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  1. Try sample questions in both tests and see which you prefer, personally I thought the ielts seemed better to do. The writing is all down to what questions you get on the day...the 1st test I did I got an 8.5 in writing by writing about different things you can use for speed safety on the roads but the 2nd time I got a 7.5 with being asked why kids should only read educational books and not fictional.
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    Going home soon (Personal Diary?)

    It worked well for paying my fees for my visa etc as I didn't get any bank charges, probably saved me a few hundred pound
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    Going home soon (Personal Diary?)

    Not sure on that one. I use a card called revolut when I'm abroad, you just link it to your normal bank for east transfers and theres no charges. Also they give a better exchange rate compared to any where else.
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    Going home soon (Personal Diary?)

    You can do cash back at most checkouts...I think max is £50 also there are more cash machines popping up that charge you for using them.
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    Comparing shipping costs

    One thing I cant see is a fridge/freezer...are they not the norm in Aus?
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    Comparing shipping costs

    I got a few quotes off seven seas the other day as I am also looking at moving in the summer (if I can last that long). The biggest one was £1025 pick up near Manchester and taken to an address in Adelaide, with $900 fees in Aus. The middle one was £570 with I think $500 fees in Aus. The weight limit for the boxes is 1250Kg I think. These are for me doing all the packing and unpacking. Im not planning on taking much and the money I save from not using a container can be spent on buying new furniture. Ive been looking at Harvey norman which seems pretty good and prices don't seem much different from the UK. (For white goods & tvs)
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    Some help please

    Maybe not the 40 degree but I will have to learn to live with that Like you say though it's the same issues wherever you go.
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    Some help please

    Ive been wanting to move since I left school but never got around to doing it, but finally after 20 years I have haha. If you look on seek.com.au you can get an idea of jobs available and wages roughly. I will be going over without a job but im confident of finding work when I get there.
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    Some help please

    Yeah its a PR visa, we are all excited but nervous at the same time and so much to sort out. Im very laid back so I tend to take everything in my stride, I don't really have any family so I don't have to worry about that side of things. At the end of the day what will be will be. If moving to Aus is something you really want to do then you are probably best to start the ball rolling as things are changing all the time.
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    Some help please

    They set out guidelines and for South Aus it was $30,000 I think for a family of 4, I just put on my application what I was planning on taking but I was never asked for evidence (although I think some states do). Most people reckon that you need to look at having money to cover the 1st 6months whilst you find work, although a lad a have been chatting to on here moved out recently and found work as an electrician straight away. I think as an electrician you have to start as an electricians mate for 12 months whilst you get experience in Aus.
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    Some help please

    I didn't use an agent but I did get an assessment done so I could explore my options. It doesn't matter about being married, it just means that you will have to provide more evidence than someone who is married. I have enough money to move now but im just staying to save more money to buy a house after 12months in Aus
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    Some help please

    Sorry I meant im not expecting my life to become a hundred times better than the one I have now.
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    Some help please

    I submitted my visa application end of April 2019 but started the process June 2018. Like everyone else is saying though, speak to an agent then at least you have a better idea of things. Are both of your children with your partner? only if there not then you would have to get permission to take your kids out of the country.
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    Some help please

    Morning Rebecca I have just recently received my 190visa for South Australia and looking at making the move this August with my wife and 2 kids. Australia is something I have always fancied even though I haven't even been to the country before. I don't expect there to be much difference between the UK & Aus but if I can have the weather then that will be a big plus for me, will we stay there for the rest of our life I don't know but at least we wont have any what ifs in 20 years time. So its either going to be the best thing we have ever done or its not what we thought and we come back to the UK with no what ifs. Costs for me so far have been: £1600 skill assessment metal fabricator £4150 visa application for 2 adults and 2 kids £800 medicals for all of us £400 for 2 IELTS tests
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    Going home soon (Personal Diary?)

    Depends on what area you are looking at. Have a look on www.rightmove.co.uk which will show properties, it will show you when they are available as well. I'd have thought that you could be in one within a couple of weeks.
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