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  1. A few years back when I was a minor I went to visit Australian relatives but when I entered the UK again I mistakenly used my Australian passport and got it stamped with 6 months. All my dad did was to ring up immigration, show them a copy of his birth certificate and residency and that was it. They just changed whatever was registered on the system and there was no comeback. I don't imagine your situation would be any different - they'd be dealing with this sort of thing all the time.
  2. Are the motorhome people saying you have to get a different licence? Both Qld Main Roads and NSW Transport and Maine Roads state explicitly on their websites that "If you’re driving in Queensland on an overseas car licence, you may drive vehicles allowed under a Queensland class C licence. This includes vehicles up to 4.5 tonne gross vehicle mass that may carry up to 12 people, including the driver." I'd read into that you can just use your British licence unless you've been told otherwise by the hire people.
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    Asthma ?

    Depends what your triggers are; for me cold, dry air sets it off. Since moving to the humid tropics haven't had a single attack, but instead have really bad hay fever.
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    Mackay, Townsville or Cairns

    Mackay. been here 15 years so if you want to know anything please PM me
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    Mackay, Townsville or Cairns

    I'm in geotech and enviro consultancy as well, do a fair bit with TMR so I'll probably see you around the tracks somewhere!
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    Mackay, Townsville or Cairns

    With the affordability thing, Mackay is on the cusp of another big upswing in housing prices: there's been a dramatic downturn in vacancies for rentals particularly. We always say we pay over the odds for stuff because of the "mining tax" - the assumption that everyone's working out west and has spare cash to burn. I don't know what industry you're in but I've seen friends who appear trapped a bit in Cairns - the jobs market seems to be quote small from what they've said, and to progress they've been forced to move out of town. however, if you're within a company structure that might not be a major concern for you. Enjoy the glorious winter weather here, it must be really cold for you compared with Darwin!
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    6 reasons that you came to live in Australia

    I had only one reason - I was doing fieldwork in the sleet and my fingers were too frozen to hold my pen - one of those "screw this for a game of soldiers" moments. I was a citizen, single, had nothing to stop me and got on an aeroplane 6 months later.
  8. Winters are glorious in the tropics: 25 degrees nearly every day, 15 at night, very little rain and no humidity. Summer sucks big time though, but winters are near perfect.
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    Living in MacKay

    Crocs are rare but do periodically turn up on the beach (mainly Blacks Beach where they come out of McCready's Creek, and the harbour). Every time a beach is closed due to croc sightings it makes headline news here so that tells you how uncommon it is. Stingers only come in at specific times of year and with particular winds from the north. There's several patrolled beaches which are dragged daily and have lifeguards present so really not that problematic.
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    Accommodation for Students

    Is that Monash? the university has an accommodation page which has several links and advice specifically for students seeking off-campus housing. Try them first.
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    give it a real go!

    It is illegal to remove shells or shell grit from national parks and nature reserves, and whether you can in marine parks depends on the local zoning. The vast majority of coastline it's fine, but there are areas where it's prohibited.
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    Vacation Days (what's normal?)

    I've been in industry consultancy in Qld for a good few years, so may be slightly different in Victoria but the various companies I've worked for have all been much of a muchness when it comes to leave. 20 days is normal, my current company allows us to purchase an extra 5 or 10 days' leave per year through salary sacrifice (I've seen other companies off up to 20 days' extra). You will not be able to take personal leave as a vacation. Public holidays are paid extra days off, I think we currently have 10 per year, which tend to be heavily loaded towards the first half of the year. Long service leave varies state by state, from memory NT is the most generous with something like 13 weeks accessable after 7 years. Most states are 10 weeks / 10 years but you'd have to check with your employer. In some industries this is transferable across jobs - coal mining is one of them - but for the most part if you leave before your LSL matures you lose it (it can also be altered under industrial award, my OH got his after 8 years but that probably won't affect you if you're in professional services). It is paid out after redundancy after 7 years here in QLD (check with your state though). While leave accrues, your company may have a policy which forces you to take it after a set period, we technically do that after 2 years, though TBH I've never actually seen that enforced. My company allows you to take unpaid sabbaticals of up to a year after many years' continuous service, don't quite know what that is as a year without pay doesn't tickle my fancy so never looked into it, this may also be provided by other companies. In some industries, they allow you to get paid out on excess untaken sick leave but I've only ever seen people on Industrial Awards have this done.
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    Qualification assessment by EA

    As far as I know Poland isn't a signatory to the Washington Accord and there's a very good chance your degree is not recognized or accredited by EA. Approach EA direct and ask them what the procedure is - you may have to go through a Stage 1 competency assessment (Washington Accord degrees skip over this step and go straight to the Stage 2 assessment). They are very helpful and have a section of their website dedicated to helping potential migrants.
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    Depreciation Report

    They either have a branch there or they subcontract it. I recall there was a thread a couple of years ago that asked the same thing, and at the time there was no QS in the UK who could do them, but as I understand it this lot started about 3 years ago.
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    Depreciation Report

    Washington Brown does them, there's a link here: http://www.austexpatinvestor.com/australian-tax-implications-overseas-investment-property/