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  1. IT Contracting on a WHV?

    two things here, Immigration who follow the regulatory and quite often ridiculous assessment. If you're anglo, english speaking, under 32 (someone jump in and correct me) and have a basic BA degree, you'll make 100 points in your sleep. and The likely hiring manager at a place in Sydney or Mlb who has a skills shortage who will themselves have likely worked in London, Dublin, Dubai, Hong Kong ..... you get the idea, well they'd offer you a job tomorrow. certifications are nice, but , 1-2 years or even 12 months at a big name investment bank trumps them all. Problem with certifications is that 1/2 the indian subcontinent and eastern europe has them, so their value has diminished, I'm not intending to discriminate, just to illustrate. You don't need a migration agent if english is your first language, you need precision, patience and persistence , its not hard, migration agents like to make it seem so. we did it all on our own , took us a few months, but we did it. Then again, if you have the cash ? splash.
  2. IT Contracting on a WHV?

    What marisa said is pretty spot on; Might try and explore consultants umbrella outfits, they're pretty much the same as the umbrella's in the UK, and designed to keep you below the threshold and outside of the Aussie version of IR35 - aka - alienation of personal services act 2007 This is a well trodden road by many including myself x2 times, and with your skillset Sydney or MLB is the only choice, you'd be wasting your time in Adelayed or Bris-vegas. Best check out contractoruk.com and ask around, you'll never know who might have the answers.... https://www.contractoruk.com/contracting_overseas/it_contracting_in_australia_money_tax.html https://forums.contractoruk.com/accounting-legal/98775-short-term-contract-work-australia.html
  3. Moving back

    LKC, crept up makes quite a bit of sense, when you have (as we do) a child with wonderful differences, as a family and a parent, you cope and "accomodate", often this masks the effort as parents or a family you are putting in and reduces the challenge the child has to overcome (not great either) , in some cases it eats into your capacity to cope, often causing stress and in extreme cases despair/illness. In hindsight we should have been much more direct and adversarial with our school in adelaide (exclude him because I can't think what else), they simply did not have the training, skills , nor the motivation and the will to help our son with his coping strategies, the competency simply was not there, it was a too-hard basket - which poses the question why are these people educators ? When we look at him now ,his achievements and his maturing even at aged 13, is such a delight (and I confess a relief) to watch. What I did learn from our poor engagement with education in adelaide, is to trust my spidey sense - I was on or close to the money from day one, preferring to gain consensus before acting, I now know what bad looks like, and I can inform and help other parents who are often bewildered in engaging educators to work for a successful outcome for the child. after all , it is about the child.
  4. Dilemma whether to stay or go

    we're a little more on " financial steroids" to be honest, so a family of 5 , two teens and 1 10 year old! No gas, but oil central heating, approx 300 odd per annum (cheaper to fill in summer), Elect is 300 per Qtr, so 100 per month, we also have open wood fire and we collect wood/choppings from the local forest - lots of tree-surgeons round here so no scarcity of logs either way, just space to dry them out before winter Internet (BT Openreach fibre, landline , Sports, TV and entertainment (not SKY won't touch it) + x4 mobiles on plans , 1 unlimited (me) and others for wife and kids) about 150-160 per month Council tax is 181 per month where we are I think, my wife pays it.... x2 cars, 1 landcrusier and 1 small station-car, tax is 300 for the diesel and 75 for the other ford thing Fuel is expensive, but we spend less than 300 a month total, probably 60 on the ford thing and 180 on the cruiser (great on motorway, shocking round town) Food, hmmm, you can go to town here, there is so much variety we have M&S, Waitrose, Morrisons and Sainsburys all with in easy reach (15-20 min drive), and huge range of choice, and it can be expensive if you don't watch it, we do x3 big shops per month at about 130-150 per shop, so that's say 400 (includes all the non-food expensive items - dishwasher, cleaner etc) and about 3-4 occasional shops in-between (milk, bread, spontaneous etc) which come to around another 200, so we're close to 600 per month for a family of 5, 2 boys 1 girl so you're close with the 100 per week. 40 per month seems high for water, I think ours is about 270-280 per 6 months ? Beer is 4.05 at my local, Harveys Best, 4%, deliciousness in a glass, and not too strong, but my other good colleague in surrey paid over 5 at his !! Travel up to london on a season is about 450 per month or 95 per week... 55min to London Bridge (yeah right..... )
  5. Oz dogs in the UK

    Our aussie boxer-airdate cross (yes, try and picture that ) loves it here, she's grown a wolf mane and just looks like a DoooooooooG!!!! huge brown beige wolf thing...
  6. Dilemma whether to stay or go

    To be clear, the current marryatville school principal and deputy are superb, they came from the northern suburbs in Adelaide (so has experience) and exhibits excellent leadership and judgment, unfortunately the previous head teacher/principal was incompetent on so many levels, she returned to NSW in 2015 due staff revolt, pending DECD discipline review and an undelivered letter to the minister written by yours truly. I saw no point, as she'd left. Sadly damage had already been done, we were fatigued, we had already decided to leave and a slight regret is not being able to work with the current principal for the betterment of all students.
  7. Dilemma whether to stay or go

    We moved back in 2015, family of 5, sydney for 10 years, asia for 1 year and ad-delayed for just under 4 years, kids aged 8, 11 and 13 when they moved, Kids settled in well, they do complain about the weather but generally the largest one item they comment on is UK diet, i.e other kids diet and food = not healthy, so I guess we did at least one thing right as parents. We're pretty rural on a farm, living in or pretty much near ashdown forest in sussex (winnie the pooh land - its gorgeous here!), nearest village is 3 miles, nearest large town is 10+ miles, nearest station to london is only 1 mile, nearest pub is 2 miles , I work from home 1-2 days a week, broadband and nature of my work makes it possible. Started a business last year, now have 3-4 consultants working for me, people problems my bane!!!! Are we happy we made the move, I can only speak for myself and the plan I had set out to educate my children, broaden their horizons and show them or at least put them in a place in life that has options, I think we've done quite a good job of moving back, we see relatives not as much as we thought we'd see, but have found the community here extremely open and welcoming, my wife (aussie) is chair of the PTA, we are considerably more involved in the local community than in adelaide which we found quite secretive and cliquey. The kids love it here, my 15 year old daughter was in adelaide for this christmas past , as it was a holiday treat prior to her GCSe's, she loved catching up with her friends in adelaide, but came to me last week and said she prefers it here in the UK, as she thought adelaide was run-down, a little quiet, just a bit decrepit and not much variety and interest. Mind you, I've ensured that we have lived a life five times over since we arrived in the UK, she had her 13th birthday dinner in the Eiffel Tower, my 50th in Crete, she in her own words has been to over 8 countries (including Egypt ) since we arrived back 2.5 years ago and we are going to the french alps in march for our first family ski holiday. The boys (one of whom is autistic and was excluded and disgracefully discriminated by the principal at marryatville school in adelaide) has improved , matured and come on in leaps and bounds, well above average in many subjects, good physique sports and maturing in such a wonderful way the school have (as have we) been very involved in ensuring the framework is present and now he is completely independent at school requiring no support, all this in less than 24 months!!!, the youngest is keen to read as much denis the menace and dig escape tunnels from his local village school. I took them (under constant nagging) to thorpe park last summer, where upon my daughter (aussie) declared it to be a chav zoo........ hmmmm, no comment. we love it here, London is just as I left it 17 years ago, still have friends there, always something to catchup with or do, Europe is close, Chunnel holiday to bordeaux and cognac last summer, greece and spain the summers before, plenty to do for the kids, calais easy on the way out, nightmare on the way in (immigration issues), Gatwick is 40 mins door to checkin for us, so last april we got the family to venice for 479 flights + 650 5 days apartment, not bad for a family of 5 !!! Are we doing more or less than we'd have done in adelaide as kids, probably not in terms of weekly day-to-day activities, Piano, Horse riding, bike riding, swimming, football, cricket , martial arts, usual stuff, we don't push the kids to pack it all in at all costs (as we saw in adelaide) because we wanted a broader, more general view on their education and life activities. If you have a view to get the most out of life for your family, and you want to shake that particular opportunity tree, then maybe adelaide is not the place for you it certainly was not for me. If you want to retire and watch the kids leave as soon as they have a chance, - mind you , they'll always leave so that's perhaps not a valid argument, but I'd like to hope they's at least stick around europe for a few years whilst they make their way in life - equipped with the experiences I've tried to expose them to. The general work market here is vastly more vibrant than adelayed , including renumeration at an appropriate level for skills and experience, ad-delayed always had that cheap "we're going to pay you less than you would earn elsewhere - because it's so great here......" not a way to attract and retain the skills needed to build the place. Eu passport also means cheaper Uni fees , and I do agree Brexit is a cluster&*&*&* ck
  8. Butane gas cylinders - Allowed?

    No to gas fuel containers of any kind. You will have to empty the soldering iron of all fuel, i.e. run it dry.
  9. Having a baby in the public system

    we went private but at a "public" hospital in sydney, did it for all three (now 9, 13, 15), same midwife for all, same obstetrician for all, more pricey sure, if I had our time again I think my wife would probably have gone public, but needed C section after 1st so hmmmmmm
  10. Study in Regional Australia--189 visa

    as long as you have a valid reason for studying, i.e. a course attendance, and you have loads of cash, mostly as an upfront payment to the university, then you'll have no problem studying in adelaide, however, don't expect a job at the end of it.
  11. Reactions from UK family?

    We moved back to the UK in 2015, kids aged 8, 12 and 14 then. (sydney for 11 years, adelaide for 4) In terms of aussie-in-laws there were totally against us moving away from adelaide, they're just a different generation, yet on balance Kids have thrived here - achieving way more than would have been possible in adelaide, my aussie wife is incredibly involved with the school as a PTA and Volunteer, we're semi-rural, east sussex, 20-30 mins from nearest shop so quiet enough, we moved back in my late 40's and I've had absolutely no issue getting work, 6 days I think it took me in the city to get a contract gig, since then I've started a professional services firm with two colleagues, grown with a number of clients up in london and I work from home 2 days a week (even worked from france on holiday), sometimes 3, so I can ride my bike along with now 9 year old to school and take my 13 year old to martial arts twice a week. Since we've been back the kids have been all over east sussex and kent, Spain, France x3, Ireland, Italy x2, Greece, Egypt and Belgium, Kids are learning to horse ride, water & snow ski, shoot , and just about anything else they put their mind to, and all in different and varied countries. London is a cracking city and it's been a while since I managed a Thursday evening pint or three (it's the new Friday) but last week had a very pleasant few sherbets in the cannon street area after work, and still home before 2100. I don't think the UK is falling apart at all, it goes without saying that brexit is a dogs breakfast and adds unnecessary uncertainty and cost, it will be uncomfortable there is no doubt about that, but the opportunities in the market here in the UK and indeed europe outstrips what could ever be mustered by Oz, there just simply is no volume in oz Our quality of life has certainly improved, would I say it's massively better or different ? Probably not significantly other than financially, but rural living with easy access to different cultures and countries and a steady stream of lucrative work is too attractive and whilst our time in adelaide now seems distant, I am grateful for our time there as it was wake up call to get on with life and make the change instead of waiting around for something to happen whilst trying to keep the in-laws happy.
  12. We moved back!

    Wonderful update, sounds super, I can understand the animal shipping cost!, we brought our dog over on emirates - all worth it as she is my daughters familiar and I took our dog to our local pub last friday afternoon where she was very popular!
  13. Battle of Britain Day

    B17 over the house ay 500 agl a fortnight ago on the way to Biggin Hill, and back from Shoreham/Eastbourne, lovely sight, we're about 10 miles east of LGW so the lower limit for controlled is 1000ft, the farm we live on is definite VRP (visual reporting point) for the army squaddies in their chinnoks on the way to/from the training base south of us, it can't get any better for my 9 year old!!!!!
  14. Help with big decision

    Snifter is quite on the mark with this advice, we're a similar couple, anglo-Irish and Anglo-Aussie, Oz for 14 odd years and now back in UK, east sussex to be precise. 4 years is a long time to commit and wait for citizenship, likewise does citizenship give you anything more than a PR in terms of rights of travel, it is a choice that removes or diminishes all other options for you at this stage. We loved Oz, lived our time there, kids have Eu-Oz passports (don't talk about brexit!!) , in other words options are there, and that is what you must try and maintain as life changes hugely when kids come along. Our kids are loving europe, two years back in June and they've thrived. I particularly like the university fees.
  15. 3 Days in London

    Leytonstone is not that far out at all, if it's just the two of you, I'd definitely do a few of these: Have a drink in the Bar at the top of the Shard at London Bridge, go for a snack or two at Borough Market nearby - Pint of Harveys at he Market Porter - it really is good, you can walk off the calories by walking along the southbank from southwark cathedral towards the tate, across the millennium bridge to St Paul's , hang a left and walk towards the strand, along fleet street, just behind he Punch Inn (which is rubbish) there is St Brides, aka the wedding cake church well worth a look, , its about a further 15-20 min walk along the strand past the royal courts of justice - also worth a look inside - by now you should be thirsty enough to pop into the american bar at the savoy just before charing X (apparently it's been revamped so I can't say its the same superb art deco) after that you should really try the National Gallery on trafalgar, it's busy but not crazy and since the tourists always flock to the picasso or other famous, you'll be left in relative peace to take in the other paintings, it's a super gallery and most of what I've said here is free. The Gerkin also has a bar at he top, (just off grace church if you are walking across from london bridge) and the leaden hall market nearby as been used harry potter, just across the street in st michaels lane is the Jamaican Wine house - one of the oldest coffee houses dating from the 1600's, If you are inclined, I can definitely recommend the Pink Floyd exhibition at the V&A, it is something else, well worth the 25gbp We too went to Harrods, and it's changed quite a bit, I joked to my wife that maybe they should change the name to Harab's .... bit tacky and less impressive.