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Hey anymore information on Active? Wages etc as I'm currently waiting for a placement and wondering how much they pay as I've got to pay for a wife and 4 kids! :( until she gets a job.

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Hey I've got an answer now for the above question now, but now I've got a more important question. I have my second interview on Monday and worried what this will entail? Any advice asap would be really appreciated cheers

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Well I've just had a second interview and they said there keen and have loads of work? Maybe there looking for good climbers ;)

 

Matt as long as your under 50 and can find a company to sponsor you you won't have a problem if you have the skills and experience.

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Hi

I know this is an old thread but to answer your question. I have worked for Active in and around Adelaide.

I was on a working holiday visa and needed a job. So I looked up their address and turned up at their Adelaide office. The manager was an English guy called Jim. He asked if I had experience and if I had my NPTC cards which I did. After asking me who I had worked for in the UK, which was Tilhill. He said I could start the following Monday.

As a company they are very good and the biggest utility cutting company in Australia. They work in every state I think.

The guys I worked with were all good guys and hard workers. I started off on the ground but after a couple a weeks they had me climbing, The distances and voltages and voltages are the same as the UK apart from they have several different voltages on the same poles.

They use allot of MEWP's and they try to cut I think 20 spans a day and its hot work.

Climbing is looked upon as a dangerous job and you get decent money for it ( not like in UK )

Also they don't like climbers working in the rain ( to dangerous / slippery ) not that it rains much.

All in all, a good company with allot of scope and career choices.

 

Jon

 

 

 

 

 

Hey, are NPTC certs recognised in Australia??

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Hi Guys,

 

I'm currently 17 (Turning 18 in August) and planning on heading out to Australia next January for about 5 months, ideally Melbourne area as have connections but could go elsewhere. I've had two years experience working as a groundie and I'm getting my CS30 & 31 tickets this July. Where is the best place to start in terms of looking for work? I've got my own PPE - will I be able to take this with me? Is it necessary to have a medium rigid licence (as most job vacancies I've looked at require this) - I've got a standard UK driving licence? I'll be going out on a holiday working visa...does this mean I pay tax on anything I earn?

 

Thanks in advance :)

Bobby

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Hi Guys,

 

I'm currently 17 (Turning 18 in August) and planning on heading out to Australia next January for about 5 months, ideally Melbourne area as have connections but could go elsewhere. I've had two years experience working as a groundie and I'm getting my CS30 & 31 tickets this July. Where is the best place to start in terms of looking for work? I've got my own PPE - will I be able to take this with me? Is it necessary to have a medium rigid licence (as most job vacancies I've looked at require this) - I've got a standard UK driving licence? I'll be going out on a holiday working visa...does this mean I pay tax on anything I earn?

 

Thanks in advance :)

Bobby

 

 

Hi Bobby,

 

I'm currently working in Australia on my second year working visa, to answer some of your questions I got a job by emailing and calling tree companies they are usually quite willing to give you a shot and go from there you'll probably struggle to get someone to give you a set length of time before they see you work, you'll have better luck looking for jobs in some of the smaller country towns rather than the big cities as there is a bit of a lack of workers who pull their weight in the smaller towns. Having your truck licences does help but isn't essential most firms employ a few truckers or if they are a very small firm won't have massive trucks. Everything here is flat out so be prepared to work flat out in the stinking heat!! With regards to tax, I'm being taxed as a resident so it varies week in week what I get taxed but they are taking about changing the laws so people on a WH visa pay a flat rate of 30% on everything they earn, currently though at the end of their tax year (end of June) you can claim back tax up to the tax free allowance which currently stands at 19kAUD. Your visa will only allow you to work for the same firm for 6 months, they then have to sponsor you if you want to stay longer (or find another way of paying you)

 

To give some input on some other things mentioned on this thread, As far as the guys I wrk with tell me say Active are the largest tree firm in the Southern Hemisphere, they do pretty much all the powerlines clearance. not sure what working for them is like.

 

I've been working out here for 6 months now, it's an experience for anyone who likes this line of work, the way we do things here is bigger and faster than England, if we can get cranes diggers massive choppers and big trucks in we will smash out massive jobs in a matter of hours likewise if there is room around a tree we usually only climb it to put a bull line in it and fell it! We do road side jobs for th council and usually all we do is fell the hazardous trees across the road and push them out of the way with the diggers before chipping them stuff I don't think we'd get away with in England!

 

Like I said earlier there is some what of a shortage out in the country in Australia of decent climbers and hard working groundies with their tickets from what I gather this is because here you usually have a job before you go and get qualified compared to at home where people go to collage and get qualified before going to look for a job.

 

My boss out here is currently looking for hard working guys to come and work for him out here, he can arrange accomodation vehicle etc for the right guys! He is looking for experiance ideally but it's down to whoever would be interested to talk to him and try and convince him they're the right guys! We are based in the central table lands in NSW about 200km from Sydney. If anyone would be interested message me and I'll pass on your details to him.

 

Cheers

 

Ed

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