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    Working as a bricklayer

    have a look at the built environment of each city. Brisbane has the least amount of brickwork preferring framed and clad generally. Melbourne is most European in building styles so will have most brickwork. Im in Brisbane and love the place but the building industry is very different here.
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    189 - EOI Waiting time

    Looks like it's going back to the old approach of more points = quicker consideration. Be aware immigration is tightening up here as an election is on the horizon.
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    Job offer, Brisbane

    Brisbane can be cheaper than Soutern UK where we came across from. Tax is kinder here, no National Insurance contributions etc however medical/dental is expensive. If you are prepared to live the Australian lifestyle i.e. Beach, sport and socialising then weekends can be cheap as weather encourages free outdoor activities. Great city and worth a try.
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    Brisbane is great, weather can get warm but much better than cold. Brisbane gets more rain than Manchester, is generally stable in temps and yes humid can go up some days. Personally weather is a small sacrifice, I could not live with Sydney traffic, prices, attitudes etc whereas Brisbane is much more affordable, fewer crime issues etc. Basic rule, coastal is cooler, higher is cooler and try and get a property with through ventilation. Areas like Ipswich only 1/2 inland can be much hotter and more humid. Has your friend lived in Brisbane? Areas like Adelaide get much hotter than Brisbane as can Melbourne on the odd day.
  5. Read the basis of each assessment and decide what fits your requirements best. Be aware UK encourages training in all directions, Australia prefer focused training resulting in a speciality.
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    Bricklayer Shortage in Perth

    Shortage of bricklayers here in Brisbane. There are some have a go bricklayers with anybody any good taken by the large companies.
  7. You need to align your skills/qualifications, experience and demand for your profession in Australia. Obviously age etc come into play. Best of luck with your application however prepare for a few ups and downs on the way. What would help is to post how you reached your 75 points. Requirements have been as low as 60 previously however I needed 85 points to get noticed a number of years ago! S
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    Expression of Interest

    I applied under the first month of the existing system a few years ago, I needed 85 points to get noticed and was accepted in the second month.
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    post your pet pics here

    Our aggressive adopted Bengal Cat has its own Instagram account. https://www.instagram.com/brisbanebengal/
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    Brisbane - Exciting Developments Planned

    There are 4 towers which have approval to maximum height including the Gold Tower which you have not mentioned. They are thinking of reviewing the maximum tower height which is controlled by the airport. The airport extension is the most important for the city and includes the freeway extension too. There is also the extension of the Gateway merge and river mooring extensions too. Brisbane chose us however im very glad to be here and we have seen a huge amount of new building work in our 4 years. We are in Bowen Hills so are nearly completely built in with new development besides the Homemaker approved and the old Courier Mail site being developed to include 4 towers, offices and media hub for Fox. Obviously Gas Works has exploded! Exciting times
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    What's Brisbane really like?

    People do your research and decide a suburb for yourselves. We are in Bowen Hills so very central and little ve the convenience, facilities and fact we go against the traffic. I walk to work and my wife has 4 train stops, home by 6 and evening to ourselves. The Bruce, Pacific and Western Freeways are awful and avoid including them in your commute. The bayside is a long way out served by a poor road so you won't visit the city socially that often. It all depends on your priorities as to where you end up living. Regarding weather, Brisbane is great, summer is warm with over night temps staying quite high. Winter is less warm and cold overnight. Most properties are equipped to deal with the heat well, cold less well.
  12. Complete your degree in UK, DO NOT move over prior to completing it otherwise you will never complete it. The jobs market here is about who you know not what you know. I am chartered and it counts for very little despite being very highly regarded in U.K. Engineering here is a small field and generally employers want hands on. I secured work whilst in London on very good terms in Brisbane. It lasted for 6 months before leaving for another position where I still work. Work attitudes are very different however the better lifestyle compensates. Best of luck however do not be over confident as you will get a few knocks on the way.
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    Long term car rental in Brisbane

    There are loads of rental companies here, look at those away from the airport. They are unlikely to rent for 4 months as they want to service, maintain their car etc every 5-10k. If they do agree to a lng term rent then they may want car swaps mid way through. We rented for 1 week then bought a car which I sold 6 months later $1k less than what I bought it for.
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    Help needed on Brisbane suburbs...

    The rental budget is realistic for 3 beds and quite central. We rented our home for a while and achieved more than that for 3 beds 3 bath etc. Central locations are more expensive as are those near railway stations. best of luck with your search.
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    Help needed on Brisbane suburbs...

    There is a huge problem between North & South sides. Historically Brisbane is a city of 2 halves, speak to locals or long term residents.