South Australia is an Australian state located on the southern part, its capital city, Adelaide is considered the gateway to the region. It is the fourth largest of the country’s states and territories. It is also known as the state of festivals and of fine wine.
South Australia’s economy centers on the agriculture, manufacturing, and mining industries while the state’s employment sectors are in healthcare and social assistance. In 2009-2010, the retail trade is the second largest employer in South Australia with 12% of the state’s work force. The manufacturing industry also plays an important role in South Australia’s economy and playing a large part in exports, it consists of automotive and component manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, defense technology and electronic system. South Australia is also the major construction hub for Australia’s defense maritime vessels and military aircraft.
South Australia attracts migrants workers because of its strong economy and world class health and educational system. Skills shortage and the threat of aging population force its acceptance for more foreign workers. The state will keep on hiring Filipinos because of its excellent communication skills, and their similar and comparable competence with Australian professionals.
The Philippines currently represents South Australia’s 6th largest source market for migrants workers many of whom helping to ease the demand for trade skills mostly in the field of the mining industry, manufacturing and health sectors such as nurses and doctors. There are about 5,000 Filipinos living in South Australia with many of them working as engineers, nurses, information technology experts and other professions.
More migrant Filipinos enter the country due to its open policy on skilled workers and migration, opening the doors for our fellow countrymen an opportunity to build their future living in the “Down Under.” As the population of the migrant Filipinos increases, different communities established to cater the needs, and the security and welfare of Filipinos in South Australia.
Filipino-Australian Community in South Australia (Filozsa) is a non-sectarian, non- profit, non-political organization of Filipino and Filipino-Australian residents in South Australia. They aim to preserve the Filipino culture and to promote a positive image for Filipinos and Filipino-Australian and to support the community they serve. They also aim to learn and teach Filipino customs, preserved the Filipino heritage and its custom even if they are living in Australia. The organization offers cultural, educational and professional outreach programs in order to retain,increase membership and raise awareness of the association in the community. It also collaborates with other Filipino community organizations to be able to raise funds to provide academic scholarship.
Filipino Settlement Coordinating Council of SA, Inc., located in 5 Planters Dr. Hallett Cove, SA 5158, Australia. It aims to help in the settlement and welfare assistance for individuals and families of Filipino Communities particularly new arrivals – including information, employment assistance, cultural, social, regional and spiritual support. There is also promotion of cultural diversity through links and cooperation with the other organizations, group,and communities. If you need their assistance, visit their website here for more details.
Aside from the Filipino Communities that look after the welfare of its fellow Filipinos who are in living in South Australia, there are also business establishments owned by Filipinos who had successfully established their own name in the region but still has that Filipino way in them.
Filipino Bakehaus and Asian Grocery, sells Filipino products that are very familiar to the homeland. Their products include the famous breakfast bread, the pan de sal and sugar-drenched ensaymada buns. They also sell tocino, longganisa, carp and milkfish(bangus). The store is located at 98 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide with telephone number +61 8 8241 1311.
Bamboo House, this restaurant serves delicious choices of Filipino and other Asian dishes. They also cater and serve in house parties, and bigger functions like birthdays, weddings, company gatherings, and anniversaries. They can definitely satisfy your craving for a dose of Filipino taste. It is located in Shop 26 A, Ingle Farm Shopping Centre, Ingle Farm, South Australia, 5098. Neighborhood: Holden Hill with contact number +61 8 8396 5761.
Tita Kays, this restaurant is famous for serving the best selling and infamous Filipino dishes such as Crispy pata, Kare-kare, Mechado, and their own Tita Kay’s BBQ range and Tita Kay’s Puto Pao. Their standard of quality is to deliver high-quality food that aims to bring tastes and services that Filipinos. A taste of their specialties will surely make anyone who miss the Philippines feel at home. Tita Kays also accept catering services, deliveries, takeaway and dine-in services. The restaurant is located at Shop 2, 493 North East Rd., Hillcrest, Adelaide, South Australia 5086. Contact number : +61 88266 0623 and email address: email@example.com.
Australia will keep on hiring Filipinos as it faces skills shortage and booming economy. So, Filipinos living in different parts of Australia expect to see more of your countrymen as the hiring continues.
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