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By notoriousft 1 April 2009 27

We have recently moved to Canberra because of my wife’s job. It’s my 5th month in Australia. We were in Melbourne up until a few days.

I am a chemist and used to work as a research scientist before coming from overseas. I would kindly request your recommendations on how to find a job in ACT and to get driving license quickly.

Any suggestions highly welcome.

P.S. Sorry for my English. It’s only my 5th month in Australia.

[ED – racists and xenophobes will be moderated without mercy]

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SheepGroper 10:14 pm 01 Apr 09

notoriousft said :

From what I`ve learnt it is at least a 55-minute-test and it wouldn`t be a fluke if you pass that long test. In Victoria it takes maximum 25 minutes – which would make more of a fluke there-

There’s at least one guy on the roads of Canberra with a license who fluked it, the instructor who had to pass him told me about it. He said that after being told he wasn’t ready to go solo the student insisted on going for the one-off test, and on the second try he passed. The instructor can’t fail a driver just because he knows he’s unsafe.

notoriousft 9:59 pm 01 Apr 09

SheepGroper said :

notoriousft said :

Which area seems to be the easiest? Because there are 4: Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Woden and Dickson.

I’d rather people were tested thoroughly then fluke a one-off test before being allowed to drive on the roads I drive on.

From what I`ve learnt it is at least a 55-minute-test and it wouldn`t be a fluke if you pass that long test. In Victoria it takes maximum 25 minutes – which would make more of a fluke there-

Ruby Wednesday 8:47 pm 01 Apr 09

ant, I think it is the secretary of each department’s discretion, but it is my understanding that most don’t exercise it these days unless it’s a very compelling case (a position of critical importance where there’s a shortage of local staff, and without any security implications, I would imagine).

SheepGroper 8:34 pm 01 Apr 09

notoriousft said :

Which area seems to be the easiest? Because there are 4: Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Woden and Dickson.

I’d rather people were tested thoroughly then fluke a one-off test before being allowed to drive on the roads I drive on.

ant 8:16 pm 01 Apr 09

I thought it was just a new trendy l337 spelling for Link/Linky!

That’s a bugger that even temps have to be citizens now. I wonder why they did that?

Ruby Wednesday 7:34 pm 01 Apr 09

Let’s pretend I meant ‘ye olde linke’ and didn’t just spell ‘link’ incorrectly. Whoops!

Ruby Wednesday 7:33 pm 01 Apr 09

As per this linke, assessments are only done at Tuggeranong and Dickson:

The cost for booking the 55 minute assessment is $78.40.

Bookings can be made in person at any ACT Government Shopfront. They can also be made over the telephone by calling 13 22 81.

Assessments are conducted from the ACT Government Shopfront in Tuggeranong and Dickson. You will need to select a location at the time of booking.

You also need to have held you learner’s permit for a minimum of six months, if I remember rightly. It’s all on the website.

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