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  1. crazmook

    Official nurses thread!

    Hi, I don't work on a ward, but QLD Health are quite good on ratios. The policy cites: mornings- 1-4 afternoons- 1-5 nights- 1-9 as an example, but I couldn't tell you if this is the case in reality. That said, they do have lots of posters up around the hospitals reminding people that they can report workload issues such as this, so I wouldn't be surprised if this was actually the case.
  2. crazmook

    Official nurses thread!

    Hi I emailed the Nurse Unit Manager and it sort of went from there. She offered to see me. Good luck!
  3. crazmook

    Official nurses thread!

    Hi! I was already here in Oz when I started looking for a job, so I applied for a few jobs local-ish, not all nursing jobs, but related to nursing if not. I didn't get an interview. I was applying for entry level positions (like physio assistant, phlebotomist etc) to see if I could get a foot in the door while my registration came through. After 3 or 4 I asked for feedback and was told they thought I was overqualified, and would be bored. So they suggested I came in for a chat and more or less offered me a job on the spot as a CN (i had to go back the next day for an interview and all that, to ensure due process was carried out). I was looking for something less stressful tbh, but was grateful for the opportunity so took it, and demoted myself a few months later. I just found that in QLD, it appeared they like to see you and speak to you a bit more rather than just go with whats on paper. We have around 70 nurses in my department and everyone over the last couple of years was taken initially on a temp contract, before being offered permanent, so they can see how you go before committing lol. Best of luck with the job hunting. Again, only my opinion, but I would have found it easier to work in a field I had experience in rather than starting in a different area. Just something to consider.
  4. crazmook

    Official nurses thread!

    Ok, I was well and truly shot down there! I am only trying to help out, and pass on the information that my NUM gave me last week. Maybe job freeze was too strong, so i apologise for that. I'm not at Redcliffe, but a large hospital on the North side of Brisbane. I am just trying to point out that, in my opinion, and that of my Nurse Unit Manger and Nursing Director, there are fewer positions around the North side. I extended that across the city, as I presumed that it would be the same, which you say is not the case. I looked up the current job situation for the government, which includes QH and all other agencies that may employ nurses. Currently (i.e. today) the Queensland Government is advertising 4 nursing jobs of any grade in the whole of the North side, which I have included below if anyone wants to have a look: Job search Displaying search results 1–4 of 4 matching jobs [TABLE=class: striped] [TR=class: result-start] [TD=class: select][/TD] [TD=class: job-title, colspan: 2]Clinical Nurse Consultant[/TD] [TD=class: classification, align: right]Nurse Grade 7[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: even] [TD=class: agency, bgcolor: transparent, colspan: 2]Queensland Health[/TD] [TD=class: position-type, bgcolor: transparent, align: right]Permanent Full-time[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: result-end meta] [TD=class: location]Brisbane - North[/TD] [TD=class: category]Health - Nursing[/TD] [TD=class: closing-date, align: right]Closes 1 Jun 2012[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: result-start even] [TD=class: select, bgcolor: transparent][/TD] [TD=class: job-title, bgcolor: transparent, colspan: 2]Clinical Nurse (Breast Screening Clinic)[/TD] [TD=class: classification, bgcolor: transparent, align: right]Nurse Grade 6[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=class: agency, colspan: 2]Queensland Health[/TD] [TD=class: position-type, align: right]Permanent Part-time[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: result-end meta even] [TD=class: location, bgcolor: transparent]Brisbane - North[/TD] [TD=class: category, bgcolor: transparent]Health - Nursing[/TD] [TD=class: closing-date, bgcolor: transparent, align: right]Closes 29 May 2012[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: result-start] [TD=class: select][/TD] [TD=class: job-title, colspan: 2]Clinical Nurse - Elective Surgery Support Officer[/TD] [TD=class: classification, align: right]Nurse Grade 6[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: even] [TD=class: agency, bgcolor: transparent, colspan: 2]Queensland Health[/TD] [TD=class: position-type, bgcolor: transparent, align: right]Permanent Full-time[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: result-end meta] [TD=class: location]Brisbane - North[/TD] [TD=class: category]Health - Nursing[/TD] [TD=class: closing-date, align: right]Closes 28 May 2012[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: result-start even] [TD=class: select, bgcolor: transparent][/TD] [TD=class: job-title, bgcolor: transparent, colspan: 2]Clinical Nurse Consultant - Care Coordination - Urology[/TD] [TD=class: classification, bgcolor: transparent, align: right]Nurse Grade 7[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD=class: agency, colspan: 2]Queensland Health[/TD] [TD=class: position-type, align: right]Permanent Full-time[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: result-end meta even] [TD=class: location, bgcolor: transparent]Brisbane - North[/TD] [TD=class: category, bgcolor: transparent]Health - Nursing[/TD] [TD=class: closing-date, bgcolor: transparent, align: right]Closes 22 May 2012[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] I compared with what was around in November (from my QH job emails - see below) and it appears, in my opinion, that there are fewer positions about. Sorry again for any confusion. I sincerely hope that other posters may be able to lead you to other vacancies. Again- I hope you all get what you are after. With best wishes. [TABLE=width: 770] [TR] [TD]Position Title:[/TD] [TD]Clinical Nurse (Clinical Facilitator - RN/EN Support), Cancer Care Services[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Organisation:[/TD] [TD]Queensland Health[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Location:[/TD] [TD]Brisbane - North[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Closing date:[/TD] [TD]10-Nov-2011[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Job Ref:[/TD] [TD]QLD/H11RBH10439[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 770] [TR] [TD]Position Title:[/TD] [TD]Clinical Nurse (Haematology Clinics), Oncology Clinics[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Organisation:[/TD] [TD]Queensland Health[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Location:[/TD] [TD]Brisbane - North[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Closing date:[/TD] [TD]11-Nov-2011[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Job Ref:[/TD] [TD]QLD/H11RBH10505[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 770] [TR] [TD]Position Title:[/TD] [TD]Nurse Researcher (Clinical Academic Fellow)[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Organisation:[/TD] [TD]Queensland Health[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Location:[/TD] [TD]Brisbane - North[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Closing date:[/TD] [TD]14-Nov-2011[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Job Ref:[/TD] [TD]QLD/H11RBH10593[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 770] [TR] [TD]Position Title:[/TD] [TD]Clinical Nurse, Inner North Brisbane Mental Health Service.[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Organisation:[/TD] [TD]Queensland Health[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Location:[/TD] [TD]Brisbane - North[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Closing date:[/TD] [TD]14-Nov-2011[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Job Ref:[/TD] [TD]QLD/H11RBH10292[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 770] [TR] [TD]Position Title:[/TD] [TD]Clinical Nurse, 9B North, Internal Medicine Services[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Organisation:[/TD] [TD]Queensland Health[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Location:[/TD] [TD]Brisbane - North[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Closing date:[/TD] [TD]14-Nov-2011[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Job Ref:[/TD] [TD]QLD/H11RBH10527[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 770] [TR] [TD]Position Title:[/TD] [TD]Registered Nurses, Community Child Youth and Family Health Service (Central)[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Organisation:[/TD] [TD]Queensland Health[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Location:[/TD] [TD]Brisbane - North[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Closing date:[/TD] [TD]07-Nov-2011[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Job Ref:[/TD] [TD]QLD/H11RCH1032[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 770] [TR] [TD]Position Title:[/TD] [TD]Clinical Nurse, Homeless Health Outreach Team[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Organisation:[/TD] [TD]Queensland Health[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Location:[/TD] [TD]Brisbane - North[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Closing date:[/TD] [TD]14-Nov-2011[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Job Ref:[/TD] [TD]QLD/H11RBH10235[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 770] [TR] [TD]Position Title:[/TD] [TD]Clinical Nurse, Discharge Facilitation Unit[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Organisation:[/TD] [TD]Queensland Health[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Location:[/TD] [TD]Brisbane - North[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Closing date:[/TD] [TD]14-Nov-2011[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Job Ref:[/TD] [TD]QLD/H11RBH10208[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 770] [TR] [TD]Position Title:[/TD] [TD]Clinical Nurses, Ward 2C and Ward 2D, Nursing Services[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Organisation:[/TD] [TD]Queensland Health[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Location:[/TD] [TD]Brisbane - North[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Closing date:[/TD] [TD]14-Nov-2011[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Job Ref:[/TD] [TD]QLD/H11PCH10278[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 770] [TR] [TD]Position Title:[/TD] [TD]Clinical Nurse, Cancer Care Services[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Organisation:[/TD] [TD]Queensland Health[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Location:[/TD] [TD]Brisbane - North[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Closing date:[/TD] [TD]14-Nov-2011[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Job Ref:[/TD] [TD]QLD/H11RBH10287[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 770] [TR] [TD]Position Title:[/TD] [TD]Clinical Nurse, Oncology Day Therapy and Apheresis Unit[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Organisation:[/TD] [TD]Queensland Health[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Location:[/TD] [TD]Brisbane - North[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Closing date:[/TD] [TD]07-Nov-2011[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD][/TD] [TD]QLD/H11RBH10387[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 770] [TR] [TD]Position Title:[/TD] [TD]Clinical Nurses (Respiratory), Thoracic Program[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Organisation:[/TD] [TD]Queensland Health[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Location:[/TD] [TD]Brisbane - North[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Closing date:[/TD] [TD]07-Nov-2011[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Job Ref:[/TD] [TD]QLD/H11PCH09699[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 770] [TR] [TD]Position Title:[/TD] [TD]Clinical Nurse, Primary Care Program (0 -12 Service)[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Organisation:[/TD] [TD]Queensland Health[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Location:[/TD] [TD]Brisbane - North[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Closing date:[/TD] [TD]07-Nov-2011[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Job Ref:[/TD] [TD]QLD/H11RCH1080[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 770] [TR] [TD]Position Title:[/TD] [TD]Clinical Nurse, Child and Youth Mental Health Service[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Organisation:[/TD] [TD]Queensland Health[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Location:[/TD] [TD]Brisbane - North[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Closing date:[/TD] [TD]07-Nov-2011[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Job Ref:[/TD] [TD]QLD/H11RCH10226[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 770] [TR] [TD]Position Title:[/TD] [TD]Clinical Nurses, Coronary Care Unit and Chest Pain Assessment Service[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Organisation:[/TD] [TD]Queensland Health[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Location:[/TD] [TD]Brisbane - North[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Closing date:[/TD] [TD]07-Nov-2011[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Job Ref:[/TD] [TD]QLD/H11PCH1089[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [TABLE=width: 770] [TR] [TD]Position Title:[/TD] [TD]Nurse Unit Manager, Geriatric Evaluations Management Unit[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Organisation:[/TD] [TD]Queensland Health[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Location:[/TD] [TD]Brisbane - North[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Closing date:[/TD] [TD]07-Nov-2011[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Job Ref:[/TD] [TD]QLD/H11RBH10147[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]
  5. crazmook

    Official nurses thread!

    Hi Simon, See my post about the recent position in Queensland Health, although it won't last for ever things are a bit tight at the moment. I dont know if you've seen the QH website- they list all the jobs http://www.health.qld.gov.au/jobs/default.asp You can sign up for the emailed job adverts. I still get these- they are quite good (you can specify area, job etc). 2-3 months ago I got emails just about everyday with between 2 and 15 jobs being advertised, but at present they are coming through at a trickle- about 1 job a day. Obviously depends when you plan on coming, but hopefully in a couple of months there will be more jobs about. It is also important to remember that QH (and most private hospitals) will reward previous service. Here are the QH pay scales for last year (this years are not published yet, but the nurse pay scale has just been awarded a 3% per year rise for three years). http://www.health.qld.gov.au/hrpolicies/wage_rates/nursing.asp Good luck! addition- don't forgot to consider you will need to, at least, double your English wage (in Pounds) to get an approx cost of living comparison. i.e. if you earn 30k Pounds you will need at least $60k to have the same standard of living in QLD. (all other things being equal- like number of cars, level of child care, mortgage size etc).
  6. crazmook

    Official nurses thread!

    Hi! The average age of QLD nurses is something like 55 lol! I didn't try to get a job before I got here, but had a few applications ignored. When I went in person- different story, they offered me a job on the spot! So don't give up- keep trying. Good luck with it.
  7. crazmook

    Official nurses thread!

    Hey All, Just to let everyone in the UK know recent developments. The Queensland government changed recently from Labour to Liberal and now "Can do Campbell" Newman is in charge. After a few weeks in caretaker mode (i.e. nothing happening - no decisions made, no-one employed etc) they have now essentially created a job freeze for Queensland Health. So basically, instead of 20 forms to fill out to employ someone it's now 40 and has to go to higher management to be agreed. The knock on effect for my department is it's very difficult to take people on, and nearly all new recruits will be temp contracts, and is likely to be similar across the city (Brisbane), if not the state. Probably likely to continue for a while. Consequently, it may be worth getting in touch to see how the land lies if you have an application in progress. Best of luck, and hope you get what you're after.
  8. crazmook

    Official nurses thread!

    Hi All, newlifeincoming- I was a band 7 in UK. It's quite difficult to come across band 7s in Oz, there doesn't seem to be as many around. In my department of 70 nurses there are 2 band 7s. I was a Nurse Practitioner in UK, but not qualified enough for a band 8 Oz NP so started looking for a band 7 or a Clinical Nurse or even Registered Nurse role here in Oz. The first thing I learnt was that meeting in person has a significant advantage over applying by computer. I applied for a band 5, and was not offered an interview. I contacted the manager and asked for feedback, and she asked me to come in for a chat and then offered me a CN job on the spot! It is a really strange culture. In the end I didn't really like the CN job and dropped down to RN. More job satisfaction and less bother and politics for 50 cents an hour less lol. I found the culture very different and obviously the hospital was completely different, and consequently I found it fairly hard to adjust. I stuck at it and performed ok, but certainly missed the familiarity that came from working in the same hospital for the last 10 years in England. I guess I mean that I missed the "autopilot" that you get from being familiar with the job- the things that are second nature are no longer there, so instead of really having to concentrate on certain things, I found that I had to completely concentrate on everything all the time. That applies to everything- from the procedure for getting a porter/wardie, to pay, to uniforms, drugs - everything! They gave me a phone instead of a bleep for goodness sake! You have to answer as well ha ha. So overall I thought it was a bit too difficult to pop over the other side of the world and start managing people in a job they had been doing for years. I have to admit however, that if you can find a job in the same speciality it would be much easier. Anyway, just my thoughts- best of luck with your move and every success on the job front. Dansi- In the hospital I work in there doesn't appear to be any grade in between an Assistant in nursing and an Enrolled nurse. $45-50k for AIN and $46-56k for EN. Cheers. Oh I should add for both of the posts, I am based in Brisbane.:biggrin:
  9. crazmook

    I like...

    lol, How I met your Mother is good! Also like the Big Bang Theory! and Bones.
  10. crazmook

    Suggestions for Brisbane Suburbs

    Hi! and Welcome! Sandgate is nice. Also the surrounding suburbs of Brighton and Shorncliffe. Tends to be a bit pricy round there though, but you would just about get a decent 3 bedder for that. Has train to cbd in 35 mins. Cant comment on the other 'burbs you mentioned as not been to them. There is a new rail line going to be built over the next few years from the city that goes through Northlakes/mango Hill, Rothwell and on to the Redcliffe peninsula which will be well under an hour to the cbd, so may be worth considering there. It's a bit tough to get around without a car though, but not impossible. HTH
  11. crazmook

    The car: To ship...or not to ship?? Confused!

    Hi Only you can make the decision on whether to take your car or not, but hopefully if you can find enough information about it, it will make it easier to make that decision. It is true that cars are generally more expensive in Australia, but not necessarily across the board. Some new cars are actually comparable to the UK. A Suzuki Alto for example is less than $12000 here, compared to around 7000 pounds in England which at an exchange rate of 1.6 is not too far off. I was reading the post about the 03 Freelander, and I wondered if I was able to point you in the direction of some helpful sites? I see the owners value the car at 5000 pounds, but expect it will fetch 3 times that much in Australia. I searched through the car sales websites and found 10 2003 Freelanders available in Australia at the moment on Carsales.com. They averaged $15.000 with the cheapest being advertised at $10,000 (private) and the dearest at $18000 (dealer). The Red Book price came in at just under $11,000. If you were to sell yours at 5000 pounds and add the 3500 pounds you were to pay to ship it, and then transfer that to Oz at a rate of 1.6 you are going to end up with $13600. As you will be without your car for 3 months till it arrives and clears customs, you may need to rent one for a while at around $50 a day. Also the display price in Australia is rarely the price you pay, so it's likely you could save another $500+ with that. I used the Freelander example, as the OP kindly included the value, but this may apply to all vehicles. You can get the information here: Used Cars - New Cars - Search New & Used Cars For Sale - carsales.com.au Car Prices - Search Car Prices & Values Online - Red Book and in the UK, I remember Parkers and What Car both gave free used car prices, with Autotrader being the biggest sales site, which will help to compare. Hopefully this is helpful, Good luck with it!
  12. crazmook

    Cost of living / Salaries

    Hi, I don't think I have met anyone who earns over $100k here in QLD! I must be moving in the wrong circles. Maybe you need $150k a year to get by in Sydney, like you need a larger salary to live in London. However, all you have to do is look at the salary for jobs advertised in Australia. Maybe try SEEK - Australia's no. 1 jobs, employment, career and recruitment site 11 million people live here doing jobs, just like the 60 million in the UK- they sell cars, drive ambulances, build houses, works in banks, bakers, shops, the trades etc. They all survive here in Oz and they aren't leaving in droves, so you must be able to survive! We are a family of 5, paying rent that is twice what my mortgage was in the UK, running twice the amount of cars, working in the health service at 2 bands lower than in England and surviving ok. And the wife's given up her 2 days a week job. We don't have as much left over as we did in the UK, but then again we don't need to spend loads to cheer ourselves up lol. If you need a massive new McHouse, 2 brand new cars, kids in private schools, and top dollar health insurance, you need to earn more, obviously. here are some links/info, that may be helpful: Average Weekly Earnings, Australia, Nov 2010- Source Australian Bureau of Statistics Full-time adult ordinary time earnings $1272.50 =$66170 a year. Take home pay calculator: Income Tax Calculator As pointed out, salary sacrifice is available which means in a nutshell, you don't pay any tax on earnings that you spend on mortgages/car loans/ and loads of other stuff. PS- I picked up a bottle of Islay single malt the other day at $65 which isn't too bad.
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    The car: To ship...or not to ship?? Confused!

    Hi We've been here for 6-7 months and have just bought a 2nd car yesterday, having done a fair bit of research. Ok- used cars are expensive here, but you have to look at the price in detail. If you are changing English Pounds at 1.6 to buy a used Australian car you will find the prices astronomical. However, if you multiply by 2.3 you will get fairer figure. Granted, it won't save you any money, but the price of the goods in Aus is easier to compare if you do this. After all, just because the UK pound is in the doldrums, you can't expect Australians to take this into account for you. (this depends where you live etc, but most people will agree that if you multiply costs by around 2.2 -2.4 you will be looking at a fair UK/AUS comparison- i.e you should look to be earning 2.2 times you UK salary in pounds to get the same standard of living in Aus) So, I found that the older the car, the dearer it gets. New cars, when you are earning in $ are not really any more expensive than in the UK. Some are much more expensive, but some are cheaper. Depends where they are from. Audis, VWs are really dear here, but Fords, Holdens, and some of the Far Eastern companies like Mitsubishi and Suzuki are cheaper. You can buy a brand new Mitsubishi Lancer for $20990 for example. Most of the smaller engines in the range won't be available in Aus, and auto's are more common than manuals. Diesel is common, but probably like 20% of cars are diesel compared to maybe 40% in the UK. Lots of v6s, and v8s. Arguably, used cars are actually worth more here- they tend to be serviced every 6 months, and the roads are a bit smoother so bits don't fall off as easily. Also there's no snow, or freezing conditions (in QLD anyway lol), so they may be in better condition. And finally if used cars retain their value so well, you are likely to be able to sell it for a decent price even when it's like 15 years old! Have a look at Used Cars - New Cars - Search New & Used Cars For Sale - carsales.com.au which is the equiv of autotrader in the UK. We got a 5 year old Toyota Kluger (4x4 in between a Rav 4 and Landcruiser) for $19000 and a 5 year old Toyota Yaris for $8500 from a main Toyota dealer and both came with a 3 year warranty! One thing to remember when you ship one over is car hire costs- if it takes 12 weeks or so for it to arrive, you will need 12 weeks car hire- either here or in the UK, which will obviously have some effect on any savings. Happy hunting! PS I agree with the previous poster about the wet weather traction, but wonder if this is more the road surface rather than the tyres. Either way, your tyres are going to be Aussie tyres after the first lot wear out!
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    Shipment arrived early?

    Hi Firstly check when your goods will be released- our weren't delivered until over 2 weeks after they arrived, so there may be a delay there. If you can string it out a bit more, there's the Easter hols, and then there's usually another public holiday the week after (depends where you are) so not much will happen then. I always found our shipping company to be difficult to negotiate with, lol- We struggled to even get an acknowledgement that our container was 6 weeks late, let alone any reimbursement! I would think that you will really struggle to get them to pick up the bill for storage because it came early. Getting your rental is not always as easy as it sounds- so you will probably end up with some overlap on your rental beginning and your temp accom finishing. You have to apply, along with other interested parties, and the rental agent/landlord picks who they think is the best. This means you may not get the rental you want straight away (depends on the house and area to some extent, but presumably you will not be looking for a dump in a bad area!). Consequently you will need to be applying in plenty of time, or have the facility to extend your temp accom. So, essentially what I'm trying to say is - you may end up in your rental sooner, if you get the first one you apply for. Therefore, you can get your stuff delivered asap and pay no storage but just lose some cash on the temp accommodation! Hope you manage to get it sorted out! Happy travels!
  15. Car Seat for kids- All you need to know for Queensland. They reported that all the other states would follow suit afterwards, so a year on, this should be the regs for the whole of Australia. Biggest differences from the UK are- 3 yr olds need an "H type harness" till their 4th b'day. No one under 7 in the front (unless you only have 2 seats) and it confirms UK seats are not acceptable. Penalties are 3 points and $300 fine per incorrect kid! Link: http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/~/media/a34d7a95-2ff5-4b5e-b57b-47aeb515d0af/child_restraints_qanda_feb11.pdf HTH.
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