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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Let's not change the subject, shall we? I am not talking about lockdowns, I am talking about the vaccine rollout. The Australian government has been the exact opposite of the British one. The Brits made a dog's breakfast of keeping Covid out, but they have done a spectacular job of the vaccine rollout, in spite of the NHS being under pressure from high Covid cases. The Australian govt did a spectacular job of keeping Covid out but have made a complete pig's ear of the vaccine rollout, in spite of having the luxury of no pressure on the health system and plenty of time to plan. You may say we can afford to go slow with the vaccines because we just keep the borders closed for another year or so, but Blind Freddy knows that's not good for the economy.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I am talking specifically about the vaccine rollout. That was originally 100% federal government and they made a mess of it. The states have now had to come to the rescue.
  3. In what field?
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Then you weren't paying attention.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    If you have been watching the news then you would know that our experience in the mass vaccination centres has been echoed elsewhere. Thankfully the current outbraek has changed that.
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    How are you passing the time? (waiting for grant)

    I am not talking about what I believe. I am giving @nomadiccarpenter a way that he can get himself another job without lying to his employer. All offshore visas in his occupation are stopped right now, unless he can find a priority employer. That's a fact that the employer can check and find to be true. The Australian government is on record as saying borders won't open till mid to late 2022 - again, a fact the employer can check and find to be true. It is always possible they'll open early for skilled visa holders but the important point is, what statements can he give to an employer in his home country right now in order to get a job.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    On what do you base that claim? My husband went to get vaccinated the first week the mass vaccination centres in Melbourne opened. He was anticipating a queue but had to wait only 5 minutes. I was finishing a course of antibiotics so decided to wait till that was done. So two weeks later I went along. No queue. Nurses were all standing around doing nothing. Other friends who've gone to the mass vaccination centres have said the same thing. There have been news reports to the same effect. At the same time, friends of mine who booked with their GP to get the jab, can't get an appointment till June, like yourselves. No idea why that is. Of course, since the outbreak, the vaccination centres are much busier now.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Yes, thank goodness they closed the borders when they did - but I remind you, on several occasions during 2020, the Federal government was pushing to open the borders and it was the state premiers who wouldn't hear of it. Eventually the Federal government realised the weight of public opinion was with the premiers and they did an about-face. Now they are in favour of staying closed until it's safe, whatever that is going to mean.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    They are not saying that but some commentators think that’s the plan
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    How are you passing the time? (waiting for grant)

    I wouldn't let that hold you back. Don't volunteer information about your future plans, but if they do ask, say, "I had applied to migrate to Australia, but Covid has put paid to all those plans now." If they probe further, explain that Australia has stopped all visa processing (which is true) the borders aren't likely to open till late 2022 (which is true) you can't afford to hang around in limbo that long, so you need to get on with your life (which is true). You don't need to say that you'll revive your migration plans as soon as circumstances allow - that's none of their business. Consider, if they hire you and then there's a downturn, they won't hesitate to lay you off. So take the same attitude - you take the job, you do you absolute best for them while you're working there, but if circumstances change you have the right to leave. Also consider how much your savings will dwindle if you aren't working full-time for the next year or so. Also the possible implications if you aren't working in your chosen occupation when things start up again.
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    Things you miss about Britain

    Look up any professional chef's recipe and that's what mint sauce is. You're welcome to prefer the artificially thickened stuff.
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    Things you miss about Britain

    It's just mint and vinegar so there is nothing that would make it a thicker sauce - you'd have to add a thickener like cornflour (or xanthan gum like the commercial brands). I was just responding to someone who claimed "proper" mint sauce was thick. In fact, classic mint sauce isn't thick, it's just that the poster (like most Brits) has grown up with Colman's which is artificially thickened. And of course, they have every right to prefer that - but it's not correct to call it "proper".
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Some private clinics did. I know of one near my friend's home. There was a lot of coverage on the news when the vaccines didn't arrive, of clinics who'd invested a lot and couldn't get the vaccines.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    and your point is...?
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Federal government, 100%. They initially decided to manage the vaccine rollout themselves and the plan was that everyone would get their vaccine from their local doctor. GP's spent thousands installing fridges and hiring extra nurses and then the Pfizer vaccine supply never turned up, and the distribution network didn't work, so GPs couldn't get supply. It turns out that logistically, its quite hard to parcel up vaccines into small consignments and distribute them to hundreds of small practices all over Australia. Who knew? So then they asked the states for help, and within weeks, the states had set up mass vaccination centres with plentiful supplies of Astra Zeneca. Trouble is, by that time, vaccine hesitancy had set in and nurses were sitting around waiting for customers. The states also vaccinated residents and workers in state-run aged care homes, but they're not allowed into the privately-run ones as they're a Commonwealth (federal) responsibility. And guess what? As for those who are fully vaccinated feeling fed up - yes, I am sure they are, but like I said, that's only 2% of the entire population. Anyone who's had only one jab is not safe from this Indian variant.
  16. I think maybe you misunderstood Quoll's post. If you decide to choose a different field, your path to migration will be very much longer than if you stick to teaching. All occupations need both qualifications AND experience. Experience gained before the qualification does not count. So you'd be looking at doing however many years needed for the qualification and then at least a couple of years gaining relevant experience.
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    Migration experts

    Suncoast Migration, Go Matilda, Andre Burger & Associates
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    Skilled Visa Don't know where to start

    @Cally, sorry, I missed the mention of your mother. I'm afraid getting your mother to Australia will be difficult if not impossible. You won't be eligible to even apply to bring your mother to Australia until you've been settled in Australia for at least 2 years. Then once you submit the application, there will be a waiting period of about 10 years before she will get her visa. And that's assuming you can afford the visa fee, which is currently around $40,000 and is likely to be very much higher by the time you're eligible to apply). Currently, it is possible to bypass the system (once you're eligible after the 2 years), by bringing your mother over on a tourist visa, then applying for a parent visa while she's in Australia. 'She would then get a bridging visa which would allow her to stay in Australia as a temporary visitor until the visa comes through. But that does mean living in a kind of limbo for all those years, not entitled to any support in Australia because she's just a visitor, but no longer resident in the UK either. And it is quite likely that they'll have closed that loophole by the time you want to take advantage of it.
  19. British applied from London and they're currently processing visas in about 3 months.
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    Initial visa guidance

    Have a word with Suncoast Migration or Go Matilda, but nothing can happen right now, because applications aren't even being looked at (apart from a few 'priority' applications). If you are in your twenties and haven't had a WHV (working holiday visa) yet, your best bet might be to wait till the borders open and come over on a WHV. People tend to assume you have to do bar work and travel around on a WHV, but actually a lot of people come and work in their usual job. It would give you a year to suss out Australia to make sure it's where you want to be, and also to make some industry contacts.
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    801 visa

    Unfortunately yes. The whole reason for the 801 is to to prevent people faking a relationship to get the 820 then going off to live separate lives. So you need to prove that you're still together and still a real couple.
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    Skilled Visa Don't know where to start

    Get in touch with Suncoast Migration or Go Matilda.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    You have misunderstood what Unzippy said. Closing our borders was a fantastic temporary, short-term stopgap. I'm delighted that our government took that action. But all it did was freeze us in time, with a population which has virtually zero herd immunity. As you say, if we opened our borders now, it would be an absolute disaster for that reason. The only long-term solution is vaccination, because Covid-19 is not going away. By dragging its feet on vaccination, the government has ensured that our borders will have to stay closed far longer than necessary.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Almost no one in Australia is fully vaccinated yet.
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    Travel exemption/Partner Visa

    Paul Hand replied with that information above. He's an agent and that's what he is seeing now.
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