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  1. Sofia1234

    Moving to Australia

    Heya I am looking for some advise/feedback in regards to relocating to Australia. We are a family of four with our kids being 7 and 4, my partners is an apprentice carpenter and i work in accounts. We are weighing up between moving to the Gold Coast or Brisbane. Looking for somewhere with good job opportunities but mostly great area for the kids in regards to schools and safety. Moving is a huge and scary decision so trying to do as much research as possible. Any recommendations would be extremely helpful
  2. Hi All , my wife , 2 year old daughter and I will be over within the next 12 months. we have done a lot of research on different suburbs and lived in Brisbane previously. we’ve deceived we would like to settle in either Scarborough or Cleveland and wondering if anyone could offer pros on cons of the both suburbs. Schooling will be important factor for us. any help is very much appreciated. Thanks
  3. Hi ... We are looking to move, but are staying within the manly area of Brisbane. We wondered if anyone could recommend a good, reasonable company? We've considered Wridgeways and Grace but they are pretty pricey .... unfortunately we don't have enough burly strong mates that we could do it ourselves - sad, but true :twitcy:
  4. Hi All, The company I work for have offered the possibility of transferring from the UK to either Sydney or Brisbane on a 482 Visa. I am 34, married with children aged 2 and 6. I am trying to get an accurate idea of what my monthly outgoings would be so I can work out if it will be affordable or not. At this time I have a preference towards Brisbane due to cheaper real estate. My weekly rental budget would be around $550 (max) for a 4 bedroom house. The job role is remote based, but it would be nice to be within a 2 hour drive of the airport as travel is required fairly frequently. I'm interested to know: 1. Which residential areas should I look to rent in? Areas which are safe, have good schools and fairly close to parks/beaches. I'm also a keen road cyclist so would ideally want to live somewhere close to good cycling routes. 2. What monthly bills should I expect to pay for a family living in a 4 bed house in Brisbane? Here is a list I put together from some internet searches. Does it seem about right? and have I missed anything?: Rental (Monthly) $2,383.33 Electric $100.00 Gas $50.00 Water & Council Tax $57.00 Home Contents Insurance $52.00 Mobile Phone (1x for Wife) $45.00 Internet $124.00 Petrol $80.00 Vehicle Tax $58.00 Vehicle Insurance $91.00 Groceries $1,000.00 TOTAL $4,040.33 Any help would be greatly appreciated. A
  5. Hi, does anyone know if after you arrive at your destination ie Brisbane airport you then undergo quarantine for14 days ..after this time are you free to catch an interstate domestic flight within Queensland without undergoing quarantine again??
  6. The Pom Queen

    Photos of Queensland

    Continuing from the Tasmania photo thread I thought we could have one in Queensland. I know a few members are great with their camera and take excellent photos so I'm hoping they will join in. A few that spring to mind are @Johndoe @Bobj Cape Hillsborough- North of Mackay
  7. My wife and I are in the very early stages of applying to move from the UK to Australia, under what is most likely going to be a skilled regional visa. We are focusing on the Brisbane area (outside the CBD) and Sunshine Coast, apologies its a big area hence the reason for the post - which of the two is more suitable for a young family (we have 3 daughters 8, 5 and 2) with regards to good schools and respectable neighborhoods with professionals? We want to ideally live by the coast, walking distance, have cafes shops, bars etc but not too over crowded, also not empty. Chances are I will have to commute to Brisbane, as I work in finance. Would love to hear from anyone who may be able to help - happy to provide more info if my post is too vague. Thanks
  8. Guest

    painters in brisbane?

    HI, DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THERE'S MUCH WORK IN OR AROUND BRISBANE AREA FOR PAINTERS & DECORATORS?TRYING TO DECIDE IF WE'RE BE BETTER IN BRISBANE OR ADELAIDE?:unsure::unsure:TRACY.
  9. Hi all, Our boxes have arrived! i need to clear them through customs first before i can pick them up at the warehouse in the port, but i cant get through to customs (or anyone really!) to ask where customs are in the port of Brisbane?? Just wondered if any one knows?? Thanks Kris xx:smile:
  10. Hi, I'm going through the spouse visa process to bring my QLD resident husband to the UK. Everything has been done apart from his biometrics appointment. I went to select a time and date and it indicated it was a "free" appointment, however when I saved the booking it moved me onto another page and it's asking for $110. Is this normal as there was no mention of this extra cost prior to me selecting an appointment and I thought all of the paying for this (very expensive) visa was finished! If that's what I need to do I'll go ahead and pay of course but I was wondering if this is normal. People on other forums have suggested that there are free appointments available but you have to arrange them for much further ahead and have to pay for earlier appointments. Being here in the UK and this being my first foray into the world of visas/immigration I'm not familiar with how things are done at these centres and I can't find any information on the subject online. Thanks for any help.
  11. Hi I'm landing in Brisbane on Friday and looking to watch the Australia v England world cup match on Saturday. (If I get over the jet lag). P.s. this is my first post and am moving the family to Brisbane for 4 years on a TSS visa. Ideas welcome. Thanks
  12. jamesharvey3

    Emigrating to Brisbane

    Firstly hello Forum, this is my first post and thanks in advance for any replies that are given, no doubt you're answering the same questions over and over. I wont go on forever, I'll keep it short and sweet. Just got back from Brisbane and Melbourne on a scouting trip to see if me and my family like Australia, we do and would idealy like to move to Brisbane, but we're prepared to move anywhere initially. I went for a job interview whilst in Brisbane, got the job on the basis i get to Australia lol, the business owner will sponsor me but ideally I'd prefer to just come on and be free to choose myself, wht are peoples thoughts on that? I've passed the points test, my job title is either construction project manager or fitter, the whole thing is way over my head hence why im looking for suggestions on a register agent, I will answer any questions, be gentle!! thanks james
  13. LoggyAnn

    Bringing Cat into Brisbane Area

    Hi All I'm new to this site and this is my first post, I've scrolled through some of the previous posts about cats, and gained some information, but I've still got some questions if anyone knows the answers or could advise that would be greatly appreciated. I have a male neutered Persian cat, who is almost 6 years old, he is indoors approximately 70% of the time and outdoors the rest but he doesn't go very far and always checks back every half hour to an hour. He's a giant softie and isn't confrontational towards other cats, or animals (he likes to relax with my rabbits). He is on a special diet (Royal Canin) for urinary problems, which is managed fine with diet. I was wondering if people have taken their cats to the Brisbane area, I'll be looking at the suburban area's not city. and how their cats have adapted, do you let them out? I've heard various things and I'm not sure what to believe, one side of people say "oh no you cannot let them out, because of snakes, spiders, ticks etc", and the others say " yes its fine mine lived to ripe old age etc." Also wondering if anyone else's cat has a special diet? as I've read you cannot bring food due to the laws etc. So was worrying about sourcing suitable food. Which transport companies would you recommend? And do you pick your pets up at Melbourne and then fly with them to Brisbane or just meet them at Brisbane after the quarantine period? Many Thanks
  14. Hi, We are a couple in our mid 30’s looking to meet some new friends in Brisbane as we recently relocated here. We enjoy a nice glass of wine & love a good BBQ or heading out for drinks & food. Would be lovely to meet any other couples who enjoy the same things and would like to head out for a couple of drinks. (Please PM me)
  15. Hello everyone, I am writing because I would like to know if those who already worked at fantastic framing can give me a testimony of what they did. Also maybe you can give me more details about the accommodation they give? Am I taking risks in this company ? This company seems to have the "dream job" but I am not sure. Thanks for your answers
  16. Hello, My boyfriend and I are looking into moving in the next few years, we are going over to visit first but need to decide where to look based on where we would like to live. I think the options seem to be Perth or Brisbane/Sunshine Coast - I was just wondering if anyone could advise which one would have better job prospects for both of our careers? My partner is a joiner, and I am a finance analyst (although I am not degree qualified)....so complete opposite work so we need a place that has opportunities for both! Any help would be great! Thanks
  17. Danno

    Cost of bills in brisbane

    Hi all, we are hoping to move from UK to Brisbane in 2019, and are trying to put a rough budget together for cost of utilities, council tax, home insurance etc. We are looking at a 3 bedroom house with 2 toddlers. Any help would be great thanks
  18. Dear all, Could someone pls recommend a good conveyancing solicitor in Brisbane? Currently based in London, we will be relocating back to Brissy in September and have now put a verbal offer for a house, which was accepted. Quick Google search returned quite some number of slicitor options. However having a 10 hours of time difference makes it hard to call numbers and choosing the right one. We’ve filled in a couple of online enquiry forms, but none have responded back to us yet.. If someone knows a trustworthy solicitor who we can address by email - pls kindly share one. Cheers
  19. Guest

    What's Brisbane really like?

    So we're now moving to Brisbane due to work. Bit of an abrupt change of plans but all good. Clothes wise - I've heard a lot it's humid all year round with a slight dip in 'winter' months. I take it we won't be needing any suit jackets/work wool tops/jumpers/stockings? Bedding - no duvets? Also, I'll have a read through the Brisbane section, however any advice about nice family friendly areas to live that are no more than 45 min commutable (by train/bus) would be appreciated. All advice appreciated, thanks.
  20. Hi All Me and the Fam are looking at moving to Brisbane this year and as the Mrs is not 100% about the move she wants us to move over and stay in a furnished rental for a year before making the big descision to stay or go back. The thinking is that if we decide not to stay we have saved about £5000 in shipping costs. Has anyone got thoughts on the idea or know what price we would be looking at for a longtime furnished rental? Thanks in advance. Matt
  21. Hi all We are looking to see what options are available for short-term accomodation (up to 6 weeks) until we find a rental property. Looked on the likes of WOTif etc and AirB&B, Stayz but looking to see if any other options are out there. A family of 2 adults, 1 toddler, 2 cats. I will be looking for work in / around Brisbane CBD so most be able to commute. We are thinking about renting longer term Karana Downs area. Thoughts or Suggestions? Thank You
  22. onura

    How efficient is AMEP?

    Hello all, We have granted our PR's and we will move to Brisbane soon. We paid VIC2 (4890 AUD) payment for AMEP for my wife. Her English is equal to approx IELTS 4,5 level. We did not hesitate to pay AMEP because we are told that system also provides free childcare service for our kids during the AMEP class hours, which is vital for us considering we have a 3 year old daughter. We are hoping that by participating all 510 hours of English course and by hard working, she would improve her English to a better level, to IELTS 6,5-7 maybe? In the meantime, our daughter will be looked after in childcare service (she will learn English as well!). So that my wife and my daughter will spend approx 1 year like this and I hope they will both improve their English. Is that a realistic plan? How efficient are those AMEP courses in Brisbane? Is there anything we are missing, or should we consider any points for this plan? Thank you in advance for all replies.
  23. Contributor

    Eagleby, South-East Queensland

    Eagleby: “The River Hills Suburb” Eagleby is a suburb located in the ever-growing South-East Queensland (SEQ) corridor. It covers an area of approximately 13.8km2 and is bounded by the Logan River to the north, the Albert River to the east/south and the Pacific Motorway to the west. Eagleby is situated to the North-east of Beenleigh and in the past, was considered a suburb of Beenleigh. Eagleby is located approximately 30Km from the Brisbane CBD and located approximately 45Km from the Gold Coast. The major theme parks (Dreamworld, Wet ‘N’ Wild and Movie World) are also within 25Km of Eagleby. It is also home to the Eagleby Wetlands which is a natural waterbird habitat. Demographics Eagleby has a population of 14,164 people, with a split of approximately 51% women and 49% men, this was measured at the 2016 Census. The median age of residents living in Eagleby is 35.8 years, which is below the national average of 37.4 years. Statistically, around 70% of Eagleby’s residents were born in Australia, around 9% were born in New Zealand and around 5% were born in the United Kingdom. An important factor in choosing which suburb to live in is based on the proportion of families/couples’ present and in Eagleby around 41% of residents are married, 38% of residents have never married, with the remainder either divorced or separated. The median household income of residents in Eagleby is approximately $877 per week, which is below the national average. There are several main areas of employment which Eagleby residents are employed in, the major industries being Manufacturing (16%), Retail (13%) and Construction (11%). The main occupations of residents are Labourers (18%), Technical and Trade Workers (15%) and Machinery operators (14%). The unemployment rate in Eagleby is approximately 12% (according to the 2016 Census) which is well above the national unemployment rate, being 5.6%. However, there are several large projects either being constructed or planned, this should generate additional employment opportunities and hopefully lower unemployment rates. Education There are two major primary schools servicing Eagleby. Eagleby State School is located in the northern part of Eagleby and caters for Prep to Year 6 students, the catchment area for Eagleby State School is essentially the area north of Herses Road bounded by the Albert and Logan Rivers. Eagleby South State School is located in the southern part of Eagleby and caters for Prep to Year 6 students, the catchment for Eagleby South State School is the area south of Herses Road bounded by the Albert river to the east/south and the Pacific Motorway to the west. The major secondary school servicing the Eagleby area is the Beenleigh State High School, which caters for students in Grade 7-12. The catchment of Beenleigh State High School encompasses the entire Eagleby suburb. There are also several private schools in Beenleigh and the surrounding areas. There are several early education centres established in Eagleby for younger children. Real Estate A major factor when considering the pros and cons of moving to a new suburb is how the property market is placed within that area. The median house price has increased steadily since 2013, from $246,000 in 2013 to $301,000 in 2016, however, the median unit price has decreased steadily since 2013 from $300,500 in 2013 to $230,000 in 2016. The median prices within Eagleby are significantly lower than the state average median house price, which is $470,000. Statistically a large proportion of homes in Eagleby are owned or rented by couples/families aged between 35-64, with the greatest percentage (13.9%) being couples/families aged between 55-64. Interestingly, data indicates there is a relatively small number of elderly couples (aged over 65) and younger couples (aged under 35). The current trend indicates that established couples/families are settling in Eagleby and younger/elderly couples/families are more interested in other areas. There is an equal split between home owners/purchasers and rental tenants. Around 24% of homes in Eagleby are fully owned, 25% are mortgaged and around 47% of homes are being rented. Transport There are a range of public transport options available to the residents of Eagleby. Logan City Bus Service operate bus services on weekdays, with limited services available on the weekend. Train services are also available at the Beenleigh train station and operates extensively throughout the week and weekend. Trains are available travelling towards the Brisbane CBD and the Gold Coast and surrounding areas. Health Services There are a range of medical facilities located within Eagleby or nearby. There is a Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and Queensland Fire Service (QFS) depot located on Brigade Drive which is situated on the western boundary of Eagleby. There are several bulk billing doctor services available including Eagleby Family Practice, Eagleby Medical centre (including skin cancer clinic) and Main Street Medical and Dental Centre (which is located nearby in Beenleigh). There is also a QML pathology branch situated within the Eagleby Shopping Plaza. Should emergencies arise, the Logan Hospital is located approximately 12Km from Eagleby. Main Street Medical and Dental Centre also offers bulk billing services for Skin Cancer, Physiotherapy and dietician services. Shopping Eagleby Shopping Plaza is the major shopping centre located in Eagleby, there are several tenants including a large supermarket (IGA), a post office, a chemist, a butcher, several takeaway stores, a bottle shop and other specialty stores. Beenleigh Marketplace is also located close to Eagleby and features Woolworths, Big W and other specialty stores. The most prominent shopping centre in the Logan corridor, the Logan Hyperdome, is approximately a 10-minute drive from Eagleby and features Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Kmart, Big W and other specialty stores Eagleby, for the most part, is a family friendly place to live, with several options available for schooling and childcare. A n area to avoid would be the park adjacent to the Eagle Tavern. Due to the size of the suburb, the majority of services are within walking or cycling distance, so a vehicle is not 100% necessary and there are numerous public transport options available within walking distance. The majority of areas within Eagleby are filled with established families/couples aged between 35-64. Overall, Eagleby is a good choice for established couples and families as well as low income households.
  24. Cerberus1

    Brisbane Economic Snapshot

    CENSUS 2016 – OUR BRISBANE Brisbane’s LGA population has grown by 1.7 per cent per annum on average over the past five years, in line with the national average. This increase in population is mostly attributed to continued growth in outer suburbs such as Taigum, Fitzgibbon, Rochedale and Burbank, but also reflects the increasing growth in inner city suburbs such as Bowen Hills, Newstead and Fortitude Valley. Brisbane’s population growth has also been supported by migration. The number of overseas born residents, particularly from China and India, as well as a host of other Asian nations, has increased. The proportion of Brisbane LGA residents born overseas increased from 28.3 per cent in 2011 to 30.6 per cent in 2016. Although the United Kingdom and New Zealand remain the most common overseas nations of birth, this proportion has decreased. Language diversity in the city has increased with the shift in migration. The most commonly spoken languages other than English are Mandarin, Vietnamese and Cantonese. AGE Brisbane’s median age has increased slightly from 34 to 35, due to a 16.6 per cent increase in the number of residents older than 65. EDUCATION The proportion of residents who have completed high school has increased from 69.5 per cent to 72 per cent. There has also been an increase in the number of residents attending universities from 81,000 to 97,800. HOUSEHOLD INCOME Brisbane’s median personal and household income continued to increase between 2011 and 2016, by 10.6 per cent and 13.4 per cent respectively. Median personal income in the Brisbane LGA is $770 per week, which is higher than the median income for Australia, Queensland and Greater Brisbane. HOUSING COSTS The median mortgage repayment decreased in the Brisbane LGA, as interest rates reached record lows. As a result, housing affordability has improved, with the proportion of household income spent on rent and mortgage repayments decreasing. Improved rental affordability has occurred at the same time as the proportion of renters in the Brisbane LGA has increased, which in part reflects an increase in the proportion of people living in apartments. The average household size in the Brisbane LGA remained unchanged between 2011 and 2016 with the growth in occupied dwellings in line with population growth. INTERNET CONNECTIVITY Greater Brisbane has retained its position as the most internet connected of the state capitals. The proportion of dwellings with an internet connection increased further between 2011 and 2016, from 78.6 per cent to 82.4 per cent in Greater Brisbane (84 per cent of dwellings are connected in the Brisbane LGA). EMPLOYMENT
  25. Cerberus1

    Brisbane Economic Snapshot

    CENSUS 2016 – OUR BRISBANE Brisbane’s LGA population has grown by 1.7 per cent per annum on average over the past five years, in line with the national average. This increase in population is mostly attributed to continued growth in outer suburbs such as Taigum, Fitzgibbon, Rochedale and Burbank, but also reflects the increasing growth in inner city suburbs such as Bowen Hills, Newstead and Fortitude Valley. Brisbane’s population growth has also been supported by migration. The number of overseas born residents, particularly from China and India, as well as a host of other Asian nations, has increased. The proportion of Brisbane LGA residents born overseas increased from 28.3 per cent in 2011 to 30.6 per cent in 2016. Although the United Kingdom and New Zealand remain the most common overseas nations of birth, this proportion has decreased. Language diversity in the city has increased with the shift in migration. The most commonly spoken languages other than English are Mandarin, Vietnamese and Cantonese. AGE Brisbane’s median age has increased slightly from 34 to 35, due to a 16.6 per cent increase in the number of residents older than 65. EDUCATION The proportion of residents who have completed high school has increased from 69.5 per cent to 72 per cent. There has also been an increase in the number of residents attending universities from 81,000 to 97,800. HOUSEHOLD INCOME Brisbane’s median personal and household income continued to increase between 2011 and 2016, by 10.6 per cent and 13.4 per cent respectively. Median personal income in the Brisbane LGA is $770 per week, which is higher than the median income for Australia, Queensland and Greater Brisbane. HOUSING COSTS The median mortgage repayment decreased in the Brisbane LGA, as interest rates reached record lows. As a result, housing affordability has improved, with the proportion of household income spent on rent and mortgage repayments decreasing. Improved rental affordability has occurred at the same time as the proportion of renters in the Brisbane LGA has increased, which in part reflects an increase in the proportion of people living in apartments. The average household size in the Brisbane LGA remained unchanged between 2011 and 2016 with the growth in occupied dwellings in line with population growth. INTERNET CONNECTIVITY Greater Brisbane has retained its position as the most internet connected of the state capitals. The proportion of dwellings with an internet connection increased further between 2011 and 2016, from 78.6 per cent to 82.4 per cent in Greater Brisbane (84 per cent of dwellings are connected in the Brisbane LGA). EMPLOYMENT This post has been promoted to an article
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