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  1. swallow

    Vetassess for a plumber

    Hey. Don't stress at the vetassess assement. The whole things a bit of a joke in all honesty. Had two gas engineers doing their vetassess assessment when i did mine and they didnt even do plumbing!! (Good luck to them in oz!) They talk you through a practical which is the same assesment you do in your first week of college. Bathroom hot cold to a combi jig. And a fabricated stack in push fit. You cant fail. Literally cant. Then its a open book theory on australian plumbing questions. Again. Theres a list of questions. The teacher talks through the answers. You cant fail. Whole things a joke. Litrally for visa purposes. You will need to undertake tafe rpl in plumbing within the first 3 years of arriving. get yourself a provisional trade certificate card from service nsw when you arrive with your vetassess form of completion and a white card (half days course) and your good to go applying for jobs as a tradesmen. Not a helper. Or journeyman or apprentice. A tradesman. Good luck. Any questions just message me. Craig
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    Help! Expensive dentist treatment required

    Thanks. From what i hear from people it could be as little as $2000 or under. So based on flights and accomodation being around 2000 it would cost me a fair bit less. Also getting a holiday out of it
  3. swallow

    Help! Expensive dentist treatment required

    I know there are dodgy places but surely there are also good ones?
  4. swallow

    Help! Expensive dentist treatment required

    I havent heard any horror stories! Some recommendations would be great. Just a worrying concept going abroad for dental work. Cant be any worse than my uk dental treatment.
  5. So been in australia for about 18 months now. Had my first checkup at dentist since ive been here. Been very busy. Came out worried as have advised a treatment plan of $7800. I had a mini heart attack when they said. Problem is i cant afford this!! Ill need to get a loan to repay or take a plan out. My question is. I have been talking around at work and someone suggested bali or somewhere else in asia to get my teeth done at a fraction of the cost. I basically need two old fillings removed and most a tooth with a tooth restoration to two 4 teeth. Cracks across teeth from overbite. I would consider this but sounds a little dodgy. Any advice would be great!! Thanks
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    Newcastle Carpentry

    Boating sounds fun. To list just a few. Glenrock is good. Caves beach is fun to wonder around. Spears point park. New lambton park is also good. Trip down to nelson bay is nice. And tons of other things too many to list. Good to have friends already here to show you around. Where in the uk are you from?
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    Newcastle Carpentry

    Yeah very very laid back. You need to put the hours in also. Show that your worth keeping. Industry is up and down a lot. I know a lot of plumbers who have lost their jobs in the last 6 months. Lots of building work happening around town at the moment. Lots of apartments. Try central coast as well. Only an hours drive. Gotta think big now in oz. An hours commute is not out of the norm. If you want any good ideas where to take the family let me know. Some crackers you wont find out about unless someone tells you.
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    Newcastle Carpentry

    Hey kevin welcome to newcastle! Can be real hard getting your foot in the door over here. Luckily i managed to secure employment real quick when arriving (plumber). Get yourself out there and knock on their doors. Ring them up. They take a bit of pushing to get a few days work and go from there. Recruitment agencys are always a good place to check. Trojan is a good recruitment agent. See a lot of guys on site through them. Dont give up. Newcastle is a great place to raise a family. I myself have two young children. Closer to christmas people are more likely to employ.
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    Vetassess for a plumber

    Hi. Been there got the t shirt. Unfortunately all us plumbers have to pay vetassess fees. 2 day practical/theory is the easiest thing going. You physically cant fail. Its literally impossible. The examiner comes from australia to do this and he just wants his photo's they dont care how its done. And theory they just talk through the answers in the exam. Then when you get your paperwork it means nothing in australia so totally worth it right?? Just a money making scheme and another hoop to jump through to get to australia. Good luck. Unfortunately its very expensive and you need to be very determinded. P.s book your ielts exams and medicals asap if your doing vetasess. Speeds up the process.
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    Studying Plumbing in Melbourne

    Just a heads up also. It doesnt matter if you have relatives in Australia. They cannot sponsor you to move to australia. You can be sponsored providing your job is on the skills list and the occupation is in demand.
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    Studying Plumbing in Melbourne

    No disrespect but it sounds as if you are not going to take sound advice from anyone and have your mind made up already. Its a bad decision and like i said i work as a plumber in australia and i can tell you now you will not secure a placement as a plumber here through a 457. And no permanent visa upon completion of the course. Forget plumbing and if you really have your heart set do something that is easier to get a visa for. Also if you haven't visied australia before i would suggest you do this before you up and move as the culture is very different in many aspects. Not just bbqs and sunny days.
  12. swallow

    Studying Plumbing in Melbourne

    Hello. Not sure where your getting the information from about study. To move to australia as a plumber you need a minimum level 2 nvq with 5 years post study experience. Your husbamd would need these to obtain a 457 sponsorship. Which i have to inform you wouldnt happen for plumbing. I work as a plumber in australia and i can assure you there is most definitely an oversupply and companies hire and fire people all the time when job open and close. If your husband was to go on a study visa the costs would be astronomical. You wouldnt be able to join in and the chances of sponsorship on a 457 arter thr study would be close to nil which keans he would need to leave the country. Your best option is to retrain in the uk. Check skills shortage list and forums. Then after the relevant experience and time served look for a 457. Sorry this is not what you want to hear but its the truth
  13. Hey everyone. Can anyone recommend a decent tax accountant in newcastle nsw? Apologies in advance if ive posted wrongly. First year in oz and everyone ive spoken to seems to be very secretive about who they use. Not sure if thats the normal practice here. Thanks in advance.
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    Visa 189 - agent or self application

    I did my visa myself without an agent. It took a fair bit of research and determination. Not all visa's are straight forward and require a lot of evidence and individual pathways to be taken depending on thr job. If your asking questions about doing the 457 assesments as part of the 189 you clearly have no idea. Sorry to put it bluntly. My advice would be to thoroughly read up on the skills occupation list for the job your applying under to see if its on the 189 visa list first then follow the pathway as guided on the skills list. Furthermore if your confused by any of this i would use an agent as you could waste thousands of pounds and do the visa completely wrong jeopardising your chance of getting a visa. If in doubt do your research or contact a registered migration agent
  15. Totally agree. Will look around for a good accountant in the newcastle area! Thanks again for all your help
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