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  1. lhumphreys

    Nursing Skilled Visa Help

    Hi everybody, I'm new to the skilled visa forum and would love any and all advice. I am a nurse (in the United States- we don't have a group like this to reach out to ) and I'm already registered with AHPRA. My partner is Australian and we want to move back to Australia this year. I was going to apply for the partner visa, but due to the cost and processing times I was advised that the skilled migrant visa might be the faster and more efficient route. That being said I have a few questions and would love any and all help. Can I travel to and from Australia while waiting for approval? Do I have to be outside of Australia when approved? After being approved was there a certain amount of time that you had to be in Australia by? And finally for nursing.... is it the general skilled visa migration visa 476/887? Sorry I'm asking all of the beginner questions. I found these answers to be much more readily available on the partner visa portion of the immigration website (and maybe that means they are stricter while verifying partner visas? but I have no idea really). Thank you all so much for your help! Lindsey
  2. pommienaylor

    189 visa Registered Nurse (paeds)

    Afternoon all, So i was getting giddy thinking I was all ready to submit my EOI with my 65 points...then I read people under 70 points are on a back log for being invited to apply! I'm struggling to find any nurses though to see if it is the same for us? If need be I can redo my ANMAC to get an extra 5 points but that just delays things and will add to cost! Any one going through or about to go through the application process able to give me any info? Thanks ? Lisa
  3. lam351444

    WHV- Looking for jobs

    Hello everyone, hope you are doing great in Australia. I arrived in Adelaide a month ago with my WHV. I have been applying for some posts of casual/ agency RN. Madness begins.... was turned down even I got the RN licence from AHPRA. Does anyone have any suggestions/ similar situation?
  4. PsychNurse

    AHPRA Registration Certificate

    Hello, Does anyone know how long it takes for the original hard copy of the registration certificate and tax invoice to be posted out please? -Full AHPRA registration finalised 1/6/17 (1st registration) -Office: Melbourne,VIC -My location/postal address: Birmingham, UK I contacted AHPRA as it has been about 7 weeks but they keep giving me the standard response:"A hard copy of your certificate of registration will follow 4 to 6 weeks after the successful completion of your annual renewal of registration; accompanied with this certificate will be your tax invoice/receipt."
  5. SUPERSTARDJ01

    ANMAC Question

    Quick question, am I right in thinking once IELTS is passed and a suitable score obtained nurses/midwives etc have to then apply to ANMAC and once the skills assessment is approved then and only then can they apply for a skilled visa? once the visa comes through then AHPRA should be applied to due to the new rules?
  6. mrsgellerby

    UK Nurse making the move

    Hi guys, I'm new to this forum. We're currently in the process of using a visa agent to hekp us with the migration process. We'll be going over on a 189 visa, my Husband is an Electrican but we'll both be going on my visa as hes not fully qualified over in Oz. I passed my Academic IELTS the second time and our visa agents have submitted my details to ANMAC for skills assessment. I know the current processing times for ANMAC are around 11 weeks. I was just wondering what other peoples recent wait times have been in ANMAC, 189 visa and APHRA? My Hubby has booked Rugby League World Cup final tickets for Brisbane for Dec 2nd!! Thanks in advance
  7. I know ultimately it will come down to myself to make this decision but need some more educated opinions I think to try and make my decision. Basically I'm a 24 year old Irish university degree trained General nurse. I've just about a year of experience and my plan had always been learn to drive (pay off my car, which is hopefully just about another year) and then go to Australia for a working holiday visa where I could get a feel for nursing there and work agency or whatever (or that was the dream plan anyway) However the hospital I'm currently working for has now offered up funding to do post graduate diplomas and certificates in my area of nursing (respiratory). The courses would begin in sept 2017 (length six months to a year) and because the hospital are funding it I would then be obliged to work for the hospital for a year post completion. So that#s thrown a spanner in the works. I'm tempted because this is obviously a very big opportunity. But by the time I have completed it I would be probably just about too old for a WHV, so would have to rethink plans all together. Especially while the 457 visa is a bit up in the air. My question is really would these postgraduates stand by me in Australia and would if be easier to find a job and such. Or would it really make no difference. I don't have any intentions to specialise at the minute and would like to continue working in a general medical setting. I would possibly still get funding after I come back from Australia, if I come back at all. But it's unknown year to year if funding will be there or not for these courses. I know it comes down to my decision ultimately but, having some outsiders opinions may give me some further food for thought
  8. Any recruitment agents out there? I moved to The Sunshine Coast 2 years ago, looking to move to Brisbane City to be with my Girlfriend My situation is I have current ahpra registration and I am currently working on the coast as an RN on a 457 visa i am looking for a full time RN position in the Brisbane area with an employer willing to take over my 457. any help would be amazing, thank you very much in advance
  9. Tasha Johnston

    Looking help with ANMAC

    Hi , i am looking help with applying for my ANMAC assessment. I have only qualified as a nurse so i do not have experience to get 3 months references. I am registered with AHPRA though so i can apply for a modified assessment and it states you do not necessarily need 3 months experience to apply. I want to know if not having experience will mean i will not be successful. does anyone have any experience of applying newly qualified? Thanks!
  10. Hi, looking for some general advice please. I'm a qualified midwife with ten yrs experience hoping to move to Melbourne in January with my family. Can anyone recommend which hospitals are the good ones in Melbourne for midwives? What salary could I expect, and lastly, which areas are the most suitable for raising a young family within commuting distance to the hospitals. Not asking for much then :smile: If anyone can offer any advice that would be great xxx
  11. I have telephone interview with fiona stanley hospital in perth this week..im a nurse...the hr guy said they are very strict in their time limits n will not be longer than 25mins..this has made me feel even more nervous...anyone bn interviewed here? Question types? How many? Etc..anything will b helpful. They said they will send interview questions during interview by email so we dnt waste time wth candidates asking for question repeat or losing track...I dnt have computer only my phone which I'll b speaking on so dnt know how I'll wrk that out to view emails too...sounds scary n rushed..but think id like the job. thanks.
  12. sjelves

    Paediatric Nurses

    Hi, I'm Sophie, I moved to Sydney from England in June 2014. I'm a degree qualified paediatric nurse with 18 months experience. I applied for my AHPRA registration in April 2014. My application has still not been granted. Without being a negative joy-kill I just felt that it was important that I pointed out the realistic situation in Australia (particularly Sydney) for paediatric nurses. Not only has it been 8 months since I applied for registration but it is also clear there are zero jobs out here for paediatric nurses despite there being 2 paediatric hospitals. When I decided to move here everyone said 'oh, you'll get a job no problem!' 'they're screaming out for nurses!' Its not correct. I live in inner Sydney and there are currently no vacancies for paediatric nurses. I just want those paeds nurses out there to be aware of the current job situation & not to come over here expecting to fall into a job. I just wish someone had told me this before I had come out as I'm struggling to find even non-nursing work because my qualifications are so specific. Sophie
  13. Western Health is currently recruiting Critical Care Registered Nurses – Intensive Care, Coronary Care and Cardiac Cath Lab (CCL). Full Time and Part Time positions available​. Visit westernhealth.org.au/nursingdownunder This is an exciting time for Western Health Critical Care departments as they expand their services to Sunshine Hospital in early 2015. This is an opportunity to work in friendly and supportive teams where your contribution to excellence in patient care is valued and recognised. The Intensive Care Service at Western Health will open a second ICU at the Sunshine Hospital in early 2015 to work in conjunction with the current ICU located at the Footscray Hospital in the Western suburbs of Melbourne. Both Units are specifically designed and equipped to provide physiological monitoring and life supporting therapies to patients with a critical illness in an open, team-focused environment. The Footscray Hospital ICU has a very high functioning multi-disciplinary team that provides care to a mix of non-surgical cardiac, general medical and general surgical patients. Western Health has the only Intensive Care Service located in the western suburbs of Melbourne and is currently admitting over 1000 patients each year. The Sunshine Hospital ICU will open with the same philosophy, practice and leadership and will work with the current ICU to expand and further develop the Service. Western Health Cardiology provide a range of services in the diagnosis, intervention and treatment of acute cardiology patients. The Cardiac Care Unit is an integrated CCU and Cardiology ward and manages all acute coronary syndromes, arrhythmia disorders and provides the cardiac monitoring, cardiac rehabilitation and resuscitation service for the hospital. The Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory provides diagnostic and interventional services, a 24 hour on-call service for AMI which is one of the busiest in Melbourne and an EP service. With the commencement of critical care services at Sunshine Hospital, a state-of-the-art CCU and CCL suite incorporating a day procedure unit will open in early 2015. We offer: Orientation and professional development opportunities Flexible rostering, with a focus on supporting work/life balance Salary packaging Onsite car parking at affordable rates. Essential criteria: Eligible for registration to work in Australia Successfully completed a Post Graduate Critical Care qualification (ICU) Recent critical care nursing experience in the area applying for. ​Highly desirable criteria: ​Demo​nstrated commitment to own professional development. Contact the Service Managers to obtain further information or discuss your interest Fiona Gray, Acting Intensive Care Services Manager, fiona.gray@wh.org.au, 61 3 8345 6069 Kath Cowie, Cardiac Services Manager, kath.cowie@wh.org.au, 61 3 8345 6818
  14. Hi, I moved to Sydney in June 2014, I applied for AHPRA in April and it has still not come through. I have decided to move back to England in June 2015. I am thinking about cancelling my AHPRA registration application. Does anyone know if I will be reimbursed any of my application fee? Many thanks Sophie
  15. So how different is nursing in aus compared to UK? What are the shift patterns like? How many days holiday? Do you get enhancements for working weekends? How many patients do you look after? How many nurses on a shift and nursing assistants? Also has anyone dealt with Healthcare Elite? I found that they've advertised jobs in aus and just wonder what peoples experiences were, Thankyou, Arby
  16. Just an update and something that we have noticed for over 5 Nurse Visa applications over the last 3 months 189 Independent have been arriving in 4-5 weeks where as 190 ( Sponsored have taken over 10-12 weeks) Must add these are for onshore applications C :cool::cool:
  17. A great opportunity for experienced midwives to live and work in Australia on a permanent residency visa. Our client, a large regional public hospital in Australia are searching for midwives who like to relocate and assist them in filling one of their much needed midwife positions. What we are looking for: 2-3 years plus experience as Midwife AHPRA registration (in process) Wiliness to relocate in the near future What’s on offer: Regional permanent resident visas Some of the best salaries in Australia High Superannuation (pension fund) Regional salary allowance. Relocation allowance negotiable Why use Hawthorne health?Here at Hawthorne we are able to offer you a unique personal service. Depending on your circumstances we are able to arrange relocation support and allowance should you require it. http://www.hawthornehealth.com.au alex.hall@hawthornehealth.com.au
  18. Carolyn Maree Ferrando

    Theatre - Scrub/Scout Nurses

    Theatre - Scrub/Scout Nurses Sponsorship Available! – Regional Australia - APPLY NOW! Sponsored position Work Full time in Australia Excellent opportunity Here at Hawthorne we currently have an exciting position for Theatre nurses, Scrub/ scout Anaesthetics or recovery. Our client is a well respected hospital based in regional Australia. Desirable Criteria· 2-3 years experience in theatres· Experience in theatres as a Scrub/scout nurse or Anaesthetics and recovery · Experience in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Singapore desirable Another great opportunity to secure a sponsored role in Australia. IRONS graduates with relevant theatre experience will be considered for this role Know someone who is of inertest? Make a referral and receive an Ipad mini or other rewards we have. http://www.hawthornehealth.com.au alex.hall@hawthornehealth.com.au
  19. Carolyn Maree Ferrando

    Anaesthetic Nurse/Technicians

    Anaesthetic Nurses / Technicians Name your destination in Australia! Here at Hawthorne health we currently have a number of positions for experienced Anaesthetic nurses or technicians in most major cities in Australia. Anaesthetic nurses are in great demand in Australia and we find that there is a shortage for this skill set across Australia. We currently have positions in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide Perth, Brisbane, Darwin as well as regional Australia. Desirable Criteria 2-3 years experience in Anaesthetics· Experience in theatres as a Scrub/scout nurse or Anaesthetics and recovery · Experience in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Singapore desirable Why use Hawthorne health? Here at Hawthorne we are able to offer you a unique personal service. Depending on your circumstances we are able to arrange relocation support and allowance should you require it. Know someone who is of interest? Make a referral and receive an Ipad mini or other rewards we have. http://www.hawthornehealth.com.au alex.hall@hawthornehealth.com.au
  20. Carolyn Maree Ferrando

    Midwife / Registered Nurse

    Registered Midwives – Permanent residency opportunity. A great opportunity for experienced midwives to live and workin Australia on a permanent residency visa. Our client, a large regional public hospital in Australia are searching for midwives who like to relocate and assist them in filling one of their much needed midwife positions. What we are looking for: 2-3 years plus experience as Midwife AHPRA registration (in process) Wiliness to relocate in the near future What’s on offer: Regional permanent resident visas Some of the best salaries in Australia High Superannuation (pension fund) Regional salary allowance. Relocation allowance negotiable Why use Hawthorne health?Here at Hawthorne we are able to offer you a unique personal service. Depending on your circumstances we are able to arrange relocation support and allowance should you require it. Know someone who is of interest? Make a referral and receive an Ipad mini or other rewards we have. http://www.hawthornehealth.com.au alex.hall@hawthornehealth.com.au
  21. Carolyn Maree Ferrando

    Theatre Nurse / Scrub Scout

    Sponsorship Available! – Regional Australia - APPLY NOW! Sponsored position Work Full time in Australia Excellent opportunity Here at Hawthorne we currently have an exciting position for Theatre nurses, Scrub/ scout Anaesthetics or recovery. Our client is a well respected hospital based in regional Australia. Desirable Criteria· 2-3 years experience in theatres· Experience in theatres as a Scrub/scout nurse or Anaesthetics and recovery · Experience in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Singapore desirable Another great opportunity to secure a sponsored role in Australia. IRONS graduates with relevant theatre experience will be considered for this role Know someone who is of interest? Make a referral and receive an Ipad mini or other rewards we have.
  22. Hey peoples, I'm feeling totally overwhelmed and lost about what I need to do! I'm currently a 3rd year student nurse (adult branch) from the UK (Scotland) and finish in december 2012. I'm looking to move to either Melbourne or Brisbane after I finish this year. I would like to secure a place on a Graduate Nurse program for newly qualified nurses. What do I need to do? Obviously I need to register with the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council but what about visas? I keep reading about 173, and 476s and stuff and have no idea what you are all talking about :err: lol Can any body help? Are there any agencies that help newly qualified nurses make the move and get a job in a hospital with a good training program? Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope you can offer some advice or help!
  23. Hi im a 3rd year student childrens nurse and will qualify in september this year and hoping to migrate to Australia as a newly qualified nurse. Im bit confused as im aware you do need experience before moving but iv also been told by a coordinator from the perth childrens hospital that they do take newly qualified nurses. I really want to move over to Australia once ive qualified but im very confused and not sure where i can get any advice from. Could anyone help me please? thanks dani
  24. Be aware This is the longest thread ever..and not interesting to most people!!but it would have been to me if someone had written it before I left lol xx I'm a mental health nurse and my husband has various unskilled work experience. This is our journey of arriving in sydney in July 2013 on a 457 visa. In October 2012 when I had been qualified for one year i contacted HealthStaffRecruitment. I applied to Ahpra in November and got letter of eligibility 8 weeks later. HealthStaffRecruitment arranged an interview for me with New South Wales Health in London in December and I was offered a full time post with 457 visa sponsorship in a new hospital in Sydney, the Concord Centre for Mental Health. All paperwork, visas etc were complete by April. We flew with Emirates/Quantas via Dubai and Perth from Newcastle costing £1300, that included one night stay over in a Dubai hotel and transfer from airport. We were allowed 30kgs each and one carry on bag each of 7kgs plus an extra handbag for laptop/documents was allowed. The flight from Dubai was late leaving so we arrived in Perth late, that resulted in us missing our connecting flight, however it was no problem and we were booked on another one a couple of hours later. We arrived in Sydney close to midnight and missed our transfer so we paid for a taxi to the staff accommodation where we were staying in Concord which is about 10km west from Sydney centre, it cost $80. The flights were great, we ordered special meals and they were beautiful! Service was exceptional and entertainment was good. They are strict with hand luggage weights, they carried out random checks just as people were boarding the plane and some people had to leave things behind despite being told at check in it would be ok I had previously asked how much an extra 25kg bag would be and was told with 30%discount it would be £680...so I down sized my wardrobe! We saved £6000 for coming, we changed it for dollars with ICE which gave best rate at the time and free next day delivery. You can take up to $10000 in cash without declaring it so we we chose to carry it on us. We opened a bank account with Westpac and deposited the money, we needed Passports, an address and at least $20 to deposit. They set up online banking and gave us a statement/letter too which was great for proof of address for other things. We collected the cards and pin numbers from the bank 2 days later. There is no overdraft and to have one there is a monthly fee and other banks appeared to be the same. They offered us a loan while we were there which we refused. The staff accommodation was only $70 a week but we wanted our own place. We looked at places within the budget of $300 to $400 a week and within 5km of work. There was lots available, studios, one bed and two bed units, furnished and unfurnished. Estate agents said we just had to check on line for viewing times and turn up, however 3 hours into our search we saw an ad on gumtree for a furnished place we liked for $400 a week, we had missed the viewing so we called and it was an estate agent, he asked if we wanted to view straight away, it was beautiful, big balcony, all newly fitted and huge for a one bedroom with secure underground parking, we loved it. We filled in paperwork, paid a total of $2400 which was the bond (4weeks rent) and 2 weeks rent in advance. Don't pay agent fees, council tax or water rates. We were given the option to pay weekly, fortnightly, monthly, whatever we liked. We did give names of previous landlord however this was not checked, all we needed was ID, print out of visa and my job offer letter stating my salary.That was it, we moved in after less than one morning of looking! We live in Burwood now, 10 mins bus ride to work and 15 minute train journey to CBD. I found renting here a lot more straightforward than in the UK, they also don't come to check the property every 3 or 6 months like they did in UK. I feel safe here too which is important I went into Sydney city centre to finalise Ahpra registration and was charged $20 per hour parking! I didn't have an appointment just turned up with passport, eligibility letter, print out of visa and proof of address. We took a seat while the lady at the desk done a final police check and after few minutes that was it. I didn't pay anymore money and was told renewal was due 31st may 2014 as is with all nurses. Later that afternoon I got an email saying registration was complete, it gave log in details for Ahpra website and in 4 to 6 weeks they will post out certificate. Went to Vodafone and got a Samsung galaxy express for $40 a month, get unlimited free texts in Australia and internationally, $250 worth of calls a month and 500mb of Internet data which is plenty for us as we rarely use the phone, we just wanted it for a work contact and my mum likes a daily text! Signal has been great with Vodafone. Dodo was cheaper with free unlimited access to Facebook, twitter, etc but they wouldn't give us a contract without 6months proof of banking in Australia. They have 4G here too. Applied for TFN numbers online which was easy, need passport number and address. They gave a ref number to use till TFN's arrived in post, we got ours in 10days. Home Internet is different to UK, not really any good unlimited offers and more expensive, virgin appears best so far but we haven't got Internet yet as I cant find a good deal for us There is loads of free wifi spots around though. The weather is beautiful, i liken it to a Scottish summers morning on a good day, bright and sunny but also nice fresh feeling, can be cool in the shade. It's not cold in the flat even though we have no heating, i usually wake up too hot, it can get cooler at night but nothing a cuppa and a onesie cant fix RTA said we are to use UK driving licences for 6 months and then as long as we haven't left Australia for any period of time we can change them for NSW ones. Driving here is ok and everything is well marked, roads are wider. People appear less courteous than in UK. At Medicare we showed our visa print off, driving licences, passports and had a short form to fill in. The lady gave us a number to use until the card arrives in 7-8 weeks. I went to a bulk billing doctor to make an appointment and was told I could be seen straight away. Consultation was free with Medicare or $50 without. We hired a car for a week with Red Spot, cost $280. We looked for a car for ourselves with a max budget of $2000 with at least 4months rego left. We searched gumtree and went for a 1995 Mitsubishi magna, low mileage, very good engine and reliable however not a great looker but we love him and christened him Barry or big baz to us lol, he cost $900 with service history and 7months rego. Petrol is about $1.50 to $1.60 per litre. We haven't found things overpriced or much more expensive, mostly the same except rent/Internet. In Sydney centre it was obviously expensive but in the surrounding suburbs we have spent surprisingly little to what I thought we would. Got fantastic big thick pillows $5 each, double duvet for $20, got pack of 12 coat hangers for $2, Kettle for $10 and 5 piece pot and pan set for $25 from Big W. Food shopping, clothes, shoes, hairdressers, all same as what I would pay in UK. Gumtree has been great, we went to garage sales and got lots of second hand things for cheap/free. We got 2 good bikes for $60, Vacuum for $10, iron for $10, got a 2yr old Tomtom satnav for $25, there was new ones in target for $119. We got a 2 year old 32inch flat screen LG Tv, a dvd player and solid wood tv unit for $200 and a stereo for $30. In a lot of the shopping malls parking is free for first 2 or 3 hours and there are lots of malls within close proximity. The suburbs round here are beautiful, the houses are omg! It would be perfect for a family, so gorgeous. We are spending approx $5 for a meal for both of us eating in each night. Eating out, the cheapest has been $15 for the two of us and the most expensive was an all you can eat buffet for $45 for 2. My husband got a hair cut and style for $12. Finally smoking, my fag ash husband gets 25g of tobacco and bag of filters for $16. One thing i didn't expect is the amount of Chinese/Asian people, I expected it to be multi cultural but it doesn't appear to be that, just Asian! Nearly all the shops are Chinese, eating out has been difficult with little options, i also got mild food poisoning on our first day But we see that as a good thing as we will save money eating at home! In the quieter areas of the suburbs there appears to be less of an Asian influence. We went into a hairdressers and my husband was refused service as we were white, the Chinese lady was very rude and clear about this but hopefully it was a one off. The train cost us $32 to go a few stops but the bus is reasonable with great service, it costs $3.00 to get me to the next suburb. The buses in sydney centre don't accept money so need to buy travel cards, we didn't realise this but the bus driver said not to worry and took us nearly all the way home for free I went to meet the HR manager from my work, and wow the mental health system they have here sounds amazing, it makes my old job in Devon feel like a third word country! I was so amazed and excited by the thought of these much improved services for patients I could have cried lol the hospital is very modern too, although i've not started yet so who knows. I was told that as soon as I want to apply for permanent residency they will support me. There sounds like there are a lot of options work wise and I got to pick the area I wanted to work in. He told me that I will earn a lot more than my salary states due to enhancements for certain shifts, and i will get paid fortnightly. When I asked about the dress code I was told 'as long as you can't see through it it's fine' lol. I was told to be aware that i may feel undervalued initially as tasks I'm used to doing in the UK are the doctors responsibility here, I don't know how I feel about that. My start date has been put back a week to the 6th August due to some paperwork fluff. There is loads of car washes advertising vacancies, my husband went for one and it was 10hrs a day 7days a week for $450 a week, another was 8 hrs a day for $40, he turned down these jobs (been there done that in the UK) however we kept the option open. He went for a job as a removals man, it sounded like a con though and he didn't get the job anyway. He went for a job as a paintball marshall, he got offered that job but it was casual and doesn't start for 6weeks and we needed something sooner, again we kept that option open. He went for a job in a garage too but didn't get that. He got an interview for a youth worker in a residential children's home, it does a 4 step recovery programme for PTSD, we had applied a couple of months ago through Seek and they told us to email when we arrived, we did and he got the job He's had his working with children check and starts on Tuesday So that's it, 2 weeks in..feel like we've been here months but still much to learn. I probably wouldn't visit sydney on holiday as its nothing special touristy wise, (we have done the main ones),but it appears to be a beautiful and interesting place to live. And my dad will be glad to hear we still have plenty of cash left Randoms: The money feels like plastic and they don't have one or two cents so if something is $9.97 they round it up or down. I have seen loads of young women out as 'workmen' with hi vis jackets on working the roads/traffic control. Toilets have an option to half flush or full flush..luv it! Cyclists go on the motorway! People don't expect tips. I was told by someone that because I work for the government things will be easier for me like getting rental accommodation, loans etc..don't know If that's true. Target, Big W and Coles have great bargains! Its no where near as expensive as I had braced myself for. You get electric/static shocks if you touch the underside of the escalator rails in malls The posh australian accent sounds Americanised. People are happy to help if you don't understand something. There is a lot of ads about keep Australian jobs for Australians and reduce the 457s which made me want to hide! But it's not affected us so far. I saw an ad at a circus for 'performing lions' hope that's not usual...there is also a shop with cats and dogs for sale, lots of young and old dogs alone in tiny spaces, it appears to be accepted so I just avoid walking past Water pressure here is amazing. We have noticed our skin is a lot dryer and tighter feeling, i feel like my skin is ageing right before my eyes! And my hair is all dry and full of static..it's never been like that TV is ok, quite a few british programmes, radio is great. Seen a fair few overweight police officers. Its dark by 17:30hrs. Nurses were on strike the other day about staffing levels. Most people we have met so far have been friendly and welcoming If anyone has any advice for us it would be much appreciated or any questions. Thanks to pomsinoz as so many questions i had were answered here and it would have been made a lot harder for me to move, get a job, etc without this site, I read it obsessively for months lol xxx
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