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    Modular Homes

    We looked at them. The issue we found that some banks won’t lend for certain modular types. We went to see the showroom for Hoek homes. They looked ok, but the flimsiness put us off. If we had to build in the future, we would look at container type builds: https://www.containerbuildgroup.com.au/ However they would make sense on a sloping plot at you may not need the usual level of excavation and could use steel stumps. Let us know how you get on.
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    Totally overwhelmed !! Advice appreciated

    I second this. We live in bayside too, and the villagey atmosphere is homely.
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    Replacing gas water boiler

    Thanks for the reply mate. We're in bayside Brisbane. We've decided to got for a Bosch Freestanding induction oven and a Sanden heat pump hot water system.
  4. Hi peeps, So we're purchasing this property that currently has an on-demand gas boiler (with gas tanks), which also fuels the gas cooker. We want to get a solar system, and so we will be looking into an electric shower option as well as an induction oven. What options would you guys go for, if you were in our situation? Thanks.
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    Electrical Appliances

    We brought over: Washer/drier, tv, smart speaker, pc, laptop, hair dryer, blender, and have had no trips.
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    Stamp duty

    As Marissa said, brokers are not always the best option. One can only get the first home stamp duty benefit if one has never owned any property anywhere in the world. Evidently there may be some flexibility with the 20% deposit requirement - a colleague of mine advised they were able to purchase with less than the above because they worked in the medical field. IIRC, it was with Bank of Queensland.
  7. It's almost always the higher fees one. I've had a quick look, and the one for $289 that you're referring to, is for rads who have done an ASMIRT accredited diagnostic imaging course. At the time of writing, there's only one course that meets the criteria, and its the NZ course. It appears that the application form you need to complete may be this one: www.asmirt.org › 2338 › 2338PDF Web results OQAP assessment - Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy And the associated fee is $946 Migrating to Australia does not come cheap. We spent at least $30k just to land here. I feel that you may well benefit from an initial consultation with a migration agent.
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    There are many registered migration agents on this forum, who are full of experience. Many of them would be prepared to offer a free initial consultation. This might be the way forward if you are unsure of your specific pathway. Good luck!
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    Federal budget -190 visa

    Who knows mate. You'd hope that those who'd already submitted their application would still get through.
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    Raising a Queenslander

    So we've seen a high-set house, with the ceiling height on the ground floor being only 2.1m (so not legal height). Has anyone raised and built underneath, and is willing to share their experiences? The alternative will be to build at the back, and knock down the old house. The only issue is the the block falls by 3m over 40m. Thanks.
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    Raising a Queenslander

    Thanks TPQ, that's really helpful. We found a cheap 2 bed, that fits the bill for now, but also has potential.
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    Cost of moving to Oz

    As a radiographer, I earn 2.2x my salary, and the properties we're looking at are comparably 2.91x cheaper. However, the workload is considerably more, and sick leave entitlement is considerably less when comparing public health here to the NHS. The scanners here are open 6am-10pm, whereas it's more like 7am-8pm in the UK.
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    190 Grant after medicals

    I have friends who front loaded everything in January, and not a peep since.
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    Cost of moving to Oz

    We use around 500kWh pm, family of 4, SE Qld.
  15. Yep, that is me! @Sach There is AHPRA and there is ASMIRT. ASMIRT will be the one assessing you degree and your post graduate experience to ascertain that it is equivalent to the Australian standard. This is your "Skills Assessment", which proves to DIBP that your skills meet their criteria of a diagnostic medical imaging radiographer. AHPRA is the equivalent of the HCPC. They regulate all health professionals. You only need to do that when you're ready to find a job.
  16. That's excellent news if indeed correct. Don't worry about plain film experience - I hadn't taken an x-ray for 3 years when I took the position. You'll get fully oriented to whatever department you join. As for getting your post grad education here - I would most definitely advise against doing that, as the costs are exorbitant, even for home students. If you really want to get your cert/dip/degree, definitely get that done in the UK. On the plus side, if you do have even a PgCert, you get paid an extra allowance (in the public sector). We all want to move to the Sunny Coast, live by the beach and have a local job, but unfortunately this is very hard to achieve. There are plenty of decent hospitals within Brisbane, that will offer you a range of exposure that you may not get in the UK.
  17. I'm not so sure about this. Might be worth calling ASMIRT directly to check. I came from the UK, and I had to do IELTS academic for ASMIRT.
  18. @Anthonysb Apologies for the delay, I've just seen your message. Forget about getting a job at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, because as a minimum they want applicants to have a post grad in MRI. Also, there are at least 2 people with 20+ years experience at my place of work who are lining up for a job at the Sunny coast. Also, it's a case of who you know Did you get in touch with the contacts I provided above? You need to have your radiation licence in order to work as a radiographer in Qld (you apply for it when you get here), as most places will expect you to do plain film occasionally as well. With the whole Covid situation, budgets have been slashed, so jobs in public hospitals to not come about as frequently as they did. Last year we employed 6 new MRI rads. The best place to looks for jobs in the public sector is to search on https://smartjobs.qld.gov.au/jobtools/jncustomsearch.jobsearch?in_organid=14904 Graduate rads start on HP3, with MRI rads generally being advertised as HP4 positions. Here is the current payscale: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/hrpolicies/wage-rates/health-practitioners
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    Stamp Duty

    See my post above with the screenshot
  20. Here`s the blog I did documenting my journey getting here:
  21. Have a look as the ANZSCO website. It is worth registering as it is free to do so. There you will find what a radiographer is expected to be doing. This helped me in my visa application. Somewhere on the ASMIRT website or theIr international accreditation application form there will be exactly what ASMIRT expect you to demonstrate in order to gain accreditation. It looks like we had a similar level of experience mate, I wouldn`t be worried if I was you. However, you need to cross the Ts and dots the Is. Unlike NZ, you do not need a post-grad to work in MRI in Queensland. However, some employers may choose to have this as a selection criteria. I know that the Sunshine Coast University Hospital do that. You are encouraged to get your ASMIRT MRI level 1 accreditation when you get a job. You sit and exam and support this with a log book of examinations. If you`re feeling aggrieved about spending 500 quid for ASMIRT, then prepare yourself for a big shock. We did everything ourselves, and we spent about AUD30k to get here. It is not a cheap process, but you have to weigh whether it is a financial risk that’s will pay off for you. I can definitely recommend a couple of agencies, although I decided to go it out alone. Nevertheless, they were brilliant in lining up interviews for me: Anthony Barono @ Alexander Associates +61295067000/+61425211634 https://alexander-associates.com.au/ Joanna @ http://globalhealth.com.au/ +61892270822 Our MRI skills are fully transferable, although the workload over here is extremely heavy. MRI departments usually run between 6am and 10pm. If you pick a good hospital, then you`re likely to be exposed to research/fetal/cardiac MRI. Let me know if you need more info. Standard disclaimer that “I am not a migration agent but speaking purely from experience” applies
  22. I can confirm that I had no issues in getting ASMIRT accreditation. I did general for 3 years, neuro CT like you for 2 years, and MRI for 3 years (the last year of that being exclusively MRI) when I submitted my skills assessment. The issue you will find will be with AHPRA not recognising your CT experience as being significant. But this is not something you need to worry about until you`re ready to apply for interviews. Oh and welcome to the forum.
  23. You had to have 2.07 AUD for every £ you wanted in March. Who knows what the near future will bring...