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  1. AussieMum

    What is Mildura like

    Even though Mildura is in Victoria, Adelaide is about 150 km closer (approx 400 km vs 550 km) so unless there's a reason to go to Melbourne specifically, Adelaide is where most Mildurans will go if they needs to visit a state capital, eg, for specialist medical treatment they can't get in Mildura or another, closer regional city. I have some friends up that way and if only one of them is coming to Melbourne, they will often fly rather than drive.
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    Curriculum Differences?

    When is your daughter's birthday and when are you moving? The official word is that to start school, they have to have turned 5 before 30 April that year so if her birthday was before then, she could go into Prep this year and grade 1 next year (depending on when you move). HOWEVER, if she doesn't turn 6 until 2020, she will most likely be one of if not the absolute youngest in her year level and I'd probably look at her doing a full year of Prep in 2020 for a variety of reasons. If she turned 5 after April, then her age cohort will be starting Prep in Jan 2020 and some won't start until 2021. My oldest's birthday is in January and he started school the year he turned 5 (so about three weeks after his birthday). On paper, he should have about one third of his classmates with their birthday after his (before they start turning the next age) but in practice, he is always one of the youngest in his year level. The vast majority of kids with birthdays in January to April (and even back to July/August depending on their school readiness) started school the following year.
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    Vacation Days (what's normal?)

    Teachers here in Victoria get about 11 weeks where they're not required at school. Many teachers spend at least half of that time catching up on admin work from last term and planning and preparing for the term/year ahead. It's not at all unusual for many teachers to be sick during school holidays once they stop running around like headless chooks and it catches up to them - unlike other industries you can't have those days counted as sick leave and get your annual leave days credited back to you to use another time. You don't get any choice about when you have time off. You still only get paid leave loading for 20 days and it's paid as a lump sum once a year if you're lucky enough to be ongoing. If you're on short-term contracts, they only cover holidays that fall during the contract period, eg, if you have a contract that is for terms 3 and 4, you only get paid during the break at the end of term 3. Other working parents will ask or assume that you'll provide childcare for free because you're not at work. (yes, some of these points are relevant to other industries as well, eg, in hospitality getting time off in peak periods is nearly impossible) OP isn't a teacher so it isn't relevant in their scenario. I love that my husband is around to look after the kids in their school holidays while I work but being a teacher definitely doesn't mean you only work 9 am - 3 pm for 40 weeks a year.
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    How to keep everybody happy??

    Families are hard work! The only thing I'd suggest that hasn't been mentioned already is to consider a few sessions with a counsellor or psychologist - sometimes having someone truly independent (but still on your side if you know what I mean) can really help you work through it and find the best way forward and also help you cope with any fallout from any actions you decide to take.
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    Playgroups for babies 6months +

    Once you've narrowed down to where you'll be living (as Coffs to GC is about four hours drive), the local council will have details of playgroups in the area, as will local FB groups.
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    Where to start? Perth and Perth living.

    They don't (or at least aren't supposed to) touch anything, it's a visual check only though they can ask you to move things out of the way so they can see. It's a condition of entry of many shops (ie, written on a sign at the entrance) so if you don't like it, don't shop in those places. Simples.
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    Melbourne suburbs for young families

    But that's only to the CBD and depending where in Geelong you're starting from, eg, northern suburbs vs further along the ring road/train line vs nowhere near the ring road/train - most tradies who live in Geelong also work here or perhaps in the western suburbs unless they specifically work in commercial construction (and even then, there's been a lot of work in that area in Geelong in recent years with Epworth, TAC, Worksafe, etc, building here).
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    High school year start date for 2008 birth

    My youngest turns 13 in August (born in 2006, so roughly two years older than your son) and is starting high school (Year 7) at the end of this month with his age cohort. Note that I'm in Victoria and other states might be different.
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    HELP re Primary schools Bayside Melbourne

    Government schools must provide a place for students that live in their catchment area and can choose to accept students from outside that zone if they have space - their website will usually state if they are only accepting enrolments from within their catchment, otherwise if you contact them directly they will be able to tell you. This of course means that it can be extremely difficult to find housing in the catchments of the schools that are seen to be the "best" - bearing in mind that a school that is a good fit for one family or one child isn't going to be a good fit for another.
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    Less of the Mornington Penisula please

    I think we're well past the "getting" stage - no contributions to discussions other than to necro posts that are years old.
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    Because here in Victoria we've had Christmas Days some years with a top temp of only 15 degrees where you're digging out your winter clothes to wear! I'm a born and bred Aussie (married to a Pom) and my family has always done roast chook or turkey, corned silverside and ham. Hot meat and veggies if it's cold, cold meats cooked the night before and salads if it's hot. The thought of a beach/swimming Christmas just doesn't appeal to us, partly because as kids we had a pool but Christmas Eve through to at least Boxing Day was always spent at with my grandparents a few hours' drive away and about 60 km from a beach.
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    Bulk billing??

    Agreed. If I just need a medical certificate for paid sick leave or need after-hours attention (that doesn't warrant a trip to A&E), I'll go to a bulk billing doctor if I have to. We're lucky that we have one near us who does appointments versus walk-in and wait your turn. On the other hand, the practice I usually attend will bulk bill kids and pensioners, and they can choose to bulk bill other appointments too and forego the extra payment, eg, a quick followup visit to check a dressing or get results that they can't give over the phone. Re: repeat prescriptions, it depends on what it's for and how long it is since you've seen them for the relevant issue. We can ring our GP practice and request a repeat script (I think it's $5 or $10 for their time) and collect it the next day from reception - my husband does this for his migraine meds. However, some medications need the doctor to see you every time or every so often - sometimes it's required and sometimes it's them covering their backside due to possible side effects/complications, eg, drugs that can increase or decrease blood pressure.
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    Medical insurance vs Medicare Loading

    Something to bear in mind with this is that some private hospitals or specialists won't accept self-paying patients or only for certain procedures. This is because while they might have enough saved for a procedure if everything goes perfectly, it doesn't take much for things to go wrong and suddenly there can be VERY expensive things needed like additional surgery or specialists involved, ICU stay, extended inpatient stay and/or rehabilitation, etc, etc, which can blow the cost out from $10,000 to $100,000 or more. The other thing to note is that while public is excellent and efficient for life-threatening conditions and emergencies, people can and do spend months and years in excrutiating pain and with very limited function while on waiting lists and having surgeries cancelled and rebooked (to make from for emergencies) - things like joint replacements, for example, make your life hell but it's not going to kill you so if you're in the public system, you just have to wait your turn.
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    Anywhere I can buy a hot water bottle?

    I've never used boiling water in a hot water bottle. Hot water from the tap should be more than enough. But boiling water isn't going to start a fire the way wheat bags can if left unattended in bed due to the way they retain heat.
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    Australian income tax

    My mum cleans the offices of a local tax agent and they nearly all take time off in June to recharge their batteries before it gets crazy busy from July onwards. The deadline for either lodging a DIY return or being signed up with a tax agent is 31 October. https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Lodging-your-tax-return/Lodge-with-a-registered-tax-agent/