Dream Australia

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Claudia and Rachid Ait-Touati (Murraylands / Riverland region) and Mary and Javier Centenera (Mallala region) Stories

After feeling trapped in their home country of Holland, Claudia and Rachid decided it was time to realise Claudia’s childhood dream of moving to Australia. A migration agent advised them they would not be granted an Australian working visa. They didn’t have much money in the bank. If they couldn’t work they wouldn’t last long. But they decided to try their luck. They packed five bags, their young family and headed to Australia on a tourist visa.
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Murraylands / Riverland Region

The region’s diverse multi-cultural community includes people from India, the Philippines, China, the U.K., Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Bhutan and the Sudan. Most have been attracted to this region through Australia’s Skilled Migration program.

The major areas of employment in the region include;
Agriculture 19.2%
Health Care & Social Assistance 12.7%
Manufacturing 9.6%
Retail 9%
Education & Training 7.4%
Construction 5.7%

Currently, there is a demand for skilled workers in a range of industries including intensive animal production, horticulture and manufacturing as well as opportunities in the provision of professional services.
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Visit Far North and Flinders Ranges Region

Lift your soul in South Australia’s timeless Flinders Ranges and outback, home to Wilpena Pound and the underground opal town of Coober Pedy. Star gaze, see rare native wildlife, and uncover Aboriginal and pastoral history. For an adventure, drive the South Australian Loop from Adelaide, hike the Heysen trail or 4WD to the Simpson Desert and mostly arid Lake Eyre.
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Victoria, located in the south-east of the mainland, is, in terms of land area, the smallest of Australia’s States. Victoria is, however, Australia's most densely populated state and, with approximately 5,355,000 people, its second-most populous state overall. Its capital and largest city, Melbourne is Australia's second-largest city.

Victoria is bordered by Bass Strait and Tasmania to the south, New South Wales to the north, the Tasman Sea to the east, and South Australia to the west. It enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate with cool, wet winters and relatively warm to hot and dry summers.

Victoria, despite its relatively small area, is home to a wide variety of regions and landscapes. The alpine region is one of Australia’s favourite winter playgrounds while the southern coastline and the famous ‘surf coast,’ featuring the Great Ocean Road, offer some of the most dramatic scenery to be found anywhere in the world, including ancient temperate rainforests and spectacular landforms shaped by the Southern Ocean. The riverland region is lush and rich thanks to the widespread use of irrigation and the western districts, with sprawling grazing and farming properties, provide an excellent example of the rural wealth of the Australian continent.

Approximately 70% of Victorians are Australian born. This percentage decreases to around two-thirds in Melbourne but increases to higher than 90% in some rural areas in the north west of the state. Around 65% of Victorians have Australian, Scottish, English or Irish heritage. The largest groups of people born outside Australia came from Britain, Greece, Italy China, Vietnam and New Zealand.

More than 75% of all Victorians live in Melbourne which is located on the coast in the State's south. The greater Melbourne metropolitan area is home to an estimated 4.2 million people. Other major urban population centres include Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat.


The Victorian capital is a world-class city that is famous for hosting some of the most prestigious events on the international sporting calendar. Although Melbourne does lack the benefits of Sydney’s magnificent harbour setting, the character of the city does to some extent set it apart from the nation’s largest population centre.

‘Melbournians,’ as they are known, are quick to highlight the cultural life of the city and the more refined nature of the city’s major boulevards when they talk about the Victorian capital.

Melbourne currently has a population of approximately 4.2 million people. This population is increasing at a significant rate by Australian standards and is expected to pass the population of Sydney in the late 2020’s which will make Melbourne Australia’s largest city.

Despite it size and rate of growth, Melbourne has been ranked as the world’s most liveable city for 2013 by the Economist Intelligence Unit and has regularly featured in the top 3 of these rankings in recent years. Given the cultural, sporting and entertainment options Melbourne offers, such a ranking shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Melbourne has a number of other distinct advantages including access to world class universities, multiple options for those interested in technical and further education, an excellent schools system, easily accessible health care facilities, Australia’s most widespread network of tram and rail services and arts and cultural institutions that are the envy of many large cities overseas.

Additionally, housing affordability in Melbourne has increased in recent months, as the median price of a dwelling in Melbourne has grown at a slower rate than in the rest of Victoria.  The portion of income required to meet loan repayments for a house in Melbourne has decreased in the last twelve months when compared with the March quarter in 2012.

Melbourne is also home to the busiest seaport in Australia and its financial hub rivals that of Sydney in terms of its importance to the Australian economy.

In summary, Melbourne offers a diverse and rich lifestyle in a city that is a major centre of growth in Australia. It's ranking as the world’s most liveable city comes as no surprise to its many residents and the expectation is that Melbourne will continue to lead the way in the liveability stakes.

Victorian Economy

The Victorian economy is highly diversified. The services sector, including financial and property services, health and education, retail, hospitality and tourism all make significant contributions to employment in Victoria.

The manufacturing sector is also significant although not as important as it once was, largely due to the downturn in manufacturing in Australia in recent decades. This sort of re-structure is often the hallmark of a mature, developed economy.

For more information on the Victorian Economy: here

Major Regional Cities

Victoria is home to a number of major regional centres despite that fact that the vast majority of Victoria’s population is resident in Melbourne.

Geelong, Victoria’s second largest city, is located on the coast approximately 75 kilometres south west of Melbourne and has a population of around 215,000 people. Geelong was for many years a major industrial centre and is currently home the Ford Australia Motor Company.

For more information on the Victorian Regional Communities: here


Victoria’s education network is the equal of any in Australia. Pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, Institutes of TAFE and universities are readily accessible and the quality of the education that is offered is high.

The public schools system managed by the Victorian government is extensive and students attend without the need to pay tuition fees. There are also many independent schools in Victoria with in excess of 30% of Victoria’s school aged population currently attending an independent or private school.

Post-secondary education is provided by Victoria’s nine Universities or one the many Institutes of Technical and Further Education located throughout the state.

Victoria’s universities are world class and include the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Deakin University, Latrobe University, Swinburne University of Technology, RMIT University, the University of Ballarat, Victoria University and the Australian Catholic University.

An emphasis on the provision of a world class education is common to each of these institutions.

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Nurse & Midwife Career Opportunities at Queensland Health

Queensland Health offers nurses and midwives many interesting and diverse career opportunities. Work environments vary from rural facilities to coastal hospitals, to clinics and busy city hospitals.

There are two levels of regulated nurses in Australia – Registered Nurses (RNs) and Enrolled Nurses (ENs). Enrolled nurses usually work with a registered nurse to provide patients with basic nursing care but do less complex procedures than RNs.

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Health Workforce Queensland

Health Workforce Queensland recruits and supports doctors, nurses and allied health professionals needed in rural and remote Queensland. Health Workforce Queenslands role is to match the right professionals with the right communities, then help and support them as they provide essential health services to the people who live there.

Working in rural Queensland can offer many benefits including the knowledge that you are really making a difference.  Better health isn’t just about seeing a doctor or health professional when you have a health need. 

Access to healthcare is fundamental to every community’s feeling of self-worth. It’s about stable communities, and knowing that help is there when, where and how it is needed.  Knowing that you are part of the healthcare solution provides excellent job satisfaction.

The scope of rural practice that you will encounter is diverse and more complex than that experienced by your urban colleagues.  Rural healthcare offers more exposure to a range of diverse patient presentations giving you the opportunity to continually develop your skills.  Being part of a small community also allows you to offer consistency of care by really getting to know your patients and their individual health needs.

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