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  1. You may be able to niche pick. Mathematics, IT and engineering departments are full of people with ASD so it may be a matter of choosing something that fits your skills and there are job finding services which can help you with that. I assume you are a citizen because if you are not, then you could have difficulty returning. I wouldn't be banking too much on the NDIS - it isn't so much a matter of having a diagnosis as how much that diagnosis impairs your functioning within society. Disability funding isn't a bottomless pit by any means and when there is a limited budget it is shared on a needs basis. The other thing, of course, with the NDIS is, especially in early intervention, the funding may be there but the services to spend it on arent.
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    6 months in the uk

    He's not going to do it - he can't even bear to get a UK passport. He will come up with sequential excuses, all of which will delay anything beyond the point of no return. Get the passports ASAP, (cheaper than the Australian ones!) find your NI numbers, if you've still got the paper part of your UK licence, change the address on it and you should be good to go. Get your name on the electoral roll and don't tell the GP practice that you're only temporary. I'd have said 12 months would be a better option than 6 months - employers aren't going to beat a path to your door if you're only prepared to give them 6 months and if you're not really resident things like the NHS might be problematic. If you enter on your Australian passport then you'll be stamped with a visa and the machinery will think you've overstayed if you dont leave before it expires - and they aren't going to know you're British citizens!
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    Autistic Child with Citizenship

    It's not about whether you are in the Commonwealth or not, heck, some states dont even trust the assessments of other states!!! Always bring all the objective assessments with you - they are pretty much universal but they may need to be updated, other tests may need to be added to the battery etc. The qualifications of the assessors should be explicit eg registered psychologist, consultant paediatrician, registered speech pathologist. The best thing to do is to contact the special Ed section of the Dept of Ed you are going to and they will walk you through their process. They may say - "bring what you've got but we need to do the rest" or they may say "get these extra tests done". The states are all different as to what they accept and what their process is and also what options are available for support.
  4. A handy rule of thumb is to go where you find a job. You make the assumption that you will get work as a teacher - may not be quite so simple - you may find that the jobs you are offered are in place like Echuca or Bairnsdale, quite a way from Melbourne. First get your job then work out where you could live. The further out you go, the better your cash will stretch when it comes to buying a home.
  5. Bottom line, $600k isn't going to get you much in Sydney in a place you will actually want to live (would be lucky to get a rabbit hutch here in Canberra LOL). Personally I think you will struggle on $100kpa especially if that is inclusive of superannuation - and do you actually have a job offer or do you "hope" to get a job. I'd be looking somewhere else, maybe one of the places that have already been mentioned but of course, if you have a job in the bag then you are going to be stymied.
  6. Check out the cat regulations for where you propose to live, some areas are now essentially cat free zones in that they are required to be inside or contained all the time. If they're moggies that venture out their lifestyle may be changed significantly.
  7. Good to see you Tink, hope things are going well for you!!!
  8. Good to know, a lot of people are caught out by that one. Nobody knows what chance you have until you do it. There are stories about teacher shortages but who knows how that translates into actually getting a job once you've landed. Usually the jobs are in places where people don't actually want to live but they lost a lot of staff with the mandates and general lack of enthusiasm about the job so there may be more vacancies around. They do like the cheaper options though, where there are self managing schools, so that older more experienced teachers cost them more than a newly minted young thing and are often at a disadvantage because of that but if you're prepared to go wherever the department may put you and do your time in rural /remote areas then you're more likely to get a decent school down the track. If course if he has other skills like a nominated second language, music, special Ed then he will be more in demand.
  9. When you say fully qualified, what do you mean? If you mean a 3 year degree plus a university based PGCE then yes he may be qualified for Australian purposes. If he has a 3 year BEd or a train on the job in schools qualification then he isn't qualified by Australian standards. Just be aware that fully qualified UK doesn't necessarily equal fully qualified Australia. At 43 your time is limited but I second what Marisawright had said - put in your application and see what happens but dont put your life on hold "just in case"
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    Travel Insurance

    You would be sensible to have travel insurance for the whole of your visit tbh. Assuming you are from UK, the reciprocal agreement will cover necessary medical care but that's not comprehensive and there are some little worst case nasties covered by your travel insurance like repatriation which isn't covered by Medicare.
  11. LOL, mine wouldn't even go for visits. He had to go in 2011 because our son was getting married! Before that, I think the time before was for my parents golden wedding. On this last trip, my son, his family and I were all staying for 8 weeks, the DH compromised at 5 weeks and he was cross about that, he thought he should only have to stay for 2 or 3!!! So he left before the sh!t really hit the fan in parent land! To give him his due though, he actually took one look at my olds and said "we can't leave them alone here like this" and spent the time from when he got back, tying up some lose ends and he returned to U.K 6 weeks later. I think the DH did regret not making a couple of trips and thus missing important milestones in our son's life but he couldn't face the thought of being away for several weeks at a time. He's over that now I think!!! How about you and the kids go and he pops over for the odd visit say every 3 months to spend a couple of weeks with you while you are away? Or how would it be if the family budget flexed to accommodate you and the kids going back for the summer holidays each year - I know I felt much better knowing that our family budget could cover me going whenever I wanted to go. One thing both my now adult sons said was though they loved their childhood in Australia, both were sad that they didn't have the experience of being part of the large extended family network - we were physically isolated from both DH and my families and though we made visits, it wasn't the same as being in the same town or street - unlike the women that my sons Hooked up with who had extensive close family - probably a bit too much "in your pocket" for either of their liking though. I think they would have liked a happy medium. One thing my DH did notice almost immediately was that in UK he got his wife back! I belonged and I was happy to my core and it showed. Here I have to work hard to appear to be happy, I don't belong despite all logic and rational thought!
  12. Good luck! When you are on different pages it is incredibly hard. My DH absolutely hated the thought of living in UK - his response to my very evident depression at being stuck in Australia with ageing parents in UK was that if he had to live there then he would be depressed! (He has since apologised!!!!) He really enjoyed being in UK for the 9 years that accidentally unfolded when we didn't return to Australia from our intended 6 week holiday. Both of us were offered jobs we never applied for even though we couldn't work because we were caring for two nonagenarian parents and a couple of octogenarian relatives as well. Cost of living has shot up everywhere so I'm guessing that's going to be much the same, relatively. We were older though and able to retire on our Aussie super. I'm not sure that Peterborough would float my boat but there are lots of nice places in the surrounding area as I'm sure you know (I'm Cambridge myself). Can't help with rentals, we squatted in my parents' back bedroom but I have a friend who visits for 3 months at a time and gets an airbnb for that period without hassle so it may be possible to get FF. I would imagine you'd get a school place somewhere but if you didn't then you'd probably find that SA has a distance Ed program they could do though you'd probably need to register them as being home schooled in UK. From an Australian point of view, I don't think the kids would miss a thing of they didn't get back for the beginning of HS so that timing perhaps isn't imperative. Neither of us regrets giving 9 years of our lives to support my frail elderly folks and, for me, despite the task of caring for them 24/7 it was the best 9 years of my recent life and I don't begrudge them one minute and I have no guilt that I could have done more for them. At least you're in the situation where you actually like living in Australia, that's a bonus, I hate it, so coming back after spending time with your family shouldn't be too hard. Good luck. Not sure that I fancy your chances of getting him to agree but compromise is key to all relationships so you both have to give and take!
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    UK Citizen & Australian partner emigration...

    In the scheme of things, $8k is going to be a drop in the ocean and more than compensation for the run around you will get trying to live there on temporary visas (career work on WHV can be hard to come by and if you can manage on a hospitality type income it wont be lush). I agree with Marisawright, get your partner's UK citizenship sorted before you think about moving on if you can, because for her to return could be impossible which would certainly stymie your chances of returning if you find you dont like it.
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    UK Citizen & Australian partner emigration...

    If she's your partner why would you not apply for a partner visa? Then you could stay where you want and work where you want. Seems silly to faff about with WHV and hope you might one day be allowed to stay. All the other stuff is irrelevant until you get a visa.