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  1. richselina

    Primary Schools in Canberra

    Hi, We're trying to filter down some of the primary schools in Canberra that we should contact about possible schooling for our daughter who is currently 5. We are looking at areas to live around the Belconnen area, so would appreciate some possible schools we should contact. As our daughters schooling is a priority, we would also appreciate some thoughts on other good schools in Canberra as if there are some good ones in different areas, we can always look to buy in that area. Thanks, Richard
  2. Guest

    schools and areas to live in Canberra

    Hi all, we are all set to leave for Canberra in April 08. We have 2 sons aged 12 and 13. It is difficult to look at housing and areas when we are unsure of which school our boys will attend. My husband went out for a recce and it did help a bit, but all the schools were on holiday. He was very impressed with Canberra grammar (does anyone send their kids there that could offer an opinion?) but also liked Amaroo school. Our boys have been to 7 different schools so far (moving with hubby's job) and we know that by sending them to a private school they would be able to stay until they finish their education compared to a state shool where they would have to move again to a college. Any advice would be apprecited as I am sure there are many good schools throughout Canberra. I am a paediatric nurse and will be looking for work. My husband has a job to go to. Any contact from other nurses would also be appreciated. Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine!
  3. Hi, Im currently working in Canberra for 6 months as a nanny, im going to travel afterwards but at the moment im stuck in Canberra and am finding quite hard not being able to talk to anybody my own age. Im 23 and i really need some socialising does anybody know of any good social clubs? Thanks
  4. richselina

    Where to live in Canberra

    Hi, We're considering Canberra as a place to move to from the UK, but don't know the region that well. We'd appreciate any advice on what areas to look at. Our main priorities are good schooling (6 year old), family orientated, good housing - seeking 4 bed up to $650K and good links into Canberra. Any help and advice would be most welcome. Richard
  5. Help- first time on here- we are hopefully moving to Canberra in July. We have three sons. Our oldest turned 4 the beginning of April this year, my second will be 3 in June this year and we have a 13 month old. I am primary school teacher that qualified in England and now living in Scotland and to be honest my mind is struggling to take in all the different starting times and enrolment dates Anyone got any idea of when they will start- school, pre school? or have a link to somewhere I can find out? It seems to be different for different states :confused: Jacqui
  6. Hi All, I'm in the process of applying for ACT SMP I have the following already Positive ACS Assessment as Systems Admin which is currently Open in ACT IELTS Band of 8.5 All papers required by SMP The remaining problem I have is the letter explaining why I prefer ACT over Sydney where my brother and sisters lives. I've been to Canberra last August 2010 where I visited Parliament and War Memorial which actually helps as my evidence of personal research of their lifestyle. Does it create a problem if I have relatives in Sydney? I am thinking of factors such as: It is near Snowy Mountain where I can do snowboarding as my hobby which I did last visit. Since wake boarding is my hobby here in my country I used to work with a partner company located in Canberra The place I am living right now is less crowded wherein I believe ACT has also less population compare to Sydney. Any comments? Is there any proof that having relatives in other territory will have negative result? or is it better since they can help me. Thanks in advance.
  7. Guest

    Our Canberra Reccie Report

    Reccie Thought I’d offer some thoughts from our recent reccie to Canberra. This was the first time we had been to Australia, and had immediate fears of travelling with our 18 month daughter Charlotte. We thought long and hard about the travel, and decided to pay extra for her to have a seat. I scoured the airlines long and hard for best prices, and found some saying “bring a car seat and we will decide at check in if allowed”. Great I thought!! Then happened to stumble on Virgin Atlantic, not everyone’s favourite and a bit pricey, but travelled to Sydney via Hong Kong. Best bit for us was they offer an infant car chair on the flight – which is basically a car seat for planes. This frees you having to take your car seat, which you can reserve at the other end if hiring a car. Brilliant. We decided to stop over in Hong Kong both ways, very hot and humid compared to Ozzy Winter, but Disney Land on the way and Kowloon on the return. This allowed us to have a plane break, and Charlotte sleep in a cot – again not everyone’s choice, but great for us. Each leg of flying was great, Charlotte behaved superbly, and no delays. As said, Hong Kong Disney was on way, which was great apart from all the Chinese Lady’s stroking our Daughters blond hair – must be good luck. Onto Sydney via a night flight, and arrived in Sydney bright eyed at 6am. We decided before to have another night at the airport hotel, before picking up the Hire Car. Following day collected the Car from the airport, we used Thrifty – who were great. Reserved a car seat and a GPS system (made driving soooooooooo easy). We were allocated a Ford Falcoln XR6 – which fitted 3 x large suitcases, 2 x hand bags, baby bag and pram in just fine. Not to mention it was 4litre and very nice to drive J. But we had concerns on fitting it all in, but had no issues. Typed the accommodation into GPS, and away we went out of Sydney airport. The drive to Canberra direct is so simple, less than 2 hours and 1 toll booth where you can pay cash. Anyone that does this, will chuckle when they pass Lake George! Arrived into Canberra, along some nice tree lined streets, and the main pass from North to South Canberra takes you around Parliament House basically past the large lake. A cracking entrance, on a beautiful sunny day. Onto Kingston, where we stayed at the Oxley Court Self Service Apartments. Off street parking, nice manager, bit pricey for the basic amenities – but a great base. Had the added benefit of an in apartment laundry room, great for young kids. $190 a night, and they are on line. We spent the next few days meeting the Migration Team, visiting Schools, Play Groups, meeting Ex Pats and attending recruitment agency meetings – all of which were very positive indeed. We wanted to use our 12 days to good effect, and certainly saw all we needed to. We checked out house prices and rentals, which are steep – but then again it is the capital – but there is variance depending on where you want to live. Canberra is made up of multiple suburbs, catchment driven for schools. We spent a lot of time driving around, shopping, checking food prices, doing the tourist stuff – and must admit there isnt much to do for people visiting you if you lived in Canberra. We reckon 1 week visit by relatives would exhaust the tourist trail, but if you are living there that’s good. I worked in New York for 6 months, and never really felt belonging due to the tourist stuff and never doing it all. A favourite haunt of ours was Adore Tea at Cockington Green. This is a tea house that does >200 flavours of tea. We went there at least 4 times. So why go at winter, purely we had to validate by September and my work dictated we go when we did. But for me it was T Shirt weather. Lovely sunny days, no clouds. Pure bliss. The seasons that Canberra experiences is of definate appeal to Brits who may think they cant stomach 12 months of blistering heat. So all in all a great experience, and it’s a yes from us. We are working to a 2 year plan, using the 2 years to save hard and maybe save the 1st years rental. Most likely will go out with no jobs, and we have our daughters well being to put first. So, see you in 2012 Canberra. Particular thanks to Peter Jeffery and family, and Angela (Quoll). The Sabins
  8. Guest

    Advice on Canberra?

    Hi guys, I'm new to this so please bear with me!! We are hoping to gain state sponsorship from ACT as my husband is a plasterer and his trade is 'open' for nomination. We are arranging his AQFiii this week and so will apply once he has this. Can anyone tell me what the job situation is like for plasterers and also where to look for these jobs as I have to send this info with our SS application. Also, we have 3 children and need to know the bast places to live with regards to schools, community spirit and recreational activities. We wonder whether we should live on the Sydney side so that we can travel in a shorter time to visit friends that we have there, any suggestions/recommendations?? Thanks guys, I appreciate any info on Canberra/jobs/lifestyle and also some possible new friends we may be able to make over there!! Holly :biggrin:
  9. Guest

    Job offer in Canberra

    Hi I have been offered a job in Canberra also and will be taking my 13 year old daughter. Can anyone advise where I can rent a house and good schooling for my daughter. I would prefer to be near John James Calvary Hospital. What is there to do at weekends for both myself and daughter? Any information welcome.
  10. Hi All, we have just bought our ticket from Penang - Kuala Lumpur - Melbourne.. will be departing on the 26 Sep this year! Haven't booked MEL - CBR though.. will check on Virgin Blue. Any good suggestion? I'm curious, when we first reach Canberra, what do we need to do ? To go open a bank account, register for medicare, .. ? :rolleyes: Ching
  11. Guest

    Canberra - House Share

    Hi All, Me and the OH are heading out to Canberra at the end of June. We don't really want to pay $1000 per week for holiday let style accomodation and given that we are both fairly young (early 30's!) with no children we thought about just renting a room for 6-8 weeks in a shared house/ apartment until our container arrives. I am looking on a number of websites at people advertising for shared accomodation and there are a few happy to do short term let but just thought I would try on here and see if anyone knows anyone or is themselves, looking to make some extra cash from renting out a double room for a short period. Ideally we are looking to pay around $200 per week but would go up to $300 for a really nice place. I start work on the 4th July and we have friends in Sydney so we won't be around that much especially when the OH starts work. Please let me know if you can help. Thanks very much Emma
  12. Just a quick Hi to all - we have just sent off our state sponsorship and visa dox and fingers crossed Canberra bound within the year. We have 2 soon to be 3 boys under 3 and welcome some chit chat with similar folks. We have been looking at areas to live, schools etc but its very on the surface at the moment until we know some dates. So, Hi to everyone and what a good site this seems to be.
  13. Guest

    Flights UK to Canberra

    we are looking at flights at present to fly from the UK to Canberra via Sydney. Singapore airlines are offering the best deal we have found to date including the extra baggage allowance of 40kgs per person, however they are unable to offer a connecting flight to Canberra which would include this extra baggage. Does anyone have any suggestions of other possible ways to go from Sydney to Canberra? Thanks
  14. Hi guys! Im new on here and was wondering if anyone has been in a similar situation and had any advice they would like to share. Im moving to Canberra on a 457 visa (application lodged), so hopefully within the next few months. Im moving out by myself and will be working in Belconnen. Im getting a bit worried tho as ive read some pretty negative things on Canberra, like how its very boring and is extreemly expensive. Both of these things are a major concern for me as i dont want to be without a social life (im 24). Im planning on trying to get a flatshare tho, so that should at least help me a little financially and with meeting people! Also, im terrified of spiders, and the thought of bumping into a huntsman actually terrifies me! Are there lots of spiders in Canberra? Please say no, haha! Any comments are much appreciated, thanks everyone!
  15. MikeW

    Canberra and IT jobs

    Hi, Now that my family and I have the 176 visa for ACT, I have been looking for work. I'm still in the UK. I'm looking at Application Packaging\Deployment\Project type work and have years of experience. So far I've not been getting any responses, I imagine one of the reasons is because I'm still in the UK. I would rather secure a job before we all moved over as I'm worried of moving and then finding it very difficult to find employment. Working in IT, most jobs are secured through contacts, as I have no real contacts in the ACT this is what I'm worried about, especially as most work require Citizens. Have any IT workers moved to Canberra recently, and if so have you found work? Thanks, Mike.
  16. Hi - I've been offered a three-year contract in central Canberra so don't want to sell my UK house right away and was intending to rent something (ideally a 4-bed house) in Canberra but the prices seem extortionate. Apparently the city average is about AU$2,650/month - can anyone advise on where in Canberra we might get decent value for money? Also, are the rentals really that expensive or are there any mitigating factors like local taxes being included? Regards Richard
  17. We are going to be moving to Canberra in August 2011 and was wondering how much does owning a dog reduce your chances of finding a rental property? We have rented before in both Belgium and UK with a dog and have always left a larger bond as we know how well we look after our rental properties but this is hard for new landlords to accept at times. We also have references to this effect. We have a small cocker spaniel dog but in the back of my mind i am concerned how difficult it is to find rental properties at the best of times in Canberra and whether having a dog is going to make this even more difficult. We also have 2 boys aged 6 and 5 by time of travel. Still not sure on areas to live as we do not know where my Wife is going to be working yet. We would like a fairly new property hopefully in an area with nice primary school and plenty of younger children. I work in UK Oil & Gas sector so until we are all settled i am going to commute to and from to UK in short term as i work a 2 weeks on 3 weeks off rota, i know it will be difficult but in the short term it allows us to still be financially OK whilst my Wife finds work and schools for the children etc. Planning on having 8 weeks off work to all travel over together and get settled in before returning to work unless i find something in Australian Oil & Gas Sector in meantime. Any advice would be extremly helpful.
  18. DIAC Liaison Meeting – Canberra 10 March 2011 DIAC Attendees_---> Kruno Kukoc, First Assistant Secretary, Migration and Visa Policy Section Joanne McKern, Migration Agents Section Andrew Daly, Migration Agents Section Linda Bone, Migration Agents Section Susan Murray, Deregulation Strategy Section Amanda Pohl ,Assistant Director, Sponsored Skilled Visas Dwayne McMoore, Business Skills Program Mary Miller, Freedom of Information Michael Willard, Independent Skilled Migration Brooke Thomas, 457 Section Elizabeth Carter, Skilled Migration Section Greg Phillipson, Legal Section MIA Attendees Sharon Harris, MIA National President & Qld Branch President Boniface Town, MIA National Vice-President & Vic Branch President Mark Webster, MIA National Treasurer & NSW Branch President Maurene Horder, MIA Chief Executive Officer Kevin Lane. MIA Professional Services Manager Law Council of Australia Maria Jockel Nick Parmenter Office of the MARA Christine Sykes, CEO Stephen Wood, Deputy CEO Temporary Work Visas Discussed visa simplification for work visas There will be further consultations about simplification of temporary work visas. Visitor visas will also be simplified – there will be a paper out in a few weeks. DIAC has put out discussion papers in June and Dec 2010 and will be engaging with organisations, including the MIA, which responded to these. DIAC is not looking at extending eligibility just reducing the number of visas. They will meet with stakeholders in confidence prior to producing legislation. New Short stay activity visa o Will subsume business visitor visa within this subclass o Will most likely be e-lodged o 8112 will be abolished – there will be no work rights on visitor visas. Freedom of Information (FOI) Compliance rate was 40-45% in 2005-06 – this included movement records which are now not part of FOI. There was an ombudsman investigation and as a result changes were made. 2008 task force consisted of 60 staff over 6 months – worked on the backlog of some 3000 applications. Compliance rate now 90%. Centres operating: o NSW o Victoria o Nation Office – media and highly complex/sensitive cases. DIAC is trying to institute a cultural change in relation to FOI and openness – for example encouraging officers to hand over documents during processing (eg movement records, Xmas Island cases, copies of decisions). Investigation/compliance sections tend to be the most difficult – a lot of documents, many of which are sensitive, and there is a culture of resistance. FOI is pushing an “if not, why not?” approach to release of documents. 24 hour processing model being introduced – do as much as possible within 24 hours, including requesting the file, issuing acknowledgement. A case management approach has been introduced – talking with the client about what documents make sense to release – particularly where a very wide range of documents have been requested. Agents should not send $30 with an FOI request – this is no longer required and is troublesome to refund. Agents should make FOI requests as specific as possible. Where a client requests “everything” DIAC will send a standard letter back asking for a more specific request. Business Skills Program A discussion paper for review of Business Skills has been issued – 33 responses currently being reviewed. No policy position within DIAC has been formulated yet. The MIA’s submission was discussed. The MIA requested that DIAC provide more statistical information to allow for more informed submissions to be made. The feeling at DIAC is that a 2-stage process is preferable to granting PR then monitoring. Business training: DIAC acknowledges that there is a weakness in skills of case officers. Accountants have been hired at Adelaide and Perth to address these weaknesses. ENS/RSMS PAM for ENS is due to be rewritten, even after 2 April changes. ENS Review is at the gathering evidence stage. Discussion paper will be issued. Looking at “aligning” 457 and ENS – removing red tape for the transition, including looking at English, sponsorship approval . RSMS: DIAC is of the opinion that this delivers for regional business. Skilled Occupations List Skills Australia reviewed the SOL in October 2010. Refer to Skills Australia website for which occupations might be removed as they have an occupation by occupation analysis. New list should be announced in May 2011, to take effect from 1/7/11. If an applicant has lodged and occupation is removed from SOL then they will still be eligible, but will lose priority processing. DIAC is looking at changing regs to facilitate this. There are now fewer applications being lodged than available places in the program, and DIAC anticipates processing priority level 4 in the coming year. 457 457 Occupations List was recently changed – these were as a result of the ASCO -> ANZSCO shift. Occupations removed had dropped in terms of skill level. Occupations added had increased in skill level. WTO considerations require that most occupations at skill level 1-3 be included, and also keen not to disadvantage employers. DIAC analysed activity in the occupations removed – all had less than 10 applications lodged. A new 457 booklet has been released – seeking to make it clearer for employers Significant increase in demand this year. Priority processing for flood reconstruction – so far only 9 approvals. There have been delays due to sponsors needing to get documentation together. No update on new training benchmarks being introduced. No update on e-lodgement for overseas sponsors or centralised processing. National Resources Sector Task force Recommendations of task force included: o Improving information & support o Expedited visa processing o Enterprise Resource Agreements for large projects. The ERAs will involve a head agreement under which contractors can access labour agreements “off the shelf”. For labour agreements, 2/3 of these are now signed off within the department rather than needing to go to the Minister. Significant increase in approvals of LAs. OMARA Code of Conduct There will be changes to the Code of Conduct in Mid August – these will be minor in nature, and will be to clarify the requirements. Major ones are being discussed – there will be consultation before these are introduced. A tender has been issued for developing an ethics framework – this will result in an ethics statement and methodology to be used in an ethics “refresher course” which will need to be undertaken by existing agents. PAM3 updates The MIA raised the matter of delays in policy being updated in LEGENDcom. The Department to see if it is possible for any updates case officers may get before LEGENDcom is updated to be provided to the MIA. Case officers bypassing registered migration agents The Department has agreed to issue instructions to case officers, especially in certain overseas posts, that appointed registered migration agents should not be bypassed. Adherence to law The MIA brought to DIAC’s attention instances where some case officers appear to be failing to follow the law correctly because they are applying policy rather than the law. This is to be the subject of further discussions between the MIA and DIAC.
  19. Guest

    Moving house in Canberra

    Hi I am just trying to work out what to do re accomodation ... We have a clear idea about the type of house we want to live in when we move to Canberra as we will definately be renting for a minimum of 2 - 3 years + .... We can't work out whether to wait when we first arrive for the "right" house to come up then hope we can get it (which we may not get and it could cost more initially if we are waiting for the right place in a furnished rented place - more expensive) or do we move to any house in the right area that we can secure within the first few weeks (4 - 8 weeks) and move again when the "right" property comes up (but then we will need to pay removal costs) - at least this way we can also find a school for our little un ... I know I sound fussy but we love our home here and want to live in a place we really like in Oz too ... help to setlle and enjoy our life there ... What have others done ?? What does a removal co cost to move in the same area (rough costs)?? Thanks!!
  20. Hi, My occupation has appeared on the ACT SMP list which I was hoping it would (Project and Program Administrator). We have collated all the nessacary paperwork for the application and now just have to write our commitment statement. I was wondering if anyone else had done one of these for ACT or any other state as I am not sure what/how to write the statement and what to include. In the guide it says provide evidence of Employment opportunities, research of housing, attractions etc etc. Do we go so far as printing out Job Adverts, rental adverts etc? If anyone can shed some light on this, especially those who have had successful applications! Any advice would be very appreciated! Thankyou in advance! Natalie
  21. I've just been looking on the My School website for schools in the Gungahlin / Belconnen area (I think we'll live in the Gungahlin area initially - possibly depending on work) ... All the schools listed have a link to the NAPLAN stats and show the results in numbers - a green line for above average and a red one for below ... I'm really disappointed to see that very few have green / dark green lines - this really concerns me - it makes me think that the schools are not good/brilliant ... (my son has a concentration problem and needs a good school!!) Is anyone able to reassure me or is that just the way it is in Canberra ?? Thanks!
  22. Hi there everyone Hope you are all well Which are good areas to live in Canberra? We have a 2 year old daughter, so a nice family area with good creches/playgroups and schools would be great. Nice parks etc? Thanks
  23. Guest

    Short Term accommodation - Canberra

    My family and I (4)are hopefully heading to Canberra in mid to late June and are looking to find reasonably priced short term accommodation. Has anyone any suggestions?
  24. Guest

    Visiting Canberra in January 2011

    First time post here - we have ACT state sponsorship, Feb 2011 and are awaiting our 176 visa - expected May 2011. Meds and police checks all completed. Although we will have a visa we are visiting first before totally deciding to move as my husband has never been to Australia before. We have two small kids, both under 5, and want to see if Canberra really can offer a good lifestyle. As part of a holiday trip we are visiting Canberra for a week to see what it has to offer. My husband is an independent consultant specialising in E2E financial processes - has anyone got a view of the market place for consultancy in ACT? Also - any recommendation of suburbs to view when we are over would be great. Thanks Sal
  25. steve robbo

    Shipping My Tools To Canberra

    Has anyone shipped Mechanics Tools To Australia(canberra)?:confused:
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