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  1. Hi all I have been looking into travelling back to the U.K for my first return visit since we got here on 2009. There seems to be a massive difference in prices if you were to book the equivalent trip from the U.K. A price difference that goes beyond the exchange rate calculation. So my question is..... Could my parents in the U.K go into a U.K travel agent and book us a return trip flying Perth - U.K - Perth? We will have both U.K and Australian passports. Has anyone done this or have an answer to this? T.I.A :wub:
  2. Seriously what do you expect when you get off the plane, to find a sunnier, hotter version of the UK and that’s it? Australia must be the only Commonwealth country where people do that, Australia is not the UK, in the same way that Canada is not the UK, Jamaica is not the UK and Swaziland is not the UK They don’t have the same way of life as people in the UK, if you are expecting to get off the plane and find UK: Southern Hemisphere Branch you are in for a major shock There ARE similarities, but they are not the same country There are quite a few threads on here about the cost of living and the price of food & drinks Yes some things are more expensive, but some things are cheaper and if you go and spend £100 a week in Sainsburys, don’t expect to spend $100 in Coles. It’s a different currency, a different exchange rate, a different cost of living They don’t live on 99p microwave meals from Iceland; they don’t have a Primark to buy clothes for £1, they don’t have 60m+ people living there to create competition in the shops to help drive prices down If you really don’t get that you are going to get a whole new way of life, then you will really struggle to fit in there and make a success of it :mad::arghh::realmad: :animal-bat:
  3. Just recounting our experiences in the hope it helps others We have been organising our flights for our relocation in November. It's been a bit awkward because the company are doing the booking and paying, so we've had a bit of to and fro in trying to get the best result that means we can take a decent amount of luggage to tide us over until our stuff arrives We couldn't book the "migrant fares" that some airlines offer, nor the additional migrant baggage allowances, because the booking wasn't being made from the UK nor by a migrant, but by the company from Australia. I checked and confirmed this with the airlines and they wouldn't budge However, on research we found that of the common direct carriers the following applies a) Emirates have the best standard allowance in economy of 30Kg b) BA, Qantas, Virgin allow 23 Kg c) Most of the Far Eastern airlines (I checked CP, Singapore, Malay) only allow 20Kg More importantly, BA and Virgin were *vastly* cheaper for a pre-booked additional bag. They will both let you have one extra bag (so a further 23Kg) for £33-34 per person for the whole bag, if you book online All other airlines that I researched - including Qantas - wanted somewhere between £500 and £700 for the same amount of additional baggage The BA/Virgin additional baggage charges are a bit of a steal to be honest. For the three of us we've booked an extra bag each, so now have up to 46Kg each (ie 2 big bags, which is plenty even for our son's toys) for the total of only about £100 for all 3 of us If you are struggling with balancing the luggage equation and trying to work out your flights, it's worth bearing in mind HTH
  4. I am in a dilemma - If we go to Oz, NSW to be exact my husband & I will have to pay $4500 x 2 for my daughters schooling. (on a 457 visa) This will eat away at our budget, some of the threads I have read is that it could be cheaper to send to a private/catholic school. To be honest a catholic school would be ideal as my oldest has just been confirmed and my other daughter is making her 1st communion here in N ireland in May. I sent an email to a school when I was looking in the glenmore area of sydney, they emailed me back saying fees were $1800 per year but unfortunately there were no positions. I have been looking in other areas for housing as this is our prime hurdle that we need to get over, next would be schooling. But I am wondering will schooling be the 1st. My husband has been offered a sponsorship with a company in south sydney in the CBD. Would it be cheeky to ask them to include the schooling fees with the 'package'? They havent come back to my husband with the 'package'. The main thing at the mo is negotiating the $$ - which at the mo is nowhere near what we could survive on. If someone could guide me - it would be great. Thanks Jo
  5. Hi all, just wondering if electrical gadgets such as digital cameras/camcorders are cheaper or more expensive in oz compared to the UK? Thanks all, Lucy.
  6. Hi guys, Our movers came yesterday and packed up our house - have to say they were fantastic. Very professional, organised and nice. Only problem for some reason I had misread the insurance quote and only realised yesterday morning that it was 3.5% Nearly lost my life as we had budgeted about €500 to €700 and it was going to be a multiple of that. So at about 7am yesterday i got on the net - found insureyourmove in the UK that does it for about 1.6% which would have been brilliant but couldn't figure out if they covered Ireland and their number was a freephone one so couldn't call it from Ireland. So I got googling - found that Allianz did it but will only quote through a broker. Googled again and found a broker called Affinity Insurance. Rang them and spoke to Alexandra who got me a quote for €800 in less than an hour - this was 2.1% which was a big improvement on the movers quote. Alexandra felt she could do better for us but given that I had left things to the very last minute we took that quote (Insurer was Allianz). So I just thought I would let other Irish people know that there are other options to your movers insurance provider (ours would have dropped their quote to 2.5% but still not as good as Affinity). If anyone is interested I can give contact details but you can google them and get their website fairly easily. Good luck everyone! Kate
  7. Hi all, let me share with you my situation to ask for your tip I am moving from spain to australia in January. My company accepted tp pay me 20k usd as reloction cost, and they dont mind whether i use this money for buying furnitures in AU instead of taking from spain. Having said this my situation is that I have not expensive furnitures in spain to take, and i am going to rent my house to a friend in the time i will be in australia working (3 -4 years) so i will rent the house with the vast majority of the furnitures. What i am thinking to take is basically the sofa, 2 bicycles ,4 chairs, 2 matress few boxes with some kitchen stuffs, and 2 suitcases with clothes As far as i know this is much less than a 20ft container, so my my question is what s the best and cheapest option to take this to australia? Is possible deal with just a part of the container ? Does it worth? What could be the cost?
  8. lynn22

    Cheaper Uggs ?

    Are Uggs cheaper in oz what with them being Aussie ?
  9. I know this is not a big secret but I thought I would share this with you all..... We are traveling to the UK for xmas this year and intead of buying a return flight from Brisbane for (2 adults and 1 infant) we are flying one way and then buying a return from London to Bris so we can fly home again sometime next year. This was $1700 cheaper doing it this way rather than a return from Bris then a one way from Bris next year.... I was shocked, but at the same time pleased to have saved the money
  10. Hi only arrived in Canberra last Tuesday with husband and two kids. Does anyone know where I can get full head foils and a cut and blow dry a bit cheaper please? I have been to several hairdressers and the prices seem really high. I would be grateful for any advice, thanks very much
  11. The Harbords

    Cheaper Flights?

    Hi there....has anyone heard of IOM (International organization for migration). We are looking to book our flights and have been told that they offer concession fares. Any further information would be much appreciated Cheers Sharon:smile:
  12. I am looking at buying some oakley sunglasses for our trip to melbourne, and wondered if they are cheaper to buy in duty free at heathrow, Kuala lumper or Melbourne airport or just in oz Hope someone can help please :biggrin:
  13. popstar999

    Medicals - cheaper than I thought!

    Hi All, We got the news that we have a CO a couple weeks ago - it felt like Christmas! Now we are booking pcc's and medicals. I've just got off the phone from Knightsbridge Doctors and the total price given for a family of 4 medicals was less than I was expecting. For information: Permanent Visa Aus Medicals, incl chest X-rays. (Visa 176) Adults £220 each Child over 5yrs £82.50 Child under 5yrs £60 Courier to Australia £50 or to London £8 This is for the whole family's documents, not per person. (Yes, this is still a heap of money, but for some reason, I was expecting to fork out about £1000, so feel like I got bargain!) Our time line, if anyone wants to compare is.... OH is General Electrician. Vetassess completed early 2009 Applied 176 WA SS Oct'09 Granted SS May 2010 CO allocated 07.02.11 From Catherine
  14. According to a recent research by property agents buying property has become cheaper than renting across the Australia, where the monthly cost of rental seems higher than monthly mortgage repayment on house. Can anyone share his opinion......
  15. Guest

    WA cheaper that QLDS

    I believe from research that WA is cheaper to live in that QLDS. I have based my belief on day to day living costs, properly rental, running a car, taxes, child care etc. Am I correct?:twitcy:
  16. Hi My husband is already over in Australia. Myself and 2 boys are moving over end of October. I was wondering if you turned up at the airport a few hours before the plane was to take off and went to the ticket desk, would you be able to get cheap flights on that flight? My dad says they would rather the plane go than give discounts. Is this correct or has anyone done this? Thanks Jill
  17. kernow43

    Australian cheaper to live

    Foreign currency broker Foreign Currency Direct has found that the cost of living in Australia and New Zealand is up to a third lower than in the UK. This is one of the main reasons why Brits are moving to Australia. See the full report here New report says that Brits save money by moving to Australia and New Zealand
  18. Might be great for people deciding if it is better to buy here or when they get there. OK…..post anything you like from Australia be it cars electrical items etc or visa versa with the link to the store and the price and see who can beat it with a search on the internet. ok...can you beat this prise in OZ. Panasonic 37" Plasma Screen Widescreen Viera HD Ready 1080 Plasma TV £399 Panasonic 37" Plasma Screen Widescreen Viera HD Ready Plasma TV - With Freeview Can you beat that in Oz for the same model? you have a good chance of finding a cheaper one in Oz with the pound so weak...
  19. Good Evening Guys I have arranged for Simpson Removals to move our stuff over to Perth, I have read on here they are pretty good and their quote seemed really reasonable, however they have quoted 2.9% for marine insurance does anyone know of anywhere that maybe cheaper? So far Simpsons have seemed to be totally on the ball still time will tell!! Thank you for taking the time to read my thread. Any replies greatly appreciated.
  20. Guest

    Cheap-er flights to Sydney

    Does anyone out there no of any places to look for cheap flights to Sydey? Tour Ops, websites etc...?????
  21. We were wondering if, when living in Oz, the flights to visit the UK will be cheaper? Surely they can't be as expensive as what prices are quoted here now? It's something to consider because it makes it likely that if they are that expensive, then the opportunity to visit family in the UK is very very limited - say once every 3 years! OMG!
  22. Scientists are working to convert sunlight to cheap electricity at South Dakota State University. Research scientists are working with new materials that can make devices used for converting sunlight to electricity cheaper and more efficient. Assistant professor Qiquan Qiao in SDSU’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science said so-called organic photovoltaics, or OPVs, are less expensive to produce than traditional devices for harvesting solar energy. Qiao and his SDSU colleagues also are working on organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs. The new technology is sometimes referred to as “molecular electronics” or “organic electronics” — organic because it relies on carbon-based polymers and molecules as semiconductors rather than inorganic semiconductors such as silicon. “Right now the challenge for photovoltaics is to make the technology less expensive,” Qiao said. “Therefore, the objective is find new materials and novel device structures for cost-effective photovoltaic devices. “The beauty of organic photovoltaics and organic LEDs is low cost and flexibility,” the researcher continued. “These devices can be fabricated by inexpensive, solution-based processing techniques similar to painting or printing." “The ease of production brings costs down, while the mechanical flexibility of the materials opens up a wide range of applications,” Qiao concluded. Organic photovoltaics and organic LEDs are made up of thin films of semiconducting organic compounds that can absorb photons of solar energy. Typically an organic polymer, or a long, flexible chain of carbon-based material, is used as a substrate on which semiconducting materials are applied as a solution using a technique similar to inkjet printing. “The research at SDSU is focused on new materials with variable band gaps,” Qiao said. “The band gap determines how much solar energy the photovoltaic device can absorb and convert into electricity.” Qiao explained that visible sunlight contains only about 50 percent of the total solar energy. That means the sun is giving off just as much non-visible energy as visible energy. “We’re working on synthesizing novel polymers with variable band gaps, including high, medium and low-band gap varieties, to absorb the full spectrum of sunlight. By this we can double the light harvesting or absorption,” Qiao said. SDSU’s scientists plan to use the variable band gap polymers to build multi-junction polymer solar cells or photovoltaics. These devices use multiple layers of polymer/fullerene films that are tuned to absorb different spectral regions of solar energy. Ideally, photons that are not absorbed by the first film layer pass through to be absorbed by the following layers. The devices can harvest photons from ultraviolet to visible to infrared in order to efficiently convert the full spectrum of solar energy to electricity. SDSU scientists also work with organic light-emitting diodes focusing on developing novel materials and devices for full color displays. “We are working to develop these new light-emitting and efficient, charge-transporting materials to improve the light-emitting efficiency of full color displays,” Qiao said. Currently, LED technology is used mainly for signage displays. But in the future, as OLEDs become less expensive and more efficient, they may be used for residential lighting, for example. The new technology will make it easy to insert lights into walls or ceilings. But instead of light bulbs, the lighting apparatus of the future may look more like a poster, Qiao said. Qiao and his colleagues are funded in part by SDSU’s electrical engineering Ph.D. program and by National Science Foundation and South Dakota EPSCoR, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. In addition Qiao is one of about 40 faculty members from SDSU, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and the University of South Dakota who have come together to form Photo Active Nanoscale Systems (PANS). The primary purpose is developing photovoltaics, or devices that will directly convert light to electricity. Quantum Dot Recipe May Lead To Cheaper Solar Panels (May 4, 2007) — Scientists have developed a new method for cost-effectively producing four-armed quantum dots that have previously been shown to be particularly effective at converting sunlight into electrical ... > read more [/url] Energetic Nanoparticles Swing Sunlight Into Electricity (Feb. 22, 2008) — The electrons in nanoparticles of noble metal oscillate together apace with the frequency of the light. This phenomenon can be exploited to produce better and cheaper solar cells, scientists have ... > read more Technology Could Use Moon Dust To Capture Sun Power; University Of Houston Solar Cell Research Has Applications For Space Exploration, Clean Cars (Oct. 8, 2002) — New technologies designed to harness the power of the sun may hold the key to successful moon colonies, cheaper and lighter-weight satellites, and cleaner-burning, more efficient car ... > read more Nanowire Generates Its Own Electricity (Oct. 23, 2007) — Chemists have built a new wire out of photosensitive materials that is hundreds of times smaller than a human hair. The wire not only carries electricity to be used in vanishingly small circuits, but ... > read more Think Solar Not Nuclear For The Energy Of The Future, Say Scientists (Mar. 6, 2006) — Solar rather than nuclear energy should be the UK government's priority in planning future energy production, according to scientists writing today in the journal Nature ... > read more :chatterbox:
  23. Hi guys, just wondered what everyone's opinion was, currently considering a reccie. So been getting quotes from agents. We are looking about £3500, plus spends for what we want to do. Thats for 1 week, for the 2 of us, visiting perth and then adelaide. Would have to leave the kids with a relative, just can't afford to take them. Do you think this price sounds about right, or do you think I could get better, sourcing things myself??? Thanks, Mandisfam
  24. Guest

    is it cheaper to bake!!!!!!!!

    hi everyone. been on the aldi homepage,and got a bit of a shock at the price of cakes,and sweet treats.BLOODY HELL $9.99 for a cake. anyway we all have a sweet tooth in our house,and i am a really good baker of scones,cakes ect BRAGGING BITCH!!!!!!!!!!LOL.does anyone do alot of home baking over there,are the ingredients cheap or expensive.could not afford to buy ready made,we would be bankrupt in a month!!!!!!!!!any info would be really good.thanks.:notworthy:
  25. Guest

    Cheaper medicals in northwest

    Hi everyone, We’ve been using this site for a few months now and found it really helpful. We haven’t used an agent for our visa application and this site has helped us to fill-in the gaps when we’ve needed guidance. Sara and I spent time in Australia earlier this year; we fell in love with the place and decided we wanted to emigrate. We’re hoping to emigrate to somewhere within an hour’s commute of Brisbane (possibly Redlands or Redcliffe areas). I’d like to live reasonably close to the coast, but affordability might be an issue. Getting back to the subject, people in the northwest can save a bit of cash on their medicals if they’re able and willing to travel. We live in Liverpool and got a quote of over £600 from the Elms medical centre in Liverpool. I read some of the other posts on medicals and the practice in Huddersfield was recommended. I gave them a call and we saved approx. £200 by booking our medicals at the Lindley Group Practice in Huddersfield rather than Liverpool. It was well worth the drive to Huddersfield and the extra £10 in diesel. We paid the following for our medicals: £202: Medicals for 2 adults £60: Blood tests x4 (Sara has a small tattoo so needed 3 blood tests) £120: X-rays for 2 adults (done with Bupa Hospital Elland) £45: Courier medical results to Australia (had to arrange this ourselves) I highly recommend the Huddersfield practice. If you give Lauren a call on 01484 342190 she will talk you through all the details. Please note that DIAC could change their list of panel doctors at any time so always check that the practice is a listed immigration panel doctor on the DIAC website before you book your medicals. http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/panel-doctors/index.htm Hope this helps some people save a bit of cash. Every bit helps. p.s. Wish everyone the best of luck with their visa applications.