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    Working Holiday Visa Changes 2018

    Happy New Year all! Just a quick one on this, does anybody know whether the Australian government are considering increasing the WHV age from 30 to 35 for British citizens too? Thanks in advance! Matt
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    Hello and welcome to PIO!
  3. Hi all, I know the AU government are considering increasing the WHV eligibility age to 35....has anyone heard anything more on this recently....or know when a decision is due to be made? Cheers, Matt :cool:
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    Stay or go

    I'm in a similar position as you, sadly however I do not have a skill on the SOL or CSOL lists so it's unlikely I'll ever be able to get a suitable visa to give me the opportunity to make a move over to Australia. If I did however (like you), I'd be on the next flight out - give it a shot, you only live once!
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    PR/Sponsorship Advice

    Hello, I've been to Australia on 2 separate occasions. The first was on a tourist visa and the second on a WHV last year. I have family in the country and loved every minute I spent there, travelling and working. I'd love to make a move out to Australia, for a whole host of different reasons, but based on my work experience etc, I know its probably not going to be possible. Based on my work experience and qualifications (listed below), could someone please provide some advice on where I stand? Qualifications, 9x GCSE's, 3x A-Levels, Diploma (Business & Finance) & BA(Hons) Degree (Business Administration). Work Experience, 8 years in Financial Services (Pensions), Senior Administration, Quality Assurance & Training. Probably know what the answer is likely to be - but any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks Matt
  6. I've recently returned from my trip to Australia on a WHV. I'm selling my Berghaus Jalan 60 + 10 Backpack. It's in good condition with only a few marks. Cost £100 to buy new, I'm looking for £40. Please PM if you are interested or require any further information. Thanks Matt
  7. I have recently returned from my trip to Australia on a WHV. I'm selling my Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus, which is locked to the Telstra network. It's in perfect condition as it has always had a screen protector and case on it. It comes with the sim card and number I had been using and still has over $200 credit! The phone cost $79 new. I'm looking for £50, please PM if interested or for further information. Thanks Matt
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    Newbie coming over in april/may

    Hey! I'm Matt, (29 years old) and am landing in Sydney on 8th April. I then plan on heading up towards Cairns to do my regional work for 3 months.....but nothing set in stone yet. Where you planning on heading initially?
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    I need a WHV buddy for next year sometime?!

    Well we should definitely keep in touch Jodie! :smile:
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    Hi Rossy, I'll be intrigued to see the responses to your question as I also land in Sydney in April with the aim of finding work asap! You planning on staying in Sydney for a while? If so, will definitely have to meet for a beer! :smile:
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    Travel buddy!! Australia

    I'll probably be in/around Sydney then, but keep us posted on your plans and if we cross paths we can meet for a beer!
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    I need a WHV buddy for next year sometime?!

    Hi Jodie, Sounds good. I travelled for around 5 months back in 2009/10 and spent 2 months in Oz. So it's not necessarily a new thing to me, but being away for a year most certainly will be! It's a shame you didn't opt to fly into Sydney otherwise we would be landing on the same day!! LostSoul, it will be a great experience for you I have no doubt! Have you given any thought into when you are likely to depart? Have either of you sorted your WHV yet? Matt
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    I need a WHV buddy for next year sometime?!

    Hi Jodie, I land in Sydney on 8th April and will be 29! In the same boat as you and am looking forward to a year out. Hoping to do some work initially and then go with the flow! Have you got your flight booked?
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    Which bank to use as a WHV

    I've set up my bank account with NAB. They were really efficient and had sent over all my documentation and online banking stuff within a matter of days!
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    I need a WHV buddy for next year sometime?!

    I'm flying into Sydney in the first week of April and then taking things from there :smile: