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  1. kirsty3008

    Good Schools in Brisbane Area

    Hi We are looking to move to the Brisbane area and I am looking for ideas for Areas where we can access good schools. Does anyone have any suggestions of locations and names of schools we could review Also thinking of going private and would appreciate any advise on how the system works in Oz Many thanks
  2. Hello, just wandering if anyone can advise me on what clothes to bring and what to leave behind before hopefully moving to Brisbane this Christmas ? Will I need my warm boots for the chilly evenings or a heavy coat ? Is it worth bringing our duvets or will they still be too warm for the temperatures there ? Did anyone bring all their clothes and found out that they did not need most of them ? thank you Gwen.
  3. We've got our hands on the visa at last and the one-way flights (scary thought!) are booked for Jan 2nd 2013. Would love to chat to anyone in a similar situation. Myself, my husband and our 7 month old daughter are making the big move. Just trying to decide which suburb to rent then buy in; there's so many to choose from! People have recommended North Lakes and Warner; the houses look fantastic, but we've been put off by posts saying it's "Brit central". Anyone got first-hand experience of living there?? Nicky x
  4. Guest

    building swimming pool brisbane

    Can anyone recommend a good swimming pool installer in the Brisbane area. Also do most people go for concrete or are the fibre glass ones any good.
  5. Guest

    Relocating to Brisbane?

    Hi I'm English and have decided to make beautiful Brisbane my home. If you are taking the plunge and moving to Brisbane please check out my website: http://www.moveover.com.au Emigrating is never easy but Brisbane is a fabulous place! Good Luck to everyone Jackie
  6. Guest

    The first step is the hardest!

    Hi PIO! Looking for the first step of direction people have taken in even starting the ball rolling for emigration to Australia. In an ideal world Brisbane would be the destination but in no rush to get there if other ways in! I am an A1 qualified NVQ assessor for Teaching Assistants, Business Admin, IT and Customer Services with PTLLS probably completed before 2012 is out and have a Sport Management honours degree (business side rather than coaching) also, previous background in delivering training, marketing, brand management. Partner is a level 4 teaching assistant specialising in special education needs and she has worked in this area for more than the last five years. Does anyone know if any of this could be transferred? Is it easy to transfer? Are these kind of backgrounds in demand?! Its difficult to know from the advice on websites as they're the guidelines and not experiences! Just wanted some initial help on this to see if it is even worth following up or if we are doomed to live in England FOREVER!!!! SAY IT ISN'T SO!:arghh: FFF :animal-frog:
  7. Guest

    Where to live in Brisbane

    Hello, This is the first time I have posted a thread so am new to this but wondered if anyone has any advice that could help me. My husband and I along with our 1 year old son are planning to move to Brisbane in May/June this year. In order to help me narrow my research could anyone advise of the best areas to live - we are looking for a suburb with good schools which is family friendly due to our young son. We are happy to be up to 45 minutes out of Brisbane itself. Although we will be looking to buy a property we will obviously rent intially until we find out feet - appreciate the cost of renting varies largely on size of property and location but if anyone could advise me of an approximate costing that would be great - also are utlities incl electricity etc more expensive that the UK? We are just trying to get ourselves as prepared as possible for our move. Thank you to anyone who may be able to help me! Caroline
  8. Has anyone had experience of renting furnished accommodation around the North Lakes area that you would be happy to recommend? It will be for a family of 4. If all goes to plan with our 457 visa we'll be in oz at the end August this year but our furniture won't arrive until about 6 weeks later. Struggling to find anything on the net! Thank you all!:biggrin:
  9. We are looking to move over to the Brisbane area in the next few months Does anyone have any suggestions of areas around the Brisbane area that are suitable. Children are 10 and 13 so we need somewhere that have good schools. If you have any suggestions please get in touch Thanks
  10. Hello! We're just awaiting our457 visa's to come through, the dog has had the rabies jab and we're all fired up and ready for action...but not having much joy finding anywhere to live that will take a small dog. He's 8kg, and the real estate agents we've spoken to you say that homes to rent that accept pets are few and far between - or at least, they're in the minority. So I'm wondering, how did you guys and gals find it when you moved over? We're after a 3+ bed home in or around Spring Hill (or similar) and are pretty specific about what we're looking for in a home...and we're hoping that we can find something that ticks all the boxes, including having a pet. Did you find that pet-friendly homes were in a minority? Thanks, TJD
  11. hello, im shaun. I have just move to Brisbane form Scotland. Im staying in the New Farm area at the moment, near southbank. Looking to see if anyone else is around this area and looking to make friends ? anyone thats moved to Brisbane recently or moved a while ago i would appreciate it, hope to hear from someone , Shaun :wink:xxx
  12. Can anyone recommend a good dentist in Brisbane please? Preferably with years of experience in more complicated work.
  13. Hi all Well we’ve been here 1 year already and its flown by. We emigrated from the UK to Brisbane on 8 February 2010. Our family consists of me (Sam) Martyn and 2 children Katie and Kyle who are 9 years and 4 ½ years old. We had all the usual ups and downs before moving wondering if we were doing the right thing etc, sold house car etc then started looking at houses again in UK wondering if we were doing the right thing. My hair started falling out and also started having palpitations all through stress. It was unreal the amount of stress you go through so can sympathise with anyone who is making the move now. Husband handled it differently by retreating to the bedroom playing computer games in any spare time he had just to stop thinking about everything we had to do which sometimes seemed insurmountable. We flew with Singapore airlines and they were brilliant. It is a very long flight though and we have 2 children who were kept entertained with all the films and games so didn’t need the pull along trolley that we’d stuffed with loads of toys/games to keep them occupied. We stopped over at Singapore airport for 3 hours and its an amazing airport very clean, seemed to me like 5 star hotel, free massage chairs as well which is very welcome after hours on plane. If you stop there check out the butterfly house and the koi pond (all of which are free) as well. Upon arriving in Brisbane we collected the hire car from the airport and found our short stay accommodation with the use of GPS. I would like to say this was a nice place to stay but it wasn’t really as it was an ensuite bedroom purpose built onto someone’s house. It was also February as well which was really hot with no aircon and no air flow going through. Anyone who lives in Qld will realise you need a property that has good airflow at this time of year as its extremely hot and humid. The people weren’t very helpful either and after a 24 hour journey we were met with a hello, were given the key and then was told “I’m off to bed” no help to bring in our 7 suitcases or anything with 2 extremely tired children. I wouldn’t recommend the place and found they weren’t very helpful at all but I wont mention the place on this forum. We had a hire car for 3 weeks, visited our bank (Commonwealth) to sign the paperwork after having opened this account from England. We moved our money with Moneycorp and the money was transferred in time for our move here. We sorted Medicare, Martyn found a job via Hays Accountancy and started 11 days after arriving here and its a very good company and he’s still there enjoying his work. We also registered with Medicare, organised a Qld driving licence which was just a matter of completing a form and having a picture taken – too easy as they say here. We also registered with Centrelink and because we were permanent residents found we could claim family assistance payments. We also found a rental and received rent assistance through Centrelink. During this 3 week period we also purchased a used car. In our first few weeks we made contact with Kev (itcouldbeworse) on this forum and he offered to show us around his suburb (Bracken Ridge) as doing the research on the internet is not the same as someone who had lived there for 15 years telling you what the area is like, where the local schools were, where to shop etc etc. His help and advice proved to be invaluable and helped us greatly and for that we will always be grateful. It really is difficult landing in a country and not knowing a soul. He also invited us round to a bbq to meet his lovely family and even put us all up for a week in the period before we could take up our rental accommodation as we just had to get out of that tiny room we had initially rented as we were going stir crazy in there. We are now friends with him and his family and have even spent some of christmas day with them which was lovely. They have become like our family here in oz. He still gives us advice too when we need it We decided to rent in Bracken Ridge as it seemed like a nice area to start a life. We enrolled our eldest child, Katie, in the local state school (Norris Road State School) she really did not want to go to a new school. Katie didn’t want to emigrate as well and we were really worried about what impact all this upheaval would have on her, but 1 year on she is a happy and well balanced girl with lots of friends, and though she still misses England and her family and friends she is happy. Our youngest Kyle wasn’t old enough to start school. I had initially decided to take 3 months off work to settle him in nursery but it ended up being a year. There is no free nursery as such here which I found a shock. They have a kindergarten (kindy) system here which you have to pay for and the fee for a full day is $60. They wont let you register for ½ days or anything like that as you still have to pay the full fee regardless of the hours they stay there. I enrolled Kyle in the local kindy but they only had 1 day available per week which was no good to me. I then looked at another kindy who also only had odd days so it meant I would have had to use 2 or even 3 different childcare places if I was to find a full time job. I decided I didn’t want to do that as it would have been confusing for Kyle to go to lots of different places so took time out from work to stay home with him and settle Katie into school etc. Kyle has now started prep school which is full time and I’m now looking for work. You can organise child care from England but you need to focus on which area you are going to live to them register your child. You would then need to make contact to put your child on a wait list and usually pay a holding fee, sometimes $10. I tried to do this in England but wasn’t sure what area we were going for and the kindies I did make contact where miles away from where we ended up renting. In the time we have been here we’ve experienced so much. We’ve done lots of sightseeing which is exciting. We’ve visited Mount Coot-tha lookout, picnicked at Slaughter Falls, visited lots and lots of beaches, Redcliffe and the manmade lagoon there, Mooloolaba, Bribie Island, Australia Zoo (6 times as bought a yearly pass) been to Dreamworld and Gold Coast for days out. We’ve been to various beaches along the sunshine coast including Noosa, went to Eumundi market which is a great day out, Yandina Ginger factory, we’ve been to an Ekka Day (Brisbane Festival held once a year) visited Montville a beautiful place with unusual shops and a lookout point and so much more too many things to mention. In all this time I’ve seen one lot of wild kangaroos and one wild koala. I kind of imagined Crocodile Dundee types everywhere and tumble weed blowing in the wind with kangas bouncing everywhere and koalas in all the trees but its not like that at all. It is a very clean and beautiful country with lots of local wildlife such as ants, frogs, dragonflies, bush turkeys, crazy looking spiders and the odd snake. Here its so clean and bright and its a pleasure to be here. The parks are clean and well maintained. You regularly see the grass being cut in parks and the equipment being tested by council workers. I’ve found the people to be pleasant and helpful. The aussies are quite forthright and say what they mean and sometimes I’ve found some of them rude but they were only saying what they thought and its quite refreshing really. One example would be I went to a butcher shop that I hadn’t been to before to buy some chicken and it was quite expensive $5 more expensive per kilo compared to my usual shop so when the guy came up to me I said “oh its a bit more expensive than what I normally pay” and the guy said “well you’d better go to where you usually go then hadn’t you” to which I replied “yes I think I will” and walked out the door embarrassed at how rude I thought he’d been, which he wasn’t really that’s just his price and I would have probably said the same if it was my shop. Not sure if this thread will be helpful to anyone making the move. I can answer individual questions if it will help anyone making the move such as where to look for rentals etc? I will say that its a more positive lifestyle, the air is cleaner the skies are brighter, its a lush green landscape. Our quality of life has improved because of such things like: More things are free, eg great parks and the weather is great Kids are not treated as a nuisance like they were in England We can take picnics out and just relax The beaches are beautiful so had lots of beach days out We have made friends in the time we have been here, friends that are more sociable such as inviting us round for drinks/bbq/days out to explore – our weekends are packed most of the time. I will say it does take time though so even though it is extremely lonely when you arrive it will get better. Kev lets us use his pool (a big plus in summertime) More laid back lifestyle News isn’t all doom and gloom – it has a positive vibe to it (I think) People are more accepting of you, it doesn’t seem to matter as much as to what job you do or what car you drive its about you and you as a person. Friends tend to make the effort to keep in touch. You may think this is a strange one to put but I’ve had lifelong friends in UK who haven’t really bothered to keep in touch since we moved and we find 99% of the time its us making the contact, this goes for some family members too. Financial things now: We brought £10k out with us and went through this in very little time. It worked out at $17,500 with the exchange rate at the time. It was a good job my hubby found a job so quickly. When you factor into this: Buying a car $5,000 its quite difficult to find a reliable(ish) car for less than this, rental bond $1640, 2 weeks rent up front $820, car hire, cant remember but it was hundreds of dollars for 3 weeks rental, buying a GPS, buying food and things you need such as pots pans utensils until your container arrives, bought a fridge freezer and a washer, cost of driving licences as well, petrol as you drive everywhere when you first arrive looking at areas etc. School uniform and book lists even though its a state school you still need to find this money as well think it was about $150. These are just some costs off the top of my head but it is an expensive time. We do have a friend who came out with less than this but they were helped greatly by a friend of theirs who let them rent cheaply and didn’t have to pay bond and got a bargain price on a second hand car so it can be done with less I would say. I find the cost of buying a property to be expensive. We haven’t bought yet but I do worry how we are going to be able to afford to buy. Average cost, I find, in Bracken Ridge for 4 bed property is about $450k for something nice, not too nice tho even at this cost. Rentals are expensive for us at $1640 a month when there is only one wage. I would say that its a good job we receive Centrelink and rent assistance otherwise would really struggle as husband on an average salary here. I find that when it comes to food shopping its wise to shop around. I tend to go to the butchers, to the fruit and veg markets and then maybe Aldi or Woolworths for my other shopping needs. It is more time consuming if you are busy working but I find this the best way for us to save money. Will say to end the thread that its awful when you say goodbyes and if I were to have any regrets at all its that we are so far away from family as really miss them and this feeling is still here after 1 year. Sometimes get tearful and sad and then another day comes and you perk yourself up and try to think why you did this in the first place. My mum visited in October and stayed for 3 months and really enjoyed her time here, so much so that she would like to come live here so looking into making this possible now. My mum has seen the quality of lifestyle here for us and the children and says we must be mad if we went back to the UK now but it still doesnt make it easier saying goodbye and knowing you're miles away again. We're going to have 3 more lots of visitors this year and hope to have a brilliant time with them and after will start saving like mad to go visit them. Sam
  14. Guest

    calling all general nurses

    Hi, I am a general nurse with seven years experience in "aged care" and looking to find a hospital/body or facility in Brisbane for sponsorship for myself, partner and daughter. I have recently learned that it is better to deal directly with the employer rather than going through an agent. I have registered with AHPRA and ready to go, so is there anyone out there who can steer me in the right direction to find an employer or body in the Brisbane area that can help. Thank you Gwen.
  15. Good day everyone, I am a 29-year-old software developer who has been working in the IT field for 10 years. I have taken charge in software development, project management and development consultancy. I am specialised in .NET area; in branches mainly as C#, ASP.Net, ADO.Net, SQL Programming, XML, Remoting, VB.NET, LINQ and also have upper-intermediate knowledge in JAVA, XAML, T-SQL and C++. I am moving to Brisbane in March 2010 with work-and-holiday visa which will allow me to work full-time in Australia for one year while my visa assessment for "Skilled – Independent (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 175)" continues and hopefully finishes during the time I am working there. I am looking for a job in Brisbane in my field. It would be a great plus if the employer sponsored me while my PR assessment continued. I will have time to prove myself as a genuinely skilled programmer, since I will be on work-and-holiday visa for a year. Please pm me if you have any information, advice or suggestion regarding my post. I will be glad to forward my CV. Thank you very much in advance.
  16. Hi everybody, Just looking for accommodation for when we get to Brisbane in January and have come across Brisbane Bound website with a home in Hendra and 2 in Carina. They look like lovely homes and sound like nice people. Has anyone got any info about either area and has anyone used the company? Thanks for your help. Kim :smile:
  17. Hi, I currently live in the UK but am moving to Brisbane in October/ November 2012 once my visa is sorted hopefully and would like to hear from anyone who is doing or has contacts in my line of work. Thanks
  18. Hi there, my husband and I and 2 kids (11 and 13) are returning to Australia on the 29th August this year and need somewhere to live. We are happy to housesit for 3/6 months or rent a fully furnished house (as long as it has 3 bedrooms and air con), as we are not bringing any furniture with us. We are a very tidy, clean and quiet family. We will be picking up our dog from quarenteen at the end of September (he is a Lurcher - dad's a grey hound, mums a welsh collie) he doesn't bark, scratch, bit, dig, jump up or smell and he goes to toliet on walks, and he's short haired, he doesn't sit on any furniture and is not allowed in any bedrooms, he's very clean and has regular professional flea proventions each month, and is washed regularly, he hasn't got a 'dog' smell. He lives with us not the other way round and he fits our 'clean and tidy' life. so please don't let us having him put anyone off renting or housesitting their property, he is just like a large cat and sleeps most of the day on the floor. If you have or know of any property near Slacks Creek, Logan, Brisbane that might be idea for us, please do contact me. Thanks.
  19. Jonalanhill

    175 visa lodged on 7th Jan 2012

    Hi. We lodged our visa in jan and have already been contacted by our CO. medicals next Friday and sent for our police checks. Getting excited now. Can anyone give any good and bad views on where to look at renting around Brisbane. Any advice would be great. Good luck to everyone too
  20. I am planning to move to Brisbane or Sydney, I would be comming there on PR - 176 (hopefully) wanted to know how much would it cost me to rent a house, how much will I have to pay as a tution fee for my 2 daughters and ideally how much does it cost for a family of 4 (2 kids, me and my wife) to live there. Please give your imputs as this is a very imp for me to decide.
  21. spicton1979

    Brisbane Heat

    Hi all I read a comment the other day about the heat in Brisbane which alarmed me and I would like to get some perspective on it from other people who live there ... the comment was that I'd be relieved to be indoors as it is so hot outdoors; the trouble is that we are moving to Brisbane for a more outdoor lifestyle and I don't want to go from being stuck indoors because of the cold, to being stuck indoors because of the heat ... so here are my questions: Roughly for how much of the year does the Brisbane heat/humidity make you want to stay indoors for the air con? and for how much of the day? Also there were comments about the rain that got me as well: I know it has rained more than usual this last couple of years but how much does that affect your outdoors lifestyle? I.e. is it short sharp bursts of rain followed by sunshine or is it constant rain which forces you indoors for days on end? Thanks in advance ...
  22. spicton1979

    Newly qualified nurse

    Hi, My younger sister(21) is just about to finish her nursing degree (expecting a 2:1) and she wants to move to Australia (Brisbane in particular) as soon as possible but doesn't know how to go about it. I know you can get a working holiday visa for 12 months but would that allow her to work in nursing? ideally she would like to get a nursing job as soon as possible so she can build up her experience. Does anyone know if she can gain her work experience in Australia and if so, what are her options? Thanks Steve
  23. hellsbells712

    The Wesley HospitaL BRISBANE

    Anyone out there who is working, has worked or know anything about The Wesley hospital ?????? iS IT A NICE PLACE TO WORK ????
  24. Large, modern 5-bedroom home overlooking a lake. Located in Northern Suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland. * 35km from Brisbane City * 30 minutes to Bribie Island * 40 minutes to the Sunshine Coast * 1 1/2 hours from Gold Coast -2 Bathrooms -Double Garage -Swimming Pool -Air-Con -Covered Entertainment Area -Kids Retreat -Gym Room -Study -Close to top-performing schools, train station, shopping facilities etc. Lovely family house - great location, lovely neighborhood! OIRO $525,000 (AUD) Contact:for more details & photos.
  25. Hello everyone, I wonder if anyone can help me...a month ago my husband accepted a transfer to Brisbane. Everything has happened really quickly and I am starting to panic a bit now as the move gets closer. We have three children, 4,3 and 1 1/2. I have so many questions! Can anyone advise me about northern suburbs with good state primary schools and kindegartens? Mark will be working in the cbd and will rely on public transport to get there. Ideally he would be within 30/40 mins commute. We are hoping to find a house for about $600pw. is it worth contacting agents before we leave? We have accomodation for 4 weeks and are sure to need to extend this while we wait to receive our shipment. However we need to enrole our oldest in school before the start of term on 24 th of jan, so will need a tenency agreement fairly early on. Any thoughts on good agents to contact? Sorry to inundate you with questions!!! I meant it when I said I needed help! THank you, thank you.