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  1. Hi all I'm breaking my lease on a cool 2-bed apartment in Northbridge, available around the end of September. A great place for someone coming over who wants to be in the Perth CBD, or wants somewhere central to live while they find their feet. PM me if you want more details. Cheers Ben
  2. We're moving out of our very nice rental in North Beach after 12 months. It's a 4x2 (or 3x2 if you want to use one room as a study), located 500m from the beach, easy walking to shops (best fish & chips in the area), bus routes, etc. We've been renting for $550/wk but I suspect the landlord will want to charge a bit more. If you're interested I can send you a link to a web page with more details about the house and put you in touch with the landlord. PM me for more details, or email ben at benlast dot com. Cheers b
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    "Living in Perth" book

    Damn, I should have negotiated a commission! Or a least a beer when we get to Perth... Cheers Ben
  4. Have you considered letting? The market for property sales is indeed pretty dire, but the letting market is booming for some types of houses. There are lots of people who have sold but don't want to buy in a falling market, and plenty who'd like to buy but can't get a mortgage. So it might be an option for you. Look at fully managed letting via an agent who will handle most of the issues for you. Cheers b
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    IELTS, Sat 19th April, Liverpool

    Just wanted to post this to the friendly people I met at the IELTS test in Liverpool Uni on the 19th (whom I know read PiO). It was great to have someone to chat to whilst we waited for it all to kick off, and then for the speaking tests. Hope y'all get the points you need! Cheers Ben (the bald bloke doing the general training test, heading for Perth)
  6. I think you may be contacting the wrong people. Oz immigration needs you to pass the IELTS to get your extra points. They can't waive that. However, if you talk to your IELTS testing centre, or maybe the IELTS organisation themselves, they may have some provision for hard-of-hearing applicants. Cheers Ben
  7. I'd second the recommendations for Peter Chiam - he's been extremely helpful when putting together my ACS application (slightly complex work history). So much so, that he's now also handling the visa application Oh, and this IT person is heading for Perth... Cheers b
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    "Living in Perth" book

    Just got back from a reccie trip to Perth. My sister-in-law & her partner (with whom we stayed) had a copy of a book called "Living in Perth" by Kobie Hattingh. It comes out annually or biannually (and apparently has done for a few years now) and is subtitled "A reference guide for migrants and residents". We found it very useful for working out what suburbs were affordable and which were zoned for high-density occupation, and it's full of advice and information aimed at someone trying to find their feet in WA. It's available online from bookworm.com.au (hope the forum doesn't filter out the link here): Living in Perth Australia 2008/09 I don't have any affiliation with the book or the author: just recommending it on the basis of experience. That, a hire car, a satnav and the real estate section of weekend issue of The West Australian were all we needed to do a fast and efficient survey of where we wanted to live. Cheers b
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    wanted down under

    I'd imagine it's because the programme is made for the audience watching it, not for the exclusive benefit of the people taking part :smile: In all of the WDU programmes I've seen, they've shown a range of houses at different prices to give you (the viewer, not just her, the visitor) at least some idea of what you can get for different amounts of money. And the 'grotty' house did look bad, but most of that was decor, and some people would of course be happy to buy it, strip it and redo it. Or even knock it down and rebuild on the land. I'd definitely agree she had the right attitude, though! b
  10. I think the post Chrissy's referring to is this one: http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/migration-issues/26463-scanning-online-applications.html
  11. Thanks Ali: the ACS is the equivalent of the TRA for IT workers but yeah, I've heard how long all the different assessment bodies take! Cheers b
  12. Thanks guys I certainly wasn't after sponsorship - much prefer being an independent But those are good points... think the time taken for the ACS assessment (which I reckon should be done before spending any money on visas) is probably the deciding factor. Cheers b
  13. Hi Bob; thanks for that. Yeah, I see the ACS purely as the skills assessment body for the visa, no more than that. Same as the BCS really... in 25+ years in this game BCS membership's never been relevant at all. Cheers... actually it's more than a couple of hundred (unless I do it all myself); the agent I'm talking to will do ACS and the Visa all together... and the ACS are allegedly buggers to please so I'd rather have the agent's help. But you make a good point; when compared to the cost of the visit it's pretty cheap! Others (on other forums) have pointed out that the ACS can take ages to do their thing, so getting started early is a good plan. I guess I just need to make sure that I control costs and pay as I go (which I can do) so that there's not a huge sunk cost if the final decision is not to go. Thanks, all b
  14. Morning/afternoon/evening all Situation: we're in the process of deciding if moving to Perth is the right thing for us. I'm an IT bloke (25+ years of consultancy, software development and systems engineering), and thus I've been looking at getting my skills assessed by the ACS (ASCO 2231-79 for a subclass 175 visa). We're going out to Perth in March 08 on a visit to family/recce trip and I'm wondering whether it makes sense to get my ACS assessment ahead of that trip, so that I could talk to potential employers. Against that is the expense of the assessment: if we end up not moving, that's several hundred quid spent. There's a little bit of time pressure here also: I'm 43 in January, so I'd have about a 18 months or so to get a visa application in if I leave it until after we visit. So: how do employers (especially those in IT) tend to view this? I've heard comments like "don't bother talking to them without a visa because they'll only tell you to come back when you have one". I guess a fair amount depends on the IT/software/new media job situation in Perth... Any comments/advice/experience welcomed! Thanks b
  15. Morning/afternoon/evening all Situation: we're in the process of deciding if moving to Perth is the right thing for us. I'm an IT bloke (25+ years of consultancy, software development and systems engineering), and thus I've been looking at getting my skills assessed by the ACS (ASCO 2231-79 for a subclass 175 visa). We're going out to Perth in March 08 on a visit to family/recce trip and I'm wondering whether it makes sense to get my ACS assessment ahead of that trip, so that I could talk to potential employers. Against that is the expense of the assessment: if we end up not moving, that's several hundred quid spent. There's a little bit of time pressure here also: I'm 43 in January, so I'd have about a 18 months or so to get a visa application in if I leave it until after we visit. So: how do employers (especially those in IT) tend to view this? I've heard comments like "don't bother talking to them without a visa because they'll only tell you to come back when you have one". I guess a fair amount depends on the IT/software/new media job situation in Perth... Any comments/advice/experience welcomed! Thanks b
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