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  1. 4 points
    A bit more to this thread if I may, @unzippy; have the readers given any thought to being a donor for internal organs? I almost needed 'new' liver and the specialist asked if I would become one, which I did. So, when you kark it, some internal organs may help another person to keep alive. I'm sure the Big Chappie upstairs won't mind if you arrive minus a kidney. Cheers, Bobj.
  2. 3 points
    Hi Linda. Whether the non CPV number is 500 or 750 for 2022-23 is arguably of little material significance. If the new Federal Government is serious about limiting the significant number of BV holders in Australia (about 360,000 currently - a ridiculous number, IMHO) it will close off the 804 visa pathway - as you say this pathway isn't sustainable and brings the parent visa program into disrepute. This is purely speculation on my part, but there might be an announcement in this regard around the time of the October 2022 ALP Federal Budget. As ever, my recommendation is that intending visa applicants submit the visa application ASAP, while the pathway exists. Best regards.
  3. 3 points
    I moved around the age of 40, I found it pretty easy to make friends and fit in. I'm in regional Australia (Hobart) Not everyone makes their friends at school and keeps them forever and isn't open to meeting new people. I had a large group of uni friends that were my entire social life from 18 to 35. Now not a single one talks to another as far as i understand. Its not like we fell out with each other we just drifted away.
  4. 2 points
    Consult one of the RMAs who posts on this forum and in general deal directly with a RMA, not an organisation that retains the services of a RMA as a consultant.
  5. 2 points
    I think age discrimination would only depend on the job sector you are going into. Plus in WA if you get here, there's plenty of work. So we keep getting told anyway by the pollies. Nothing replaces rolling up your sleeves, being flexible and networking. So sport is a good way to meet people. AFL is king in WA, so you'll need to purchase a purple guernsey (yes not jersey) and embrace it! I coach rugby union but it's hard to compete against AFL. NPL soccer is the highest level of state soccer and it's ok, to be honest it's pretty limited. Don't get me started on Perth Glory! Rugby League has a following but it's mainly kiwis and there's a limited amount of clubs. There was a pro club in WA once upon time, but it struggled and disappeared. I disagree when people say there's not enough to do here, I like to explore new areas, travel around and we find new places all the time. Been here nearly 7 years. I'm naturally a country boy so big cities like Sydney and Melbourne wouldn't interest me past a vacation. Anyway age won't be a barrier!
  6. 2 points
    That’s the point though, is it like for like. If they live in Sandbanks in Dorset where property is in the millions then they can also look at the expensive places you mention. There are many places in the UK where waterfront properties are several million and many where they are far less. If they have a waterfront property in Jaywick Sands then Bondi will be a stretch to say the least. I agree though, they have to decide if the trade off is worth it. If they wanted to be near family more than anything then buying a smaller/not as nice house wouldn’t matter. Many do that for many reasons. I had to do that when I divorced. The joint house was sold and shared. I was happier than I’d been for years even though my house was half the size. A fancy house doesn’t always equate to happiness. Sometimes other things matter more.
  7. 1 point
    I used Concept Australia and they seem to know their stuff. But be aware of processing times, I have been waiting over 27 months now for my 491 grant
  8. 1 point
    There are worse places to live in Sydney than Mt Druitt! It's got a railway station, hospital. I overcame my prejudices about "Westies" (flanno shirt with torn off arms, ACDC shirt, UGG boots, no teeth) when I worked in Penrith - 55 km from my home in Surry Hills. It's living outside walking distance from the facilities that I need that I dislike so, whilst I love Surfers I could not live in the Hinterland or even some of the beach suburbs down towards Coolangatta where the Gold Coast Highway is a barrier between the beach and the homes to the west. I went down to the airport today with my brother to drop a friend off and the traffic was equally unpleasant in both GC Highway and the motorway. I suppose most of us have to make compromises, according to finances, where we work, whether we are prepared to endure a long commute, etc. I'm sure there are people who can give a long list of horrible things about Surfers Paradise?!
  9. 1 point
    I'd have to disagree. I've never seen anyone recommend the DUC on these forums. The most I've seen is people saying they're "OK", especially if someone has already committed to them. Occasionally we'll get someone saying they used DUC and it worked for them. I can recall a few instances where people have been given incorrect information by the DUC phone line so that has made me wary of them.
  10. 1 point
    @MARYROSE02, I have to say, that's not really any help to anyone. I've never seen you mention a place you didn't like living in. I think you could move to Mount Druitt and be "loving it"
  11. 1 point
    "Perth, I'm loving it?!" I've not been there for over 4 years now and it's Surfers Paradise that "I'm loving it"
  12. 1 point
    Chips over here are rubbish, only a few places do them freshly cut (I'm in WA). I always request salt and vinegar hula hoops when people go to the UK. You're not coming to WA are you @pob ?!!!!!
  13. 1 point
    Those M&S £10 meal deals for 2 with a bottle of wine. I miss the old countryside pubs. If you’re a beer drinker, you might want to have a few European draught beers before you leave aswell, a lot of them aren’t served on tap here.
  14. 1 point
    I’ve recently gotten my full electrical license and it’s a long process. To be honest the future skills assessment is not difficult if you’re a sparky, even if you do muck something up I think you’re allowed to go and correct it. I did mine in Sydney. You will have to study a bit for the theory side if it’s been a while, health and safety, AC/DC theory, safe isolation, fault finding, motor wiring DOL starter both 3 phase and the control circuit. Make sure you have a go at the practice paper future skills provide you. The capstone is a lot more difficult.
  15. 1 point
    Hi Robert I have not completed it recently but about 7 years ago now but a lot of sparkies I have spoken to makes it sound like it hasn’t changed much. they put you in a booth similar to AM2 and do a basic DB with power point, light and some 2 way switches. you will then do a fault find which I did on a tubular heater but very basic for what needs checking just make sure you use the correct isolation. the last bit I did was on a plug and play board. You had to draw a diagram of how a stop start would work using the symbols they provide and then use the plug and play board to put it together. I struggled a little with one of the components on the wiring diagram but as long as they see you have basic knowledge they will help where they can. the test you do may have changed but it was multiple choice when I did mine with the equations on the paper to help you work them out. The guy who did mine was happy to help if needed too. I think they just want to see you are competent rather than trying to trip you up. Good luck and hope it all goes well
  16. 1 point
    It’s Parley and Bulya, two of those happy, positive and friendly aussies you hear about………….
  17. 1 point
    I'm beginning to worry about your agent, because I've seen other people say you must choose one state and stick to it. If you apply to multiple states, you're making it really obvious you're not committed to one state so you're more likely not to fulfil your obligations. So they'll all ignore you.
  18. 1 point
    Actually I'd second what Jon said. Go to the pub. It's not the foodstuffs that you'll miss really. Some things will taste slightly different here, but if you're happy otherwise, small differences in food don't matter much. I think people who haven't settled tend to latch on to specific things (like food) that they miss, to try to explain their homesickness. However, most places in Australia don't have the pub culture you're used to, where the pub is the centre of the community. There are English and Irish pubs, of course, but it's not quite the same. So grab some of that while it's going.
  19. 1 point
    To be honest bacon and ham are the only thing I will miss. Finding out I can buy it in woolworths brings me so much joy. I don't eat that much really, but decent ham in a quiche every so often makes everyone smile. It seems that I won't miss a thing from the UK. Bring on the sunshine!
  20. 1 point
    You can buy Wensleydale here, even my favourite one with Cranberries.
  21. 1 point
    A lot of people seem to miss a 'proper' curry. Have one of them before you leave.
  22. 1 point
    I found here local therapist who helped me to get rid of anxiety.
  23. 1 point
    You should have absolutely no issue with a visa application with this.
  24. 1 point
    I’m not sure it’s possible to say compared to Australia it is. Australia, just like the UK has many expensive areas but it also has many cheaper areas. If you lived in a desirable part in the south of England for example and purchased a house in an undesirable area in Australia you’d probably come out of it with lots to spare. It’s all relevant. I’m sure not what the last bit of your post means. The more I read your comments the more it becomes clear you shouldn’t go. You have set yourself up to fail before you’ve even booked your flights.
  25. 1 point
    Add to that list appliancesonline.co.au. Good prices quick delivery and they take the packaging!
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