orderly, free and safe society.’

     For further information visit:
     homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/life/Aust/Life-in-Australia-book

     A MULTI-CULTURAL DIVERSE PARADISE
     Today’s Australasia is a cosmopolitan blend of nationalities - most cities have a diverse mix of cultures and
     people. Great value is placed on religious tolerance and incorporating other cultures into activities either
     through festivals such as Divali, and Chinese New Year or in schools where diverse peoples are studies and
     celebrated. The cultural experiences in Australia include visiting Uluru, the sacred home of the Aboriginal
     people, as well as listening to the amazing sounds of the didgeridoo and seeing the distinctive art created
     by the Aboriginal peoples reputed to be the oldest civilisation on earth. In New Zealand the Maori Taonga
     (Treasures), the language of Te Reo Maori and the Haka are celebrated and taught in schools educating
     children and their parents in the rich culture of this country.

     A SAFE, STABLE AND SECURE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
     Both Australia and New Zealand are recognised globally as being safe places to invest and do business. They
     rank highly in the world for:
     • protecting investors (World Bank Doing Business report 2018 NZ 2nd, Australia 13th)
     • lack of corruption (Transparency International Corruption Index NZ 1st, Australia 13th)
     • starting a business (World Bank Doing Business report 2018 NZ 1st, Australia 7th)

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Anti-corruption NGO Transparency International continued to
rank New Zealand Number 1 for honesty and integrity in its
public sector in 2013, the eighth year in a row the country
was either first or first equal in the Corruption Perceptions
index. Australia is also ranked highly at 13.

Compared to many worldwide regions, Australia and New
Zealand enjoy a reputation as countries with: an ease of
doing business; relatively low cost of business; a simple tax
system; an efficient market oriented economy; good access
to other markets; an innovative and entrepreneurial culture;
flexible immigration policies; abundant natural resources; well-developed transport and freight infrastructure;
sophisticated telecommunications and a sustainable and predictable banking system.
For further information visit:
australia.gov.au/information-and-services/business-and-industry/trade-import-and-export/doing-business-with-
australia
nzte.govt.nz

BANKING DOWN UNDER
People coming to Australia or New Zealand are often concerned about opening a bank account. These
are some of the major banks (Commonwealth / ANZ / National Australia Bank (NAB) / Westpac / Bank of
Queensland / ASB / KiwiBank) with branches throughout the country.

All banks, except for KiwiBank, are Australian owned. Your own bank overseas is highly likely to have a
relationship with one or other of these banks and this should greatly ease transfer of funds or the opening of
accounts before you arrive in the countries.

There are plenty of ATM ‘Money Machines’ highly visible on the streets of all city centres, shopping malls and
airports; most will accept credit cards and internationally recognised overseas ATM cards.

For further information visit:
moneysmart.gov.au/managing-your-money/banking
rbnz.govt.nz/regulation-and-supervision/banks/overview

A WORLD LEADING EDUCATION SYSTEM
In 2015, the Programme for International Student Assessment,
published by the OECD, ranked New Zealand and Australia
above the OECD average for science, maths and reading in
the world. The Education Index, published as part of the UN’s
Human Development Index consistently ranks Australia and
New Zealand among the highest in the world.

PRE-SCHOOL, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
There are three main types of school in Australia and New Zealand: government, private and faith-
based schools. All of them must be registered with the state or territory education department and their
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infrastructure and teacher registration should meet with government requirements. In the majority of areas in
     both New Zealand and Australia there is wide availability of Pre-schools with most parents having access to a
     limited number of free pre-schooling services per week. Parents are encouraged to enrol their children for a
     year in pre-school before they go to Primary School.

     NEW ZEALAND
     Primary School (Year 1 – 6) is from the 5th birthday, Intermediate School (Year 7 & 8) starts after age 11 and
     Secondary School from age 13 (Year 9 – 13). There are increasing numbers of Junior High (Years 7-10) and
     Senior High Schools (Years 11-13) also being set-up in response to the changing models of student education.

     AUSTRALIA
     Preparatory (prep) to College lasts for 13 years. It is compulsory for children under the age of 16 years to
     attend school. Primary school comprises Prep to Year 6 which includes children between 5 and 12 years old.
     High School is for children from the ages of 12 to 18 years. The school year commences in February. Holidays
     of two weeks are in mid-late April, mid-late July, mid-October, with the Christmas holidays of approximately 6
     weeks from mid-December to late January. These dates will generally differ by state in Australia.

     While public school education is free, most schools have an ‘Activities Charge’ to cover costs above and
     beyond the standard curriculum. Schools in lower socioeconomic areas are resourced at a higher level by
     central government and have lower ‘Activity’ charges. There are several excellent private schools around the
     country that consistently perform at the top level internationally in terms of scholarship. They may have slightly
     different school terms and costs of private education may vary.

     For further information visit:
     education.gov.au | mineduecation.govt.nz

                                                TERTIARY EDUCATION
                                                Tertiary education in New Zealand is subsidised for New Zealand
                                                residents, but is otherwise available in Australia and New Zealand on
                                                the basis of ‘User Pays’. Student loans are available to fund students
                                                through University or Polytechnic with repayment of loans via the tax
                                                system once employment income passes a threshold level. Overseas
                                                students pay their own education costs in full.

                                                The Universities of Auckland and Canterbury are the main educators
                                                for ‘pure’ BE Engineers in Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Process and
                                                Materials Engineering disciplines. New Zealand and Australian degrees
                                                in Engineering, Medicine and Agricultural Sciences are recognised
                                                internationally to be of the highest standards. The Universities of
                                                Melbourne, New South Wales and Southern Queensland are among
                                                the top three places to study engineering in Australia.

                                                Outside the universities, there are Polytechnics and Universal
                                                Colleges of Learning (UCOL) and in Australia Technical and Further
                                                Education Colleges (TAFE) serving major population areas to provide

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local education at diploma and trade certificate level, with varying specialisations. All tertiary qualifications,
curricula and standards are controlled by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) or the Australian
Qualifications Framework (AQF).

For further information visit:
universitites.ac.nz | universities australia

WORLD CLASS SPORTS
Sport is a national obsession. Team sports,
Rugby – both League and Union. Watching
world class cricket at the familiar sports
grounds such as the WACA, the Gabba, Eden
Park, the SCG and iconic MCG. The Australian
Open and Auckland Open display the stars of
international tennis, hosted yearly in Melbourne
and Auckland. Cycling is increasing in popularity
especially with events such as the Santos
Down Under Tour; the largest cycling race in the
southern hemisphere. Adelaide has taken this
exciting event to its collective heart.

Motorsports fanatics are also covered, with the Formula
1 Grand Prix held annually in Melbourne, there is the
international endurance race over 12 grueling hours at
Australia’s spiritual home of motorsport, Bathurst’s Mount
Panorama, and Phillip Island is home to the Australian
motorcycle grand prix. Getting out into the outdoors bush
walking, camping, swimming, surfing, sailing and fishing.

HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL WELFARE
NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand was at the forefront early last century in looking after those less fortunate. There are social
security services available for unemployed residents, solo parents, unsupported children, invalids and others
less fortunate. State pensions were introduced in 1898 and are paid from age 65 to both men and women,
with a married couple receiving a pension indexed to 60% of the national average wage. Any pension
entitlement from an overseas government has to be claimed and is deducted from the New Zealand Pension.

Hospital Care for residents is excellent and free – though there may be a variable waiting list for elective
surgery. Medical insurance is available and allows people to access private hospitals to avoid waiting lists.
Overseas visitors are liable for their own medical costs and are advised to purchase travel insurance - unless
there is a country-to-country reciprocal agreement, (e.g. Australia and UK). It is uncommon for New Zealand
employers to pay private health insurance, unless they are an overseas owned company, but there are an
increasing number of employers offering susbsidised medical insurance. Primary Health Care, doctors,
dentists and opticians are pay-as-you-go. Most medicines are subsidised for residents; you pay a minimum of
$15 per item on your prescription and a visit to a GP will cost between $50 and $75. Visits to a GP and

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prescriptions for NZ Residents are even lower for those under 6 years and those over 65 years. Dental care is
     not subsidised and a simple procedure may be relatively expensive.

     For further information visit:
     health.govt.nz
     workandincome.govt.nz

     AUSTRALIA
     The Australian health care system provides access for everyone to a comprehensive range of services, largely
     publicly funded through general taxation. Medicare is now sometimes used to describe the Australian health
     care system; precisely it refers to access to hospitals and medical care.

     The three major components of Medicare cover public hospitals, medical services, and pharmaceuticals. There is
     a strong and growing private hospital sector. There is government support (subsidies) for private health insurance
     that covers both hospital inpatient treatment and out of hospital services not covered by Medicare.

                                                     Public hospitals are owned and operated by the State and
                                                     Territory Governments which also deliver a variety of mental
                                                     health, dental, health promotion, school health and community
                                                     health programs. Under funding agreements with the
                                                     Commonwealth, all Australians are entitled to free treatment
                                                     as a public patient in a public hospital. Public hospitals can
                                                     also admit private patients, who may face a range of additional
                                                     charges. Private patients have choice of doctor, i.e. the patient
                                                     selects the doctor who is responsible for their care while the
                                                     public patient has a treating doctor assigned by the hospital. In
     general, emergency departments are in public hospitals while teaching, education, and research are found in
     the larger public hospitals.

     Australia has Reciprocal Health Care Agreements with Belgium, Finland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, New
     Zealand, Norway, Ireland, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK. This allows you to get help with costs for medically
     necessary care as a public patient in a public hospital.

     You may get a Medicare card if you visit Australia and are from one of the above countries. Although it is
     recommended that you obtain private medical insurance cover to ensure that you are able to choose when
     and where you receive your care. If you are a student you will need private health cover to come to Australia
     on a student visa.

     For further information visit:
     australia.gov.au

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
NEW ZEALAND
Each year your wellbeing will also be enhanced by these
public holidays:
•   New Year (2 days) - January 1st and 2nd
•   Waitangi Day - 6th February
•   Easter - Friday and Monday
•   Anzac Day - 25th April
•   Queen’s Birthday - 1st Monday in June
•   Labour Day - 4th Monday in October
•   Christmas (2 days) - 25th and 26th December

There is one additional day ‘Anniversary Day’ which is specific
to each province (e.g. Wellington’s occurs on the Monday
nearest 22nd January).

AUSTRALIA
•   New Year (2 days) - January 1st and 2nd
•   Australia Day – 26th January
•   Easter (2 days) Good Friday and Easter Monday
•   Queen’s Birthday 11th June
•   Labour Day 1st October
•   Christmas (2 days) – Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Each State or Territory has its own additional holidays that are specific to the region. For example Melbourne
Cup Day 5th November

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FLYING DOWN UNDER
                                                                            Have we convinced you yet? Book your
                                                                            ticket now! Both Australia and New
                                                                            Zealand are served by a wide range of
                                                                            international airlines providing a variety
                                                                            of potential stopovers for flights from
                                                                            Europe via Asia, the Middle East or
                                                                            through America. Air New Zealand,
                                                                            Qantas, Emirates and Qatar Airlines
                                                                            are just a few of the airlines that
                                                                            have modern fleets and an excellent
                                                                            reputation for service, although we
                                                                            are well serviced by a flotilla of airline
                                                                            companies.

     You can generally fly to Australia and New Zealand from any part of the world, and our major airports of
     Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch have daily arriving and departing
     international flights.

     TAKE A QUICK TOUR AROUND NEW ZEALAND

     AUCKLAND
     Auckland, the City of Sails, is our major city with plenty of
     attractions including shopping, fishing, and sightseeing.

                                                                                 HAWKE’S BAY AND THE BAY OF PLENTY
                                                        The coastal areas of the Bay of Plenty attracts sun-seekers as
                                                        does the Hawke’s Bay with a thriving wine and horticulture
                                                        industry and vineyard restaurants and farmer’s markets for
                                                        foodies to enjoy.

     TAUPO
     The central plateau surrounding Taupo has an abundance
     of fresh water trout fishing, snow sports in the winter and
     water sports on the lake in the summer – Taupo is one of
     New Zealand’s most popular family holiday spots.

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WELLINGTON
Wellington is the restaurant capital of New Zealand with
hundreds of cool places to eat and a thriving arts scene and the
national museum, Te Papa, on its vibrant waterfront.

                                                                                                          NELSON
                                                In the South Island, Nelson is often touted as New Zealand’s
                                                sunniest city and is the gateway to the Abel Tasman National
                                                Park with some amazing walks. Blenheim has some of our best
                                                vineyards and is where the world famous ‘Kiwi Sav’ (sauvignon
                                                wine) comes from.

CHRISTCHURCH
En route to Christchurch you can whale watch in
Kaikoura or try one of the local delicacies, New
Zealand crayfish. Inland from Christchurch are the ski
fields of the Southern Alps and a trampers’ paradise.
Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital is an 8
hour drive from Christchurch through stunning scenery.

                                                                                                      SOUTHLAND
                                                   Further south you can travel through Southland and if you are
                                                   fortunate, sample our most sought after Bluff oysters – if you
                                                   are lucky to be there during the oyster season. West Coast
                                                   Whitebait is another treat many visitors to New Zealand love to
                                                   try, but again only when in season.

TAKE A QUICK TOUR AROUND AUSTRALIA

SYDNEY – NEW SOUTH WALES (NSW)
Sydney the largest city in Australia with a population of around
5 million is home to the iconic Sydney opera house and the
Sydney Harbour bridge. It has idyllic beaches including Bondi,
great walks and world-class dining. New South Wales is also
home to popular attractions including the Blue Mountains and
the Hunter Valley wine region.

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MELBOURNE – VICTORIA (VIC)
     This is a great place for shopping, cafes and art galleries. Often
     referred to as the nation’s cultural capital, Melbourne is famous
     for on-trend shopping in graffiti covered laneways, and a vibrant
     café scene. Victorians’ enthusiasm for sport is also legendary,
     this is where Aussie Rules began. The only thing more
     important than the footy is Melbournians love of coffee, and
     here you’ll find some of Australia’s best flat whites and lattes.
     This is also home to many great sporting events: including
     Formula 1 and international tennis.

                                                                                           BRISBANE - QUEENSLAND (QLD)
                                                   Brisbane enjoys more winter sunshine and warmth than most
                                                   Australian cities and is perfect for outdoor activities and water sports.
                                                   Queensland is home to the world famous Great Barrier Reef and the
                                                   world’s most extensive subtropical rainforest. It encompasses the
                                                   popular holiday areas of the Gold Coast - including Surfers Paradise
                                                   and a wide range of theme parks including Wet ‘n’ Wild and Warner
                                                   Bros Movie World, and the Sunshine Coast with its beaches, hip
                                                   cafés and spectacular rural hinterland.

     PERTH – WESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)
     Western Australia (WA) is Australia’s largest state with desert
     in the east to 13,000 kilometers of pristine coastline on the
     west. The state’s capital is Perth is the fourth most populous
     city is famed for its uncrowded beaches, parklands and fresh
     seafood.

                                                                                       ADELAIDE – SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)
                                                South Australia (SA) – is in the southern and central part of the country,
                                                and covers some of the driest parts of the Australia. Adelaide, the
                                                state capital, is close to the Barossa Valley home to many of Australia’s
                                                many popular wine varieties. The Murray River which can be explored
                                                using large houseboats complete with full kitchens, spas and all ‘mod
                                                cons’. And the Flinders Ranges site of spectacular landscapes and
                                                traditional ‘bush’ country. South Australia has a thriving arts scene and
                                                is known as the ‘Festival State’, with more than 500 events and festivals
                                                taking place there each year.

     For further information visit:
     australia.com/en-nz/facts.html

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SEE BEAUTIFUL NEW ZEALAND
BY AIR
Air New Zealand and JetStar service most New Zealand cities and many towns. You can normally fly between
major cities for $100 - $200, and cheap internal flights are often available through discount schemes like Air
New Zealand’s ‘grabaseat’.

For further information visit:
airnewzealand.co.nz | grabaseat.co.nz | jetstar.com/nz

BY RAIL
The main reason to choose an incredible rail journey in New Zealand is scenery. You’ll see things that simply
can’t be seen from the road. Kiwi Rail is the Government owned passenger rail service in New Zealand.
There is only one Auckland to Wellington passenger train, The Overlander, (12 hour journey). Tourist excursions
are run daily from Picton to Christchurch on the TranzCoastal, and from Christchurch to Greymouth on the
TranzAlpine - rated one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys - and from Dunedin through the Taieri
Gorge.

For further information visit:
greatjourneysofnz.co.nz

BY FERRY
The Interislander and Bluebridge service the stretch of water between our North and South Islands (the Cook
Strait). The ferry takes about three hours with marvelous views of the Marlborough Sounds.

For further information visit:
interislander.co.nz | bluebridge.co.nz | whalewatch.co.nz

BY ROAD
Always drive on the LEFT hand side on New Zealand roads. There is a 100 kph (60mph) open road limit – and
an active police force with hidden radar cameras. In built-up areas the limit is 50kph (30mph) or 70kph (42mph)
on the fringe. Some CBD areas operate a 30kph (18mph). Ask for details about the ‘give way to the right’ rule
when you pick up your rental car.

Roads in New Zealand are generally of a high standard. State Highway 1 spans the length of the country
from Cape Reinga in the far north passing through Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, across the Cook Straight
to Picton, down the east coast through Christchuch, Dunedin and on to Bluff at the very bottom of the South
Island. Rush-hour traffic is usually between 7.30 – 9am and 5 – 6.30pm outside of Auckland it is generally free
flowing. If you feel out of your comfort zone there are good long distance bus / coach services covering all
cities in both islands.

For further information visit:
intercity.co.nz | journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic
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ADVENTURE ACROSS AUSTRALIA
     BY AIR
     With such a large country to cover, air travel is often the best way to get around. Many of the major airlines
     offer flights across Australia. Including Qantas, Virgin Australia and JetStar servicing most Australian cities and
     many towns. There are a wide range of websites offering discounted flights and accommodation.

     For further information visit:
     qantas.com | jetstar.com

     BY RAIL
     Traveling by train throughout Australia is a memorable and enjoyable experience. Australia is a vast country,
     where distances between capital cities are lengthy and what better way to see the Australian countryside than
     by train. Travel Online represents a number of different train journeys covering many regions of Australia.

     The Indian Pacific travels from Sydney to Perth via Broken Hill, Adelaide, Kalgoorlie – is a mighty train journey
     across the whole continent from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean.
     The Ghan – from either Adelaide or Alice Springs journey through the desert to the tropical Top End aboard
     the legendary Ghan.
     The Spirit of the Outback 1,300 kilometers from Brisbane to Longreach. Discovering Australia’s famous
     outback from the comfort of this fully air conditioned train.

     For further information visit:
     australian-trains.com

     BY ROAD
     Although Australia is a very large country, it is surprisingly easy to get around by car. Always drive on the LEFT-
     hand side on Australian roads. Speed limits are very strictly enforced.

     Roads in and around Australian towns and cities are generally of a high standard. In rural or remote areas, if
     roads are gravel or unsealed then they will require extra care and attention and often a 4WD car. Always plan
     long trips in advance ensuring you have plenty of breaks and have a spare tire, tools and water.

     For some of the best road trips The Pacific Coast Touring Route, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Grand Pacific
     Drive, New South Wales, Great Beach Drive, Queensland, Indian Ocean Drive, Western Australia, Great Barrier
     Reef Drive, Queensland, Bowman Scenic Drive, Sour Australia, and the Great Easter Drive Tasmania are just
     a few. These will take from a few hours to up to 10 days depending upon how many places you would like to
     visit.

     For further information visit:
     australia.com

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GETTING STARTED DOWN UNDER
Mercer’s 2017 Cost of Living Survey ranks cities worldwide – 1st place being the most expensive place to live.
The survey lists Sydney at 24, being relatively expensive (London is 29), Melbourne, (46) and Perth (50) and
Auckland (61) and Wellington (86) showing that comparatively, New Zealand’s major metropolitan areas are
more affordable than those in other countries.

A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD
The chart below shows the median house prices by district in New Zealand

                 $1M
                $900K
                $800K
                $700K
                $600K
                $500K
                $400K
                $300K
                $200K
                $100K
                        Invercargill

                                       Palmerston North

                                                          Dunedin

                                                                    Taranaki

                                                                               Rotorua

                                                                                         Whangarei

                                                                                                      Nelson

                                                                                                               Christchurch

                                                                                                                              Hawke’s Bay

                                                                                                                                            Wellington

                                                                                                                                                         Hamilton

                                                                                                                                                                    Tauranga

                                                                                                                                                                               Queenstown/Lakes

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Auckland
                 SOURCE: https://www.interest.co.nz/property/house-price-income-multiples

Interest rates for mortgages range between 4.8% and 6% depending on the type of loan. Rental prices vary
by district and size of dwelling.

For further information visit:
interest.co.nz/borrowing (for mortgage rates)
trademe.co.nz/property (for house sales and rental listings)

COMPARE THESE LIVING COSTS
Here are what some random consumer items cost in New Zealand:

 Washing Machine                           NZD $600 - $1,100                                         91 Octane Petrol                                    NZD $2.20
                                                                                                     (Per Litre)
 Movie Ticket                              NZD $12 - $20
                                                                                                     2 Litres of Milk                                    NZD $4
 Round of Golf                             NZD $20 - $100
                                                                                                     A Pair of Jeans                                     NZD $80 - $200
 Ford Fiesta Sport                         NZD $25,000
                                                                                                     A Big Mac                                           NZD $5
 Cup of Coffee                             NZD $4.40

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SOMEWHERE TO CALL HOME
 The chart below shows the median house prices by district in Australia
              Sydney NSW - Metro

                                   Melbourne VIC - Metro

                                                           Woollongong NSW

                                                                             Canberra ACT

                                                                                            Gold Coast QLD

                                                                                                             Darwin NT

                                                                                                                         Sunshine Coast QLD

                                                                                                                                              Brisbane QLD - Metro

                                                                                                                                                                     Newcastle NSW

                                                                                                                                                                                     Perth WA - Metro

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cairns QLD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Brisbane QLD - Country

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sydney NSW - Country

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sydney NSW - Country

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Geelong VIC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Adelaide SA - Metro

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Townsville QLD

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hobart TAS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Parth WA - Country

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Central Coast NSW

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Melbourne VIC - Country

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Adelaide SA - Counrty
       SOURCE:

     Interest rates for mortgages can range from 3.74% fixed for a year to 5.17% this will depend upon the amount
     you wish to borrow and the bank. Rental accommodation in Australia is generally unfurnished except for
     blinds/curtains, fully equipped kitchen and heating and or air conditioning. Rents vary widely depending upon
     location and style of the property. There are wide fluctuations in cost from the centre of major cities such as
     Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the suburbs of these cities.

     For further information visit:
     realestate.com.au

     COMPARE THESE LIVING COSTS
     Here are what some random consumer items cost in Australia:

      Washing Machine                                                                                        AUD $317 - $999                                                                                                                                         91 Octane Petrol                                                                                                                  AUD $1.36
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (Per Litre)
      Movie Ticket                                                                                           AUD $10 - $25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2 Litres of Milk                                                                                                                  AUD $2
      Round of Golf                                                                                          AUD $22 - $70
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A Pair of Jeans                                                                                                                   AUD $80 - $350
      Ford Fiesta Sport                                                                                      AUD $20,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A Big Mac                                                                                                                         AUD $4.30
      Cup of Coffee                                                                                          AUD $5

     Good luck with making a brave decision and remember we are here to help you secure your dream job!
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COMPANY BACKGROUND
ROBLAWMAX RECRUITMENT IS NEW ZEALAND’S LEADING PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING, ENERGY AND
CONSTRUCTION RECRUITER AND HAS BEEN FOR THE LAST 33 YEARS.

We are a Corporate Member of the RCSA (Australasia’s governing body on Recruitment Ethics)
and Alan Sherlock (General Manager) is a Fellow of the RCSA, and has previously served on the NZ
Council. We are dedicated to providing the best ‘fit’ for our candidates and our clients across the
construction, manufacturing, engineering and logistics sectors. To do that we must have a good
understanding of your needs and our client’s culture and management style.

GET IN TOUCH:
Auckland                           Brisbane
GeneratorLevel 1                   Office T43
Stanbeth House                     477 Boundary Street
28 Customs St East                 Springhill
Auckland 1010                      Brisbane, QLD 4000
New Zealand                        Australia

+64 9 951 5011                     +61 7 3085 7427
                                                                                PATRICK QUIN
                                                                               Managing Director
Wellington                         London
Level 4, Aviation House            344-354 Grays Inn Road
12 Johnston Street                 Kings Cross
Wellington 6011                    London
New Zealand                        WC1X 8BP
                                   United Kingdom
+64 4 499 8800
                                   +44 20 3934 6389

Christchurch
Level 1, Kensington House
                                                                               ALAN SHERLOCK
185 Manchester Street                                                           General Manager
Christchurch, 8011
New Zealand

+64 4 499 8800

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