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    Citizenship Timeline for Years 2013/2014

    Date applied ....03/12/2012 City/Council area ....Brisbane City Online / Paper....Online (Best way in my opinion) Date received the acknowledgement email..... 24/12/2012 Date of the Citizenship Test.......18/01/2013 Date of ceremony....22/03/2013 (We had ours in the DIAC Offices in Brisbane. They happened to have spaces available, great intimate ceremony as there were on 50 people. The ceremony has since moved from the Exhibition Centre to Brisbane Town Hall, so the number that the venue can hold has been reduced. This may impact ceremony times, as Brisbane Council nor DIAC tell you the waiting times for the ceremony, unless this has changed since my wife and I did ours?) Type of ceremony (Urgent/Normal) Normal
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    Do We Need To Inform DIAC of new passports?

    Hi imo2oz, Try http://www.immi.gov.au/visas/about-your-visa.htm and read the "Important things to remember section" at the bottom of the page. Hope this helps
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    Maternity benefits 457 vs permanent resident

    mnicona, Kate10 was absolutely correct.
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    Brisbane & Project Managers positions

    Try http://www.seek.com.au/JobSearch?DateRange=31&SearchFrom=quick&Keywords=Project+manager&nation=3000 The trouble you'll have in Brisbane, is the "Brisbane" experience, which IMHO is complete nonsense! You could also Telstra who are Australia’s largest Telco;http://www.telstra.com.au/abouttelstra/careers/ or use the above Seek site and search on Telstra Good Luck
  5. Hi seraphim, Try searching for "novated lease", it is basically a salary sacrificing option like cjbchris said, but may be liable for Fringe benefits Tax, so you'd need to check that out also
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    Police Checks

    Same link I sent you earlier, but the below is for Australia: AUSTRALIA Relevant document: The AFP ‘National police check’ is the only acceptable police certificate for immigration purposes. This certificate will have ‘Complete Disclosure’ in the heading. Residents and non-residents Complete the National Police Check Application Form available from the Australian Federal Police at: http://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/police-checks/national-police-checks.aspx Note: Code 33 must be used when completing the form. Fingerprints are not required. Send the completed form by mail to: AFP Criminal Records Locked Bag 8550 Canberra City ACT 2601 Fee: payable - see website.
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    Police Checks

    Hi Rudeboy1, You can get all the information you need by reading the following: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/character-requirements/ There is a "how to obtain police certificates" link that explains it (http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/character-requirements/character-penal.pdf) This is what you need if coming from the UK: UNITED KINGDOM Relevant document: ‘ACPO Police Certificate’. Police certificates are issued by The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and cover applicants who have lived or currently live:  in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland  on the Channel Islands (Guernsey and Jersey), or  on the Isle of Man or on St Helena Residents and non-residents Application forms and information on how to apply for the police certificates for residents and non* residents can be found on the ACPO website or by contacting ACPO directly. Phone: 0845 601 3999 email: acro.policecertificates@acro.pnn.police.uk http://www.acro.police.uk/police_certificates.aspx
  8. Hi Perthbum, That's a bit of a generic statement to make.
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    Visa medicals for a 2year old and 6 month old.

    Hi Bouncy, You may want to read this from DIAC, it covers off the requirements: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/health-requirements/health-exam.htm The form (1070i) for PR visa and Temporary Via (1163i) explains what is needed. PR VISA: No child under 11 will requires a chest X-ray, Blood test for HIV is for children 15 years and over.
  10. Hi paul1977, Just wondering where you got that information from? You might want to read this article: http://www.afr.com/p/national/economy/swan_praises_gold_plated_australian_ZGgoviC5xXXqUzzWJMn7qJ While some states, I can only comment about QLD as that's where I am, may be cutting back on spending there isn't any sign of NO spending. The only sector to be affected is the Public Sector, not private.
  11. Hi ginger, The conversion comparisons are unrealistic. The reason that I say that, is that most jobs in Australia (generally) pay higher salaries than those of an equivalent nature in the UK. We used to convert back for about the first 12 months, but that was a while ago. Why did we do it? Simple, the reason being is that's what you're used to, and it's a habbit, but you only end up thinking..."Oh that would have cost me 2 pound in the UK" there's no point when you're earning in the dollar, as it can be frustrating. The bottom line is, the cost of living is high, so are the salaries for “Skilled” jobs, therefore it's all relative, and isn't necessarily a negative thing. The State education thing, IMO, isn't as bad as you may think, I do agree that some state schools could be better, but that could be a location thing. Overall we have had no issues, and in fact, the school our girls go to is doing really well and has great facilities, but we could just have been lucky. At the end of the day you have the option to send your kids to private if that's something that interests you, and normally at a very reasonable price. If you wanted to compare to the UK, it’s certainly much more affordable. The heat thing...We'll seeing as we came from Scotland, anything about zero is always a bonus! :-)
  12. Hi cara6, We did it and have never looked back! The one thing that I'd say is that our children at the time were young (18month, 3 years and son born in oz 2 years ago), so very different to you seeing as your ‘kids’ are adults, and it’s a question of whether they would want to go? We, like you, had done the research and planning, and thought that we knew all there was to know. The likelihood is that you probably will have most of that knowledge, but it's still a bit step to take, but one I’d certainly recommend. Some on here will say one country is better than the other and such like, which is fine, but the problem you’ll face until you get here is being able to make that comparison for yourself. There are arguments for and against, all very valid in their own right. It really comes down to what you want for you and your family. My wife and I were always of the mentally to ‘give it a go’, and for at least 2 years. Those 2 years will be 5 in August, and what journey we’ve had during that time. I hope you make the right decision, as to live with knowing that you had a feeling that you wanted to do it, and never did would be a decision that you’d have to live with, could you? Good Luck
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    Delays in Processing Citizenship Application

    Hi freakLFC, Glad to hear that you've finally got an answer! Good luck for Thursday, all the best for the future :smile:
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    Delays in Processing Citizenship Application

    Hi streya, Agreed, but you are advised that it can take up to 30 days regardless of how this done. My wife's was approved in 3 days, but I was 3 weeks, so it depends on when this is entered into the system, and wether someone has a similar name as you or not, that's when the delay is likely to happen. The point I was making to freakLFc is that you need this part if the process to be completed before you can be approved.
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    Delays in Processing Citizenship Application

    Hi freakLFC, I was told to leave as everything was in order, documents, test passed, therefore there was nothing further that I had to do. Mmmm Sounds a bit strange, as regardless of whether someone was on leave, there should have been someone else there to assist, or they could have sent you to level 3 to give you some advice, seems a bit odd. When did you actually take your test / interview? The reason I ask is that the Police check can take up to 30 days, and if this hasn't came back, then a decision cannot be made, in other words you will not be approved until this has came back. However if this has came back, and everything is fine, then there is no reason why you shouldn't get all the information you need on Monday. To tell you that you have a date, can only mean that everything is ok? I hope everything is in order for you, and that your ceremony still takes place on Friday.