It’s true: There are well-paid jobs available for East Java workers in Western Australia.
But there are three big catches:
- If you’re not properly qualified and experienced in a trade and with genuine documents to prove your skills – forget it!
- And don’t bother applying unless you have a reasonable level of English – or are prepared to improve your language skills.
- You’re competing against determined and clever workers from the Philippines, Korea and elsewhere.
What sort of jobs?
Semi skilled trades people. Check the list end of the page.
What sort of skills?
• Minimum Graduate of a SMK with good marks in your selected trade.
• At least three years working full-time.
• Fit and willing to work hard for long hours.
• Proper certificates and good references from your bosses.
• No criminal record.
• A clean driving licence.
• Good computer and Internet skills.
Can women and men apply?
What about age?
Between 25 and 45,
What sort of money can I earn?
About AUD 50,000/year (Rp 37 million / month). Higher levels are paid for skilled and experienced workers in specialised areas, like gas pipe welding – lower wages for cleaners and painters.
Are there deductions?
Yes. You have to pay tax and may also have to pay for accommodation and food – depending on the job and location. Taxes are high – about Rp 6.5 million / month and living costs expensive.
Are these permanent positions?
Can I use the RMA scheme to become an Australian permanent resident?
Where’s the work?
Most jobs will be in mines and mining communities under construction far from cities, in arid areas that are extremely hot. The agents are concentrating on work in Western Australia, which has a Sister-State agreement with East Java.
If I don’t like the job or the location, can I move to a city?
No. If you leave your job you will have to leave Australia.
Can my wife or husband come with me?
No – unless they also have a job.
How long will I be away from home?
We are hoping to start a Fly-In, Fly Out (FIFO) system so workers can return to their families in East Java once a month.
Will I have to take courses and tests?
Yes. Unless you have good English skills you will have to attend and pay for intensive language courses. Medical examinations, police clearances and other checks are required. Your employer will pay for other costs.
That depends on how job-ready you are. For example, someone who has good English skills and has worked overseas will have to pay less than someone who needs extra training. You will be told the fees once you are assessed.
Suppose I don’t have enough money?
Binamandiri has organised for KUR TKI with BRI to lend money to genuine workers.
Is this a new scheme?
Yes. In 2011 the Australian Government announced a new temporary worker scheme for skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers. It’s called the Regional Migration Agreement (RMA).
What’s the reason?
The Australian economy is booming, creating big labour shortages specifically in remote areas.
How do I know this is genuine?
Get independent advice. Make your own enquiries by contacting an authority like the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, the Western Australian Government’s Trade Office in Jakarta, the Australian Indonesian Business Council or the East Java Governor’s Office.
Who are the agents?
PT Binamandiri in Malang and SBS Ltd, run by Australian Duncan Graham and Erlinawati Graham, have joined to provide agency services.
I’ve worked in lots of jobs. I’m a skilled all-rounder. I’m young, smart and work hard. However I don’t have formal qualifications. Am I eligible?
OK, I’ll get someone to write me some qualifications.
If you use false or forged documents you will be banned from entering Australia.
Why is English important? I know enough to do my job.
A good level of English is necessary to thoroughly understand instructions and health and safety issues in the workplace.
When I get to Australia, will anyone be able to help me if I have difficulties?
Yes. You’ll get special training in cultural issues before you leave Indonesia. Once you get to Australia pastoral care advisers will be available.
Do Australians discriminate against Asians?
Racial discrimination is illegal in Australia. It is also illegal for bosses to cheat you, like paying lower wages.
Suppose I have a dispute with my boss?
Australian law protects workers and SBS will help you with any problems provided you have been honest and not broken the law.
- Air-conditioning fitters
- Steel fabricators
- High voltage electricians
- Auto electricians
- Telecommunication technicians
- Electronic technicians
- Motor vehicle mechanics
- Diesel mechanics
- Heavy equipment mechanics
- Heavy equipment operators
Other jobs are likely to be listed, so contact the agents for updates. You must use English and the Internet to communicate. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org