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About MelT

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  1. Tricky situation

    Perhaps it may be a good option to say you would like to go home to have your baby, then re-evaluate... This will give you much more freedom to have choices in your life. If you have your baby here and things don't go to plan (referring to your niggling doubts); you would be trapped here regardless....which would be heartbreaking.. My sister-in-law did the same and flew home to have her baby. Given your situation I understand now why she did. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. We are home!

    So pleased for you mission accomplished ... Sent from my SM-G920I using Tapatalk
  3. Tricky situation

    I agree with snifter.. best cut losses early. The longer you stay the harder it will be to go back. More items to sell or ship home.. assets to sell/dispose of.. .. Maybe see it as a chance to start afresh at home. At least you will have the support of your family and friends. Much more important in times like these... I also have a good (British) friend who has been fighting through the courts for the last 4 years for custody of her 7 year old son (born in Australia). Spending hundreds of thousands of dollars (borrowed from family) fighting this case. Had the latest case in March and still have no result from the judge if my friend can take her son home to the UK; the decision/judgement could take up to 2 years. In the meantime my friend is forced to live in Australia against her wishes. I know I this is the worst case scenario, but it does happen and when it does it is hell. I am hope your HB will understand at the end of the day you just want to be at home. The current situation is putting undue stress on your health at a critical time. Best be home. ISent from my SM-G920I using Tapatalk
  4. Tricky situation

    I really feel for you.... I have lived in Australia for 12 years and have always felt home sick. Unfortunately we had some complicated circumstances which prevented us from moving back.. My feelings have never changed, in fact they have just intensified over time. Home for us will always be the UK. Our experience means that we will appreciate the special things about the UK, that we perhaps took for granted before moving to Australia. Our goal now is to go home within the next 2 years - even if it means having to take a step back financially for a while. I now think of this time as preparing to go home. Getting the house ready to sell... Planning holidays to places here we would never had seen (bucket list) if we were at home. I took my husband and son to New Zealand earlier this year (I had been years before) for a trip of a lifetime. A place they may never had seen if we stayed in the UK. Try and plan some positives while you are here.. everyone is different, things may improve over time. Sending big hugs and positive thoughts..... Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Returning to Blighty after nearly 8 years in Queensland!!

    Depends where you live.. We are hoping to move back to Sussex. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Returning to Blighty after nearly 8 years in Queensland!!

    There is a trade off though... Lovely long, light and balmy evenings in the summer.. Can't wait... Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. What do you wish you'd done before you left?

    May i ask why? Sent from my SM-G920I using Tapatalk
  8. What do you wish you'd done before you left?

    We are in a similar situation and have been here for 12 years. Planning to go back within the next 18 months. Would be sooner but the situation is complicated.... Our wish list is to sail the Whitsunday's, maybe do a the Ghan and the top end.. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. What area of work are you in? Hubby was state manager for nearly 10 years and I am a management accountant/financial analyst (can only work part time at the moment which work does not exist).. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. Hubby was state manager for a worldwide crane company (Vic & Qld) for nearly 10 years.... Moving back timeframes are tricky as my parents live here (near us) and my mum has advanced cancer and will not move back now. So time with mum is limited .. Plus we need to get the house ready to sell.... Not a 5 minute job. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. Just seeking some feedback from other members who have moved back to the UK. We are planning on returning to the UK within 2 years and would ideally like to secure a job before we return. Just wondering what others have experienced and the time taken to do this. My husband has been searching for work in Qld (made redundant business closed) for over 4 months with no success. Would it be better to apply for jobs in the UK instead? Not sure what we should do and worried we will use up all our funds in the meantime then going back will be extremely difficult, if not impossible. Thank you
  12. Wanting to move home after 12 years in Australia

    We are in a similar situation. Except my parents are here in Australia. We have been in Australia for 12 years, Qld for the last 6 where we do not feel settled plus we have found getting into the local employment market almost impossible. No issues when we lived in regional Victoria. We have always said if Qld doesn't work out we would have no option but go move back to the UK. I have been homsick for years but have only put the move back off for financial reasons. Now we may not have a choice anyway as my husband was made redundant at the end of 2016 (traveled interstate) applied for over 120 jobs (highly skilled professional) with no success here in Qld. The only dilema we have now is my mother wants to stay here in Australia. All i can say is home is where the heart is.... i truly hope you can work things out. Sent from my SM-G920I using Tapatalk
  13. Are migrants discriminated against?

    I partly agree with your comments. We had no issues finding work in Victoria, infact i was headhunted. However, since moving to Queensland we have found it impossible to obtain local employment. My husband worked interstate for 2 1/2 years because he could not find wirk locally. Since closure of the power station where he worked interstate at the end of 2016 is very frustrated applied for over 100 jobs with no success... hencw why we may have no choice but to return to the UK. Very sad as we have never not had work (both professionals/highly skilled and experienced) our entire married life (nearly 20 years). Sent from my SM-G920I using Tapatalk
  14. Are migrants discriminated against?

    Where do you draw the line? If someone was 'Australian' but had moved interstate would this not be new territory also? When I arrived in Australia 12 years ago I honestly thought 'Australia' gave everyone a 'fair go' ... I can honestly say that from my broad range of experience this is not necessarily the case. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. Breaking News - 457 Visas Stopped

    Some interesting comments. Given that it costs the recruiter more in real terms to recruit using a 457 visa. I find it difficult to believe that this method is used to source 'cheap labour' when I fact it is used to recruit skilled migrants. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk