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RachelS

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  1. RachelS

    Illawara region,what is it like?

    Good one cockney - we're all busy enjoying our new lives here that we forget to keep singing it's praises! We've been here more than four years now - time has flown & we work harder than we did in the uk - but we get paid more, have more house & more fun - and more wine! We started out in Kiama, then up to Shellharbour & currently Figtree. Shellharbour is definitely our fave - but we want to try the northern 'burbs before we choose where to buy. We totally love it here & haven't looked back since getting here - love, love, love the Illawarra!
  2. Hi I've worked for a well known not-for-profit organisation in Wollongong since arriving in July 2008 & due to internal promotion am looking to hire a replacement for my old role. I'm looking for a good all rounder - with the potential to progress & increase responsibilities over time. Key Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to: Month End preparation Balance Sheet & General Ledger Reconciliations Balance Sheet Analysis Month End Journals & Accruals Month End reporting day to day management of two assistant Finance Officers The role requires someone who can operate on a hands on basis (posting journals) as well as being responsible for a large portfolio of cost centres. Excel skills are essential & the finance system used is Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains. This is a permanent, full-time role & doesn't offer sponsorship so you'll need to have your own visa in place. For more information please PM me asap - this role hasn't been advertised yet but will be shortly & the requirement is fairly urgent.
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    ENS (121/856 visa) Timeline

    we were just lucky enough to lodge after DRC came into the mix so I think that helped! Plus OH's company has sponsored literally hundreds of people over the years so maybe that helped? Either way I'm glad. :biggrin:
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    ENS (121/856 visa) Timeline

    Cheers richkoto - fingers crossed yours is sorted asap!
  5. RachelS

    ENS (121/856 visa) Timeline

    How long ago did you submit yours?
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    ENS (121/856 visa) Timeline

    Hi - nope no reason that we were informed of & we didn't have to give any extra docs so I guess it's just one of those things - we're not married though so maybe they wanted to double check our defacto docs - that's the only thing I can think of anyway
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    ENS (121/856 visa) Timeline

    OMG, OMG, OMG - just found out we had our visa approved yesterday!!! An update of timeline/stuff.... April 2008 - 457 visa approved July 2008 - moved over here 29th Nov 2010 - 856 application submitted to Parramatta office DRC 24th Dec 2010 - Employer Nomination approved 7th Feb 2011 - visa approved!!!!! :biggrin::biggrin::biglaugh: not sure what details are on the spreadsheet - OH is Mechanical Engineer, ETA country, everything submitted together, etc Good luck to everyone still waiting - I feel for those who submitted way before us & are still waiting - the last two months have felt like forever so gawd knows how you're coping with waiting more than 6 months. Now I just have to try & concentrate on work for the rest of the day :daydreaming:
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    Any Walkers out there...?

    Hi fellow PIO'ers My Dad's coming over for a visit & he's an avid walker in the UK - finding old/obscure footpaths on his OS maps that may not have been used in donkeys & generally exploring. He's freaking me out (deadly snakes, spiders etc) by wanting to do the same when he comes over here & I was wondering if any of you know anywhere I can go to look for walking tracks that are preferably off the beaten track? We're based south of Wollongong, NSW near Shellharbour Village but would be interested in walks in the Southern Highlands, further south & north - the whole of the Illawarra really. Thanks in advance for any tips Rach
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    ENS (121/856 visa) Timeline

    Did you find anything out today?
  10. RachelS

    TV, Mobile and Internet - Best Packages??

    Yep - there's no licence fee over here! We've got a mix of TV's we brought from the UK - they'll need a digibox type thing if we want to watch TV on them soon - & Aus one's which have built in tuners. The free channels aren't that great - way too many adverts - but that's all we had when we first came over. Austar Mystar is okay though as you can record to your box & then fast forward through the ads!
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    TV, Mobile and Internet - Best Packages??

    Hopefully I've worked out how to post so that my replies aren't in the same boxes as the quotes - let's give it a go... They're in the process of migrating to fully digital - there are quite a few free to air channels - 9, 7, 10 SBS, Go, ABC, 11 & a few variants of those - ABC 2, ABC 24 etc. Then for satellite TV you get Austar or Foxtel - depends on if you live in one of the main cities (& a few other places) if you get Foxtel coverage - we're classed as regional so have Austar but it's pretty similar to Foxtel - and the remote control was the same as Sky+ in the UK. We've got the HD, My Star version which is akin to Sky+ - but since we left the UK I think Sky has totally changed & is much, much better than over here:-( Seems a bit pricey compared to the UK - about $140 per month with the odd Box Office movie too Not 100% sure on this one - we get a landline along with internet & mobile in our bundle with Telstra (Aus equiv of BT pretty much). Costs us about $140 a month for 25GB of download, iPhone 4 with tons of minutes/texts & landline with cheap international dialling pack. If you're in a Foxtel area you can bundle your satellite TV in with the bundle mentioned above too Interested to hear what other people say - I know a lot of people don't like Telstra but we've had no problems at all with them - and moving home with them was a complete breeze!
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    Defacto on 176

    Hi - I'm a defacto on my OH's 856 application & we only provided joint bank statements, joint rental agreements & a couple of joint bills across our 6 year relationship - it was difficult to find things in both of our names as I do all of the bills & paperwork! We used an MA who said that these were more than enough & submitted our application as DRC in Nov 2010. Nomination's approved & just waiting on the visa part now
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    ENS (121/856 visa) Timeline

    Woo-hoo - had our confirmation letter today that the Employer Nomination part of our application has been approved. The letter was actually dated 24th Dec so don't know why it's taken this long for us to find out - does anyone know if they post or email the letter to the MA? It could just be that our MA has been on leave until today - fingers crossed the rest has been approved & we just don't know it yet!!! I'm not sure if all my details are on the spreadsheet but timeline so far is : 29th Nov 2010 - Nomination/Application lodged with all documents as DRC 24th Dec 2010 - Nomination approved!!!! Damn, I might have to break my dry January rule if they notify us that the visa's approved this month - or maybe the combined Christmas/New Years celebrations will be (more than!!) enough to cover PR granting - naaaaaaaah! :-D forgot to mention the application was at the Parramatta office!!
  14. RachelS

    Illawara region,what is it like?

    And a Very Merry Christmas to you too Trevor - and thankyou for helping encourage us to move here with your fantastic posts!
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    ENS (121/856 visa) Timeline

    Hi - I can't seem to update my details on this spreadsheet - don't know if I'm being a bit thick! Nomination & application lodged 29th Nov with everything else and DRC at paramatta Can someone update me if they can please Cheers Rachel
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    ENS (121/856 visa) Timeline

    Sorry but I'm hoping I'm a crazily quick one! :biggrin:
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    ENS (121/856 visa) Timeline

    OMG - finally have a stat to add - application lodged 29th November 2010 - think the rest of the info is already on the spreadsheet but just in case: OH is the main applicant - Mechanical Engineer lodged at Parramatta with DRC - nomination & visa application together. It seems to have taken ages just to get this far - and to top it off OH has just been asked if he'd consider moving back to the UK with the same company that brought us out here! :-$
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    UK Car Hire

    Whatever you do, don't forget to take your paper counterpart with you - if you'll be using your UK licence that is. We're on a temp 457 visa so don't have to get an Aus licence until we're permanent & when we turned up at the rental offices they told us they couldn't hire us the car we'd booked & there was nothing they could as the DVLA is closed on Sundays. Not a problem if you've got Aus licences but thought I'd mention it in case anyone else tries to rent with their UK licence. We had to spoil the surprise to the in-laws - we were just going to turn up for a family sunday lunch - but we had to phone them to come & pick us up from Heathrow instead - still a surprise though! :biggrin: Avis were extremely helpful the next day though & offered excellent customer service so I would recommend them. (I won't mention the name of the company that told us they couldn't do anything on the Sunday - what they said was true but they could've delivered the info in a much more friendly/better way - after a 24hour flight & probably about 30 hours travelling in total they totally sucked & I wanted to turn round & come back to my Aus home there & then!)
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    Getting Married on a 457 Visa

    Hi guys I've searched on PIO & generally online but can't find an answer so thought I'd start my own thread & hope you knowledgeable PIO'ers can help! My OH & I are currently on a 457 visa (he's main applicant) & have been thinkingof getting married for years - but we've got family visiting next year & would love to do it then. Our 856 application goes in tomorrow but with the published wait time being possibly 6-8 months we might not get PR before the date we're thinking of. My question is - is it possible for us to get married while we're on the 457 if we have to - is it legal? Is there aything special we'd have to do? Thanks for taking the time to read - hope someone out there can help Rachel
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    Getting Married on a 457 Visa

    Hi again guys - meant to say would it be legal in both Aus & UK - or would we have to do what I've read about on the net & get something signed by the UK before we could go ahead - has anyone got any experience of it? Or would it just make sense to wait until we have PR?
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    Spa Advice

    Ooh that sounds fab Debbie - where did you get that from - is it in ground or above? A spa's next on our wish list - actually I think it's moved to the need list now! A friend with one said their electric bill's gone a bit through the roof though after getting it - but well worth it!
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    ENS (121/856 visa) Timeline

    Wow that's quick - I sent off our signature sheets to our MA on Friday so our application submission is now imminent - and as it's going in as DRC I'll be expecting the same kind of speed! :biglaugh:
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    ENS (121/856 visa) Timeline

    We're now soooooo close to our 856 application going in - MA's filled most of the forms out & has all the paperwork (medicals/relationship proof etc, etc, etc) & will lodge it all as DRC - but my blooming police check from the UK went awol in the post so have to wait for another one to arrive by snail mail - at this rate we may just get the application in by Christmas - then I can start counting the many days until it's all approved - lol!
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    Red P's and driving in UK

    When we went back to the UK for a recent holiday the roads were the thing I hated the most - so many cars going so fast & so narrow. The trip down to Heathrow on the morning of our flight (6am start onto the M40) was the most horrendous part of it - my arms nearly seized up from gripping the steering wheel so tightly & the concentration needed meant I started the journey home feeling rough already. I wouldn't wish driving in the UK on anyone now I've experienced Oz roads - and I've been driving for 27 years of which only 2 are in Oz - lol! :biggrin:
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    Illawara region,what is it like?

    Hey Skippy - we were there on Saturday having brekkie at Seabreeze & Bernie said the ABC had mentioned the blowhole point was a good lookout point for the whales - unfortunately we didn't see any but great photo - again!
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