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  1. Hi all, not been on here for a while so hope youre all ok :biggrin: Anyhow just a question i need answering to do with my nursing ...... I am currently in the process of sending off full assessment to AHPRA , i have a diploma in childrens nursing and need to know if i need to apply for registered nurse or qualified nurse with my qualification? So need to try and contact the Australian nursing and midwifery council but cannot find telephone number anywhere ?????? Also has abody on here had to do extra course's as a childrens nurse in england before going to OZ ? Childrens nursing does not seem to be as recognized as much in Australia sooooo help desperately needed , getting in a real pickle ! Please help i am so confused :goofy: thanks lisa
  2. I have only recently qualified as a Permanent Resident on a Contributory Parent Visa and hope in time (around 4/5 years) to become accepted as a Citizen. I am still married but my partner did not apply as he was not prepared to make the leap and leave the UK. So I live in Oz and he is still in the UK. Please can anyone tell me if I am correct in thinking the following? If I eventually become a Citizen and if he one day decides he misses me and our children and would like to join me in Australia, is it a simple case of me sponsoring him after 5 years and then him coming over on a Visa which does not cost the price of a mortgage?! Currently, as he is not certain if he ever will want to come and live in Oz it makes no sense him going down the route of applying for his own Contributory Parent Visa as if he then decides not to come after all it will be many thousands of $ down the drain. Your knowledge would be much appreciated. Just a bit of general info. It is hellish expensive in Oz. The cost of living, accommodation, food, clothing and everything in between is crippling. It is a beautiful place of course and the people are wonderful - and I do hate to do the whinging Pom bit - but it is undeniable that living here you need to really earn or be prepared to say goodbye to your savings! Thanks and hope someone can guide me:-)
  3. Hi All, So pleased we found this forum. My Husband (British) and I (Australian citizen) have been married for 5 years and have two children. We met whilst working in the US. We have lived in the UK for the past few years but would now like to move to Australia (Perth). Could anyone here advise what information we will need to provide the Australian Embassy for my husband to successfully receive a Spouse Visa. Furthermore, can anyone advise whether it's easier/quickier to submit the paperwork from London or Perth. It seems to us that everything is made so much more complicated in the UK? Our preference would be to fly to Perth and visit the Immigration office there, as they were very helpful when we visited around 10 years ago. I suppose in a nutshell we would appreciate the following advise - If you were in our situation what would you do. This is obviously aimed at people that have either gone through the process in either country or understand the processes involved... hehe sorry I'll be quiet now. Kind Regards Megan:wacko:
  4. Hi all, I applied for Australian permanent visa and for Canadian permanent visa. Is it possible to have 2 permanent visas at the same time in my passport?? Also, I am waiting for the result of the Green Card for 2012 :cool:
  5. AT LEAST ONE MPC MEMBER STILL WANTS HIGHER RATES But is he alone? This week's MPC minutes will tell. RBA still looking at higher interest rates after all. With higher lows and lower highs than the previous week, the pound covered a range of less than three cents. It opened in London yesterday morning a little more than half a cent down on the week. The UK economic data were not disastrous to the pound, but they did it no favours. Figures for the consumer price index showed prices rising by 4.5% in the year to May, just as analysts had forecast. The number was unchanged from a month earlier, way off the 2% inflation target but not high enough to provoke a change of policy by the Monetary Policy Committee. The employment figures revealed a quarterly increase of 80k jobs and an 88k fall in the number of unemployed. However, at the same time, the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance went up by three times as many as expected and earnings growth slowed to an annual 1.8%. Average earnings are rising at less than half the speed they are being eroded by inflation. That will have been one of the reasons why retail sales fell by -1.4% in May after their royal wedding and bank holiday increase of 1.2% the previous month. According to the RICS, house prices are falling more quickly. Its house price balance dropped from -21 to -28 in May. Estate agents' website, Rightmove told a wildly different but totally irrelevant story on Sunday night: asking prices rose by 0.6% between May and June and are up by 8.1% since the beginning of the year. Even Rightmove itself accepts that would-be sellers are being unrealistic in asking an average of 47% more for their properties than the average sale prices reported by Nationwide and Halifax; it described the situation as a "romp away from reality" and predicted a 7% fall between now and Christmas. On the oratorical front the pound received an early boost from MPC member Martin Weale's speech entitled ‘Why the Bank Rate should increase now’. Investors who might have worried about his commitment to higher rates following the departure from the committee of arch-hawk Andrew Sentance were left in no doubt of his resolve. They were less convinced though by the performances of the Chancellor and the Bank of England Governor at the Lord Mayor's banquet. The Chancellor unveiled an apparently self-contradictory plan to increase the proportion of capital held by banks against their loans, at the same time urging them to lend more. The Governor intended to "stick to the course, adjusting the tiller in response to changing conditions" and was "confident that we shall return to both price and financial stability”. Australian ecostats included falls in NAB's index of business conditions, from 5 to 1, and in its business confidence index, which eased from 7 to 6. Westpac's index of consumer confidence was lower as well, doubling in negativity from -1.3% to -2.6%. Housing starts rose by 3.1% in the first quarter, partially reversing the -4.0% decline in the previous three months. Investors were pleased to hear from the Reserve Bank of Australia governor, Glenn Stevens, that the RBA's statement after the June policy meeting had omitted an important point. Contrary to what the market had (reasonably) inferred from that statement, the Bank still has a bias towards tighter monetary policy and higher interest rates. Working against the Aussie, however, was the looming storm in Euroland, where the EU seems paralysed by inaction in its effort to find a lasting solution to the Greek government debt crisis. Although Brussels has a track record of last-minute solutions to apparently insoluble problems, it really seems to be taking this particular one right down to the wire. Investors worry that if it fails to get things back on track, there will be no alternative to a sovereign default by Greece. (In the long run there may still be no alternative to an eventual default, but sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof, as the good book says.) A Greek default could precipitate all sorts of new crises, including busted banks and the ‘contagion’ that might send Portugal, Ireland, Spain, or all of the above down the same path to perdition. It could mean a second recession; it would almost certainly mean a second financial crisis. That is the bleak outlook that worries investors and which has made them less eager to hold the commodity currencies that rely on untrammelled global growth for their progress. Couple that with the possibility that the Chinese economy is overheating and could be heading for a setback anyway, and the AUD's outlook begins to look less sunny. The coming week's data from New Zealand are no more prolific than last week's with just the Westpac and the Conference Board's leading indices and the minutes of the June RBA policy meeting. With Euroland and Greece still at centre stage, it could again be the global growth outlook that turns out to be the main driver of the Aussie. A relatively quiet week for UK data covers public sector borrowing, the CBI's manufacturing orders and retail sales figures and mortgage approvals by members of the British Bankers' Association. The minutes of June's MPC meeting come out on Wednesday. Two votes for a rate increase (m/s Weale and Dale) would be neutral for sterling; more or less would be good or bad for the pound.
  6. Hi Our only outstanding "Required" bit on ur Visas with the exception of our Medical results (uploaded this week hopefully) is the "Australian Federal Police (AFP) certificate" now we have not lived in oz at all so believe they are not required, is it safe to ignore this requirement and do we have to inform our CO that we havent lived in Oz ? Cheers Jess and Matt
  7. It's great to feel wanted isn't it!? However, I know how stressful and worrying it can be in limbo land between jobs or a mass CV send off so I wanted to create a post to share the small things I done to get my first down under job offer. When deciding to move to Australia back in February I was fed up and disillusioned with my life and job here in the UK. I wasn't doing what I wanted because like so many others I had just taken any job I could get so I could pay the bills. I decided that it was time for a change, to be more proactive and try and work in an industry that I am really passionate about but have no formal or educational background in, just a passion for. Since I couldn't be any less in that industry or job than I already am I thought I may as well just make a CV, a passionate cover letter and take a shot. Though not every employer was interested I have found that if you take a chance and follow up you can at least get your foot in the door and get a chance to speak to employers and I managed to arrange some Skype interviews and actual interviews for when I arrive. Today however I received my first actual offer of a job which is a huge relief knowing that I will have that income and opportunity waiting for me. If you are looking for a job please stay positive, be proactive and get out there in employers faces. You have nothing to lose and it shows that you are serious and a person that does what it takes to get something done and isn't that what all employers want? On the practical side of things... I have found seek.com.au to be the best place to start for the type of jobs I have been looking for. Gumtree throws up the odd gem now and then but there are a lot of scams on there. Recruitment consultants I have found to be, as always, typically useless. Depending on your industry there may be specialist sites and agencies that are more useful in your particular situation, if that is the case there is a small website few people know about called Google where you can go, type in what you want and it will search for other websites on that topic! What will they think of next?
  8. Guest

    Australian mentality

    Hello all, I would like to ask your opinion about the mentality of the Australian people in general, is their mentality more similar to the American people or to European people? thanks
  9. Hi there just filling out this form as requested - how did anyone send the fee? It states cheque or money order and that any cheques must be from an australian bank or a bank that is affiliated with an australian bank. What is a money order? Also, did anyone send a copy of their marriage certificate? or just passport? will be a pain to have to get another certified copy done! many thanks!
  10. Bobj

    Australian Lunar Eclipse

    Another Lunar Eclipse In Australia On Thursday, June 16th 2011 In the Eastern States the eclipse will be at 5.22 AM to 7.03 AM Central Standard time (Adelaide) it will be 4.52 AM to 6.33 AM Western Standard Time it will be 3.22 AM to 5.03 AM Cheers, Bobj.
  11. Both myself nd my hubby spent a year in Oz on a WHV from 2002 - 2003, & they have now asked us to get Police Clearance from Australia... I have printed off all the forms & am in the process of filling them in but... It asks for our present address... which is fine, however, we moved to this house in 2006... then it asks for a previous address... The question is... do I put the address prior to this one in Ireland... or do I put an Australian address... & if I put an Australian address down, which one... I was backpacking around the whole of Oz & had numerous addresses most of which were hostels??? Just wondering what anyone else did or thinks I should do??? Cheers in advance... Susie :unsure:
  12. UK ECONOMY GROWS BY 0.4% IN THREE MONTHS TO MAY Inflation pressures moderate. Aussie scuppered by interest rates and employment. At the beginning of last week the pound retreated by another cent to allow the Aussie another record (post-flotation) high. A three-and-a-half-cent rebound took sterling to the week's high on Thursday morning before it fell back by two and a half cents before Friday lunchtime. When London opened yesterday morning the pound was a net and hard-earned one cent higher on the week. Another drought-ridden crop of UK economic statistics began with the British Retail Consortium reporting lower sales in May, after April's bank holiday boost. It ended with the revelation that UK industrial production had fallen by -1.2% in the year to April and by -1.2% in the month itself. It was not all bad news though. Halifax reported a tiny 0.1% monthly increase for its house price index in June and offered a vaguely optimistic outlook: "Overall, we expect a moderate improvement in the economy during the remainder of 2011, which, combined with continuing low interest rates, is likely to support housing demand. This should prevent a further marked fall in prices and help to stabilise property values later in the year." The scale of the moderation in that economic improvement was made clear by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, with its estimate on Friday that the UK economy expanded by 0.4% in the three months to May. The trade figures were alright though, in a British sort of way. April's deficit was down to -£4.4 billion from March's -£4.5 billion. The producer price index showed a relaxation of the squeeze on manufacturers; the speed of their cost increases slowed from an annual 17.9% to 15.7%, while factory gate prices eased only slightly from 5.5% to 5.3%. For the month of May, factory gate output prices were up by 0.2%; input prices (costs) fell by -1.2%. Thursday's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting was every bit the non-event it had been cracked up to be. Nothing changed and nobody said anything. Not until 22 June will investors discover from the minutes of the meeting who voted for what. The best guess is that the departure of Andrew Sentance from the Committee will have changed the voting pattern from 9-3 in favour of no change to 7-2. The two big-ticket events for the Australian dollar were the Reserve Bank of Australia's monetary policy decision and statement, and the monthly employment numbers for May. Neither failed to match up to its billing, but delivered unexpected disappointments. Analysts had been confident that if the RBA did not deliver an interest rate increase this month it would set the scene for a move in July from 4.75% to 5%. The RBA shattered that belief with Tuesday's statement. Not only did the cash rate stick at 4.75%, the wording of the statement indicated that an increase is far from imminent: "As the temporary price shocks dissipate over the coming quarters, CPI inflation will be close to target over the next 12 months. The Board judged that the current mildly restrictive stance of monetary policy remained appropriate." Try as they might, investors could find not even the most tenuous hint that the RBA is minded to take interest rates higher under current circumstances. The Aussie dropped more than half a cent against the US dollar and twice that much against the pound. The next brick was Thursday's employment data. Although the 4.9% rate of unemployment was fair enough, the change in employment figure underwhelmed. At +7.8k it was just a third of what investors had been looking for. Taking into account revisions to previous figures, in April and May together Australia suffered a net loss of more than 20k jobs. It was not what the doctor ordered and it sent the Aussie lower again. A bank holiday week in Australia will bring subjective assessments of business conditions and confidence, consumer confidence and consumer inflation expectations. The hard data are restricted to housing starts and new vehicle sales. The two important UK statistics will be for consumer price index inflation and employment. The former loses most of its theoretical clout because everyone is aware that the MPC will keep interest rates as low as it can for as long as it can. The latter is critical to the economy and the currency; without jobs growth there can be no spending growth and no economic growth. Making up the numbers will be the RICS house price balance, consumer confidence (Nationwide's version) and retail sales. Sterling is off the bottom against the Aussie - again - but is not yet going up. Buyers of the Australian dollar would be wise to continue to hedge their risk, fixing a price for up to half the money they need with a forward purchase.
  13. Mobile phone numbers going public This is for Australian phone numbers REMEMBER: Mobile Phone Numbers Go Public next month. REMINDER: all mobile phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sale calls. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS Below is a link where you can enter your phone numbers online to put an end to telemarketing calls. Don't just delete those calls otherwise you will find that you have been signed up for all sorts of extra services that you didn't want or know about. Like special chimes, music etc. https://www.donotcall.gov.au/ My dear Bobj sent me this through in an email yesterday, I registered immediately.
  14. Dear All, My name is Philip. I am an international student here and doing a Master of Professional Accounting (2-year degree). I will complete my degree by end of 2012 and I am now preparing to apply for PR. I graduated from Vietnam with a Bachelor of Applied Science - Software Engineering degree. My Bachelor degree was awarded by RMIT Melbourne, but I studied full time in Vietnam. I have 1.5 years experience in IT and nearly 4 years experience in business. All experiences I gained in Vietnam. I am now doing a Master of Professional Accounting (2-year) in Perth. I would like to gain 5 points for one year Australian work experience under the new point system. I can get a part time job (20 hours per week) with a contract starting from now until end of 2012. Currently I have 2 options: + Option 1: IT support in a Design Company. + Option 2: Sales in a Chemist shop. Because my nominated occupation is Accounting (SOL) and as a rule the working experience claimed must be closely related to that occupation, which option should I choose in this case and whether or not I could gain 5 points from that? Thank you very much. Philip.
  15. VERY LITTLE GOOD NEWS FOR THE POUND Almost every UK statistic disappoints Better-than-expected Australian GDP figure provokes relief rally. A two-and-a-half-cent range separated Tuesday's sterling peak from Wednesday's trough and Friday's low. Although sterling was on the defensive, investors seemed reluctant to pull the trigger. The pound opened in London this morning a little more than a cent and a half lower on the shortened week. With one exception the week's UK economic statistics were lower on the month, lower than forecast, or both. Mercifully, it was a short list. Mortgage approvals in April numbered 45.2k, the lowest number for that month since records began in 1993. Purchasing managers' indices for the manufacturing and services sectors were down on the month, down on forecast, at 52.1 and 53.8, respectively. The sole glimmer of light came from May's construction sector PMI. At 54.0 it beat the 53.3 recorded in April and just managed to pip the 53.8 predicted by analysts. And that was it really. Sterling did not have much to say for itself and investors were unimpressed with the few things they did get to hear. One research firm, Markit, summarised the week's figures as reducing the upward pressure on inflation and pointing to growth of no more than 0.3% in the second quarter of the year. On both counts they militated against any early interest rate increase from the Monetary Policy Committee. The Aussie dollar had plenty to say. Though none of them looked amazingly good, the Australian data were seen as the temporary result of flooding at the end of last year. Among the weather-affected figures were the -2.0% fall in Q1 corporate profits, hard on the heels of a -2.8% fall in Q4 2010, and a widening of the current account deficit to -$10.4 billion. Building permit issuance fell by -1.3% in April and by -11.5% in the 12-month period. The figure reflects weakness in the sector as a whole, but probably understates activity because some authorities have waived the need for permits in order to allow people to rebuild their properties without being hampered by red tape. Paradoxically, the Aussie's great leap forward came after figures showing the economy contracted by -1.2% in the first quarter, especially as the number was worse than the -1.0 % shrinkage that analysts had predicted. Investors had been geared up for a bad number; when they saw annual growth of 1.0%, despite the Q1 drop they bought the Aussie in a relief rally. Until Tuesday the Australian dollar was looking good, held high by expectations that the Reserve Bank Of Australia was about to raise its benchmark cash rate from 4.75% to 5%. The thinking was that if the increase did not come with Tuesday's board meeting it would happen next month. The RBA shattered that belief with its statement from the governor. Not only did the cash rate stick at 4.75%, the wording of the statement indicated that an increase is not imminent. The Aussie dropped more than half a cent against the US Dollar and twice that much against the pound. There are some middle-weight figures from the UK including the trade balance, producer prices and manufacturing and industrial production. Thursday's interest rate decision from the MPC will be significant only in the unlikely event that it delivers other than a "no change" verdict. Otherwise it will be the minutes of the meeting in a couple of weeks' time that are more important. Sterling is off the bottom against the Aussie but is not exactly going up. Buyers of the Australian dollar should continue to hedge their risk, and consider fixing a price for up to half the money they need with a forward purchase.
  16. UK GROWTH CONFIRMED AT 0.5% IN FIRST QUARTER But UK business investment and household spending are down More signs of weakness in the Australian economic data Sterling started the week badly but recovered on Tuesday and Wednesday, adding a cent and a half. It spent the remainder of the week drifting sideways. When London opened this morning it was sitting on a net gain of just over a cent on the eight-day week. Sterling's rough start to the week came with the help of a worse-than-expected monthly figure for public sector net borrowing. Net borrowing in April was £7.7 billion, not far off double the £4.4 billion pencilled in by investors and a record for that month. Reasonably, the thought was that if the government is trying to rein in the deficit it is not making a particularly good fist of it. Tuesday's revised figures for first-quarter gross domestic product were not much to write home about either. They showed household spending down by -0.6% on the quarter and by -0.3% over the 12 months to end-March. The equivalent numbers for business investment were -7.1% and -3.2%. Here, too, investors were perplexed: if neither businesses nor households are spending money, what will drive the recovery? The market did not punish the pound for the GDP data though, largely because the figure of 0.5% for GDP growth in Q1 was unaltered after the revision. Inevitably, many investors would have been suspicious of a downgrade. There was a relief rally when it failed to materialise. The week's only two other UK statistics were unexceptional. Gfk's index of consumer confidence "improved" from a fairly miserable -31 to a slightly less downbeat -21. Nationwide's house price index rose by 0.3% in May to leave it -1.2% lower on the year. The main contributor to sterling's weakness at the beginning of last week was a warning from Moody's that it was considering a downgrade to the credit ratings of 14 British banks and building societies. Having given due consideration to the matter, investors decided it was nothing to worry about. Moody's sole reason for the reassessment is that UK banks are currently underwritten by a government guarantee. When the institutions are once again judged sound enough to stand on their own two feet that guarantee will be withdrawn. Without a government guarantee they will be intrinsically more risky. Investors were not uncomfortable with that logic and did not see it as a reason to lay into the pound. The Australian economic data continue to look flaky. Of the figures released over the last week only one, private-sector capital expenditure, was above than the previous quarter and higher than expected. The Conference Board's leading economic index slowed from 0.6% to 0.4%. An equivalent measure from Westpac was flat at 0.5%. Corporate gross operating profits declined by -2.0% in Q1. Lending to the private sector was flat in April. Significantly, the residential property sector is showing signs of struggling to maintain the high prices to which everyone has become accustomed. Figures today from Data Rismark show that although the price of cheaper property has crept higher, the luxury end of the market is under pressure. In Melbourne the top suburbs suffered an average price fall of -3.5% in the year to April. Nationally the decline was -5.4%. Whilst Sydney, as a whole, saw prices rise by 0.5%, Perth is down by 7.1% on the year. Building permits fell by -1.3% in April. The news coincided with a report that "Two thirds of 20- to 45-year-olds have given up on home ownership" because of unaffordable prices. Investors' take on the property situation was that it would dissuade the Reserve Bank of Australia from being in a hurry to raise interest rates, especially in view of the proposed carbon tax that would cost the private sector around A$11.5 billion in its first year of operation. There could be more bad news to come this week. The AiG performance of manufacturing index is expected to remain below the 50.0 boom/bust divide and Australia's GDP is forecast to have shrunk by -0.3% in Q1. UK statistics will be in short supply; just mortgage approvals and the PMIs. Whilst it is becoming increasingly tempting to look for a reversal of the Aussie's two-and-a-half-year rally it is still too soon to call a reversal.
  17. Hi guys, My wife has slightly higher level of SGPT (ALT) and SGOT(AST) (both of these are liver tests) but she doesn't have any of TB, HIV, Hep B and Hep C. All of these are negative. I am worried about whether SGPT/SGOT are gonna pose any threat to our application OR these are not that significant to affect it, provided that there are no major problems? Anybody who knows about these tests or have any idea about them?? Thanks Kind Regards
  18. Hi guys, I have developed a free iPhone app called 'GdayAustralia' to help people practice for the Australian Citizenship Test. I noticed that most other apps on the story are over $2. It is only Version 1 and is one of the first apps I have developed, so it does lack all the bells and whistles of some of the other apps but it does the job ( I will make improvements in future updates). Anyway, I thought it might help some of you guys, so check it out if you want. Here's the link: GdayAustralia - http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/gdayaustralia/id430601584?mt=8 :jiggy:
  19. STERLING FAILS TO IMPRESS Investors focus on the weak aspects of UK inflation and employment data More unimpressive data from the Australian economy. A two-and-a-half-cent range saw sterling hold steady-ish on Monday and Tuesday before swinging down on Wednesday and back up on Friday. When London opened this morning the pound was an insignificant 30 ticks up on the week. A busy week for sterling contained a rough balance of good news and bad news, although investors could not always agree which was which. Tuesday's consumer price index (CPI) data showed inflation jumping back up to 4.5% in April after March's temporary setback. What might have been a positive event for the pound, with its implication of higher interest rates, turned out to be the dampest of squibs. One reason was the underlying assumption that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has not the remotest intention of increasing interest rates until it absolutely has to. The other was the quarterly exchange of letters between the governor and the chancellor that appeared to rubber-stamp that approach. The chancellor's response was to "welcome the MPC's continued commitment to respond flexibly to the economic outlook". Wednesday's employment report was seen almost universally as a negative for sterling. Although more people were in work and the rate of unemployment went down again, investors chose to focus on the increase in the number of dole-claimants. It will not have helped that, at a time when the government is supposed to be cutting expenditure, not only were basic public sector wages 11.6% higher than in the private sector, they were also rising more quickly; by 2.5% in the year to March compared with the 1.9% average increase across the private sector. Even April's strong 21.1% monthly and 2.8% annual increase in retail sales failed to impress investors. They put it down to three bank holidays and a royal wedding; events that will not be recurrent. On the positive side, the Bank of England's chief economist, Spencer Dale, turned out not to be as flaky on tighter monetary policy as the market had feared. He is one of the three MPC members who have been voting regularly for higher interest rates. There had been a suspicion with that the flagging economy and the departure of Andrew Sentance, the hawks' ringleader, Mr Dale might step back from his call for a rate increase. He scotched that impression in an interview with the Financial Times. Whilst he is "not at all confident that the recovery has taken hold", he is "even more worried about what’s going on in terms of inflation". It was another week of mediocrity for the Australian economic data. All were weaker than the previous month, weaker than forecast or both. New motor vehicle sales fell by -3.5% in April and were -8.4% down on the same month last year. Home loans fell by -1.5% in March and the decline for February was revised from -4.0% to -4.7%. Consumer confidence reversed from +1.2% to -1.3%. Wages went up by 0.8% in the first quarter of the year, having been forecast to rise by 1.1%. None of that mattered too much in the early part of the week when investors had a spring in their step and an appetite for commodity-oriented currencies with high interest rates. But that attitude went for a ball of chalk on Friday when ratings agency Fitch downgraded Greek government debt and said that the rescue proposed by the EU and the IMF would amount to a default, whatever fancy name they gave it. A lot of investors suddenly became very nervous and lightened their holdings of risky assets, including the Aussie dollar. The coming week's Australian figures are the leading economic indicators, construction work, consumer inflation expectations and private capital spending. None of these will be as important as the outcome – if there is one – of the Greek government debt fiasco. Of the few UK data coming out the most important will be Tuesday's public sector net borrowing figure and Wednesday's first revision to first quarter GDP. Best guess at the moment is that it will reaffirm the 0.5% growth shown in the original estimate. Anything lower would be likely to hurt the pound. It is possible that investors are lining up for a change of heart on the global economy and the commodity currencies but it is too early to call a reversal of the Aussie's two-month rally.
  20. Australian Immigration IELTS Test Alternative. Government dilutes IELTS test monopoly. THE IELTS English language test monopoly in the Australian visa business has been weakened. Today the Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said those applying for student visas also would be able to use the US-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  21. Does anyone know if you can get Australian National Police Checks priority processed? My boyfriend and I have nearly had our visa granted but just found out he needs australian police clearance now. We want to go to Australia at the end of the month as I start work next month.. is there any way of getting it processed as quickly as possible? Also, how do you pay for it if you are overseas?
  22. ADELAIDE has been judged Australia's most liveable capital city and Sydney the least. That's the finding of a Productivity Commission report comparing the planning and zoning systems across all state and territory jurisdictions. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/housing-traffic-make-adelaide-australias-most-liveable-city/story-fn59niix-1226057058581
  23. HIGHER INFLATION FORECAST BOOSTS STERLING Disappointing production data hold it back Unexpected Australian job losses deflate the dollar Sterling's four-cent range was narrower than the previous week and slightly lower, including a record low for the pound. It did not stay down though. When London opened the pound was two and a half cents off its low and a net half cent ahead on the week. Sterling's mid-week rally happened courtesy of the Bank of England governor. Since the onset of the recession, Mervyn King has not been renowned for his robust promotion of sterling. It would be an exaggeration to say he has seized every opportunity to send it lower, but his pontifications have tended to offer more reasons to sell than to buy the pound. It was something of a surprise, then, when he hinted that sterling interest rates would indeed go up this year. His comments were in the context of the Bank's Quarterly Inflation Report. Although, as expected, the report marked down projections for economic growth, at the same time it marked higher the outlook for inflation. The inflation report was the highlight of what was otherwise a week of dreary economic data from the UK. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors house price balance improved from -23% to -21%, showing that prices are still falling, just not so quickly as before. Rightmove's whimsical house price index found would-be sellers asking an average of £239k for their palaces - a three-year high and 50% more than the £160k average transaction price reported by HBOS a week ago. Rightmove's press release suggests the mismatch could continue as long as interest rates remain near-zero: ‘One interest rate rise won't immediately derail the market but if we see several in quick succession it will quickly hit the buffers.’ Although positive, the figures for UK manufacturing and industrial production in March were all on the low side of expectations. In February and March together, manufacturing production was up by just 0.2% and industrial production fell by -0.9%. Having already seen the provisional figure for first quarter gross domestic product (it grew by 0.5%), the production figures did not come as a shock. Indeed, they were not miles away from forecast. But they were not good and they held sterling back. The Australian ecostats were not very impressive either. NAB's business confidence and business conditions measures were both lower in April, confidence by two points at 7 and conditions by four points at 5. Among other things, business conditions were drenched by cyclone Yasi and confidence was dented by the strength of the Aussie dollar. An improvement in Australia's trade surplus was welcome enough, but the employment figures created all sorts of nuisance for the dollar. In March the Australian economy had added 38,000 jobs. Analysts were forecasting a further 17,000 to have been created in April and investors went for it. They were wrong. Employment was down by -22,100 and 30 seconds later the Aussie dollar was down by a cent and a half. In common with other high-yielding and commodity-oriented currencies, the Australian dollar suffered at the end of the week as investors fretted about the slow-motion crash of the Greek government bond market. They reduced their holdings of risky assets and stocked up with US dollars and yen because that was just about their only option if they did not like the euro. This week's Australian data cover vehicle sales, investment and mortgage lending, consumer confidence and wage levels. The Reserve Bank of Australia publishes the minutes of the last monetary policy meeting. Four items on sterling's agenda are loaded with implication for sterling interest rates, and so for the currency itself. Analysts believe UK inflation will have gone up from 4.0% to 4.1% in April and that unemployment will have risen from 7.8% to 7.9%. Retail sales in April should be 2.5% up on the same month last year. The minutes of the May Monetary Policy Committee will reveal whether three of the nine members were still voting for a rate increase or if there has been some backpedalling as a result of softer economic data. Sterling has picked itself up from an even lower bottom week, but this time seems to have held onto the bulk of its gains.
  24. Guest

    Australian CV format?

    I keep reading on PIO posts that Australian CV formats are different from those in the UK (cant imagine how but would be interested to find out). Does anyone have any examples they can share or useful web links??
  25. belaroy

    Australian Citizenship By Decent

    There is not a great deal about Australian Citizenship by Decent around so I thought I should create a new thread about how to go about applying for it. All my experience relates to my children who are 4 years and 1 year old. Firstly have a look at this Department of Immigration site: http://www.citizenship.gov.au/applying/how_to_apply/born_overseas/ Then I completed this form - Form 118 ( you cannot save the form - you have to fill it in then print off.) http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/118.pdf I then copied and had certified the following items: A copy of the childs British passport A copy of the childs full British birth certificate A copy of My full Australian birth certificate A copy of my Australian passport A copy of my British passport A copy of my drivers licence A passport sized photgraph of the child I am getting both childrens citizenships done at the same time as the second childs is slighty cheaper when done at the same time. I will post with the full costings as they have been put in as Australian $. They will be sent by recorded mail tomorrow 3rd May 2011. To be fair its quite straight forward to get this done.