Up to 1000 Greek Taxi Drivers Will be Hired to Ease Melbourne’s...

Up to 1000 Greek Taxi Drivers Will be Hired to Ease Melbourne’s Cabbie Shortage

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The Australian government plans to invite taxi-drivers from the economically ravaged nation of Greece, promising them guaranteed jobs and an attractive lifestyle in Melbourne, according to a recent article from the Herald Sun online newspaper.

That will radically change Melbourne’s image as history will be repeated. There was a period when Greek cabbies were a feature in the big Australian city and that is about to be revived.

Many candidates will attend a circle of seminars in Athens where they will be familiarized with the needs of Melbourne, as well as the relevant legal frame.

The seminars will have the form of preliminary tests for “students” applying for a “student visa”. The ones who will pass the “exams” will be allowed to work in Melbourne for 20 hours a week as taxi drivers.

Following that, the Australian Taxi Academy will employ training methods, such as use of GPS navigation lessons, driving, mentoring by experienced taxi drivers etc.

The standard driver training fee of up to 900 dollars will be waived for inductees. An alliance of taxi operators, including TaxiLink and Ambassador Taxis, is also planned.

There was a period when 80% of taxi drivers in Australia were Greeks, admits a Greek driver in Melbourne, pointing out that today’s percentages are extremely lower. That applies of course to many countries were immigrants are usually the one driving taxis.

Taxi drivers’ representatives in Melbourne are expressing their content that an innovation is at last about to be made in their field, and they seem pretty ready to welcome the Greek drivers.

(Source: www.heraldsun.com.au)

  • CharalaG

    great news……I miss getting greeted by a greek taxi driver at Melbourne Airport who barracks for Collingwood.  

  • FreCo

    Where can I get more info?

  • Harry

    I am the person that is responsible for making this offer to the Greek community.
    I am the owner of Taxi-Link and the Australian Taxi Academy and am looking for drivers to drive our modern taxi fleet in Melbourne.
    Melbourne provides a great opportunity for Greeks looking for an opportunity to come to Australia.
    Melbourne is the third largest Greek community in the world.
    We need over 1000 Drivers to drive the Melbourne Taxi Fleet.
    As I am a Greek Australian I want to help the community with employmnet and opportunity.
    Our office contact number is 613 95438700 and my email is harry@taxilink.com.au

  • http://twitter.com/SandiHLogan Sandi Logan

    BREAKING NEWS — Dept Immigration, Canberra statement 15 March 2012

    No, the Australian Government has absolutely NO “plans to invite taxi-drivers from the economically ravaged nation of Greece, promising them guaranteed jobs and an attractive lifestyle in Melbourne”. Further, your misreporting of the original Herald Sun report unfairly raises expectations, both at home (patrons) and abroad (possible students). Australia boasts a proud and long history of migration from many countries, including Greece. Likewise, Australia’s education sector is an important contributor to the economy, as well as an attractive option for overseas students.  However anyone considering travelling to Australia to study needs to know there are strict visa conditions around work (maximum 20 hours per week during semesters), as well as strict requirements regarding financial independence. Next time Greek Reporter wants to re-write a mainstream media report, check the facts first, and please: don’t make it up. Repeating the opening par: the Australian Government has absolutely NO “plans to invite taxi-drivers from the economically ravaged nation of Greece, promising them guaranteed jobs and an attractive lifestyle in Melbourne”.

  • Panayotis Dimodetis

     hello from Thessaloniki, Greece Harry.  Could you please be more specific on the requirements for this work, like age, driving license, spoken languages, salaries, etc.  My email is dimodetis1@yahoo.com and this idea of working in Australia, is really tempting.
    Looking forward for your reply,
    regards-Panayotis Dimodetis

  • Freco

    Today on Greek TV they said that Melbourne is an expensive city to live and taxi drivers has to work too many hours to get a decent salary.
    This job used to be done by India people, but they stop doing it because money was awful.
    Is that true?

  • kwnstantina

    how can i log in? i want to take the oppurtunity and graduate the school

  • aristeidis

     Hi Harry. i am Aristides. us more information on this subject; mine remained EMAIL: antonito72@hotmail.com.  regards-ARISTEIDIS

  • kosmas

    I am taxi driver and have taxi in greece for my father And I want come at austrelia Too Work. I am 25years old and i drive taxi 4years old i am execellnt driver and i dont have nothing accident.My English is Not very bad and no very good is normal.i have too all diploments until E katigorias My email is kosmas87@windowslive.com if want me tell me thank you so much and good works!

  • Betadinos

    πως μπορω να μαθω λεπτομεριες για τα δικαιολογιτικα που χρειαζονται και τα κριτιρια που θελουν? ποθ μπορω να απευθεινθω? 

  • aggelos

    i wanyt to be part of this, but how i could do this agtheofanopoulos@gmail.com
    because here in greece nobody knows nothing neither the embasy neither the goverment

  • Fotis

    Hello there. I m a Greek unemployed for the last one and a half year, looking forward to move to Australia. My English are fluent and I had been driving 5 to 8 hours a day in my previous jobs as an Expansion manager. The situation here is pretty bad (the real unemployment rate is more than 35%) and getting constantly worse, so moving to Melbourne to work as a taxi driver is a really good opportunity for me. Could you provide me with any information regarding what procedures I must follow in order to get hired?
    Thank you.

  • Zompyrak

     Hello ,
    I am very much interesting for a job like that.
    Would you please give me a telephone number or a email  , so i could be able to apply for that?
    Please send these informations to    zompyrak@@yahoo:disqus .gr

       Regards    ,                      Nikos Nikitakis      Crete-Greece

  • Kapaleo

     grateful and excited about this carrier opportunity my cv is already in the email you have provided. A thousand thanks again!

  • cristos roskas

     Cristos Roskas I Am  41 Years Old – Alone
    I am from Thessaloniki Greece, i work about 20 years traver  on tracks
    I like to  come to Australia to drive taxi
    I Spake three language Spanish (very good), German (Good),English (moderate)
    Telefon. 6978110404
    Telefon. 2394052392

  • cristos roskas

    Cristos Roskas I Am  41 Years Old   e-mail. djgordi71@yahoo.gr
    I am from Thessaloniki Greece, i work about 20 years traver  on tracks
    I like to  come to Australia to drive taxi
    I Spake three language Spanish (very good), German (Good),English (moderate)
    Telefon. 6978110404
    Telefon. 2394052392

  • Takis

     Hallo ,i am takis orfanidis from Greece i work many hours daily as courier on a van with a very small salary and the company probably will close.My english are very good,my age is 32,my  driver’s license is for all the categories (car,truck,trailer truck) and want to work in Australia My ph. number is   6981669662  and mail   alosbou@yahoo.com please contact

  • cristos roskas

     Cristos Roskas I Am  41 Years Old e-mail.digordi71@yahoo.gr
    I am from Thessaloniki Greece, i work about 20 years traver  on tracks
    I like to  come to Australia to drive taxi
    I Spake three language Spanish (very good), German (Good),English (moderate)
    Telefon. 6978110404
    Telefon. 2394052392

  • Nkossidis

    I am nikos from Patras, taxidriver for 12 hours per day working for nothing and i’d like to come to australia working for a better life! I am 48 years old, my emailadress is nkossidis@gmail.com and my moble is 6977976046

  • Cabi

    Hi
    It’s scam don’t trust this article and not even these people because there is already hard to make money in Australia by the cab drivers.
    So I recmond you not to waste your time and money

  • Melbournecabbie

     This is true.

  • kostaskonstantinos

    could you please give us more information?? I’ve sent you an e-mail.
    what should we do ??

  • Yannis Faraklas

    Hello Harry. My name is Yannis and i would like you to provide me with additional information regarding requirements for this job. Please e-mail me to giannisfa@yahoo.gr

  • Kosta

    Yassou
    My name Kosta67reth. I am from Rethymno Crete. Although I am courier on bike I have also lived in Athens where I drive taxi for tourists.  I really would love to come to Australia and find me a wife. My Engrish very good and I follow orders.  You contact me on  KostaKok@yahoo.com

  • Immigration office

    I work for the Australian Immigration and I think somebody is getting your hopes up high.  You see, to get a visa to live in Australia, it works on a point system.  Australia these days accepts educated / skilled English speaking citizens.   I don’t think driving a taxi is classified as ‘skilled’. You will also need a sponsor.  I have worked on a case where a sister was trying to bring her brother over and she couldn’t, due to the lack of points.

    Unless you marry somebody from Australia, I don’t see how you will get permanent residency.  Getting into the USA is much easier. I do believe Greek Reporter is a US based paper so they have no clue about the immigration system in Australia and the point system.

    Good luck

  • Kosta

    So, you find me wife instead?  Maybe a Greek woman so we make plenty Greek baby. We Greeks created democracy and history so we should be allowed to come and spread Hellenism to the world

  • Stamos Turkoglou

    Greeks should honor their country not be traitors by leaving her behind.

    Greeks needs more Greeks

  • Vickykre

    Hi Harry,
    my name is Vasilis and I’m a taxi driver in greece and would like to work in australia. I have a few questions. First of all I have a greek passport. What other papers are required? Since I dont have anyone in Melbourne, will accomodation be provided? My email is vickykre@hotmail.com. My phone number is 2634024108

  • Garry

    hi brothers dont believe on these peoples. they are operator of taxi.once they sponser you.then they will give you hard time. in 20 hours you can not make even 300 doller. i can gurantee you.
    what ever you earn , these people will take half of your earning. and these people wont give you car if you are not driving full. by law you can work only 20 hours. thats all the story. i am giving you suggestion. its upto you , you follow it or denie it. these operator are blood sucker. they exploit you. dont play with your future.talk to the other taxi drivers in melbourne. why everyday
    hundereds of driver quiting this job. and working in other industry.if you can earn good money in taxi , then why they working in 16 doller or 17 doller per hour job. can these operator explain this. not they cant,

    thanks

  • C Bogianoglou

    Hallo Mr Harry

    My name is Bogianoglou Costas and I am from Greece and specific from Pireaus.
    I am car mechanic and I have my own repair store.
    My email is c.bogianoglou@gmail.com and I am intresting about job. Also if you need car mecanics for your car fleet I steel work for you.
    Please send me more informations about it.
    Best wishes
    Bogianoglou Costas

  • Eleni Sarigiannidou

    Good Day,

  • http://twitter.com/TheRhodian The Rhodian

    Yes This Is True.

  • http://twitter.com/TheRhodian The Rhodian

    α’μπράβο η Ελλάς ποτέ δεν πεθαινει…

  • http://twitter.com/TheRhodian The Rhodian

    Harry you’ll get to Australia and then you’ll regret it about 1 year later. I am a Greek Australian who has come back in the middle of the crisis FROM AUSTRALIA. Greece is forever agapi mou, Go to Australia if you like Chinese food, because that’s all you’re gonna get there. Go to England instead, it’s closer

  • Nasir Mehmood

    i need a job.i have a experinced in driving.and i also do any work.please contact me if u need.