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    Back almost 2 years.......Our storey

    Great post echoes a lot of my feelings for oz. I have lived in oz 3 times over several years even becoming an oz citizen, but it still wasnt right for me and my wife. I feel we will go back to oz one day, prob an extended holiday, but you never know. Having an aussie passport is a useful thing I suppose. I sometimes wonder about life down under, I have friends who went out there and landed their dream job (s) which makes a lot of difference, I however was doing the usual, I am similarly qualified as my mates but sometimes thats just luck. Also people generally in the media, life, internet forums, say oz is better for kids, lifestyle, cost of living etc, etc is it? Im unsure, I know there is a part of me that will always want to be there, I am one of those people who didnt love the place 100% nor did i hate it, it has its good and bad it is a truly beautiful country, but when you sit back and weigh it all up is it a better way of life? I reckon thats up to the individual. On a lighter note I wish I could have brought back my 2002 4 litre lpg powered ford falcon......what a car! Ha, ha, see ya!
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    Illawara region,what is it like?

    Hello , we moved back to uk in 2010 after living in albion park, have to say havnt looked back......work here fine, no probs, I was prob guilty of knocking the uk too much. Had several illawarra relatives over since we came home and they have all enjoyed the north of england.......change of scene I suppose. Dont know if we have finished with oz...we both became citizens.....but for now we are happy in little old england....bye for now
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    Illawara region,what is it like?

    I found the illawarra ok in parts, ( i suppose like anywhere good and bad ), but i personally found wollongong 'rough' round the edges and in some ways worse than where i came from,( the north east of england...a place often slagged off by the ,mostly, southern press/media), so i would be apprehensive if i was coming from one of the more quaint/beautiful/not middlesbrough areas of the uk...you could be in for a shock!. i am now happily living back in the uk and i am not trying to upset or put any one off, but if i had my time over again i dont think it would of been in wollongong, after all aus is a big place. for me the work, (blue collar worker ), situation was pretty bad and defo the wrong place for me in that respect, ( should of done more research) but if you can fetch yourself up in the more pretty areas of the illawarra you should be ok.
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    oz passport from parent?

    thanks all for the replies, i have looked at the links at it appears he is ok to apply. cheers.
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    oz passport from parent?

    advice needed , where r the moderators?
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    oz passport from parent?

    someone please read me!!
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    oz passport from parent?

    hi all, ive done my time in oz and returned to the uk in 2010, ( with an oz passport ). i returned to the north east uk and went back into engineering, so i have a good idea about what is required to get to oz, become a citizen etc,etc. however i have recently been working alongside a 21 yr old lad who is a welder by trade and , ( i went on a skilled visa ), he is getting sponsored by a firm which will employ him in the kalgoorlie area, but he says he has to sort out his visa ,meds etc himself. however he told me today that his mother was born in australia, ( his grandparents lived in oz for a few years in the 1960's and that is when his mother was born, the family returned to the uk without either parent taking out citizenship). the exact same thing happened to a friend of mine, born in oz etc,etc and when he looked into going to oz , about 2003/04, he was told he was eligible for oz citizenship,passport etc, also his two kids as well. he had never been to oz since he was 18 months old and his children,obviously, hadnt either. he duly got the passports and off they went ,( although his partner had to apply for a visa ). so my question is this: is it the same for my young welder friend? surly things/rules havnt changed that much in the last 8/9 years and his mam is an australian. if he can get the passport it would save him lot of hassle/money but also i believe the restrictions of his visa is that he has to work with the sponsoring firm for so long, and thats a bit rough when you consider he will be way out in the mines, ( in case he doesnt like it ), if he has the passport he can please himself and obv oz is such a big diverse country so he could travel etc. thanks any info would be good.
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    wollongong

    you'll prob be ok anywhere in oz with your training. one of the reasons i wanted to go to oz, (again...long story!!), was to secure a more long term future in my trade, welding etc. i did secure a 'permanent job' within an industrial environment, my wife also got herself a good job. but along came the global crisis, and i was out of a job!, i did get more work but nothing permanent, it was a deciding factor in coming home for me anyway. i had always worked here in the uk, but it was all contractual, nothing permanent, i didnt want that in oz. also in the 'blue collar' workplace of oz the working practices/what is expected of you regarding overtime etc, is a lot tougher than the uk. the aussie lads i worked with would regaurly work 2 or 3 16 hour shifts a week with only half an hours notice. in saying all that we had a dream home there, became oz citizens, you never know!, and got really close to my relatives there. so it was a great, life changing experience, just not for us in the end. i consider my oz 'itch' well and truly scratched!!. hope everything goes ok for you.
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    wollongong

    teesside, ok, north east, but nothing happened here. uk certainley isnt as bad as people make out , and i know cos i was one of them. everywhere has its problems, its just what you are prepared to put up with. i do feel that a lot of the uk's problems are government caused. is oz any better?, up to the individual to make up thier mind.
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    wollongong

    spent over 3 and a half years of my life on the gong....lovely scenery etc, etc. but now i would feel that the area is pretty screwed for blue collar workers at least. i am an industrial worker and although i worked for the majority of my time there it was tough sometimes. we moved back to northern england last year and we have never looked back, we have a nice place here and are surrounded by family and friends. the experience taught us a lot, but living in oz???, well, people can go on about lower crime rates etc, etc, but here in the uk the recent riots, did not happen in northen england. we have both worked since we came home and all i can say is uk is not as bad as people make out. for some people oz is the lucky country and everything falls into place, we did ok financially out of the move, but maybe people thinking of moving to oz should sometimes stop and look at what you have in the uk and maybe it isnt that bad?, just a thought........we did make sure we became oz citizens...you never know!!!....i believe now you have to live in oz for 4 years to get citizenship!!!!. best of luck to all.
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    Illawara region,what is it like?

    been happily back in blighty 1yr + but i still keep tabs on the illawarra through family and the mercury. i have a few relatives that work in different sections of bluescope, they say its the worst it has ever been,( worse than the height of the global financial crisis ), for lay offs and restriction of invesment in the steel plant. when we were selling up to come home the estate agent we went with said that is bluescope were to close you could wipe $60-70,000 off your house price. so if you wanted to re-locate to another part of oz you would need to re-check the finances. bad news for the region even if you are not a 'blue-collar' worker. i was a victim of the global.......blah,blah, losing my 'permanent job' at onesteel, who themselves are a big oz company, so any poms in the gong got any opinions on what is or isnt going on the steelworks.
  12. wollongong is just as bad,if not worse, than most small uk towns. the suburbs are either terrible, dapto,koonawarra, berkely etc. or quiet , as in dead which after the initial appeal can grind on you after a while. my opinion of the illawarra is i wouldnt settle there if i didnt have to, there are far nicer parts of oz, the illawarra is just like an industrial town anywhere. the job/unemployment situation is i believe the worst in nsw if not in oz. my wife and i lived in ther gong for 3 years, in albion park, which is an ok suburb. we returned to the uk this year and have never looked back.visit the gong before settling.
  13. my family etc are all well thanks......we have no regrets about the oz adventure....but also no regrets about coming home. i think living away from your home town for a period of time gives you a different perspective on things, for example , my parents see dog muck or graffiti/rubbish in the local park....i see cherry blossoms and songbirds...funny. i have spent 4 and a half years of my life in oz,(over three visits), and i am a naturlised aussie, i do feel that doing this was an achievement as it gives me the option to return to oz in the future....something that may happen in years to come....but for now i'll just enjoy the cherry blossoms....oh and the local pub....oh and my rugby club.......etc....etc.....etc!
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    Illawara region,what is it like?

    ILLAWARRA= THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT!!!!........people often look at you wierdly?????.......im glad i got out before i turned into a hick!
  15. the people who say uk/western world is in trouble, well its only their opinion, the media was saying that the uk last year would see 1930's soup kitchens in the street.....didnt happen around here!!!. we have been back two and a half months and we came home to the 'always in recession' north east. my wife got a part -time job straight away, and she has just started a full time job this week. my experience was even better, i got an unskilled job with a friends building business after two weeks, since then i havent really bust myself looking for work but i have had 5 other job offers/interviews. i do have an engineering trade and two of the jobs were in that discipline, one was a definate start. i have however started work with one of the 'retail giants' on the delivery side. this company recorded record growth throughout the recession. so although i am not a professional person and i have taken a lower paid job, its a job that will more likely be permenant, recession or not. we lived in the illawarra region of oz and after i was made redundant from my job with a large oz company last year.......i got sod all job wise, i must have applied for 30+ jobs in a couple of months, i ended up working for the equivalent of the dole, doing a totally un-skilled job.....very,very, depressing.we came back and because of the exchange rate we have done ok, house prices here have either gone down or stayed at one level, so we could afford a wage drop. i feel totally at home and have no regrets about being back in the uk,( also no regrets about going to oz in the first place!!!), so it all depends on what you do/or are prepared to do for work...it is not all doom and gloom.
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