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  1. A friend at work is planning a trip to the UK in August this year (her first visit) and was wondering if anyone has heard of any cheap deals.
  2. 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:
  3. we are lookng into emigrating, early days yet. how much money, roughly would you take over for a famly of 3. also how much are we lookng at the cost of a independant skilled visa for the 3 of us? thanks
  4. Hi everyone was looking for advice on cost of living in Perth, me the wife and our 2 boys 3 and 4. We are hoping to move in the next 6 months and my wife is a midwife and has secured a position with WA govt . Just want know if 80 grand a year is liveable whats best nor or sor is childcare affordable and just general cost of shopping and fuel etc if anybody can help it would be much appreciated. cheers Robbos on the move
  5. Looks like the cost of visas are going up by 15%!!! :chatterbox: http://budget.australia.gov.au/2011-12/content/bp2/html/bp2_revenue-06.htm other migration new from budget : Temporary visa increase : http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/cb/2011/cb165283.htm DIAC news on Budget 2011 http://www.immi.gov.au/ I really must get out more!!! :-D
  6. Guest

    Cost of Living in Sydney

    Hi guys, Looking for some good advice. Husband has been offered a job in Sydney with a salary of 150-160 AUD per year, we are a family of 5. Is this bad/average/good/v.good salary for comfortable living/mortgage/bills etc along with the occasional night out?? Have no idea and need good honest opinions. Thanks Sharon
  7. gaz n family

    Whats the expected cost

    As we decide upon who we wish to use to fly our dog over to Aus, (god why is it so hard to decide?) We are looking at if there is any value on using ones gold service who do everything for us, over another who do most things with the exception of the blood test and injections. Has anyone recently sent their dogs from the UK to Aus, if so would you be so kind and post how much the blood tests cost you? Thanks in advance
  8. Hi all, Just wondering if anyone could recommend a cheaply priced interstate removalist? We are looking to return to Brisbane from Adelaide ASAP. Thanks, Tanya:biggrin:
  9. Sorry for the long header! But, as a guide, how much would a modern 3 bed house in Syndey (within 45 mins drive from MacQuarie Park, 30 mins to coast), ideally with pool cost to rent?? Thanks!
  10. 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
  11. Guest

    Cost of Living for SS WA

    We are applying for our SS WA hopefully this week and Im just trying to get a rough idea of cost of living out in perth,pilbara etc. could some one please tell me if the figures are accurate. for a family of four: Groceries on average 200 per week so 800 Electricity on average 230 per month gas 100 per month Petrol 350 per month phone and internet 60 per month rent/mortgage 2000 per month Also can anyone tell me what im missing off this list. many thanks
  12. Hi Everyone, I thought I would do my little bit by posting some information on this site regarding shipping costs ets....I have got so much information from POI...I thought it was time to see if I can help others in return. I looked long and hard into shipping as it can be a considerable cost. I decided to get the following company's out to quote my removals: Pickfords =£4000.00 PSS International =£2860.00 White & Company =£2685.00 Excess International =£2877.00 John Mason =£ 2650.00 Doree Boner =£2613.00 Crown Relocation =£3779.00 Anglo Pacific =£3999.00 I used the same speech for every company that came round to quote as I wanted the best overall quote and estimate on cubic feet. I specified that I would flat pack as much of my furniture as possible as this can save you tens if not hundreds of cubic feet in your removals. My first quote was from Pickfords who decided that I would need sole use of a 20ft container and that it would cost me 4k....I was a little surprised at first as i thought in my own mind that we would only need part, due to the fact we had no fridge or freezer and our main bedroom wardrobes were built in. I was in fact glad on the next quote that I had other companies to price, as PSS said I was only part container at 597 cubic feet.....This excercise went on for the next two weeks...as you can see from above list the cost varies a little and most companies were close on cubic feet except for Anglo Pacific & Pickfords. As a note 5 of the companies came in at 592 - 620 cubic feet of each other!!!! I decided to get the closest 4 to re-evaluate there costs to see if I could lower the price...three of them did...inbox me for details on those and prices...I can also send you an inventory of exactly what we are sending so you can gauge a price on your own belongings. I hope this is of use to anyone seeking removals!...if you require any further information drop me a line! All the best! Si:biggrin:
  13. I have read a few posts about all the application process to import a car. Apart from the $50 application fee, what other charges are there? Thinking of selling car here but been told second hand cars are very expensive in Oz.
  14. Paula and Jay

    Cost of Living in Sydney

    Hi, Hope someone can help. Been waiting for our house to sell for a good few months now, hopefully someone coming to view it on Monday so fingers crossed. We have decided to live in Coogee and are currently planning money etc. We know our salary and rent etc. but can anyone advise roughly how much we would need each month to get by? We wouldn't want a car and there is only 2 of us so would prob need to know what the below would cost roughly each month: Public transport costs from Coogee to Tempe Food (would eat in prob 4 out of the 7 days a week) Gas / Electric Bills Water TV License? Life Insurance Any help would be greatly appreciated :wink: Thanks, Jay
  15. downunder

    Cost of living / Salaries

    Hi There, Been reading some thread's about salaries in Australia. The general impression I get is that most people seem to think it is unrealistic to live on anything below $150000 (for a family of 4, as an example). Is there anyone here on a salary of say $50000 and surviving? What type of occupations have these people who are earning $150k plus (one person's income not two)?
  16. does anyone know how much it costs to ship a 20 or 40 foot shipping container from oz to uk?
  17. Hello, please can anyone give me a rough idea of how much it will cost for medicals and police clearances for us? (two adults and two kids) Thank you x
  18. Hi, I got my temporary spouse visa almost 2 years ago and will soon have to apply for a permanent visa. Just as last time though I'm getting confused with the info I'm reading.... So my question is, is the cost for applying for a permanent spouse visa (onshore) really the same as the cost for the temporary visa I got 2 years ago? That's another $2,500.... So I'm hoping I got it wrong. Thanks!!!!
  19. Guest

    Moving to Melbourne

    Hi My husband and I are considering the move down under and would like to head to Melbourne. Can anyone advise on areas and schooling? Also, could anyone let us know what the cost of living is really like there ie. Utilities / Food etc. Thanks Deb2
  20. We have approached one company so far and are waiting for a little more information back from them. We were given two options, a gold which included everything, then a silver which included the following; · Airline ticket for dog with BA/Qantas from Heathrow · Airline surcharges (Handling / Security / War Insurance / Fuel / Airway Bill / Transit Fees) · Booking of quarantine space (30 days required) with Australian authorities (NB quarantine fees not included as payable in Australia) We think this cost will be about $1,300 · Custom made PetAir UK, IATA approved, wooden travel containers with comfortable bedding and watering facility (please see notes below about the crates) · Meet at Heathrow airport visit on day of departure, completion of Part B of DEFRA paperwork · Official sealing of the travel container at the airport · Assisted check-in to make sure dog is comfortably and safely away Other than that if we were to choose the silver package and possibly save money, what do we need to do exactly before she can fly? I know we will need an export certificate, but not 100% sure, plus with all the import and export forms, subsequent fees, plus vet checks and their cheap fees (RIGHT!!!) would we really save any money? If anyone can help i would really appreciate it, we have sent an email the the Carlise office but are waiting for a reply and need to know the following 1 What do we need to do to Export her? 2 What injections does she need and by when? 3 What medical checks does she need and by when 4 What is the overall medical requirements she needs to be fit to export? 5 If we do not export her before we leave, can our mother do it on our behalf? 6 Can our local Vet certify all the required documents and forms? 7 Typically how much would a vet cost that signs the EHC (I assume this is sign are the airport, please correct me if this is wrong)? 8 We are going to employ an agent to arrange the flights, but to save money we intend on arranging all the export requirements our self – is this foolish?
  21. Hello all. Would anybody be able to advise...? My wife is currently putting in the application for the registration to the AHPRA as a midwife, and she's just been offered a job in Melbourne (Southern Health). The thing is though, we were hoping to get some help with the relocation costs and Southern Health haven't actually offered anything. We were mainly hoping for the cost of the flights to be reimbursed, as this would help massively in us being able to move out there by the end of this year (family of 4). Does anybody know if hospitals in Melbourne offer help with the relocation costs? Any advice would be really appreciated. We're going to the London Expo in a couple of weeks so hope to find out some info there too. Cheers. Jamie.
  22. HI There, We are the Hayes family from the Wirral and we have just been granted out 175 Skilled Visa (it was submitted to them in Feb 2009). We are now attempting to sort out shipping for a few items including my Husbands tood chest and 4 Push bikes and a few essentials but not a massive load. Has anyone got any info on who is best and approx price etc as we unsure. Many Thanks. Jo Gary and Girls.:biggrin:
  23. Question time :confused: Can anybody tell me what the overall cost to me is going to be from start to finish to get (:notworthy:) a 457 visa? I am the main applicant but have a wife & three kids 10,8 & 5 today (happy birthday son). Look forward to you wise words p.i.o Thanks again cobbler
  24. MikeW

    Childcare Cost

    Hi, I have SS176 Visa for Canberra and am looking into finances (currently in UK)... We have 2 kids 6 & 9 year old. My wife is looking to work part-time. Therefore child-care would mainly be in the school holidays and possibly after school. Does anyone have any ideas how much childcare costs would be? I have seen it mentioned that you get 50% back from the government if you are working\studying. Is this right and does it apply for Permanent Residence 176 visa? Thanks, Mike.
  25. Guest

    Weekly Cost of Living UK

    Thought this might give anyone thinking of returning to the UK some guidelines on weekly living costs. These are based on our weekly living costs as a married couple without children so there are just two of us, at present anyway. We've been back in England for 18 months, own and run a business, live very well I have to say, husband works in a salaried job and I run the business. We're about to move into another house, renting first but looking to buy also. Semi detached, bedroomed house, village location, 2 miles from the business, large garden, parking, nice area, etc. Rent/Mortgage 650.00 month Rates, (inc water) 120.00 Gas, Electric, Telephone 80.00 Standing Orders 130.00 (insurances, life cover, private health) Food 300.00 Going out, other expenses 400.00 Total monthly 1680.00 Weekly 390.69 I haven't included petrol because it's a minimal expense for us, husband has a company vehicle and I only drive 2 miles to work. After this it's a leisure expense so it's included in going out. We have no borrowing, loans, credit cards or repayments. I've calculated these figures based on our living costs over the last 12 months and they have pretty much stayed the same. Obviously, having no ties, ie young children, we do go out a lot. Mobile phone and broadband are on top up (pay as you go). Cars are bought and paid for.
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