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Living and Working in Australia: A Survival Handbook [Paperback]

David Hampshire
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Feb. 16 2011 Living & Working in Australia
Written in an entertaining style with a touch of humor, Living and Working in Australia is designed to provide newcomers with the practical information necessary for a relatively trouble-free life. Its contents include finding a job, permits & visas, health, accommodation, finance, insurance, education, shopping, post office and telephone services, public transport, motoring, TV and radio, leisure, sports and much, much more. It is packed with vital information and insider tips to help minimize culture shock and reduce the newcomer's rookie period to a minimum. Living and Working in Australia is essential reading for anyone planning to spend an extended period in Australia. Printed in color.

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David Hampshire, Bath (England) is an experienced travel writer (author, co-author or editor of over 20 books) and an authority on living and working abroad. He lived in Australia in the ‘80s and is also the co-author of Buying a Home in Australia and Culture Wise Australia --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars From someone who actually used it June 13 2001
I bought this book when I found out that my company had actually agreed to transfer me to Australia ... but they were giving me very little help in what to expect. This book is not a "travel" guide. It's a practical guide on how to settle down in Australia - things like, how to get a drivers licence, where to apply for a tax file number, even how to do a hook turn in Melbourne. It has never steered me wrong, and I've recommended it to many expat friends.
A must-have if you're thinking about moving there.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Accurate Enough Jan. 25 2011
By Dave_42 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Accuracy is key for a book of this sort, and "Living and Working in Australia" (the 3rd Edition) by David Hampshire comes up short in this area. Now, to be fair, there are newer editions of this work, as I have seen a 6th edition which was published in 2009, so the issues I have with this book may have been addressed. However, the buyer must be careful when selecting a book of this type.

The 3rd edition was published in 2005, and I first travelled to Australia in late 2006, so I would have expected the book to be much more accurate than it was. Note that I am not so concerned about differences in prices and that sort of detail, because clearly such things can change quickly, and any book could be rendered inaccurate simply in the time it takes to publish and appear in bookshops. No, it is the oddities which are mentioned in this book as fact, and yet completely differ from anything I have ever seen which are of concern to me.

To pick a somewhat trivial example, there is a paragraph included on Traffic Lights in the motoring section, where the author goes out of his way to mention the sequence of traffic lights being red -> yellow -> green -> yellow -> red and that yellow is a warning to get ready to go. I've been in four states in Australia, and I have never seen a traffic light that operates that way. I have asked people who have lived in Australia their whole lives, and they had never heard of traffic lights with that sequence. Only one person thought that perhaps older traffic lights may have had a flaw where they would flash amber just before green, but that it wasn't part of the sequence by rather a mechanism issue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the title says it all Jan. 22 2000
By Ralf
Having read a number of publications of similar approach I must admit this one's outstanding. The information provided is not only considering almost every single aspect of living in Oz, but most important: it's (imho) spot-on and even pretty much up-to-date. David's writing is fun and easy to read and I would recommend this book to everyone on the move down under.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books i have ever read. Oct. 9 1998
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It helps you in many ways to seattle in a foreing country. It is the best way to get updated information before you decide to travel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent masterpiece Sept. 9 1998
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Recommended and essential reading for anyone who are considering working in Australia
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