Posted 06.05.2014 @ 8.25PM
thanks @RYAN_SPACEY thats really helpful! good piont about doing the regional work first to get it out of the way- out of interest does anyone know if bar work is classed as regional wotk in tasmania.... iv heard rumours that it is but perhaps thats just an urban myth... at least with that the hours would be a bit more flexible so i could keep up the freelancing... also can you break up the 3 months regional work into say 1 month slots...
re: tax if your paying tax in the uk for work done with a client back home do you then have to pay tax a second time in aus.... on that same money/commission... does that make sense, maybe thats a silly question!
Posted 01.05.2014 @ 11.45PM (Edited 02.05.2014 @ 12.35AM)
also ha ha @SCOTTY yeh the hairdressers are still on the in demand skills list, nothing against those who keep our barnets looking good but does australia really need more hairdressers over medical prefessionals....
Posted 01.05.2014 @ 11.34PM (Edited 01.05.2014 @ 11.49PM)
wow guys thanks so much for all your help and advice!
lots to take in and think about... i think from what everyones said the 1 yr working visa is going to be the way to go, and see how things go while im out there- whether i can get sponsored etc... off the back of this id like to pick your brains somemore if you dont mind! you seem like a pretty knowledgable bunch!
-so if your on a W.H.V do you have to work explicitly for clients in australia or can you do work for clients overseas....?
-also does anyone know what the deal is with tax if your a freelancer working under a W.H.V? for both australian and overseas clients...?
-can anyone recommend some fabulous illustration/design agencys who might possibly be willing to take on someone working in aus under W.H.V?
-from what i can gather to extend your W.H.V for a second year you have to do 3 months regional work, like fruit picking, farming etc... (im sure this would be agreat experience buuuut does that have to be fulltime work? im just a little concerned that if you have to sack in the freelance work in order to do this, you'll loose your clients...?)
last but not least, as its quite a big and possibly isolating move to make especially if freelancing- can anyone recommend any good sites for finding shared studio space (it would be great to work with other creatives and meet new people instead of being sat at home solo on my laptop!) also as iv mentioned im pretty sold on TAS, i already have freinds there so i guess it seems like the obvious choice (and a little less scary!) but from what iv seen through researching melbourne seems like the place to be for all things creative.... if i base myself in TAS am i going to feel cut off from the creative industry...?
thanks again you lovely people!
p.s @LOONEY and @DAVE the whole permanent visa things makes falling in love look eeeeeasy! ;-)
Posted 29.04.2014 @ 3.09AM (Edited 29.04.2014 @ 3.12AM)
A couple of yrs ago I visited Aus and fell madly in love with the place and the people, I returned again earlier this year to continue my love affair this time in Tasmania. Now im completely sold on the idea of making the big move to Australia.
Im currently based in the Uk working for a reputable childrens book publishers, I would like to branch out and try the freelance gig for a while so I can get a wide breadth of work under my belt.
But theres a slight hitch, from what iv gathered from immigration there arent many options for freelance creatives emigrating to Aus.... it seems that you pretty much have to be sponsered by either an employer or state/ region...(which as most companys would just employ designers and illustrators on a freelance basis rather than a fulltime in house contract sponsoring doesnt seem like much of an option)... or theres the pionts tested independant visa option but I get the impression that to apply for this your occupation needs to be on the list for indemand skills- which sadly for me graphic design and illustraion arent. (I suppose because Australia already has such a massive wealth of talented creatives!)
So far it looks like the only option open to me is a year holiday working visa (but a year seems like no time at all and im almost 100% sure i will want to stay for longer than that, or even look into emigrating permanently)
Does anyone have any insight into the mind boggling world of visas for freelance creatives?
Any advice would be very much apreciated!