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  1. Hi all, can anyone recommend a good advisor for me to discuss my financial situation before emigrating from UK to Australia. In particular I need to discuss my UK pensions, tax and money transfers from savings and house sale. Plenty of advisors out there but are there any good ones that you recommend? Cheers
  2. Petals

    What is Good about Forums

    Bear with me feeling on top of the world today (might be the new meds I just started taking :laugh:) yep I am one of those mad mental people. I was thinking about the post yesterday when one of the members left and thinking of lots of people who have moved on. Some I know where they went others are a mystery. Nigel is one the mysteries for me. He was such a prolific poster, so many posts in such a short time, then a moderator and then ................................................................................. Anyway besides the point, I think moving on and getting on with life here in Aus or if you return to UK and not posting as much means that life is good. Life is full of other things to do and that is a good thing. Me I have plenty of time, retired so can do what and when I like, no more school runs, uni to pay for, pick up and clean, well never did that anyway not a domestic goddess, thanks to being brought up in Africa at a formative age. Nice if people just popped by now and again to let us know how they are getting on. Know where Gollywobler is she sometimes hangs out on another forum I am a member of to do with the sea not migration at all. Quite surprised when she popped up there, interesting :laugh: Have you come across others somewhere its a small world.
  3. Guest

    Good questions needed.

    Mates bringing his sister and aussie hubby around this evening who are over from Perth so want to really pick there brains. What (relevent) questions would you be asking?
  4. Parley

    Good News - Melbourne

    For those who can't decide where to live in Australia... Melbourne has just been named Worlds 2nd most livable city, just behind Vancouver. Those of us who live in Melbourne no doubt love it and its nice to know the world knows its pretty good.
  5. Just introducing myself here, I'm Cath and live in Paisley at the moment with my husband. We made a vow at the start of this year to look into emigrating as soon as possible, and it's all happening - my clever hubby has just been offered a great job in Brisbane on a 457 visa! I'll also be looking for work in the field of healthcare statistics which is what I do now, though to be honest I'm happy with anything in the short term to earn a bit of pocket money. No kids and no major ties here, so all is good. I'm already 'househunting' for both short and longer term accommodation, and am so far liking the look of Sandgate and surrounds for long term, and have spied an ideal looking short term rental in Ipswich though the commute to Brissie may be a bit long? Got a while to look around anyway. I say no major ties, but having a house on a mortgage in a serious negative equity area is a concern. We may have to switch to a buy to let mortgage and let out, which is risky, but no way are we selling for peanuts! So that's the situation, and we are going to spend this long weekend celebrating! Really looking forward to the big change in surroundings and lifestyle, and living so close to the Gold Coast will make for some great daytrips! Better than Ayr any day :oD Looking forward also to interacting on this forum, having lurked since hubby's interview! Now the news has come it's when rather than if. Happy days!
  6. Watched a movie, went kayaking, sunbathed, read some of my book, went surfing and swimming read some more of my book. Came home watched another movie and guess what it didnt cost us a brass bean, nothing, zilch. Australia expensive? my posterior, also we had a huge rump steak for tea. $6 for all three of us, not each all in. Have I ever mentioned I love this country :biggrin:
  7. Hi, Well, after researching Brisbane and deciding on where we'd ideally like to live, we have now been offered a good job opportunity in the Gold Coast, and with 8 weeks to go, will need to decide, if we choose there, where we'd like to be based. Its so hard, as I dont know much about the Gold Coast really. I've looked at Coomera, Pacific Pines, Arundel, Varsity Lakes, Robina, Helensvale, but have no clue as to which areas have decent schools. There's only so much you can find out from the Naplan results. My OH may be working near the Versace Hotel or in Robina, so areas close enough to commute would be good, but my sister lives in Brisbane, so probably north end of the GC so as closer to there too. Does anyone have first hand knowledge of the schools near these areas? Or can advise which areas to avoid? I watched Phil Down Under and the couple said that the house they saw near the university was in their friends' opinions, not a good area to live. Thanks Shaz
  8. We desperately need help. We are currently in Brisbane on a reccie and looking into state primary schools and we're not finding it easy to find a good state school. We're looking in the Bayside suburbs, East of Brisbane and Redland areas. We have exhausted the myschool website and the results that we are getting from that for the state schools appear to be average or below average. The schools with the excellent results appear to be either the Catholic schools or the private school, none of which are an option for us given the entry requirements. Does anyone have any personal experience of the schools around these areas that can share an opinion? Also it says on the website of one of the catholic schools that they require a baptism certificate to enrol in the school. Anyone know differently? Cheers
  9. Hi, We are validating our visa over Xmas and New year and plan to stay in Sydney for the New Year. Can anyone recommend a hotel near to the Opera house/ bridge so we can take in the firework display?? Many thanks.
  10. Guest

    Good day chaps and whatevers

    I'm Fred, I'm filthy. I'm also a pom but I live in Indonesia with my exceptionally beautiful wife who happens to be the best cook in the universe. Right - That gets my excuse for being a fat slob out of the way. I was searching around to see who was nicking my photos when I noticed a couple on here so I thought I'd join and give the theif some verbal as soon as I learn how to spell, "Thief". I'm far more likely to lurk than post as I'm not in the land of sheep enjoying, funny hat wearing gentleman who like a beer while sticking shrimps on barbies. Hi. PS - Another photo was pinched by http://kepri.info/search/gay-bogor but I want to make it clear that, while flattered the Bogar gay community find my legs sexy, I only like girls. (Note - Some of the girls may be wearing naturally grown sheepskins)
  11. Hi everyone. We are hopefully heading to perth at the end of July and although I know we will fall in love with an area we stumble across, I have started to look into the suburbs and rental prices. I know that everyone says you should try for ocean reef, freemantle etc but I just wanted to ask what is really wrong with the more southern suburbs? We want to move to a nice area with our children and we have never been city dwellers but what is really important is that which ever area we rent in long term, it must be an area which we can afford to buy in so we do not have to move the childrens schools again. I have been looking at areas such as Port Kennedy and you really do get a lot of property for your money. My husband will be working away so he does not need to commute into the city. Please could you let me have your views on this subject, thanks in advance :laugh:
  12. Hi all you PIO'ers in Perth, Can anyone give me some good websites about the suburbs of Perth, or smaller community's about 1 hours commute to cbd. At the moment I have been trying to looking at Rockingham, Morley and place called Secret Harbour but I think this might too far for commuting. Also from what I have read, they say the northern suburbs of Perth are better areas, is this true or not??? We are a family with two children aged 3 and 5, so naturally looking for a family orientated community/area. So any suggestions would be great. I have been doing searches on google but can't come up with anything worth reading. Thanks, Mandisfam
  13. bennyboy

    Saying good bye is looming

    Hi everyone, Why is it when on occassions such as Mother's Day or family Birthdays' etc..... these are the times when sitting across the table from your mother-in-law/father-in-law after a nice dinner, you look at her and think i am taking your son away from you next year-wonder what she really thinks when we a re all together? Should we make the most of it and plan more meals as a family together? Suddenly i am feeling racked with guilt. But it's going to happen eventually so i just think of our new life on Oz and the guilt goes away. OR DOES IT?? Has anyone had these feelings when you have been with family and are having a good time, then you start to think are we really doing the right thing? Can we really leave family/friends etc and start all over again with making new friends etc....even if you have family in Oz that will help you settle. I hate the thought of saying good bye to nearest and dearest, but when i'm not with family i don't think of the guilt, my o/h is waiting for partner visa to be grantd (applied in Feb and have been told won't hear until at least Jul) so i know when he get's it the excitement really starts!!!!! Any way, sorry for the rambling on but just like to know what other people feel at times whilst waiting to make the move?:hug: Cheers
  14. Guest

    Good offer for Oz

    Morning all New to this site and am looking for feedback as to an offer I have been made to locate to Perth. Basically the package is this : total renumeration is $123000pa, they are paying for all the visa's, relocation costs, flights, and 6 weeks housing when we get there (plus car) The package sounds good, but was wondering if the wage is a good for Oz and will I have a decent living, as looking at some web sites, housing and cars etc seem quite expensive. Looking for a better life than the UK. Any feed back would be great. Cheers, John
  15. We are considering a holiday to see 1) where we would like to move to, 2) see if we like Oz. Don't know whether to book a motorhome holiday, or just a multi centre holiday. Has anyone got any advice please? Thanks:biggrin:
  16. Guest

    Seen a good film lately?

    We watched this gritty sometimes funny film on the plane to Brisbane last year and we thought it was a really good film and worth watching. Anyone seen any other good films lately? Up in the Air (2010) by Jez Sands See Film Information "Easily the best of George Clooney’s three movies at this year’s London Film Festival" Up In The Air is a comedy drama with a dark streak which is not only laugh-out-loud funny but genuine, relevant and satisfying and features extremely strong performances from all of its three leads. George Clooney stars as Ryan Bingham, a corporate angel of death, a consultant whose job is to travel the States informing people that they’ve lost their jobs. Ryan loves his job and is simultaneously pursuing his goal of reaching 10 million air miles and with it, an entrance into an elite club. But when a young new recruit (Anna Kendrick) comes up with a new way to fire people remotely, he’s threatened with being grounded forever. He manages to talk his boss (Jason Bateman) into one last round trip to show the newbie the ropes. As an added incentive, he’s also just met Alex (the striking Vera Formiga), seemingly a female version of himself – independent and with no strings attached. Directed by Jason Reitman, who had great success with off-the-wall teen comedy Juno last year and the corporate satire Thank You For Smoking in 2005, Up In The Air shows a much more human side to corporate America. The short snappy introduction sequences give way to a film which is at times touching, serious, relevant and utterly hilarious. Clooney excels as Bingham, his sharp suit and smooth good looks make him the perfect face for sincerely delivering bad news on a mass scale but his cutting wit and charm make him instantly likable. He has incredible chemistry with Vera Formiga as Alex and they play off each other perfectly. There’s always a danger in a Clooney film that he could eclipse his co-star. Thankfully this never happens and she holds her own as a sexy, confident and independent character. Special mention should go to Anna Kendrick as the new kid on the block Natalie in a challenging and difficult role, which requires her character to be balanced between cocky precociousness and an earnest belief that she is doing the right thing. It would be a challenging part for an experienced actor, let alone a relative newcomer, but she handles it masterfully.
  17. No change in Aussie interest rates for the time being. Michael Pascoe | RBA: it's all good, mate | Interest Rates |
  18. As some of you know I love wildlife and particularly the wildlife in Australia, I have had a long standing love affair with all things flora and fauna, and particularly sea life. Sharks to me are the epitome of 'nature', graceful, powerful and wholly misunderstood by some. So with this said, I have to admit that I would truly love to see a Great White up personal and close, I have seen just about every other shark Australia has to offer, bering an avid fisherman you can't but help come into contact with a lot of species, they still fascinate me to this day. But, over recent years the 'cage' diving experience has taken off in many parts of the world, South Africa, USA, and indeed Australia. So do these experiences do more harm than good. I am a firm believer that sharks are one of the most intelligent creatures there are on earth, they are NOT the frenzied killers that some make out. I also know that a lot of cage diving operators have strict rules in place, how far away from land they can operate, what they can use as an attractant etc, BUT. Does cage diving to some extent 'educate' the sharks into thinking that humans are 'possible' food items. The more times they see people they 'may' get used to them and in some way become accustomed to seeing us as a food stuff. And when/if some of these same sharks show up in coastal areas of Australia are they paying the price for our need to see these wonderful creatures in the wild. I realise that some shark species are protected, and in particularly the White, but this does not stop many people screaming for the death of a 'rogue' shark when it has attacked a bather whilst in the ocean. Sharks as I said are very intelligent, are we not giving them enough credit when it comes to our ideals about how we perceive these magnificent creatures. As I said, I would dearly love to get up close and personal, but I still have at the back of my mind that in doing so I am in a small way contributing to the possible damage of some poor hapless shark that decides to take a bite out of the next unfortunate. Cheers Tony.:wink:
  19. roflie

    Good time for me!?

    Hi all, i've posted a few times of late on PIO but this is my first post relating to me own personal circumstances..... .... I was offered a great job in Melbourne around the middle of Feb and by the time i sent my contract back and had a few minor 'postal' issues i received my VISA pack over the weekend to start progressing and completing.... I am going for a 457 sponsored visa and i'm hoping to be in Melbourne around June/July time. I have been reading a lot about all sorts of different things on PIO which have been invaluable to me when considering all my options. I'm hopefully going to complete my visa application form in the next day or two and get it sent back to the agents who are going to process it on my sponsors behalf (i know these things take as long or as little a time as the like and there's no real formula for working out when it will be accepted).... I have to undertake a Medical as i will be working in a hospital but i don't see there being any major issues as far as the visa is concerned..... ...my main question/query/thoughts have been surrounding my personal situation immediattely before/after i make the move.... I am 27 and have no property over here in the UK.... I'll be moving over with around £10k ish on my own and hoping to rent and live of my wage to start with..... I think after the initial period i will be able to save a decent amount of my wage (and plan to send some back to the UK as i'm unsure as to my future with respect to where i will 'settle' down having never been to Australia before!!) so all things considered (not much in my pocket and looking to send money back) I've led myself to believe this is actually a really good time (financially) for me to make the move..... I will be increasing my wage by around 50% (which after reading up on here should cover the differences in 'cost of living' and then some!?) and whilst renting in Melbourne is high i expect to be able to save quite well and quite quickly!! Just wanted to introduce myself a little and ask a few questions relating more to my personal situation.... I haven't got as far as looking at accommodation as such as i want to wait until i have that visa sorted but i will probably be in the East - south east of the city if not outside (towards the Bentleigh/Waverley areas - ish!) and will be renting for a long time until i can get some money together. All thoughts and comments welcome - especially about the current exchange rate of 1.56/7 or there abouts.... Thanks Roflie
  20. Good time for me!? Hi all, i've posted a few times of late on PIO but this is my first post relating to me own personal circumstances..... .... I was offered a great job in Melbourne around the middle of Feb and by the time i sent my contract back and had a few minor 'postal' issues i received my VISA pack over the weekend to start progressing and completing.... I am going for a 457 sponsored visa and i'm hoping to be in Melbourne around June/July time. I have been reading a lot about all sorts of different things on PIO which have been invaluable to me when considering all my options. I'm hopefully going to complete my visa application form in the next day or two and get it sent back to the agents who are going to process it on my sponsors behalf (i know these things take as long or as little a time as the like and there's no real formula for working out when it will be accepted).... I have to undertake a Medical as i will be working in a hospital but i don't see there being any major issues as far as the visa is concerned..... ...my main question/query/thoughts have been surrounding my personal situation immediattely before/after i make the move.... I am 27 and have no property over here in the UK.... I'll be moving over with around £10k ish on my own and hoping to rent and live of my wage to start with..... I think after the initial period i will be able to save a decent amount of my wage (and plan to send some back to the UK as i'm unsure as to my future with respect to where i will 'settle' down having never been to Australia before!!) so all things considered (not much in my pocket and looking to send money back) I've led myself to believe this is actually a really good time (financially) for me to make the move..... I will be increasing my wage by around 50% (which after reading up on here should cover the differences in 'cost of living' and then some!?) and whilst renting in Melbourne is high i expect to be able to save quite well and quite quickly!! Just wanted to introduce myself a little and ask a few questions relating more to my personal situation.... I haven't got as far as looking at accommodation as such as i want to wait until i have that visa sorted but i will probably be in the East - south east of the city if not outside (towards the Bentleigh/Waverley areas - ish!) and will be renting for a long time until i can get some money together. All thoughts and comments welcome - especially about the current exchange rate of 1.56/7 or there abouts.... Can i also ask what people think a 'comfortable salary' (I am not sure what the average slary is in aus these days!?) would be for someone on there own living within a 30/40min commute in Melbourne.... ....Does anyone have any experience of sending money home (to pay bills, loans or savings etc) to the UK and what experiences and charges you have had ..finally is anyone familiar with the salary sacrificing schemes available for public sector (hospital/medical) workers? Thanks Roflie
  21. Hi everyone, does anyone know what the Everton hills area is like. My partner and I should be moving to Australia in the next few months and we have found a house to rent there which we really like the look of!
  22. Guest

    The good life

    Hey everyone Cant stand all this waiting for visa's ect.... really would lke a quick fix for emigrating to gold coast area... any suggestions???? :wink: Would like somewhere to rent for 5 people near good schools and a job for me and my partner please... lol:laugh: Cant wait to get to Aus... Sun... Sea... Sand...BBQ's....and a whole switch on the life we have now.:SLEEP: Anyhelp or suggestions Louise xx
  23. 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
  24. The Hippo

    1 bit of good advice

    Just a new member on PIO and due to come across to Melbourne in June for at least 2 years with my current employer on a 457 visa. Only applied for the job back in December and offered the job a couple of weeks ago, so maybe not as well prepared and up to speed compared with those that have been looking at a move for years. So for those that have already made the move, what is the 1 unique bit of advice you would give to others making the step and coming across to oz that you feel may make the initial period that bit easier? Thanks in advance The Hippo
  25. Hi all Have been reading a lot on PIO since joining, but never really got the courage to make a post! We have just got the 457 Visa through (hurray). I'll be coming over to sort accomodation in May and I hope to move my troop to Melbourne in June. I'll be working in the Cheltenham area, but housing being expensive means we may have to move further away... any ideas for good areas within reasonable distance and with good schools? Kids are 16/9 and 5. The priority is to find a good affordable (state) school for the oldest as he's probably looking to go to uni after. But of course I'd like to find good schools for all of them.... Is anyone able to give advice from 1st hand experience? Will we be expected to pay for all the schools on this visa? Should I start contacting the schools now or is it easier to be in situ? Thanks to anyone with a bit of advice
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