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    ACS Business Analyst RPL

    ​Hi all I just wondered if anyone has recently gone through a RPL as a Business Analyst with the ACS? I'm currently in Brisbane on a 457 visa with another 12 months before I can apply for PR and avoid a skills assessment. I have the necessary 8 years experience to submit the RPL but have read / heard that it's a bit of a nightmare. I thought that the RPL would focus on demonstrating practical application of one of the Knowledge Areas from the CBOK; for a BA this is primarily the Problem Solving and Modelling KA, but having read the form it looks like they want you to demonstrate knowledge across all of the Knowledge Areas. If anyone has been through it recently and got a positive or negative outcome, it would be great to hear from you. I'm really in two minds as to whether the effort and cost of the RPL is worth out, or if I just stick it out for a further 12 months on the 457 and hope DIAC don't change the rules. Thanks ​M
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    ACS RPL for Business Analyst

    Hi all I just wondered if anyone has recently gone through a RPL as a Business Analyst with the ACS? I'm currently in Brisbane on a 457 visa with another 12 months before I can apply for PR and avoid a skills assessment. I have the necessary 8 years experience to submit the RPL but have read / heard that it's a bit of a nightmare. I thought that the RPL would focus on demonstrating practical application of one of the Knowledge Areas from the CBOK; for a BA this is primarily the Problem Solving and Modelling KA, but having read the form it looks like they want you to demonstrate knowledge across all of the Knowledge Areas. If anyone has been through it recently and got a positive or negative outcome, it would be great to hear from you. I'm really in two minds as to whether the effort and cost of the RPL is worth out, or if I just stick it out for a further 12 months on the 457 and hope DIAC don't change the rules. Thanks ​M
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    Meet up in Redlands

    Hi everyone, We have been living in Victoria Point for two weeks now, so far we love it. Just a few state school issues but other than that, we have settled really well. Was just wondering if anyone fancies meeting up? My husband is at work all day and Im not working at the moment. I have two girls, a 5 1/2 year old in prep and a 3 year old (cant manage to get her into any childcare at the moment). I have a car so more than happy to travel. If anyone knows of any good kids playgroups in the area, that would be great too. Holly x
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    Moving to Lota in a few weeks

    Hi I'm moving to Lota from the UK in a few weeks and will looking to make some new friends. Leaving the family back at home for a bit while I get everything set up so meeting some new people will really help me settle in. I like to go out for a social drink, and am quite into my sports; cycling and football. If your interested in meeting up for a beer once I'm over then it would be great to hear from you.:wink: Marc
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    Anyone else got really scared?

    Whereabouts are you going proview? Good luck David. Look forward to reading your arrival report!
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    Anyone else got really scared?

    Lovely to hear from others, thank you. This site make such a difference! Good luck to you both. You are right, will all be worth it and good things never come easy I suppose x
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    Anyone else got really scared?

    Hi, Know this sounds stupid but we are all set to go to Brisbane in the next couple of months and I am all of a sudden petrified. Is this normal? Im worrying about everything, not liking it, not having enough money (my husband has a job but I wont be working for the first time). We have done the sums and on paper everything looks great. I am just really scared as its getting closer. Someone please tell me im not going mad!
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    Oak Furniture

    Hi everyone, Someone has told me there is no point in shipping oak furniture as it splits in the heat and we should get mango wood. Is this true? Just debating shipping over our dining table. Thanks
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    Tax for 457 Visa holders

    Does anyone know if 457 visa holders pay more tax than residents?? Thanks
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    Redland Bay State School

    Thanks again Rudi. Off to take a look around the bayside area on 6th Feb. Cant wait! x
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    Redland Bay State School

    Hi everyone, Just wondered if anyone lives in the area/kids attend Redland Primary State School? I am trying to find out as much info as possible as to whether its a good school etc. Would really appreciate some help on Redland or any other schools nearby. I have a 5 year old daughter. Thanks so much
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    457 Visa

    Thanks for your comments. I understand its only a temporary visa and the only reason we are going down this route is to get to oz quickly and they have told us they will sponsor for a perm visa as soon as the 457 is granted (whether we are still in the uk or Australia). We are just confused as the job was advertised and discussed as permanent position and not contract. There is no probationary period in there which surprised us!
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    457 Visa

    Hi everyone, just received my husbands employment contract going out to oz on a 457 visa but am a little worried. It says the sponsorship period is for 4 years but it says the contract is reviewed annually. Is this normal in oz? Does anyone know whether this is normal as its a 457 they cant say its permanent or something?
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    457 Contract issues

    Hi everyone, just received my husbands employment contract going out to oz on a 457 visa but am a little worried. It says the sponsorship period is for 4 years but it says the contract is reviewed annually. Is this normal in oz? Does anyone know whether this is normal as its a 457 they cant say its permanent or something? Thank you.
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    Are there school fees in Brisbane?

    Thanks Rudi. My husband has just had a job offer so fingers crossed we will be heading out soon x
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