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  1. stevenkaz

    Why Tasmania?

    We have been in South Australia for 15 years, own our own business which we may be selling soon and have always fancied holidaying in Tas with a view to possibly settling there. Our boys are now 20 & 22 so we (well, me really :wink:) are doing a runner and leaving them here. Can anyone answer, why you moved to Tas in the 1st place and what keeps you there? Had a quick glance at real estate and came across an awesome 5 bedroom house going for $186k, that is a ridiculous price, if I had the money I would buy it now as a rental with the option of moving in when/if we are ready. Is this the norm? Btw we hail from Hartlepool, a not very glamorous place in the N.E. of England, this alone should explain why we left U.K. Steve
  2. britsabroad2013

    Would LOVE to live in Tasmania. But........

    Hi All, I have been reading a lot of posts about Tasmania and learning lots of new things. The more I read about Tasmania the more I want to move but there's always a little bit of doubt in my mind that it may not work out so any helpful advice anyone could offer would be great! My husband and I currently live in Sydney and both have great jobs that pay pretty well. We live a nice little life and have a nice little apartment and get out and about a fair bit to see bands, eat, drinks etc...We are both in our late twenties. People will think we are crazy but after four years in Sydney we have decided it's not the place we would like to settle. We are real 'outdoors' kinds of people. We love the countryside (very much miss the English countryside) and we love walking, biking and all things outdoors. We have loved having the city of the doorstep but these last 6 months it has all become a bit too much. Sydney is busy, lots of traffic (I drive a bit for work) and noisy. When we visit country NSW we love how quiet it is. We spent 2 weeks in Tasmania and we LOVED it. We have big concerns about getting jobs there...we are not really qualified in anything...nothing like Doctors, Nurses or trades but my partner works in logistic inventory and I work in admin based roles. From what I have read and could see there is not an abundance of jobs. Is it really that tough to find something in Hobart? If Tasmania is going to prove too hard to get work then our next options could be NZ or back to the UK. We really don't like living in the city but we don't want to be too isolated. Hobart seems to be a perfect option for us. Any input/advice will be greatly received!
  3. Rachel1992

    21 year old heading to Hobart.

    Hey, I'm heading to Hobart in November for 6 months to be an Au Pair. Just wondering if there's any fellow Poms in Oz people of a similar age living in the area?
  4. Dorkymum

    Hello from Hobart

    Hello everyone. Have just registered on the site, although have used quite a few of the threads to gather info over the last few months. I arrived here just over a week ago with my husband and four year old son. We'd been living in Hertfordshire for two years prior to that, although husband is American and I'm Scottish. Likely to be here for at least the next 4/5 years due to husband's job at UTAS. Finding Hobart very friendly so far, although feeling a bit frustrated with trying to get phones and Internet set up. Telstra seem to keep finding new hoops for us to jump through. I'll look forward to chatting to some of you here or there over the coming months.
  5. Rachel1992

    Any WHV people in Tassie?

    Hey, I'm off to Oz towards the end of October, heading to Melbourne for a few weeks and then been offered a job in Hobart in tasmania from mid November for between 4 and 6 months. Is anyone currently in Tas or thinking of heading over there around this time?
  6. Hello fellow Poms in Tassie I am now one year into my Hobart adventure and have to admit I have no regrets with the move to date. I enjoy the Tassie lifestyle and the people i've meet are great. I am curious how others have gotten on with the move and how it has been for them? Ta W
  7. Hi, I plan to start Uni. in July in Tasmania, I applied for a student visa both to Canada and Australia, just in case (Been accepted to one uni. in both). I love both countries and been to them and this is a very hard decision for me, because wherever I go I'll probably and up staying if possible. but I want to increase my chances as much as possible. There is a PR route in Tassie which seems very promosing: Migrating to Tasmania | Subclass 190 The conditions are graduating from a Tasmanian Institution and 3 months work experience. But how volatile are the visa rules in Australia/Tasmania? Is it probable that this visa route will be closed by the time I finish Uni which will be in three/four years, or that my major (IT) will fall off the Skilled Occupation List? I don't know if I should count on that, of course I'd like to study abroad even if it gives me no path to PR, but this is still a big deal for me and if I'd find that I'll be able to immigrate to Oz after the end of my studies I'll be the happiest man on earth Thank you for any advice on this
  8. I know it's a weird question. I'm trying to decide whether to go to Oz or Canada for IT degree. In Canada I most prob. will have a route to PR after. But I prefer Oz for the climate (yes it is that important to me), in Canada I am pretty much limited to living in some specific places in BC as far as places I'd actually want to live. Still Canada PR still has value to me and I do like Canada as well. Anyhow if only I had some way of estimating my chance of actually getting PR in the future if I go to Oz it will make my life a lot easier. I am going to do a Bachelor of Computing or a Bachelor of Science with major in IT. I am going to University of Tasmania which is a regional area. Study is 3 years. Who knows what will be in the end of 3 years. Presumably I'll get a graduate temporary visa Then, If the visa rules stay the same as they are now I can do: 489 visa Skilled - Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) - TAS government sponsors you if you have occupation on SOL, if you have occupation in CSOL it will sponsor you as off-list nominee. If this works I will almost surely get PR with the 190 Visa, TAS government also sponsors for this if you work there 3 months. 189 visa - Skilled Independent (subclass 189) - If can't find work in TAS (IMO with 489 visa I can do any sort of work, doesn't have to be in IT) but do find IT work somewhere else I can apply for this after 1 year. According to my calculation I should get at least 70 points with the current system. If I manage to get IELTS 8 it'll be 80 but that can be pretty hard AFAIK. Maybe also possible to do professional year but not sure if that year counts as part of my graduate visa and then I won't have enough time left to find work and work for a year (assuming graduate visa is 2 years) I know this is loads of info, but maybe some migration agent will see this and have enough experience to give me an estimate of my chances of getting PR. Thank you
  9. derbycountygirl

    Still lost, advice?

    I'll give you some background: My family and i moved to Australia, originally Perth WA, in February 2008. After 8 months of not getting work, being unhappy, paying huge rent there, we decided to move to the North West Coast of Tasmania. We have been here for about 4 years now. It's a beautiful state, but there are hardly any jobs and everything is expensive my family don't enjoy their jobs and i cannot find an apprenticeship - being a girl in Automotive makes everything a little more difficult as everyone over here is sexist as hell. We're doing well with money, we have two cars, a boat, a gorgeous house with panoramic ocean and mountain views, yet we find ourselves wanting to move back to the UK. My mum's family is back in the UK and we miss them a fair bit; perhaps that's what is instigating our move. But yea, i don't feel as though i have anything here; no mates, no job, no future here. I keep trying to remind myself of the state of the UK; the traffic, etc. but i still want to go back for good. i've never felt like we fit in here, based on the fact that we're english. We're going to need a 40ft container and we are taking our 4 year old Ragdoll cat, Zach, with us. Has anyone been feeling/have felt similar and moved back? We're just a bit lost and stressing out about the process. Nothing is set into concrete, but it is more likely than not that we'll move back. Any comments or opinions would be appreciated. Thanks.
  10. John Griffin

    In search Of Work

    Hey all , Im a 21 Irish male and thinking of heading out to tasmania in march and will be looking for work any will do really but i would be looking for something that'll help me get a second year visa any help will be much appreciated....thanks
  11. Hockayak

    Made it to Tassie!

    Hi all, Im just messaging to all to say that my wife and I made it to Tasmania, Australia a week ago. We came on a young person's Working Holiday Visa (WHV), so not as lengthy or as stringent as most of the other visas, but still, we're here. Its been a pretty easy process for us, except that one little hitch put down on my wife's visa. She's a teacher and she mentioned she might work with kindergarten kids. As a result she was ordered to go to the nearest VETTED doctors, for a private chest xray - to test for TB (which we are all vaccinated against at school anyway). There aren't many Oz approved doctors in the UK and the nearest to us in Durham, was in Manchester! It was a good 5 hour round trip, and more costly than we would have liked! But we have since found out, that if you 'forget to mention' the working with young kids thing on the visa form, then if you do need to work with young kids then you can have the xray done basically anywhere when you arrive. The other thing we noted, basically that on the WHV you can only be employed by a single employer for 6 months at a time then you have to move on to another palce of work, but it appears that some employers can refer you on to another place of work (sometimes its literally the same job but paid from a different 'employer'). There is a stipulation that you can extend a WHV employment period with prior consent from the visa agency but when we enquired it was only available for a month or two at best, so dont be expecting to just blag it an work a year somewhere as they will say no and you may well be busted. Finally, from previous experience and our recent arrival, Tasmania is an amazing place with landscapes like few other places in Australia. We are in Montrose, nr Hobart (Tasmania) and from there, everything seems pretty close. We used the buses for a whole week being out and about, to beaches, tourist destinations, car yards and supermarkets and bottle shops. A 'day rover' for $5 or 3.20 pounds will take you pretty much anywhere in Hobart for ans many jouneys as you need. They are on-time and pretty reliable. Anyway, I will keep you updated as to how we get on here in Hobart. (If anyone wants to meet up some place in Hobart for a beer then let us know, in need of some British mates)
  12. Hi all, Im a teacher in the UK, qualified and teaching for 5 years. We are thinking about a move to Oz for a 1 year period coming over on a Working Holiday Visa (WHV) that stipulates that you can only work in one job for 6 months at a time, therefore id need 2 jobs. An employee at the Aus embassy said that Australia or more specifically Tasmania created, or filled placements for teachers wishing to come to Oz on this 1 year WHV. I have done quite a bit of research and found the teaching specific requirments and hoops to jump through, no problem, but i cant find even a small trace of evidence to suggest that there is such a placement scheme operating in Aus or Tasmania. My questions are these: 1) Has anyone else heard of such a placement scheme for people on WHV? 2) Does a teacher on the WHV still have to apply for the good character, teacher registration etc. that someone on a General Skilled Visa (GSV) would have to? Having done so much research there isnt a nice simple, 'these are the things you need to do' for my situation, as im sure there isnt for lots of other people. This said, if anyone can offer some friendly advice to two complete newbies for both forum chats and migration/visa stuff:huh:, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Hockayak :cool:
  13. Just wondering if someone applied to Tassie SS recently and waiting for it? How long it takes for application processing? I applied last week and waitning for the outcome. Cheers
  14. The Pom Queen

    Worlds Best Places to Live 2012

    This time of year we are deluged with lists involving either last year or the current one, and a new entry that might be of interest to the expat communities has just been released. The Daily Telegraph in the UK (known for its right-wing politics and likely an upscale readership) has announced the results of its survey of the World’s best places to live in 2012. Evidently about 1500 of their readers participated (definitely a small sample for an unscientific poll) and the Top 10 choices are: Hong Kong New York City Auckland, New Zealand Turks and Caicos Islands Tasmania Maui, Hawaii Buenos Aires Barbados Victoria, British Colombia Cape Town, South Africa What I think is especially weird about the survey results is that they are a total mix of places that are barely alike in any way. I’d have thought that many people who choose Paris or Barcelona, or perhaps a long list of islands in the Caribbean, but these people are literally all over the map. Hong Kong and New York City The top two slots are actually very similar in that they have kind of an anything goes reputation, and living well in them is incredibly expensive. Auckland (and its suburbs) This seems an odd pick because travellers to New Zealand generally rate Auckland itself as their least favourite part of the whole country. Evidently this particular suburb is quite nice, but if you are dreaming of moving to New Zealand why move to its biggest city? Turks and Caicos and Barbados These actually make sense, especially if you survey people during the winter months. It’s still a bit odd that these two made the Top 10 and others like the Caymans or Bermuda or the British Virgin Islands didn’t. Tasmania I’ve not been to Tasmania and it sounds quite nice. It’s hard to believe it’s popular enough to make this list, but obviously it did. Maui, Hawaii The survey was done by a UK newspaper and if it were done in the US then Maui would likely be at or near the top. Buenos Aires This seems like an interesting choice because BA really is a fantastic city that also offers very good value to foreigners. Probably voted in by people who had very good holidays there, and I’d be tempted to vote for it myself for the same reason. Victoria, British Columbia Another unusual choice, partly because Vancouver, the large city closest to Victoria, seems to top the “most liveable cities” lists almost every year. Victoria is out on Vancouver Island, and it feels more like England than anywhere outside of the British Isles. The weather isn’t any better either, so you have to wonder the motivation to go all that way. Cape Town Another I haven’t been to yet, but I hear it’s like a nicer version of Los Angeles, with a rather good climate. If the rest of South Africa had fewer problems then this one would probably be higher. The bottom line As fun as these lists can be, I think one like this where each participant is able to create his own definition of a vague question, is hard to take too seriously. And I’d think that if a left-wing newspaper read by the working class was to do one the list might include Spain and Portugal and maybe Florida.
  15. Tasmania bucks the trend and has seen a drop in unemployment, with the exception of Western Australia it currently has the lowest unemployment rate in Australia. http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2011/11/11/275861_tasmania-news.html
  16. [WRAP]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/tasmaniandevils.jpg[/WRAP]According to a new study in the Journal of Applied Ecology, culling does not effectively control the contagious cancer threatening the Tasmanian devil. The researchers modelled the effect of removing sick animals on the disease's prevalence in a small population. The study seems to confirm findings in wild trials, that selective culling of sick animals is ineffectual at stopping the spread of the disease. All trial culls of the devils have now been stopped. Culling has been used to control infectious diseases in a range of species from deer to badgers, wolves to domestic cattle. Despite proving successful in controlling the diseases of livestock, such as foot and mouth, culling wild animals is controversial because of the lack of evidence that it works. In fact, cases exists where culling wild animals has made the problem worse. But, hoping to save the Tasmanian devil from the facial cancer that has wiped out more than 90% of individuals in some areas, conservation biologists have trialled a cull since 2004. As part of the trial cull, researchers have trapped and euthanised sick animals two to five times a year from an isolated population in the south-east of Tasmania. To assess the impact of the cull, Australian researchers Nick Beeton from University of Tasmania and Hamish McCallum from Griffith University created a computer model in which they simulated the effects of the cull. "We found the removal rate required to suppress disease was higher than that which would be feasible in the field," explained Mr Beeton. In the field, biologists find that 20% of the population is never captured and could be acting as a reservoir for the disease. Unless all the devils are trapped and inspected, including the "trap-shy" ones, continuous culling is unlikely to be an effective disease control, the researchers write. Mr Beeton said "The disease suppression trial was ended as this paper was being written." "Our research demonstrates that we must be flexible and be prepared to change strategy as new information comes to light," he added. "It's much better to do a study like this, than spend a lot of money on a huge culling programme and then find that it hasn't worked," said geneticist Elizabeth Murchison from the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, UK, who studies the devil cancer. She added that by confirming that culling does not work, conservationists can then focus their efforts on alternative strategies, such as the captive breeding programme and developing a vaccine against the cancer. Source: www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15158814
  17. runslikeafish

    The Final Countdown

    Hi all, I've not been on here as much as normal over the last few weeks. To say it's been a bit hectic would be an understatement! Anyway, there are less than 3 weeks to go before we arrive in Hobart :jiggy: as I'm sure a lot of you know from experience it's a scary and emotional time. I'm regularly wondering if we're doing the right thing (although of course we are!) - I've come to the conclusion that to do something great you need to go outside of your comfort zone. ...and we're certainly outside of ours! :biggrin: So, I just thought I'd post an update. I'm thinking of starting a blog where I'll post things that may be interesting and/or useful (hopefully) to people doing a similar thing. As and when I get time to do it, I'll post a link here. Good luck all, and looking forward to perhaps seeing some of you in Tassie. Tim
  18. If you are, have a look at Sapphire's post on Renting and Real Estate.
  19. Guest

    Do you love Tasmania ???

    As our lovely Tassie doesn't get a mention that often, I thought it would be good to have a thread where we can keep track of all things Tassie. So if you have Tassie on the brain, or are lucky enough to be there already this is the thread for you: So, I guess I'll go first. Love Tassie, can't wait to get there. Got 475 visa, can't sell house:wacko:. Live in Bristol now and want to live in either Howrah or Kingston area. Your Turn...... :notworthy: CC x
  20. We're on our validating trip to Tasmania and we're getting a idea what living is Tassie is. I love a lot of things, but also worry about a lot of things also. :nah: One of them is a job for my husband, he just realised over here that an own plastering company is not his ambition. He's really thrown by this.... :no: Now he's looking for larger companies he can apply for a job. Or at least get a feeling what plastering in Tasmania is about. He will also ask his friend who has a handyman service here, but I would really appreciate your input too. :hug:
  21. marta

    Holiday Melbourne to Tasmania

    I have been in love with Tasmania for a while now and as we are kind of nearby we thought we should start having a look in January. So my partner and I are planning a trip to the northeastern part, going out from Melbourne. I am just about to order some brochures if there are any but still would like to ask if someone has a tip for us as to what to see and what to do. We were thinking of something like a walking holiday but nothing too stressful where we could see a bit of the lovely countryside. For example, I would like to know: 1. Is it necessary to rent a car to get around, say when we arrive in Launceston? Is there a coach? 2. Or would you rather recommend a different part of Tasmania such as flying to Hobart and starting from there on the other half of Tasmania? Sorry if my questions sound stupid I was just hoping someone living in Tasmania might be able to pass on some insider tips. And as Siamsusie is not online any more unfortunately I cannot ask here. Many thanks in advance!!!:wubclub:
  22. Guest

    from Barnsley UK - to - Tasmania

    Hi, We are just getting sorted to apply for our 176 ss visa. I do care work (Nina 27) My partner (kev 30) is a mechanic and we have two young daughters age 1 and 4. We are looking at moving near Hobart (well within 20 min drive of Hobart) We would like information of jobs, places to live, childcare, shipping etc. And we also would like to meet some pen pals (internet pals) to get to know and maybe meet once we get there (2012 hopefully). We currently live in Barnsley, UK.
  23. Tasmania had a warmer than average September because of a series of warm fronts from the north. The Weather Bureau's September results show a drier and warmer month than normal. Two warm fronts in the first and third week of September meant the month's average temperature was 1.2 degrees higher than normal. The warmest day was on September 28, when temperatures in Hobart reached 23.9 degrees. The average temperature in the state's capital was 16.3 degrees. Cold fronts from the west meant that side of the state had near average rainfall, but rain clouds didn't make it to the state's north or east, which both recorded rainfall well below average. The wettest part of the state was Mount Read where 470 millimetres was recorded for the month.
  24. Tourism Australia is running an online campaign at the moment, promoting locations around Australia in short online videos, featuring, backpackers, tour guides etc to lure more young people Down Under to work and play. The Tourism Australia campaign, 30 days in Oz, consists of 30 online videos, each following someone different in locations around Australia, with each demonstrating in 60 seconds why "there's nothing like Australia for young travellers." Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said the campaign would promote the Working Holiday Visa and encourage young people to consider Australia as a place to work or travel, particularly those leaving school or on a Gap Year. "One of Tourism Australia's objectives is to get more young people to holiday in Australia. These travellers often become lifelong advocates, influencing friends and family of all ages to holiday in Australia and returning themselves later in life," he said. "We also know from research that many of these visitors are backpackers, who spend more time travelling and explore more of Australia than other travellers, which is one of the reasons the youth market is such an important one for us." The video's showcasing Tasmania are below: ni44QcpnZkg 3lvEdwb15GA sWMG2vNKr-w
  25. Guest

    2 weeks before we go

    Yikes only two weeks before we leave, and heading to Launceston Tasmania. Shippers booked, dog has passed his blood test. house rented out just the car to sell. exciting but nervous. Anyone on the Heathrow to Melbourne flight on 5th Ocotber with Singapore Airlines?