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Living and Working in Australia: A Survival Handbook Paperback – Feb 16 2011


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Survival Books, Ltd; 7th Edition edition (Feb. 16 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907339256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907339257
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 762 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave_42 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 25 2011
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brooke D Bernstein on June 13 2001
Format: Paperback
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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By Ralf on Jan. 23 2000
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on Oct. 9 1998
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on Sept. 9 1998
Format: Paperback
Recommended and essential reading for anyone who are considering working in Australia
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