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  1. benj1980

    Melton Mowbray Pie in Perth

    Never understood the pork pie, but then I'm from Cornwall the origin of the food from the Gods!
  2. I have a friend who wants to apply for a 189. She will have 65 points and looking to move to WA. Am I right in thinking that she needs to get 70 points to even get through the EoI at the moment? She is a nurse and has been working in Oz whilst on her WHV, therefore registered with APHRA. AMNAC being processed. She's actually a week off gaining an extra 5 points for experience as I believe she has 2 years 11 months and 3 weeks experience!
  3. benj1980

    AITSL Teacher skills assessment

    Take it one step at a time. As you have said it's a long road and plenty of road blocks to manoeuvre! You may as well get used to be impatient and frustrated as well!
  4. benj1980

    AITSL Assessment

    Sounds like she will need to do a Masters degree to me or something similar. I don't understand how a degree course can be accelerated in this way but not recognised as the same as a four year degree. If it's the same credits of course! I know of a few of the accelerated courses in England they just basically complete units during the summer when others are having a break...
  5. benj1980

    UK Qualification - Equivalent in Australia

    Teacher Assistant? There are Level 3 qualifications here with similar titles. Look at Cert III in Education Support.
  6. benj1980

    Australia’s Best Fish and Chip Award

    No winners in WA? The British Fish and Chip shop in Port Kennedy do freshly cut chips. Amazing... A bit too far for a regular feed though!
  7. benj1980

    Paramedic or Midwife?!

    Midwives would have their own set of issues presumably?
  8. I think it is dependent on where you're looking to build. Prices in WA dropped as mining levels/employment dropped. These are on the way up again so it's only a matter of time until prices rise although it takes time to build momentum. Sydney and Melbourne have well documented over pricing, but that is linked to supply and demand.
  9. benj1980

    Swimming pool

    I prefer the idea of a concrete pool, not really sure why. Looking good!
  10. benj1980

    Camper trailer holiday January...

    We've been down around Margaret River but haven't ventured past there. I think Albany, Denmark and Walpole may be on our hitlist this time and Esperance next time...
  11. benj1980

    Swimming pool

    We'll get round to a pool one day... They aren't cheap, I guess you haven't got any access issues! I'll look forward to the updates.
  12. benj1980

    'working regional'

    I thought these visas were based on where you live. Ie so to promote living in the local community, becoming part of the local community?
  13. benj1980

    Primary school teacher moving back

    The doom and gloom concerning teaching in the UK, is pressure and stress related plus poor pay. I know many teachers who would like to leave but have families and having to give a terms notice they can't arrange new jobs outside of teaching. I get emails nearly daily from agencies trying to entice me back to the UK education system. No thanks! If you are happy to teach in a less desirable inner city, jobs will be easier to come by. Leafy suburbs will always be challenging as that is where everyone would like to work and competition fierce. There is a shortage of teachers in the UK now so now is a good time to consider from that point of view.
  14. benj1980

    How Hot is Australia?

    Fresh off the boat (plane obviously) I volunteered to help a friend of mine so he could be done for Christmas. He is a carpenter and was completing a deck, I come from a building/trade family so not completely useless, until I faced the 37 degree heat! Mid December just North of Mandurah with no breeze in the morning, pools of water everywhere. I learnt very quickly to respect the heat and my 1 litre bottle of water wasn't going to cut it!
  15. benj1980

    Bumping Into Other Poms In Oz members?

    A fellow PiO member started to private message me about the big move and we have remained friends since. He's not talking on here anymore but I know he still reads posts! The last time I saw him was today in work!!