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  1. Pilot/Escort drivers, google Over Size Over Mass Escort Vehicle Driver Scheme
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    Happy Birthday To The Pom Queen

    Unfortunately, for the second year running, Kate's in hospital on her birthday. She's been in for the past 3 weeks. Not sure when she'll be online again but I've let her know that people are wishing her a happy birthday.
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    what are you doing right now?

    Watching the cricket, Keaton Jennings having a stormer
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    State of the States

    If you're moving to Australia and haven't decided where to want to live yet, it may be worthwhile keeping an eye on CommSec's 'State of the States' reports. The quarterly report attempts to find out how Australia’s states and territories are performing by analysing eight key indicators: economic growth retail spending equipment investment unemployment construction work done population growth housing finance dwelling commencements. Just as the Reserve Bank uses long-term averages to determine the level of “normal” interest rates; CommSec do the same with the economic indicators. For each state and territory, latest readings for the key indicators were compared with decade averages – that is, against the “normal” performance. The latest State of the States report also includes a section comparing annual growth rates for the eight key indicators across the states and territories as well as Australia as a whole. This enables another point of comparison – in terms of economic momentum. Victoria remains the top of the economic performance rankings. Victoria ranks first on economic growth, unemployment and construction work done. NSW is second on the overall economic performance rankings but still holds top spot for retail spending and dwelling starts. NSW is second ranked on three other indicators. The ACT has held on to third spot in the rankings. The ACT is top-ranked on relative housing finance and secondranked on population growth and business investment. Tasmania is in fourth position on the economic performance rankings, but is closing the gap on the ACT. Tasmania is ranked first on the relative position on population growth and business investment and is in second spot on housing finance. South Australia is now in fifth position on the performance rankings ahead of Queensland. But there is still little to separate the two economies. South Australia is thirdranked on construction work done and fourth on two other indicators. Queensland is now in sixth position. Queensland ranks fifth on four of the eight indicators. The Northern Territory retains its seventh position on the economic performance rankings and can be broadly grouped with Western Australia. Both are facing challenges with the transition of resource projects moving from the production to the export phase. The Northern Territory is third-ranked on economic growth. But it lags all other states and territories on five of the indicators. The good news is that employment has now been growing for the past five months. Western Australia is seventh or eighth on all indicators (eighth on three indicators). But equipment spending is now the highest in 3½ years
  5. The 2018 Expat Insider Survey has recently been published. The Survey had 18,000 respondents from 178 different nationalities, living in 187 different countries. After ranking in the top 10 from 2014 to 2016, Australia faced a big drop in 2017, falling to 34th place out of 65. In 2018, it has recovered most of this lost ground, ranking 12th out of 68 destinations thanks to significant improvements in the Personal Finance, Quality of Life, and Ease of Settling In Indices. Australia is, in fact, among the biggest winners for all these indices, and also rose 19 ranks in the Working Abroad Index.
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    Wildlife thread

    Turns out we have koalas on our property. Nat's heard them calling over the past couple of weeks so went to track it down today.
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    What are you listening to ?

    Synthpop/rock at the moment
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    $12 https://www.westpac.com.au/international-travel/international-transfers/receive-foreign-currency/
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    Port Douglas / Cairns

    Trip up to Kuranda on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, then back down from Kuranda on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
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    Medicals for 190 visa

    Hi The new link is: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Panelphysicians/Documents/panel-member-instructions.pdf
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    From Quaratine Melbourne to Mount Barker 5251 Adelaide

    Dogtainers & Jetpets are the two main companies. We used Dogtainers a couple of months ago to pick our Dog up from Quarantine and ship to Brisbane.
  12. Hobart is losing grip of its title as Australia’s most affordable city, with the average house price now on par with Adelaide, according to research. The revelation was made by property website realestate.com.au's outlook report for the April quarter. Hobart and the surrounding areas dominate the list of Australia's 10 most sought-after suburbs, with Battery Point, North Hobart, Richmond and inner Hobart all featuring. Hobart's average house price for the April quarter was $470,000, up 19 per cent on the same time last year and by far the biggest increase of any other capital city. Report author and realestate.com chief economist Nerida Conisbee described Tasmania as "booming". "Hobart continues to be red hot," she said. "Tasmania is the hottest market at the moment in Australia, we've certainly never seen this surge in activity,'' she said. "Hobart's so strong at the moment that we are now expecting the median house price for Hobart to overtake the median house price for Adelaide. "We can really see that Melbourne is the number one audience for Hobart property and has a strong interest in it. "When we have a look at the top interstate destinations people from Melbourne are looking at, the number one is Sandy Bay." The average Hobart property received 10,000 hits on realestate.com, five times more than in since 2013 and double the national average view per property. Jobs growth and very little housing development were the two factors pushing up prices, according to the report. "While property investors are likely to be a key factor in the price increases, strong growth in rental demand suggests that the market is being supported by people needing a place to live," it said. The report showed that in the past 12 months, there had been an increase of almost 50 per cent in online views of properties in Launceston and Devonport. "What we are seeing is a pretty strong ripple effect in terms of demand in Hobart extending to other parts of the state." Ms Conisbee said. The report said Launceston had seen the strongest price growth of any local government area in Australia in the past 12 months. And according to the Real Estate Institute of Tasmania (REIT), 2017 was Launceston's best year in the last decade. REIT president Tony Collidge said the report reflected Hobart's market, which is the strongest he has seen in his 26-year real-estate career. "We're certainly getting multiple offers, we're getting upwards of 30 to 40 enquiries per property and its a very, very buoyant marketplace," he said. "It's really hard to try and price property at the moment because of the strong demand that's out there. "You put a property on the market for $500,000 and the next thing you're hearing its sold for $575,000, its sold for $550,000." Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-07/demand-for-real-estate-in-hobart-continues-to-grow/9951424
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    Wildlife thread

    Nat spotted this little snake on our land last night. It's a White Crowned snake - never seen this particular species before. Only tiny, around 15cm, not particularly venomous. Website I was reading up on about it says "Relying more on bluff display than bite. . They will generally rear up & 'mock strike' with mouth closed, more of a 'head butt'.
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    Finding a rental in Australia

    https://www.stayz.com.au/ is probably the biggest furnished rental / holiday accommodation type site. Some people rent cabin style accommodation at Big 4 sites - https://www.big4.com.au/ Apartments - could have a look at Quest https://www.questapartments.com.au/ Also worth a look at https://www.realestate.com.au/rent - you can refine the search to show furnished rentals
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    Expat insurance ?

  16. There are many good registered migration agents who post on the forum who I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Westly Russell - http://www.pinoyau.com/ Raul Senise - http://www.ozimmigration.com Richard Gregan - http://www.overseas-emigration.co.uk/ Alan Collett - https://www.gmvisas.com/ All MARA registered, many years experience as agents, all have contributed on the forum for around a decade or more.
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    Good Hairdressing Salons in Melbourne

    Call me Mr.Suspicious, but when you sign up to the forum using the following email address: hello@kikihairextensions.com.au it does kind of start the alarm bells ringing ? Maybe have a read through: https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/products-and-services/business-practices/advertising-and-promotions/false-or-misleading-representations
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    BUPA Australia email address

    Thanks for the info However, just for the sake of transparency, you're being a little disingenuous stating that you were looking for an email address and how the social media team helped you out super quick, given the fact that according to your IP address, you're posting from BUPA.
  19. Citizenship Minister, Alan Tudge has used a speech to UK leaders in London to flag a further tightening of visas that grant permanent residency in Australia, claiming too many are granted to migrants before they ever step foot in the country. Australia accepted around 162,000 permanent migrants last year – well below the annual cap of 190,000 places and the lowest intake in 10 years. The Turnbull government has attributed the drop to tougher vetting procedures at the Department of Home Affairs, although a former Immigration official has questioned the explanation. The minister said about half of the stream had visas granted after years in Australia on temporary visas, but the other half were “granted full permanent residency before ever stepping foot in Australia”. “This is less ideal, and something that requires further consideration,”. The permanent migration stream is around two-thirds skilled visas and one-third family visas for their children, parents and spouses.Mr Tudge said offshore applicants were a “challenge” because “information about individuals is sometimes difficult to obtain from abroad”. Migrants are already required to sign a values statement when they become Australian citizens, but the Turnbull government has long advocated a stricter approach. The government’s controversial citizenship reforms, which were blocked last year in the Senate, would have introduced a new test on Australian values as well as a tougher English exam. But senior Coalition ministers have consistently promised another attempt at the reforms in 2018. Earlier this month, Mr Tudge suggested a new spoken English test might be developed for all migrants seeking permanent residency, possibly including refugees, instead of just citizens. “We place an emphasis on Australian values as the glue that holds the nation together,” Mr Tudge said on Thursday. “We do this through requiring people to sign a values statement before coming into Australia, satisfy a citizenship test and pledge allegiance before becoming a citizen. “The weakness of this, however, is that we presently have few mechanisms to assess people against their signed statement.” Mr Tudge did not comment on what mechanisms might be considered. “We need muscular ongoing promotion of our values: of freedom of speech and worship, equality between sexes, democracy and the rule of law, a fair go for all, the taking of individual responsibility,” he said. The government’s first attempt at sweeping citizenship reforms were blocked by Labor, the Greens and key crossbenchers on the now-rebranded Nick Xenophon Team. Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese criticised Mr Tudge for going overseas and “talking our country down”, referring to the minister’s comments on how migrants were not integrating to broader society as well as they once did. “The fact is we have an incredibly successful multicultural nation,” he said.
  20. When regional Australia is calling out for migrants to fill jobs and boost dwindling populations, and most new arrivals stay in the cities, how can they be enticed to settle in the regions? In the last financial year, 101,255 migrants arrived in Australia and of these, only 6,637 settled in regional Australia, according to the Department of Home Affairs. Rockhampton-based Central Queensland University academic Ataus Samad has put forward a solution. Dr Samad said a holistic approach needed to start before migrants arrived, along with more support to get them directly to regional areas. "We found that the current process of resettling people from metropolitan cities to regional areas is difficult because once people settle in big cities, they are reluctant to move," he said. Often their children have started school, and even if migrants do not have jobs, they have their local community to support them. "If we place migrants straight away in metropolitan areas within their own comfort zone, people don't have the motivation to go out and talk to others," Dr Samad said. When migrants settled into regional areas, they were motivated out of necessity to talk to their neighbours or school teachers and to better integrate, he said. This is an issue the Federal Government has grappled with, and figures from the Department of Home Affairs show about 6 per cent of skilled migrants settle in regional areas. Data from its Continuous Survey of Australia's Migrants found that of those skilled migrants who settled in regional areas, 10 per cent moved to a major city between six and 18 months after settling. Meanwhile, agribusiness employers across regional Australia face the challenge of attracting skilled labour. Dr Samad recently presented research at a Developing Northern Australia conference outlining these challenges. He found that most of the labour shortage in regional areas was met by seasonal workers under different visa conditions, but this was not necessarily good for the local economy. "They earn here and spend somewhere else because they are seasonal workers or backpackers and their motivation is different," Dr Samad said. "They work here to earn their day-to-day living and make enough money to go around Australia and visit different places but not to invest in the local community." Employers take on temporary migrants or seasonal workers because they are unable to get permanent migrants or people from their local community to employ in their industries, he said. "The solution is to utilise the migrants we already have in Australia, whether they are refugees or skilled migrants, and get them to regional areas and get them to fill the skill gap," Dr Samad said. Dr Samad said he had seen this work. He was involved in a successful program piloted by the Federal Government seven years ago, where refugees from Myanmar were resettled into the small central Queensland town of Biloela, 200km west of Rockhampton. It was part of the Rural Employment Assistance Program (REAP), which relocated newly arrived migrants and refugees from Logan, south of Brisbane, where there were high levels of unemployment. Dr Samad said one of the program's successes was the fact a number of families from the same ethnic background moved to the town. He is working with CQ University and Charles Sturt University to identify the minimum of number of people needed to settle in a regional area to meet that critical mass. "There are successful resettlement programs in regional areas, not only in Queensland, but in NSW, Victoria and other places in Australia," Dr Samad said. Dr Samad said any resettlement also had to be led locally. "They know their area best, and my personal view is that we need to give the entire process of resettlement to local community and local government," he said. Dr Samad also noted there was a general perception that regional communities were not welcoming to migrants, and that some communities had not been exposed to migrants. "Although we have some shocking statistics that our regional areas are not supportive of migrants in their community, my experience living in a regional area is people are very welcoming and supportive, provided we consult them," he said. "We need people to bridge this fear and as soon as this fear is bridged, regional communities are really welcoming." On the other hand, many migrants had misconceptions of what life in regional Australia was like and many had the perception it was a wild area. Dr Samad said although there was a lot of encouragement from the Federal Government with visa categories for settlement in regional areas, there was a mismatch between the regional settlement of skilled migrants and the actual employment of skilled migrants. "We need to start the process from the very beginning — the moment we select which refugees we accept into Australia, where do we resettle them has to come under a holistic plan," he said. Full article @ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-30/enticing-migrants-to-the-regions-and-out-of-cities/10040146
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    Aussie weather

    Local dam is looking a bit sad after weeks / months? of negligible rain, dam level currently at 5%.
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    Agent recommendations

    There are many good registered migration agents who post on the forum who I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. @wrussell http://www.pinoyau.com/ @Raul Senise http://www.ozimmigration.com @Richard Gregan http://www.overseas-emigration.co.uk/ @Alan Collett https://www.gmvisas.com/ All MARA registered, many years experience as agents, all have contributed on the forum for around a decade or more.
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    How to entice more migrants into the regions

    BankSA CEO Nick Reade, (speaking at the launch of BankSA's latest economic bulletin) says incentives are needed to attract skilled migrants to smaller cities and regional centres. He said approaching population growth in a smart and targeted way was vital for the less populated cities and states to ­develop stronger economies and higher living standards through increased workforce participation and productivity. “With our regional towns and centres, we need to provide the right incentives to get more ­people to move there,” Mr Reade said yesterday. “Australia doesn’t need less migrants, we just need to find ways to attract more migrants — and other Australians — to states like South Australia.” Melbourne had grown by more than 125,000 people, Sydney by more than 100,000, and Adelaide by just 9600 in 2016-17, he said. The number of skilled ­migrants to South Australia had dropped by 23 per cent since 2014-15, from almost 11,000 ­people to about 8000, he said. “Other cities are bursting at the seams, and facing real challenges as a result,” he said. “But we cannot allow the loud voices to our east to drive outcomes that would only worsen our situation. Rather than growing our population simply for the sake of having more people, we must be focused on ­attracting skilled workers from ­interstate and overseas.” In calling for a plan to address South Australia’s sluggish population growth, which at 0.6 per cent lags behind the rest of the country, Mr Reade backed a target of at least 1.6 per cent, or an extra 17,000 people, a year. He said education models needed to be revamped to ensure skills matched fast-growing and changing industries, and for the small business start-up rate to increase from 11 to 15 per cent, which would see an extra 7000 firms ­offering employment. “We should also consider more semi-skilled workers — including migrants — to fill the jobs that unfortunately many South Aus­tralians don’t want to do,” he said. Citizenship Minister Alan Tudge said the country had a migrant distribution problem. The federal government is looking to impose conditions on skilled visa holders, forcing people to spend far more time in regional centres. “When they’re there, hopefully they’ll put down roots, have their kids going to school, and make it their home,” Mr Tudge said. South Australian Premier Steven Marshall told the BankSA forum that Canberra had ­accepted “we do have a two-speed population” issue and the state needed “preferential migration status”. “There are states that say we have got too much (growth) — that is not our problem in South Australia; we are missing out,” Mr Marshall said. Elsewhere, former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce said there needed to be more money spent on regional infrastructure to encourage people to the country. “In Sydney, people are saying it is just so overcrowded … the traffic is bad,” “Rather than spend another $5 billion on Sydney roads why don’t spend half a billion dollars in Tamworth and attract a lot more people into that area … and actually start spreading the population around.”
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    Looking for a good MARA agent based in UK

    Richard Gregan - https://www.overseas-emigration.co.uk/meet-the-team/