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  1. Hi Guys, we are in a bit of a dilemma. We've booked a family holiday to Bali leaving on the 25th June and just realised our daughters uk passport has expired. Having looked online the processing times to renew it are about 8 weeks at the min so wouldn't be back on time. Would she be eligible for an emergency travel document and if so can she use this to get back into Australia - without proof of visa? We have PR. Any advice would be most appreciated..... Feeling very stressed as we have spent a lot of money on this holiday.
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    HELP!!! Uk passport expired and due to travel 25th June

    We didn't have to provide passport numbers when booking. We have to log into Virgin Australia's website and add this information before we fly.
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    HELP!!! Uk passport expired and due to travel 25th June

    Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately Aus Post stopped this service on the 13th January and now all applications have to be done online :-( Current processing time is 8 weeks.
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    Gas Bill!!!!

    Hey Guys, We have just received our first gas bill which is $154 for weeks!!!! I thought we only had the cooker which used gas but surely this can't be for just gas. We have ducted heating and cooling - could this be gas rather than electric? There is just the 3 of us in the house.
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    Gas Bill!!!!

    Sorry it's for 4 weeks!
  6. Hi Guys, We are a family of 3 looking to find a nice suburb in northern Melbourne. My husband is going to be working in North Fitzroy so we have decided northern suburbs will be easiest to commute - but which ones are nice?? We have a 4 year old girl whom we need to find a good school. Any advice or recommendations would be much appreciated. We are thinking of maybe Ivanhoe or MacCloud. We have also been looking at Balwyn. Many thanks, Amanda xx
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    Primary schools in Balwyn

    Hi Guys, We have just found a suitable rental propert in North Balwyn and now need to find a good school for our 4 year old daughter. Does anyone know of any good schools both public and private? We would appreciate any advice. Thanks, Amanda
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    Primary schools in Balwyn

    Thanks I will have a look at them :-)
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    Melbourne suburbs advice

    Hi Palmyra, We have just found a suitable rental property in North Balwyn which we move into next week :-) We have a 4 year old daughter who we need to find a school. Do you know of any good schools in the area either public or private? How are you finding the area? Any advice would be much appreciated. Amanda
  10. Hi Everyone, We are emigrating to Melbourne arriving on the 19th June and need to find a short term furnished rental for when we arrrive. As yet we do not know what suburb we are going to settle and are going to use our first few weeks to explore. We have been looking at Mornington but think it may be too far out as a base to explore other areas. If anyone knows of anyone who has accomodation available we would be very grateful. We would also like to know the average cost of a fully furnished short term rental. Any help would be much appreciated. Arthur (30), Mandy (30) & Zara (3)
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    Pros and cons of living in Melb

    Hi, Thanks for replying. In terms of budget we are thinking around the $350-400 mark for a 3 bed house but may be able to stretch to $500 if we found a nice place! We would like a 3 bed house with a garden and a 45min commute to CBD would be perfect - which suburb do you live? Our main priority is to find a good school for our daughter. She turned 4 on the 09th March past so I think she will be due to start a kindergarten class when we arrive. If I am correct the term starts in July?? She attends a kindergarten class at a private school in the UK at the moment but we are willing to consider both private and public in Oz. Thank you for very much for your time in replying, we really appreciate your advice. Thanks, Amanda
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    Pros and cons of living in Melb

    Hi Starlight, We are arriving in Melbourne on the 19th June and have a 4 year old little girl. We are really stuck on which suburb to settle. We need to find a nice area with a good school for our daughter but also within a commute to cbd. We would appreciate any advice you can provide. Thanks, Amanda
  13. Hey everyone, We have the shipping company coming on the 2nd April to pack all of our belongings for shipping to Melbourne. I wanted to check with everyone if there are any things in particular that I should buy here in the UK to bring over. I've been thinking of buying some new bedding, a new microwave (as the one I have is really old), cutelry etc etc. Just wondering if it is worth buying anything else really - perhaps there are certain things in Oz that are really expensive?? Welcome your views on this? Thanks, Amanda
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    Medicare - How does it work??

    Hi, Can anyone explain to me how Medicare works - is it similar to the NHS in the UK? I have seen some threads talking about taking our private medical insurance - is this necessary and if so how much does it cost? I have psorsias and see a dermatologist every 3 months here in the UK and I take methatraxate for it also. How will this fare out in OZ when I arrive in June. Do I just need to make an appointment to see a doctor when I arrive who will sort out medication and referral?? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Amanda
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    Which suburb in Melbourne??

    Hi, We are emigrating to Melbourne arriving on the 19th June. My husband has been offered a job in Fitzroy and as yet we havent decided on a suburb to live as we were waiting to see if my OH secured a job. Can anyone recommend any nice suburbs within a commute to Fitzroy?? We would like a nice family suburb with good schools, parks etc. We will be renting for the first 6- 12 months and would like a house which has a big back garden. If anyone can recommend any nice areas for us to consider it would be very much appreciated. Thanks, Amanda
  16. Hi Everyone, We are moving to Melbourne arriving on the 19th June 2012 and have have got PR visas. My husband is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and has been applying for positions from the UK hoping to secure a position before we arriving. He has had two telephone interviews and has been offered both positions. However none of them are offering any relocation package. One of the company's have offered to meet and greet us at the airport and help us to arrange TFN etc etc but do not offer any finanical assistance towards flights, accomodation etc. Are there any nurses out there who have been offered a relocation package from any employers?? From what I have read it appears that if you are going out on an employer sponsered visa then some employers may offer you a package because you are tied to them.... Any experience on this would be much appreciated. Amanda
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    Which suburb in Melbourne??

    Thank you very much your comments its reassuring to hear everything works out! Which suburb did you end up picking? Thanks again, Amanda
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    Pre-School for 4 Year Old??

    Hi, I'm hoping someone can advise re: pre-school for my 4 year old. We arrive in Melbourne in June and at the minute don't know what suburb we will be settling so haven't really started looking at schools. We have a little girl who is turning 4 in March. She has been attending a pre-reception class at a private school in England from September and loves it. I'm a bit concerned that there may not be the equivalent in Oz for her age? My understanding is that kids start school at 6 in Australia, so are there pre-prep and prep classes either private or government? Any advice would be much appreciated. P.s. On a totally different topic but to save me time posting another thread can we use all of our electrical appliances in Oz or do they have different plugs/sockets?? Thanks
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    Berwick 12 weeks in!!

    Hi everyone, We are moving to Melbourne arriving in June. We have not yet decided where we are going to settle but I have been extremely attracted to Berwick from what I have read and heard from people living there. We have a 4 year old little girl who will be going into Kindergarten. Both of us will probably have to commute into the CBD - can anyone share any experiences of this?? Is this practical with our daughter at school in Berwick? Also any school recommendations would be much appreciated. At the moment she attends a private pre-school so we would be looking for something similar in Oz. Sorry one last question - what is the houses like - are they big, do they have alot of garden space etc and roughly how much to rent a 3 bedroom?? Sorry my questions are a bit vague but any help would be very much appreciated. Amanda - Manchester
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    Short term rental for when we arrive in Melbourne

    Thanks Kate, I appreciate what you are saying, we will have a proper look at the properties over the weekend and send you an e-mail. Thanks for your help. Amanda
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    Short term rental for when we arrive in Melbourne

    Thanks Stuart, Can you PM me her contact details please and I will get in touch. Is it just me or are short term rentals really expensive??
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    Short term rental for when we arrive in Melbourne

    Thanks everyone. Is it just me or are the prices for short term rentals really expensive?? I've had a look on Kate's website and most of the properties are around 800-1000 dollars which is the equivalent of £530 PER WEEK! I've e-mailed Kate so will wait for her to get back to me. Will keep looking..... Thanks again. Amanda
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    Moving to Mornington Oct 11

    Hi Collette, We too are moving to Melbourne, hope to arrive end of June 2012. We have one little girl who is 3. We have been looking at Mornington, do you mind me asking where you arranged your short term rental as we are hoping to do the same?? My husband is a mental health nurse, he has just started looking for work, he has applied for a few jobs so just waiting to hear back now. I think he is also going to speak to some agencies aswell. Have you looked into schools in Mornginton? Sorry for all the questions! Thanks, Amanda
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    176's lodged October 2011

    YEEEEEAAAAAAA - our visa has been granted! Received an e-mail in the early hours of this morning. We are so excited and relieved that this long drawn out process if finally over :biggrin::wink::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin: Now we move on to shipping, flights and everything else that we need to organise for our big move. Thanks you to everyone on this thread for all your help, advice and support and good luck to everyone else who is still waiting. For anyone who's medicals are referred, it took 2 days for ours from being referred to getting our visa. Amanda & Arthur
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    176's lodged October 2011

    We just checked our application online this morning and it is saying my husbands medicals are referred!!! We have no idea why because he has no medical problems at all and is on no medication for anything. I called Bridgewater Hospital to see if there were any issues with his bloods/xray etc but they have said no and if there was any issues they would have let me know before now......... They did say they were experiencing some technical probs uploading his medicals though so unless its got something to do with that.... Does anyone know how long they are usually referred for?? Thanks, Amanda
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