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  1. benj1980

    The truth about Australia's immigration policies

    I'm not sure of the reason for your internet rage, but I agree with everyone else. As sad as it is for the individual and family he knew the process. You aren't guaranteed a visa until it is granted, he should have been advised to go back to the UK and qualify in something that would have made him eligible. The system is very black and white. You can't let people off just because they have been on student visas and bridging visas for ages otherwise everyone would do it. I guess most of us have gone through traditional routes to get visas as well so we maybe wouldn't understand why there is a need to try and 'beat the system.' I retrained like many do, so it can be done.
  2. benj1980

    The truth about Australia's immigration policies

    You're a walking encyclopedia!
  3. benj1980

    Secondary School Teacher 190/491

    I know a teacher in a similar situation who went out bush for two years as he was able to get a regional type of visa which moved onto PR. He loved it and stayed another year, this was 4 years ago and maybe it's all changed. He would tell you his whole life perspective has changed from working remote and speaks the local languages to a fair degree. In WA there seems to be thousands of unemployed Phys Ed teachers who get work in Health and Biology subjects (shortage of science teachers) whilst teaching a couple of Phys Ed lessons per week. It allows them to still wear Phys Ed shorts and a polo shirt even when they are teaching more Science than Phys Ed! I'm presuming you are Geography, there's a fair amount of HASS Teachers as well unfortunately.
  4. benj1980

    Secondary School Teacher 190/491

    Well we love it here. We haven't visited other parts of Australia so couldn't compare, that said we haven't felt the need to. Not to say we don't want to at some point. Bali is losing it's appeal to me already after two visits but the East coast is so expensive as a comparison. WA is known for being isolated, but of course it's closer to the UK and the majority of Asia. Lots to see and do in WA which we haven't exhausted yet, both north and south are beautiful and although a lengthy drive is part of the trip it doesn't seem as much of a punishment compared to shorter trips in the UK. I guess you're more likely to be stuck in traffic! Sounds like you've got a realistic strategy and that is always important. I think people think that getting what they want will be easy because they have a visa, a bit of self entitlement as they have worked hard to finally have the right to migrate. It's worth it when you get here and you can make your own luck. Get out meet people, join clubs and network. Opportunities can arise from this for work etc. Anyway I'm sure you know all this...
  5. benj1980

    Secondary School Teacher 190/491

    Interesting that you choose NSW and Queensland, they seem to be the toughest states to move for teaching work. Obviously if you are flexible with where you live that helps. I'm in WA and didn't really have any dramas getting work but know of people who have been doing relief for years in Queensland and couldn't afford to live off a teaching wage in NSW (I'm sure this is much to their desired location!) Other states actively look for teachers as well. Good luck with it all, the process is worth it in the end. You'll find the work less stressful, time kind and better pay!
  6. benj1980

    Cornwall, expensive?

    Grew up in Kernow. If it had better weather ie a similar climate to Australia or even something in between I'm not I would have ever moved, besides the lack of well paid jobs... Going back next month, will be good to see family not sure if the children will appreciate the temperature drop! Property appears to be on the rise but I'm not sure how that compares with the rest of the country. I only look at houses in my old area every so often.
  7. benj1980

    Undecided about moving back to Oz after 5 years in the UK

    I still have friends who are trying to move over as teachers. They can't see staying in the UK system long term is a realisitic, viable option. I know where I'd rather be! Don't know Queensland at all but if you know the area that's an advantage that you have over new migrants. Hopefully one last big move and it is all over!
  8. Hi guys, I am going back to the UK just before New Year for 18 days and are looking to book our two dogs into kennels. A few people have mentioned dogsitting services. I was just wondering what are peoples experiences with this or can people recommend something else that may be worth me checking. I'm in WA if that makes a difference.
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    Sounds like a plan!
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    Just adding my name to the timeline. I have just submitted my application - Western Australia.
  11. benj1980

    Positive Emigrating To Australia True Life Stories

    Yes I think the key is to take them in January, they'll never want to move back then!
  12. benj1980

    Positive Emigrating To Australia True Life Stories

    Looks like I have done an update every year I've been here! I think it's the least I could do when this forum and the members saved me from going mad whilst waiting for our visas. The kindness of MillieM to send over an IELTS book, the updates and tracker, advice on every silly part of a move and general encouragement. Long may it continue!
  13. benj1980

    Positive Emigrating To Australia True Life Stories

    Four years today! My Mum still says it's the day we abandoned her (but it is in jest, as she has a new favourite holiday location!) We still love it here and have no plans to move back, I just don't know why we would. Interestingly I'm taking the family back just after Christmas to sample a UK winter. I think if anything my children are starting to take for granted what they have here. We built our house close to the sea a couple of years ago, they love the outside lifestyle and most definitely have a better life than the ones they left behind. I struggle with their Aussie accents as they are getting so thick and other parents are surprised to here my wife and I's accent when we are introduced! My boys talk about cray fishing, AFL and buying a big boat, I was happy with my kayaks... I'm hoping seeing their cousins and a few old friends will give them a better perspective of what they have here in Oz. So as a recap, we moved to WA, got jobs, got promotions, built a house, rescued a couple of ACD crosses, fallen in love with Freo Dockers (well sort of, my youngest definitely has!) and built up a network of friends. We are definitely better off and although some things are expensive, wages far exceed what we earned in the UK. We really can't complain about the life that Australia has now presented us. However, it isn't always easy. I felt the need to fly back to Ireland and the UK to visit my gravely ill Grandfather knowing it was a trip to say goodbye. Despite being upgraded to Business Class it was little consolation for seeing your Grandfather a shadow of the man he used to be. This hit me harder than I realised it would and it took me a while to adjust when I came back to Oz. So when people say it's only 20 hours away I don't completely agree. There's a lot more to it than simply travel time, there's the guilt of living far away, getting information second hand and not being there to support other members of your family during a stressful time. I think the most negative thing is now looking at the citizenship form, lots of repetition, a sweet reminder of the visa application! Hopefully one day our children appreciate the opportunity and reflect on the lifestyle that we have provided for them, perhaps with blue passports!...
  14. Has anyone managed to complete this section accurately. I'm really struggling. I used to go over to Ireland a couple of times a year to see family, I've been on several EU based holidays and have no stamps. Any ideas? I went to Iceland around 2000/2001 but I have no idea of actual dates!
  15. benj1980

    Teachers Moving or Living in Australia

    Do you have applicants quote strands within standards that they are addressing? I can't say we do. I'm not sure if this is what you are saying or not but that is what I was talking about. Yes you have three standards that you base your covering letter on and for any potential applicant I'd focus your thoughts on: Professional knowledge; Professional practice; and Professional engagement.