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About n30nra1n

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    Calling all ACT PIO'ers!

    Thanks, yes DH and I are fine but my parents are a different kettle of fish. My dad is very sick at the moment (at home) with a couple of nasty infections and my mum died yesterday evening. Quick, painless, in mid conversation after drinking a cup of tea - now that's the way to go! What it means to us in the short term I don't know - it might be much more difficult to leave dad, or he may decide to pop his clogs too or ..... no idea. We had thought we might pop over in February for a month but now we don't know. Hey, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I lost my step father in November and went back for the funeral. Never an easy time. I can see your dilemma in regard to visiting. Let me k ow if there is anything I can do to help out [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Dilemma Oz or UK

    We moved out in 2011, like most we had good jobs, our own home I a good area and plenty of friends etc. but wanted a better quality of life for the kids (recession hitting etc.) and of course for ourselves. We came believing this was it, yet knowing we could return to the UK if it totally fell apart. Short story long, 5 years later we are still here and loving every minute of it, our only regret is not having done it years ago. Don't get me wrong though there are ups and downs, and family sickness is a tough one. Come though with a mindset of 'just do it', you have to put yourself out more than you would back in blights as you are starting again in terms of your social world, but there are many like minded individuals here already and I am sure you will be fine. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Moving equity from UK home to buy in Oz

    It might be worth checking with your bank as to what rates they charge to transfer funds. First Direct is only £4 at the moment. That said I think people such as Moneycorp or Halo are free over a certain amount transferred. You can also ask them to only transfer if the rate hits a certain amount which would help in ensuring you get as many dollars as possible to help ensure your mortgage free dream. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Calling all ACT PIO'ers!

    Well it really is quiet in here these days isn't it [emoji3]. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    what are you doing right now?

    Drinking a long black in Waves as I wait for my car to be cleaned. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Calling all ACT PIO'ers!

    Hey Quoll, Good to hear from you, we were talking about you recently as we just bought my daughter her first car and remembered your Fiesta [emoji3] Hope all is ok with you and yes have been away from the forum for a while and thought I should stop by and see if I can help others as you did for us when we arrived. Hope you and hubby are ok. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Finding a job in ACT with no security clearance

    Wow! that is a little odd, although it will be a franchise so perhaps there is a condition for such a business.
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    Calling all ACT PIO'ers!

    Glad you have settled well Peach I am thinking about seeing if anyone would be interested in a get together, BBQ or Café to catch up and swap stories, and even help anyone out who might be new or struggling. These used to happen a lot when we first arrived, but life I think got in the way as it has a habit of doing.
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    Calling all ACT PIO'ers!

    So it's been some time since anyone has posted here, how are people going, have you stayed in Canberra or moved on to pastures new? A number of our friends have or are about to move interstate for various reasons but we are staying put, 5 years on and we still love it here.
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    New to canberra

    Hey Chris, Welcome to Canberra, it can be difficult to make friends in such a transient city but it is possible. The comment above about the meet up site is a good one although I have not been on it for some time. Again as above Jo and I would be very happy to catch up for a coffee or bite to eat anytime, just let us know
  11. Just to add my two cents, I can't say I actually 'miss' anything, that said there are a few foods I gravitate to when I travel back to the UK to see family and friends. I agree with the light summer nights but as it is generally warner here its something you do get past pretty quick, just light a fire in the back yard and sit back and enjoy a cold one Australia isn't for everyone, then again neither is moving abroad full stop, my advice is simple, come with an open mind, give yourself time to adjust to things before making any judgements and I am sure you will have a blast
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    Finding a job in ACT with no security clearance

    Not all federal departments require clearance/citizenship (although most do require citizenship to be fair) and if you have the right skill set for the job most will sponsor at least your baseline clearance. Generally you need to use an agency like Hays/Hudson for these roles. There is a lot of contract work in the ACT which is something to consider although this obviously can be heavily dependent on what's happening in government. There are jobs in the private sector, although a lot obviously have contracts with Fed Gov so again clearance comes in to play. All in all the ACT is an awesome place, I struggled with the whole clearance thing when I first arrived (5 years ago) but once you find your feet it is (within reason and skills depending) easy to get employment. One thing to remember however things can take a long time here, and often you hear nothing for weeks then things kick into action, the amount of times I have applied for something heard nothing for a few weeks, assumed I haven't got and then get a call for an interview is staggering, so my advise is don't panic, things will work out As mentioned above I think having PR is a good thing and will help a lot with many roles, and Shared Services (ACT local gov) are cool with that. All their jobs are advertised on their web site btw.
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    Visa Update ACT

    Hey Justine, Have you made it here yet?
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    Canberra Newbies

    Hey Adam, Happy to catch up and offer any advise we can, came to Canberra in Sep 2011 and absolutly love it here.
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    Moving to Canberra in 2015 thread

    Hi, we moved to Canberra in 2011, not been on this site for sometime (bad show on my part). Happy to meet for a coffee and offer any assistance we can