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  1. We brought all our camp equipment with no issue. Although we have since bought a tent in Aus... Our Scottish tent had limited ventilation... One summer camping trip here in QLD where we felt like we were stewing alive overnight was all it took to make the decision to buy an Aus tent with lots of ventilation.
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    457 health insurance

    Sorry for the confusion, I should have said that we took out the Bupa Classic Visitors Cover plus extras.
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    457 health insurance

    We took out Bupa visitors cover plus extras... And have been happily paying that for the last three years thinking we were paying for private hospital insurance. However, I've just been referred for a procedure which Medicare say isn't covered under the reciprocal agreement. Called Bupa only to find out that the visitors cover basically tops up the limited cover you get under the reciprocal agreement to the 'normal' residents Medicare cover. I can get the op through Bupa but it must be on the public system. Also, when you are on a 457 as soon as you apply for PR you can request a new 'interim' Medicare card which gives you the full residents level of Medicare cover rather than the reciprocal visitors cover.
  4. I'm after some advice! I am currently on a 457 visa and have been with my current employer for over 2 years. My employer has agreed to sponsor me for PR (ENS 186 subclass) through the Temporary Residence Transition Stream, on the condition that their preferred migration solicitor is used. I have filled out all the required forms and submitted these to the solicitor, together with police checks (13 March 2014) and it was my understanding that the application had now been submitted. However, two months down the line it has come to my attention that the solicitor has only submitted the nomination and wants to wait until this has been approved before he submits the visa application. Is this normally the way it is done? I thought that it would save time by submitting the application at the same time, or just after, the nomination submission in order that both could be considered on the first touch by the Case Officer. Am I wrong in thinking this? Does anyone have any similar experiences with this? I would hate for legislative changes to be made before my application is submitted, as we all know, Dept of Immigration regularly implement changes and the changes do not always go in our favour! Plus the longer things drag out the more likely it will be that the police checks expire before the visa is granted! Any advice would be appreciated. I want to make sure I have the correct information before I contact the solicitor again. Thanks in advance!
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    Police Checks/Medicals

    I'd be interested in finding out what folk say about this too. My PR application is due to be submitted in January and I'm not sure if I should be arranging things like this before hand or if it is safer to wait until asked by the CO.
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    Driving in australia !

    I have to agree that the standard of driving I've encountered in the two years I've been living in QLD is atrocious!
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    First Few Days in Brisbane

    Welcome to Brisbane! If you are looking for internet to keep you going, remember that a lot of the shopping centres and some parks around Brisbane are set up with free wifi. (I'm not sure if this is as common in Mooloolaba)
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    457 visa buying property

    I was looking into this recently and read online that if it is an older property then you will have to sell up if you are asked to leave the country. However, if it is a new property then you will be able to retain the property and rent it out. I can't remember the website I read this from though, sorry.
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    UK Landlords insurance - Any recommendations?

    Mines is arranged via Letsure. I've never had any problems with them... but on saying that I've never had to make a claim. I arranged my contents insurance via Letsure back when I was a tenant too.
  10. Can't believe that 6 months ago today we were heading from Glasgow to Brisbane (via Hong Kong). The time has flown in and while finances were a struggle at first, despite this we have had a ball and are loving every minute... despite the weather being remarkably Scottish like at the moment! :err: The hardest part has definitely been missing friends and family. However in the past 6 months we've had my mum visit for 4 weeks and o/h's mum and husband for 2 weeks! O/h's aunt and uncle will be over nearer the end of the year too. Think we've had more visitors here than we ever had in Glasgow! :biglaugh: So I thought I'd give you guys a wee update on what we've done... and as I take photos of everything (so my o/h tells me!), I thought I'd give you guys literally a 'snapshot' of our time here in Aus. Apologies to any of you guys that have me on Facebook... you'll have seen these all before! If there is anything that you wanna ask fire away! We used Crown Relocations for the shipping of our stuff. They guys who came to pack our things up were excellent - quite partial to a cuppa and a biscuit! They were scheduled to pack up over 2 days but had to come back on the 3rd day because of hurricane force winds! We went with a shared container and despite Crown assuring us that the container would go before Xmas, it didn't actually leave until 7 January - much to my dismay. They eventually managed to get it on another ship at some point in the journey and it arrived with us at the end of February which was a huge relief. And even better... there were no breakages! For insurance we went with Insureyourmove.com. The dog had left a few weeks earlier and we used Pet Travel Services, based in Dunfermline. Can't recommend them enough. http://www.pettravelservices.co.uk/ On 11 December 2011, we left Glasgow to fly (via Heathrow) with Cathay Pacific. No problems with the flights. Seats were fine, entertainment was good and food was tasty. They were also about £350 each cheaper than Emirates! ...We stopped in Hong Kong for 3 nights which was excellent and I'm so glad we did. Trailfinders got us a good deal and the hotel was lovely.
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    Life's Too Short!

    :hug: Thinking of you. xx
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    457 Question regarding School certificate

    I only had to provide a certified copy of my degree and professional qualifications. They didn't ask for my school certs... thank god as I've no idea where they are either!
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    nice areas around toowong brisbane

    Anything along the Ipswich train line would suit you for getting to Toowong. Try Indooroopilly, Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood, Corinda etc.
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    Seeking short term rental in brisbane asap

    Check out http://www.stayz.com.au.
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    Working from home

    We used Expedict in the UK, there's bound to be something similar in Aus. The only problem with working for Expedict is you'd have to check that they would pay in AUD and not GBP.... http://www.expedict.com/6-what-we-do
  16. I think the only good thing about the company branded stuff is you can claim for washing them in your tax return! Lol.
  17. Yeah, I didn't see much of it in Glasgow but we have a whole catalogue of company branded stuff that we can order if we want to.... a nice pair of nylon slacks anyone!!? Lol.
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    ENS subclass 186 - (Transition vs Direct Entry)

    Sorry, my post should have said January 2014... so I have 16 months to wait and we all know that Dept of Immi changes can scupper everyones best laid plans!
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    Moving day Tips...

    My tip would be plenty of tea and biscuits! Complete opposite to the guys who unpacked at this end. Had to convince them to stop for a cool drink in the January heat! We only had a few things turn up here that shouldn't have been packed. I had intended to throw out my old hair dryer and just use my travel one until I got a new one in Aus... but I'm still using the rotten old thing... since it was packed I'm using it til it kicks the bucket! Lol. They also packed a wicker basket with all the dogs old toys that were going to be donated to woof's pals before we left.... customs opened that box and removed 2 packets of dog treats and let the wicker basket through, which I thought was a big no-no... if only I'd known, my mum went home with a car full of wicker when she left my house for the last time as I didn't think you could bring them... oh well, no big deal... you can get the exact same ones here in IKEA too so no real loss!
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    ENS subclass 186 - (Transition vs Direct Entry)

    I can't help much but I'm interested in hearing what responses you receive on here. I'm in a similar position, my 2 years on 457 visa will be up Jan 2013 and work have confirmed that they will be willing to sponsor me for PR at that point. However, my concern is that there could be any number of unknown changes made by Dept of Immi during that time and I'd like to try and get PR sooner rather than later. However, my dilema is that I doubt I'd pass a skills assessment for my 457 nominated occupation (spec Manager) and I'm not even sure it's on the CSOL list. However, my past work experience is as a Loss Adjuster, which is on the CSOL list and I'm sure I can jump through the relevant hoops to get a positive skills assessment for Loss Adjuster. I'd be interested to find out if it is possible to nominate for a different occupation when applying throught the Direct Entry stream (as to what is noted on your 457 visa)? In fact I would say that the work I am doing just now relates more closely to Loss Adjuster than Spec Manager in any event...
  21. We arrived mid Dec '11 (Brisbane) and o/h was job hunting for an IT Manager position. I definitely wouldn't recommend job hunting during the Xmas/ New Year period, it was really frustrating for o/h sending off his CV and hearing.... nothing. He couldn't even get the recruitment consultants on the phone as they were also on skeleton staff too. He did get something at the end of Jan '12 but that 5-6 weeks really got to him. However looking back, and after hearing how long some people search for jobs he was very lucky to be in the right place at the right time as he could have been looking much longer. Only downside is it's a contract position with a government organisation so doubt he'll have the job for much longer thanks to Mr Newman!
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    Private Health Insurance 457

    We have ours with Bupa, no problems encountered so far.
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    Doggie dilemma

    I found that if we only looked at properties that said in the ad that they were pet friendly, then we didn't run the risk of falling in love with a place only to be told they don't accept pets. The one we found is lovely and at first they said we would have to keep the dog outside... not on! So they agreed for him to be an inside dog. Thank goodness cause we get LOADS of cane toads here in summer. He licked one in the garden on our first night in this house. Scary stuff! Although, not sure how easy it will be to get a reference from the landlord for the next place... the dog was out back and we were at work when a thunder storm struck and he chewed the back door trying to get in the house! That was an expensive thunder storm... not looking forward to storm season this year...
  24. I work in the insurance industry in Brisbane and for meetings/ interviews etc it's more formal but the rest of the time the guys mostly wear company branded polos.