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  1. It’sa foreign country with completely different education systems so don’t sweat what he’s already done, just accept that he will be starting with his age peers in Jan 2020 or, if you arrive after that, he will slot in with that same group of age peers part way through 2020. Don’t rush to get him in school. Get your permanent place of residence sorted first. If you arrive with some references about how good a tenant you have been elsewhere and from your Aussie employers (by preference) or an extra large bond if you aren’t yet employed, then you should be ok and then getting the school sorted is easy as the local school will be obliged to find him a place at any time. As for bringing your stuff - up to you. Check out how much it will cost you to replace things and compare with what it would cost you to send stuff over.
  2. You should ask your clinical supervisor for Advice in your specific professional area. It’d be no good asking a psychologist! Actually that would be a useful issue to discuss in supervision I would have thought.
  3. Surely if you're a professional you know how to write your own cv? A better option, if you are that stymied by the process, would perhaps be to ask someone in your profession to proof read your cv for you and make constructive comments but to actually ask someone to show you their cv is beyond cheeky.
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    Any help....I’m totally stuck !!

    Or, more likely, not wanting to burst your bubble, safe in the knowledge that he will probably never get a job that he would enjoy. I'd say bets are being firmly hedged.
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    Any help....I’m totally stuck !!

    If it ain't broke don't fix it. I think you're probably imagining some magical paradise whereas what you'd get is a foreign first world country on the other side of the world with much the same problems as now irritate you where you are. Your DH would most likely kiss goodbye to the job he loves and you'd probably struggle to get anything like what you now have. Your kids may never move and you'll likely be one of us with an ever split family. If otoh your agenda is "adventure" (not the "better life for the kids" meme usually trotted out) and you can afford to gamble upwards of £50k for bargain basement starters then protect yourselves with career breaks, renting out your home, trying to keep your kids' place in school etc and suck it and see for 12 months.
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    Work Experience Query

    Fairly esoteric question - ask your MARA registered agent I'd suggest.
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    Returning to UK

    No, not regretted it for one instant but our circumstances are such that we are now preparing to return to Australia (homeless and no longer needed to care for elderly relatives) and I'm not looking forward to it one bit but at least I'm not throwing up at the thought any more. It's been the most amazing 8 years and quite honestly I got my life back - lost almost half my body weight, got fit, laughed and belonged. Just hope I can view the move on to Australia as another adventure. Would do it again in a heartbeat even though 24/7 care of nonagenarians is far from being a picnic in the park.
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    What country are you resident of? If you are a visitor normally resident in UK then you are entitled to necessary medical care only - not full coverage under Medicare and you should get health insurance. You were only temporarily in NZ who also have reciprocity - but I dunno, did you stop being a resident of UK when you moved temporarily to NZ? And then, were you resident in NZ or just a visitor there? You're not on an aged parent visa if you are on bridging visa a - which you are likely to be on for many many years - you are only temporarily in Australia if and until you acquire a permanent visa, success isnt automatic.
  9. Wish we hadn't taken the calor gas heater, obviously. Wish we hadn't sold the house but had rented it out. If you're a knitter, Aussie wool isnt as good as the UK/US kind. My son packed his bike to UK and is really glad that he did - so, bikes generally get a big tick and helmets are compulsory in Aus (some parts at least) so take them with you if you have them. The rest of our stuff is family memorabilia because we are clearing my parents' house out so there are photographs, slides, sundry documents. Our stick Dyson is a definite take with us, I love it! There are some little things to be aware of like your bedding probably wont fit as bed sizes in Australia are different. You may not get your tv to work - unless you get cable or a set top box (that used to be a biggie but with new smart tvs, I have no idea if they are picking up terrestrial or not). If you have little kids with car seats dont bother. UK car seats for kids arent legal in Australia and neither (though folk often ignore this) are cordless landline phones. If you have electrical appliances which have UK plugs which will be a faff to replace, take with you a UK power board - then you only have to change the plug on the power board rather than getting a never ending supply of adapters. The one thing I really missed from Aus when we came here was the lemon zester - but only at Christmas! We always take our kitchen knives because we are a knife family and have top quality ones. I'm really being a good girl this time and having a second go through of all that I have put aside to take and thus far my dad's collection of later Dick Francis (which I dont have) are going off to Ziffit or the Op Shop because I tend to use Audiobooks these days but DH hasn't culled much despite numerous hints from me (books are cheaper here)
  10. Going through this at the moment - we already have a house in Australia so a bit but we are taking a move cube with all the books and Wool we have accumulated over the past 8 years. Clothes, the DH’s bike, a freezer which is new and, of all things, a tumble dryer which is new. DH has some tools as well and that’s about it. When we moved originally, the DH made a 1m cubed crate and we sent the bikes, kids toys, a portable calor gas heater (totally useless) and a chair that someone had given him. We posted all our books that time.
  11. Kids have to be enrolled before their 6 th birthday and the cut off date for NT is 30 June so if you're child turns 5 before 30 June they can start full time school in the January of that year however if their birthday is closer to that cut off point they may well be advised to hold off for a year for a bit more maturity. But there's no compunction to send a kid to school before their 6 th birthday. You've got plenty of time to get it sorted - however, if you want to work you'll have to pay child care.
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    Get on that plane!

    There are better beaches pretty much anywhere along the coast. It used to be a joke when people said they were going to live on the GC almost as if why would anyone with an once of sense actually want to live there? Obviously people do live there and seem quite happy but, personally, nah!
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    5 year old in full time school ?

    So he will start full time school in the January after his fifth birthday. Nice and easy
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    5 year old in full time school ?

    As long as he has turned 5 by 30 June of the year that he plans to start his first year of full time schooling in the January he should be ok. However if his birthday is c Apr/May/June they may suggest he waits a year before starting so he could be 6 starting school. Remember it’s a foreign country with several completely different education systems and a different academic year (Jan-Dec) usually 9-3 but many schools have before and after school care
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    Moving to perth in 2021 with 2 children

    You know that his experience pre-degree won’t count.