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  1. Evening all... I was hoping someone out there may be able to clairy things a little with regards to teaching in Aus with UK qualifications. My wife is an experienced primary school teacher. She has a 4 year B.Ed and over 10 years teaching experience. We are just looking at the possibility of getting some local, supply or short term contract work but weren't sure about whether she would need to have complete any courses. She seems to think that she would and that they are very expensive. Will do some research this week but thought I'd throw it out there and see if anyone could shed some light. We're in Melbourne if it makes any difference. Cheers Sencer
  2. Hi I have a property in the UK which I tenanted but with no mortgage. I am now living in Australia and would like to release some equity in it but am unsure of my options. Can anyone recommend a good broker or provide me with some advice on the process to achieve this. Thanks in advance Jibbah
  3. I have returned to Oz having spent the past 20 years it he UK and ai feel as if I have just slotted straight back in! I was originally from Adelaide but we moved to Melbourne as I thought Adelaide would be too quite. Great decision and now have a great job and are living on the Mornington Peninsula which really offers you the best Australia has to offer. my wife and 11 year old daughter are gradually getting there with regards to steeling in, but my 7 year old son is absolutely loving it and is never in the house! I love the UK but having been here 10 months I am even more convinced that we made the right decision for 'us'!!!! Good luck!! ;-)
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    Beach/Sun shelters ~ Do you have one?

    We bought one of those with the poles from Kmart to start with but whilst they are fine with no wind....they are a bloody nightmare when it blows! I bought a Wanderer from BCF last week for $50. It's a good size and is a pop out! It's great and saves soooo much hassle.....just be sure to figure out how to fold it up again before you go to the beach. We didn't and after 15 minutes of messing around on the beach we gave up and stuffed it in the car!! Had to go on You Tube to get some 'instruction'!! Cheers S:wink:

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    <p><p>Just seen that you have two kids at Derinya Primary. My two who are 7 and 11 will be starting in Feb. Would be great to hear your thoughts on it and how well your two have settled in.</p></p>

    <p><p>We are located in Frankston South and would be nice to catch up sometime!</p></p>

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    Xmas BBQ Mornington Park

    Thanks Bordy for organising this at such short notice. Lisa and I really enjoyed it and you all made us feel very welcome. We look forward to catching up again at the next one!! Cheers Spencer :biggrin:
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    Xmas BBQ Mornington Park

    It looks like the weather is going to be set fair for Sat!! Hope I haven't just blown it now!!! :eek: We are all packing frantically now ahead of the movers on Friday! Will certainly be in the mood for a beer and a sausage on Sat!! :biglaugh:
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    Xmas BBQ Mornington Park

    Yep....we're all in!! :biglaugh:
  9. This sounds great! We get the keys to the new place on the 16th and will be hopefully having everything moved down on that day so catch up on Sat would be great fun! Keep us in the loop!! Cheers S :biggrin:
  10. Hello everyone... Me and the gang are relocating to Frankston South on the 16th Dec and are really hoping that there might be a get together somewhere on the Peninsula around Christmas time. We moved over in April this year and initially got a 6 month rental in Lilydale, however, we've decided that as we'd always lived near the beach previously we wanted to be near the beach now. Have a lovely (but bloody expensive :wideeyed:) rental in Olivers Hill so have the kids enrolled at Derinya Primary School and my daughter will be able to get in at Frankston High School the year after! This is my wife's first Christmas in Australia and away from family and friends and I really want to make sure she enjoys it and I'm sure a catch up and BBQ somewhere would really help. Getting yourself a network of friends if crucial so here's hoping you're all up for arranging something. Not really sure of the best places to organise something like this so will through it open to those of you who are already in and settled. Will also post this on a couple of the other pages and forums to see what we can sort! Cheers all and hope to catch up soon! Cheers Spencer
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    Better education - UK or Australia?

    Hi.... I brought my family back to Melbourne after 20 years in the UK, and schools and the kids generally has always been a driving factor for returning. My two have been in our local primary school since June and they have been doing really well. The school is very well equipped and they are enjoying the teaching style whilst still being challenged. Both are making really good progress and have settled in very well. We did a lot of research using the Better Education website which gives a guide as to how well a school does in the standard tests, however, this is only a guide as you can sometimes have a poor year with results in even the best schools. The kids have so many more opportunities to try different things at schools in Australia and I am yet to see one that hasn't been very well equipped. My wife is a primary school teacher so she is pretty thorough!! :laugh: Good luck and don't worry about this issue.....you will not be disappointed!
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    Central Coast Schools....

    Morning all.... We are deep into the planning of a relocation from Victoria to the Central Coast and are looking for some advice on the best public schools in the area. We've been up here for a week and like the area around Terrigal but are also considering the corridor from Terrigal through Erina and Gosford as this will make my commute to Sydney a little easier. I'll be doing the commute two or three days a week and am fine with that but it is the school which is the driving factor. My wife is a teacher and we have both done a lot of research online particularly with the Better Education webiste and many of the schools get very similar rankings so we are now looking at the location of the school, facilities etc....! Hope you can give some good insights. Cheers S
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    First car collected from the docks....

    Just had an estimate for insuring ours and it's only around a $100 more than a 'normal' one. :yes:
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    First car collected from the docks....

    Thought I'd post some prices as a few people have been asking and it's always good to get an idea before committing.... Shipping using RORO - £1,600 Duty/GXT and Entry Fees - $1,691 Port and Stat Charges - $360 Australian Quarantine and Inspection - $229 Customs Clearance - $475 Valuation of Vehicle - $350 Steam Cleaning - $360 Inspection by Engineer for Aust Compliance - $260 Niddrie Import Plate - $86 Booked in for Roadworthy Certificate on Friday and then need a trip to Vic Roads to register it! Hope it helps...
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    First car collected from the docks....

    I was OK collecting the vehicle from the docks without the blue originals which was a relief but seems like it's one of those areas where they seem to make it up as they go along! Having passed its AQIS inspection and cleared customs I paid $70 for a 28 day unregistered vehicle permit which allows me to drive it from garage to garage getting the various checks done. I think it's pretty straight forward now as once the vehicle has been inspected for compliance (for which you may or may not need the blue docs :confused: ) I just need to get any issues sorted such as seat belt anchors and the like. Once I've done this I'll need to have a normal roadworthy certificate arranged at a local garage and then make an appointment with VicRoads to officially register the car. The plates take around 2-3 days to arrive apparently but this may vary from state to state. Good luck with getting yours all sorted!!