Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Singapore Kongsi (Australia)'s Facebook Community Page

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting to you the community facebook page of our group. The page was set up to share information and latest news regarding migration, work, study and living in Australia. Why do we need a Page when we already have so many groups? Pages are for businesses, organizations and brands to share their stories and connect with people. People who like the Page will get updates in their news feeds.

How are Pages different from groups? Which one should I join? Well, you don't have to join a Page, we use it as a webpage for the group to share important information, latest news and updates. Discussion are still encourage in the group instead of the Page. We want to keep a clean and informative platform in the Page to benefit Singaporean looking for serious answer for their enquiries.

Pages allow real organizations, businesses, celebrities and brands to communicate broadly with people who like them. Pages may only be created and managed by official representatives.

Groups provide a closed space for small groups of people to communicate about shared interests. Groups can be created by anyone.

Other differences include:
Privacy: Page information and posts are public and generally available to everyone on Facebook.
Audience: Anyone can like a Page to become connected with it and get news feed updates. There is no limit to how many people can like a Page.
Communication: Page admins can share posts under the Page’s name. Page posts appear in the news feeds of people who like the Page. Page admins can also create customized apps for their Pages and check Page Insights to track the Page’s growth and activity.

Privacy: In addition to an open setting, more privacy settings are available for groups. In secret and closed groups, posts are only visible to group members.
Audience: Group members must be approved or added by other members. When a group reaches a certain size, some features are limited. The most useful groups tend to be the ones you create with small groups of people you know.
Communication: In groups, members receive notifications by default when any member posts in the group. Group members can participate in chats, upload photos to shared albums, collaborate on group docs and invite members who are friends to group events.

You can also help to promote the Page by clicking LIKE and sharing it on your personal timeline.

Singapore Kongsi (Australia) Facebook Community Page

For discussion, please proceed to:
Singapore Kongsi (Australia) Facebook Group

Friday, 18 May 2012

Useful website for Singaporeans in Sydney

Useful website for Singaporeans in Sydney

One of our Singaporean friend has decided to set-up a website to give some useful information to Singaporeans in Sydney.

Please feel free to take a look:

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Looking for Mature aged Singaporeans in Australia

Looking for Mature aged Singaporeans in Australia

Hi all, we have a few email queries specifically looking for Mature aged Singaporeans, so if you are one,  or if your parents come to Australia regularly, and want to meet up with similar aged persons.. do let us know.

We try to put you in contact with other Mature aged Singaporeans in Australia.

To utilise this service, please contact us via the contact us page and we will put you in our "Mature aged Singaporeans in Australia mailing list" promptly. 

Friday, 27 April 2012



Hi everyone, if you are in Melbourne why not go to this event?

Event: Get Lost Maze
Location: Queensbridge Square, Southbank, Melbourne
Date & Time: Friday 27th April (7am-9pm) and Saturday 28th April (9am-6pm)
Admission: Entry is free 

Read more here:

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Negotiating your Salary and work hours

Negotiating your Salary and work hours

After getting a job, most of us will be wondering what our pay and work hours like. Some will just jump in to sign the contract.. after all the pay in the contract is much higher than our previous pay in Singapore.. But before you do anything .. please wait!!!! Read this article first!.

 In Australia, there are 2 kinds of "job contracts", Individual contracts or Award/Enterprise agreement.. which on are you on?

Individual Contract

It may be an "individual contract" e.g. your pay is confidential to you only. You can negotiate your own pay and terms of contract like working hours or other benefits.

For individual contract it maybe more flexible, you should be able to negotiate your own salary, whether you want to salary sacrifice your pay to buy a car, for your house mortgage, RDOs etc..

For those of you who are not too sure on the negotiation process, joining a union may help as they have experienced people who can help you look through your contract before you sign it.

Award or Enterprise agreement

It maybe part of a award or enterprise agreement, where someone / or some group (Usually a union) has already negotiated your pay and benefits on behalf of you. Your pay and benefits will be exactly the same as the person doing the same job as you are.

When you accept a job in this category, means you accept the terms of your enterprise agreement. You can search award or enterprise agreements at Fair Work Australia website http://www.fwa.gov.au/

Award / enterprise agreement are non negotiable with no extra claim while in force unless provisioned, you will be unable to vary any terms or conditions while the award/enterprise agreement is in force.

Usually they are in force for a period of 2 years where the next round of negotiation with the employer commence. You will be able to nominate a representative, which is usually your union to negotiate on your

Sometimes there maybe a dispute with the employer on the negotiation process over pay and conditions. Then there's the usual stop work meetings, strikes, etc that you see on tv quite often..

For professionals, there's Apesma, they can help you if you are a member

For tradies
Go thru the website and find the union that is most relevant to your job.

Working Hours
Typically 38 hours week,
Some jobs has flexible starting and ending time, just check or arrange with your boss
Some company may pay overtime or penalty rates, please check with your employer

In NSW, everyone is entiled to 2 months long service leave after working for the same employer for 10 years.
Some jobs usually award/enterprise agreement usually provision for a "RDO" or rotating day off once or twice a month.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Will it rain in my area today?

Will it rain in my area today?

It's rainy season in now Sydney once again .. and one way the locals check the if rain is coming is by checking the radar.. a sample of the picture is as below..

It is an animated image that tells you approximately where the rain are heading.. from this page we can see mid/moderate rain along the coast of NSW between Sydney and Newcastle..

Link to the radar is here:

Of coz you have the regular weather update on the news, papers etc..

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Catching Public Transport in Sydney

Catching Public Transport in Sydney

The website for public transport info in NSW is here:

Type of public transport
Most commonly used are Bus/Trains/Ferry although there are others like tram and monorail as well.

Most common tickets


Single trips for irregular users 
(usually @ non peak hours, Buy direct from bus drivers, drivers give change, sometimes if at peak hours, bus drivers dont sell tickets to fasten boarding time, in this case, buy from authorised bus ticket resellers)

Multi trip bus tickets
Called Travel 10, please check prices from the link above, valid for 10 trips. Depending on how far you are travelling on a bus. The ticket above is a travel 10 for 1-2 sections.

Tickets do not have an expiry date and is valid for 10 trips

Buy from authorised resellers, e,.g. newsagent. just ask for "travel 10s"


System map:


Single trips for irregular users 
Buy at train station.Either vending machine or buy from the ticketing counter.
Avaliable in Single trip or Return. Buy a "Return" ticket if you are going somewhere and coming back to the same station on the same day

Tip: Buy a return ticket after 9am and you will save in paying "off peak" fares

Weekly train tickets "weeklies"
Called weeklies, valid for 7 days although 14 days are available for double the price. Valid for 7 days between your 2 nominated stations

Tip: Buy a weekly after 3pm, it's valid on that day and 7 days thereafter.

Seldom take ferry, but for major jetty like circular quay, either buy tickets from vending machines or ticket counter.

If boarding from smaller jetty, buy from the conductor after boarding the ferry.

Tickets for multiple modes of transports e.g. Bus/train/ferry good for unlimited rides

  • Day tripper - Valid for the whole day on many public transport in Sydney - ~about $20. 
  • My multi tickets - e.g. mymulti1, mymulti2, mymulti3, Valid for 7 days on many public transport in the area that you have chosen.
  • Family tickets only valid on Sundays, ~$2.50 for each travelling adult if travelling as family

Again please check link above for the real prices.

Catching a train at night

When travelling at night, you will notice that the train is very empty, the best and safest way is to travel on the train carriage next to the guard.

The guard is usually located in the middle of a 8 train carriage or in the last carriage if the train is a 4 train carriage.

You can also identify where are the possible locations on a train station platform where the train guard's carriage is likely to stop by looking out for the "Night safe area" words painted in blue on the platform next to the yellow line or the blue light on the train carriage.

If trains are not operating at night, nightride buses are available.

Train time table:

As for copy of the train timetable the next time you buy a train ticket from the ticketing counter.

Extra fees for using Airport Train station and certain stations on the airport line

If boarding a train from the airport, additional fee applies as the train stations are privately operated.

Safety advises:

Here's some safety tips and advise from the mata mata:

Please feel free to ask any questions