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    Brisbane or Perth for young family

    I agree, lovely areas, but the same caveat applies as for Perth. If for some reason they don't like the area, it's a heck of an expense to move East. Whereas if they're open to living in a smaller city like the ones mentioned, they would have a huge range of choices on the Eastern seaboard.
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    Online shopping & SIM Cards

    I've seen a few places suggesting you might be able to avoid quarantine if you've had the vaccine. Not sure that's a good idea from Australia's perspective, mind you.
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    Advice on 30 year old daughter with kids

    A lot of people think "if I can get into Australia somehow, then it'll be easier to get another visa once I'm there". Actually, the opposite is true. There are no visas that magically appear once you get here. If she wants to qualify for a visa and doesn't currently have the skills, she can undertake a course in the UK as a domestic student. She'll have access to government support and has no restrictions on her ability to work while she studies. Whereas if she came to Australia on a bridging visa and wanted to do a course, she'd have to pay thousands of dollars in full international fees. Also, there would be school fees to pay for the kids, and no access to child care, child support or other benefits. She might be able to apply for permission to work on hardship grounds, but she'd have to be on the breadline and with kids and no access to benefits, that's not a place you want to be.
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    Ongoing medical conditions - affecting visas??

    Yes there is a limit. In fact, that's what Immigration looks at when it considers whether to grant a visa. If treatment is going to cost the government over a certain threshold, the visa will be refused. I don't know what the current threshold is, sorry. Having private health insurance is irrelevant and they don't consider it, because the government can't force you to have private insurance and can't force you to claim on it if you do have it.
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    Brisbane or Perth for young family

    You may be like me, I always felt like a square peg in a round hole in the UK even though I was born there, and once i got to Australia it just felt right. The problem with research is that it only tells you the facts. It doesn't tell you the "feel" of the place. The migrants who are most deeply unhappy are the ones that say they just "don't feel at home". I had a similar experience a few years ago when we tried retiring back to England (I've been in Australia for over 30 years). I didn't mind the weather because I don't handle heat well, and there were lots of good things about the place, but I didn't "feel at home". It was a relief to get back to Australia and feel like I "belonged" again. Then there was the loneliness. Most people establish their friendship circles at school, college or their early adult years, so by the time they're in their 30's or older, they've got a routine sorted and there's not much room to let outsiders into the circle. So people are friendly on the surface but it can take a long time - years - to find real friendship. That applies in Australia as much as the UK. If you're prepared for it you can work through those lonely years and it will turn out fine, but a lot of migrants come to Australia with the perception that Aussies are friendly and they'll be flooded with invitations to barbies, and then get a shock when they discover a lot of Aussies don't even know their neighbours (just like in any big city suburb). I know I'm sounding negative here but I don't mean to put you off. It's just that the more prepared you are for the negatives as well as the positives, the better you'll adapt.
  6. I think you're confusing that with quarantine for domestic travel. Quarantine for international travellers will stay in place as long as there is Covid in the rest of the world, which means until next year sometime.
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    Brisbane or Perth for young family

    There are lots of reasons why people prefer the UK. Australia is just as foreign a country as France or Spain, even though we speak English. We have a different way of life, a different culture, a different sense of humour, and they may not suit you. For some people, who come to Australia expecting a "laidback lifestyle", they're disillusioned when they face the same BS at work with the same long hours, and still can't afford a house at the beach ("same sh!t, shinier shovel" gets mentioned a lot). Browse around the forums and you'll find plenty of people explaining why they want to go home or decided to go home. Of course, there are many people who migrate to Australia and love it, too (like me). So much depends on what your expectations are, I think. I prefer living in Australia but I would never, ever say Australia is "better" than the UK. It's just different. Australia suits me better, but the UK suits other people better. Every country has its good and bad points and if you put them on the scales, Australia and the UK work out about even. I would just say that if either of you is very close to your family, think very carefully before migrating. Missing family is probably the biggest reasons why migrants go home.
  8. It depends which bank you're with. That's why I provided that link to the Money Saving Expert, he lists the UK banks that don't charge fees on international transactions. When we went to Spain last year, we used our Australian cards from ING bank. We did our research and it worked out cheaper to use our ING cards than any other option. But that's not the case with every bank. For instance, our Commonwealth Bank cards had high fees so we didn't use them. Doesn't do you any good though, because you can't change UK banks as you're now resident in Oz.
  9. If you get the rent paid straight into your Australian bank account, you will lose on fees, so I wouldn't do that. @Susan from Moneycorp, if MaryRose02 opened a Moneycorp account, could the agent pay the UK rent straight into the Moneycorp account in pounds sterling? That would save one step in the process.
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    Brisbane or Perth for young family

    It's easy to get bad info about Newcastle because it used to be an industrial town with not much going for it, and you'll find a lot of Australians think it's still like that. It's changed enormously in the last 20 years. I had two colleagues at work who got transferred to Sydney after the Newcastle office closed down. They refused to move their families from Newcastle because they felt it was the best place for their kids. They commuted all the way from Newcastle to Sydney every day for a long time as it wasn't easy to find jobs in Newcastle in their field (insurance), but they were determined to stick it out. https://www.domain.com.au/news/seven-things-i-love-about-living-in-newcastle-20160111-gm322g/ https://gwg.com.au/blog/work-in-newcastle-nsw/ As Loopylu says, are you aware that your skills assessment was just for your visa, and doesn't mean anything once you get to Australia? You'll have to do some extra training in Australia to get your full licence, and in the meantime, you can't work as an electrician in your own right. So make sure you budget for the fact that you'll be working for apprentice wages for several months (possibly up to a year). Another reason to look at places where house prices are lower, to give you more in hand.
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    A citizen at last

    There are no downsides of citizenship, except that it's compulsory to vote at elections. Being an Australian citizen has no effect on your rights to British pensions etc. You can be a dual citizen so you can hold both passports.
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    Advice on 30 year old daughter with kids

    No practical options. The last remaining relative visa has a waiting time of about 40 years
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    Brisbane or Perth for young family

    In that case I'd definitely go for somewhere on the East coast, not Perth. Nothing against Perth, but if you start out in Brisbane, it'll be easy to scout along the east coast and you have a wide choice of small to medium-sized cities to choose from in both directions. My vote would still go to Newcastle. House prices much lower, good for families, less crowded, good lifestyle. Great beaches too, on the doorstep of the wine region, and only two hours from Sydney if you fancy a weekend on the town.
  14. This deserves a gold start. @22B, this is excellent advice and I urge you to follow it. Right now, you're killing yourself. If you can't bring yourself to tell your wife, then find a counsellor. You may be thinking a counsellor won't solve anything, but that's not the point. You'll find it helps just to have someone you can unburden to, for one thing. And a counsellor can help you develop a strategy to let your wife know how you're feeling without causing the conflict you fear. Please get help.
  15. There is an enormous difference between saying something is "not as good" and saying something is "not as authentic". I think the pizzas in Italy are not as good as the ones in Summer Hill in Sydney. The Italians in Sydney have developed the recipe and their pizzas are fabulous. So they're not authentic, but they are better. Same with Indian in the UK. It's not the same as in India - with more affluence, better access to ingredients and a mixing of Indians from different parts of the country, the recipes have evolved. Any Brit going to India is likely to be disappointed because although the curries will be more authentic, they won't necessarily be "as good".
  16. I'm the same. I kept sending Xmas cards for a few years then gave up altogether, because all my friends were sending electronic ones. I joined Facebook because otherwise I'd never know what my nieces and nephews were up to!
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    Brisbane or Perth for young family

    If you've never lived in Australia before, then I'd say Brisbane. for one reason: flexibility. Perth is a long way from anywhere else in Australia. If you get settled, then find it's not quite right for you, or your career prospects are better elsewhere, it'll cost you an arm and a leg to move. Shipping your stuff from Perth to Sydney can cost you as much as shipping it from the UK to Australia. From Brisbane, itis fairly easy to move up or down the east coast. I think this is especially important because Perth is a city you'll either fall in love with, or hate. I can't work out why people feel so strongly about it, but that's the way it is. You won't know which camp you're in until you've tried it, and that's why it's risky. We've seen families move there and love it - but equally, we've seen families move there, hate it, but not have enough money to risk a costly move east to try somewhere else so they go home to the UK instead. Whereas there's always a chance you won't like Brisbane, but it'll be a lot more affordable to give somewhere else a try. What kind of job do you do? Migrants tend to look at Australia and think all the jobs are in the capital cities, but that's like saying, "I'm moving to England and I'll have to live in London, Manchester or Birmingham because there are no jobs anywhere else". Housing is very expensive in all the capital cities now, so if your jobs allow you to look at a regional area, I'd consider it. You'll get a more laidback lifestyle and stand more chance of buying a home close to the beach if you avoid the capitals. Take a look at Newcastle or the Sunshine Coast.
  18. Goodness, it does sound like you thought long and hard - so how on earth didn't you realise how much you'd miss home? Genuinely curious.
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    Global Talent Independent - GTI Visa

    Are you sure you qualify for such a visa? Very few people do.
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    Building a new credit rating fast when u arrive

    Same thing happened to me with Westpac, except it was 6 weeks. It can happen with any bank, I guess.
  21. Sounds disgusting to me. I never realised, until I'd been away from the UK for several years, how much pastry and dough is involved in the British diet. Living in Sydney, I got so used to eating grilled meats, fresh salads and fresh fruits that I completely lost my taste for food wrapped in pastry or deep fried. When we were living in the UK a few years ago, relatives kept serving up "treats" for me, thinking I'd have missed pasties and pies, battered fish and black pudding, and I had to pretend I loved it all - while in actual fact I was having to choke it down.
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    Building a new credit rating fast when u arrive

    That sounds weird. I got a phone contract in the UK immediately, with no credit history at all, and the UK is generally much fussier than here. I wouldn't touch Amex with a bargepole, not universally accepted and sometimes incurs surcharges and fees where other credit cards don't. I guess it's fine to get the short-term credit rating but I'd be cancelling it after that.
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    Building a new credit rating fast when u arrive

    Credit scores are not that important in Australia. I was astonished, when we lived in the UK a few years ago, how much credit scores ruled everyone's lives. We're hardly aware of them here. Good to know that HSBC allows you to set up an Australian bank account before you leave. Until recently, only the "big 4" banks offered that facility and if you compare their rates and services, they perform poorly compared to most other Aussie banks so they're not a good choice. At one time, they were attractive becauese of their huge branch and ATM networks, but that's irrelevant now.
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    482 transfer times 60 day deadline question

    If they give you a bridging visa, then if you resign from your original job, the original visa gets cancelled, and the bridging visa gets cancelled too. If they do not give you a bridging visa, then if your original visa is cancelled and the new 482 has not been approved yet, you have no visa.