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  1. Investing money for children

    Hi Blossom, Just wondering if you'd come up with anything? I'd like to put away a little from my salary every month for the kids, nothing too large, maybe $100/month but wondering if there's something better than the bank. Even with the best rates , it's never going to beat inflation in the bank.
  2. Changes to pathway to Citizenship

    Hi Roberta2, Just wondering what your comment above was in reference to? That the average Joe has an IELTS English of 4.5 but migrants need a 6.0?
  3. Changes to pathway to Citizenship

    Just wondering what the average IELTS score would be if the Australian population were sampled...would everyone score at least 6.0? hmmm...
  4. "Better life for the children"...as an Asian parent who grew up in a system where grades were all that mattered, we wanted a more balanced well rounded education for the children and when the opportunity arose to move...we decided to give it a try. The kids are loving it here and appear to be thriving. It's still closer to home(though..my understanding of the word "home" is probably very different to that of the kids') and the weather is great!
  5. Hi all, I have a question, one of my siblings will qualify in a couple of weeks for citizenship based on the new 4 year PR requirement. I've read that the online citizenship application page has been removed. Is this true? Does that mean that you can't lodge an application at all? If it is still possible to apply for citizenship through the webpage, should we just go ahead and do it even though the criteria and outcome is unclear at the moment? Appreciate your help in this. Thanks
  6. name spelling in ielts certificate is different

    Would submitting a Statutory Declaration explaining that both names, spelt differently are of one and the same person, be enough to clarify the situation, I wonder?
  7. Permanent Paediatric Nurse jobs

    Hi Samday13, Check out smartjobs.qld.gov.au for jobs in QLD There's one currently being advertised. Good Luck! TV240437 - Clinical Nurse (Children's Ward) Queensland Health (Organisation site) The Townsville Hospital With access to the beach, rainforest and the Outback, we can offer you a relaxed tropical lifestyle coupled with fantastic remuneration and benefits.
  8. Welcome Lianne1985 and family! it's been quite hot the last few days so everyone's been waiting for the rain...it should make your exploring a little more comfortable. Home Rental/Sale listings are usually in today's(saturday) supplement of The Morning Bulletin (the local daily). Good luck!
  9. Hi, Your 5 yr old should be in Year 1 next year, I'm assuming. The Rockhampton Grammar School is great. It's private and not too unaffordable. Close to the hospital. Frenchville State School is very highly recommended as well. I've given some advice on neighbourhoods above. It's still valid. If you have any specific questions about Rockhampton, I'd be happy to try and help answer them. Lisa Kibblewhite <registrar@rgs.qld.edu.au> is the admissions registrar at the Grammar School. Good luck!
  10. We've been through Mt.Gambier...loved the blue lake! Location wise, there are some areas you should probably stay away from, Depot Hill near the railway station isn't great. Also check with your agent/council web page regarding flooding. Some areas near the river and its tributaries have been known to flood. There are council maps for this. Most locations around the hospital are popular and safe. Prepare yourself for the drive into town from the airport when you 1st arrive if you've never seen a Queenslander house. Lot's of them on the south-side. Areas on the north-side to look into are Norman Gardens and Frenchville. Newer brick houses are easier to find on the north-side. Make sure all your rooms are air-conditioned. You'll need it in summer! Some people do prefer to stay at Yeppoon or Emu park and commute 45 mins to work. It's usually a couple of degrees cooler on the coast and there are nice beaches. Depends what your shifts are like I suppose. If you're thinking public school, Frenchville state school is zoned and you may have to live within the zone to qualify. I can't think of any thing else at the moment, but if you have any specific questions d let me know. It was quite depressing when we 1st decided to move here...very little positive information regarding Rockhampton on the net...but it's better than it's made out to be...Good luck with your move Lianne1985!
  11. Hi Lianne, We've been here 6 months. We were a little worried too initially but it's been great. Fantastic mild winters but it apparently can get hot and humid for a few months in summer. Lot's of sunshine. The beach is just a 45min drive away. You are able to get most things locally and Brisbane is a short 1hour flight away. Some great private and public schools. The Rockhampton Grammar School and Rockhampton Girls Grammar school are really good private options and Frenchville State School is highly recommended as well. The hospital is on the south side while most of the shopping is on the north. But they are only about 15-20 mins drive apart. Lot's of available housing...buyers/renter's market now. Let me know if you have any other questions. When do you start at the hospital? Regards,
  12. Hi, I've got quotes from Santa Fe and Allied Pickfords which are similar cost wise, to ship a 20ft container to Brisbane... However,the reviews of these two relocation companies' Australian subsidiaries vary greatly. They seem to be pretty well regarded in the UK and Asia but I've read some horrid stories of negligence and incompetency by the Australian subsidiary of one of these 2 companies on productreview.com.au I'm just worried that the local outfits may not be up to par with their international/UK parent companies. Has anyone had any experience with these 2 companies in Australia? Thanks in advance...
  13. Thank you again everyone...you've been most helpful. My kids are not 10 yet, so it's the long winding passport queue for us... Thanks for the reminder about having to re-check our luggage in for domestic...wish we could check the stuff right through directly an waltz to the gates...