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  1. Award for the one comment that has set everyone else off . . . My nomination goes to . . . . Magnetic6 for this classic one liner when referring to Sh7tman Originally Posted by Magnetic6 Adonna he is a big softie, i often picture him dressed in his Gimps outfit as he's typing
  2. waitingsince30months

    Category 5 - 2010 application

    Now we know that applications for category 5 have been allocated to case officers for upto december 2009. but what about applicants from 2010 and after. Has anyone who applied in 2010 in category 5 got case officer? I applied in April and I want to know others who applied around same time. Or do u know someone who got CO?
  3. is there is anyone out there who has started to complete their ACS recognition of prior learning with the new PASA form based upon the "Key Areas of Knowledge". ???/
  4. Offshore 176 family sponsored, applied Oct 2010 > received general email March 2011 to send meds/police > Sept 2011 gsm team sends email requesting info > now still waiting without any updates I'm in priority group 3, should it be waiting much longer?
  5. Hey everyone, My names Jordan and i am moving out to Perth at the start of january next year, I am looking forward to moving, just would love to get to know a few people and make friends before i get out there. So if anybody wants to chat, please get back to me Thanks
  6. Hi All, Can't believe it, this place is hard to take sometimes. :sad: In a nutshell, moved from Liverpool UK in Jan 2010 with 2 cats - now 9yo. Two days ago our male was fine - he was the house cat, the female is an outdoors cat. He hid in our closet for 24 hours - usually hides, but I didn't see him eat his dinner, or sit with us when the kids went to bed. About 2am I woke up and opened the door as I heard him moving inside, so he could go in and out as he pleased. Didn't think to check him, so next afternoon thought he was trapped somewhere when I found him in the cupboard, unable to move, his breathing sounding like snoring, struggling a miaow, covered in urine, a real mess and pretty harrowing. carried him and lay him on the kitchen floor while I got catbox, vet called and baby in carseat for dash to vets. Raced to the vets - they found a tick on his neck - (1cm murderer!!!) and they stayed with him till 9pm, he got stressed being moved - to be taken to a 24hr vet facility, and so they said they'd have to leave him unattended in the surgery with oxygen, sedated, and see if he made it by himself. Got a call at 7.45 on Tues 26th Oct, to say he'd died in the night. Went there at 9.30am to say goodbye. :cry: Worst is that I didn't want him to die alone, so wish we could have brought him home and stayed with him. Once we'd got the cats from Quarantine in March, it felt the family was whole again. Now it's a nightmare, and I feel like I just can't breathe. The guilt of bringing him, of not finding him earlier, of now cleaning out the shelf he was on, and the cat box and towel I took him to the vets in. Just so many tears. He was with us pre-kids. I insisted on bringing them because they are family. Doing the kitchen sink thing, and being irrational thinking, why did we even come out here, such a struggle and now this before our first Xmas here. argh!:cry::sad: It's only been a day or so, so pretty raw still, but he's not coming back. and I'm at a loss. Poor kids just keep saying, oh mummy don't cry. It's ok. One word from the wise, 'you can't turn back time'. And that's all I seem to be wishing right now.
  7. Hi guys, I applied for my 485 VISA in August 2010 (using old SOL with transitional arrangement) and now I'm ready to apply for 885 VISA with occupation in new SOL. It's almost a year since my application for 485 and I deadly want it now so that I can apply for 885 before DIAC decides to make their moves again! Is there a way to get them notice my 485 application? I've used all necessary means (phone, email, and even an agent) but there is no success so far. Some of my friends told me that I just need to call them and say I'm ready to apply for 885 and they would assess my 485 application right away. Has anybody here done that? I'm pretty much appreciated for your comments, hints and tips. Many thanks.
  8. Dear This week (from 6th June 2011 to 10th June 2011) is for August and September 2010 Applicant . What you think , please share.
  9. theonetruechris

    Proton s16 1.6 2010 40k $6000 melbourne

    Bought me a kia sportage so need to get rid of me proton s16 (small sedan) its a 1.6 manual 40,000 km on clock with 18 months remaining factory warranty left, full service history and i think transferable racv for 18 months. looking for $6k currently cranbourne (south east melbourne) pm if interested will swap for (speed) boat. Rego till feb 2012 - cheap and easy motoring.
  10. Hi, Welcome to the thread for the oct cat 3 applicants. I am VF176 family sponsored Oct 2010 category 3 applicant and still waiting for the CO. Please share your updates. Thanks.:rolleyes:
  11. Hi Would anyone out there be able to help me. I applied for a 175 visa in April 2010 and at the time my occupation was on the Schedule 1 list. I called immigration twice in April and they confirmed I was in Priority 3. When I still had not been allocated a case officer I called again this week and was told I am now in priority 4 as they are retropectively applying Schedule 3, which my application is not on, to everyone who applied prior to its introduction in July 2010. The immigration website says clearly in several places that Schedule 1 is the list that applies to my application, but the agents have been instructed not to process it. So people who applied after me are getting priority. I am in Oz on a working holiday visa but my time is up with my employer at the end of this month. They want to keep me on but are not in a position to sponsor me. Does anyone know what has happened to applicants who applied under schedule 1 prior to July 2010, and can anyone give me some advice? Thanks Louise
  12. Guest

    September 2010 Applicants

    Looking for September 2010 Applicant. Please give the following information if you are applicant of September 2010 Visa sub class : Lodgment date: Date:................... month : September year : 2010 Got Email from DIAC on 18th March 2011 (Y/N): Medical : PCC: CO assigned: Visa Grant: -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am one of the applicant from HR country have already applied ( on line) subclass 176 (Family sponsored). My Time frame and others information are given below. IELTS: 24th OCT 2009 Scored 6.5 (L-7, R-6, S-6, W-6) Positive assessment from EA: 29th July 2010 Profession: Mechanical Engineer E-lodge Subclass 176 (Family sponsored) : 29th September 2010 Got Email from DIAC: 18th March 2011 Medical and PCC front loaded: 07th April 2011 CO allocation: Waiting Visa Grant: Waiting
  13. The Next Brisbannites Meet Up.... Hey there, With just 2 weeks until the next meet up we thought we would just send out a final reminder to everyone to have it in their diaries. Time: 1pm Place: Wynnum Esplanade Whale Water Park and Playground Date: Saturday 23rd October 2010 Quite a few people travelled over to New Farm Park from the coast for the last meet up so we thought it only fair to have the next meet up a little closer to the sea. There are bbq's there so if everyone brings a little bit of food with them just like last time we can all tuck in! We're really looking forward to it. Due to the very changeable weather at the moment (just like in the UK really!) we'll send an email nearer the time if we need to postpone. Again we'll also post this on PIO. Hope to see everyone there, Sharon & Matt Jacob & Isobel
  14. Hi Guys, Has anyone got their WA state sponsorship approved before July 2010 but are not nominated under the state migration plan please let me know..DO we come under Prioirty 2 off-list nominations or Priority 4?? I wanted to get more information on our further options.Thanks.
  15. Hi, I was told by many Cat3 applicants that they received a letter from DIAC indicating a CO will be assigned for them in the next 3 months, urging them to get PCC + health checks done (they got this letter around March 18th) - however, I did not get such a letter. Anyone may have an idea why? Do you think I should also get prepared?
  16. clairerichie

    New Point System in July 2010

    Does anybody give any sense of the New Points System being introduced in July 2010:- Overseas Employment - will this be applicable to all occupations, i.e. 40/50/60 Offshore Apprenticeshop: Will this be for qualifications such as Diplomas and would you have had to have studied this for a year. They make it so confusing, :jiggy:
  17. Hello lovely people, I am new to this and have had a few problems finding a good forum to post to...I think I have found the best on as there are a few at the mo! I am a copper of 8 years and my wife Clare is a registered nurse of 14 years (deputy sister), paediatric trained and some. On 20th Dec 2010 we lodged our application to try and get some of the good life. We have 3 children where the oldest is 12. The migration application is based on Clare with her skills in demand. Does anyone know how long this part of the process will take, before the medicals are required? And does anyone know how to access the site where yo can see how the progress is going, without contacting our agent each time? I have lost of wild questions to ask, but as a virgin user....that sounds wrong! I will keep the questions down to a minimal first off! Thanks you all!:wink:
  18. UPDATED 6 December 2010 (below note) New Skilled Occupations Lists for General Skilled Migration commenced on 5 December 2010.Below are the new Skilled Occupation Lists (SOLs), schedules 1-4 as per Legislative instrument IMMI 10/079 [F2010L03154] for General Skilled Migration Skilled Occupation Lists (SOL). You must have a nominated occupation which is on the SOL applicable to your circumstances at the time you apply (you can contact us for a consultation - You must meet the relevant legislative criteria and criteria in the relevant schedule (not the schedules listed below) at the time of the application and also at the time of the decision - Australian Migration Process is complex and confusing at times): Useful Links IMPORTANT 05/12/2010: changes: Legislative instrument IMMI 10/079 [F2010L03154] specifies occupations, points, skilled occupations and countries for General Skilled Migration.It replaces Legislative Instrument IMMI 10/026 (which commenced on I July 2010, and takes effect from 5 December 2010.The changes to the Skilled Occupation Lists are noted under the relevant heading below. Schedule 2 SOL 1. Building and Engineering Technicians nec - 312999 - Engineers Australia has been added to Vetassess as an Assessing Authority. 2. Vetassess has been removed, and TRA is now the only Assessing Authority for the following occupations: Motor Mechanic (General) - 321211 Diesel Motor Mechanic – 321212 Motorcycle Mechanic – 321213 Electrician (General) – 341111 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic – 342111 Electrical Linesworker – 342211 Technical Cable Jointer – 342212 Carpenter and Joiner – 331211 Carpenter – 331212 Joiner – 331213 Bricklayer – 331111 Plumber (General) – 334111 Schedule 3 SOL Vetassess has been removed, and TRA is now the only Assessing Authority for the following occupations: Motor mechanic (general) – 321211 Diesel Motor Mechanic – 321212 Motorcycle Mechanic – 321213 Small engine mechanic – 321214 Bricklayer – 331111 Carpenter and Joiner – 331211 Carpenter – 331212 Joiner – 331213 Plumber (General) – 334111 Electrician (General) – 341111 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic – 342111 Electrical Linesworker – 342211 Technical Cable Jointer – 342212 Schedule 4 SOL Occupations added: Chief Executive or Managing Director – 111111 [AIM 60 points] Advertising and Public Relations Manager – 131111 [AIM 60 points] Art Administrator or Manager – 139911 [VETASSESS – 50 points] Conference and Event Organiser – 149311 [VETASSESS – 50 points] Liaison Officer – 224912 [VETASSESS – 50 points] Jewellery Designer – 232313 [VETASSESS – 50 points] Web Designer – 232414 [VETASSESS – 50 points] Food Technologist – 234212 [VETASSESS – 50 points] Biotechnologist – 234514 [VETASSESS – 50 points] Education Reviewer – 249112 [VETASSESS – 50 points] Network Administrator – 263112 [ACS – 60 points] ICT Systems Test Engineer – 263213 [ACS 60 points] Fisheries Inspector – 311311 [VETASSESS – 50 points] Primary Products Inspector nec – 311399 [VETASSESS – 50 points] Fitter and Turner – 323212 [TRA – 60 points] Snowsport Instructor – 452314 [VETASSESS – 50 points] Occupation removed: :Medical Technicians nec – 311299 [Engineers Australia – 40 points] Vetassess has been removed, and TRA is now the only Assessing Authority for the following occupations: Motor mechanic (general) – 321211 Diesel Motor Mechanic – 321212 Motorcycle Mechanic – 321213 Small engine mechanic – 321214 Bricklayer – 331111 Carpenter and Joiner – 331211 Carpenter – 331212 Joiner – 331213 Plumber (General) – 334111 Electrician (General) – 341111 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic – 342111 Electrical Linesworker – 342211 Technical Cable Jointer – 342212 New ENS Occupation List – Subclasses 121 and 856 Legislative Instrument IMMI 10/089 [F2010L03158] specifies the occupations, locations (in this case Australia), salaries and assessing authorities for ENS applications. This takes effect from 5 December 2010 Occupations added: Advertising Manager – 131113 [AIM] Art Administrator or Manager – 139911 [VETASSESS] Biotechnologist – 234514 [VETASSESS ] Chief Executive of Managing Director – 111111 [AIM] Conference and Event Organiser – 149311 [VETASSESS] Construction Estimator – 312114 [VETASSESS] Education Reviewer – 249112 [VETASSESS] Fisheries Inspector – 311311 [VETASSESS] Fitter and Turner – 323212 [TRA] Food Technologist – 234212 [VETASSESS] ICT Systems Test Engineer – 263213 [ACS] Jewellery Designer – 232313 [VETASSESS] Liaison Officer – 224912 [VETASSESS] Network Administrator – 263112 [ACS] Primary Products Inspector nec – 311399 [VETASSSES] Snowsport Instructor – 452314 [VETASSESS] Web Designer – 232414 [VETASSESS] Occupation removed: Medical Technicians nec – 311299 [Engineers Australia] Australian Visa Priority Processing State Migration Plans Australia ANZSCO (Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations) Due to the way information is noted by DIAC many get confused and based their decisions on incorrect information. This has increased emails and telephone calls we receive from people all over the world and also from Migration Agents who are confused. As a professional practice we do not depend on web site information but depend on the actual legislative instruments and policy advice manual. For clients to choose the correct list we have put a explanatory note in each list. Australian Visa Processing Priority for Decision Ready Visa Applications Processing Priority for Decision Ready Visa Applications -In order to speed up the processing of visa applications, GSM Brisbane (GSMB) has a system whereby we as your lawyers can sign a declaration that we are lodging a complete application (ie, each and every required document has been lodged). In this process the time for allocation to a case officer is 10 working days.Please also note that this does not mean that the decision will be made in 10 working days. Once the case officer is allocated the case, the processing time depends on each particular case.This scheme will be used ONLY if the file is absolutely COMPLETE. If any documentation is outstanding this scheme is not applicable. We are requested by many to make submissions to DIAC and for certification Decision ready and to submit Checklists (DRCs). We undertake this task for client who lodge applications via us and only if the application meets the criteria for Decision Ready. We can only undertake this task from new clients who has all ready lodged the application only if we can verify if the application is a decision ready application and only after we are satisfied that all documents are in order and lodged. Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – Schedule 1 Explanatory note: This list includes SOL occupations (in ASCO) that apply to all General Skilled Migration visa applications that were not finally determined (in the pipeline) as at 1 July 2010. This SOL in existence prior to 1 July 2010 in ASCO code (schedule 1) – applies only to General Skilled Migration (GSM) applicants who lodged their application prior to 1 July 2010. Skilled Occupation List (SOL) – Schedule 2. Explanatory note: This list applies to applications made on or before 31 December 2012 for a Subclass 885 (Skilled-Independent), 886 (Skilled – Sponsored), or Subclass 487 (Skilled – Regional Sponsored) visa by an applicant who held a Subclass 485 visa on 8 February 2010 or had applied for a Subclass 485 visa that was not finally determined on 8 February 2010, and may nominate an occupation on the current SOL or the new SOL that commences from 1 July 2010. This list also applies to applicants who held a student visa in subclasses 572, 573 and 574 on 8 February 2010 and who apply for subclass 485 visa on or before 31 December 2012. Applicants can only nominate an ANZSCO occupation from 1 July 2010. The ASCO codes correlated to ANZSCO occupations provide DIAC-endorsed policy guidance for the purposes of acceptable skills assessments. An applicant with a relevant valid skills assessment in an ASCO occupation should map it to the relevant ANZSCO occupation. This SOL in existence prior to 1 July 2010 in ANZSCO code (schedule 2) – applies to GSM applicants who are eligible for transitional arrangements and who lodge their application before 1 January 2013.
  19. Cerberus1

    2010 Yearly Stats Review

    First off, a big thanks to each and everyone one of you who contributed to the forum in 2010. All of you have played a part in helping the forum go from strength to strength:notworthy: The success of the forum is all the more remarkable in the light of the global domination of social networking sites such as facebook, twitter, linkedin, myspace etc. these days. For several years now, I've seen posts/articles on the internet asking if forums are dying out? Well, our community certainly isn't :hug: [wrap]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/stats2010.gif[/wrap] After busily beavering away with an abacus (I'm a little 'old school'), the site statistics are in for the year ending, 2010. Total number of unique visitors in 2010: 1,596,808 (up 40% on 2009) Total number of 'visits' in 2010: 3,340,431 (up 48% on 2009) Total number of pages viewed in 2010: 66,219,137 (up 98% on 2009) Total number of posts made in 2010: 295,355 (up 20% on 2009) Number of new users registered in 2010: 11,074 'Top Poster' in 2010 (with 5834 posts). Won't reveal their name, but their football team won't be picking up any honours this season. 2011 ? If the start to this year is anything to go by, then 2011 looks set to be even better than 2010. So far this month, we've had 9 consecutive days of over 1000 posts per day and are on target to hit over 30,000 posts this month (which would be the most ever in a month for the forum). New user registrations look set to be around 1500 this month which would be close to the record number of new users signing up in a month. And it looks like it may be a record breaking month for visitors to the site. This month has also seen the forum record the most number of registered members online in a 24hr period - 1,224. So thanks once again to everyone who participates on the forum, and a special thanks to our small but dedicated team of moderators who help to keep the good ship PIO on an even keel and manage to navigate her safely through all waters.
  20. Guest

    jacuzzi--brisbane--april 2010

    i met the ropey hoff--we spent some great times together,and spent quite a lot of time getting close in a jacuzzi with a lot of drink involved--so the question is did we or didnt we:wink:please give your reasons for voting:wideeyed:again this is just a bit of fun--please remember it wuz very hot,and such a romantic setting plus there wuz a lot off drink involved:biggrin:
  21. I've noticed on a couple of threads that there are a few people relocating (or have relocated) to Brisbane this year. I thought that it would be good if all those relocating (or those already relocated) could sign-up to this thread so that we can all keep tabs on each other and - in the not too distant future - meet-up in Brisbane? We're flying out to Brisbane on 27 July 2010 and will be looking to live in or around the Kenmore / The Gap / Sinnamon Park / Chapel Hill / Ashgrove areas. Matt (34), Sharon (34), Jacob (5), Isobel (21 months)
  22. Guest

    UK to Melbourne in March 2010

    We have posted a couple of times now so thought we should put in a wee introduction to ourselves. Rob and Pam, hopefully moving to Melbourne in March 2010 on a 457 visa. Portuguese and Scottish, living in England. Neither of us have been to Australia before. Rob works in IT which would be the visa source, although we have not had the formal job offer yet. Holidays are driving us crazy with the waiting. Pam works as an administrator, so just going to start the job hunt when we arrive. Feel like it has all moved very quickly, especially when we see some people planning for over a year. We had never contemplated moving to Australia until a friend who was moving to Melbourne jokingly suggested Rob check out job opportunities there. Thankfully no kids or pets to organise, and no house to sell or much furniture to ship. If we head over on schedule we will be less than 6 months from initial job application to actual move. Looking at apartments in the St Kilda / Prahran areas of Melbourne as we like city life, want to be close to the CBD and we are not ready for kids just yet, also know a couple of people in the St Kilda area so seems sensible. Keen to hear from anyone with experience of moving quickly on a 457 visa or who know the areas we are interested in living in. Fingers crossed for the job offer early in the New Year! Pam and Rob
  23. Guest

    DIAC reply SMP by 1 Dec 2010

    One day, when frustration kicked in I just sent in an inquiry feedback through Chris Bowen government website to ask about SMPs. Surprisingly I received email reply from DIAC when I least expect it to happen :chatterbox: DIAC commented and intended SMP will be completed and in place by 1 Dec 2010. It's not gonna be long and we have gone that far to 1 Dec. :biggrin:
  24. Cerberus1

    November 2010 Site Stats

    Well, November was an interesting month. [img2=right]http://www.asterix.co.nz/characters/gauls/vitalstatistix.jpg[/img2]Hot off the press are the vitalstatistix for last month Total number of posts in November: 28,371 - (The highest ever & up 50% on November09) Number of unique visitors in November: 139,974 (up 30% on Nov09) Total number of 'visits' in November: 313,278 (up 44% on Nov09) Number of pages viewed/displayed in November: 6,875,965 (up 88% on Nov09) Number of new users in November: 918 Number of confirmed departures (3 or 4) Top poster in November:
  25. Sunny Jodie

    U2 Tickets 8th December 2010

    Hey, We have 2 spare U2 tickets for the 8th December at the Brisbane Suncorp stadium. They are general admission standing tickets. Tickets are $100 each. If interested drop us a pm cheers Jodie & James Clark