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  1. Marisawright

    Fast track Diploma

    The difficulty might be that you can't count any experience gained before you get the qualification. So you'll have to do the diploma and then work for the required number of years before you can apply.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    A lot of modern art and literature falls into the same category. I'm always at the library borrowing novels. If I pick up one and it says it's won a literary prize or some other award, I always put it back - because I can almost guarantee it will be pretentious rubbish.
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    Administration jobs in Perth

    I’m not up to date with the best agencies in Perth but they are all much of.a muchness
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    Administration jobs in Perth

    Normally I would say, think how long it would take you to find a job in the UK, and it will be very similar, or perhap slightly longer, in Perth. Like the UK, you would be wise to sign up for some temp agencies so you can get some income coming in asap. Also temporary/contract assignments are useful for making contacts within companies.
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    Resident Return Visa 1 year

    If you meet the residency requirement, then the RRV approval takes only a few days. If you don't, I've seen people waiting for a year or more for approval.
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    Electrical Appliances

    If you have more than 3 or 4 boxes, paying per box is not a cost effective choice
  7. Please do not let your employer apply for this visa without an agent. It is too complex and the application will fail
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    Electrical Appliances

    ...bjut if you hadn't shipped those pictures, would you have saved money, or would you just have paid good money to ship fresh air instead? Unless you are paying to ship by the box, it's not sensible to think in terms of "this wasn't worth shipping". If you shipped a container or a Movecube, you've wasted money if you didn't fill every crevice. The way I'd approach it is to separate boxes into "definitely ship" and "will squeeze in if there's room" - then make sure you send your consignment off a couple of weeks beforehand, so you have time to dispose of the thing that wouldn't fit. That way you maximise your shipping and minimize waste. I know it's more work to do the packing and unpacking, but that's a minor annoyance in the scheme of things.
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    Anyone recommend a set top box (Australia)

    What do you mean by Google Home? Do you mean the app on the phone? I can’t find any menu which asks me to choose a wifi network.
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    Anyone recommend a set top box (Australia)

    No, it isn't. That's the problem. Chromecast always tells me it can't connect to wifi, even though I've followed all the other instructions (and it is an Android phone with the Google Home app). If I then connect the TV to wifi, Chromecast seems to pick up that wifi connection and everything goes smoothly. Or I should say, it used to - but now the TV's in-built apps are playing up, it won't work any more, because the apps insist on syncing with each other.
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    Anyone recommend a set top box (Australia)

    This video is exactly how I tried to set up Chromcast. But it comes down to the same thing every time - it says, "make sure your phone is connected to the same wifi that Chromecast connects to". But the video doesn't explain how the Chromecast connects to the wifi. I interpreted that to mean I had to connect the TV to my wifi, but you're saying that's not the case - so...?
  12. There's something that doesn't make sense here. How could he get issued with a "bridging visa" if he's in the UK? I wonder if he applied for a Parents Visa while in Australia, got his bridging visa, then thought he could just toddle back to the UK to sell his house and settle up - not realising that would render the bridging visa invalid.
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    Electrical Appliances

    That is an important point, though not the only one. If you're the kind of person who has a collection of pots, pans, kitchen gadgets, cushions, etc that have been lovingly collected over the years - take them, even if they are old. If you come with nothing, you don't have the luxury of picking and choosing just the right items for your home. You have to zip through the shops and settle for what's available on the day - and there's already less choice in Australia as it is. Then you're either stuck with that stuff for years, or you're going to waste money throwing it all out as you gradually find the perfect pieces to replace it (it's true that's money you don't notice, but you'd be shocked how much it adds up to). If you're shipping a container or a Movecube, then small stuff like kitchen appliances may fit in the spaces, so it makes no sense to leave the small stuff behind - it's not going to cost you any extra to bring it, and it's not like you'll be able to sell it before you go. Because you have to ship your stuff early, it does mean you have to manage without for a few weeks, but it's not that hard to "camp" in your old home, especially if you can borrow bits and pieces from family. I always recommend doing a trial shop at Harveynorman.com.au and Ikea.com.au for everything you'll need if you leave your stuff behind - most people drastically underestimate how much their "old stuff' is going to cost to replace.
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    Corona Virus

    Suicide rates just published. They are actually down on last year. Go figure.
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    Resident Return Visa

    As Rammygirl says, it's not 2 years out of the 5 years, calculated on the day your first RRV expires. It's 2 years out of the last 5 years, calculated on the date you apply for your new RRV. So if you apply for a RRV now (October 2020), you would count all the months you lived in Oz between November 2015 and October 2020. If that adds up to 2 years, it will be granted. However if you apply in October 2022, you can only count the months between November 2017 and October 2022 - and if that means you have less than 2 years, you're in trouble. To get a RRV, you will have to prove you have strong ties to Australia. If you don't own a home in Australia, you closed your Aussie bank accounts, and have no family there, it's not going to be easy to prove you have a strong connection to the country! In practice, I've noticed that people have been able to get their RRV approved with something as basic as a job offer, so I'd say they are more lenient than the wording suggests. However, the longer you leave it, the less likely they are to be sympathetic. It's the reason we always say, if you can hang out long enough to get citizenship, do it.
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    Corona Virus

    No, just people wearing sunscreen all the time these days
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    Anyone recommend a set top box (Australia)

    This is interesting. I had no idea it used Bluetooth. I think we were following the wifi instructions which kept telling us to connect the TV to wifi. Will try the Bluetooth option as we do have the "second generation" one.
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    Corona Virus

    Why? Does he go overseas every week?
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Yes, the Poles won’t be leaving, The agreement was that settled EU citizens don’t have to leave the UK and vice versa. The UK couldn’t throw them out because if they did, Spain, Italy and France would throw out all the thousands of British retirees settled there.
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    Anyone recommend a set top box (Australia)

    That’s the one. I’ve got the box with the name on it. Obviously I’m missing something in the instructions
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    Medicare Interim Card

    Your Extras policy covers the stuff that Medicare doesn’t cover. You can get all essential hospital treatment free of charge under Medicare. Private health just lets you choose your specialist and skip the waiting lists. Like i said, the waiting lists are no worse than those on the NHS, so if you were happy with NHS hospital treatment, there’s no need for high private hospital cover.
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    Corona Virus

    You’d be surprised. There are cases of rickets in Australian children now, because some parents are too obsessive about keeping babies out of the sun. Adults too - you can’t absorb Vit D through sunscreen. Basically we’ve done too good a job of education about skin cancer, because you only need about 20 minutes skin exposure to the Australian sun to get adequate Vit D, but some people aren’t even getting that
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    To return or not?

    Yes, that's what I meant when I mentioned how quickly time can run out to make the move. Obviously it's easier the younger the children are, and once they're in Year 10 it can be really disruptive
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    To return or not?

    However, consider that if she'd stayed in the UK, she might not have had an established friendship group in her secondary school. I went to school in Scotland, and not one of my primary s school classmates ended up in the same secondary school as I did. I just checked with my husband, who did all his schooling in Sydney from the age of 8 - he had the same experience.
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    Can I still emigrate to Australia?

    That's exactly what I said, except that I wasn't sure of fhe correct terminology. Their Initial Activation Date would have been well before Covid restrictions came into effect, so they could hardly use Covid as an excuse for failing to make initial entry by the due date.