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    george as always i thank you:notworthy: nearly had a day of angry haircuts so that said my clients thank you too:twitcy: jools x ]
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    @Jools State sponsored applicants are highly unlikely to be capped and killed. It will be open season on some of the recent onshore graduates though, and it seems likely that one culling mechanism to be used will be the IELTS test. @Everyone. There are some indications in the Hansard from this week's Senate Estimates hearings as to how things might go on 1 July, in particular there will not be a new points test on that day and the current points allocation for relevant occupations will be maintained. However the Department now has a major roadshow explaining the changes, and this is scheduled for Monday, after which there will no doubt be sufficient information for people to start making plans again. Cheers, George Lombard
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    You are lucky. I don't eat Cadburys here because I don't like the different taste. :eek: :biglaugh: I agree everyone has a different experience and therefore different views. We have been very lucky and things have fallen into place for us and if they hadn't, we might be thinking of returning to the UK. We still think of the UK as our home and as a good place to live. We are trying something different and so far so good. Having said that. We left the door open in the UK so we can return easily and made a point of not 'living the dream'. By that I mean living by the beach many miles from the CBD in a great big new house on a great big new estate. We chose to live in a modest house 5 mins from the CBD in an established neighbourhood. We can walk to Coles and Woolworths and Foodland and the library and the Post Office. There is a frequent, cheap bus service to the CBD. The best restaurants in Adelaide are 5 mins away in a taxi for a night out. The closest city beach is 20 mins away. The deserted beaches are about an hour to two hours away. Easily doable at the weekend. So what I'm saying is be careful about what you wish for. Beachside living is a lovely dream but to achieve it nowadays you will need to live a significant distance from where the jobs are due to the cost of property. There is a reason that some areas are cheaper and commuting distance is one of them. So prepare yourself for this reality and you will be fine. The other thing we have done is not mix with too many Brits. We have some good British friends but we try to mix with as many different people as we can. You can get sucked into an expat Word which revolves around how things are different to 'home' rather than concentrating on the here and now. I have also heard of people leaving Australia because of problems within expat groups. So prepare yourself for not having a huge group of friends for a while and for the fact that expat groups can have problems. Your social life in the UK took years to develop, be patient, it will happen here too. Our experience of wages is that they are significantly lower. Similar jobs to those we held in the UK are advertising rates of about half UK pay. This may be Adelaide specific. Again prepare yourself for the rates of pay in your new home and for the fact they aren't going to welcome some johnny come lately with open arms just because they have UK experience. Why should they? Accept the fact that you will have to prove how good you are. Education - we chose the school before we chose where to live. Don't chose an area and assume the school is good. Do your research. There are bad, medium and good schools in Australia just like in the UK. Consider living in a cheaper area and sending your kids private as it can be surprisingly cheap here. Houses in 'good' school zones are more expensive - just like in the UK. If you want to hedge your bets with older children, send them to an IB school. The IB qualification is recognised in the UK and the schools teach to internationally agreed standards. Both public and private schools here in Adelaide use the IB system. There are many more things I could say but the basic theme is the same, do your research, accept that life here is going to be the same old slog as in the UK with work and school etc and that you could be possibly be financially worse off. If you rely on help from your family you will miss that here. If all things considered you think the good things you personally will gain will out weigh the bad, then try it but try and leave the door open so that you can return easily.
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