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    Mobile phones

    Hubby and I are coming over in August and need to get a short term mobile phone while we visit. We are on orange in the uk can we bring our phones and get a sim card if so which brand as our phones are locked to orange. Any ideas? Tia
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    Choosing an area

    Hi everyone Myself, the husband and 3 children are going to be arriving in Oz in February. We are going to come over in August to check out areas etc and my parents have very kindly offered to have the kids for us for about 11 days so we can fly in and see which areas we like and visit some schools. So my question is - we are definitely going to live in Queensland. We have no idea where though. We have been to the Gold Coast which was nice for a holiday but it doesnt feel like it is the place we want to settle. Our main priority is work for my husband in sales or management of warehousing I suppose but a massive priority is schools for our children. I will also need to work at some point as a secondary school teacher and this has led us to look more closely at Brisbane. Does anyone have any idea of the best state primary schools in Brisbane or outside of Brisbane - ideally within an hours drive of the city with access (within 20 mins of a beach but closer if possible) At this point ALL advice would be very gratefully received. Sian & Danny Have also put this in the reccie forum too to maximise potential viewers and answers :biggrin: sorry!
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    Choosing an area

    Hi everyone Myself, the husband and 3 children are going to be arriving in Oz in February. We are going to come over in August to check out areas etc and my parents have very kindly offered to have the kids for us for about 11 days so we can fly in and see which areas we like and visit some schools. So my question is - we are definitely going to live in Queensland. We have no idea where though. We have been to the Gold Coast which was nice for a holiday but it doesnt feel like it is the place we want to settle. Our main priority is work for my husband in sales or management of warehousing I suppose but a massive priority is schools for our children. I will also need to work at some point as a secondary school teacher and this has led us to look more closely at Brisbane. Does anyone have any idea of the best state primary schools in Brisbane or outside of Brisbane - ideally within an hours drive of the city with access (within 20 mins of a beach but closer if possible) At this point ALL advice would be very gratefully received. Sian & Danny
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    What happens next?

    We have our visa and expect to go in February but wont be going directly to Oz but via Thailand as we have a family wedding so will be in Thailand for about 2/3 weeks. This all sounds lovely I know but I need to pack for 5 people for a holiday and forever. Those who have made the move can you suggest a list of what comes next? We are going to rent our house out. Sell our cars and maybe leave the big items of furniture in the house and rent it furnished? We really need some advice on moving money, booking somewhere to stay short term while we look for a rental in ox (shall we do it from here?) and any other things you can think of that I wont have considered.... *waits patiently for advice* Thanks Sian OH did I mention we GOT A VISA!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOO HOOOOO
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    New Cat 4 July 1st 2011

    We have a grant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It came through on 31st May (much quicker than we had been expecting) and we have to validate by May 9th. We will be leaving home in February via Thailand for a family holiday and wedding. There is so much to do and I have no idea where to start. EKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK WE HAVE A VISA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    A really important shipping question

    @Snifter - with the frequency that I drink tea - 5 months will look like 5 years worth to customs :0)
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    A really important shipping question

    Yes Coles do sell it but they are on a stringy thing and are the tiniest bags and takes two bags per cup to make it brown! LOL I literally run on tea. May not be able to take through customs - am going via Thailand for my brothers wedding for a couple of weeks. I think my hubby will have a nervous break down if I suggest anymore needs to come with us. I really was hoping to put in a box and a boat ;0) 7 Thanks for your replies x
  8. :biggrin: Can you ship tea into Australia? When we went for a holiday everywhere we looked sold really weak t bags and the British brands were so expensive. I know I am going to have to get used to it (or get used to silly prices :arghh:) but I am literally crying over the thought of not having it to wake up to in the morning :wub: Can take the girl out of England (hopefully) but not the English out of the girl.........so was planning on taking loads with me. What issues does this pose? TIA Sian x
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    New Cat 4 July 1st 2011

    Just an update from us. We had the medicals done on the 12th May. As of the 21st May they all show as met apart from my Son's form that we took with us. Probably havent got round to it yet as all other things of his are met. Hopefully it will be showing soon. We have begun to make some decisions about what to do if we do get the visa and when we will go to Oz etc. In your experiences how long does it take from med's being finalised to a visa grant if successful? I thought maybe around a month looking at other peoples time lines. Good luck to everyone this week. Sian
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    New Cat 4 July 1st 2011

    Errrrm best undies? Do you mean top half or bottom half? LOL I am such a grown up
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    New Cat 4 July 1st 2011

    LoL Jambos - that is the kind of thing my oldest would do!! Always a sob story.... will take the duct tape lol
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    medicals

    Hi there to everyone waiting like us I wonder if someone out there can answer a question for me What exactly happens at the medicals? I can see that we need to have a chest x ray and blood test and urine test. But other than that? Do they contact our GP or go on our say so of any outstanding conditions?? What are they testing for? what sort of thing do they refer on? I would really appreciate some guidance or opinions. Many thanks in advance Sian
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    New Cat 4 July 1st 2011

    wow! very exciting times ahead for you then. hope the savings stack up and the wedding goes well enjoy your adventure Sian
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    New Cat 4 July 1st 2011

    Hi everyone Looks like it has been going very well for many of you recently!!! :biggrin: Our medicals are booked for 12th May. I have posted our Form 80 to the immigration agent. Our police checks have been submitted and we are awaiting a response. And I am literally in a right old state of panic......and cant even put my finger on why :err: Can anyone who has recently been through the medicals give me a heads up on what happens/how long it might take for a family of 5 cos the clinic said about 3 hours.........:dull: with 3 children thats going to be an interesting morning. I still cant bring myself to tell my Nan and yet I dont want to wait any longer...... And the rain here is making me wish we'd gone already :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin: Please excuse the ramble but my head is spinning ......next hurdle the medicals.....so any ideas?? Thanks if you manage to get this far.....:rolleyes: Sian
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    New Cat 4 July 1st 2011

    Whoooooop we have a case officer!!!!! Need to get meds and do police checks within 28 days ))) So excited and nervous!! Good luck to everyone else this seems to be moving really fast :biggrin:
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