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    Salary Packaging

    Ok, I realise this post will possibly be moved but wasn’t sure where to put it so apologies in advance!! Does anyone salary package? Having just started a new job I am being bombarded about salary packaging as it is a perk we are allowed to take advantage of!! I am tempted but it all sounds too good to be true, and I do have a HECS debt that is linked to my tax. I would not be interested in things like car leases and stuff but was wondering about the other options such as living expenses? It all does sound complicated but being so close to the end of the fringe tax benefit year I am being told stuff like I can get all my tax back from now until the end of March, is this really true?? Would love to hear from others who do salary package and also just you general experts out there with your awesome advice xxxx many thanks in advance
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    Soon to be nurse emigrating to WA

    I would just comment that nursing is extremely competitive right now. Australian Universities are churning out many nurses each year for a much disproportionately lower number of available graduate nursing positions, which is realistically the only way many graduate nurses get their ‘foot in the door’. As a newly qualified nurse you would be competing with many Australian trained nurses in the same position, many of whom have had placements in Australian hospitals and made the vital contacts needed to even have a chance at obtaining an entry level role without securing a graduate placement. It is a harshly competitive situation at the moment and Australia does quite rightly prioritise it’s Citizens and Permanent Residents first. On the other hand, many nurses tell me the job market is cyclical and there may come a time when more nurses are needed, with this in mind my advice would be to get as much experience as you can and perhaps gain specialised experience and skills that would be attractive to Australian hospitals. I’m newly into a graduate role and it took me nearly 2 years to get it, my last chance really! We were told in orientation that for each of us here 5 others were disappointed, pretty humbling and very sad. As has been said previously, it would appear that some areas of nursing may be leaving the list, I know there was a time when many nursing graduates went into rural jobs after graduation as a way to gain experience but I hear even rural graduate programs and jobs in general are much more competitive now and no guarantee. My apologies to sound doom and gloom but the situation seems to be very much different even from just a few years ago...
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    Do you shop or have groceries delivered.

    Unfortunately I’m too chaotic to know what I need for the week and menu plan, as much as I waste so much time I tend to go to the supermarket daily for that days supplies. I have tended to justify this by believing I get the freshest produce, however my friend worked as a home delivery person at Woolies, her job was fulfilling the home delivery orders and her training involved ensuring she selected produce with the longest use by dates and the freshest produce. She started work at 5am and on long weekends did night shifts so my arrival in the morning thinking I’m going to get the best stuff was perhaps a fallacy!!
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    Which Labrador?

    We have 2 chocolate Labs, when we are not at home (I.e. working) they are outside running free (not chained up), they have shelter and water, it’s literally all we text about during the day, who will be home first to feed and walk the dogs and they also get walked before work. They’re happy as Larry and the reason we have 2 is company for each other, we got out first and just fell in love then one day in a pet shop we saw a picture of our 2nd on the wall looking for a good home and fell in love all over again! She came for a ‘play’ to see how she went, jumped straight in the pool, the owner at the time was horrified thinking oh no, while we just laughed our heads off and knew straight away she was ours!! I know the weather can be harsh here but our doggies have access to plenty of water and shade and loads of space to run around, I was more shocked that my in-laws in the Uk keep their dogs outside all year round even in the harshest cold and snow, now that would scare me. Our dogs are in and out at will when we are home and in winter when it gets blustery and cold they sleep inside but it doesn’t compare to a UK winter...
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    What Book are you reading??

    I’m reading The Eight Life by Nino Haratischvili, it’s sweeping epic from the perspective of different generations of a Georgian family throughout the time of communist Russia, I’m really enjoying it and can highly recommend, 934 pages though, it’s taking some getting through!!
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    Most Common Surnames

    Smith was also the most popular surname in Australia and NZ!
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    Do you believe Prince Andrew ?

    Wappentake!!! Now that is a blast from the past! Many of my friends were into heavy metal and we had some great nights there but alas I ultimately was a Josephine’s girl and that’s where I spent many of my weekends!!
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    Is PR cancelled once you get citizenship?

    We got our citizenship 3 days before my husband had to fly to Singapore for work, the Perth office issued his passport within the day, although it was a long day of running around getting documentation and stuff together for him!!
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    Do you believe Prince Andrew ?

    My clubbing days were spent in Sheffield and we thought a night out in Chesterfield was scraping the barrel, you’ve just reminded me why
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    Do you believe Prince Andrew ?

    So I’ve actually just watched the Prince Andrew interview for the first time tonight, I am completely cringing and he is just a complete pillock, quite rightly relieved of his duties, forever hopefully as he has zero credibility. Having any association with that peadophile , particularly after his conviction, has completely damned him and he just could not credibly explain himself, shameful. Did he partake in trafficking? I don’t think so, he enjoyed the ‘’privilege’ of his status without a doubt, I’m not convinced he knowingly forced himself on this girl against her will, or even that she refused his advances, I think she is just very damaged from her experiences and he is high profile collateral damage. I personally find a certain members comments distasteful and derogatory about women in that era but nevertheless they possibly reflect the general mentality of himself and a few other men in those times, thank goodness it’s completely unacceptable and no longer tolerated xxx
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    Do you believe Prince Andrew ?

    The right thing was done sacking Andrew, I do think much more is to come, this is not going To go away as he would have hoped......
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    Do you believe Prince Andrew ?

    I always thought Andrew was a geek and a bit of an idiot whose only kudos was his royal status. I don’t really know what to think but common sense does say why the heck was he walking through Central Park with a convicted peadophile? Why did he not sever all ties the moment his ‘friend’ became questionable? I suspect the issue for him is money and being friends with people who are incredibly wealthy. He has no real independent wealth, he has no real independent intellect or attributes, he is merely borne into a wealthy family and as a minor royal is pretty insignificant. I believe the decision to remove him from duties was completely correct, he should now blend into the background and pray very much that trump doesn’t start petitioning for his extradition, I suspect much manouvering is happening behind closed doors xxx
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    What the hell,

    If Kate managed to ‘sneak’ into a pub for a catch up with the school mums why are we reading about it? I’m pretty sure it wasn’t as innocuous as it sounds, I’m sure security checked it and the mums out before she arrived and the press were tipped off for the good promotion.... I’m not particularly a big Megan fan but I’m warming to her. If she is all she is portrayed to be by the press and such a social climber then I would think her son would not simply be Archie, he would be ‘Sir/HRH Archibald blah blah blah Mountbatten Windsor duke of blah blah blah....’ she would surely have insisted on the highest title available for him. I think she fell in love, and loved the whole whirlwind and build up to a royal wedding (who wouldn’t) but I think the reality of it all is hitting her hard and we should leave them alone.
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    Resigning and the moral thing to do! HELP

    Lots of lovely comments, overriding theme seems to be ‘look out for no 1’, I tend to agree, if I think about it realistically I will spend my whole wages on paying others to look after my child, I do feel bad at leaving but I will be giving full 4 weeks notice and happy as Larry to train someone else up into the role. As I said it is basic admin but there are elements that are complicated, I picked them up so incredibly quickly I do believe I could train someone up into the role in a week!
  15. So here is my dilemma. I start a whole new career on Feb. I currently have a great job that I love. The job never closes, Aka, Christmas and New Years we close public hols only. As the newbie, I know I am expected to cover all of the days over that period to allow others to take their leave. I have now got an amazing opportunity that means I’m likely to be working Christmas/New Years etc next year, it goes with the territory and I’m on board. So I would really like to resign early and enjoy a lovely summer with my daughter in the knowledge I won’t have that opportunity next year. My current role is low level admin (as confirmed by my boss who said you have to take this chance but has suddenly got amnesia!). My dilemma is that I plan to resign in the next few weeks which means I will leave early December to enjoy a lovely summer with my daughter but I’m being made to feel that I’m ‘shafting’ them by not staying until after Christmas. I know my choice is ‘selfish’ but it’s for my family and everything I earned (which is not a lot) would be spent paying others to do the things I would do with my daughter, it seems pointless to work for nothing just to keep a corporate boss happy.. would welcome your opinions xxx