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  1. karenandchris

    Victoria Nomination - no acknowledgement

    Hi Folks, My partner and I have recently submitted an application for Victoria State Nomination under the Primary School Teacher occupation. Submitted the application on 21st Jan, and not had an acknowledgement yet. Do appreciate it's 2 working weeks tomorrow, but wondering if we should give them a call next week to chase up? Is this what other people have experienced or it is unusual? Any help would be appreciated!
  2. Hey all, I'm making my way through the De Facto Partner Visa paperwork (just been assigned a case officer, woohoo). Our original plan was to move to VIC because my partner's family are based there and it would give us an easy start (somewhere to stay while we look for jobs). Naturally we're going to settle wherever the best opportunities are for our respective careers, but I wondered if anyone has cautionary tales or advice on the pros and cons of crossing the world to live near your partner's family? It seems practical to do so, but socially it doesn't put us on a very even footing (my partner will easily integrate back into a community he knows well, while I'll be slightly out on a limb -- whereas if we both move somewhere new we're forging a new adventure together, and can still visit his family a short flight away (e.g. if we went with NSW). It feels more exciting for my partner and I to head to a totally new city, rather than move down the road from his mum and dad, but what do you all think? Any stories or similar experiences would be great! -- future melbs
  3. I'm moving out of my houseshare in a week and want to find casual farm work (Farm hand? 1 month approx) in Victoria just to try it out. I've heard there's supposed to be good work up in Mildura and Shipperton but ideally I'd want a place in east gippsland, close to the coast. Does anyone know of any farms there with good work? also a few other things :smile: I'm thinking of renting a camper van as accommodation. Have people had good experiences with this - is the typical cost $40 per day or higher? whats the best way to find out about work on a particular farm - just call them up and ask? Any keywords to use to increase your chances? :wink: any other tips for securing farm work? Thanks a ton! :smile:
  4. Hi all, Just wondering if anyone could help please! Am currently on my first WHV which runs out on 1st October. (Stupidly) I haven't done any regional work and therefore do not qualify for my 2nd WHV. I am a PGCE-trained primary school teacher from the UK, who has been teaching for 4 years, some experience in teaching another language (albeit at primary level). I want to stay and live in Melbourne, ideally for a few more years, and have been looking into a 190 state nominated visa. I have already applied for my VIT and sent off my AITSL skills assessment forms yesterday (08/07/14). What is the likelihood of a) being accepted for a 190 visa and b) if I am given an offer (I hope to apply for my state nomination with Victoria at the beginning of August), will I run out of time and have to leave the country...? Any help would be greatly appreciated please!!
  5. Hello! Looking for a little advice here, I just received my first ever speeding ticket in the mail. I was clocked 8kmh over the limit on Christmas Eve. Clearly a little too excited having finished work for the holidays! Anyway besides the question of what kind of a$$ :policeman: sits giving out fines on Christmas eve, I'm wondering if anyone else here has dealt with this? I'm on a temporary visa so still on a UK drivers license (you dont need to get a Vic one until permanent visa comes through). Will the points get put on my UK license? Or can I at least avoid the points? I ask because I once worked for a foreign company in the UK, where the internationals would take the UK people's points (from company cars) for payment! It never got registered with their home country.
  6. Hi All, I have been referred by one of my mates, this seems to be a really nice forum to get answers. So why not give it a go!!! Well I am currently holding a 485Visa Temporary Residency with 7 months left in it ... I tried few things applied for jobs but apart from getting jobs in retail and other odd jobs nothing work out. I had the opportunity to apply for defacto visa but just for the sake of living in Australia I didnt like the Idea of it, as I preferred something legit. Anyways recently one of my mates approached me and after having consultation with him we decided to start our own business. Now my query is if we start a small business would he be able to sponsor me ??? Or he cant? I know best person to ask this question would be a lawyer, however according to a lawyer the guy can sponsor me if we register our business in some regional area like Geelong, Ballarat etc... Just need to have your advise if any of you have any experience about it or any suggestions would be highly appreciated... as I really dont want to go back to UNI, Looking to have some positive suggestions
  7. Hi Moving to Melbourne in 4 weeks and so far been looking at Werribee, Point Cook area but just found out that my parents who are also moving out shortly cannot afford any of the properties in that area due to their house in uk losing a lot of value recently. Having to start research all over again and wondered if anyone can tell me what Melton & Bacchus Marsh areas are like or does anyone have any other suggestions for nice areas suitable for families and not too far inland. Thanks Maz x
  8. Hello all, After a lot of dithering as to whether to or not, thought it might be useful to start this thread for all those Aircraft Engineers out there who are intending / or have already started / passed their TRA assessment via Victoria University. Our story: OH is avionics with 25 yrs military experience and we're all set to start our skills assessment, but we have been advised that we may be wasting our money as he doesn't hold civilian licenses or an 'official' log book. He's completed the initial online Tradeset assessment with no problems, so as an initial guideline we think this is a positive indication. We personally, and no doubt all others in the same situation, would be really grateful to hear of how your application is going, timelines whether you have civilian licenses or not, log books etc. Any advice you can give really. I do know that clarification on this issue has been been requested by at least one migration agent ( to both Vic Uni and TRA) but as yet a definitative reply hasn't been given from either to say if they are a pre-requisite or not...very frustrating! Our understanding is that under the previous guidelines, before the assessment switched to Vic Uni, that you didn't have to have civilian licenses and that providing a very in depth breakdown of jobs, experience, tools used etc. (all signed off) was sufficient. Is anyone out there in a similar situation or had their assessment application acknowledged /approved without licenses? Thanks, E&A
  9. Hemantarora4

    Time for Victoria State Sponsorship

    Hi Everyone I have got positive ASC assessment under 261313 (software engineer). My IELTS score is L7 R8 W7.5 S7 O7.5. I am ready to submit my EOI but confused with state preference. I want to apply for SS for Victoria, but my agent is saying Victoria SS process is too long. It takes time and still you are not sure. I fulfill all the requirements of Victoria including experience and IELTS. Kindly guide me through the process and time taken. Many Many Thanks in Advance.
  10. Hii.. I've applied for my state sponsorship of Victoria on 15th November 2012 and its already been 12 weeks. Is anybody aware how long its going to take ? Ive applied for 261314 Software Tester Category :embarrassed:
  11. Elliott-Family

    Camping with Dogs - Victoria

    Hi We love camping in England ( Mad we know ) and are really looking forward to camping in Oz, however i have had a quick scout round on internet and have found most sites ban dogs, am i looking in the wrong places or is the case? Dont reallly know what we will do for hols if this is the case as we were really looking forward to lots of week ends away in the tent in the sunshine (for a change) Would love to know of your experiences good or bad :biggrin: many thanks Claire x
  12. Hi Guys, This is so frustrating, has anyone been through this before... My partner is a plumber/gasfitter. We've recently moved to victoria and he's got a job which is great, but he's going to Tafe 1 night a week to do the course necessary to pass his registration exams. The thing is he's not learning anything! He's been six times now and nobody will tell him how victorian regulations are different to the UK. He's got 10 years experience and he's alongside apprentices who don't know how to weld a pipe. He's heard that before you take the exams(the first of which is 4 months away for him because of the waiting list, who knows when the rest will be), they give out a written list of everything you'll be tested on. Does anyone have these lists because it's this that he needs to be revising, not what they're teaching him at Tafe? And also, if anyone knows of a fast track way to getting drainage, sanitary and water supply registrations we'd like to know about it. Don't get me wrong, he's not trying to cheat the system, he's willing to put the time and effort into learning...but give him something to learn rather than simply wasting time 'going through the motions.' It's pointless and like I said, very, very frustrating!
  13. BTM

    Victoria State Sponsorship

    Hi - Just wondering if anyone has recently been approved for Victoria State Sponsorship and how long the process took? I submitted my application on 25/09/2012 and received an update on 05/10/2012 advising that there was delays in ICT application processing, but haven't heard anything since. I have a reference number and was going to request an update.... but they don't seem to like this! :-) Thanks Brian
  14. Hi! I'm hoping to move to Australia with my Husband (hopefully by autumn 2013) to work as a nurse in Victoria. I've just started to look into visas and job vacancies and, perhaps it's just me, but I'm getting so confused with the whole process! I am probably going to apply for the Temporary Work (skilled)(subclass 457) visa. I'm trying to figure out the best ways of finding job in Australia, and a suitable employer to sponsor me. So I've joined this forum to chat with other nurses/skilled workers who may be able to advise and give me tips on moving to Oz. Thank You :biggrin:
  15. Hi All, Client in Melbourne looking for 2 key guys for their micro-tunnelling team. A PM and an Ops Manager. Full relocation assistance, visa sponsorship, great $$ and benefits. Please PM me if interested - thanks Adam
  16. Hi there I have just lodged my general skilled 175 to Victoria today....just about made it in time! I was wondering if any other teachers were planning on moving over any time soon? Thanks Jon-Paul
  17. The Pom Queen

    Moving to Melbourne

    Then why not join our sister forum www.lifeinvictoria.com
  18. I'm Daniel 20 years old from Suffolk, England. My girlfriend and i are moving out to Aus in the next couple months and i am looking for any kind of agricultural work or any hard manual work opportunities for when i arrive in Melbourne hopefully in October '12. any contacts would be appreciated. Thanks.
  19. Guest

    Victoria State sponsorship

    Hi all, I'm a software engineer with 3 years of experience, and I'm willing to migrate to Australia. I was thinking of applying for a state sponsorship from Victoria, since I would like to settle in Melbourne under visa sub class 190. The problem I have is that the Victoria state web site mentions that they require minimum of three year of post qualifying experience, which I do not have at the moment. When I met an agent he said I would be able to apply for the state sponsorship from Victoria. Does anyone know whether Victoria strictly look for post qualifying experience? Will I be able to get a sponsorship? Please give me some advice....
  20. My husband and I submitted our application for GSM175 in September 2009 and have heard nothing since. :sad: We are applying with my job (1224-11 Information Technology Manager) which is on SOL schedule 2 (not Schedule 1) so we are in priority group 5. As far as I can see, all priority group 5 applications will only commence any form of approval process when ALL other visa applications for Australia are completed. Reading between the lines, does this mean that ALL other application for a visa to Australia from how ever many number of years ago until now will be processed before ours is even picked up? We have been waiting now 35 months (3 years) and have not heard anything. I am more frustrated to not be able to find ANY yard stick for exactly HOW long we might be waiting – it would be great to know something! Anything! Anyone else apply for a General Skilled Migration visa (175) in 2009 with a profession NOT on the main SOL?
  21. The Pom Queen

    Earthquake in New South Wales

    A 3.8-magnitude earthquake has struck in southern NSW. The quake, with an epicentre about 20 kilometres north of Boorowa, occurred at 7.16pm (AEST), Geoscience Australia said. The earthquake had a depth of 10km. It follows a 5.3-magnitude quake on Tuesday near the Victorian town of Moe. That tremor was felt in Melbourne. Boorowa resident Lyn Smith, a 39-year-old paramedic, was at home with her 12-year-old son watching television when she felt the quake for about 10 seconds. "The whole house shook," she said. "I was a bit more shocked trying to figure out what it was. "We grabbed on to the lounge and ran outside to see if anyone else felt it."
  22. aduffield76

    Victoria State Sponsorship

    Hi all, I have my IELTS on 21st April (would like an extra 20 points) and I've lodged my ACS Assessment so waiting for that. With regards to Victoria state sponsorship, has anyone else lodged a Vic SS? How long did it take to get a decision? Also, can you lodge it WITHOUT your Skills Assessment, i should have my IELTS score pretty soon but am conscious of the 1st July deadline? Thanks in advance Andy
  23. The Pom Queen

    Special Needs Schools in Melbourne

    We are often asked on here about special needs schools in and around Melbourne. Some I would recommend are: Elwood Primary Caulfield South Primary Williamstown North Primary Trafalgar Primary Gippsland and one that the parents sing the praises for is Manor Lakes College. Also take a look here http://www.independentschools.vic.edu.au/schools/pubs/special_schools_2008.pdf
  24. Victorian residents have been ordered to evacuate as major flooding is expected to hit. The State Emergency Service urged residents to ''take immediate precautions to protect your life and property'' after torrential rain caused the Ricketts Marsh section of the Barwon River, near Geelong, to overflow. Emergency services warned the deluge could result in widespread farmland flooding, major roads being shut off, homes being inundated and power outages. East Gippsland residents could also wake up to a deluge this morning as gale force winds and torrential rain continue to hammer Victoria's east overnight. A major flood warning has also been issued for Traralgon, in the state’s east, after more than 130mm of rain fell in the catchment since 9am. The SES has warned Traralgon Creek is expected to reach the major flood level this morning as “significant stream rises” continue overnight. [h=2]Flood Summary[/h] Issued at 9:41 am EST on Tuesday 5 June 2012. The following Watches/Warnings are current: Major Flood Warning for the Avon River Major Flood Warning for the Barwon River Major Flood Warning for the Macalister River. Major Flood Warning for the Mitchell River. Major Flood Warning for the Thomson River. Major Flood Warning for the Traralgon Creek at Traralgon Flood Warning for the Tambo River Initial Major Flood Warning for the Mitta Mitta River. Initial minor flood warning for the Bunyip River and Western Port Catchment at Iona and Cora Lynn Initial minor flood warning for the Werribee River at Ballan Major Flood Warning for the Snowy River Major Flood Warning for the Buchan River Initial Minor Warning for the Bombala River Major Flood Warning for the Tanjil River Moderate Flood Warning for Latrobe River Final Flood Warning for the Morwell River Moderate Flood Warning for the Cann River. Initial Minor Warning for the Genoa River Flood Watch for East Gippsland (Mitchell, Tambo, Snowy, Cann and Genoa Rivers) Flood Watch For Greater Melbourne Catchments (Werribee, Maribyrnong, Yarra, Dandenong And Bunyip) Flood Watch for the Barwon, Moorabool, Leigh and Hovells Creek Catchments and Otway Ranges Flood Watch for West and South Gippsland (Latrobe, Thomson, Macalister and Avon Catchments and South Gippsland Basin) Flood Warnings, Flood Watches, River Height and Rainfall information are available on the Bureau of Meteorology web site at http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/flood/. Flood Warnings and Flood Watches for Victorian Catchments are available on: Telephone Weather Service No. 1300 659217. Flood Evacuate Immediately Notification for Specific parts of Traralgon near Traralgon Creek Effective Date: 05/06/12 4:00 AM Expiry Date: 05/06/12 10:30 AM Current Situation The evacuation notice for the areas described below remains in place Parts of Traralgon near Traralgon Creek are flooding. An Emergency Alert was issued for some specific streets in Traralgon. These streets are Whittaker's Road, Tennyson Street and Hyland Highway between Whittakers and Tennyson. Also, George Street, Berry Street and Davidson Street between Peterkin & Franklin as well as the section of Franklin Street crossed by Traralgon Creek. If you live, work or are holidaying in this area you should evacuate immediately. There is deep water in the area. Houses will get water into them. How to Evacuate Evacuate Immediately - there is a risk to lives and homes Conditions can change quickly and roads may be cut-off Raise belongings by placing them on tables, beds and benches, or move them to higher ground Collect together medicines, important documents, mementos, photos and pets and take them with you when you evacuate Take three days' supply of clothing and medications with you Turn off electricity and gas at the mains and lock your doors and windows when you evacuate Where To Go Relief Centres A relief centre is open at: Performing Arts Centre, Gray Street, Traralgon You can also go to friends or family in a safer location Time You should evacuate immediately. Evacuation Assistance If you need assistance with evacuation call SES on 132 500. Safety Messages Remaining in your home or business during flooding is dangerous and may put your life at risk There may be no power, water, sewerage or telephone services and you may be unable to call for help in an emergency Even if your home is raised it may become a refuge for snakes, spiders and rats Tune in to your emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations, or SKY NEWS Television Floodwaters are dangerous - never drive, walk or ride through floodwater Floodwaters are toxic - never play or swim in floodwaters Emergency Contacts For flood or storm emergency assistance from the SES call 132 500 For life threatening emergencies call 000 Additional Information [TABLE] [TR] [TD]Road Closures:[/TD] [TD]www.vicroads.vic.gov.au[/TD] [TD]phone 131 170[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]Weather Warnings and River Heights:[/TD] [TD]www.bom.gov.au[/TD] [TD]phone 1300 659 217[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]SES Information:[/TD] [TD]www.ses.vic.gov.au[/TD] [TD]phone 1300 842 737[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD][/TD] [TD] [/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Issued By Victoria State Emergency Service
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