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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Survival Books; 7th Revised edition edition (31 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907339256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907339257
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 1.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Hampshire was born in England and after serving in the Royal Air Force he was employed for many years in the computer industry, before taking up writing full-time in the '80s. His work has taken him around the world and he has lived and worked in many countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Panama, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. David is an authority on living, working, retiring and buying property abroad, and is the author, co-author or editor of over 20 titles, including the best-selling Living and Working in America, Australia, Britain, Canada, France, London, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland. David lives in Bath, England with his partner Alexandria.
A complete list of David's books (sole author unless indicated) is shown below:
Buying a Home in Australia - co author
Buying a Home in France
Buying a Home in Italy
Buying a Home in Portugal
Buying a Home in Spain
Buying or Renting a Home in London - co-author
Buying or Renting a Home in Switzerland - co author
Buying Selling & Letting Property
Culture Wise America - co-author
Culture Wise Australia - co-author
Culture Wise England - co-author
Living and Working in America
Living and Working in Australia
Living and Working in Britain
Living and Working in Canada - co-author
Living and Working in France
Living and Working in London - co-author
Living and Working in New Zealand
Living and Working in Spain
Living and Working in Switzerland
Retiring in France
US Immigration Handbook - co-author


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Written by Survival's stalwart author David Hampshire, this book covers the ground in the comprehensive, no-brick-unturned style of the series. --A Place in the Sun Magazine

This edition of Living & Working in Australia is bigger and better than ever before, it contains indispensable information about life in Australia and is a must for anyone tempted by life down under! --Homes Worldwide Magazine

"I found this a wonderful
book crammed with
facts and figures, with a
straightforward approach
to the problems and pitfalls
you are likely to encounter.
The whole laced with
humour and a thorough
understanding of what's
involved. Gets my vote!"
--Reader (Amazon)

About the Author

David Hampshire, Bath (England) is an experienced travel writer (author, co-author or editor of over 20 books) and an authority on living and working abroad. He lived in Australia in the 80s and is also the co-author of Buying a Home in Australia and Culture Wise Australia --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan. 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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gill on 22 Nov. 2005
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An excellent, very detailed book which gives loads of very helpful information. I have read a number of books about emigrating to Australia and this is certainly the best I have found so far.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Sept. 2000
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I haven't even gotten to Australia yet and this book has been incredibly useful to me. I am relocating to Sydney next month and this book helped me negotiate my new contract and determine what I need to do before I go. It also has great sections for the worriers amongst us, such as what exactly happens when you reach Immigration Control in the Airport. I'll definitley be taking it with me and dipping into it many times over the next few months.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Beckett on 1 Dec. 2012
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I have been considering emigrating to Australia for a couple of years and had so many questions that needed answers before I made up my mind. This book was brilliant, it states in plain english many of the basics things I needed to know. The immigration agency referred me to several 100+ page documents that still left me confused. This book clearly and concisely explains most of the headaches you'll face going through the emigration process and how to settle in OZ. Living and Working in Australia: A Survival Handbook (Survival Handbooks)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Kerry Dunn on 2 April 2011
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there is nothing here really that you can't already find on the net or from one of the Australian/Expat forums. Plus the forum information will be more up to date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan on 21 Mar. 2011
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A must-have book for anyone thinking of emigrating to Australia or for those who have now got a visa to migrate. It's very factual, easy to read and humerous. It's just like an encyclopaedia but more fun to read!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dave_42 on 26 Jan. 2011
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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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