Melb2016

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  1. Transfer from UK RAF to RAFF

    It is possible. I have colleagues who've done the RAF to RAAF sideways move. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  2. Into The Unknown in Melbourne

    You can get a good 2 bed place within 5-10 kms to the CBD for $2500. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  3. Into The Unknown in Melbourne

    What is your budget for rent per week? Also look at and around North Melbourne for proximity to CBD. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Where to go for anniversary meal in Brisbane

    Eagle street pier. Plenty of options with a great view. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  7. 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 domain.com 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
  8. Tax you pay on a 457

    No. Normal tax rates apply. Sent using Poms in Oz mobile app
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 457 visa salary

    Check online but I think it's in the 54k ball park. Sent from my iPhone using PomsinOz
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Keep UK bank account?

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