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  1. Constance

    Having a wobble 🙁🙁🙁

    Oh that's really good to know and thanks for the links too. I was worried about the nursery age as I thought it was 3. She is in nursery now anyway but it really helps when the subsidy kicks in, plus we will be paying more days and after school club for my older son. Amazing if subsidy increases, it doubled in Scotland a few years ago and it's really helpful.
  2. Constance

    Having a wobble 🙁🙁🙁

    £50 per day here - we now also get 30 hours free nursery in Scotland from aged 3. Those I've researched are much more than this and I believe Queensland is 15 hours childcare from aged 4, so quite a difference til they get to school.
  3. Constance

    Having a wobble 🙁🙁🙁

    Yes, would definitely look at solar. They're common in Scotland too but much longer payback here as you'd expect - days like today, I have the house lights on after 9am as its so dull and dark!
  4. Constance

    Having a wobble 🙁🙁🙁

    We definitely feel that. We both have good jobs as mid to senior level managers in well paying professions. We're not top flight high earners but we work alot and don't feel that we have the balanced life that we should. We should be more comfortable than we are and it's projected to get worse. I genuinely don't know how this economy can be sustained over winter as people can't afford energy and food bills. We are lucky that we are not in that position, but it's more than 50% of the country facing that. It's frightening.
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    Having a wobble 🙁🙁🙁

    It would be interesting to know how you are finding cost of living in Oz, compared to here. Similarly to the OP we have young children so will need alot of paid childcare. We have gone from saving £500-1000 per month here to barely anything at all and we haven't been able to go abroad. We have a £1000 per month mortgage and if we remortgaged now it would be £1700-2000 (which appears similar to Australia). We are also now £350 per month for gas and electricity, but our nursery fees are cheaper than Australia. We are moving to Brisbane - Sydney and Melbourne were out of reach for us in terms of property prices (taking into account that we want reasonable commute, good school, family areas etc). I'd note cost of living not the only issue - healthcare system decline, constant strikes, weather, work opportunity.
  6. Constance

    Recent 186 Processing Times

    Ah ok - there is so many visas and then the intricacies of each visa, state, occupation, transition etc. Absolute minefield. I'm hoping it's picked up soon as we were assigned a case officer within 48 hours which even our lawyer was surprised at but that could mean anything. Disappointed we have had to ask for the EOT for medicals but we had issues with another company who are no longer panel certified - long story! We've asked for cancellation spaces, but as we are travelling to Edinburgh for them now it's not as easy (although better than London!). Thank you for the info.
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    Recent 186 Processing Times

    AMAZING! Thank you. I'm a construction manager and have switched from 189 to 186 due to job offer with PR. We lodged on 12 Dec and received medical and police deadline on 14 Dec (for 11 Jan upload). Police certs received yday. Medicals have been delayed to 13 Jan (now only one approved in Scotland + holiday period) so we have to ask for an EOT. I'd really like to be over around May, although I realise that is tight. Booking accommodation and flights with flexibility. Which stream and state are you?
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    Recent 186 Processing Times

    Hi, Wondering if anyone has been through or submitted for a 186 in the last 4-6 months? Interested to know timescales and any notifications from point of police clearance and medical submissions. Have any been processed to approval or still in immigration limbo land? Reason I ask for recent is the covid applications skewing timescales. From August - October 2022 seems to be more akin to normal processing times, as advised by Migration Advisor.. Thank ya
  9. Constance

    Having a wobble 🙁🙁🙁

    Payments with only two '0's on the end are actually not too bad compared to the rest!
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    Having a wobble 🙁🙁🙁

    Thanks for giving all of the information. We will be in a relatively similar position to you although I won't be working in a government dept - homeowners for 10y, PR visa, good credit, police checks, perm job etc. So interesting to know that's still a challenge because of the lack of Australian rental history. I've found a couple of Airbnb properties so I'm chatting through some options with the hosts for 8-12w stays. Similarly, it's an expensive option but I think when you're arriving with small kids and one parent working quite quickly, it's just something you have to swallow up. The costs of moving are so high, its all merging into one big balance! I hope you get on well in your search. It would be good to hear how you get on if you want to drop me a message sometime. New expat Community and all that!. Good luck and have a merry Christmas. I hope you can experience a wow moment where you realise just how far you've come and how much of an achievement that is
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    Having a wobble 🙁🙁🙁

    Thank you, that's helpful. When you say 'paperwork' what are you thinking? My entire life (legally and financially) is documented and indexed from going through a 186 and now 189 application. I have a shortlist of suburbs which has become a longer list to try and pull more options and have spoke to people I know in the area about any others we can add to the list. We will have enough money for a good deposit to buy, so that should satisfy a rental. I don't want to buy when rates are so high right now and until we know our kids are settled in the right area and school. I feel I've prepped as much as I can, but this is one of the uncontrollables.
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    Having a wobble 🙁🙁🙁

    I'm really worried by this post as we are heading to Brisbane in May and my prime concern is finding a rental as its a common thread of difficulty right now. It's also one of those things that you really can't do much about until you are there. If you have any advice, I'd really appreciate it? Regarding your doubts, I can relate to struggling to go with the flow. I'm a project manager by nature and profession and planning things is how I roll, even if when I think I'm not planning something out, I automatically am. I know it's the common theme through the responses but if you had never tried it you'd never know. If you don't give it a bit longer you still won't know. Home will always be there for you to go to. I find it helpful to set myself a date in a calendar and think 'how will I feel on this exact date'. Far enough away to let you forget about the date but long enough to remember what you were asking yourself. Everything will work out no matter what. And Christmas is a stressful time of year for most, without all this! It's definitely not 'the most wonderful time of the year' for many.
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    VETASSESS Processing Timeline

    That's good progress!! It was less than a week between my query response and approval - you're almost there
  14. Constance

    VETASSESS Processing Timeline

    Hey, I had a query on my skills assessment 3 weeks ago and it was approved last week - hopefully that means you should hear soon if you haven't already. They were very quick to approve after I replied to the query.
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    You are so rude on here at times Marisa, i don't think it's necessary. It is really off putting.
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