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  1. I am in the process of emigrating (once my visa is processed!!!) and planning a recce/job search/holiday to Sydney for December 2011. Looking for a house swap. 2 bedroom needed in/near central Sydney. I can offer a few options to swap with: Family home (+car) in Ascot, UK (must be simultaneous swap) 2 Bed Apartment nr Windsor, UK 2 Bed Holiday Apartment in North Spain (approx 1hr drive North of Barcelona)
  2. walker2012

    NewYear in Perth 2011

    Hi everyone Me and the family are coming to Perth over Xmas and new year to activate our visas, looking to move NOR has anyone got any recommendations for NYE celebrations? Thanks Lee
  3. Hi Guys I am new here so bare with me ! We are moving over to the sunshine coast in June 2011 with 2 children age 7 and 3. Just wondered if there was anyone else moving over at the same time - would be good to meet up with others in the same situation? Thanks :err:
  4. Hi It has been mentioned in a couple of places but not everyone may be checking those threads so I thought I would open a separate thread. Here is the link to the the latest release of details about the points test - came out yesterday I think The pass mark for points is still 65 http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/points-test.pdf
  5. oliman

    175 lodged June 2011 Gang

    Please join this thread if you have lodged 175 visa on June 2011. Include your details on the first post for reference purpose. Best of luck with you VISA Visa Type : 175 Skilled Independent Date Applied : 4th of June 2011 IELTS : L 7.5 R 8.0 W 7.0 S 7.0 Assessment : ACS ( Software Engineer )
  6. Annual update of Skilled Occupation List effective 1 July 2011 – 6 June 2011 The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) will change from 1 July 2011. There will be 13 occupations added and four occupations removed. See: Annual Update of Skilled Occupation List – 1 July 2011 (111KB PDF file)
  7. Dear If you are 18th March 2011 mail receiver then according to DIAC you will get a CO within 20 Days ( Last date 18 th June 2011) . And I am still waiting for CO What about you ?
  8. Here's some news: New SOL released which would be effective 1st July, 2011. The following 13 occupations have been added: 234914 Medical Physicist 251311 Environmental Health Officer 251312 Occupational Health and Safety Adviser 251511 Hospital Pharmacists 251513 Retail Pharmacists 271111 Barrister 271311 Solicitor 323211 Fitter (General) 323212 Fitter and Turner 323213 Fitter-Welder 323214 Metal Machinist (First Class) 399111 Boat Builder and Repairer 399112 Shipwright And these 4 occupations have been removed: 251411 Optometrist 251412 Orthoptist 324111 Panel Beater 324311 Vehicle Painter Source: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/whats-new.htm Alternatively, find the announcement attached. armandra! solfact-sheet.pdf solfact-sheet.pdf
  9. Hi All, This is my first post in this forum and I hope you all are well!! I am coming with my wife to Brisbane QLD and I am tryng to find a tempory place to live during the first month, but is quiet difficult. Can you please tell us about any apartments well located and not too expensive in the centre or near? It is just to start. We are planning to stay in somewhere temporary and from there look for a more permanent place. Thank you all for your help in advance :hug:!
  10. WHO'S YOUR ROLE MODEL for 2011?? I promise you WILL laugh when you find your role Model, but it is accurate. NO CHEATING. I was really surprised to find out who my role Model was. FIND OUT WHO TRULY IS YOUR ROLE MODEL... DON'T SCROLL DOWN YET, DO THE SIMPLE MATH BELOW, THEN SCROLL DOWN TO FIND YOUR HERO. It's CRAZY how accurate this is! No peeking! 1) Pick your favorite number between 1-9 2) Multiply by 3 then 3) Add 3 4) Then again Multiply by 3 (I'll wait while you get the calculator....) 5) You'll get a 2 or 3 digit number.... 6) Add the digits together Now Scroll down .................. With that number, see who your ROLE MODEL is from the list below: 1. Einstein 2. Oprah Winfrey 3. Snoopy 4. Bill Clinton 5. Bill Gates 6. Gandhi 7. Barack Obama 8. Babe Ruth 9. Dawny 10.John F.Kennedy I know, I know.... I just have that effect on people. P.S. Stop picking different numbers!! I am YOUR IDOL, JUST DEAL WITH IT!! :biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:
  11. Looks like Oz is looking to move to a similar system as NZ - with an expression of interest before you fork out the big money http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/skilled-migrant-selection-model.htm
  12. The Pom Queen

    Most Expensive Cities in the World 2011

    International Cost of Living Ranking - January 2011 Tokyo is the costliest city in the world in which to live as at January 2011. Tokyo is the most expensive city in the world in which to live, out of 300 global locations, surveyed as at January 2011. While Tokyo is average in terms of the cost of items such as education (ranked 144) and alcohol & tobacco (ranked 138), it is the most expensive place in the world for groceries, healthcare, and household accommodation costs. As the most expensive city in the world, Tokyo has an overall cost of living index of 158.4 (New York = 100). In comparison to the next 3 cities to host the FIFA Soccer World Cup (SWC) Tokyo is 38% more expensive than Rio de Janeiro (SWC 2014), 36% more expensive than Moscow (SWC 2018), and 65% more expensive than Doha (SWC 2022). That means that an expatriate earning USD$5,000 per month in Doha would need to earn USD$8,250 per month in Tokyo to enable them to have the same purchasing power, and therefore a similar standard of living as they had in Doha. The cost of living for an expatriate is affected by both the availability and prices, of goods and services representative of an expatriate lifestyle, local inflation, and the exchange rate between the home and host country. As a result the cost of living has a significant impact on an expatriate’s salary package. Caracas is the second most expensive city to live in. Caracas is most expensive place in the world for furniture and appliances, alcohol & tobacco, recreation and culture, hotels restaurants and meals out. Caracas is the second most expensive place for groceries and healthcare. Hong Kong is the third most expensive city in the world for expatriates to live in. The high overall cost of living rank for Hong Kong is primarily a result of two expensive basket groups. Hong Kong is the fourth most expensive city in the world for healthcare, and is the second most expensive city in the world for household accommodation, which typically comprises 30% of an expatriate’s expenses. Hong Kong is a good example of why many international organizations compensate separately for healthcare as well as household related costs such as housing rental, water, electricity, household gas, household fuels, local rates and residential taxes. Items that are provided by the employer should be excluded from a cost of living index calculation. The cost of living index for Hong Kong excluding healthcare and household related costs is substantially lower than it’s overall cost of living index of 129.4. Hong Kong is relatively cheap for recreation & culture (ranked 241 in the world), education (ranked 259 in the world), as well as furniture & appliances (ranked 268 in the world). Geneva, the fourth most expensive city, is particularly expensive for recreation & culture as well as groceries. Osaka, ranked fith, is most expensive for household accommodation (ranked 3 in the world), healthcare (ranked 5 in the world) and groceries (ranked 6 in the world). Asia-Pacific has 4 of the 10 most expensive cities in the world. Tokyo is first and Hong Kong the third most expensive location in the world (and most expensive in greater China), whilst Osaka is the third most expensive city in Asia-Pacific (ranked 5 in the world), followed by Nagoya (ranked 9 in the world). Cities in mainland China remain relatively cheap, mainly due to the pegging of the Chinese Yuan to the US Dollar which has kept costs down. Within mainland China, Shanghai (ranked 19 in the world), and Beijing (ranked 126 in the world) are the most expensive locations. The cheapest city surveyed in China is Tianjin (ranked 284) with a cost of living index of just 61.4. The cheapest city in Asia-Pacific is Nuku’Alofa in Tonga (ranked 299) with a cost of living index of 53.1. Most expensive cities in Asia-Pacific (Global rank in brackets) 1. Japan, Tokyo (1) 2. China, Hong Kong (3) 3. Japan, Osaka (5) 4. Japan, Nagoya (9) 5. Japan, Yokohama (13) 6. Australia, Sydney (17) 7. China, Shanghai (19) 8. Australia, Canberra (20) 9. Kiribati, South Tarawa (23) 10.Singapore (26) South Asia is the least expensive region in the world for expatriates to live in. The most expensive city surveyed is Mumbai (ranked 109 in the world), followed by New Delhi (ranked 136), and Chennai (ranked 139). The cheapest city in South Asia is Thimphu in Bhutan (ranked 297). Most expensive cities in South Asia (Global rank in brackets) 1. India, Mumbai (109) 2. India, New Delhi (136) 3. India, Chennai (139) 4. India, Calcutta (141) 5. Maldives, Male (147) 6. India, Hyderabad (149) 7. India, Bangalore (167) 8. Afghanistan, Kabul (208) 9. Bangladesh, Dhaka (263) 10.Pakistan, Lahore 278) Europe’s most expensive cities are mostly those that are not on the Euro. The most expensive city in Europe is Geneva (ranked 4 in the world), followed by Zurich (ranked 6), making Switzerland the most expensive country in Europe. Zurich is followed by Oslo (ranked 8). Moscow is the world's 10th most expensive city (4th in Europe) followed by Vaduz in Liechtenstein. The cheapest city in Europe is Tirana in Albania (ranked 283 in the world) with a cost of living index of 61.7. Most expensive cities in Europe (Global rank in brackets) 1. Switzerland, Geneva (4) 2. Switzerland, Zurich (6) 3. Norway, Oslo (8) 4. Russia, Moscow (10) 5. Liechtenstein, Vaduz (12) 6. Denmark, Copenhagen (14) 7. United Kingdom, London (16) 8. France, Paris (21) 9. Monaco, Monaco (22) 10.Jersey, Saint Helier (24) The Middle East's most expensive city is Abu Dhabi (ranked 27 in the world), followed by Doha (ranked 49), and Bahrain (ranked 87). Dubai is the fourth most expensive city in the Middle East (ranked 89 in the world) with a cost of living index of 89.7. The cheapest city surveyed in the Middle East (and cheapest in the world) is Sanaa in Yemen (ranked 300 in the world) with a cost of living index of 49.7, half that of New York which has a cost of living index of 100. Most expensive cities in the Middle East (Global rank in brackets) 1. United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi (27) 2. Qatar, Doha (49) 3. Bahrain, Manama (87) 4. United Arab Emirates, Dubai (89) 5. Israel, Jerusalem (102) 6. Lebanon, Beirut (138) 7. Palestinian Territories, West Bank (152) 8. Kuwait, Kuwait City (156) 9. Syria, Damascus (165) 10.Iran, Tehran (170) The Americas most expensive city is Caracas, which is the world’s second most expensive city to live in for expatriates. Brazil has 3 of the 4 most expensive cities in the Americas. Sao Paulo (ranked 7 in the world), Rio de Janeiro (ranked 11) are followed by Brasilia (ranked 15). Nassau (ranked 25) is the fifth most expensive city, while New York (ranked 33) is the sixth most expensive city in the America’s and most expensive in the United States of America. The cheapest city to live in the Americas is La Paz in Bolivia (ranked 294 in the world). The cheapest city surveyed in the United States of America is Indianapolis Ind (ranked 285 in the world). Most expensive cities in the Americas (Global rank in brackets) 1. Venezuela, Caracas (2) 2. Brazil, Sao Paulo (7) 3. Brazil, Rio de Janeiro (11) 4. Brazil, Brasilia (15) 5. Bahamas, Nassau (25) 6. USA, New York NY (33) 7. Canada, Toronto (37) 8. Falkland Islands, Stanley (42) 9. Trinidad and Tobago, Port-of-Spain (47) 10.Canada, Vancouver (54) Notes: Figures used in this report were taken from Xpatulator cost of living database as at 1 January 2011. The above ranks are based on the overall cost of living index using all 13 basket groups with New York as the base city (Cost of living index = 100). The 13 basket groups do not count equally and are weighted according to expatriate expenditure norms as follows (weighting percentage is in brackets): 1. Alcohol & Tobacco (2%): Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. 2. Clothing (2.5%): Clothing and footwear products. 3. Communication (2%): Telephone, Internet, Mobile Contract and Calls. 4. Education (5%): Creche Fees, School Fees, College Fees, and Tertiary Study Fees. 5. Furniture & Appliances (5%): Furniture, household equipment and appliances. 6. Groceries (16.5%): Food, non-alcoholic beverages and cleaning materials. 7. Healthcare (5%): Doctor Consultation rates, Private Ward Rate, Prescription Medicine, and Private Medical Insurance Contributions. 8. Household (30%): Housing rental, utilities, local rates and residential taxes. 9. Miscellaneous (3%): Stationary, Linen and general goods and services. 10. Personal Care (3%): Personal Care products and services. 11. Recreation & Culture (6%): Books, Camera Film, Cinema Ticket, DVD and CD’s, Sports goods, Theatre Tickets. 12. Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels (2%): Dinner at Restaurant (non fast food), Hotel Rates, Take Away, Drinks & Snacks (fast Food). 13. Transport (18%): Public Transport, Vehicle Costs, Vehicle Fuel, Vehicle Insurance and Vehicle Maintenance. The full January 2011 list of all 300 international locations using all 13 basket groups is as follows: January 2011 Rank Country, City 1 Japan, Tokyo 2 Venezuela, Caracas 3 China, Hong Kong 4 Switzerland, Geneva 5 Japan, Osaka 6 Switzerland, Zurich 7 Brazil, Sao Paulo 8 Norway, Oslo 9 Japan, Nagoya 10 Russia, Moscow 11 Brazil, Rio de Janeiro 12 Liechtenstein, Vaduz 13 Japan, Yokohama 14 Denmark, Copenhagen 15 Brazil, Brasilia 16 United Kingdom, London 17 Australia, Sydney 18 Angola, Luanda 19 China, Shanghai 20 Australia, Canberra 21 France, Paris 22 Monaco, Monaco 23 Kiribati, South Tarawa 24 Jersey, Saint Helier 25 Bahamas, Nassau 26 Singapore, Singapore 27 United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi 28 Korea Republic of, Seoul 29 Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby 30 Australia, Melbourne 31 Guernsey, St Peter Port 32 Australia, Perth 33 USA, New York NY 34 Vanuatu, Port Vila 35 United Kingdom, Glasgow 36 Isle of Man, Douglas 37 Canada, Toronto 38 Germany, Munich 39 Austria, Vienna 40 Finland, Helsinki 41 Gabon, Libreville 42 Falkland Islands, Stanley 43 Russia, St. Petersburg 44 Italy, Milan 45 United Kingdom, Birmingham 46 Germany, Frankfurt 47 Trinidad and Tobago, Port-of-Spain 48 Nigeria, Lagos 49 Qatar, Doha 50 United Kingdom, Leeds 51 Italy, Rome 52 Saint Helena, Jamestown 53 New Caledonia, Noumea 54 Canada, Vancouver 55 Germany, Cologne 56 Croatia, Zagreb 57 Central African Republic, Bangui 58 Solomon Islands, Honiara 59 Mali, Bamako 60 Micronesia, Palikir 61 Australia, Brisbane 62 Belgium, Brussels 63 Bermuda, Hamilton 64 Chad, NDjamena 65 Taiwan, Taipei 66 Canada, Calgary 67 Cote DIvoire, Abidjan 68 San Marino, San Marino 69 Germany, Hamburg 70 Azerbaijan, Baku 71 United Kingdom, Belfast 72 Slovakia, Bratislava 73 Iceland, Reykjavik 74 Luxembourg, Luxembourg 75 Netherlands, Amsterdam 76 Ireland, Dublin 77 Sweden, Stockholm 78 Germany, Berlin 79 Germany, Bonn 80 Czech Republic, Prague 81 Canada, Montreal 82 Estonia, Tallinn 83 Turkey, Istanbul 84 Congo Democratic Rep, Kinshasa 85 New Zealand, Auckland 86 Cayman Islands, George Town 87 Bahrain, Manama 88 Indonesia, Jakarta 89 United Arab Emirates, Dubai 90 Cameroon, Douala 91 Spain, Madrid 92 Australia, Adelaide 93 Colombia, Bogota 94 France, Lyon 95 USA, San Francisco Calif 96 USA, Boston Mass 97 Vatican City, Vatican City 98 Sudan, Khartoum 99 Cameroon, Yaounde 100 Jamaica, Kingston 101 Sierra Leone, Freetown 102 Israel, Jerusalem 103 USA, Washington DC 104 Cook Islands, Avarua 105 Spain, Barcelona 106 USA, San Jose Calif 107 Kazakhstan, Almaty 108 France, Marseille 109 India, Mumbai 110 Canada, Ottawa 111 Sao Tome and Principe, Sao Tome 112 Samoa, Apia 113 Greenland, Nuuk 114 Djibouti, Djibouti 115 Martinique, Fort-de-France 116 Turkey, Ankara 117 Guinea-Bissau, Bissau 118 Nauru, Yaren 119 Malta, Velletta 120 USA, Anchorage AK 121 USA, Philadelphia Pa 122 Barbados, Bridgetown 123 Portugal, Lisbon 124 Hungary, Budapest 125 Zambia, Lusaka 126 China, Beijing 127 Liberia, Monrovia 128 Puerto Rico, San Juan 129 Chile, Santiago 130 Congo, Brazzaville 131 Marshall Islands, Majuro 132 South Africa, Johannesburg 133 Togo, Lome 134 Comores, Moroni 135 Turkmenistan, Ashgabat 136 India, New Delhi 137 Guam, Hagatna 138 Lebanon, Beirut 139 India, Chennai 140 Ghana, Accra 141 India, Calcutta 142 Tuvalu, Funafuti 143 USA, Los Angeles Calif 144 Cape Verde, Praia 145 Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou 146 Greece, Athens 147 Maldives, Male 148 Guadeloupe, Basse-Terre 149 India, Hyderabad 150 Senegal, Dakar 151 Andorra, Andorra la Vella 152 Palestinian Territories, West Bank 153 Uruguay, Montevideo 154 Rwanda, Kigali 155 USA, San Diego Calif 156 Kuwait, Kuwait City 157 Peru, Lima 158 Montenegro, Podgorica 159 USA, Chicago Ill 160 Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan 161 USA, Portland Ore 162 Malawi, Lilongwe 163 Ukraine, Kiev 164 French Polynesia, Papeete 165 Syria, Damascus 166 Lithuania, Vilnius 167 India, Bangalore 168 Poland, Warsaw 169 South Africa, Pretoria 170 Iran, Tehran 171 South Africa, Cape Town 172 USA, Baltimore Md 173 Tanzania, Dar es Salaam 174 Namibia, Windhoek 175 USA, Seattle Wash 176 Georgia Republic of, Tbilisi 177 Philippines, Manila 178 Timor-Leste, Dili 179 USA, Miami Fla 180 Mexico, Mexico City 181 Thailand, Bangkok 182 Fiji, Suva 183 Gibraltar, Gibraltar 184 Benin, Cotonou 185 Cyprus, Nicosia 186 Armenia, Yerevan 187 Guinea, Conakry 188 South Africa, Durban 189 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kingstown 190 Saudi Arabia, Riyadh 191 Gambia, Banjul 192 Guatemala, Guatemala City 193 Somalia, Mogadishu 194 Egypt, Cairo 195 Niger, Niamey 196 USA, Phoenix Ariz 197 Grenada, Saint Georges 198 Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 199 Cuba, Havana 200 Guyana, Georgetown 201 Haiti, Port-au-Prince 202 Slovenia, Ljubljana 203 Serbia, Belgrade 204 USA, Las Vegas Nev 205 Jordan, Amman 206 Costa Rica, San Jose 207 Latvia, Riga 208 Afghanistan, Kabul 209 Madagascar, Antananarivo 210 Swaziland, Mbabane 211 USA, Detroit Mich 212 Mauritius, Port Louis 213 Palau, Melekeok 214 Belarus, Minsk 215 USA, Denver Colo 216 Panama, Panama City 217 Eritrea, Asmara 218 Saint Kitts and Nevis, Basseterre 219 Northern Mariana Islands, Saipan 220 USA, Cleveland Ohio 221 Algeria, Algiers 222 Seychelles, Victoria 223 Dominica, Roseau 224 Oman, Muscat 225 USA, Atlanta GA 226 Botswana, Gaborone 227 Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Johns 228 Iraq, Baghdad 229 USA, Charlotte NC 230 Equatorial Guinea, Malabo 231 French Guiana, Cayenne 232 Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo 233 Moldova, Chisinau 234 USA, Jacksonville Fla 235 China, Wuhan 236 China, Shenzhen 237 USA, Milwaukee Wis 238 USA, Pittsburgh Penn 239 USA, Tampa Fla 240 Macedonia, Skopje 241 Vietnam, Hanoi 242 Saudi Arabia, Jeddah 243 Laos, Vientiane 244 USA, Dallas Tex 245 Romania, Bucharest 246 Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar 247 China, Dalian 248 USA, Fort Worth Tex 249 Mozambique, Maputo 250 Lesotho, Maseru 251 Honduras, Tegucigalpa 252 USA, San Antonio Tex 253 Kosovo, Pristina 254 Nicaragua, Managua 255 Burundi, Bujumbura 256 Belize, Belmopan 257 USA, Houston Tex 258 Ethiopia, Addis Ababa 259 China, Macao 260 Kenya, Nairobi 261 USA, Columbus Ohio 262 USA, St Louis MO 263 Bangladesh, Dhaka 264 Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City 265 USA, Austin Tex 266 Bulgaria, Sofia 267 Myanmar, Yangon 268 Saint Lucia, Castries 269 Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek 270 USA, El Paso Tex 271 Argentina, Buenos Aires 272 USA, Memphis Tenn 273 China, Guangzhou 274 El Salvador, San Salvador 275 Paraguay, Asuncion 276 Morocco, Rabat 277 Zimbabwe, Harare 278 Pakistan, Lahore 279 Mauritania, Nouakchott 280 Ecuador, Quito 281 Nepal, Kathmandu 282 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo 283 Albania, Tirana 284 China, Tianjin 285 USA, Indianapolis Ind 286 Pakistan, Islamabad 287 Korea Democratic Republic of, Pyongyang 288 Suriname, Paramaribo 289 Uzbekistan, Tashkent 290 Pakistan, Karachi 291 Tajikistan, Dushanbe 292 Uganda, Kampala 293 Tunisia, Tunis 294 Bolivia, La Paz 295 Cambodia, Phnom Penh 296 Sri Lanka, Colombo 297 Bhutan, Thimphu 298 Libya, Tripoli 299 Tonga, NukuAlofa 300 Yemen, Sanaa
  13. I think it would be great to have members experiences of days out they've had this year and maybe start a new thread each year if this one is popular... I'll start with a day out we've had today for my 46th Birthday We drove down the Gold Coast to Coolangatta and had a cappuccino looking out to the sea. Then we drove to Captain Cook Memorial at Point danger lookout where the views are just fantastic Surfers making me jealous lol Even posted one of me... No jokes please lol We then drove around to snapper rocks Then we moved back up the coast to Currumbin and stopped an ate at Currumbin Beach Vikings club right on the beach and the food was out of this world. Didn't have to be a member just sign in as a visitor showing driving license. See next picture to see where it is... Here's the menu http://supporters.currumbinslsc.com.au/2010/12/20/brand-new-menu/ Currumbin Rock A great day out and only a 30 minutes drive away. Plenty of room to park as is always the case whatever the day. We had a fantastic day out and it was a perfect day to celebrate my 46th Birthday. Pam says the Fisherman's basket she had was the best meal she's had in Australia so far :-) Called in at the cheesecake shop for a treat on the way home. Here's the menu http://supporters.currumbinslsc.com.au/2010/12/20/brand-new-menu/ So what great days out have you had this year? Get on posting so others can get idea's for future outings Howard
  14. one of the best voices in punk is back in Oz during May ........Hugh Cornwell former vocalist and guitarist with the Stranglers will be appearing at the Charles Hotel North Perth , May 8th ph 9444 1051 ..........any die hard punks interested .......... :biggrin:
  15. Completely speculate now... :radar: does anyone know or have any reason to believe that the new SOL will change drastically, a little bit, a whole lot or what? Will jobs be added, removed, or will the column containing the points for work simply be removed? What have you read, searched, or heard? I suspect the new SOL may come out next week... I read that somewhere but can't remember where... sorry... Reminds me, is anyone going to the, "Skills Australia Needs" event? Has anyone gone before? How was it?
  16. Spent a night at "The Federal" pub after the road was flooded before Roma. Our family got an education from a local couple through the single skin wooden walls. :wideeyed: Flood receding Arrived in Charleville The mail must get through Water carriers in the world war - they carried gossip between diggers which was sometimes untrue - hence the Aussie word "Furphy" Aaawww bless Don't have all these at my local newsagent
  17. Hello All For anyone thinking of travelling to Europe before end of March 2012 may want to consider this offer: http://www.malaysiaairlines.com/au/en/deals/deals-of-the-day.html The arrival times and layovers up to 7 hours aren't necessarily ideal, but the price is hard to beat! Better (or at least more popular) times are more expensive, as you'd expect. There are blackout periods, but I found that the advertised prices were available for all of the various dates I tried! I've ended up with SYD-AMS return for under $1300. :biggrin: Sarah
  18. Hi, I am wondering if any of the other bricklayers who were in London with me to do there practical assessment on April 11th have heard anything officially as yet? I have logged into VETASSESS which shows i was successful on the practical but have no evidence to send to WA until they officially send me something by email or post!!! Time is running out for us guys and am hoping i simply have not been skipped in some kind of clerical error!!
  19. Looks like the cost of visas are going up by 15%!!! :chatterbox: http://budget.australia.gov.au/2011-12/content/bp2/html/bp2_revenue-06.htm other migration new from budget : Temporary visa increase : http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/cb/2011/cb165283.htm DIAC news on Budget 2011 http://www.immi.gov.au/ I really must get out more!!! :-D
  20. * Tap Inn @ The Kent Town Hotel, Kent Town * Cafe Verde, Fairview Park * Zapata's Mexican Restaurant, North Adelaide * Jasmin Indian Restaurant, Adelaide * Yum Sing Chinese Restaurant, Old Reynella * The Lion Hotel, North Adelaide * Belmondo Ristorante, Holden Hill * The Hahndorf Inn, Hahndorf * 42nd Street Cafe, Modbury * Strand Cafe Restaurant The, Glenelg * Cibo Espresso, Adelaide * Beck's Bakehouse, Melrose Park * Pizza Bite, Redwood Park * Fasta Pasta, Salisbury * Swedish Tarts, Semaphore * Caffe Bravo, Norwood * Citi Zen Chinese Restaurant, Adelaide * Birdwood's Cafe Blumberg, Birdwood * The Elephant Walk, North Adelaide * Ginling Chinese Restaurant, South Plympton * Bracegirdles House of Fine Chocolate, Glenelg * Rundle Spices, Adelaide * Hampstead Hotel, Collinswood * Hogs Breath Cafe, Adelaide * Bonanza Dial-a-Pizza, Craigmore * Blue Gums Hotel, Fairview Park * Namaste Nepalese Restaurant, Parkside * Kwik Stix, Bedford Park * Cafe Bravo, West Lakes * Zootz Kitchen Bar, Henley Beach * Semaphore Palais by the Sea, Semaphore * Pizza Hut Dine-In, Marion * East Taste Cafe, Adelaide * Para Hills Select Chickens, Para Hills * Gloria Jean's Coffee, Glenelg * Windy Point Restaurant & Cafe, Belair * The Cupcake Boutique, Aldinga * Kefi Greek Cuisine, Glenelg North * Boost Juice, Adelaide * Ruby Raja, Tea Tree Gully * Richmond Village Chinese Restaurant, Marleston * Double Dragon Chinese Restaurant, Aberfoyle Park * Beyond India Restaurant, North Adelaide * Market 190, Mclaren Vale * Seacliff Beach Hotel, Seacliff * Hudsons Coffee, Adelaide * Tin Cat Cafe, Kent Town * Flagstaff Hotel, Darlington * Hotel Balhannah, Balhannah * Scoozi Cafe, Adelaide
  21. Hi all, We finally arrived down under on the 18th of April. Just a quick run through on how things went until we got here: My OH started the process for a Visa mid 2009 and he was ready to put in all the paperwork to the ACS (Australian Computer Society) in September of 2009. Due to some issues we had with the bank, the assessment took longer then usual and finally in January 2010 they came back and made him eligible for the Skilled Visa (175) with regards to skills. From there on, it went fairly quickly. Rules had changed a bit in the meanwhile meaning my OH also sat his IELTS test to be on the safe side. In April the Visa was lodged by our agent, in May we were requested to get our medicals and police checks done and on the 2nd of July we were granted our 175 Visa's (with me on a spouse visa). We are both in IT, and we feel quite lucky as from July 2010 many IT jobs have been removed from the critical skills list, including the one we used to qualify. We decided to make the move in 2011, which gave us another 10 months to save up some more money and get ready for it. We saved like crazy, we had no house or car to sell, so in October we booked the flight so we had a set date when we would go. We departed from Heathrow on the 17th of April with Quantas, my suitcase was slightly too heavy, but nothing was said and we didn't have to pay any extra. As you know, it was a long flight and we arrived on the Monday in the early evening. Took a cab to our hotel and stayed in Sydney for 3 days, so we had a chance to also relax a bit. The first thing we did on the Tuesday morning was to get a sim card for our phones. For us this was crucial, as we are heavy smartphone users and it has all the things we need for travel & being online where ever you are. We went with Telstra and I still can't believe the deal we have. We got a prepaid sim, which cost $2 and then you can put an amount onto it of your choice. In our case we went for the $60, which gives you 3GB of data, ofcourse the $60 for voice/text but also $940 worth of bonus voice/text. The best thing of this is, you can call internationally with it including to international mobiles. So, in essence, we can call home to the UK (or Holland in my case) on my mobile to my mum's mobile for free! Also, we're ablel to tether an internet connection with our laptops in emergencies, so this was right up our street On the Wednesday we picked up our bank cards (from NAB - very good service), then had a relaxing day and on Thursday morning we picked up our rental car to drive to Brisbane. We took it easy, stayed over in Port Macquarie and arrived in Bris on the Friday around 15.00. We had booked a holiday appartement for a month which is where we are staying currently. It's not too cheap, neither extremely expensive, but we have all utilities at hand, so we don't have to buy any household devices at all and we're close to the CBD (Auchenflower). The hosts are a very nice couple which made us feel very welcome and we're quite happy to stay until we find a long term rental. My OH also writes about our journey on his blog and he also has a video of the appartment, you can find it here . So far, we really like Brisbane (but can it stop raining please!!), we have spent 2 days sofar driving around, just to get an idea of the suburbs, but there are so many! The OH has started to apply for jobs last weekend, and felt initially a bit disheartened as it he didn't get a response straight away - which was logical as it was a long bank holiday weekend. From Wednesday onwards his phone has kept ringing, he's had 1 interview of which he didn't take the job, and another interview which he cancelled as he had a change of heart of that particular job. Coming week (another long weekend coming up ofcourse) he's got another 2 interviews scheduled with the prospect of some more coming, so in that sense, all seem to go well. In a way we feel a bit insecure, as not having a job prevents you from doing certain stuff, and also the money is only going out and nothing coming in, but we're fairly confident and calm about things and hope to have something soon. Once a job has been secured we'll start the househunting and can start building our live how we want to :wink:
  22. cat4er

    Federal Budget 2011

    Do you know any information regarding immigration intake in 2011-12? Any numbers with references will be appreciated!
  23. SHANO7

    Australian Budget 2011

    Hi PIo's Link attached for the budget due to be announced at 7.30pm AEST www.budget.gov.au/ Lets hope this brings good news for all cat 4ers Cheers Shane
  24. So, who is coming along for a fun day out at the college of north west London for their practical tests, Im doing the Joinery one start at 0800hrs sharp, luckily for me I live a grand total of 15 mins away from the college so happy days,:biggrin:, but no doubt people will be coming down from all over the country, Any joiners out there doing the practical on the same day let me know! Cheers
  25. BricklayerBirmingham

    Bricklaying Vetassess Practical 2011

    Hi Just seeing if anyone else has their bricklaying practical in London next week? If so have you received any plans yet? Thanks