My mother is trying to talk me out of my plans to work in Australia. I’m a junior physiotherapist hoping to secure a sponsorship contract in a rural location and I have already arranged registration. My family is very concerned that I will be committed to a dodgy contract in the middle of nowhere that I can’t get out of. Can you indicate the implications of breaking a contract? If I do go ahead and am successful in gaining work is there any opportunity for career development? What is the minimum contract length and can I extend it?
One of our major objectives is to ensure that our candidates have as much information as possible regarding both the position they have been offered and the destination to which they will be travelling. We also do our best to encourage clients to be aware of the huge commitment you are making and to provide adequate orientation and support in the first few months when it is most needed.
GHS will maintain contact with you upon arrival and encourages you to call us during your settling in phase with any queries you may have, or just for a chat. We have a national freecall number to assist you. Our aim is to be sure you will not want to break an arranged contract. In the unlikely instance that you are very unhappy or have to return home due to unforeseen circumstances, your visa will be cancelled and you are required to leave Australia. If you are keen to stay beyond the end of your contract there is usually the potential to extend.
In some cases candidates have gone a step further and applied successfully for permanent residency during their employ. Most contracts specify a two year commitment although it’s possible, in some cases, to gain a 12 month contract. Generally, the longer you are prepared to commit the more likely it is that you will have an opportunity for further training. If you become a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association you will be eligible to participate in courses they convene. If you have reservations and are eligible for a working holiday visa, you may wish to undertake a short term position before committing to a longer term sponsorship position.