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jonseywife last won the day on July 15 2008

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  1. jonseywife

    Been in Melbourne 2 weeks....

    Hi Karen Glad u made it!!!! :notworthy: As for your Ambulance cover query, you can actually go into your local Post Office and join. Your and your family will be covered immediately. We paid about £120 for all 6 of us, which is'nt bad. I recommend you get it asap as Ive heard the charge for Ambulances are really really expensive here. Good luck, and if your ever down Mornington way, PM me. There are quire a few PIOers down here!! Sally-ann x
  2. jonseywife

    issue with age of children when we hope to move

    Hiya Theres never a right and wrong age to bring your kids over. Bare in mind, that over here they do have an assortmnet of ages in the school years. There are not quite so strict with the age restrictions here, so some people choose to put there kids down a year to give them enough time to adjust and not feel under pressure to catch up on work. Here in Victoria at age 14 you can be in either year 8 or 9 . We did it with 16,14,13 & 11 year old, not exactly great ages to move them half way acrosss the world but they have done me proud and settled really well. I think we worry about these things more than they do. Good luck Sally-ann
  3. jonseywife

    We got it!!!!

    WAHEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYY !!!!!!!!!! :jiggy: About time Trace, honestly ............... Sending big congratulations from Mornington and hope to see you out here soon! Luv Sally-ann & the gang xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  4. jonseywife

    The Evil Princess Of Pink

    Ah Chelle............... Gav mopping floors, you've got him well trained hun...!!!!! :notworthy: But dont forget poor old Gav, has been through a traumatic experience with a you-know-what and he needs some sympathy, so ....... GET WELL SOON SAUSAGE TOES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  5. jonseywife

    vatassess for general plumbers help!

    Hey Lyn Check it out with your local plumbing commission before you start panicking. I know all states are different and thats just what we have been told here in Victoria, and there pretty hard to please apparently. For all you other guys, there seems to be a bit of confusion with Registration and Licence. You get the provisional Registration first, then have to do further training in the Aussie ways, and pass the registration exams before the provisional registration runs out. Then you can apply for a Licence, which entitles you to work for yourself, employ other registered plumbers and sign off work for others. You have to sit exams for this and as a stipulation you must have public liability insurance. It's just the way it is out here...................:wacko: All the best folks!!!!!!!
  6. jonseywife

    vatassess for general plumbers help!

    Hiya Lyn..... long time no speak. Glad it all working our for your OH up there in sunny Queensland!!!! We've been told by the plumbing commission that you have to complete the training/exams before your Provisional Registration runs out. Not as easy as just renewing im afraid......... :skeptical: My OH has'nt even touched a bit of copper since working here in Oz, he has been doing ducting for air con. on the large industrial site in the city. You HAVE to join the union to even be allowed to walk in. Dont forget to get your red card (health & safety) training when you get here too. Another day course, but no tests/exams for that one. Like I said before..... Good luck to all. Sally-ann
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    vatassess for general plumbers help!

    Hiya You have to wait till you get to Oz to take thes exams. My hubby has a years provisional Registration and is currently doing a training/refresher course at college this week and has exams booked for a couple of weeks. He said you need the extra bit of training as obviously things are very different here. ie., braising, arc welding, oxyacetelene welding, hardly any soldering, and not lead flashing for roofing as in the UK as lots of tin roofs here. There are 6 components: Mechanical services, drainage, sanitary, water roofing & Gas. You can take as many as you like but he's going for all 5, as it will restrict you to what type of work you can do otherwise. Each exams is approx. $140 each and the books on Regulations have cost us about $400+ so far. You also have to bear in mind you need a couple of days training for each component and a couple of days for exams for each component too, so thats about 25 days lost earnings (as he has'nt worked for the company long enough to accrue enough annual leave yet!!!) Once passed you can completed the work but not sign it off, a Licencsed plumber has to do this. Licensing involves further exams, public liability insurances etc., Good luck to you all, it really is'nt at all straight foward and a right pain. Each state has different guidlines and here's the link to the Plumbing Commission for Victoria: www.pic.vic.gov.au/www/html/113-licensing-and-registration.asp Im sure it's all worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :huh:
  8. jonseywife

    Live football on radio / internet?

    I'll be interested to see if anyone has had any luck with this one, or rather my hubby would......... he made me wait up till 2am one morning a few weeks back, to listen to the Leeds united game (well someone has to support them!!!!!!........) on Radio 5 on-line. You could hear all the before match commentary but just as the game started it cuts off (due to regional restrictions) GGGGGGrrrrrrrrrrrrr :twitcy:!!!!!!!! Good luck.
  9. jonseywife

    A huge hands up to Pickfords

    Hiya We used Pickfords too.................. could'nt fault them. Not one thing broken!! They rep who came round to give us our quote explained that because we had alot of stuff to bring over, some companies tell you they can get it all one container, to keep the price lower and get the job. Then on the day, you cant always get it in one container and they sting you with another bill for shipping more stuff over. So they gave us two quotes, so we are prepared. One for 20ft container and another, if we needed a bit more of another container. On the day the blokes who came to pack everything up worked really hard to get everything in one container........... there literally was'nt an inch to spare. Thanks guys!!!!! Good luck with the big move..........
  10. jonseywife

    State school fees..... another shock!!!

    Oi you........ You've got a cheek, telling us to stop complaining!!!!! We all want our kids to be happy and have a good education & a decent future, thats the very reason we all scrimped and scraped and chucked in everything we had in the UK to come to Australia. My orginal post was to let people coming over to Oz, like us, on a tight budget. It was an expense we had'nt accounted for, so I thought I should let others know....... I wish we had known about it before we came. If your 'well off' financially then it wouldnt be a problem, but when your on a budget and relocating with four kids, every dollar is important!!!!!! Yours sincerely A whinging Pom :yes:
  11. jonseywife

    we're off!!!

    Waheeeeyyyyyy..................... :jiggy: Thats flipping great news Kaye, well done, congratulations, and all that !!!!!!!!!! Here's wishing you all the best for your new venture in Oz......... and hope everything works out for you all!!! Keep us posted Best wishes Luv Sally-ann x :wubclub:
  12. jonseywife

    Glasses,Eyetests and Contact Lenses!

    Dont worry girls, you wont have to look like Olive from 'On the buses' .............. You can still look fashionable and stylish with your glasses on here in Oz too........just go to Specsaver!!!!! Sally-ann x
  13. jonseywife

    Glasses,Eyetests and Contact Lenses!

    Hiya No worries on the glasses front.... they have Specsaver here too. They have the usual designer lines and recently they had the BOGOF offer too. About $250 approx. I wear contacts (silicone monthly disposables) and I pay $100 for three months supply, so much the same as in the UK. Hope it helps or even check out the Specsavers website in Oz. Sally-ann :GEEK:
  14. Hi Girls............... Least I'm not the only one have probs. I know of quite a few well qualified ladies over here have problems getting office work too. lso, Melbourne is the most densely populated state so there are even more people applying for the jobs. The trouble is ....Im looking for a part/time and term time job and will consider bed testing, wine & chocolate tasting too. Good luck to you lot, im sure you will get that little job your all looking for, and i'll keep scrubbing until something comes up!!!!!!!!!! Sally-ann x
  15. jonseywife

    Mornington keep fit classes

    Sounds great Lesley Although, Im not as young as I used to be lovey and these little cleaning jobs I have, is playing havoc with my old back, so when I'm feeling more flexible, Im gonna join in all the fun !!!! But only if I can stand right at the back though, as I might block out the sunlight when I bend over ................... :twitcy: