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Posts posted by Marisawright

  1. 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.

  2. 3 hours ago, bug family said:

    yep spot on Bulya took me four years in total, all my life's savings, a number of flights to and from Australia to get assessed for my visa at the time, but no research done on my part just did it on a whim, ........you need to look into getting a job as a meet and great at the Airport, you would be great at meeting  all the 'pom's' 🙄 who arrive here looking for sunshine, you could advise them on their lack of research  👍 😀

    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.

  3. 4 hours ago, The Pom Queen said:

    HSBC have allowed it for a number of years. I remember a client over 10 years ago who opened their account, at the time there was only 1 branch in Victoria which was in Melbourne CBD that they could verify their identity with when they arrived. Unfortunately for them their money got lost in the transfer from the UK branch to their new Aussie account and they went 3 weeks without any money until it was sorted. 😡 

    Same thing happened to me with Westpac, except it was 6 weeks.   It can happen with any bank, I guess.

  4. 7 hours ago, Paul1Perth said:

    There's a pie shop in Rotto that takes some beating. Off the ferry, straight to the pie shop, beef cheese and bacon pie followed by a jam doughnut.😎

    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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  5. 6 minutes ago, mt9754 said:

    That’s good to know but i think it’s still important in the early days.  

    For example, my partner wasn’t able to get a phone contract until they had a credit history.  We did the Amex Global Transfer CC and a couple of weeks after it arrived it unlocked getting a phone contract.

    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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  6. 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. 

  7. 16 minutes ago, djianb said:

    I know they are unpredictable that’s why I’m asking the question in relation to if it takes say 75 days which is 15 days past the new sponsor deadline would my visa get cancelled or would that 60 day deadline not matter as it’s currently processing (same as if you went onto a bridging visa whilst transferring over)

    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. 

  8. Sadly if it's not accepted, it's not accepted.  It happens in many occupations and Australia is not alone in having different standards and rules.  If you're a teacher in England, you  might be surprised how your qualifications are viewed in Scotland, for instance.  

    Just to make sure you understand, you've failed the skills assessment for the visa application.  It's just for the visa, nothing more.  It has no effect on whether you're allowed to teach in Australia.  For that, you need teacher registration, and that's done at state level - and each state sets its own rules.  So perhaps your next step should be to see if you can get registration in your chosen state.  

    I'm sure you're aware that only one of you applies for the visa, with the other as secondary applicant.  So if your wife has passed her skills assessment, she could be the primary applicant and it doesn't matter what your job is (unless you need the extra points). 

  9. 26 minutes ago, Osado7774 said:

    Cabin or hold

    I will however register her with TICA as a domestic neutered cat. TICA representative said this option should work since the ancestry is not confirmed. 

    Isn't "hold" cargo?  Are there any airlines that still allow pets to fly in the cabin?

  10. 8 hours ago, Dusty Plains said:

    And so,  Vive la Difference !  Why would anyone travel across to the other side of the earth to find the identical lifestyle to the one they left behind? I don't get it.  Isn't it the difference that is the attraction, and surely not the similarity?  

    Just look at the posts from would-be migrants here.  They post asking for suggestions where to settle, and I usually respond by asking, "what are you looking for?"  Top of the list is always "better weather".  Then they might say, "a laidback lifestyle", as if they're going to be able to work shorter hours and have longer holidays (which for most occupations, isn't the case).  I've never seen, "to experience a different culture" (which is what people say when they're proposing to move to Europe, for instance).  

    I do think there's often an unspoken assumption that because we speak English and so many Brits migrated there in the 20th century, life in Oz will be pretty much like home, with sunshine.  Whereas I think Sydney and Melbourne have far more in common with European cities than British ones, which is why I love them so much.  That stuck me forcibly on our trips to Europe during our year in the UK.

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  11. There's not a great advantage in setting up an account before you arrive, and the downside is that you'll be stuck with one of the "big name banks" (ANZ, NAB, Commonwealth, Westpac).

    The big 4, as they're called, always have the lowest interest rate for savings, the highest interest rate for mortgages, and the highest fees compared to any other bank.  Even so, they've historically been the most popular banks, because of their huge networks of branches and ATM's.  Also, people thought "big" meant "more secure".   Nowadays, all bank deposits are guaranteed up to $250,000, so going with a smaller bank isn't an issue.  And now everything's online and all ATM's accept all cards, the size of their network is irrelevant too.  To top it off, in a recent Royal Commission, they were all caught misleading or overcharging customers.  The only reason people haven't deserted them in droves is laziness - many Australians have had a bank account with one of the Big 4 since they were kids, and it's too much hassle to change. 

    I suggest enquiring with HSBC to see if they'll let you open an account, but check that they're offering a real Australian bank account and not just a "global account" (which is actually just an Australian dollar account held in the UK and won't do you any good).  Suncorp used to offer an account for migrants too but I have no idea if it's still available. 

    These days, UK credit cards are accepted everywhere in Australia including ATM's, so it's not an issue if it takes an extra day or two to open an account once you arrive.  If you get a card that has a good exchange rate and low fees, you won't be wasting money either.  And you won't need to worry about taking cash out, because since the pandemic, everyone accepts cards.


    Don't use a travel card because although they claim to be cheaper, they always work out far more expensive.  

    PS I hope it goes without saying that you won't be closing your UK bank accounts.


  12. 1 hour ago, bug family said:

    Yes I totally agree Marisawright, for example I like to watch programs about home (uk) as I have mentioned before, and sometimes Vanessa (my wife-ish) will sit down and watch a program with me, every now and then I will catch her off guard as she admits to loving a particular place that is on whatever TV program we are watching, she almost has a look of feeling guilty for doing so and I have on a number of occasions reminded her that she is British and should feel love for her home country and that there is no shame in saying so.......I also find that when people are extolling the benefits of living in Australia to me, they tend to all be the same reasons given, weather, beach etc and it throws them when I say that actually I prefer it back home and find living here, for me at least, a bit boring, it is almost like they are scared to admit that actually Britain also has some nice places to live, saying so does not take away from their life in Australia at all or put them at risk of being deported 😂

    You've probably heard the Shakespeare (mis)quote, "methinks he doth protest too much".  It means that whem people have got themselves into a situation, they're too proud to admit it was a mistake. Or maybe they feel it's too hard or too expensive to change that situation, so they'd rather not admit there's a problem.  Either way, their coping mechanism is to go overboard telling everyone how happy they are with said situation.  

    It's part of human nature and you see it all the time.I suspect I've seen it often on these forums, and I suspect you're seeing it with some of those people you mentioned.  

    However, I have to take issue with you saying your wife "should feel love for her home country".  Maybe she does, maybe she doesn't, but there's no "should" about it.  People like yourself, who feel a deep attachment to your home country, can't conceive that some people don't.  But there ARE people who don't, and there's nothing wrong with that. I'm one of them.  We're the ones who make good migrants, because we can fall in love with a new country without a pang of regret. The trouble starts when one of us lot marries one of you lot...

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  13. 18 minutes ago, Parley said:

    You have never heard him say that, that is certain.

    But even Fox News was convinced by the reports that he said it.  Of course he wouldn't be dumb enough to put it in a public speech.

    Don't you remember what he said about John McCain?

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  14. 42 minutes ago, Tulip1 said:

    I like that, what a lovely answer. I have no problem with people doing it if they want to but sadly far too many have done it because they think it’s what’s expected of them. There’s no way that all those sports men/police across the globe woke up one day and thought, I know what, I’ll take the knee today. 

    How do you know?  

  15. On 06/02/2020 at 09:17, Rob Frain said:

    That's what we want to do!

    If you want to build your own home, then you'll stand a much better chance if you avoid all the capital cities, including Perth - unless  you are very rich.  Most new suburbs in the capitals are far out of town, faceless dormitory suburbs with little to no infrastructure and a long commute into the city.  

    The other reason to avoid the capital cities is that there's a glut of young teachers who want to work there.   The only reason Australia wants to attract teachers is because there's a shortage out in the regional areas.  The bonus for you, is that land in the regional areas is cheap (compared to the cities) and you'll be able to afford a nice country house rather than a suburban shoebox. You also stand a lot more chance of affording a home closer to the beach.


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  16. 6 hours ago, MARYROSE02 said:

    I imagine some of the people who are decrying the lack of a community spirit in Australia are suffering from homesickness, loneliness, perhaps something worse, like depression, and looking back through rose-coloured spectacles to a possibly imaginary Utopia.

    But on the other hand, they may be looking back through clear spectacles at a country where they feel more at home.   

    There's a myth in the UK (and among British migrants here) that Australia is automatically better than the UK for everyone.  It isn't - some people are happier here, some are happier in the UK.  Those of us who prefer Australia need to respect those who prefer the UK - not tell them to get over it.

    Sometimes I think, when you spruik the benefits of living in Australia, that you're trying to convince yourself too, and there's a part of you which would rather be back home in England.

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  17. The best way is to buy the presents from UK stores, instead of buying them in Australia.  

    Amazon.co.uk, Lush.co.uk, John Lewis, M&S - if your favourite British store has a website, it will probably take your order from Australia and let you pay with an Australian card.  

    I'm not aware of any cheaper alternatives to post from here.  

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