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    Tell me about your morning routine!

    No different than the UK get up at 7 get kids ready etc, BUT i always look out the window and smile at the beautiful blue sky, we're just by a lake too so my view is pretty epic too, i also am very grateful when i walk the kids to school (only a 2 min walk) that i live in a beautiful country so routine no different but attitude is? Sent from my SM-G920I using Tapatalk
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    Time frame 457 to PR

    Hi i'm curious to know the time frames for those in sydney on a 457 how long after applying were you granted your PR? We applied on 23 feb and have still heard nothing, i know it states between 4 and 6 mths but I'm getting anxious with the unknowing!! TIA[emoji6] Sent from my SM-G920I using Tapatalk
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    Update - 19 months in Queensland

    What a lovely post so good to hear and your cottage sounds amazing! I may be after some advice of good area's to live in Brisbane. We live in Sydney and have done for two years but i don't feel our future is here as it's too expensive, I've always fancied Brisbane it appeals as a lovely family place Sent from my KFOT using Tapatalk
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    Yes i think so too. For a small town it's certainly had lots going on over the years, there was T4 on the beach for a few years, and of course the radio 1 road shows (showing my age now! Lol), the enduro every year, jill dandos garden, john clease, they filmed the cafe, the carnival every year, and now this banksy and art work from other international artists - can't all that bad really, just a shite council with the wrong priorities!!
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    Thanks for the pics perthbum, weston is my home town and I've loved seeing it in the news and reading this thread has made me chuckle! We left only 18mths ago and now live in Sydney and despite all the jokes about weston super mud and it has more charity shops than anything else, you can guarantee that most poms you bump into over here have heard of it or been there! It has improved a lot in the past 5 years and it's a real shame that despite all it's publication and all the seeming interest in the trop that nothing has happened with it! Will be interesting to see if this latest bit of publicity does anything for the future of the trop!
  6. Totally! We haven't gone through all the heartache, anguish and effort to emigrate to so say make a better life for ourselves and our kids, to then when we get here keep worrying about how we're going to get home again! - oh the irony! Lol
  7. I think, after reading all these that i appear to be in the same boat! We've been here 18 mths and i keep moving the goal posts due to money! I first said it would be now (july/aug), then at xmas, then easter next year now I'm saying july next year!!! Aargh it's just so much money and it would pay for our PR, but then i feel guilty as i keep telling people we're coming back then change it! My mum has been out twice, but she doesn't seem to be very understanding when i say i feel quite 'torn' as i want to come back for a visit but at the same time i keep thinking what else we could be doing with that money and she doesn't 'get' it!
  8. For what it's worth you're certainly not a bad mum, so you need to get rid of that thought! Your son is 12 years old and being on the verge of a very hormonal teenager at the moment I with this he has had to deal with his dad and other family on the other side of the world since you came back to the uk - he's lashing out because he's probably scared, he's going to miss you and his family here and all his friends and travel to the unknown on the other side of the world, and there is probably a part of him that blames you for this situation to, in his naive 12yr old head! I think the best you can do is try and ignore these outbursts and try and sit down and talk to him. Don't be afraid to tell him how you feel, he should know. Tell him you love him enough to let him go, he won't understand what that means now, but he will when he's older. Tell him how it's tearing you up inside being like this but you know he needs to make this decision himself. Tell him how proud you are of him and what a fine young man he's turning into. Tell him he can call/skype you any time he wants and tell him you 'nag' because you care! I think you need to be more open and honest with him and tell him if it doesn't work out, that's ok too at least he knows he tried! My heart goes out to you, you are in an awful situation, but i don't think you should be protecting him from all your feelings, as that isn't being honest, yes you've given your blessing, but it doesn't mean you have to be happy about it x
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    Rental question!

    We stayed in furnished holiday apartments for 2.5 weeks whilst manically viewing rentals. I'd already researched which areas we wanted to live in, so that narrowed it down. I made sure my 'rental pack' was all up together as each time you put in an application for a place you need to attach photocopies of wageslips, references, bank statements, personal references etc! Anyway we found a house in a lovely area within 2 weeks on just my husbands wage and we didn't pay 6 mths up front! With regard to furniture we just bought stuff off of gumtree to tjde us over (and i have two young kids) who were happy to slum it! I tell you what, by the time your shipping arrives it makes you realise how much crap we all have and what you can easily live without!
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    Sim only deals for mobile phones in Australia

    If i was you avoid payg with vodafone their reputation isn't as good here as in the uk. I managed to use $90 i. The first 7 days!! Over here its more about data than calls and texts so the more data you can get for your money, the better. I've always found optus prepaid sims very good value for money.
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    Converting qualifications?

    Hi thanks for your reply, sorry I've only just realised that there was a reply on here! I am in NSW but the email address is very useful thank you as I've been unable to find anything from the immigration website! :0)
  12. Hi guys, we've been in sydney for over a year now and things are going great. I've just been reading a few posts lately regarding qualifications and being able to convert them to an aussie equivalent and wondered if this was true of my teaching assistant qualification? I qualified in 2011 with an NCFE level 2 teaching assistant qualification, over here the equivalent is the cert III in education support. I never actually had paid employment as a teaching assistant, just lots of volunteer work due to one reason or another, so when we came here i took the decision to take the cert III qualification and started it (online) in september, but I'm finding it really hard, with time more than anything i thought it would be similar to the uk one, so a breeze, but alas it isn't!! Anyway, i recently come across different posts indicating i can just transfer my qualification, so is this the case? Many thanks :0)
  13. I would be very surprised if it existed in my kid's primary school, it must have every race going there, so all the kids are used to it and don't bat an eyelid, it's the parents that create racism - as they saying goes 'children aren't born racist', it's a learned behaviour from their peers!
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    Out of the frying pan into the fire

    I would say go for it, your children have the same opportunities here as they do in the uk, i would say they have more opportunities here due to the ratio of population:jobs! We've been here a year now with a 5 & 8 year old and are a lot better off than we were in the uk and i'm not just talking monetary value! It's a great lifestyle and like anything, it's what you make it! :0)
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    What to do??????

    From the tone of your email and your total lack of enthusiasm i would actually say stay where you are, the grass is not always greener and if your life is good then dont change a thing. It is very stressful emigrating, very hard on relationships, throws you out of your comfort zone, you miss family and friends like mad and it doesn't go away! You feel lonely and isolated until you start to find your feet and make friends, which can take a long time - I'm not trying to scare you just being realistic! We only emigrated because our life had hit rock bottom emotionally and financially so thought what the hell, lets give it a go we've got nothing to lose, but if things had been good then it wouldn't of even come up in conversation - but having said all that if you feel its a decision you might regret and you go into with your eyes fully wide open then why don't you go for it and give yourself a timeframe then you can assess things after that time! Good luck :0)