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  1. ABG

    Where to start? Perth and Perth living.

    I think it is Aldi policy (at least here in Melbourne) to check all bags (even seen baby strollers getting checked). We were taken aback first time it happened, and my wife was fuming. But they do it to everyone so there is no profiling involved.
  2. ABG

    Melbourne suburbs for young families

    We're in the SE suburbs (Mentone) and we like it, but I housing is expensive. We drove out to the Dandenong Ranges last weekend and it was beautiful. It might be a bit too far out for me, but when you get about 40km out from the CBD you suddenly start running into open spaces and the types of houses that I imagined before moving here (larger plots). We're renting right now, but as I work from home, we will be looking at moving further out when we buy to get a bigger property that either comes with a pool or has the room to put one in.
  3. ABG

    Where to start? Perth and Perth living.

    When we first decided to move, I went to an immigration fair and booked a free appointment with a migration agent. They looked at my particulars and gave me some valuable top line info such as what visas I would qualify for. Once you know what visa you can get, you can then answer the question about needing a job or not before applying. I can't help with suburbs in WA, I'm living in Melbourne and haven't been here very long. The cost of living varies based on a number of things. Our rent here is more than in the UK, but then we chose to live near the beach and CBD, and our house, whilst having the same number of bedrooms, has 50% more square footage. If we lived 20 min further away from the city, our rent would drop about $250 per week for a similar sized house but with a bigger garden. Gas and electricity are definitely more expensive here, and some grocery items are more, some are less. We've found though we spend far less on entertainment as we spend our weekends at the beach or parks. We moved for related reasons to yours - moving for the kids. My wife and I grew up in South Africa and wanted our kids to the outdoors lifestyle that we did. I think work opportunities are similar in both UK and Oz, but our kids prefer it here to the UK. Their school is bigger with more facilities, and they love being able to play outside and that it doesn't rain all the time. I've also found that the work/life balance (at least for me) is better here.
  4. ABG

    Moving to Perth for 6 months

    We’re in Melbourne and our youngest is a similar age (turned 5 in Nov). He went to Kinder 3 days a week last year and starts Prep end of the month (age 5 before end of May). I’d definitely recommend him going to school as he’ll make friends (as will you). You’re only here 6 months but always better having people to chat to. Schools here (where I am at least), are much more laid back than the UK. Only thing to be aware of is vaccinations. There is a no vaccine no play rule. NHS doesn’t include all the mandatory jabs, so he’ll likely need the chicken pox jab, Hep B (2x), plus the DipT booster that Australia gives at 18 months.
  5. ABG

    Aussie weather

    Good old Melbourne temperature swings: 21C in a couple of hours.
  6. ABG

    Aussie weather

    Pure curiosity; why do Cairns and Mackay have lower temperatures than the surrounding countryside?
  7. I work for a UK company but am based in Oz. Because they don’t have a corporate presence here I am set up as an independent consultant and am paid in AUD. I pay all my taxes here. For me it was the simplest solution and might be something worth considering.
  8. ABG

    Aussie weather

    Yip. Got a Dec '16 model (Exceed spec) a month ago. Very happy with my purchase
  9. ABG

    Aussie weather

    Was warm today in Melbourne SE suburbs, but nothing like that. 41C driving around at 3pm, but cooled off to a balmy 38C by 5pm
  10. ABG

    Buying a car

    I’m not sure if you’ve talked finance terms yet but with zero credit history you’re likely to get the worst terms on offer. I was in a similar situation, could have put a big deposit down and tried to finance, or buy a run around out right and wait until I could show positive cash flow through my bank account over a couple months. We decided on the latter and bought a small run around (which we needed anyway), and then a family car after a couple months when we had established ourselves. The guy who I went through for finance reckoned I saved 3% interest and dropped required deposit to only 10% by waiting a couple months and being able to show income in Australia. Considering how much it costs to get set up in a new country (we dropped about $30k in our first 2 months here, including the run around car), it might be something to consider to preserve your cash flow
  11. ABG

    Aussie weather

    Pretty warm driving around Melbourne (Mentone) today...haven’t felt heat like this since my last trip to India!
  12. I ended up going Pty Ltd for liability reasons. I’m not yet out of the PSI trap so not getting any significant tax advantages. But I’m working on it! The advice my accountant gave me is that once I’ve escaped PSI, the optimal structure is to establish a family trust, and have the Pty Ltd as the trustee. The trust reports to tax office, but contracts etc go through the company. Eligible family members are set up as beneficiaries of the trust to get the most tax benefits. TBH, I didn’t really follow him but apparently it’s the best strategy [emoji38]
  13. Am I interpreting this correctly? Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is available for all permanent residents at eligible/qualifying universities, regardless of how long the person has been resident in Australia, provided the student is remains permanently resident in Australia for the duration of their study. Residents (apart from long-term NZ special category visa holders) are not eligible for HECS-HELP loan to pay for their student contribution.
  14. I applied in a different field, but also assessed by Vetassess. I didn’t want to tell my employer of my intentions and so used a Statutory Declaration instead of reference letters. I told Vetassess that speaking to my employer before securing a visa could negatively impact my employment. They were happy with that as I provided other documentation to back up what I said in the Stat. Decl. That could be an option for you too, provided you can demonstrate in another way that your are qualified and have the relevant experience