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  1. If it was the Down Under exhibition you went to in Esher, then we attended that too. I believe the pet shipping company there was Fetch a Pet. They were helpful but we are currently going through the process with Petair. Their Gold service deals with absolutely everything for you.
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    Website for Short Term Rentals

    We’re using Air BnB on arrival for 2 months, to give us time to find a suitable rental. We do have 2 cats following after us though, and would’ve done 1 month if not for them [emoji250] It is expensive though (is there any other option?), and one good bit of advice is to make sure the owner is happy for you to use their address for mail initially since we’d be setting up Medicare etc..
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    Shipping container

    We’re using John Mason who will store the items at the destination until a delivery address is advised (for a fee of course) I’d imagine most major shippers would have similar facilities. Some offer free storage at origin or destination as part of the quote.
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    Moving to Australia - checklist

    There’s a useful to do list pinned under the Household section. It’s a few years old but should still be relevant.
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    Foundation degree and education requirements

    Currently to pass the skills assessment you need to have 4 years of tertiary level education, including at least 1 year dedicated to teaching. Most people from the U.K. will have a 3 year bachelors and 1 year PGCE. For the early years visa, the age range of the qualification should be within 0-8, and there must be at least 45 days of supervised teaching practice carried out, with evidence to support this. I’d advise further investigation though as some types of qualifications are not accepted. Can’t help with the foundation degree.
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    post your pet pics here

    Neville and Yogi will be flying from London to Melbourne in October!
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    Can I use my Teaching degree?

    As an alternative to schooling, have you considered working in an early childhood centre? If your qualification covered anywhere between the 0 and 8 age ranges, you could have them assessed for equivalence by ACECQA and if successful will come out as either certificate iii, diploma or early child teacher (ECT) equivalent. Cert iii and diploma will allow you to work as an educator (different from teacher), and does not require registration with the state. Working as an ECT does require registration in some states though. Careers in centres tend to be lower paid than schools however, but may provide more opportunities for full time positions
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    A deer kills man and injures woman

    This story was in the metro paper in London today. Sad but goes to show you never know when an animal may turn [emoji53]
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    Duration if Aitsl assessment

    It’s important that you have evidence of the placement, including the number of days and age ranges of the students. A letter from the institution will be ok if not mentioned on your transcripts. What are your qualifications?
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    Visitor Visa (Tourism) rejected twice

    What was the reason given?
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    Down Under Live - London

    I went last year, and whilst I got the same feeling about it as the posts above, I did go knowing this and didn’t have high expectations. I was however surprised how small the expo was, but even so found it interesting. A pet shipping company had a stand with example shipping crates and were useful in answering all our questions. One of the recruiters advice was to go onto google and search for my job role in the city I was interested in! Basically stating the obvious, putting no effort into it, but then again he did have a long line of people to get through.... other recruiters took my details but never contacted me. There was some useful information overall, but I wouldn’t return. If you have a free afternoon and go into it open minded then why not...
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    Spreadsheet crew does Shipping

    Following this thread with interest. We are in the process of organising quotes from Pickfords, John Mason, and Sevenseas. Anyone have any experience with using the shipping companys storage facilities prior to the move? We’re most likely needing a couple months storage before the ship date. Hoping it’s not extortionate.
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    Visa granted! What to do next?

    Registering with the state teaching board now would prevent delays when looking for jobs in Aus
  14. For working in childcare as an educator, the assessing authority is ACECQA (AITSL assess teachers) Have a look here: https://www.acecqa.gov.au/qualifications/nqf-approved At a glance, your edexcel qualification is listed as a diploma level equivalent which means you’d be able to work as an early childhood educator. I can’t give any advice on using these qualifications for visa purposes as I’m not familiar with the skilled lists, but do bear in mind that a teacher and educator are two different professions.
  15. On the visa front you’d need to check if either of you are eligible. Consulting a good Mara agent will give you a good indication if you’d be successful and what your options are. I’d say look into visas first before researching jobs and places to live as that’s all irrelevant until you have a route into the country. This forum is extremely knowledgable and browsing some of the recent threads will give you some insight into a range of topics. Good luck, it can be a long and complicated process!