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  1. path2aus

    One year after in SA..

    My wife and I along with our 3 month old moved to South Australia about a year ago. I lived in the US for 14 years (Did my masters in the US as well) and my wife lived there for around 8 years. It was a decision based on the fact that I wasn't getting my Green Card (We are from India) any sooner and I had already spent 10 years waiting for one. It was scary for me as I had a stable job in the US and was making good money and I was moving here with out work and with a new born. 1 year on, I think it was a good decision. I was able to find a job within a month and a year later got hired as a permanent employee in the same govt. sector I joined as a contractor. The things I liked so far: 1. The weather obviously. We lived in Illinois and the winter was brutal there. Even here the winter is little cold for our liking during winters but not as bad as what we faced in Illinois. 2. Not worrying about the visa. I lived in the US for 14 years and there wasn't a single year I wasn't worried about my visa status. It was either appearing for an interview when going on a vacation or applying for H1B extensions every 1-3 years. 3. Less crowded and good transportation. 4. People have been largely friendly. I don't know if this is just in Adelaide but I haven't found any animosity from the locals till now. Things that could be better: 1. The cost of living is little higher but again SA is not that bad when compared to other states I guess. 2. The internet. I was shocked to learn that majority of places in SA and in Australia are still on DSL with unreliable download speeds. I still get only 5-7 MBPS and the reports of NBN hasn't been very encouraging as well. I always had 20-30 MBPS in the US and even the DSL mostly will hover around 12-20 MBPS there. I am only talking about cities and not the rural areas. Well even though there are few other niggles, I wouldn't want to harp on that as there isn't any place which is perfect. Living in an alien country for 14 years, I have learnt to adapt and so has my wife. So I don't have too many complaints about where I live. My only expectation when I moved to Australia was a simple and peaceful life for my family. We don't have major expectations and just wanted a stable life for our daughter growing up. I am happy so far here in Australia and hopefully it will stay the same. I have taken lots of help from this site and just wanted to update how we got on after our move.
  2. richardcoull

    Parent visa update

    "Further Update: Senator Hanson-Young's disallowance motion against the Migration Amendment which ceased a range of visas including the non-contributory parent, aged dependent, carer and last remaining relative was successful. Therefore, these visas can now be lodged again. There will likely be further information on this later today or tomorrow." All being well, there should now be a 6-month window in which to file new applications under the previously closed Parent Visa classes listed above.
  3. Hey guys I have not posted any detailed updates since touching down in Oz as there were so many things going on that the stress was overwhelming. The first few months here was far from fun and I didn't want to admit that I was feeling like I had made a huge mistake. Suffice to say that living in Oz initially felt very different to the months I spent here some twenty years ago and the many holidays we have had here since. So here goes: We touched down in Brisbane November last year and after struggling for 4 years to get a visa I assumed that the worst of the worry and stress was done. The truth was it was just beginning. As soon as we arrived the race was on to get everything sorted out before we ran out of cash or had the visa revoked. i had just about enough cash to keep us for about 4 months before we would have to get back on the plane. The visa we finally got was a provisional 489, formerly known as 475 which came with living and working restrictions. So I had two priorities: 1. Find somewhere to live that was in a regional postcode within 90 days. That sounds like not such a big ask and I guess that was the easy part. 2. Find a job in a regional postcode that was within driving distance of the regional address. Not so easy. We hung out in Brissy for a week or so and then started to hunt in earnest for somewhere to live. The sooner I moved out of Brisbane, the sooner we could start meeting the two year regional living requirement for permanent residency. I wanted to be within two hours drive of Brisbane as the main reason for coming to Oz was to be close to my sister. I was never that keen on the hot weather but I did like the beaches. So we bought a map in the Post office and drew a circle two hour drive around Brissy. For the next 10 days or so we visited pretty much every hinterland town and everywhere up the Sunshine Coast. We saw some lovely spots but with very few schools anywhere near and what looked like zero employment prospects in other places the list became narrower. Eventually we settled on Caloundra as it seemed slightly cheaper to rent than the rest of the coast and it was beautiful. I went through the lengthy process of registering my teaching credentials with the department of Education and employment so that I work as a casual relief teacher. I was then waiting to be interviewed by them so they could make a decision on what salary I would be paid if I was placed in a state school. They sent me details of the available jobs in my specialism and there were 3 in the whole state. The closest job was west of Dalby in a remote region - about 4 hours drive and the other two were in the far north. None of these were suitable so I realised very quickly that getting work as a teacher was probably not going to happen. I started to apply for lots of different jobs. I knew it was the wrong time of year. Schools were closed for the long break and most jobs are advertised in September. So I googled a list of every independent school from Caboolture to Bundaberg, realising I may have to move further away. I finally came across one job two hours north of Brissy. It was just over an hour's drive from Caloundra so I thought it might be doable. I applied through the agency and within two days I had an interview. When I got out of the car at the school it was 42 degrees C and there were kangaroos on the lawn and flies everywhere- one of the joys of heading inland. I went in to the interview and the air con wasn't on. Jeez. Despite the heat, I thought it had gone ok as they gave me a tour afterwards but I couldn't be sure. The grounds and buildings were lovely and apart from the stifling heat it looked like an idyllic setting with a bushland backdrop. We returned to Brissy and they said they would be in touch. I then heard nothing. I forgot to mention that my sister and her family left for UK for 8 weeks in November so we were alone while all of this was going on. We were looking after their house in Brissy and at the same time trying to get ourselves settled up further up the coast. In December we moved to Caloundra. Our furniture and shipping was not due to arrive for another 8 weeks so I scoured gumtree and ebay. I managed to furnish the place for 350 dollars and then bought some bedding and kitchen things from kmart. As soon as the rent payments started that is when the money started to rapidly deplete. It was coming up to Crimbo and no jobs around. Nobody wanted to hire a teacher that was likely to disappear come term time. I had plenty of real estate experience so I was able to get a job in Caloundra as a sales specialist but this didn't start until after New Year. The teaching agency was closed for crimbo so there was no way of getting any feedback from the interview. Crimbo was a tad miserable. We were for the most part on our own apart from Christmas day which we spent with my brother in law's family. New year passed and I started the job in Caloundra. It didn't take me long to establish that the boss was a complete tool and most likely the reason he was looking for staff on the mouth of crimbo was that the last person had marched out the door. Anyhow I figured I would stay until something better turned up. After 4 days I got a call from the teaching agency saying another school had seen my cv and wanted to interview me. I said 'okay but before I go, what went wrong on the last interview'? 'Err, I will find out' he said. The next thing he called back and said they want a second interview just to ask some additional questions. The next morning I went back to the real estate job. I worked the whole day. The tool was gone most of the day on appointments. He marched in the door at 6pm and said: 'Alright Champ?' I said 'yeah great thanks, and seeya round because I don't work here any more'. He was flabbergasted because I think from his perspective we were getting on great..... not. So I was again unemployed but feeling more positive about being able to get some teaching work. The next day I had a phone interview to answer additional questions. I got the job and started work the very next day. I felt pretty lucky to have got the one one and only job I applied for, especially since there was nothing around. It didn't take too long to realise the commute was brutal with the long working hours and after falling asleep on the road and almost crashing head on one morning I knew something had to give. We broke lease in Caloundra and moved north. Then we had a car disaster. The car we had borrowed from my brother in law gave up and died and they bought a new one. They offered to lend it to me but I said I would buy one. I was just considering a car loan when my sister suggested she buy my half of the house in Ireland. It was less than I wanted to sell for but with that I was able to go ahead and buy a brand new I30 which was ideal. I banked the rest. After almost a year teaching in Queensland I can safely say that I have never worked so hard as a teacher. The senior assessment procedure is so convoluted and complex that it is massively labour intensive. When they convert to national assessments like NSW it will be easier for teachers but in the meantime, half the holidays are lost in the assessments. In the first two terms I was having a crappy time with one particular student who was like a dog with a bone. I bided my time and quietly logged every issue. Eventually they made one mistake too many. The school supported me and expelled him for which I was very thankful. It became much easier after that as most of the students are lovely uncomplicated country kids who are so kind hearted. After three moves in a year we are finally in the one place. One of the advantages of moving inland is that we were able to afford a nice big house for less money than our Caloundra place. However, we are not so keen on the town we live in. It's a boring place and everywhere we go we bump into people from work or students and I feel like I haven't left. Just today I met 6 people in Coles in one 10 minute slot. So if our landlord wants us to move when the lease is up in march we will most likely leave town and commute again. Not so far this time but maybe half way to the coast so that it is easier to get to the beach. One good thing about being rural is the chance to be in the fire brigade. That has been a lot of fun so far and it really feels like the true Oz experience. I have done fire-fighting in my younger days so most of the equipment looked familiar but I knew naff all about wildfire. I still have a lot to learn. It has helped me become familiar with most of the crawlies in Oz as when you set fire to stuff they all run out in your direction. When you get home and take the gear off you always have a few up the legs lol. yeuch. So far we have been so busy that there has not been much time for fun stuff. There have been a few ups and downs. Some health issues incurred some chunky medical bills and finances have only just started to move in the right direction. The year has been fairly tough. I have spent most of it being exhausted and stressed out trying to get used to so many new things / situations. We are now finally finding time to relax and enjoy and remind ourselves of all the things we like about the place. Does it feel like home? Not yet. Will we stay forever? I don't know to be honest. Before we came I would have said yes. Next year though my son will turn 18 and he can decide whether to return to UK. I am not sure how I would feel if he was so far away. Time will tell. The plan was always to live in Brissy near my sister but to be honest we love the Sunshine Coast so I am hoping we can end up there for a while at least. The whole place has such a great chilled atmosphere. I love the fact that the beach is packed at 6 in the morning. My contract is full time permanent which I gather is hard to get in Queensland. Right now the plan is to see what the next year will bring and hope that bush fire season is not too busy. Oh and I still really want to get a Birman cat but no pets allowed here. Next place hopefully. Gosh I have gone on a bit. Sorry all. Millie x
  4. Hi all, Sorry it has taken me so long to get around to this post, life gets in the way sometimes! Well where do I even start, we have been reflecting on our journey over the past year and wow what an adventure! One year ago, we left England to embark on the biggest adventure of our lives, the goodbyes were sad but ahead we had a sense of excitement and anticipation. I remember when we landed in Melbourne on the 5th September 2011 thinking - wow, we are really here! For the first 5 weeks we stayed in serviced apartments provided by my husbands company, it was right by the beach so we enjoyed that novelty! We then moved to a suburb near my husbands work called Berwick, we love it here, it is very family focused, only 40 mins from the CBD, 25 mins to the beach and 20 mins to the mountains, lots of bars, cafes, restaurants, parklands etc :-) The first few weeks were (we can look back and laugh) somewhat challenging, we managed to meet a few people and their generosity will never be forgotten, our first night in new rental we ate our first meal off a cardboard box and watched a tv the size of a laptop (with only 3 channels) that we borrowed from friends ha ha, but lets not be ungrateful, we were essentially starting again! The children have been our saving grace, whenever we felt down or like things werent going our way, we would look at them and see happy faces, enjoying playing in the fresh aussie air and things felt, I dont know, right I guess. The last year has been totally amazing, we have seen and done more things than in our entire lives in the UK, I guess looking back we didnt make as much effort so maybe that's our bad but a fresh start was what we needed! The best part of all is most of the things are readily available to us, within 30-45 min drive - we have Australian beauty on our doorstep, how lucky are we! Australia has more than exceeded my expectations, it is clean, vibrant, beautiful, the food is fresh and in abundance, the people are (mostly) friendly and cannot do enough for you! In fact I sometimes dread going some shops when I am in a hurry because they make such a fuss of you and conversations are plentiful! For those of you that like to complain about how 'expensive' Australia is, please remember these things - The roads are big, spacious and clean - yes the car tax is expensive but then look around you! You get tax back every year you work, that for us is a new novelty and what a bonus! You get super annuation (pension) if you are employed, between myself and my husband we get 19% pension paid by our companies. Food is more expensive yes, but it is fresher and lasts longer so you throw a lot less away, so is it more expensive in the long run? Outdoor life - pack a picnic, fill up your petrol tank and you have a cheap day out, anywhere you fancy, and unless you go to the city or somewhere very touristy, parking is FREE! All parks whether they be in the city, mountains or coast, there are bbqs everywhere, they are free and readily available to use, I love this! in the summer we drive to the beach pack a few sausages and rolls, let the kids play, enjoy a paddle or walk along the beach, have a drink and a hotdog and then go home, awesome! Trains are cheap as chips here, in fact on Sundays they are almost nothing so take a train into the city, walk along the yarra river, have a drink and cake and come home - cheap trip out! Petrol prices match the uk but dollar to pound therefore cheaper! The weather, well Melbourne is the state of all seasons but certainly the sun shines way more here which we love. In the right trade you get paid well here, both my husband and I earn 2.5 times our wages in England :-) I could go on and I know that everyones situations are different but these are our reasons as to why we want to live and bring up our children here :-) The things we miss about the UK - Obviously friends and family Bisto - we get this sent out!! Galaxy - we also get this sent! Clothing - I still shop online at Dorothy Perkins, Next and River Island who all ship to Oz but this works out because I shop in the seasonal sales! CURRY! But fortunately I have a husband that cooks an awesome curry, phew :-) We have so many exciting things to look forward to here most weekends, we spend more time together as a family and love the great outdoors, we work hard and play hard, our kids are the happiest I have seen them and hardly ever watch tv anymore :-) As a family moving to Australia there are hurdles you will come across and problems you will face, its not paradise but in my opinion close enough! Moving anywhere whether is be Australia or Scotland you will always have difficulties to face but you HAVE to put yourself out there, when we first moved here we got ourselves out there and met people and now have a great circle of friends. You have to make an effort to meet people and network yourself - especially if you have children, they are the best networking tool of all! I dont know why there is so much negativity on this forum, people are very quick to talk about the bad stuff but rarely take the time to talk about the good. So my advice to anyone thinking of moving to Australia, do your research, plan, network and enjoy! You only live once so take a chance! I am happy to try and help if anyone wants to know anything - anyway must go, off to the top of a sunny mountain for a free childrens fun day :jiggy: Thanks all, will update at 18 months xx
  5. owensfamily

    Begging to DIAC

    Has anyone ever tried 'begging' to DIAC for further information on their application, it clearly says on the contact department email form that general enquiries will be ignored but surely someone in DIAC is actually human, surely they can see spending $3000 and having no response and no definitive timescale that you will ever get a response is plainly unfair. How hard is it for them to tell us where they are up too for each visa class in plain and simple English, if you want to continue to wait having some information gives you at least something to make an informed decision on.
  6. The Aussie added more than four cents against sterling over the week. Most of the gain came at lunchtime on Wednesday, after six central banks announced they would lend US dollars more cheaply to banks. After weeks of fretting about the lack of action to resolve Euroland's debt crisis, investors were impressed to see that somebody was doing something to set matters in order. Even though the central banks were responding to a liquidity problem in the wholesale market, not to Italy's inability to borrow money, anything at that level was better than nothing. It was optimism about Euroland rather than the strength of the Australian economy that took the AUD higher. New home sales in October rose by 5.5% on the month but only after a -3.5% decline in September. Retail sales growth slowed to 0.2% and the manufacturing purchasing managers' index remained in the shrinkage zone at 47.8.
  7. The Aussie moved ahead of sterling on the week, adding about a cent; not a significant achievement. Inexplicably it kept close company with a motley group including the Canadian dollar, the Swiss franc and the yen – currencies which more usually find themselves at opposite ends of the spectrum. Two reasons for this apparently random movement were the Thanksgiving holiday in the States and investors' mounting confusion about Euroland; they combined to create an illiquid and jumpy market. An ecostat drought provided just two data; the leading [economic] index went positive in September, rising from -0.2% to 0.1%, and construction work carried out in the third quarter was 12.5% more than in the previous three months.
  8. In a busy week, the Australian Bureau of Statistics delivered a series of data that tended towards the low side of expectations. A 1.1% monthly increase in motor vehicle sales wasn’t enough to offset the previous month's -1.4% fall. The wage price index – an indicator of labour cost inflation and tightness in the jobs market – edged down from 3.8% to 3.6% in the third quarter of the year. Average weekly wages provided a counterpoint, accelerating by 5.3% in the year to August after a 4.4% increase in the year to July. It was investor risk appetite that once again exerted the most influence on the Aussie dollar. Nervousness about the situation in Euroland extends to nervousness about the global economy, and investors are concerned for Australia's economic future. Unless EU leaders can pull something out of the fire, the Australian dollar looks more likely to go down than up.
  9. Hello again everyone! Well things have moved on since we last posted, last time we had not long arrived and staying in short term accommodation. That was in August- now in mid November we are living in a nice 2 bedroom rental apartment in East Perth. We had some trouble at first with trying to get an apartment as we didn't want to just throw money away by putting bonds down on too many places at once, but in the end we were third time lucky and we have a apartment in the location we were after, paying a reasonable amount. One thing we a]have found though is living in the city can be a bit noisy! This is something we are now considering as our lease will be up at the end of February, then we will have the dilemma of either staying within the city or maybe moving out to the suburbs. Job-wise, I (Lucy) have been working as a medical scientist looking after point of care testing in the remote areas of WA, very interesting, and very different to lab-based work! It was very handy that I was able to secure the role before we came as having an income straight away removes a lot of the stresses that would have on us if we only had savings to rely on. Alan managed to get a nicely paid job working for the Department of Environment and Conservation as an IT manager, it was the really the first thing he properly went for. As I was working full time Alan spent the first few weeks securing us our apartment, and then once we had somewhere to live he could then start looking around for work. He sent his details to an agency on the Wednesday, the rang him asking him did he want to go for an IT Manager role, and was employed by the following Friday! Things have become more routine for us now. We are waiting for our new car to be delivered so we can explore where the buses and trains don't reach. We have decided to go for a Toyota Rav4 though it will only be ever used as a street car! Handy though as its space should keep us happy for a fair while. We have so far managed to visit the Zoo, Cottesloe Beach, Fremantle and Hilary's but with us finally getting some transport we will now be able to go much further away from home and see all the different places around us. Some quick thoughts: Food is certainly not as expensive as some people seem to think with the posts on here, you don't need to be a millionaire just to have dinner. The flies are very annoying. Public transport around Perth is very good, its clean and quite reasonably priced. If you have the skills finding work is not that bad. You won't get tired of seeing all the multi-coloured birds flying around - like the Rainbow Lorikeets - but the Crows are just annoying with their cawing. That's all we can think of for now but there is probably loads of things we could add, any questions just ask and we will answer them if we can. We will also update our blog with similar though will be adding some piccies once we process them off the camera. Lucy + Al
  10. The Aussie dollar managed to avoid the spotlight last week. That task was made easier by the market's obsession with developments in Euroland, where prime ministerial resignations were coming thick and fast. Italy's premier followed his Greek colleague out of the back door, making way for another non-political economist to take the helm. Having been less than enthusiastic about the Australian dollar during the early part of the week, investors rediscovered their appetite for it on Thursday and Friday. Australian economic indicators were close enough to forecast that investors paid them little attention. Business confidence improved from -1 to +2, even though (current) business conditions apparently deteriorated from +2 to -1. Consumer confidence was up by 6.3%. Home loans rose by 2.2% in September. Employment grew by 10.1k in October, with only half as many new jobs as the previous month – but the unemployment rate was steady at 5.2%. There was nothing there to distinguish the Aussie, but nothing to trip it up either.
  11. Still waiting for my registration number! Application has been with APHRA now since July! Despite several e-mails and phone calls i am no further forward..... anyone else having same problems?:confused: I have already been offered a great job in Freo and my family and I are packed and ready to go! GRRRRRR! :arghh:
  12. When the Greek prime minister announced out of the blue that he would hold a referendum on the second EU bailout plan, it reawakened investors' fears for the global economy. They retreated from the ‘risky’ commodity-oriented currencies, including the Australian dollar, and headed for the safety of the yen, the US dollar and the British pound. The AUD and NZD roughly kept pace with each other, lagging sterling by more than 2% over the course of the week. The Australian economy did not help the Aussie's case. Residential property – a sector which for years has resisted the force of gravity – was showing more signs of strain. The government's house price index fell by -2.2% in the year to September, half of which decline came in the third quarter. New home sales fell by -3.5% in September and building permits were down by -13.6. Bucking the trend, the construction sector purchasing managers' index improved by nearly five points in October, but still looked anaemic at 34.7 on a 0-100 scale where anything below 50 means shrinkage.
  13. I thought it was time to give our first update from Australia! Quick recap of our situation: I’m an Aussie and OH is the Brit. I already had a house in Adelaide so we haven’t got much to tell that would be useful in regards to finding accommodation when you first arrive I’m afraid. We flew in last Thursday morning. Soooo glad I used my frequent flyer miles to upgrade the Singapore to Adelaide flight to business class. Being able to use the business class lounge during our 9 hours in Singapore was fantastic (we managed to have a snooze and helped ourselves to the food and drinks) and it certainly was nice to have a seat on the plane that went flat (well, almost flat). We're currently staying with my parents in Port Elliot (coastal town about 1.5 hours drive south of Adelaide) until we're ready to move into my place. So after a couple of days of falling asleep in the middle of the day and waking at strange times we got stuck into the furniture shopping on Sunday. It's a bit of a tough slog as we have to drive into Adelaide each time (not many shops down here and they wouldn't deliver that far away anyhow) to look at places, so we've tried to do a fair bit of research on the internet to narrow things down a bit. Had a very successful day today, having ordered a lounge suite and a bed. Once the bed is available (we've been told 7-10 days) they will both be delivered and we can actually move into the house. Also put a deposit down on a fridge on the weekend and that will hopefully be delivered soon too. I was quite pleased with my bargaining abilities and managed to get the price down on all the items. It's not like the UK where you pay whatever the price tag says. Here it's more of a guideline so if you're prepared to stand your ground (or smile sweetly!) you can often get a better deal. Also stumbled on a home wares sale at the local department store so we grabbed as much as we could carry! OH's also been busy making himself "official", registering for Medicare, tax file number, getting a phone etc. He applied online for a bank account with the NAB before we got here and has a meeting with them on Thursday to pick up his cards. Can’t help much with cost of living information yet as we haven’t had to pay for much of that type of thing while we’re staying with my parents. Will try to provide an update once we’ve moved into our house. Happy to answer any questions though!
  14. The Australian dollar was in the top currency division for the week, strengthening by more than 1% against the pound. That was twice as much as the euro achieved, even with the benefit of the latest agreement to resolve the southern Euroland debt crisis. The AUD is sensitive to economic activity on China because exports of coking coal and iron ore to that country (among others) are a significant part of Australia's economy. Were Europe to falter and slow it would dampen global demand for China's exports, so reducing China's demand for the materials that go into their production. Because Europe has apparently taken a major step towards getting its act together, the risk of a return to recession is lower – and the Aussie is higher. On Monday of this week, problems in Europe resurfaced along with an interest rate cut (first cut since 2009). In addition, new home sales fell 3.5% in September from August their lowest level since December 2000 – a combination of these factors led to a weaker dollar.
  15. Guest

    The move (update)

    :jiggy:Hi all, just an update. Well i (Jim) have been here in Western Australia now for 6 months and want to share my feelings with anybody out their like myself who didnt no what to expect. The housing is excellent and comparing quality etc to back home pretty much the same price to rent an average three bed. The cost of living....second hand cars are expensive but new jap cars are the same as home. Food Costs are a bit more expensive but not alot, however everything tastes so much fresher and better. It seems that all luxury's are more expensive here for example a packet of hand rolling tobacco is 14 pounds at home and double here. Ah and beer! 7.00 pounds a pint!!!!! The living standards are excellent with quality work/living standards. i live now in rockingham WA, the place is like little England but i love it never the less, your never more than 5 mins from the beach and housing is very reasonable here. I rent a room and share of beach house for 85 pounds a week inclusive for one person. (2 Sharing) I came out here as a Bricklayer but soon realised that it wasnt all it was cracked up to be, paying 200 pounds a day S/E and you really had to work hard, then you were lucky if you got paid on time! I retrained in Health and Safety which took a few weeks as i had previous experience and do that now full time for a better salary than busting my back. In my spare time i ride motorcycles, Triumph of course! I joined the ulyesses club which is nationwide and for over 40s only. I would say 99% of my friends i have made are from that club, it is lonely when you get here on ya own but a bit of forward thinking joining clubs etc really makes life easier, Aussies are very friendly people who are always willing to help and give sound advise, they seem to me a very laid back nation Public transport!!! Excellent on time services. I used the bus for a while and soon realised you actually dont need a car!! (i never bought one) The bus services are unbelievable and cheap, Fiver for a day ticket use train or bus around perth etc. I wish anybody thinking or making their way out to OZ the very best of luck for the future. JIM:mask:
  16. The Australian dollar took fourth place in the hierarchy of major currencies but was only a little down from the top three; the franc, the yen and the pound. While investors were not afraid of the antipodean commodity dollars, neither were they eager to stock up with them while the Euroland debt resolution was in the balance. The Australian economy had almost nothing to say for itself during the week. The minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia's monetary policy meeting offered no guidance as to how the coming meeting might go. Analysts believe this week's core inflation figures, for the September quarter, could be the deciding factor. At least as important to the Aussie, however, will be that Euroland summit meeting on Wednesday. If it rekindles worries about a return to recession the AUD will feel the downward pressure.
  17. THIS IS YOUR ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL THINGS SAUSAGE RELATED!!! fantastic old English pork bangers @ Tasman meats in Belmont. you heard it here first. Have you found a decent banger lately? If so, where? Or report dodgy snags masquerading as gourmet sausages right here!
  18. The Aussie dollar was last week's top currency performer. Investors excited at the prospect of an overdue solution for the European debt crisis forgot their concerns about global growth and went in chase of those currencies linked to commodity exports and high interest rates. The Australian dollar ticked both boxes. Adding to its attractions were a couple of positive economic data. NAB's business survey found firms more upbeat about current and future trading conditions while Westpac reported another improvement in consumer confidence. The employment figures for September were better than expected, with more than 20k jobs created and a fall in the rate of unemployment to 5.2%. The minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia's monetary policy meeting come out on Tuesday morning. They might shed more light on the likely direction of interest rates. Otherwise, it will be developments – or the lack thereof – in Europe that have the most influence on the AUD's direction.
  19. Guest

    457 update

    Hi everyone, i have been sponsored for a 457 visa by an employer and i had a case officer assigned on 15/09/2011,i have sent all paperwork requested but i have not heard anything for a while so i emailed the co on the 02/11/2011 to see if i could get a progress report but i have had no reply, could any one tell me if this is unusual or does it happen now and again. thanks in advance.
  20. Global economic sentiment drives the Aussie dollar, just as it does everything else in financial markets. When the outlook is positive, the (potential) increase in demand for Australia's coal and minerals takes the currency higher. And vice versa. There was a bit of both last week, but mostly it was an extension of the AUD's retreat that cost it 6% of its sterling value in September. Nervousness about a bankrupt Greece – and about what that might mean for the world economy – has dampened demand for the Australian dollar. Nor has the dollar received much help from the Australian ecostats. New home sales showed a 1.1% improvement in August but, after a cumulative fall of -16.2% in the preceding three months, it wasn’t much consolation. More worrying was a further one-point decline in the AiG performance of manufacturing index to 42.3. Anything below 50 means falling activity – and 42.3 is a worryingly low number, that increases the likelihood of an interest rate cut before the year is out. From the UK perspective, it is worth bearing in mind the possibility of quantitative easing (QE) – if the Bank of England release further QE in the near future, this is likely to have an adverse effect on sterling against all major currencies. Thursday’s monetary policy committee meeting will confirm if (or when) QE is occurring.
  21. The Australian dollar suffered more losses over the week, as the European sovereign debt crisis lurched closer to the abyss, driving international investors to dump riskier assets – namely the higher yielding commodity currencies. The Australian dollar broke through parity against the US dollar for the first time in six weeks, as the American currency became the safe haven of choice during these unsettled times. The poor manufacturing data coming from China saw the country’s growth contract further, suggesting that Australian trade will weaken in the months ahead. The correlation between global demand and commodity prices held true: as demand fell, the price of gold and copper dropped sharply last week. There was little indication of the future direction of Australian interest rates from the Reserve Bank of Australia, following the release of its Monetary Policy Committee minutes. They had discussed the possibility of an interest rate hike during their last meeting, but with international developments driving growth prospects, it remains likely that the next rate move will be downwards.
  22. The Pom Queen

    URGENT UPDATE - Shipping Pets

    Dear PIO members The Australians have now classed UK as Rabies well controlled rather than rabies free. Which means that pets travelling from UK to Australia after Jan 1st 2012 now have to have pre travel rabies work. Pets have to have a rabies vaccination within 12 months of the flight date and a rabies vaccination at least 60 days before the flight, but ideally 6-12 months. They then need a rabies blood sample ideally at least 5 months before their flight date. It can be less than 5 months before their flight date, but they will have to spend longer in Australian quarantine if that is the case. The pets are allowed out of quarantine 180 days after the date of the rabies blood sample or 30 days after they land whichever is the greater. Basically - if you are thinking of going to Australia with your pet, start planning early. If you are planning to go in Jan or Feb next year - either try to send your pet before Jan 01st 2012 or be prepared for pets flight to be delayed or the quarantine stay be extended. Check out the following link: http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/cat-dogs/countries/cat4 http://www.petairuk.com Please see the update on the Pet Shipping Forum http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/shipping-pets-ask-pet-air/124633-new-rules-shipping-pets-back-uk-2012-a.html
  23. The Australian dollar continues to take its lead from the ongoing Eurozone sovereign debt crisis. With Greece moving ever closer to default, investors’ appetite to buy the high yielding currency is being sorely tested. The Australian dollar did briefly benefit on news that the country’s exporters helped to post an improved trade surplus of A$1.8lbn during July. Another positive note saw consumer confidence rise by a very impressive 8.1% from a month earlier – possibly driven by the hope that the Reserve Bank of Australia will cut its benchmark rate from the current 4.75% level, as global growth prospects decline. The construction sector saw the number of new housing starts dip by 4.7% during the quarter ending June2011, with weakening employment prospects suggesting any future rate movement will be a reduction.
  24. Marc the Painter

    qld smp update?

    does anyone know when qld will update its smp skills lists? is construction trade skills expected to be put on considering flood damage?
  25. Sunshine111

    6 wk update....

    6wks, hard to believe! seems like we have been here longer. Once we made our decision to return to Uk, I think I was on PomsinOz most days, 2nd guessing our move. Was it the right thing.....? such a contrast as now I don't really have the time!! but I did pledge that I would make an effort to try & update where I could, just because I really nooo how hard a decision it seems to be on an emotional level. I have a friend returning home & hearing her talk about it, reminds me of the emotional rollercoaster we went though.... I have read many times, it can take up to 18 months to settle, due to the reverse cultural shock - I think it depends - amongst other things,.... Why do you want to return to UK from Oz? what is missing from your life? can it be fixed (change of job/move house etc... we had homesickness on & off over the last 10 yrs!) Do you feel you gave Oz enough of a go? (this one is important) Where you move back to? Why you left in the first place? what your expectations are? what connections you have in UK - how good you get on with family & friends? what your plans are for when you get back? Where do you see yourself in the UK in 2 yrs, 5 yrs etc.... If there is something you are going back to in the UK that you are concerned about, how you are going to manage that. Whether it be the weather or certain family members etc!! ha! For us, we exhausted all questions & just felt although 10 yrs away has been a fantastic experience but it boiled down to where our future lay. Forget riots, crap weather, recession, doom, gloom etc. It comes down to where we belong. I had such a sense of fear about what we were going back to but..... love the village we have moved to, real sense of community people are friendly, my eldest is settling into school really well, great school. Weekends are filled with so much, whether it be seeing people or going out & seeming something new for the day. You forget how accessible places are, Perth seemed sooo spread out. Have had one flat day but then I think that was more a case of it all catching up with us. Probably wouldn't settle a house & flying out same day (added more stress than was needed!) or arriving at the begining of the August summer holidays & moving to a new area when you got school kids but on the whole I think coming back in the summer has helped us settle better. Know we have winter coming but summer has been a nice transition not so much of a shock to the system, we hope! Also, our son is 5 yrs & only in school 2 days a week, so hasn't seemed like such a wrench, however I think you underestimate how resilent kids are. Is going to take time for them to get to know family especially our oldest but has amazed me how the bond is there. Not been all plane sailing with certain family members but I think it is going to take time & hasn't affected how we feel about being back. Since being back, for us, I can honestly say our quality of life has increased across a number of areas, mainly the parts that unfortunately seemed to be missing in Oz, but then to be fair, I think that came about because of where we were at this time in our lives. If you had told me 2-3 yrs ago, I'd be returning to the UK, I would have said that there was no way that was going to happen!.. Funny how things turn out.... One thing I can say is.... that although early days, we are still enjoying being back & having a new appreciation. Also enjoyed our time living in Nz & Oz over the last 10 yrs but home is where the heart is.
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