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  1. I agree with Quoll. It is heading in the right direction but at least 10 years behind the UK in terms of approach. A lot of people find it frustrating. NDIS is coming in soon so this will mean that there is more pressure on jobs - people will be transferring from disability services to other fields of social work, but I still think that in CP you should be okay.
  2. Hiya Sorry you haven't had any replies yet. Am bumping your post to the front page again. I am based in Brisbane, so probably a bit far out for meet ups. I have made most of my good friends through interests. A great place to start if you need to extend your network a bit. Hope you find some people to connect with. P
  3. Do you have a particular reason for Perth or SA? If you are thinking about better work prospects, have you considered other states?
  4. We looked into this when we arrived. It is worthwhile paying now, because if you join when you are much older, the costs are astronomical. It is also tax effective for us. We have gone for family as well because the kids wear glasses and are likely to need orthodontic treatment. I used iSelect - good way to narrow down an extremely extensive field.
  5. Yep, I would agree with kissofthegypsy on those areas being not first choice for moving to. Generally speaking everywhere has very nice pockets and then less desirable areas, but if you are moving over, you might as well start with a nicer pocket if you can. If you decide to go 'Northside' post on here and I can advise on some good suburbs / areas to avoid, depending on what sort of area you are looking for. Also agree re Bruce Highway - if you are working in CBD you will need to set off before dawn to get in on time ;-) Buses and trains are an excellent way to commute if you can. The Brisbane suburbs summary on PIO is a really good place to start. Then have a look at real estate. For example Paddington is lovely - rental is quite pricey but manageable but it is out of most people's budgets for purchase. I looked at rental + purchase prices so if you end up staying, you can afford to buy where you have rented. Places like Toowong look really nice on paper - good traffic links, some lovely houses, but it is a nightmare on a morning - traffic is at a standstill unless you go down the backstreets.
  6. I know lots of army families and they are all lovely! The schools are fantastic at settling in the new army families because they are aware that they move around so much. When I pick up my kids, there are always men and women in uniform dropping by to collect their children. Eatons Hill is nice and leafy with houses on big plots. And about the only place in Brisbane where there are lots of roundabouts!! Not sure if you are churchy people but there is a great community church in the area too - even if you aren't church people, they do good children's groups which would be a great way for your granddaughter to make friends. I really like Eatons Hill and would have considered moving there but for the transport issue.
  7. I am from up North (UK) originally but I have acclimatised really quickly. It is really cold in the winter - I wore scarf and gloves this morning to work and have a log burner going now. You definitely need to bring the winter woollies ;-) Brisbane is a fabulous city. So many wonderful suburbs. Are you planning to go Northside or Southside?
  8. Hi I assume you mean Eatons Hill Brisbane. I have lots of good friends in Eatons Hill. It is a great area for families. There is a new shopping centre with supermarket etc. There is also the Eatons Hill Hotel which has lots of events - gigs etc. Would be good for nightlife for your older 2 children, without them having to go into CBD. Eatons Hill is also close to Albany Creek, which also has a great centre, roller skating rink which your son might like - very popular with my kids. Only issue that I have with it is that it is a little more tricky to get into CBD because it isn't on the train line so you may end up ferrying your children around a bit. Schools are fine. What visas have you got for your daughters? Are they in education? Good luck - October will come around quickly! P
  9. Council tax? If you buy your home you do have to pay rates, although not 'council tax' as such. It is costed according to the value of your home. Pretty similar to council tax. I think that Nemesis is referring to renting when she says no council tax (your landlord has to pay this). gas electric? We don't have gas in our property - only electric. It is cheaper than in the UK, but depends on if you have your air con on all the time. We manage without. water? Even as renters you may have to pay for what you use. The landlord pays for the general water charge. Water is expensive, particularly if you have a pool but you learn to be economical with it which is a good thing. car insurance averages? We pay $550 a year, but we have a pretty old car. mobile phone contracts ? I pay $60 a month including international calls. Would be a lot cheaper without the international credit. Internet / broadband: depends on your package. We pay $90 a month including a TV recordable hard drive thingy.. House contents insurance - seems more expensive over here, but then in UK we were with the same company for years so got a large discount. Sorry haven't put the figures in but can't remember as we pay quarterly. It also depends on whether you live in a house, apartment etc. Basically our costs are about the same over here as they were in UK. Everyone talks about it being so expensive, but we save on our utilities bills and travel costs - we only run one car now because the public transport system is cheap (in comparison to UK) and very reliable. This makes up for the additional food bills - we probably spend $30 more each week on food.
  10. Depends on your budget/ where you are working/ what sort of area you want to live in - Queenslander, apartment/ unit/, brick, newbuild. There are some great suburb reviews posted in this section.
  11. I am sure that this is down to personal choice!! I am a duvet type of person and there are plenty on offer here. I really don't think you need to worry about choice of bedding when considering your big move.
  12. Samford Village is my dream location. Pricey to buy though and outside of my own budget. Beautiful location; an 8 minute drive to Ferny Grove train station; lovely community; enough shops to keep you going. I spend a lot of time in Samford and would be a fantastic place to live and work. P
  13. Seems a lot to pay for something that it easily accessible on googling. There is a great free site which lists all the toilets and opening times of the toilets. Searching the local area brings up the BBQs. Would only be useful in a remote area, but in this situation I would be travelling to a specific location and the availability of a BBQ would not alter my choice. I wouldn't pay and I am not sure that there is any market for it, apart from people new to the country who haven't tried googling.
  14. Hi A week should be okay if you are organised, but it may take a couple of days to get adjusted to the change in time zones, particularly if you have a little one that thinks it is day time when it should be sleeping. Living arrangements depend upon whether you want family home or apartment living. Wilston, Windsor, Ashgrove and Paddington are very nice. Slightly cheaper alternatives are Alderley, Grange, Lutwyche. Bowen Hills and Fortitude Valley are great if you are under 25 and out on the town! Would Air BnB it for a couple of weeks so that you can get a feel of the area you want to be in. Will you have parking at work? If not, RBWH is about a 15 min walk from Bowen Hills station. Wilston, Windsor and Alderley are all on the train line. Good luck P
  15. Hi Have a look at rentals on real estate. Then google street view their location to get a feel of the location. Family friendly places to live northside (I live northside and don't venture much across the river!!), within your budget and travel to cbd would be: Albany Creek (bus), Ferny Hills (train), Ferny Grove (train), Mitchelton (train); The Gap (bus), probably lots more but got a bit bored checking the rental prices for you! Train service is excellent and cheap (in comparison to UK). Areas I am not keen on (but I am sure that others will have a different view and I am not writing off the whole of these suburbs!): Zillmere; Deception Bay; Chermside (traffic is horrific!); Stafford, parts of Gaythorne. Suggest you google, have a look at the street view. From a quick look on real estate if you want to be in a nice area then you are unlikely to get a swimming pool within that budget, but you never know what might pop up. Good luck! P