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    Malaysia Airlines

    If its a safety concern; if you are rational person with a scientific mind then consider that the statistical risk of an incident remains very low regardless of the airline. To decide between large airlines like Qantas, Emirates, Malaysia etc based on safety concerns would be an emotional decision rather than a rational one. Service wise, Malaysian is fine. Honestly, if you are flying economy, airlines are much of a muchness.
  2. The syllabus is correct and I suspect the checklist hasn't changed, however it is unlikely that you will find it in the public domain unfortunately. If you know the RoR, Buoyage, Marine Orders and Marine Notices and overall understanding of the IMO regulations you should do well.
  3. You will apply submit your documents for assessment, then you need to sit the AMSA Oral and Medical, then you get a letter which you can use to apply for the visa. Once you have the visa you can then submit that to AMSA and they will issue your CoR. Some AMSA exams are being held virtually at the moment, which may prevent the need for you to travel to Oz for them. The orals are comprehensive and similar to an AMSA Master CoC exam, no concession for experience. They work through a checklist going through Australian legislation, buoys and RoR.
  4. In non-covid border restriction times I’d say that living in Australia isn’t as far away as you think. I have a Vodafone package that gives me thousands of minutes to the UK and call my parents on the hands free whenever I’m driving. I have a Messenger group with my siblings and Mum and communicate daily (I just upgraded mums iPhone again to help in that respect). My Dad often says he speaks to me more than my sisters. I times gone by I have felt confident knowing if something happened I could easily jump on a flight and be there in less than 24 hours. With work I was flying into the UK on a regular basis anyway and we’d occasionally meet at Heathrow for a coffee if I was in transit. With the border restrictions, it’s a lot more difficult. But depending on the strength of your relationship means you may need to find a compromise, even if you decide on two years in Oz and give it your best shot in earnest (if you don’t think you can give your best shot, don’t bother).
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    Lake Macquarie Council Applied: 19 July 2018 Acknowledged: 23 July 2018 Request for more info: 08 Nov 2018 Test: 02 Jun 2021 (Newcastle Centrelink) Approval: 27 Jul 2021 Ceremony: ???
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    I'm one of those 'centrelink' tested people, had my test not the 3rd June and still not approved, hopefully it'll be sorted at the 8 week mark.
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    Off Grid Living

    Our friends in the sunshine coast (also from Yorkshire) have an absolutely amazing off grid setup that he built up himself, he retired in his early 40's partly because he could afford it and partly because he worked away 6 months per year on ships and it was becoming challenging for his wife alone. They have got the solar, large fresh water tanks, fruit, veg, chickens etc and live very comfortably. However, with the animals and fruit/veg they struggle to leave the house for more than a day at a time (no holidays), but having spent his career travelling the world staying put suits him. From what I see, it can be an amazing lifestyle if you make it work for you, but it can also be hard work.
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    Post a random picture of your day

    Yep, Stockton and I agree!
  9. https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/AlexHawke/Pages/supporting-australia-covid-recovery-through-skilled-migration.aspx The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alex Hawke MP has today announced the inclusion of a range of skilled occupations on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). The PMSOL, first announced in September 2020, is developed in conjunction with the National Skills Commission to ensure a small number of critical occupations are filled to continue to create Australian jobs and aid in Australia's ongoing recovery from the impact of COVID-19. The addition of 22 occupations brings the PMSOL to 41 in total. Minister Hawke said the Government engaged with small, medium and large Australian employers, business leaders, and industry bodies across the economy to determine these changes. “Government has received valuable feedback from Australian business stakeholders on critical skill vacancies, which has been considered together with data from the National Skills Commission, in order to develop today's update to the Priority Migration Skilled Migration List," Minister Hawke said. “The Morrison Government will continue to support Australian businesses, including through skilled migration, as the engine room of our nation's economy." The 22 new occupations are (including ANZSCO codes): Accountant (General) (221111) Accountant (Taxation) (221113) Accountant (Management) (221112) External Auditor (221213) Internal Auditor (221214) Electrical Engineer (233311) Civil Engineer (233211) Structural Engineer (233214) Geotechnical Engineer (233212) Transport Engineer (233215) Mining Engineer (233611) Petroleum Engineer (233612) Surveyor (232212) Cartographer (232213) Other Spatial Scientist (232214) Medical Laboratory Scientist (234611) Orthotist / Prosthetist (251912) Multimedia Specialist (261211) Analyst Programmer (261311) Software and Applications Programmers (261399) ICT Security Specialist (262112) Chef (351311) Visa holders, who have been sponsored by an Australia business in a PMSOL occupation will be subject to quarantine arrangements at their own expense. Existing skilled migration occupation lists will remain active and visas will still be processed, but priority will be given to those in occupations on the PMSOL.
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    Post a random picture of your day

    That is a cool fact, I didn't know that.
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    Post a random picture of your day

    Yep, that's the one. The largest coastal moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere.
  12. Only the newer ones. Basix requirement I think?