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1. Posted by Kylemer (Budding Member 4 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Hey there I’m looking to travel to Brisbane for work and travel. I’m 27 and a journeyman welder by trade. Just looking around for anyone who would be able to answer some questions I have

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5234 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

It helps to ask the actual questions you have, so people can determine for themselves if they can help answer them. (For example, I know a lot about WHV requirements, a bit about Brisbane, and nothing at all about welding. Could I help you? I don't know...) :)
Also, by asking questions publicly, you'll help future travellers who'll have similar questions, as the answers will already be here for the finding.

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Feb-2018, at 14:42 by Sander ]

3. Posted by Kylemer (Budding Member 4 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Lol ya fair enough. More just wondering about the demand for construction work in the area. Also cost of living compared to here in Canada , things to do. This is my first attempt on trying to get information so I’m just kind of winging it. With the work and travel you are good for a year and can apply within for another year correct ??

4. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 492 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Trade work is in high demand and there aren't enough people to fill the positions so in terms of job prospects you are probably in the right line of work. In terms of cost of living I know Brisbane is cheaper than Sydney but how it compares to where you live in Canada I can't say. However tradies tend to earn higher than average wages/salaries in Australia and there is a mini construction boom happening at the moment.

5. Posted by Kylemer (Budding Member 4 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Thanks buddy ^ as far as cost of living , our money I believe is about par , and for me being close to Edmonton alb I am paying 1500 a month plus the extras, internet , heat, vehicle and what not . I’m not travelling to make big money , more for the experience. But would also not like to got there to live broke either. I have a friend who is doing the same thing , so we would probably get a place together. Good to know my line of work is in demand though 👍👌

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5234 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

A WHV allows you to stay in the country for a full year from the date on which you enter, yes. You become eligible for a second year if, and only if, you complete three months of "specified" "regional" work. That's effectively mostly fruit picking, but a lot of work in mining and construction is also eligible, as long as it meets the definition (lots of examples under "Specified work" on the "visa applicants" tab of the WHV page, and is carried out in regional Australia (outside the big cities; there's a zipcode table on that same page).
When you're eligible, you need proof of that, and then you could apply for a second year WHV while in Australia on the first WHV, to just stick around for another year, but also at a later date (you could for example head to New Zealand for a couple of months first, and apply from there).

7. Posted by Kylemer (Budding Member 4 posts) 16w Star this if you like it!

Super helpful thank you. How is the attitude towards Canadians in Australia or New Zealand?