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    Form 888 - Australian citizen in UK

    The Form 888 is just the form 888... no need to do an extra statement. All boxes and information required is provided on the form + space for the 'authorised person' to sign. Australians and non-Australians can both provide a statement using this form. https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/form-listing/forms/888.pdf
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    Your favourite city in the world

    Yes it does - Manchester Metrolink.
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    Immigration Officer checking documents

    I don't know for sure, but it seems pretty unlikely they will make those telephone calls.
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    I was on holiday for three weeks. Didn't do anything special, but did look around a few suburbs that I thought we may be interested in. Everything else (TFN, getting driver's licence, medicare etc) I did in the first few days of moving here to live. I did open a bank account from the UK before. I was expecting a big fanfare when I arrived with my shiny new visa, but no
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    I see what you mean. Yes you need to enter Australia by the 'enter by' date, to validate your visa, but you don't have to make the full move at that time. I validated my visa by visiting for a holiday in August 2014, but didn't move until May 2015. The subclass 100 visa is similar to applying for the 309 (but slightly less rigmarole if I remember correctly!), so until you start that process, you'll remain on the 309.
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    Length of stay is how long you can legally remain in Australia. So it's not like you can't leave for holidays etc. Is that what you mean?
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    Transit in Melbourne

    The advice on Melbourne airport website is to "check with your airline". It's not a big airport, so they should be able to advise you that 95min is enough time.
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    citizenship application form

    here's the PDF version if you want to cross-check it for anything: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/form-listing/forms/1300t.pdf
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    citizenship application form

    I just looked at the PDF (paper version) of the application and apparently 'associated family' are people you haven't already listed, who are in your immediate family. So I guess that's your siblings, as you've already mentioned parents and children (if you have any).
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    citizenship application form

    Hi, I am not quite ready to submit my application but have been filling it in online and collecting the various bits of info. For the countries, I assume we have to list them all since 18... but I used my list from when I applied for PR, and then added the ones I could remember from age 18 until that point. Can't be certain on some of the dates of course For the family. I just put my parents' details as that's all it asked for (assume you are talking about the "Details of Parents" section?) and put "None" in the "Associated Family" section. But now I am wondering what that question actually means, as it's not clear and I can't find any definition for it...
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    A quick search via the Google shows that processing times don't appear to be available: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/contributory-aged-parent-864
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    Partner visa application queries

    I applied for this visa but can only answer your first question! The applicant (ie, non-Australian) is the only one who has to provide the list of countries etc. Not sure on the rest as I submitted all my information in one hit, and didn't come into Australia until however long after the visa was granted (see footer for details).
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    IT Project Manager

    There's demand for both in Sydney at the moment, as most of the banks/insurance companies are divesting their life insurance business and a good number of other large scale projects. There are good contractor rates to be had, but I'm not so clear on perm opportunities. I can't speak about working conditions, although it's safe to assume the same as the UK, for any large office based employer. Work-life balance, depends on what you're working on presumably. My colleagues, who are PMs, don't work massively long hours but do have full days and most will be in the office early or late, at least 3-4 times per week. No demand for out of hours working though (evenings and weekends).
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    Resident Return/Partner Visa

    Visa processing times have blown out massively; see the link below and see the status for partner visas https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-processing-times/global-visa-processing-times
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    What you wish you would have brought...

    Good quality bed linen.