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  1. We got loads in them, much more than we reckoned, and like you we mapped out the dimensions in the garage and stacked up the gear in the area we measured out. We didn't take beds, sofas or table/chairs, but pretty much everything else we had. We fitted 6 bikes in too...washing machine, fridgefreezer, dishwasher, tumbledrier etc. But every single item (including dishwasher, freezer etc) was rammed with gear. We have 4 kids so we took a lot! My OH spent a lot of time carefully using up every inch of space, but that meant things didn't rattle around en route. The delivery man will advise you regarding how to load it so the weight is in the right spot, but that was fairly easy. I don't think there will be any problem with overloading it as long as you put the heaviest items roughly where he recommends. It was hard work though! You get between 2-4 hours to load it which was quite strenuous for the two of us. We did enlist some help from our teenage boys for the heaviest stuff (washing machine), but they didn't hang around for long! So it is useful to have another strong adult around if you can.
  2. We used two large move cubes so the arrival of our stuff was staggered and I can honestly say we were very impressed. We had a great service both ends, no breakages despite the whole lot being unloaded at customs; in fact we only realised this had happened because there was a customs sticker right in the back of the cube, they put everything back exactly as we packed it! I thought they were great value at just under £2000 for the whole lot. Also, they were happy to re-route our first cube from Brisbane to Melbourne after it had left, as we got a job offer in a different location. So all in all, I think they were a great budget option. Interesting how everyone has a different experience though.
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    Is OZ REALLY all that?

    We came over with relatively little cash (£8000 as far as I remember), but my OH had a job lined up with a much bigger salary than his job in the UK (although it definitely isn't loads over here!). We have 4 kids and I am not working at the moment, but we have managed ok. Things have been very very tight at times though, and we have had to budget very carefully; we still do having been here a year. So I would say it is possible to do the move on not much money, but as others have said, you will have to accept a possibly lower standard of living for a while, until you 'find your feet', which may take years. Having said all this, we do feel better off here, and feel optimistic about our future here.
  4. I wonder if anyone can help with this.... We have been in Melbourne for just over a year and are contemplating buying a plot of land in an area we like. We currently own a property in the UK which we would need to sell in order to finance a new home build, but we would like to buy the plot now as they don't come up very often. So, our plan would be to arrange a short term loan from family to provide the deposit and get a small mortgage to buy the land, and then once the UK house is sold we can extend the mortgage to begin building. The land does not have planning permission yet, but is being marketed as residential and the similar plot next door has a newly completed home on it, so I am presuming planning permission should be fairly easy to obtain. Is this feasible? I am unsure how the whole process works here, particularly with regard to getting a mortgage for land and then either getting another one to build, or extending the original one. Has anyone done anything like this? Where should I start?? Thank you
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    Your thoughts on Bristol?

    oh yeah, i agree wattsy, i forgot Portishead, a nice place too, especially if you can get a view across the estuary to Wales. Nice pub there too if i remember rightly...
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    Your thoughts on Bristol?

    My OH worked in Bristol for 14 years prior to our move, and my sister used to live in a nice fat in Clifton. Bristol is a lively place with a good atmosphere, lots going on and some nice architecture and history. You are right, Clifton is probably the nicest area, but all around the Uni is very nice eg. Redland. Some of the outer suburbs are pretty rough, personally I would avoid Knowle West and that general area. If you need a largish house and a limited budget I would live in Long Ashton, or somewhere out that way; it's quite villagey, but an easy commute to the South of the city. TBH I am not so familiar with the North of Bristol. We used to live in Weston Super Mare and my OH caught the train into the South of the city, which was a good commute. Bits of Weston are nice (up on the hill), some are average and some is pretty rough to be fair! But housing is much cheaper than in Bristol. If you want to ask me anything else feel free, we are still renting out our house over there so still feel in contact with the place.
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    Movecubes, sizes, prices etc...worth it?

    we had two large move cubes to move over to Melbourne last year. They were great, £1000 each, good value and no damage to anything. We didn't take sofas or mattresses, but we did fit absolutely loads in them, more than we thought we would even though we had the area mapped out on the garage floor with the stuff assembled and waiting, so we could pack it in within the time frame. We fitted in 6 bikes, fridge freezer, massive sideboard, washing machine, dishwasher, gardening equipment, loads of boxes etc. So I would definitely recommend them personally. My sister used one too and I am sure she brought a sofa and 3 beds with mattresses in hers.
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    How old were you when you emigrated?

    I was 44, OH 45 and the kids were 13, 11, 5 & 3. In retrospect it would have been easier when the older two were a bit younger...but you make the move when you can, no good looking back with 'what ifs'
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    North eastern burbs melbourne - eltham

    Eltham is just down the road from us, and yes I agree, very nice area. Lots of trees and hills, it feels rural despite being accessible to the CBD by bus or train. My kids go to school there and we are quite happy
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    Sending the wife and kids first, are we crazy?

    I would not embark on the plan that you are proposing either, just would not be able to cope, it's been hard enough with all of us together! But that isn't to say that your family can't do it, just my opinion. As regards schools, my second son started secondary in the uk, and we left in May, then he went back into primary school here for 6 months, and re-started high school in January this year! But, it has not been a disaster at all; he made some good friends at the local primary and now is doing really well at high school. In fact i think that because he had already made the transition before he dealt with it a lot better, he wasn't phased by the hub-up and amount of kids, and was already used to changing classrooms for different subjects too. One thing that you should bear in mind is that here they don't really have 'feeder' primary schools where the majority of pupils go on to the same high school. I asked the head where most kids go when we arrived and she said there were approximately 8 high schools to choose from! So don't count on her moving up with friends she makes in primary (although that may happen...)
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    Getting mortgage to buy land?

    thank you for all these helpful replies, and thank you Andy for some professional advice. How exciting Rallyman, that's great that you can actually build for yourself at last. Thanks for that sensible word of caution, vstormy. I had gathered that we should expect to pay more than quoted. The plot is on a gentle slope, and the next door house is built on stumps that are higher at the back. This is partly to do with the slope, but also because the very bottom of the garden occasionally floods (the plot is about 80m deep). Does anyone know a builder that is able to build on stumps but wouldn't charge loads?? In NE suburbs of Melbourne
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    If it's a permanent residency visa the validation visit is, as you say, within 12 months of the police check and medicals, but it just means you have to enter the country. You will then have until the visa expires to actually make the big move, so with PR that would be 5 years from the visa grant date. Some people actually emigrate when they do their visa activation, but others (like us!) leave it until the last minute, eg. 4yrs and 11 months! before actually emigrating. I hope that's helpful.
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    Aussie man with very, very homesick UK wife. HELP!!!!

    It may be simplistic, but IMO if you love her you've got to give the UK a go. Feeling trapped anywhere is a very bad place to be, let her know you both have choices about your future and nothing is written in stone.
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    Winter in Australia

    I an very envious of Cairns Kate, it looks gorgeous, especially as that's where we originally wanted to go We are settled in Melbourne instead, but the OH had a great job offer, so a big change of plans. Melbourne weather is sunny but cold, which is ok if you have got a stove or a properly insulated house...how I miss my new double glazed centrally heated house in the UK! When we put the heating on here it all escapes though the walls and windows (mental note, make sure the next house we get here has a coonara wood burning stove!)
  15. Thank you for that encouraging reply Johndoe. It is the process of getting registered to practicein the UK that I am concerned about,particularly this page of the NMC page regarding overseas registration http://www.nmc-uk.org/Registration/Joining-the-register/Trained-outside-the-EU--EEA/ where it says "The minimum thresholds which must be met for any consideration to be made are 1000 hours of theory and 1267 hours of clinical practice from their original training. Applications that do not achieve this level will be rejected". But, I do agree with you, there are Aussie nurses working in the UK, so there must be a way around this problem, I just don't see how though when their standards are so much more rigorous in the UK (or so it seems)
  16. Hi, I wonder if anyone has been in a similar situation...I am in my first year of Registered Nurse training with CDU, and am currently happily living in Melbourne. However most of my family lives in the UK, in particular aging parents, and I am aware that sometime in the future I may need to move back there. Obviously I would want to continue working as a nurse, but when I looked at the requirements of registration on the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council website their absolute minimum amount of clinical training hours is 1267 hours, preferably 2300 hours! In Australia the minimum clinical training hours is 800, and on my course I will do 840!:arghh: This leaves me wondering if I will be able to practice in the UK at all? Does anyone else out there have any experience of using Australian qualifications to work in the UK, what hoops did you have to jump through?? is it even possible? Thanks in advance, Imogen
  17. Hi, I have got problems with my eldest son (we have got 3 younger kids who are settling in pretty well). We have been living in Melbourne for 9 months now, and I was so hoping that my son would have settled by now, but perhaps I was over optimistic. We have got him into a really great school and we are earning more money here, so have offered for him to join various activities, but he is so reluctant to do anything. He agreed to go on an amazing school trip to the USA a few months ago, only to drop the bombshell yesterday that he doesn't want to go anymore....after we have paid the deposit...which he will have to cover from his own money We moved here when he was just over 13, and I knew he was the one that would probably find it the hardest, but I did think he would be ok eventually, now I am having my doubts. He puts hardly any effort into his school work, and says he hates it there, he just wants to be back in his old school in England. When I asked him what the names of his friends at school are he listed about 20 people....but they all went to his old school. It is almost like he views where we used to live and his whole life back there with rose coloured glasses, and nothing I say can change that. I believe that he has got a few friends here, but isn't as popular as he was at his old school, and I think he might lay on how unhappy he is to get to me, I feel so guilty about it all. My OH has less sympathy, and thinks that it is too late to beat ourselves up for moving here, and that our son just needs to buck up his ideas. My main worry is that he is sabotaging his education because of this reluctance to embrace life here, and that is very stressful for me. Anyone been through the same?? Should we send him back to England on a holiday so he can see it's not as great as he remembers it??? although this might backfire! I feel a bit better already, having written it all down...
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    14 Year old wants to go "home"

    fensaddler, i hope you are right and that time will sort this out, perhaps 9 months is just not long enough for him to feel settled here at all. With regards to our commitment to Oz as a family, i think we definitely are! My OH has absolutely no desire to live back in the UK again, and as a family prospects are far better for us here. Somehow more seems possible over here in the way of activities and lifestyle. I like it here myself, but feel guilty about leaving my parents. I don't envisage us moving back though. I think for me, if all the kids were happy I would be absolutely fine here most of the time (i think everyone is allowed the odd day of homesickness?!).
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    14 Year old wants to go "home"

    Thank you FOL, that comment did make me think. He did agree to coming to Oz in the very initial stages, but by the time everything was in place and we left, he had changed his mind and definitely didn't want to go. Now he won't even acknowledge that he agreed to go initially, he just says that he never wanted to come here and we forced him. This isn't exactly true, as if he had said no in our initial discussion we probably would have left the whole idea...but on the other hand, he changed a lot between age 11 and age 13, and so perhaps it is unfair to remind him that he agreed to give Australia a go when he was a lot younger, just rubbing salt into the wound so to speak. Perhaps a gentle approach s needed...but the reality is my OH has a good job here and we have no reason or even savings to start up again in the UK, so it isn't an option and my son knows that.
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    14 Year old wants to go "home"

    Louise, thanks for that. Yes it is important to keep listening, and remain patient, although that is incredibly hard when you feel that someone isn't helping themselves....but i suppose the problem is they are dealing with all this and also the turmoil of adolescence, which is a tricky mix! I would love to hear how it all goes for you in August, fingers crossed for you.
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    14 Year old wants to go "home"

    I think you are spot on with that last comment Daveakaginge, no one warned me that teenagers are such hard work, and so frustrating! We should look at sending himback to spend time with family and friends, and let him judge for himself. We can't really all go as on top of 6 flights we would need to pay for 6 Res Return Visas, so that isn't viable at the moment, one ticket would be ok though....
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    14 Year old wants to go "home"

    Thank you for your reply mattster155, yes your situation sounds so similar. My son was into soccer in the UK, and he has only last week agreed to try out for a team here. He is so negative it is dragging me down a bit, despite life being pretty good here. Like you we do lots of trips and days out to make the most of being here, and although he does enjoy himself to a point it always comes back to the fact that here is not as good as England....banging my head against a brick wall now. It will be very interesting to hear how your trip back goes in August, I wonder if your son will settle better when he returns...
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    Car Loan

    Hi. Just wanted a little advice regarding what people think is the best way to go when getting a car loan . We have PR and my OH has a permanent job which he has been doing for 6 months now. We have applied to NAB but they seem to be dragging their heels and asking for loads of paperwork. The dealer where we want to buy the new car from offer finance at 8.9% as opposed to 13.45% with NAB, but I feel unsure whether I should just be choosing based on the rate. Does anyone have any opinions or experiences regarding car yard finance as opposed to finance with a bank?
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    Car Loan

    thanks for the quick reply Bibbs. We own a house in the UK which we rent out, and we rent here. The rent only just covers our UK mortgage, so I haven't mentioned it to the bank, it feels more like a liability than as asset!
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    Red Back in our bathroom!

    We have been in our rental for only two weeks and last night, dangling off the blinds was a red-back spider!!! We confirned it by closely examining it and looking it up in a book, during which time the spider hid, probably because 6 people were crowded in the bathroom staring at it! Luckily it reappeared later in the evening and we removed it. We are living in a modern brick built house, newly refurbished with no holes in fly screens etc, so I just wasn't expecting this! Is it common to get red-backs inside like this? I thought they were more of an issue in the garden or old undisturbed corners, not in a clean modern house! Anyone got any advice how to avoid any more coming in?? I am worried the kids might touch one amongst their toys or clothes... I don't think i am the paranoid type, and can't really say i was worried about the wildlife before we came to Melbourne, i assumed people exaggerated the dangers..but i am a bit more concerned now. What do people do to avoid having spider issues in their homes??