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About Melb2016

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  1. Renting property

    I live in a 2 bedroom around North Melbourne. Gas + Electricity + Water is approx $300 / month. Not got house insurance. What areas are you looking at? Renting a 3 bed for that amount may mean going away from the city a bit. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  2. Moving to Canberra

    Agree with what's been said, 56k is low for a family if 3. If you decide to make the move, you should try and see if your husband can line up a job before you get here. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  3. Where to go for anniversary meal in Brisbane

    Eagle street pier. Plenty of options with a great view. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  4. The relocation package sounds ok and should certainly help. The $7k assistance sounds like help towards buying a car. Note cars in Australia are much more expensive here, budget for around $10k for a decent small run-around Ford Fiesta, Suzuki swift etc). $89k is a good salary. However, supporting a family of 5 on that would be a stretch. Agree that your focus should be to secure employment for yourself. 457 visa spouses can find it stressful to find employment as a lot of the non-minimum wage jobs look for more permanent residency status (Au national etc). Check if any such requirement exists to work in the criminal justice field. For my wife it took 6 weeks (different sector to you). Rent would be your biggest expense. As has been mentioned check the website and work out where you want to live etc. Short-term let's can be expensive. Sorting long-term accomodation within a month of landing will require you to be pretty organised, do all your respect into areas prior to arriving. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  5. Tax you pay on a 457

    No. Normal tax rates apply. Sent using Poms in Oz mobile app
  6. Which city are you in? Yes, if want to work in defence on army aircrafts you need to be an Australian national. If you are from the UK, there are ways where you can get your UK clearance recognised in Australia. However it is difficult, expensive and can only be done on a project by project basis. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  7. Total rent costs (inc bills etc)

    Agreed on your locations. I myself live in Kensington- and really like the area. Yes pictures can be deceiving you will need to do the legwork and see a fair few before you see something you like. Internet + phones (2) = $150 a month. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  8. Total rent costs (inc bills etc)

    You will be able to get a decent 2 bed within 10 kms to the CBD in that. As regards bills, no council tax (rates). My water, electric, gas internet, mobile phones (2) comes to about $500 a month. 2 bed townhouse. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  9. 457 visa salary

    Check online but I think it's in the 54k ball park. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  10. Aerospace Engineer/Systems Engineer.

    Agree citizenship is preferred for work in defence. However, people with nationality of certain countries and current clearance can go through a process to gain equivalent clearance on a project by project basis. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  11. Aerospace Engineer/Systems Engineer.

    CEng is certainly relevant in Australia. I believe it is called CPEng (Chartered Professional Engineer) here. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  12. Keep UK bank account?

    Absolutely leave it open, especially if you think you might head back.
  13. Removals

    Removals (Anglo Pacific) came today as scheduled and packed our stuff into their van. They were pretty good and did the whole flat in about 5 hrs. I had dismantled all furniture / bed and the wife had organised everything yesterday so all they had to do was put stuff in boxes and load up the van. So, nothing untoward to report for this end of the removals; hoping for the same at the other end in 10-12 weeks time.
  14. 457 - Current processing times

    Whilst you wait, try and make a list of things they need doing before the move and have a plan as to how you will achieve all that once the visa does come in. Cancelling things and shutting accounts is time consuming and at times requires notice.
  15. 457 - Current processing times

    Keep faith - it'll turn up!