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									Guide for Overseas Skilled Migrants Moving
to Geelong Australia
Guide for Skilled Migrants Relocating to Geelong Australia




- Index -
         Introduction ...........................................................................................................................................................

         Considering Moving to Australia? How to get started
                   What is the best Visa option for my circumstances? ..................................................................................... 3
                   What documents do I need to support my visa application? ......................................................................... 4
                   Are my Qualifications recognised in Australia? ............................................................................................ 4
                   Do I require a Medical Clearance? ................................................................................................................ 4
                   What English Language Skills Do I Require? ................................................................................................. 4
                   How do I Lodge my Visa Application with the Department of Immigration & Citizenship? ........................... 4
                   Before Making a final decision What do I need to Consider? ........................................................................ 5
                   What Documents Must I Bring With Me? A Final Checklist ...........................................................................6
                   What Do I Need to Organise Before Leaving My Home Country? Final checklist ..........................................6
                   Tips on Arriving in Australia ......................................................................................................................... 7

         Living and Working in Geelong Australia. What I need to know
                   What Levels of Government does Australia Have? ....................................................................................... 8
                   How Do I Obtain an Australian File Number? ...............................................................................................9
                   What Health Care Cover do I Require? .........................................................................................................9
                   Emergency Numbers ................................................................................................................................. 12
                   Australian Telephone Numbering .............................................................................................................. 12
                   What do I Need to Drive in Australia?......................................................................................................... 12
                   Buying a Car .............................................................................................................................................. 13
                   What Public Transport is Available in Geelong? ......................................................................................... 13
                   How do I Find Somewhere to Live in Geelong? .......................................................................................... 14
                   Connecting Services to your Property ........................................................................................................ 15
                   How Do I Open a Bank Account?................................................................................................................ 16
                   What Insurance Do I Require? .................................................................................................................... 17
                   Education .................................................................................................................................................. 17
                   Local Council Services ............................................................................................................................... 19
                   Public Libraries .......................................................................................................................................... 19
                   Community and Recreation Services ......................................................................................................... 19
                   Local Media ............................................................................................................................................... 19
                   Hours of Business ...................................................................................................................................... 20
                   Public Holidays .......................................................................................................................................... 20
                   Daylight Saving ......................................................................................................................................... 21
                   Weather .................................................................................................................................................... 21
                   Useful Contacts to help new overseas migrants settle into Geelong........................................................... 22


DISCLAIMER: While every care has been taken to produce an up to date, accurate and factual account, City of Greater Geelong accepts no responsibility
for any errors that may occur in this publication.


Last Updated February 2013
Photograph: Katrina Lawrence
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  Introduction




This guide provides useful information for new residents to Geelong arriving from overseas. This publication is
intended as a guide only. Individual websites of organisations should be checked for more detail and specific
information. (Some useful websites are listed at the end of this document).
To assist in making the transition to Geelong as smooth as possible, it is recommended that you do as much
research as possible before you leave your home country. This will ensure that your expectations are realistic
and that you fully understand what is ahead of you.
The State Government website www.liveinvictoria.com.au provides a range of information for professionals,
tradespeople and business owners who want to immigrate to live, work and do business in Melbourne and in
Victoria’s regional communities.

  Considering Moving to Australia? How to get started
The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship website also provides information for those
considering a move to Australia, see; www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/
The following information is a summary of some of the requirements to gain entry as a skilled migrant to
Australia.

What is the best Visa option for my circumstances?
Information on the relevant visa types to Australia is managed by the Department of Immigration and
Citizenship (DIAC). Information can be downloaded from its website www.immi.gov.au. This web site will give
you up to date information on visa types and the forms and applications that you will need to complete.
Skilled overseas professionals register their interest for an Australian skilled working visa at Skill Select and
prospective employers and state and territory governments can view their details and decide whether to
nominate them for skilled migration.
Skilled and business migrants interested in, or currently, living and working in regional Victoria can contact
Victoria’s Skilled and Business Migration Program for information and referrals.
For more information:
                 03 9651 9756
                 www.LiveInVictoria.vic.gov.au
Alternatively, there are Employer Sponsored Visas. The RSMS (Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme) is a
permanent residency visa available in regional areas. The RSMS is currently given the highest priority for
processing by DIAC. If you are able to fill a skill shortage in the Geelong region, you may be eligible for this visa.
More information about this visa is available at http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/ index/visas/subclass-
187/     More information about the Geelong region’s known skill shortages is available on
www.geelongaustralia.com.au/business/migration If you secure a skilled position in the Geelong region, the
Skilled Migration Project at the City of Greater Geelong may assist you and your potential employer with queries
and information regarding the RSMS visa.

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For assistance with your visa, you may choose to seek the services of a migration agent. Make sure your
migration agent is registered (Migration Agent Registration Authority www.themara.com.au) and that you are
clear on the costs and fees involved to use their services. These should be made clear from the start. The
migration agent should be listed as the principal contact for your application.

What documents do I need to support my visa application?
During the process of making an application to obtain a visa to live and work in Australia, you will need to gather
a range of documents to support your application. The range of documents may vary by visa type and some may
need to be translated into English by a registered translator with the ability to sign in a legal capacity.
These are examples of documents that may need to be supplied:
            Qualifications (certificate and transcript) / References
            Security clearances
            Health checks
            Passports / Birth Certificates/Marriage Certificate.

Are my Qualifications recognised in Australia?
Assessment of your qualifications for visa purposes
Before submitting your visa application, you must have your qualifications assessed. The Department of
Immigration and Citizenship provides information on how to find the relevant authority to assess your
qualifications for this purpose. This assessment is necessary for your visa application. Information on which
authority can assist you with this assessment can be found through the Australian Skills Recognition Information
(ASRI) located at www.immi.gov.au/asri
Recognition of your qualification by employers
To assist you in finding work in Australia, it is important to most employers that your qualifications are formally
recognised against Australian standards. Depending on your occupation, employers may have a preference that
this formal assessment has been carried out and, in some instances, it may be mandatory to allowing you to
legally practice your occupation. You can have your qualifications formally recognised by the relevant authority
in your industry sector either before or after arrival in Australia, unless your visa type requires this assessment
prior to arrival. For example, if you have a skill in demand, having your skills formally recognised would enable
you to use the points towards your application.
The relevant authority to provide the formal recognition of your qualification can also be located at Australian
Skills Recognition Information (ASRI) www.immi.gov.au/asri.

Do I require a Medical Clearance?
An approved medical health check for each family member is a mandatory part of each application. This will
include both a medical examination and x-rays. Details on what is required including a list of approved doctors in
your areas can be found at www.immi.gov.au/allforms/health-requirements

What English Language Skills Do I Require?
Unless you come from a country where English is the first language, most adults seeking to move to Australia will
need to undertake an assessment of their English language skills. The level of skills will vary according to the visa
type.
Information on the level of English you require and approved testing centres in your area can be obtained from
the International English Language Testing System located at www.ielts.org

How do I Lodge my Visa Application with the Department of Immigration & Citizenship?


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Once you have gathered all the necessary information and paperwork, lodge your application with the
Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Advice and assistance from the Department is available at all stages of the process.
                       General Enquiries: 131 881
                       General Skilled Enquires: 1300 364 613
                  
Before making a Final Decision what do I need to Consider?
Before making your final decision to relocate to Australia you need to ensure your expectations of your new life
are realistic. Here are some things to consider.

Employment expectations
Most people arriving without a job offer find that it usually takes 4 – 6 months or longer to obtain an offer of
employment in their skill area or a related area. Many skilled migrants take up jobs in less qualified occupations
to gain local experience. Depending on your occupation, and whether your qualifications are recognised in
Australia, you may not be able to immediately pursue a career in your previous occupation.

Financial considerations
Be realistic about how much it will cost to migrate to Australia. You may need to consider short term
accommodation whilst you decide on where to live, and then be prepared to rent a property (4 weeks rent in
advance and a bond of four weeks rent is generally required). You will also need to be able to support yourself
(and your family) until you find employment. There are also other costs you need to consider, such as buying a
car and/or other transport and private health insurance. It is unlikely that you will qualify to borrow money
locally for items, such as a car, if you have not found employment.
The Department of Immigration website recommends the level of financial resources that you should have
available.

Cultural Differences
Australia has its own distinct culture and it is important to have a realistic understanding that this may differ to
the culture you have at home. You need to bring a positive attitude to adapting to these new cultural diversities
and a willingness to embrace them.
Depending on which country you come from, the English you have been speaking at home may vary greatly to
the English that is spoken in Australia. Many new migrants need to undertake additional English language
classes to become work ready. This is often the greatest obstacle to people finding work in their skill area. In
addition to getting used to the Australian accent, there may also be differences such as Australian abbreviations
or ‘Aussie slang’ (for example, where words are shortened G’day instead of Good Day).
It is usual practice to shake hands as a greeting in Australia and look people directly in the eye when you are
speaking to them. A lack of eye contact may be interpreted as a sign of rudeness. Alternatively, staring at
someone for a period of time is considered rude.
It is usual practice to refer to people by their first name rather than the use of titles such as madam or sir. These
differences may take some getting used to.
When you need to make a business appointment, it is usual practice to ring first and make an appointment with
the person you need to speak with. When making an appointment of any type, it is imperative that you show-up
on time. Failure to do so is considered a sign of rudeness.
You should also familiarise yourself with Australian workplace laws of Equal Opportunity in the workplace. This
is particularly important to some cultures with different attitudes towards women in the workplace, and different
tolerance to religious beliefs or social strata. Visit the Victoria Equal Opportunity Website at www.eoc.vic.gov.au




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What Documents Must I Bring With Me? A Final Checklist
Make sure you have the following documentation, where relevant, for each family member, with you before you
leave your home country.
 Personal Documents:
 Passport and visa
 Birth certificate (including translation)
 Marriage certificate (including translation)
 Travel insurance (including medical cover)
 Evidence of change of name (including translation)
 Medical history (including translation and details of medication)
 Bank statements
 Rental history – Copy of references from the landlord/real estate agent (including translation)
 Driver’s license and International Driver’s license
 International email account
 School reports for children (including translations)
 Organise access to emergency money for unexpected costs (such as a credit card)
 Professional references and qualification certificates
 Work Related Documents:
 Copy of resume/CV (including translation)
 Qualifications Certificates (including translations)
 Copy of employment related certificates, licenses and memberships (including translations)
 Employment references and/or referees (including translationsand contact details)

What Do I Need to Organise Before Leaving My Home Country? Final checklist
 Organise what to do with your home (rent out or sell)
 Terminate rental agreement
 Terminate insurance policies
 Discontinue utilities (gas, water, electricity, (mobile) phone, bank accounts)
 Terminate your employment and professional memberships
 Cancel memberships (to your gymnasium, library)
 Ensure you can access money through bank accounts in Australia
 Remember to have some Australian Currency with you to avoid paying commissions at the airport
 Remember to bring photographs of family and friends and their contact details
 Organise to bring with you music/DVDs to remind you of home. (DVDs need to be multi regional)
 Consider bringing a digital camera to e-mail photographs to family and friends back home
 Bring with you the necessary power adapters for electrical goods (otherwise you can purchase on
 arrival)
 Remember to download any information that you may need from your home computer
 Check whether you need to notify any government agencies such as your Taxation Office, Welfare
 Office or your Doctor that you are leaving the country
 Arrange shipment of any goods you wish to bring to Australia. Make sure you check and comply with
 all the necessary quarantine restrictions. Visit www.aqis.gov.au
 Decide what to do with pets, that is, whether to give them away to family and friends or bring them
 with you. If you want to bring them with you, check the necessary quarantine requirements. Visit
 www.aqis.gov.au
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Tips on Arriving in Australia
The day you come to Australia can be very daunting as everything is so new and different. Here are some tips to
make your arrival a smooth one.

On arrival
On the plane, before landing in Australia, you will be asked to complete an Incoming Passenger Card.
Australia’s remoteness from other countries has created an environment with a limited number of diseases. Our
quarantine regulations have helped to protect us. Food, plant material and animal products from overseas -
including many common souvenirs - could introduce some of the world’s most serious pests and diseases into
Australia, devastating our valuable agriculture and tourism industries and unique environment. You must
declare for inspection all food, plant material and animal products on arrival in Australia to ensure they are free
of pests and diseases. Some products may require treatment to make them safe. Items PROHIBITED due to
pest and disease risks will be seized and destroyed by Australian quarantine.
Complete your Incoming Passenger Card as honestly as possible. Read the information provided by the
Australian Quarantine Service. If you are unsure, tick YES.
Heavy fines apply for supplying incorrect information. To check on what you can and can’t bring into Australia
read the following material carefully https://international.curtin.edu.au/documents/ whatcanti_take2008.pdf or
go to http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/travel/entering-australia/cant-take
When you arrive at the airport, you will need to pass through the Immigration Desk. You will need your
passport with visa and completed Incoming Passenger Card. Once you have been cleared by Immigration, you
may then collect your baggage, which customs officers may check. Your baggage will often be checked
against goods you have declared and goods you have not declared. This is the end of official checks and you
are now in the Arrivals Hall. This is where your family, friends or sponsor can greet you. This is where you can
also change money, get transport and arrange short-term accommodation.
You will need Australian dollars as soon as you arrive. The exchange rate varies and you will pay a commission
to change money. If you have not pre-purchased any Australian currency, you can change money at the airport.
Exchange rates at the airport may be high so only change as much as you need. Common usage is $50, $20, $10
and $5 notes and $2 and $1 coins.

Given that you may arrive early in the morning or late at night, it is recommended that you prebook at least 2-3
nights accommodation and transfers from the airport to make things easier and less confusing when you
arrive.

Transfers from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport
Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine ) is Victoria’s international airport. If you do not have friends or family to collect
you from the airport, you can make your way from the airport with one of the following options.
Melboure Tullamarine Airport to Melbourne City
           Regular Skybus services depart Melbourne Airport for Melbourne City. The journey is approximately 25
            minutes. Airport transfers can be organised in the Arrivals Hall at the Airport or prebooked by visiting
            the airport website. www.melbourneairport.com.au
           Taxi cabs are available from Melbourne Airport. As a guide, a one way journey into Melbourne city may
            cost approximately $50.
Melbourne Airport to Geelong
           Geelong’s Gull Bus provides direct airport to Geelong City transfers. You can find this service outside
            arrivals. It is not necessary but you should attempt to prebook your journey before arrival to ensure a
            timely seat. ($30 per adult one way) More information on costs and timetable can be found at
            www.gull.com.au.




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           To get to Geelong by train, organise to make your way to Southern Cross Station in Melbourne City.
            Regional trains depart from Southern Cross station, including those to Geelong. More details can be
            found at www.viclink.com.au
           Getting to Geelong by taxi is a costly option (Geelong is over an hour from Melbourne). The journey may
            be approximately $150 -$180. (Most taxis will also only seat a maximum of 4 people and you will need to
            be conscious of your amount of luggage)
           You may wish to hire a car. You will need an appropriate driver's licence and there may be other
            restrictions. Car rental agencies can be located in the Arrivals Hall at the Airport. More information can
            be found at http://melbourneairport.com.au/to-from-the-airport/rental-cars/Overview.html

Avalon Airport
Avalon Airport is located 20 kilometres from Geelong and 55 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.
Low cost carrier Jetstar operates domestic flights to and from Sydney and Brisbane out of Avalon.
More information can be found at www.avalonairport.com.au
The Avalon Airport Shuttle operates shuttles from the airport to Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula, the Surfcoast
and the Great Ocean Road. More details can be found at www.avalonairportshuttle.com.au

    Living and Working in Geelong Australia – What I need to know

What Levels of Government Does Australia Have?
Australia has three levels of government.

Commonwealth Government (or Federal Government)
The Commonwealth of Australia was formed in 1901 when six independent colonies joined together to become
states of a new nation, Australia.
Australia follows a Westminster system of Government and laws inherited from the British who colonised the
country in the late eighteenth century.
There are two main political parties and a number of minor parties which make up the Commonwealth
parliament. Each state and territory also has its own government.
The current Prime Minister of Australia is the Honorable Julia Gillard MP. The Commonwealth Government has
its base in the Australian Capital City of Canberra.
More information on Australia can be found at www.australia.gov.au/about-australia
Australia is a multicultural country and it welcomes new migrants. All matters relating to migration are dealt
with by the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship ( DIAC ). Information on
requirements for skilled migration to Australia can be downloaded from www.immi.gov.au

State Government
Australia has six states (each with its own Government) and several territories

                                                                  Australian States (Capital Cities):
                                                                  Queensland (Brisbane)
                                                                  Tasmania (Hobart)
                                                                  New South Wales (Sydney)
                                                                  South Australia (Adelaide)
                                                                  Victoria (Melbourne)
                                                                  Western Australia (Perth)

                                                                  Australian Territories:

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                                                                  Australia Capital Territory (Canberra)
                                                                  Northern Territory (Darwin)


The current Premier of the State of Victoria is the Honorable Dr Denis
Napthine MP. The capital city of Victoria is Melbourne. Areas outside
Melbourne are considered regional for the purpose of regional visa
holders. See postcodes at www.immi.gov.au.
More information on the Victorian Government can be found at
www.vic.gov.au
The Victorian Government welcomes skilled migrants to Victoria and has
established a dedicated website to assist people with their relocation. Go
to www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au

Geelong Members of Parliament
For a list of Geelong based State and Federal members for parliament and links to their contact details and other
information got to: http://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/council/governance/article/item/8cbdf26fc21a33c.aspx

Local Government
Each state or territory within Australia is divided into local government areas responsible for the delivery of local
services including rubbish collection, road maintenance, libraries, child care and aged care services. Local
governments are also known as local councils.
City of Greater Geelong, one of 79 local councils in the State of Victoria is the local government agency in the
Geelong area. The City of Greater Geelong consists of 12 Wards each represented by an elected councilor. The
directly elected Mayor is currently Cr Keith Fagg (Mayor)
The City of Greater Geelong, with a population of 215,150, is situated one-hour south west of Melbourne and the
greater region includes some of Australia’s best known surf beaches. Geelong is the largest city outside the state
capital, Melbourne. Information on the City of Greater Geelong can be found at www.geelongaustralia.com.au

How Do I Obtain an Australian Tax File Number?
All people who work in Australia must have an Australian Tax File Number, which is supplied by the Australian
Tax Office. A Tax File Number is a unique number issued to individuals and organisations to help the Australian
Government administer tax and other Australian Government systems.
You will need to have an Australian residential address to register for a Tax File Number.
You can apply for a Tax File Number on line at www.ato.gov.au. If you are already in the Geelong Region, you
can visit the local office of the Australian Tax Office in Geelong at Brougham Street, Geelong. At this office they
can assist you to register for a Tax File Number online.

What Health Care Cover Do I Require?
Health care is very important no matter where you live. Medicare is the name for Australia’s public health
system and it is important that you understand how it works and whether you are eligible to participate in the
system.

Medicare
Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) cover all Australians and subsidise their payments for
private medical services and for a high proportion of prescription medicines. Under Medicare, the Australian and
State governments also jointly fund public hospital services, so they are provided free of charge to people who
choose to be treated as public patients.
Contributions to the health care system are made by Australians in a number of ways, such as taxes and the
Medicare levy based on their income, and through private financing such as private health insurance. The
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Australian Government funds a 30% rebate on private health insurance and provides a range of other key
incentives to support people’s choice to take up, and retain, private health insurance.
More information got to: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/medicare

Medicare gives you access to:
       free or subsidised treatment by health professionals such as doctors, specialists, optometrists,
          dentists and other allied health practitioners (in special circumstances only)
       free treatment and accommodation as a public (Medicare) patient in a public hospital
       75 per cent of the Medicare Schedule fee for services and procedures if you are a private patient in a
          public or private hospital (does not include hospital accommodation and items such as theatre fees
          and medicines).
The Australian Government funds public hospitals and other health services through Medicare. In addition to
these public services, there is also a range of private hospitals. The Australians can also choose to take out
private hospital cover to manage the expense of timely and additional services. You can choose to pay directly
for services in the private system although this can be very costly.
If your visa does not entitle you to Medicare benefits, make sure you have insurance through your home country
(that is, travel insurance including medical cover), and/or take out private health insurance cover in Australia, to
coincide with when your travel insurance expires. It may be a condition of your visa that you have medical
insurance.
Medicare does not cover such things as:
    private patient hospital costs (for example, theatre fees or accommodation)
    dental examinations and treatment (except specified items under the Chronic Disease Management
       program)
    ambulance services
    home nursing
    allied health services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, eye therapy,
       chiropractic services, podiatry or psychology (except specified items as part of the Chronic Disease
       Management Plan)
    acupuncture (unless part of a doctor's consultation)
    glasses and contact lenses
    hearing aids and other appliances
    the cost of prostheses (except external breast prostheses covered by the External Breast Prostheses
       Reimbursement Program)
    medicines (except for the subsidy on medicines covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme)
    medical and hospital costs incurred overseas (although Australia does have reciprocal arrangements with
       some countries)
    medical costs for which someone else is responsible (for example: a compensation insurer, an employer
       or a government authority)
    medical services that are not clinically necessary
    surgery for cosmetic reasons only
    examinations for life insurance, superannuation or membership of a friendly society.
Ambulance transport and treatment is not a free service. Medicare does not cover the cost of emergency
transport or other ambulance services. Average emergency transport cost is in excess of $2,000. You can cover
yourself for unexpected ambulance costs by taking out ambulance insurance. www.ambulance-vic.com.au. If
you take out private health insurance check the policy regarding ambulance services.
Check your eligibility for a Medicare card at:
http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/medicare-card?utm_id=9
Medicare Service centres are located at:
Geelong                             Market Square Shopping Centre            Geelong VIC 3220
Shop 57-63 Level 1                  96 Malop Street
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Waurn Ponds                                              Corio
Shop 702                                                 Shop 12 Ground Floor
Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre                              Corio Shopping Centre
173-199 Pioneer Road                                     Cnr Bacchus Marsh Road and Purnell
Grovedale VIC 3216                                       Road Corio VIC 3214

Reciprocal Health Care Rights:
Some countries have reciprocal health insurance coverage with Australia. These include Finland, the Republic of
Ireland, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Note, however, not all visa holders are eligible for Medicare, even if your home country has reciprocal rights. You
might have to continue your insurance in your home country to be eligible for the reciprocal rights agreement.

Private Health Insurance
As Medicare does not cover all costs and because not all visa types are eligible for Medicare, it is strongly
advised to take out private health insurance cover.
The Australian Government provides information on private health insurance through the Private Health
Insurance Administrative Council. The Council provides a range of information including a list of private health
care providers. Ensure when choosing a health care provider that it includes all the services that you require and
that it includes coverage for Geelong private hospitals. For information about private health insurance in
Australia see http://www.privatehealth.gov.au/ More information is available from the Private Health Insurance
Administration council www.phiac.gov.au .
Be aware that waiting periods to the full range of services can apply. A waiting period is a period of time a
member must wait before their cover commences. A two month waiting period applies to most services but
some services have longer waiting periods. Optical and dental have a six month waiting period with most health
covers and obstetric related services have a 12 month waiting period.
This means that, if you fall pregnant while you are in Australia on a SIR Visa (subclass 495) and you are not
eligible for Medicare, you will need to pay the full range of medical costs. This can be very expensive. Some SIR
visa holders have decided to return home to deliver their baby and apply for a visa for the baby to return to
Australia. If you decide to have the baby in Australia, you might be able to make a repayment arrangement with
the hospital (ask for the Multicultural Liaisons Officer).

Information on the provision of health care services in Victoria can be found at the Victoria Government website
www.health.vic.gov.au

Geelong Health Services
Geelong Public Hospital - Barwon Health
Barwon Health is Victoria’s largest regional health service. It provides care to people in Geelong and South
Western Victoria.
Health services available through Barwon Health cover the full spectrum from emergency and acute to mental
heath, primary care, community services, aged care and subacute/rehabilitation.
More information on Barwon Health is available at www.barwonhealth.org.au
Private Hospitals in Geelong
Geelong also has two private hospitals, St John of God Hospital and Geelong Private Hospital.
More information on these hospitals can be found at:
St John of God www.sjog.org.au
Geelong Private www.healthscopehospitals.com.au

Finding a Doctor (General Practitioners)
The Geelong Region has a range of medical practitioners operating individually or as part of a larger medical
clinic. For more information on the range of practitioners available in Geelong go to the local directory, Geelong

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InfoPages, and type in “medical” www.geelonginfo.com. You can also find a list of GP practices at
http://www.barwonml.com.au/health-directory-2/gp-practice-locations
There are two methods for paying for general practitioner services in Australia, either through bulk billing or
directly at the doctor’s office as a fee-for-service.
Bulk billing is a payment option under the Medicare system of universal health insurance in Australia, where the
health service provider is paid the scheduled fee directly by the government, by billing the patient via their
Medicare card. Payments are: 100% of the scheduled fee for general practitioner services, 85% of the scheduled
fee for other out of hospital services, and 75% of the scheduled fee for in public hospital services. Health service
providers are able to charge above the scheduled fee for all services, so there may be some out of pocket
expenses for the patient, even when visiting a general practitioner.
Fee for Service is where the health service provider will collect the fee directly from the patient (there is no
restriction on this fee and it is determined by the provider). Patients eligible for Medicare then claim a rebate in a
variety of ways
     By claiming electronically at the medical practice where practice staff lodges your claim with Medicare
         and the benefit will be paid directly to you nominated bank account.
     Claiming online
     Downloading a Medicare claim form from and posting this form and receipt for service direct to Medicare
         to claim for a refund.
     Visiting a Medicare office, completing a claim form and receiving the benefit.
For more details on making a claim go to
http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/medicare/medicare/claiming-options

Emergency Numbers
To contact emergency services in Australia such as the Police, Ambulance or Fire Brigade, you must dial 000 for
assistance. An operator will ask you which service you require, your contact details and a location for where you
are.
Store this number in your mobile telephone and ensure all family members are aware of the Emergency Number
000. Write the number on your telephone so that in an emergency you do not become confused with other
numbers (such as that used in your home country) wasting valuable time.
                                                                  In an Emergency Dial – 000
It is also recommended you store your next of kin contact details in your mobile phone under ICE –( in case of an
emergency)

Australian Telephone Numbering
Australia's fixed lines begin with a two digit area code followed by an eight digit local number.
Example: 03 52XX XXXX. The area code is not required when calling locally.
Australia's mobile numbers use ten digits which all begin with 04, followed by two digits (formerly a mobile
network code), and the subscriber's six digit number, always dialled in full. Example: 0402 XXX XXX
For more see: http://www.idd.com.au/telephone-numbering-plan.php

What do I Need to Drive in Australia?
The requirement to change your overseas driver license to a Victorian driver license depends on whether your
stay in Victoria is temporary or permanent.
If you are in Victoria on a temporary visa, you can drive on your overseas driver license for as long as it is current
providing it is in English or accompanied by an English translation or International Driving Permit. There is no
requirement to get a Victorian driver license.
Vic Roads only accepts translations completed by:
                 a NAATI accredited (any level) translator or
                 an official translation from the country of origin or
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                       appropriate consulate in Australia.
If you have entered Victoria on a permanent visa, you may drive on your overseas driver license for:
               six months from the date you first entered Australia if the permanent visa was issued before you
                entered Australia; or,
               six months from the date when the permanent visa was issued to you if the permanent visa was
                issued to you whilst in Australia.
If you want to continue driving in Victoria after this time you must change your overseas license to a Victorian
driver license.
For details go to http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/Licences/NewToVictoria/
How to apply - Victorian driver license test
To obtain a Victorian driver’s license, you must be at least 18 years of age. You need to make an appointment to
undertake a road law knowledge test, hazard perception test (HPT), eyesight test and a driving assessment
(except as noted below) at a Vic Roads Customer Service Centre. If necessary, you must complete and pass the
road law knowledge test and hazard perception test before you attempt the driving assessment. Drivers from
recognised countries are not required to undertake any tests provided the citizen’s overseas license is current or
not expired by more than five years. The driver is still required to make an appointment to change over their
license.
For more information and details on how to make an appointment at Vic Roads got to: www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
Vic Roads Geelong is located at 180 Fyans Street South Geelong VIC 3220 13 11 71

Buying a Car
Where can I buy a car?
When planning on purchasing a car, there are three ways to find your car:
   Dealer: usually has one main brand in new cars. The section of used vehicles can be different brand types.
      A dealer usually has an on-site service centre and the car usually comes with a warranty.
   Car yard: sells all different types of cars and brands and does not have a service centre.
   Private sale: through the newspaper or internet.
What should I check before buying a car?
Before purchasing a car, you should check:
    The service history of a car and the roadworthy certificate
    VIP package through Vic Roads: you can check if the car has been in an accident, written-off, damaged,
        stolen, the number of times the car has been transferred, registration details (current, suspended,
        cancelled) or whether someone has a registered security interest over the vehicle.
What do I need to do when I have bought a car?
Once you have purchased your car you will need to make sure that you have:
    a current driver's license, either a Victorian driver's licence or an International driver's licence
    register your car with Vic Roads and take the Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance (this insurance
       covers the other car when you have been involved in an accident)
What should I consider when I have bought a car?
Optional is:
    Road side assistance with RACV www.racv.com.au
    Comprehensive insurance (this insurance covers your own car when you have been involved in an
       accident)

What Public Transport is Available in Geelong?

Bus transport is Geelong’s major form of public transport. Buses service most parts of the city. Bus services are
run by local operators Benders and McHarrys.
See the Geelong Bus Network on the Public Transport Victoria site http://ptv.vic.gov.au/ :
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     http://ptv.vic.gov.au/assets/PTV/Regional-network/Geelong-network-map.pdf
     http://ptv.vic.gov.au/assets/PTV/Regional-network/Geelong-town-centre-inset-map.pdf
Additional information on specific bus routes can be downloaded from http://ptv.vic.gov.au/maps-stations-
stops/regional-buses/bus/4964
For timetables, fares and services see
     Benders: http://www.mcharrys.com.au/services.html
     McHarrys: http://cdcvictoria.com.au/geelong.html
Regular train services, run by the Victorian Government agency V/line, provide access between Geelong and
Melbourne. The train journey is about one hour. All tickets which depart from or arrive into metropolitan
Melbourne can travel free on metropolitan trains, trams and buses at no extra cost. Additionally, tickets to/from
Geelong can travel on local town buses at no extra charge. (see http://www.vline.com.au/fares-and-
tickets/tickets/metropolitan.html ) Geelong Railway Station is Geelong’s main station with other stations located
at Marshall, South Geelong, North Geelong, North Shore, Corio, Lara and Little River. For more information on
V/line services, visit www.vline.com.au
Rail and bus services also depart Geelong for a range of other regional Victorian cities.

For information on taxis in Geelong see http://geelongtaxis.com.au/
To call a taxi in Geelong ph 131 008
For fee calculation see: http://www.taxifare.com.au/rates/australia/geelong/

How do I Find Somewhere to Live in Geelong?

Finding a place to live – Short Term Accommodation
When you first arrive in Australia, it may be worth trying to find some short term accommodation until you
decide exactly where you want to live and where you will find a job.
There are a number of short term accommodation options available in the Greater Geelong area with bedrooms,
bathrooms, lounge rooms and fully equipped kitchen facilities.
Outlined below is a list of those in walking distance of Geelong’s central city area, as you may be without a car
or transport when you first arrive.
                           Property:                                     Address:                            Phone / Email / Web:
                                                                                           61 3 5222 7733
                                                                  30 Westernbeach
 Aaronlee Waterfront Apartments                                                            stay@aaronlee.com.au
                                                                  Geelong 3220
                                                                                           www.aaronlee.com.au
 About Town Geelong City Apartments                               2/16 Fenwick Street      61 418 583 676 or 0439 435 957
 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, undercover parking                      Geelong 3220             www.abouttowngeelong.com.au
                                                                  90 McKillop Street       61 3 5221 5959
 Geelong Apartments
                                                                  Geelong 3220             www.geelongapartments.com.au/geelongapartments
 Moorabool Apartments                                             63 Kilgour Street        61 422 670627 or 61 3 5221 3811
 1 & 2 bedrooms, courtyard, off street parking                    Geelong 3220             www.mooraboolapartments.com.au/
                                                                                           61 3 5221 0566
 Nireeda on Clare                                                 Clare Street
                                                                                           info@nireedaapartments.com.au
 Studio & 2 bedroom apartments                                    Geelong 3220
                                                                                           www.nireedaapartments.com.au
                                                                                           61 3 5228 2000
                                                                  18 The Esplanade
 Quest Apartments                                                                          questgeelong@questapartments.com.au
                                                                  South Geelong 3220
                                                                                           www.questgeelong.com.au
                                                                                           61 427 785 404
 Sabina on Little Myers                                           90 Little Myers Street
                                                                                           stay@sabinaonlittlemyers.com.au
 3 bedroom house, off street parking                              Geelong 3220
                                                                                           www.sabinaonlittlemyers.com.au
 Warren Crest Apartments
                                                                  206 Myers Street         61 3 5221 5959
 Studio apartments and a 4 bedroom house
                                                                  Geelong 3220             www.geelongapartments.com.au/warrencrest.htm
 available
                                                                  6 Bellerine Street,      1300 855 260
 Vue Apartments
                                                                  Geelong Victoria 3220    http://www.vueapartments.com.au/


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There are also a number of centrally located caravan/tourist parks in the Geelong area that have cabin style
accommodation, as follows:

                           Property:                                     Address:                       Phone / Email / Web:
                                                                                       61 3 5243 3842
                                                                  153 Barrabool Road
 Barwon River Caravan & Tourist Park                                                   info@barwoncaravanpark.com.au
                                                                  Belmont 3216
                                                                                       www.barwoncaravanpark.com.au
                                                                                       61 3 5243 5505
                                                                  75 Barrabool Road
 Riverglen Holiday Park                                                                riverglenhp@bigpond.com
                                                                  Belmont 3216
                                                                                       www.riverglenhp.com.au

Another option is to go to www.google.com.au and type in “short term accommodation Geelong” or ‘Holiday
Houses Geelong’
Renting a Property
Geelong has a range of properties available for rent in different suburbs across the city.
Information on the different suburbs around Geelong and what services are available in each one can be found in
the City of Greater Geelong website. http://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/residents/suburbs/.
A map showing median house and rental values across the suburbs of Geelong can be found at
http://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/common/Public/Documents/8ce86e3ca233cc6-
New%20dwellings%20map_2011.pdf
Before commencing the process of renting a property, download information from the Victorian Government on
things you should consider when renting.
Information can be found at http://www.consumer.vic.gov.au.
The range of properties available in Geelong can be accessed at www.realestate.com.au and
www.domain.com.au. If you Goolge ‘real estate Geelong’ you will find listings for agents in the area and then
properties they have listed for sale or rent.
Once you have found a property that meets your requirements and budget, contact the real estate agent and
make a time to inspect the property. It is not uncommon for real estate agents to book inspection times with
more than one client interested in the same property.
If you are interested in a property, you must complete a Tenancy Application Form. It is usual that you will be
asked for either written references or referees whom they can contact. If you have written references from your
home country, have these available (if necessary have them translated into English). A letter of referral from
your sponsor may be useful.
If you are successful with your Tenancy Application Form, you must then complete a Lease Form. You will need
to negotiate a rental term, usually 6-12 months. It is usual practice to pay four weeks rent in advance. You may
also be required to pay a bond (normally 4 weeks rent), which is held by the Residential Tenancies Bond
Authority. It is customary for a final inspection of a rental property to determine whether / how much of your
bond you receive back at the end of the lease.
Make sure you complete a Property Condition Report when you move in. This allows you to specify in detail the
condition of the property when you moved in. It will avoid any damage that already existed in the property being
attributed to you when you move out. (You may choose to take some photos when you move in as proof of the
property condition).

Connecting services to your property
When you have negotiated a date to move into your property, you will need to arrange to have all services
connected (such as gas, electricity, water). You can arrange to do this yourself. Otherwise, most real estate
agents offer a service called CONNECT, where they make all the necessary arrangements/appointments for you.

Water
Your real estate agent will give you a form to complete to have the water bill transferred into your name. It is
important to note that water restrictions apply in Geelong. On arrival, see Barwon Water, the local water
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authority provider, to check regulation details. Check if water restrictions apply to your area for activities such as
watering gardens and washing the car. For more information, contact Barwon Water’s Water Restrictions Hotline
on 5273 4488 or visit the website http://www.barwonwater.vic.gov.au/ residential/restrictions

Gas & Electricity providers
Energy Watch is an independent company which can organise gas and electricity connections for you, at the
most competitive price for your area. Visit http://www.energywatch.com.au/ There are other websites offering
comparison services such as; You Compare http://youcompare.com.au/energy and iSelect
http://energy.iselect.com.au/electricity/?ref=EL_S_G_[energy_rates]

Alternatively you may wish to go directly to the specific Australian residential Energy providers listed below:
                  AGL                                                                            www.agl.com.au/
                  Alinta Energy                                                          www.alintaenergy.com.au/
                  Australian Power and Gas                                      www.australianpowerandgas.com.au/
                  Click Energy                                                            www.clickenergy.com.au/
                  Country Energy                                                        www.countryenergy.com.au
                  Dodo Energy                                                                   www.dodo.com.au/
                  Energy Australia                                                     www.energyaustralia.com.au
                  Lumo Energy                                                   www.lumoenergy.com.au/Power&Gas
                  Momentum Energy                                                  www.momentumenergy.com.au/
                  Neighbourhood Energy                                                 www.neighbourhood.com.au
                  Origin Energy                                                        www.originenergy.com.au/
                  PowerDirect                                                           www.powerdirect.com.au
                  Q Energy                                                                www.qenergy.com.au/
                  Red Energy                                                             www.redenergy.com.au/
                  Simply Energy                                                       www.simplyenergy.com.au/

Telephone & Internet providers
There are numerous telecommunication providers in Australia able to supply you with all your
telecommunication needs. Listed below is a selection of the well known companies.
                  Telstra                                                                       www.telstra.com.au
                  Optus                                                                          www.optus.com.au
                  Vodafone                                                                  www.vodafone.com.au
                  AAPT                                                                            www.aapt.com.au
                  Virgin                                                               www.virginbroadband.com.au
                  iPrimus                                                                      www.iprimus.com.au
For a list of residential Telephone companies see:                    http://www.idd.com.au/telephone-companies.php
For a list of Australian Mobile Providers see:                             http://www.idd.com.au/mobile-providers.php
For a list of Australian Internet providers see:                  http://www.idd.com.au/internet-service-providers.php
You can also use comparison services as per Gas and Electricity providers
Skype www.skype.com provides cheap or free phone calls through your computer and the internet. If your
family and friends back home also have skype (a skype account), your calls are free. If you are calling a landline
(local or overseas), you pay a very low rate.

Electrical Applicances
Domestic mains power supply in Australia is 240V AC,
50Hz. Standard 3-pin earthed power outlets are rated
at 10Amps and are usually switched. The 3-flat-pin
plug is used in all states of Australia.

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You can check what type of electrical power is used in your home country compared with Australia by visiting
www.kropla.com/electric2.htm
If you need to purchase electrical items, Choice www.choice.com.au/ offers unbiased comparison, product
reviews and buying guides for electrical appliances

How Do I Open a Bank Account?
When you open a bank account in Australia, you will need to provide identification. Each form of identification
you possess has a number of points associated with it. To open an account, you will need 100 points of
identification. For example, a passport is worth 70 points so you will need to provide another document to
complete the 100 points required. However, if you open a bank account within 6 weeks of arrival, your passport
will qualify for the full 100 points. At some point, you will be asked to provide an Australian Tax File Number.
This does not have to be at the time of opening the account.
There are four major banks in Australia. Each of these banks has a number of branches in Geelong:
    ANZ                                                                                                www.anz.com.au
                                                                                   http://www.movingtoaustralia.anz.com/

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia                                              www.commbank.com.au
                            http://www.commbank.com.au/personal/international/moving-to-australia.html
       http://www.commbank.com.au/personal/international/download-printed-forms/Moving_to_Australia.pdf

    National Australia Bank                                                                           www.nab.com.au
                                             http://www.nab.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/nab/nab/home/Personal_Finance/15/23/

    Westpac Bank                                                                                  www.westpac.com.au
                                         http://www.westpac.com.au/personal-banking/moving-to-australia/migrant-banking/

    The following banks are also present in Geelong:
            Bendigo Bank                                                                    www.bendigobank.com.au
            Bank of Melbourne                                                            www.bankofmelbourne.com.au/
            Bank of Queensland                                                                      www.boq.com.au
            Bankwest                                                                           www.bankwest.com.au

When you arrive in Australia, you can withdraw money from Automatic Teller Machines (ATM’s) with credit/debit
cards (check your card/the ATM for compatibility: Mestro and Cirrus, two of the largest ATM networks, belong to
MasterCard, Visa owns the Plus network.) There are daily limits that apply as to how much money you can
withdraw and there will be an ATM withdrawal charge, also be mindful of your banks fees for overseas
transactions and currency conversion. You can organise to transfer money from your home country to Australia
but you will need to discuss the fees and charges associated with doing this with your bank.

What Insurance Do I Require?
You may wish to consider taking out insurance to cover the following when you arrive in Australia.
           Content insurance (when renting to protect your belongings)
           Car insurance
           Private health insurance (hospital / dental / optical / ambulance)
Other optional insurance covers include:
            Income protection
            Life insurance
            Disability insurance
            Mortgage insurance
            Risk insurance
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What Education is Available in Geelong?
Education for children in Australia is compulsory. In Victoria, children must attend school from around 5-6 years
of age until they have completed year 10 and are 17 years of age. Australia has a system of government (public)
and non-government (private) schools. Geelong has a range of each throughout the region. The difference
between a government and non-government school is whether they charge school fees. A government school
does not charge school fees, but you may be requested to make a voluntary contribution for personal
educational items such as materials and services, for example text books and stationery. You may also be asked
to contribute to excursions/incursions and optional extras, for example class photographs and school magazines.
All schools in Geelong require a uniform to be worn. Non-government schools or private schools have a structure
of school fees which vary from school to school.
For a list of schools in the region and their contact details got to:
http://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/community/family/article/item/8cd2231d87b5532.aspx

There are four school terms. The main Summer holiday period for schools is from mid December to late January
or early February, with three shorter holiday periods of two weeks each during the year.
Primary and Secondary School is attended generally between the hours of 8.45am to 3.30pm weekdays.
Victorian School Terms 2012 Primary and Secondary State Schools
1st Term                Tuesday 29th January*– Friday 28th March
 nd
2 Term                  Monday 15th April - Friday 28th June
3rd Term                Monday 15th July - Friday 20th September
 th
4 Term                  Wednesday 7th October - Friday 20th December
*The first day of Term 1 is a student-free day in all government schools to allow for appropriate planning to take place for the arrival of
students. Each year government schools are provided with four student-free days for professional development, school planning and
administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting purposes. The remaining three student-free days are
determined by each individual school, so contact your school for details.

Kindergarten
Kindergartens provide play and learning experiences for preschool children. Pre-Kinder is for 3-4 year olds and
Pre-School is for 4-5 year olds. The Geelong Kindergarten Association provides a list of centres located
throughout the Geelong Region. More information can be found at www.gka.org.au. Kindergarten programs
are also available at some private schools and in Day Care Centres. Some visas are eligible for a subsidised
kindergarten pre school year.

Primary School
At around the age of 5 or 6 years, children commence primary school and attend primary school for seven years.
Primary school commences with a preparatory year referred to as Prep, and then Years (Grades) 1 - 6. (To attend
a government school in Victoria, your child must be five years of age by 30 April of the year they start school)
See: http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/living-in-victoria/education-and-childcare/primary-schools

Secondary School
Children attend high school (post primary school) Years 7 – 12 usually from the age of 11 or 12 years. A student
must complete year 10 or an equivalent and be in some form of education or training until the age of 17.
Successful completion of VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) through Year 11 and Year 12 is the most
common pathway to attend University or TAFE (Technical and Further Education).

Post Secondary Education

Gordon Institute of TAFE
The Gordon Institute of TAFE in Geelong offers more than 220 nationally accredited courses at the Certificate,
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Apprenticeship and Traineeship level.

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Courses are offered across eight key teaching schools.
    Applied Sciences, such as Nursing
    Art, Design and ICT
    Building and Construction
    Business and Management
    Community Services and Further Education
    Corrections Education
    Manufacturing
    Tourism, Hospitality and Cookery
The Gordon Institute of TAFE is a popular educational choice for local, national and international students, and
offers a wide range of specialist courses and innovative customised training for regional business.
http://www.thegordon.edu.au

Deakin University
Deakin University is one of Australia’s major universities with campuses in a number of locations in Victoria,
including two in Geelong (Waurn Ponds and along the Geelong Waterfront). Deakin offers a range of
professional and general Degree and Post Graduate courses in the areas of:
     Arts and Education
     Business and Law
     Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences
     Science and Technology
The university also has a reputation as one of the leading research universities in Victoria, with a dedicated
facility in the Geelong Technology precinct to lead its activities. Deakin is also in partnership to build a teaching
hospital next to the Waurn Ponds campus.
More information on Deakin University can be found at www.deakin.edu.au

What Services Does the Local Council Provide?
There are five Local Government (Council) authorities in the Geelong Region. Each Council can provide
information on the range of services it provides including child care, libraries, community services, events,
recreation facilities (such as Council swimming pools and leisure centres), pet ownership and rubbish collection in
your area.

City of Greater Geelong (Population of 215,150)                   www.geelongaustralia.com.au

Surf Coast Shire (Population of 26,493)                           www.surfcoast.vic.gov.au

Borough of Queenscliffe (Population of 3,054)                     www.queenscliff.vic.gov.au

Public Libraries
The Geelong Region has a number of public libraries available to the community which provide access to the
internet, newspapers and general reading material.

Regional Library Branches can be found in Barwon Heads, Belmont, Chilwell, Corio, Drysdale, Geelong, Geelong
West, Grovedale, Highton, Newcomb, Ocean Grove, Queenscliff, Torquay and Waurn Ponds.
The City of Greater Geelong and the Surf Coast Shire also have mobile libraries.

Visit the Geelong Regional Library website at: www.geelonglibraries.vic.gov.au for more details.

Community and Recreation Services

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Geelong has a wide range of recreation, sports and community clubs that operate within it. To check whether a
recreation, sport or community club has a presence in Geelong, access the City of Greater Geelong website
www.geelongaustralia.com.au and follow the link to Community Directory. For information on a range of leisure
activities   and     facilities  including     swimming    centres,     parks    and       playgrounds    see
http://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/leisure

What Local Media is Available in Geelong?
The Geelong Advertiser is Geelong’s daily regional newspaper (no edition on Sunday). The newspaper will help
you keep up-to-date with local events. The newspaper publishes an Employment Section in Saturday and
Wednesday’s edition and a detailed Property and Motor Guides on Saturday.

The Geelong News and the Independent are weekly free newspapers delivered to all households in Geelong City.
The Bellarine Echo is a weekly free newspaper delivered to households on the Bellarine Peninsular and in coastal
areas.
The Weekly Review is a free weekly real estate magazine with a Greater Geelong edition delivered in the
Geelong Region

The Geelong Times is a free monthly magazine delivered to most households in the city area.

The Geelong Business News is a dedicated Business Magazine published on a monthly basis. Copies can be
obtained from www.geelongbusiness.com.au

Television transmission in Australia is free-to-air. Geelong is included in the same television transmission zone as
Metropolitan Melbourne, there are 18 free to air digital channels. Broadcasters include commercial operators as
well as Government stations ABC & SBS (local and international programs) and Channel 31 (Community
Broadcasting Service).

Pay television is available in Geelong by a number of commercial providers such as Foxtel www.foxtel.com.au
and Neighbourhood Cable www.neighbourhoodcable.com.au

Geelong has access to all Melbourne radio transmission including Radio National (Australian Broadcasting
Corporation). Geelong has three of its own radio stations on the FM Band including K-Rock 95.5, Bay FM 93.9
and Pulse Radio 94.7 ( community radio ).

What are the Hours of Operation of Businesses and Shops?
Commercial businesses in Australia such as Government agencies, employment services, banks and legal
services operate continuous hours from 9am to 5pm (this will vary from business to business). These types of
businesses do not normally operate on Saturday or Sunday.

Retail businesses in Australia operate continuous hours from 9am-5.30pm. Most retail businesses also operate
on Saturdays. Retail outlets in major shopping centres generally operate seven days a week. Supermarkets and
food stores usually operate longer hours, such as 6am till 12pm, and often seven days a week.

Which Public Holidays will be Celebrated in 2013?
When dealing with Australian Authorities prior to arrival be aware that there are a number of public holidays
throughout the year.
Some public holidays vary between States and even between Regions.


2013 Victorian Public Holiday Dates

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                                                    2013                                         2014
New Year's Day*                                     Tuesday 1 January                            Wednesday 1 January
Australia Day*                                      Saturday 26 January                          Sunday 26 January
                                                    Monday 28 January = day in lieu              Monday 27 January = day in lieu
Labour Day                                          Monday 11 March                              Monday 10 March
Good Friday*                                        Friday 29 March                              Friday 18 April
Easter Saturday*                                    Saturday 30 March                            Saturday 19 April
Easter Monday*                                      Monday 1 April                               Monday 21 April
ANZAC Day*                                          Thursday 25 April                            Friday 25 April
Queen's Birthday*                                   Monday 10 June                               Monday 9 June
Geelong Cup                                         Wednesday 23 October                         Wednesday 22 October
                                                    (Geelong Businesses & Schools Only)
Melbourne Cup Day                                   Tuesday 5 November                           Tuesday 4 November
                                                    (Melbourne Metropolitan Area only)
Christmas Day*                                      Wednesday 25 December                        Thursday 25 December
Boxing Day*                                         Thursday 26 December                         Friday 26 December
(*National Holidays)


Does Daylight Saving or Summer Time Apply?
Australia’s south eastern states including the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales (NSW),
Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania all change time by one hour over the warmer months. Daylight
Savings Time commences at 2am on the first Sunday in October and ends at 2am on the first Sunday in April.


                                 Begins - Turn clock ahead 1 hours              Ends - Turn clock back 1 hour
Sunday                                         7 October 2012                           7 April 2013
Sunday                                         6 October 2013                           6 April 2014


What is the Weather in Geelong?
Australia is located in the southern hemisphere. Weather patterns throughout Australia vary greatly. Australia’s
northern areas are tropical with temperatures fairly constant all year. Alternatively, the country’s southern
states such as Victoria experience four distinct seasons with temperatures varying between seasons.

Summer (1 December to 28 February)                                       Autumn (1 March to 31 May)
Winter (1 June to 31 August)                                             Spring (1 September to 30 November)

Depending on when you intend to arrive in Australia you should come prepared with the appropriate clothing.

                                                  Average Temperatures by Season in Geelong

                                                    Average Maximum                     Average Minimum
Summer                                                            25.3                                 14.0
Autumn                                                            20.2                                  9.0
Winter                                                            13.9                                  5.1
Spring                                                            19.1                                  8.4




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 Useful Contacts to help new overseas migrants settle into Geelong
Contact                                                  Service                          Telephone      Address                                                           Website


Ambulance, Fire, Police                                  Emergency only                   000

Federal Government Services
Australian Taxation Office                               Tax File Number                  13 28 61       12-14 Little Ryrie St, Geelong                           www.ato.gov.au
Centrelink                                               Job Search Number                               170 Lt Malop St, Geelong                           www.centrelink.gov.au
Dept Immigration & Citizenship                           Visas/Permanent Residency        13 18 81       2 Lonsdale St, Melbourne                               www.immi.gov.au
Medicare                                                 Health Services                  13 20 11       Level 2 Market Square, Geelong                     www.medicare.gov.au
Vic Roads                                                License and registration         13 11 71       180 Fyans St, South Geelong                       www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

Multicultural services
AMES                                                     English Language Classes                                                                            www.ames.vic.edu.au
                                                         AMES @ Diversitat                5260 6000      25-41 Arunga Avenue Norlane North   www.diversitat.org.au/services/training
Diversitat                                               Migrant Resource Centre          5221 6044      153 Pakington St Geelong West                       www.diversitat.org.au
                                                                                                          st
VITS Language Link                                       Translation and Interpreters     9280 1990      1 Floor, 371 Spencer St Melbourne                        www.vits.com.au

Legal Assistance
Consumer Affairs                                                                          1300 558 181   113 Exhibition St Melbourne                     www.consumer.vic.gov.au
Geelong Community Legal Services                         Advice with legal enquiries      5221 4744      73 Pakington St Geelong West                   www.communitylaw.org.au
Victoria Legal Aid                                       Advice with legal enquiries      5226 5666      199 Moorabool St Geelong                         www.legalaid.vic.gov.au

Medical Services
Barwon Medicare Local –                                  Co-ordinates local health care   5229 1922      105 Yarra Street Geelong                    http://www.barwonml.com.au/
Barwon Health/ Geelong Hospital                          24hrs emergency service          5226 7111      Ryrie St Geelong                                www.barwonhealth.org.au
Geelong Private                                          Private hospital                 5226 1600      60-62 Bellarine St                              www.barwonhealth.org.au
Myers St Family Medical Practice                         8am – midnight                   5229 5192      148 Myers St Geelong                             www.gpageelong.com.au
St John of God                                           Private hospital                 5226 8888      80 Myers St Geelong                                     www.sjog.org.au

Tertiary Education Services
Deakin University                                        Professional courses             5227 2333                                                           www.deakin.edu.au
Diversitat                                               Training                         5224 2329      77 Yarra St Geelong                                www.diversitat.org.au
Gordon Institute of TAFE                                 Professional courses             5225 0500      Fenwick St Geelong                                www.gordontafe.edu.au


A_Z of Victorian Government Websites
http://www.vic.gov.au/contactsandservices/directory/?qa0_lfz99_120.&organization&b5354810-649f-4e31-9923-b89313d385c6&azweb#sect-B
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State Government Departments
Business and Innovation                                                            13 22 15      121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne                           www.dbi.vic.gov.au/
Education & Early Childhood Development                                            9637 2000     2 Treasury Pl East Melbourne                           www.education.vic.gov.au
Health                                                                             9096 9000     50 Lonsdale Street Melbourne                             www.health.vic.gov.au/
Human Services                                                                     9096 0000     50 Lonsdale Street Melbourne                           www.dhs.vic.gov.au/home
Justice                                                                            8684 0000     121 Exhibition St Melbourne                              www.justice.vic.gov.au
Planning & Community Development                                                   9208 3333     1 Spring St Melbourne                                     www.dpcd.vic.gov.au
Premier and Cabinet                                                                9651 5111     1 Treasury Place East Melbourne                            www.dpc.vic.gov.au/
Primary Industries                                                                 9658 4006     1 Spring St Melbourne                                       www.dpi.vic.gov.au
Sustainability and Environment                                                     5332 5000     8 Nicholson Street East Melbourne                          www.dse.vic.gov.au/
Transport                                                                          9655 6666     121 Exhibition St Melbourne                            www.transport.vic.gov.au
Treasury and Finance                                                               9651 5111     1 Treasury Place East Melbourne                             www.dtf.vic.gov.au/


Skilled Migration
Skilled and Business Migration Program                                       9651 9756           L20, 80 Collins St, Melbourne                      www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au
Overseas Qualifications Unit (OQU)       Assessment qualifications           1800 042 745        L20, 80 Collins St, Melbourne
                                                     http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au/employing-overseas-talent/settle-and-retain-new-workers/the-overseas-qualifications-unit
Geelong Region Skilled Migration Project 5272 4880                                               www.geelongaustralia.com.au/business/migration


Local Government
City of Greater Geelong                                  Local government issues   5272 5272     City Hall Gheringhap St Geelong                    www.geelongaustralia.com.au
Surf Coast Shire                                         Local government issues   5261 0600     1 Merrijig Rd, Torquay                                www.surfcoast.vic.gov.au
Borough of Queenscliffe                                  Local government issues   5258 1377     81 Nelson Rd, Queenscliffe                          www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au


Public Transport
Public Transport Victoria                                                          8608 5021                                                             http://corp.ptv.vic.gov.au/
Benders Buslines                                         Local Bus Services        5240 5000                                               http://cdcvictoria.com.au/geelong.html
Mc Harrys Buslines                                       Local Bus Services        5223 2111                                                                www.mcharrys.com.au
V/Line                                                   Regional Train Services   5226 6525                                                                     www.vline.com.au
Geelong Taxi Network                                                               131 008                                                             http://geelongtaxis.com.au/




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                                                                     Useful Contacts to help new overseas migrants settle into Geelong

Contact                                                  Service                          Telephone         Address                                                      Website

Community Services
Bethany                                                  Child & Family services          5278 8122         16 Ballarat Rd Hamlyn Heights                    www.bethany.org.au
Cloverdale Community Centre                              Community Centre                 5275 4415         167-169 Purnell Rd, Corio       www.cloverdalecommunitycentre.org.au/
Glastonbury                                              Child & Family services          5222 6911         222 Malop St, Geelong                         www.glastonbury.org.au/
Karingal                                                 Community Centre                 5249 8900         1 Riverview Tce, Belmont                         www.karingal.org.au
South Barwon Community Centre                            Community Centre                 5243 8388         33 Mt Pleasant Rd, Belmont                           www.sbcc.org.au
The Salvation Army                                       Community Support                5223 2434         26-28 Bellerine St,Geelong                   www.salvationarmy.org.au


General search websites
General search                                                                                                                                               www.google.com.au
Yellow pages                                             Directory of Business                                                                           www.yellowpages.com.au
White pages                                              Directory of Residential                                                                         www.whitepages.com.au
Geelong Info pages                                       Geelong Telephone Directory                                                                     www.geelonginfo.com.au

Rental accommodation                                                                                                                                       www.realestate.com.au
Employment                                                                                                                                                     www.seek.com.au
                                                                                                                                                           www.careerone.com.au


Useful contacts

Geelong Business News                   Local Business News                                                                                      http://www.biznewsmag.com.au/
Victorian Business Centre               Starting a Small Business           5223 2104                       69 Moorabool St, Geelong                     www.business.vic.gov.au
Geelong Otway Tourism                   Regional Tourism                                                                                                  www.geelongotway.org
Geelong Chamber of Commerce             Business Networking                                                                                        www.geelongchamber.com.au
Small Business Commissioner                                                                                                                                  www.sbc.vic.gov.au
Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Register Business Name                                                                                  www.asic.gov.au
Australian Bureau of Statistics         Statistics for Market Analysis                                                                                          www.abs.gov.au
Geelong Business Network                                                    5222 4766                       113 Yarra St, Geelong            www.geelongbusinessnetwork.com.au/
Committee for Geelong                                                                                                                          www.committeeforgeelong.com.au




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