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  1. Hi Heather My first reply answering your question is missing but Yes! A friend of ours transferred a couple of years ago. His wife has MS but it wasn't an issue for them. The only issue I see you having is the fact that you're currently 'under investigation'. Without a formal diagnosis they may hold on making a decision about your visa depending diagnosis. I really hope all goes well for you all Best wishes Ady
  2. Hi Heather It's Ady from Western-super-mere! Jackie and I wish you all the best of luck with your transfer. We speak from Hong Kong on our way over! Good luck! Ady & Jackie
  3. Hi, I'd like to wish you and anyone else transferring from RN to RAN the very best of luck. Our process has been going on for three years due to some medical issues but we finally fly Thursday! Everyone who's dealt with out transfer have been great. Sometimes things are slow and sometimes you don't get time to breathe! The RAN is also very flexible with when you want to transfer. Timing can be an issue. When to submit notice, visas etc. Good planning can make things easier. There's a wealth of information here on Pomsinoz regarding any part of your emigration and you can ask any of us 'ex RN'ers' here if you have any RAN transfer question. I look forward to seeing any other Submariners here on Garden Island soon! All the best! Ady
  4. A friend of mine used 'insure you move dot com'. I havent looked into it myself yet but its worth a look at least.
  5. RN2RAAF

    Buying a car is Oz

    Well, it goes without saying that I wouldn't buy a car unless I WAS happy with it! lol I'm thinking of righting off the idea anyway. Being present means I can haggle. I wouldn't be able to do that having not actually seen the car. I do value your somewhat candid input.
  6. RN2RAAF

    Buying a car is Oz

    Thanks for your reply. Yeah, I realise getting finance or bank loan would be impossible until all is sorted with paperwork. I would possibly look at sourcing the funds here and transferring it. You raise a valid point about Public Transport though. We used it for years here in the UK until buying our first car and just hired when we needed to. Unfortunately, an injury leaving my wife disabled forced a purchase. The need for a car will be the same for us in Australia as in the UK for this reason me thinks. Wifey couldn't walk a couple of miles without shopping in any kind of heat. Neither could she wait an hour for a bus.
  7. RN2RAAF

    Buying a car is Oz

    That's a really nice idea, thank you. The only trouble is keeping it as a second car. My wife doesn't drive and has no inclination to learn either! So I'd end up having to sell the second car as there wouldn't be much worth in keeping it. Not that much of a problem granted but I've also had some bad (expensive) experiences with 'banernomics'. lol Will still consider it mind. Thanks again.
  8. RN2RAAF

    Buying a car is Oz

    It only seems 'wacky' to you because there's so much you don't know about my situation! I think you've made far too many assumptions. Whilst I know nothing about how the car market differs from that of the UK's, I have bought cars on-line in similar circumstances before in the UK. So, if it is considered 'wacky' in Australia to do this, then 'wacky' it is and I'll scrap (no pun intended) the idea. This is why I asked the question. Not to be ridiculed. If the car isn't as advertised, the dealer is obliged to put it right or reimburse you somehow. In all my experiences (3 such purchases), I've only ever had one issue and that was when, due to an oversight by the dealer, a car was advertised as having Cruise Control only later to learn that it did not. So I forced the dealer to have it retro-fitted at their expense! I also know plenty of people local to where I'm moving to and would trust them to look at and test drive a near new/quality used car on my behalf. Also, knowing what make and model of car I intend to buy means I can even have a look at examples of that model here in the UK. The photos on car selling websites aren't the best, granted but it's certainly better than nothing. Also, who said anything about 'storage'? I didn't. If doing a deal like this is even possible, I would time my transaction, having explained my situation to the dealer, so that no storage would need to be involved. Obviously, buying a car in this manner doesn't come without some risk and I would only use a dealer but as my wife has limited mobility and relies on me for transport, getting a car as quickly as possible after arrival is our top priority. Now you know more about my situation, does it still seem 'wacky' to you?
  9. RN2RAAF

    Buying a car is Oz

    Hi all, I came across this post in a search and, appreciating how important it is to source a car as soon as possible after arrival in OZ, thought there would be tons of responses from people willing to share their car buying experiences. I've been on 'carsales' etc and seen some nice cars. I would like to buy before I move in April 2014 so that the car is either ready to collect or delivered on my arrival. BUT, getting finance in OZ while still in the UK, if guessing, isn't possible. So, is it possible to buy a car ready for arrival? I'd really like to hear if anyone has achieved this and how they went about it. Thanks. Ady (Edited to re-insert the line-breaks)
  10. Craig, for me, this information is very valuable so I thank you for posting it. It's often difficult to get up-to-date info like this. So this is priceless for me and many others I'm sure. I can now plan to have a personally funded hire car until I buy and sort out housing too. Being a submariner and also about to be based at HMAS Stirling means this info is even more valuable to me personally. Never accept being accused of being a 'winging git' for sharing your personal experiences of the biggest move you'll probably ever make in your life, good or bad. Fore warned is fore armed! Thanks again! Ady
  11. Cool. Well, good luck with it all. Hope it all goes well. Our decision to make the move was as much to do with the direction the UK is currently going than service life in the RN. Transferring into the RAN made the move a whole lot easier. It's 'money for old rope' only in warmer climes and better living and working conditions. Apart from those who we leave behind, I can't find a reason NOT to do it!
  12. Not dropping a rank, no. CPO engineers often do as, in the RAN, their CPO engineers are 'charge qualified' where as in the RN, they are not. We initially started in May 2011 but the reasons for delays are long and plentiful so I won't bore you with them. The process is longer for submariners as the additional medical takes about 4 months to be granted. Being in a shortage branch in the RN, yes, I had to serve a full 12 months notice. However, I did have a month waivered on the understanding that I forego my 4 weeks terminal leave. I needed to do this in order to make my enlistment date before visa expiry (12 months after initial application). Hope this all helps.
  13. Hi. I'm a POWESM. Well, for the next couple of weeks at least. My wife and I transfer on 10 April and will be going to Perth. Hope your visa applications go well. We cracked it really quickly giving as much info as we could and got our visas in about a month. We're both excited and nervous too. It's a big step and we wouldn't be human if we didn't have a few reservations.