I'm planning on moving to Austrailia later this year for a few months. I was looking at various work abroad packages (swap, sta, etc.) and I was just wondering if anyone used these and if they are worth it. Can you find work and accomodations easily on your own there?
I used Travellers Contact Point, buying their "Sydney Starter Pack" which included things like airport pick-up, mail holding/forwarding, they have job & accommodation boards, temp agency reps have a stall in their office regularly, and they have a travel agency too.
TCP also provided info sheets on opening a bank account, tax file number (if you're on a working holiday), and medicare (if you're from an eligible country such as the UK).
They're located in the centre of Sydney on George Street, and I'd recommend a look at them!
I also worked for IEP in Sydney for a few months, which is the organisation that hosts you if you go through SWAP (I'm guessing you're Canadian). They provide a reasonable service with similar things to TCP, although a few years ago their job & accommodation boards weren't as full as TCP's though that might have changed now.
IEP are also in the centre of Sydney, close to Martin Place.
Would never again use an agency, especially for going to OZ. I am arriving in Brisbane on July 27th to start my year, and it took ten minutes over the internet to apply for the WHM visa. The agencies make you feel comfortable when you get there, but is not worth it. WHm visa over the Oz government website costs 175AUD. I dont know what the agency charges, but I am sure it is double. I used an agency for my UK visa and it was the biggest waste of money. Talk to people, research, book your own hostel and flight. You would be glad you did once you arrive.
The agencies make you feel comfortable when you get there, but is not worth it. WHm visa over the Oz government website costs 175AUD. I dont know what the agency charges, but I am sure it is double.
To add to my first post, Travellers Contact Point do not arrange your WHM visa for you, so you do get this direct from DIMA (Australian Immigration Department).