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    Moving to Perth! - Housing

    Yes, because you're the buyer, not the seller. It's up to the seller to provide the contract. That's why I'm surprised the agent draws it up in WA/SA, because surely the seller should be getting legal advice (from their conveyancer/solicitor) as to what to include in the contract, so doesn't it make more sense for that person to do the whole thing (which they do in NSW)?
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    Maths teacher, uk to aus with family

    Once you get your application process underway, I recommend you focus your research on the show-jumping angle as a priority. The big downside of Australia is that it's a vast country (the whole of the UK is smaller than the state of Victoria). If you decide to live in Brisbane and want to enter a comp in Sydney, you'll have an 11 hour drive in front of you, for instance. So it's important to choose a location where you know there's going to be a reasonable amount of competition locally, because the drive to the nearest big city could be a long one! Best of luck.
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    Should Donald Trump win Nobel Peace Prize ?

    No, of course it's not, IF you're looking at governments. But if the Ukrainian governmetn was corrupt, the solution is not "let Russia come in and rule over them", is it? Imagine if the British government was making a mess of things, so America said, "OK, we'll just come in and take over the whole country, since you're not doing a good job". Would that be fair? The solution is for Ukraine's people to overturn the corrupt government and rule themselves, and there were some signs they were doing that before Russia invaded.
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    Moving to Perth! - Housing

    Interesting. There isn't 'another contract' in NSW either. The seller has to appoint their conveyancer/solicitor to draw up the contract beforehand and that's the one the agent issues to people who want to view it before making an offer.
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    Moving to Perth! - Housing

    The real estate agent doesn't draw up the contracts, they just print copies to hand over. The contracts are drawn up by the seller's conveyancer or solicitor. If there's no real estate agent involved, the seller's conveyancer/solicitor also holds the deposit.
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    Should Donald Trump win Nobel Peace Prize ?

    Since the entire population is smaller than Newcastle, Transnistria obviously needs to be part of another country. It would be ridiculous for it to be independent. Since the population is one-third Moldovan, one-third Ukrainian and one-third Russian, it's hard to see how the majority of the population would want to belong to Russia. The only fair solution is a referendum. The difficulty would be whether a truly democratic referendum could be held. As you know, Putin has a long history of election interference and rigged referenda so I'd like to be reassured it would be properly run. Whatever happens, it's not up to America -- or it shouldn't be.
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    Maths teacher, uk to aus with family

    Maybe connect with this Hunter Valley mob and see what they say. https://www.facebook.com/hvsjc The advantage of Newcastle over the areas you mention, is that you have access to all the facilities of a large city (Newcastle) as well as being within reach of Sydney.
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    Moving to Perth! - Housing

    Most people get a holiday let or AirBnB for 4 to 6 weeks. There are a few relocation specialists in Perth. They're not cheap, but then neither is 6 weeks in a AirBnB! Here's a couple to get you started: https://www.journeeagency.com/ https://www.perthrs.com/ https://www.newintown.com.au/ Check out Homely for suburb reviews https://www.homely.com.au/find-places
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    Maths teacher, uk to aus with family

    @Dancha85, if you're set on being close to comps in Sydney, then I'd recommend concentrating your search around Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. Good schools, beautiful beaches, housing is half the price of Sydney for an equivalent property, and Sydney is only two hours' drive away. Fifty years ago, Newcastle was a rough, working-class city and a lot of Australians (especially Sydneysiders) still think of it like that. Like any big city, it does have its run-down areas, but nowadays it's transformed and has some lovely neighbourhoods. I used to work with two executives who got transferred to Sydney from our Newcastle office. They commuted all the way from Newcastle to Sydney every day, because they didn't want to move their family to Sydney. They felt Newcastle was a much better, safer place to bring up their kids.
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    Maths teacher, uk to aus with family

    If you are going for the 189/190 visa, there's no point in applying for any jobs until you have the visa grant. Until you've actually got the visa in your hand, you can't have any idea of timelines, because delays can occur at any point in the process. Employers are well aware of that, so they're not going to look at you. That's normal in many states. The Education Department will offer you a job on condition that you go wherever they send you. Not surprisingly, that means you're likely to end up with the postings that no Australian teacher will accept. I wouldn't recommend you taking that kind of offer, because you could find yourself in a remote location where there are no suitable schools for your children, or work for your partner. You may find yourself in a rough school and with an unsatisfying role, too.
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    Moving to Perth! - 482

    It could be a bit more difficult for your wife while you're on a 482. Employers know the visa is only temporary, and obviously they'd prefer to hire employees who'll be around for the long term. While you might have every intention of applying for permanency and staying for good, employers things don't always work out.
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    Maths teacher, uk to aus with family

    Does that mean you'd want to keep your horses on your own property in Australia, too? Acreage is expensive everywhere around Sydney. Check realestate.com.au and domain.com.au for property prices. Also check suburb reviews on Homely https://www.homely.com.au/find-places Just in case you haven't found these resources for show jumping: https://www.australianjumping.com.au/ https://www.equestrian.org.au/worldcupjumping
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    Maths teacher, uk to aus with family

    Ah, I was assuming you were thinking about the ease/cost of keeping the horses, but it sounds like competition is the most important aspect. What kind of comps?
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    Bank account in Aus with 189 Grant

    Yes, but it doesn't matter to them whether that cash comes from a UK bank account or an Australian one.
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    Bank account in Aus with 189 Grant

    You'll need proof of an Australian address so a holiday won't help. As Tulip1 says, you can use your British debit and credit cards everywhere here, just like you would at home, so it's not a big deal. If you have an account with Wise, then you can easily transfer larger amounts at reasonable cost if you need to (for rental deposits etc). Having an Australian bank account won't help you get credit, if that's what you're thinking. Real estate agents don't care about your bank balance or where your money is, they want to know that you've got a job. Australians don't lease their family car, as a rule, because leasing is an absolute rip-off over here (unless you can get a lease through work, called a 'novated lease'). If you can't afford to buy a car outright, then a car loan from a bank is the best bet (car finance from the dealer is a rip-off, too) -- and again, having a job is more important than having savings. Reality is that you may have to settle for a cheap second-hand rattler until you get yourself settled.
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    Maths teacher, uk to aus with family

    What made you choose NSW? Are you really thinking NSW, or are you just thinking Sydney? One thing to be aware of: although Sydney and Melbourne both have much smaller populations than London, they are both larger than London in square kilometres! It takes over two hours to get from one side of the city to the other (if the traffic is good). They're so sprawling because historically, our houses have been built on such large blocks. So if you are thinking of living on the fringes of the city, think how far out of London you'd have to live, to find a 'horsey' area. That's how far out of Sydney you'll have to live. Needless to say, those fringe areas of Sydney and Melbourne, just like the fringes of London, are very expensive, because they are very desirable to commuters. You'll pay more for a nice home on the far fringes of Sydney, than you would for a nice home near the centre of a smaller, regional city. Many migrants have to come to Sydney, Melbourne and the other capital cities because that's where the office jobs are. As a teacher, you're lucky -- you can live in a regional city while earning the same salary as if you were working in Sydney, and you'll be much better off because of the cheaper housing and more laidback lifestyle. There are good private schools in regional areas too -- wealthy farmers have to send their kids somewhere. For example, Armidale, a small university town in NSW, has no less than three prestigious private schools.
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    Maths teacher, uk to aus with family

    If you were single, I'd say go for the 482. With a family, you don't want the uncertainty or the disruption to your children's education, if it turns out to be a short-term adventure. You'll need a lot of patience to go the permanent visa route, but it's a heck of a lot more sensible. I would say, let the agent advise you whether to go for the 189 or the 190, though I suspect they'll say the 189 (which means you can get the ball rolling immediately, and then take all the time you need to research locations). Suncoast Migration and Go Matilda are good agents to consider. A few years ago, you needed very high points to stand a chance of getting a 189. In the last couple of years we've seen several teachers get a grant with much lower points. That's another advantage of using a good agent: they have a much better idea of what's being granted at what level. Have you looked at taking the English test? It's not compulsory for English-speaking applicants but you are allowed to take it, and that will boost your points.
  18. I'm sure you're right. The downside of this, of course, is that those employers may never sponsor anyone for a 186 again. They'll just keep hiring on 482s, with a promise of the 186 at the end, then pretend they've changed their mind. After all, the 186 is a lot of work and expense for the employer, so why should they do it if there's a good chance the employee will p*** off as soon as they've got it? It's the same as the 'moral obligation' to stay in one state for the 190. There's probably no repercussions for the person who does it, but it spoils the scheme for everyone else down the track.
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    Bank account in Aus with 189 Grant

    Actually, it's getting harder as the years go by, not easier. The reason is that money laundering and scams are so rampant now, and overseas accounts are a way for the perpetrators to hide their money. So banks are more and more reluctant to give accounts to foreigners. There's nothing to stop you buying a car with your British bank account/credit card. If you're with a bank that doesn't do fee-free international transactions, change banks before you move. You're not going to get a mortgage immediately anyway, so looking at houses won't be an issue. I hope you weren't thinking of closing your British accounts when you move, because you'll find they come in handy for the long term (UK holidays, gifts to family). Also there's no equivalent to an ISA in Australia so if you've got some, keep them.
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    Maths teacher, uk to aus with family

    I'm not sure Sydney is the right place for a horsey person, frankly. I assume you mean the far outer north suburbs of Sydney, but then you're setting yourself up for a miserable commute. Also, Sydney housing is literally double the price of every other city in Australia except Melbourne: so unless you have friends/family in Sydney, or you love a big-city lifestyle, I'd say it should be the last place you pick. @Toots might be able to advise about the best places for horsey folk. You can't get a job without a visa. You have a choice: find an employer willing to sponsor you for a temporary visa (482), which is a faster process (but can still take several months). The downside of this is that it is only temporary, and you still have to apply for a permanent visa at the end of it, with all the same hoops to jump through. It's stressful, and if something goes wrong, you have to go home again. Apply for a skilled visa (189 or 190), and then if you get the visa (which can take a year or more), decide whether to move to Australia without a job and then apply for jobs once you arrive (which is the most common approach), or try to secure a post from overseas (which will take longer as some employers are reluctant to hire from a distance). I say "if" you get the visa, because it's a highly competitive process, like applying for a job. Before you can even apply, you have to be eligible. Some British teaching qualifications are not acceptable, so you need to check that. Age is an important factor (the older you get, the more points you lose, and 45 years old is the ceiling). Then as I'm sure you know, thousands of applications are received every year, and only hundreds are chosen. You're lucky to have a skill that's so much in demand but you should still not count your chickens before they hatch.
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    EOI for Civil Draftsperson

    It's not a rule, it's just something that experienced migration agents (like WRussell, who posted above) have observed. The whole idea of state sponsorship is that they want people who will settle in that state for the long term. They don't want to spend time and effort on people who won't stay. As you know, there's a moral obligation to stay in your nominated state, but it's only a moral obligation, and far too many people are skipping off to another state immediately. Naturally enough, the states are p***ed off about that. Therefore, if there's a choice of applicants, they're always going to pick the applicant who's nominated just their state, because that shows a commitment to living there. So I guess it really depends how much competition you think you're up against.
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    Should Donald Trump win Nobel Peace Prize ?

    If he was winding us up, he should have a "Haha" on the end of his own post, to show that he's joking. If you "Haha' someone else's post, you're either laughing at THEIR post, or laughing at THEM. I'm afraid poor old Simmo really believes the stuff he posts.
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    Should Donald Trump win Nobel Peace Prize ?

    But he didn't use a Haha emoji for that post.
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    Should Donald Trump win Nobel Peace Prize ?

    ...and now, even though you know the photo is a fake, you're referring to Michelle as "he". How pathetic.
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    Partner visa (subclass 100) questions

    Yes, that's right. The RRV won't be granted automatically, because she won't meet the residency requirements, but if you have moved lock stock and barrel to Australia, established a home (rented or bought), both have jobs, bank accounts etc, she will be able to demonstrate strong ties to Australia, so she shouldn't have any problems getting the RRV. Because it'll be discretionary it will take longer to process, so it would be wise to allow plenty of time when you apply.
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