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  1. Well the earths population is nearly at the 7 billion mark,:shocked:, so have a look at the link below, just for a giggle.:biggrin: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-15391515 Funnily enough my date of birth is nearly bang on 3.5 billion, so as I said, just an 'average' Joe.:yes:, well at least for the time being until we reach above 7 billion then I'll be below average,:twitcy::idea::biglaugh: Cheers Tony.
  2. The Pom Queen

    Above Average Cyclone Activity

    THE Bureau of Meteorology predicts that Far North Queensland has a 65 per cent chance of observing above average number of tropical cyclones, where the long-term average is three or four. Tropical cyclone activity in the Australian region (5°S-40°S, 90°E-160°E) is likely to be above average this coming season. The outlook suggests a 80% chance of having more than the long-term average number of cyclones in the Australian region during the 2011-12 season. (For more info about average tropical cyclone activity and La Niña events see info about Tropical cyclone average conditions.) This outlook is based upon the status of the El Niño - Southern Oscillation (ENSO) over the preceding July to September period. During this period in 2011, neutral to borderline La Niña conditions were present. Historically, these conditions have favoured an above average number of cyclones in the Australian region. The outlook favours the following scenarios for the coming season: The whole Australian Region has an 80% chance of having more than the long-term average number of cyclones. The long-term average is twelve. The Western Region has a 65% chance of observing above average number of tropical cyclones, where the long-term average is seven. The North-western Sub-region has a 60% chance of above average number of tropical cyclones. The long-term average is five. The Northern Region has a 60% chance of above average number of tropical cyclones, where the long-term average is two or three cyclones. The Eastern Region has a 65% chance of observing above average number of tropical cyclones, where the long-term average is three or four. Before a tropical cyclone forms it is difficult to predict its exact strength and path, including whether it will make landfall. Along the east and west coasts fewer than half of the cyclones affect the coast, with most staying out to sea. Conversely, along the north coast more than half of the cyclones impact the coast. Tropical cyclones which remain out to sea can still cause storm surges, gales and areas of intense rain over land. During the cyclone season, ensure you are well informed of any warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology and instructions from local Emergency Services authorities.
  3. Tasmania had a warmer than average September because of a series of warm fronts from the north. The Weather Bureau's September results show a drier and warmer month than normal. Two warm fronts in the first and third week of September meant the month's average temperature was 1.2 degrees higher than normal. The warmest day was on September 28, when temperatures in Hobart reached 23.9 degrees. The average temperature in the state's capital was 16.3 degrees. Cold fronts from the west meant that side of the state had near average rainfall, but rain clouds didn't make it to the state's north or east, which both recorded rainfall well below average. The wettest part of the state was Mount Read where 470 millimetres was recorded for the month.
  4. Hi guys, Can anyone shed any light on car loan rates in Perth? We opened an account with NAB and are going over in 3 weeks. From its website seems like NAB's car loan rate is about 15.5% which would be high in comparison to Irish rates. What would be considered a good car loan rate by Australian standards, excluding finance specials for new cars? Thanks very much in advance! Kate
  5. Hello everyone Deb and I are just about to apply for our state sponsorship with Victoria, then hopefully with the green light from that our visa will be lodged. For quite a few weeks now we have been researching the cost of living in Victoria, if all goes to plan we are looking at the Geelong or Werribee area. Anyway can anyone point us in the right direction for trying to get accurate figures of average wages in Oz. I'm an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (not licensed) and I found one site that mentions the average wage for my trade and when I took the lowest band they stated (45,000 AUD) then considering the outgoings. Considrations were: Lowest estimate for salary was 45.000 AUD = 3750 AUD per month (Gross) Income tax & medicare 731 AUD per month Rent 1200 AUD per month Healthinsurance 250 AUD per month Car,tax, insurance and petrol 200 AUD per month Internet 80 AUD per month Grocery 400 AUD per month Utility bills 120 AUD per month Phone and mobile 140 AUD per month Eating out 400 AUD per month Sundries 400 AUD per month Total= 3921 AUD per month These are the figures we come up with and obviously the salary does not cover it, this does not include savings either. Can any one tell me if I'm over budgeting too much or these figures are accurate. If we are overbudgeting can anyone point us in the right direction to get accurate figures to calculate your average wages and outgoings, as we are finding alot of conflicting information. I appreciate that everyones standard of living will be different but I'm just after all considerations for outgoings and accurate average costs. Any advice would be much appreciated. Many thanks Ian & Deb
  6. Hello everyone Deb and I are just about to apply for our state sponsorship with Victoria, then hopefully with the green light from that our visa will be lodged. For quite a few weeks now we have been researching the cost of living in Victoria, if all goes to plan we are looking at the Geelong or Werribee area. Anyway can anyone point us in the right direction for trying to get accurate figures of average wages in Oz. I'm an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (not licensed) and I found one site that mentions the average wage for my trade and when I took the lowest band they stated (45,000 AUD) then considering the outgoings. Considrations were: Lowest estimate for salary was 45.000 AUD = 3750 AUD per month (Gross) Income tax & medicare 731 AUD per month Rent 1200 AUD per month Healthinsurance 250 AUD per month Car,tax, insurance and petrol 200 AUD per month Internet 80 AUD per month Grocery 400 AUD per month Utility bills 120 AUD per month Phone and mobile 140 AUD per month Eating out 400 AUD per month Sundries 400 AUD per month Total= 3921 AUD per month These are the figures we come up with and obviously the salary does not cover it, this does not include savings either. Can any one tell me if I'm over budgeting too much or these figures are accurate. If we are overbudgeting can anyone point us in the right direction to get accurate figures to calculate your average wages and outgoings, as we are finding alot of conflicting information. I appreciate that everyones standard of living will be different but I'm just after all considerations for outgoings and accurate average costs. Any advice would be much appreciated. Many thanks Ian & Deb
  7. Hi All can anyone give me an idea of cost of living? we are going to rent at first so it would be helpful to know the extras and what's included and what's not! thanks
  8. How much could a family of four afford roughly for a) maximum mortage amount b) monthly mortgage repayments if the familys income was roughly 140K AUD (before any deductions) 200K AUD (before any deductions) Just trying to get a feel for the prices of houses we should be looking at & what we could afford. Obviously rent to begin with but scared about being out of the property ladder for too long. (probs looking at a 25 year mortgage)
  9. Danandclaire

    Average time for a Partner Visa?

    Hi All, Pretty new to this! We are just in the process of filling in the forms to get my husband a partner visa. How long has anyone found these are taking? My brother and partner did it last year and it took 7 months. Embassy reckon 6. Cant believe how much there is to do!!:wacko:
  10. This thread is to find out whether you think you'll be better off with the carbon tax. We've all seen the advertisements that it's the big polluters that will suffer, and just in case they simply pass the costs onto the public (as if they wouldn't), the government is giving needy families tax back to cover the increase in prices. Apparently the average family will be better off. So, a lot of people ask on this forum whether they will be able to manage with X dollars income with Y kids in Z city. I get $70k to support a wife and 2 young kids in Melbourne and although we manage and have some cash in the UK, I can't imagine buying a house unless they halve in price! A lot of people would say $70k is not enough to support a family. So am I better off with carbon tax? ....yes, by $35 a year!! My gas and electric company reacted to the carbon tax 2 days after it was announced, not by telling me how they were going to cut their pollution, but how they were going to pass on the tax to me, by increasing my bills. So you can imagine the $35 was eaten up pretty quick. So why am I not better off when on a borderline sufficient family income? Because they based the average family income on the 2006 Census, when it was $54800. So you will only break even/be better off if your family income is $54800 or less. Good job they didn't wait a few weeks for the 2011 census results. Anyway, back to the original question, will you be better off? 50% of families should be according to the government. Calculator is below; https://www.cleanenergyfuture.gov.au/helping-households/household-assistance-estimator/
  11. Whats the average cost for a full container, and what can you fit in it ? Thanks :smile:
  12. 1. Between the ages of 40 - 45. 2. Have around £50,000 - £70,000 quid as 'collateral' (cold hard cash). 3. Their main reasons for going are 'Something Different/Adventure', rather than a 'Better' life. 4. Are prepared to come 'home' if things don't work out. 5. Are not expecting 'Utopia'. 6. Would fly with Singapore Airlines, 7. And have an average of 1.5 children. I know this is a bit of a laugh and taken from a very, very small sample but there are the results so far from several threads/polls I have put up over recent months on PIO. From all the threads I put up over 218 people responded,:notworthy:, so as I said, a very small sample of who is actually emigrating, but all the same fairly interesting figures. I am now off to submit my findings to DIAC to see if they 'pay' for such research,:biglaugh:, somehow I doubt it though,:yes:. Sorry, but have always been a bit of an anorak but it has been an interesting read, many thanks to all those of you who took part.:notworthy::jiggy:. Cheers Tony.:cool:
  13. Hi all We are in the process of getting our quotes for furniture removals from Kent to Mackay, and was quite honestly gobsmacked by the first quote that came our way. We have about 650/680 cubic feet to ship over and we have been quoted £4000 for a shared container and £4800 for 20ft sole use. When looking at other posts on here, I realise that we are getting charged about £1000 more for the 'distance between Brisbane and Mackay'. I appreicate that it is a 11 hour drive between cities, but surely that doesnt justify the extra £1000 charge. :arghh: Am I wrong? (I'm female - so never wrong!!!!!) .... lol:wubclub:
  14. cartertucker

    Average rental price?

    Hello I am looking in to renting a property for the period after arrival, we may only have it for a few months or up to 6 months whilst we look for a house to buy Can anyone give me a rough idea of the rental that I may be looking at paying? :unsure: I realise it depends on where you live, how many bedrooms etc etc ~ But any idea is better than no idea :wink: Many thanks in advance :notworthy: Mayby just post the following Location of rental: Bedrooms: Garden: Pool: General state of the house:
  15. Hi All, Myself & hubby are considering moving to Brisbane and renting our house at home and would be looking to rent a 4 bed in outer suburbs (eg Bracken Ridge) or a 3 bed inner suburbs (eg Ascot or Carina) and I would like to know what are the average bills that we would face?? We will prob only have 1 car and hubby will commute to work via train or bus. Potential job at Eagle Farm so he needs to commute there. At the moment we have thought of the following below but do not know how much they will be, so could you give us an average if possible. We have 2 kids,5 and 3 so when I start working I will need appropriate day care for them. Rent on hse in Brisbane (appx) $ 2,000 Mortgage from hse at home $ 850 Creche Fees $ 2,000 Train/Commute Charges/Petrol ??? Utility Bills for rented house: ??? Electricity Phone TV/Cable Refuse Chgs Any other things we need to think off, or even any one off bills that we will have eg Car Insurance $??, any local council charges etc Really need to see if we will be better off financially or would it just be a better way of life with the same financial drains that we have here at the mo!:mad: Ta for your help, Thanks AM
  16. Guest

    Removal quotes on average?

    We are looking at some removal quotes and was wondering how much on average should it cost to move from the uk to australia. We would not be taking our sofa and bed, however we would take our baby's crib. Other than that we would take some framed photos, ornaments and personal possessions. What would people recommend doing, and how much could we be looking at paying? Thanks Carlie, Dan and Helena
  17. We are moving to Brisbane in July had a quote from Crown Relo for 820cuft (sole use of 20ft container) quoted £4999.00 :eek: inc packing, unpacking etc. I think this is too steep so have asked for another quote by Anglo Pacific and John Mason. What should the average figure range be for the above, just so I know....maybe Crown Relo is ok:goofy: Any info would be appreciated.....looking forward to the move, all excited now.:biggrin: sunilisa.x
  18. I am looking at rental properties in Perth, the lowest price per week is about 350 dollars. There is just the 2 of us, obviously dont want to be in a crap area but from experience can anybody tell me if this is the average or are properties cheaper than this?
  19. rockymaizymoe

    life stories of an average 8 year old!

    morning/evening all, myself n family r relocating to melbourne(cranbourne)January time. I'm hoping to have found a local school for my children maizy 8 and rocky 6 by the time the new year starts,I've also got a 2 year old moe.So my hands r full! I'd be interested in hearing from any people who have been in a similar situation. My main concerns are school life,Australian childrens attitudes,childrens activities outside school general parent concerns really. My children are very social and are excited by the move so I'm sure I'm worrying over nothing,just trying to get some feed back for the big move. Thanx for any help Maxime
  20. Hello, I was allocated my CO on the spot when I submitted my 309/100 visa at the high commission on Monday. Then we sorta had impromptu interview on the spot and our CO knows my OH is on visitor visa, hence we do visa runs every 3 months (we have flight itineraries printed out as well, we take turns to pay for the flight - mostly me paying). The lease is under his name (3 different apartments - the third apartment has me as a witness, but i have bills registered and letters sent to all 3 apartments the most. He is an alient resident remember?). Even we pay the bills by cash and recently for the past few months, I've been busy and paid them online (I found out I can do so!). Our landlord wrote a testimonial for us saying the bills are under his name and whatnots. So today is Friday, and i sent him additional evidence our CO requested during our impromptu interview. How long will my CO take get back to me for my medicals? I can't do medicals first before submitting my application, I need a case number for the panel doctors.
  21. Villawood detention centre detainees light fires Who is behind this heavy brainwashing? I asked a number of locals and they had no idea about that disaster in immigration process for honest people whom can be a benefit to Australia. Why is so much attention on boat people? Is it to cover GSM?
  22. JamesMu

    Average salries in Melbourne

    Hi all, I have left a couple of posts recently trying to find info about the kind of lifestyle myself, my fiancee and our daughter can hope to have when we (hopefully) come to live in Melbourne in the next couple of years. We are looking to live in the Western suburbs, probably Point Cook, and I have worked out from previous answers that a salary of around $70k (it will only be me working) should be enough for us to have a similar kind of lifestlye to what we have in the UK at the moment. So my question now is - how likely am I to find a job that wil pay $70k?! I currently work in the financial industry and am earning £36k in London By the time we move over I hope to be on approx £45k, and in a position to earn slightly more. Can anyone tell me what kind of percentage of the population earn $70k so i can try to work out what my chances are? All of your help is appreicated as always! James
  23. clusterofgeals

    average wages

    can anyone tell me if they know of any websites where i can find out the average wages of jobs in oz please
  24. Guest

    457 - Average timescales?

    Hi All, This is my very first post on here so I hope I get everything right. I applied via an agent for our 457 on 25th March 2010 and, as yet, have not been allocated a case office (just had confirmation that our docs were received). My agent seemed to think that we would have heard something quite quickly as our Employer already has the first part of the Nomination Process completed. We submitted the Nomination and Visa Application together and online. Oh, and we are from the UK, so a low risk country. Can anyone advise how long a 457 'normally' takes? Regards Gemma
  25. I have a job offer, a pay package & 457 sponsorship possible, with a company in wembley, Perth (North of the river), But I think the hourly rate is very low. So what would be an acceptable hourly rate of pay for a semi skilled worker in this area? I need some info because the employer is expecting me to reply to his pay offer & I need my facts right before contact is made. Thanks cobbler
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