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  1. Let me be clear-- this is not in anyway to be offensive to Aussies. All the Aussies ( albeit only a handful) that I have come across were kind, soft spoken and polite. Taking on from another thread I'm just trying to explore why or whether Aussies are being perceived as the above. Do you think Aussies in any kind of majority or noticeable proportion are either one of Dumb , Drunk or Racist? Pomsinoz offers a good venue to discuss this topic because it would give a relatively unbiased opinion I think, with the majority of posters either British or Aussies. Just remember to keep it civil and not to do any racial bashing! :biggrin:. Mainly I'm interested in knowing IF there is such a perception elsewhere ( other than in India) and what are the reasons for such a perception.
  2. Kathie

    Australian credit card

    Hello, can anyone recommend a particular credit card, or would it be best to keep using our UK ones, with their 2.5 surcharge? My husband arrived in Sydney two weeks ago and now wants to book a flight back home for Christmas. The NAB have authorised him a card, but the credit limit will only just cover his ticket costs. Thanks, Kathy
  3. Reading around on the forum, it seems companies like Aldi and power playes like Steve Wozniak are seeing opportunities for beating the established players (most of them would be local I guess)... and the government seems to be of the mind that there is some foul play involved in the local market. SO, do you think the government should open the market for foreign companies?? Personally, I am ALL for protecting weak sectors... as long as the protections are enshrouded in legislation that force the businesses to work towards recovery (rather than knowingly remaining weak and enjoying the protections). But in many cases, Aussie companies are well placed to compete with global players... they just need to make themselves more nimble and competitive... and they have the talent and resources to do it. Opening up the market would force the local companies to start thinking out of the box... and one avenue for 'getting even' would be aggressive targeting of foreign markets. That would make Australia a global brand... which would be a very good thing. What do you say???
  4. What do people think of long day care centres compared to UK nurseries? I particularly concerned with the staffing levels. In the UK for under 2s the adult to child ratio is 1:3 and in Australia it is 1:5. Also I seem to be having real difficultly finding a place anytime in the next year! Thanks
  5. Hi, Is there still no requirement to change from a UK driving licence to an Aussie licence while on a 457 temporary residence visa. I've been here a couple of years on a 457 visa and over that time applied for an Aussie licence. Unfortunately I have racked up a number of demerit points which means I'm likely to have it suspended which is very problematic, particularly with work. I know there was no requirement to convert while on a 457 visa a couple of years but wondered whether that was still the case, and whether I could still drive on a UK licence during the 3 month suspension of the Aussie licence. Has anyone had any experience of this? I also intend to apply for PR, if I get PR is there still a 4 month grace period to change over? Thanks David
  6. I have always thought people became Australian citizens because they liked it here and wanted to make an ongoing commitment to Australia. I suppose it didn't really occur to me until I joined PIO and read some of the posts that anyone would swear allegiance to a country, and its people, if they didn't like it here and/or didn't want to call Australia home. I would be really interested to know what becoming an Australian citizen means to you. Is it just a convenience? Or is it something more meaningful to you?</SPAN>
  7. pete2011

    Australian Federal Police check

    Hi, Does anyone know how long it takes to get an Australian Federal Police Check from the UK ?:jiggy:
  8. pommysteve

    Australian bank deposit

    How do I pay someone in Australia? They have provided account# 999999999 BSB# 999 999. Is that like A/C No & Sort Code? How do I go about paying form UK account? Or maybe I need an Oz Bank Account?
  9. The Aussie added more than four cents against sterling over the week. Most of the gain came at lunchtime on Wednesday, after six central banks announced they would lend US dollars more cheaply to banks. After weeks of fretting about the lack of action to resolve Euroland's debt crisis, investors were impressed to see that somebody was doing something to set matters in order. Even though the central banks were responding to a liquidity problem in the wholesale market, not to Italy's inability to borrow money, anything at that level was better than nothing. It was optimism about Euroland rather than the strength of the Australian economy that took the AUD higher. New home sales in October rose by 5.5% on the month but only after a -3.5% decline in September. Retail sales growth slowed to 0.2% and the manufacturing purchasing managers' index remained in the shrinkage zone at 47.8.
  10. The Aussie moved ahead of sterling on the week, adding about a cent; not a significant achievement. Inexplicably it kept close company with a motley group including the Canadian dollar, the Swiss franc and the yen – currencies which more usually find themselves at opposite ends of the spectrum. Two reasons for this apparently random movement were the Thanksgiving holiday in the States and investors' mounting confusion about Euroland; they combined to create an illiquid and jumpy market. An ecostat drought provided just two data; the leading [economic] index went positive in September, rising from -0.2% to 0.1%, and construction work carried out in the third quarter was 12.5% more than in the previous three months.
  11. Hi guys I need to get Oz police clearance for a job I have applied for... I'm going to walk into town as I need to get some docs certified and then post it off. Just wondering if there are any recommendations on who I might approach to certify the docs and how much I might be charged? It looks as if I can go to the police/post office/bank - just not sure if they will appreciate it! Cheers
  12. Australian Immigration Department Explains Skilled Migration Reforms. In his address to the Australian Industry Group (AIG), National PIR (Personnel and Industrial Relations) Group Conference in Canberra, Mr Kukoc, FAS Migration and Visa Policy Division outlined the global nature of migration and the important role it plays in Australia’s economic and social development. Mr Kukoc also discussed a range of skilled migration reforms the department had implemented in recent years. Interesting in Australia, quite clear we need to plan for the future but current political/media environment does not allow much public pro immigration stances.... be interesting how much gets reported and how, political suicide :unsure:
  13. From 1 December 2011, the Australian High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan will process all new family based migration applications for applicants from Pakistan and Afghanistan. According to the announcement, made by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), all new partner, child and family visa applications lodged by those who live in Pakistan or Afghanistan (except for applications made by Afghan nationals) will be processed by the Australian High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan. Afghan nationals who live in Afghanistan or Pakistan should continue to lodge these visa applications with the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates where the applications will continue to be processed in Dubai. For those who lodged their visa application before December 1, 2011, they will continue to have their application processed by the Australian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand until further notice. If applicants' cases are transferred to the Islamabad office, they will be informed by their new case officer in that office. Permanent visa subclasses affected by the change are as follows: Child (Permanent) (subclass 101) visa Adoption (Permanent) (subclass 102) visa Aged Dependent Relative (subclass 114) visa Remaining Relative (subclass 115) visa Carer (subclass 116) visa Orphan Relative (subclass 117) visa Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa Partner (Temporary and Permanent) (subclass 309 and 100) visas Dependent Child (subclass 445) visa
  14. A Biometric Services Platform and user interface application will be used to verify the identify of those taking the Cambridge Advanced English Exam in an attempt to eliminate exam fraud. The biometric verification solution based on the COTS Biometric Services Platform and user interface development services are supplied by Aware, a global provider of biometrics and medical imaging software. The advanced solution will form the basis of Identica, which is part of Cambridge Assessment's exam fraud prevention services. Thanks to the Identica system, proctors can now easily capture ISO-compliant facial images of candidates upon their arrival at the test centre. Organisations can then use these images when they want to verify whether a specific candidate presenting a certificate is really the candidate who took the test. An upgraded system can also support further biometric modalities including fingerprints. Identica will be used for the first time by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations for its Cambridge English Advanced test, one of the English language tests that are accepted by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) for student visa applications. "We launched Identica to enhance the security of our exams, which are widely used for immigration and citizenship, higher education and business, and need the highest levels of integrity," Sarah Corcoran, Director at Cambridge Assessment stated. Cambridge ESOL test centers all over the world have started to use the service and it is expected to be used in over 130 countries by the end of 2011.
  15. The Pom Queen

    2012 Australian Visa Fees

    The Australian federal government has announced changes to the cost of applying for Australian visas from next year in an effort to return the budget to surplus. According to the Immigration Minister Chris Bowen's release on November 29, Australian student visa application fees will drop by 5 percent while other Australian visa application fees will increase. The Minister indicated that the decrease in the student visa application fee would help to increase the competitiveness of Australia's international education sector. In contrast, fees for a range of skills and business visas will go up by between 5 percent and 15 percent. Fee increases will also affect dependants of visa applicants and applicants who make paper-based visa applications where there is an 'e' visa option. "If people are bringing family members with them to Australia, the fee will reflect the additional processing and checks for these family members," the Minister clarified. Australian visitor visas and humanitarian visas will not change as a result of these changes. "These changes will bring Australia's visa application charge structures in line with comparable countries." stated the Minister. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship is expected to apply a consumer price index (CPI) increase to the majority of visa application fees from July 2012. Additional information about visa application fees amounts will be published closer to their implementation.
  16. Amazing Frisbee Throw Off Australian Bridge http://www.thepostgame.com/features/201111/amazing-frisbee-throw-australian-bridge
  17. Hello All, I am Indian migrant currently holding Australian PR and working in Sydney. Basically, in Jan-2012 I'll be eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship visa. However, I am bit confused in making the decision....b'coz i'll be moving back to India probably after 3-4 years ( and India does not allow dual citizenship). So I'm thinking whether I should stay on PR or go for citizenship. So I need your inputs on what things I'll loose / gain if I go for Citizenship? Note : 1. In 2012-13 we will be having a baby as well. So I have to think of the benifits which my baby can get if I go for Citizenship visa. 2. My husband wont be able to apply for Citizenship till 2014 as he migrated into Australia in Nov-2010 ( on s457) and now holding dependent PR. Thanks Jenny
  18. hrussell734

    Australian citizen no passport

    Hi all, New here and searching madly for some advice! I am Australian, my partner is British and we are leaving to emigrate to Australia on thursday! We have a 2 year old son who is british although has a certificate of Australian citizenship by descent. Was planning to get him an Australian passport when we got to Oz as we live a long way from London so was trying to avoid the trip up there! I rang the embassy today to sort out his visa and was told that he couldn't enter on his british passport and they wouldn't issue him a visa as he is an Australian citizen. He needs to get an Australian passport before thursday! Passport office was closed at this point and she advised phoning at 9am tomorrow. I am a good 5 hours away, so wouldn't get there until Wednesday - the day before we fly!!!! (its only open 9-12). Does anyone know if we can sort this out at all? Is it worth risking trying to get him there with his UK passport and Australian certificate of citizenship? I read online that it causes long delays and the airline may refuse to carry him. To make things harder, I am flying to Sydney and he is travelling with my partner to Perth so I won't be there when they land to help sort it out and prove his rights to citizenship. Or do I just turn up at the passport office at 9am tomorrow and beg?! Any suggestions, Thanks!
  19. I am finished BBA 3rd yr in Nepal.I have 1 yr left.I have a situation so I am willing to apply for exemption(credit Transfer) in Australian University.How likely is it to get exemption and what are the documents required and process to apply for exemption. thanx in advance.
  20. hi - i've been in australia since 78 and now my daughter has gone back to live in uk - i am thinking i would like to go back when i retire - still a few years away. but I just cant work out all the pension rules, does amyone know if i will be able to get my aust pension if i'm living in uk or can i get a uk pension. help:arghh:
  21. Unless you want to spend a few days in jail and a $50k legal battle :wideeyed: http://www.terminalu.com/travel-destinations/australia-pacific/australia/100000-payout-for-man-wrongly-accused-of-smuggling-drugs-in-pantene-shampoo/19898/
  22. In a busy week, the Australian Bureau of Statistics delivered a series of data that tended towards the low side of expectations. A 1.1% monthly increase in motor vehicle sales wasn’t enough to offset the previous month's -1.4% fall. The wage price index – an indicator of labour cost inflation and tightness in the jobs market – edged down from 3.8% to 3.6% in the third quarter of the year. Average weekly wages provided a counterpoint, accelerating by 5.3% in the year to August after a 4.4% increase in the year to July. It was investor risk appetite that once again exerted the most influence on the Aussie dollar. Nervousness about the situation in Euroland extends to nervousness about the global economy, and investors are concerned for Australia's economic future. Unless EU leaders can pull something out of the fire, the Australian dollar looks more likely to go down than up.
  23. The Aussie dollar managed to avoid the spotlight last week. That task was made easier by the market's obsession with developments in Euroland, where prime ministerial resignations were coming thick and fast. Italy's premier followed his Greek colleague out of the back door, making way for another non-political economist to take the helm. Having been less than enthusiastic about the Australian dollar during the early part of the week, investors rediscovered their appetite for it on Thursday and Friday. Australian economic indicators were close enough to forecast that investors paid them little attention. Business confidence improved from -1 to +2, even though (current) business conditions apparently deteriorated from +2 to -1. Consumer confidence was up by 6.3%. Home loans rose by 2.2% in September. Employment grew by 10.1k in October, with only half as many new jobs as the previous month – but the unemployment rate was steady at 5.2%. There was nothing there to distinguish the Aussie, but nothing to trip it up either.
  24. Hi, anyone requested an Australian Police Check lately? The website says it takes 3 weeks - wondered if they actually take that long to come back....thanks
  25. During a speech at the lord mayor of London's banquet, the prime minister described an exchange with Australian leader, Julia Gillard, and tried to imitate her accent. Cameron's audience at the Guildhall in London laughed, but the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper described his impersonation as 'bizarre' http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/video/2011/nov/15/david-cameron-attempts-australian-accent-video