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1. Posted by Johnuig (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y


Myself and 2 friends who are all qualified electricians are planning on moving to Oz for a year on a working visa. Does anybody know what the chances of getting work as an electrician are in Sydney or Melbourne are, and what the rates of pay are like??

We're willing to do any kind of work jus to live on but if the rate of pay for an electrician was substantially higher then it would be daft not to go down that road. That way we could work less and play more!

Thanks in advance to anyone that can help!


2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

You may need to change your plans a bit - electricians need to be licensed, and this is a state-by-state thing.

The kind of licensing and/or registration could depend on how you're employed (e.g. contractor or not) and kind of work. There are hoops to jump through in order to get licensed, and even though you're qualified in your home country (whatever that is) it doesn't mean you can automatically get licensed in Australia.

Australia loves their red tape and to get licensed here could mean things like going back to college, working as an apprentice etc. For an idea of what is required, here is a link to Electricians licensing in the state of Victoria. I notice a link on that page for overseas qualifications.

3. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 7y

Had a friend who had this problem years ago, he had Uk qualification and many years experience, however he had to work with a NSW qualified electrician for a specified period to be licenced there. As you don't want to become independent traders, this could suit you just fine.

4. Posted by Johnuig (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Thanks for the advice guys, will look into it more now! All we're really looking for is a job that will earn us enough money money to live on out there. Labouring is a high possibility now.