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  1. GrandpaGrumble

    Parent visa application timelines (143 & 173)

    Thanks patience, that's a real treasure trove.
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    820 timelines / waiting room

    Better informed people can correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is that: 1. The bridging visa is granted as soon as your application has been received and paid for, but 2. Your existing visa remains in force, and takes precedence over the bridging visa, until it (the existing visa) expires. Only then is the bridging visa activated. 3. Work rights will be the same on the bridging visa as on your existing visa.
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    UK driving licence and police checks

    When applying for a UK police check, the advice from ACRO is "You do not need to send in a copy of your driving licence but it will assist with processing your application if you do." I was wondering what happens when your UK driving licence is up for renewal after 10 years. Do you use your old, expired licence? Do you not refer to your licence at all, in which case I wonder how much it slows down the application? Can you renew the licence if you're not resident in the UK any more? Not an issue for me yet, just want to be prepared.
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    820 timelines / waiting room

    I've heard that 820/801 applications from May 2018 are starting to come through now (August 2019). If that's correct, the minimum processing time is now about 15 months. Coupling this with the Department's information that 75% (resp. 90%) of applications are processed within 22 (resp. 28) months, a simple (and therefore quite possibly incorrect) statistical model suggests that (a) about 1/4 of applications will be processed soon after the 15 month minimum, and (b) if that doesn't happen, you'll have an average of about 6 or 7 months longer to wait after that - could be more, could be less. But that's just a back of the envelope type calculation, I wouldn't take it too seriously. In particular, if anybody is seeing processing times less than 15 months, that would reduce the predicted probability of being processed immediately after the minimum. And if there are any processing times less than 13 months, then my model is definitely wrong!
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    Subclass 309

    I'm advised that the validity of the medical is automatically extended to 18 months, if the processing is taking more than a year through no fault of your own. I think the same might apply to the police checks too, but you might as well keep them up to date as they're relatively cheap.
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    Visa 461 very long wait

    Not particularly recent, but for a point of reference, mine took 48 days back in mid-2016.
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    non resident travel insurance

    Worldcare is another company that will do travel insurance for temporary residents, and have a reasonable rep on productreview for dealing with claims. I've bought from them a couple of times though (touch wood) have never had to make a claim. Used Insure And Go to cover the belongings when we moved to Oz, they seemed fine too, though again we fortunately didn't need to make a claim.
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    Cheers again for the advice and moral support. I think a lot will depend now on how the agent/vendor respond. The house is currently priced on the basis of being in immaculate condition, so I guess there will have to be some movement there.
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    Thanks - that's food for thought. Being very risk averse I'd probably want to have the treatment anyway. Though I guess you still need to have regular inspections even if you have had the treatment. As Tink says, all relatively small things that add up to a lot, ongoing costs in this case. Yes, improving the subfloor ventilation was another thing that the inspection recommended. Looks like that's a bit more than just putting in a few airbricks like in the UK.
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    Thanks everybody for sharing your experiences, knowledge and opinions. So far we've just had a general building + pest inspection. They weren't termite specialists but did seem pretty thorough. They had a termite detecting radar device that didn't find anything, so touch wood (as it were) they aren't active. Though I guess we won't know for sure till we have had a specialist inspection. In general, do people in prone areas tend to have their houses termite treated as a precaution, or only if they've already been attacked? Did you bother to get your house in Sydney treated, for instance, ScottieGirl?
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    Thanks Tink, the info + link were v useful. So we'd be looking at an average ongoing cost of around $250-$700 a year, depending on size of house and how often it'd need doing, for a barrier treatment with Termidor. Guess the next step is to get the current damage assessed properly ...
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    I'm sure this isn't the first time this has been asked, but I couldn't find any recent threads about it. We've just had the building & pest inspection back on a house that we're hoping to buy, and it's shown up "moderate to extensive" termite damage in the roof (and garden fence etc.), plus evidence of termite workings at the foundation wall (sub-floor). No evidence found of live termites, and damage not structural at first blush - though the basic inspection doesn't include the invasive tests that would be necessary to tell for sure. There's evidence that it's been treated in the past, but no information, one way or the other, about treatments from the current owners, who've been there for over 10 years. This raises various questions. Do we go ahead with the purchase or not? Presumably we'd be wanting the more detailed inspection first? If it turns out that the damage isn't structural, how feasible would it be to deal with the problem in the future? E.g. how much do treatments cost, do they work, how often do you need them? Can we get the existing timbers treated to prevent further attacks? As always, any advice would be very welcome. Thanks!
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    Broadband providers - any recommendations?

    Cheers for that, though they do have a bad rep on productreview, despite not being owned by either Telstra or TPG. [As far as I can tell, it's still owned by the local government consortium that set it up in the first place.] http://www.productreview.com.au/p/southern-phone.html But, as I say, anecdotal evidence is one reason for asking on the forum. Also, people I trust have actually recommended Telstra to me, for mobile phones at least, despite the terrible reputation that they have. But most telecom companies have terrible reputations. I guess it's the same here as in the UK, in the end you just have to take pot luck and hope for the best.
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    Broadband providers - any recommendations?

    Thanks again. Good to know that other people trust/use the productreview site ... which, incidentally, reports that the customer service at Westnet has gone down the pan since they were taken over by TPG ... a pattern seems to be emerging here.
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    Broadband providers - any recommendations?

    Thanks for the input, everybody, though it's not sounding very promising! Looks like most providers are active in my area, which is reasonably urban. I'll read up about why nbn has become farcical, but in any case I guess that you don't have the option to go back to ADSL if nbn is already in your area. No, I wouldn't need unlimited as we don't plan to do any streaming or whatever. 100Gb a month would probably be plenty. Most providers seem to just revert to an extremely slow connection if you go over the limit anyway (rather than cutting you off altogether, or charging the earth). Though a decent line speed would be good - most providers seem to default to 12 Mbps which seems a little slow especially given that nbn is a fibre network, as I understand it. Price is one factor for me, but not the only factor. I'd rather pay a bit more in exchange for a good service, good customer service, and the ability to keep a degree of control over what goes out of my bank account. I don't know how reliable it is, for the reasons given in my first post, but I've found this review site: http://www.productreview.com.au/c/internet-service-providers.html Based on that, I'm thinking about going with either Boom (which has the highest rating) or Internode (which has the highest rating of any company with more than a couple hundred reviews - in fact, of those companies it's the only one for which the Excellent/Good/OK reviews outnumber the Bad/Terrible ones - for most of the other ones, the negative reviews are vastly more numerous). They both have no-contract options. Internode let you pay by debit card as well as credit card (and charge a smaller fee for doing so), which is good as I don't have an Australian credit card. [Touch wood, apart from houses I've never had to borrow money in order to buy anything.] I haven't checked that detail with Boom yet. Potential drawbacks are that Boom is a small company based in Melbourne, which is not where I live, and that Internode has been taken over by iiNet, which has terrible reviews - though evets has had a decent experience with them. One reason for asking on the forum in the first place is to get that kind of anecdote or alternative opinion. Of course I might be being naive in giving any credence to the productreview website, but what can you do? Many of the negative reviews, and some of the positive ones, sound genuine to me.