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  1. Moving to Australia

    1. Visa Chat

      This forum is for discussing Australian visas and migration. Discuss all aspects about emigrating to Australia and the visa process.

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    2. Skilled Visas

      (e.g. 189, 190, 489)

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    3. Family / Partner Visas

      Discuss Partner (820 801 309 100), Parent (103 143 173 804 864 870 884), Child (101 802 445),  Remaining Relative & Aged Dependent Relative Visas 

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    4. Temporary Visas

      (457, 417, TSS)

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    5. Business Skills Visas

      (subclasses 132, 188, and 890 to 893)

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    6. Business Sponsored

      (186, 187, 494)

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    7. Visitor Visas

      Discuss ETA (601), eVisitor (651), Transit Visa (771) , Visitor (600), Work and Holiday (462) and Working Holiday Visas (417).

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    8. Shipping and Removals

      Moving to Australia? Discuss shipping/removals

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  2. Life in Australia

    1. Aussie Chat

      All the latest news, gossip and general chat about migrating to and living in Australia.

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    2. Household

      Removals, creepie crawlies, health a, welfare and pets - Everything to making your home in Oz.

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    3. Renting & Real Estate

      Renting and real estate discussion on properties in Australia.

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    4. Money & Finance

      Discuss foreign exchange, mortgages, lending and finance in general for your new life in Australia.

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    5. Education

      Talk about the Australian kindergarten, schools and higher education system.

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    6. Health

      Discuss all health related matters

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    7. Careers and Vacancies

      Discuss your career , job prospects and employment in Australia.

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    8. Kids Down Under

      Forum for chat about schools, playgroups, kids clubs, childcare options, activities, days out, where to shop, playparks and more.

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    11. Travel

      Discuss flights, vacations and holidays

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  3. Australian States & Territories

    1. ACT

      Discuss migrating to and living in the Australian Capital Territory. This includes Canberra and its surrounds.

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    2. New South Wales

      Discuss migrating to and living in New South Wales.

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    3. Northern Territory

      Discuss migrating to and living in the Northern Territory

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    4. Queensland

      Discuss migrating to and living in Queensland. This includes Brisbane and its surrounds.

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    5. South Australia

      Discuss migrating to and living in South Australia

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    6. Tasmania

      Discuss migrating to and living in Tasmania. This includes Hobart and its surrounds.

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    7. Victoria

      Discuss migrating to and living in Victoria

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    8. Western Australia

      Discuss migrating to and living in Western Australia. This includes Perth and its surrounds.

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  4. Partner Forums

    1. Money Transfer: Ask Moneycorp

      Chat with Moneycorp about moving your money to / from Australia

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    2. Financial Advice: Ask Vista

      Vista Financial Services - Expert Advice on Financial Advice, UK Pensions Transfers to Australian Superannuation – QROP

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    3. Shipping Pets: Ask Pet Air

      Pet Travel queries? Ask Pet Air - A bespoke pet travel service owned and run by vets.

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  5. Moving to the UK

    1. UK Chat

      Are you an expat in Australia moving back to the UK. Use this forum to discuss the move back.

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  6. PomsInOz Specific

    1. Chewing the fat

      This forum is for all off topic conversations and general banter. Please Note:- Abusive, racist and personal insults will not be tolerated

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    • We are in SA so cant comment directly on Canberra, but Im in the APS and theres a fair few at my work who have either worked over in Canberra or relocated to Adelaide from the ACT. They all say theres plenty of (Federal Govt) jobs in Canberra and also thats its way easier to move up compared to say Adelaide or Perth.  One lady said recently, and I quote 'you can be an absolute idiot and still reach APS6' (in Canberra) 😀.   Theres a fair few made the switch from State to Federal also.  Im assuming you have your baseline security clearance?   With that and your state govt experience you shouldnt have a problem, even if its just a contract gig to get you started.
    • Trying to attach scanned endorsed photo but no option to "choose file"? Any ideas?    EDIT: For some reason I had to attach the rear first, then it would let me click attach and took me to the page where you select your face! 
    • It depends how prepared you are for roughing it.  If you want to ease in gently, start by staying at camping sites which have proper toilets, showers with hot water and barbecues to cook on, somewhere close to civilsation so you can get to a cafe for breakfast.  That will cut down dramatically on the amount of paraphernalia you need to buy.    Your first decision is what you're going to camp in - a tent or a camper or a caravan?  If you're on a tight budget, the obvious choice is a tent.  I would go for a 3-person or 4-person tent.  A 2-person tent is literally big enough for two people to lie down in and not much else.  However, if you're not an outdoorsy person, a note of caution,  I'm not outdoorsy either, and  I hate camping in tents because I hate bugs.  Most modern tents do have zip-up doors but it's surprising how many creepy-crawlies manage to get in - especially in Australia!   When we first arrived in Australia, we camped in our car.   We had a station wagon (estate car) - remember those?  The back of a SUV or hatchback isn't as long as an estate, but people do camp in them.  I prefer being up off the ground!   https://windowvisors.com.au/napier-sportz-cove-small-to-mid-size-vehicles/ https://outdoorsmagic.com/article/turning-hatchback-car-mini-camper/ https://www.kathmandu.com.au/summit-journal/expert-advice/camping-checklist
    • I’ve been an expat both in Africa and Brunei, both times working and living temporarily in another country on a contract, so could never be either a permanent resident or citizen.I am now an Australian citizen, so I am not an expat here.
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