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  1. Upon reading this and other expat forums for the past couple of years I have noticed the issue of depression seems to regularly crop up. This has made me wonder how common it is amongst migrants. Have you suffered depression or do you know of someone who has suffered since migrating?Was medication needed?Has it become a long term issue? My OH has suffered since moving here this time[he is an aussie]and the move has been a major factor for him[family issues a factor too]. Is depression as common as it seems amongst migrants?
  2. This list is intended to help new members understand the abbreviations used on the site. If you want to add to the list please PM me with the suggestion. I have also added some useful web sites that are often asked about Common Abbreviations Used On Poms In Oz ADMIN……. Site Admin AFAIK...... As far as I know BTW……….. By The Way DH.............Dear Husband DW.... Dear Wife DS..... Dear Son DD... Dear Daughter FIFO………...Fly in Fly out FYI…………. For Your Information HR Country.... High Risk Country IYKWIM...... If you know what I mean LMAO........ Laugh my ass off LOL...........Laughs out loud MIL……….. Mother in law MOD………. Site Moderator NOR.......... North of river OH………… Other Half OP…………. Original Poster OT…………. Off Topic PIA.............Pain in ass PM...........Private message, click on members name at side of post, menu drops and allows you to PM the member PMSL.......... Pee myself laughing SIL............. Sister in law (BIL Brother) SOR.......... South of river TBH............To be Honest (sometimes TBO) Migration .................Please Pm if you find links not working ACPO........ Association of Chief Police Officers (criminal records check) AHPRA.........Australian Health Practitioner RegulationAgency AIM.............Australian Institute of Management ARTC........... Australian recognised trades certificate AQIS……….. Australian Quarantine and inspection service CO…………..Case Officer ( Never named on forums, use initials only) DIAC……….. Department of Immigration and Citizenship ENS ……….. Employment Nomination Scheme IELTS………. International English Language Testing System MA…………. Migration Agent MARA........ Migratio Agents Registration Authority PR…………… Permanent Resident RRV……….. Resident Return Visa RSMS......... Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme SS…………… State Sponsorship TR…………... Temporary Resident TRA............. Trades recognition Australia VETASSESS.. Vocational Education training and assessment WHV……….. Working Holiday Visa Miscellaneous abbreviations and links to web sites Centerlink..... http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/site_help/az.htm PBS............ Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Medicare... Medicare home web site Tax Office.. Australian tax home page TFN. ........ (tax file Number) applying.. Links To state sponsorship web pages Courtesy of Ilovemilkymoos South Australia - http://www.immigration.sa.gov.au/app...vel_status.php Tasmania - http://www.migration.tas.gov.au/__da...7/List_SMP.pdf Victoria - http://www.liveinvictoria.vic.gov.au...ember-2011.pdf Western Australia -http://www.migration.wa.gov.au/skill...t 1_1_11.pdf New South Wales -http://www.business.nsw.gov.au/__dat...s-22.09.11.pdf Queensland - Northern Territory - http://www.migration.nt.gov.au/docum...ge_List_FA.pdf ACT -http://www.business.act.gov.au/skill...nt_sponsorship Other sites within the PIO family These sites are designed to compliment PIO for members who are moving to or who are already in the areas listed below · PIA… Poms in Adelaide · PP…… Perth Poms · LIQ….. Life in Queensland · LIV….. Life in Victoria
  3. I'm playing the waiting game like many of you and want to try and be one step ahead of the case officer to speed up my grant, hopefully this post can help others too with their applications. I received the March 18 email and sent in my meds/PCC months ahead of receiving a case officer - putting in your meds/PCC before your CO is allocated definitely saves time, but finding the right time can be tricky. Employer payslips and bank statements proving deposits are something I missed, but sent them in hours ago before my CO likely would have requested them. Did most others do this with your apps? What have your experiences been, what do the CO usually ask for?
  4. Hi all, Just wondered if anyone can help with buying used / new cars, auction, dealer, private, models that are reliable out there and reasonably priced, common faults with aussie cars, what kind of deals do they do with new ones (so much warranty etc..):unsure: we are a family of 4 coming over mid September. cheers Tracy :jiggy:
  5. Hey, I was wondering how competitive is it to get a CSP (commonwealth supported place) in Monash University? I was thinking about the dual degree course Masters of Applied Econometrics/Masters of Applied Finance. Any body has any idea about CSP places? The website mentions that CSPs places are highly competitive but does not explain what is competitive.
  6. I have made inquiry about my status and in it's response i received reply which is written below.Is this reply mentioned that my application is going to finalize in short time??? Dear Client, Your application is undergoing routine processing. Unfortunately, ensuring all the legal requirements are met in relation to an application can take some time. The case officer is following up on the status of your application on a regular basis to ensure it is being processed as soon as practicable. You will be contacted if we require additional information to process your application. We appreciate your patience in this matter. If any of your circumstances change, such that an answer in your application or information given to the department is no longer correct, you must inform the department as soon as possible. Examples of a change in circumstances include: * new job * new passport * new member of your family * discovery of incorrect information in your application * change of address or contact details. Regards Case Officer
  7. Hi friends What are common interview questionds for getting a job in Australia?
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    Common Aussie Slang

    You will hear these words/phrases on a daily basis throughout oz... A Abo - Aborigine, this word is not politically correct to use but at least now you know what it means in case you hear it. Amber fluid - beer. Ambo - someone who works on an ambulance. Ankle biter - small child. Arvo - afternoon. Aussie - resident of Australia, Australia itself or to describe something as Australian: the Aussie barbie. Aussie salute - waving away flies with your hand. Avos - avocados. B Bail (someone) up - to corner somebody physically. Banana bender - resident of Queensland. Barbie - barbeque. Barney - fight. Barrack - to cheer on (football team etc.) In other countries the equivalent is 'rooting' for your team, do not say this in Australia or people will think you're a bit strange, as rooting in Australia means having sex! Bathers - swimming costume. Beanie - woollen hat. Bender - heavy drinking session. Biffo - fight. Big bikkies - lots of money . Big smoke - the city. Bikkie - biscuit. Billabong - water hole / pond / small lake or a famous brand of Aussie surfwear clothing. Billy - large tin can used to boil water over a campfire for tea. Bingle - car accident. Biro - pen, ballpoint. Bities - biting insects. Bizzo - business Blackfella - another word for Aborigine, this one is more acceptable to use as the Aborigines themselves often refer to people as blackfellas and whitefellas. Bloke - man. Bloody oath, mate! - yes, that is correct / yes, I agree with you. Blotto - drunk. Bludger - lazy person. Blue - fight ("they were having a bit of a blue "). Blue - make a mistake. Boardies - board shorts (for surfing). Boatie - person that likes boating. Bondi cigar - floating turd, this term dates back from times before Sydney improved its sewerage management. Boofhead - idiot. Boomer - kangaroo. Boong - see Coon Bored shitless - very bored. Boss - the wife. When an Aussie bloke has to consult his wife before making a decision he'll say; I'll go and ask the boss. Bottle shop - liquor shop. Bottle-o - liquor shop. B & S Ball - Ball held for Bachelors and Spinsters, singles crowd, often held in the bush or remote location and often involving copious amounts of alcohol and sometimes mud! Breatho - police set up by roadside to check on drink drivers. Brekkie - breakfast. Brick shit house, built like a - big strong bloke. Brickie - brick layer. Brissie/Brizzie - Brisbane, state capital of Queensland, note Brisbane is pronounced as Brisb'n, not Bris-bane like plane. Brumby - a wild horse. Buck's night : stag party, male get together the night before the wedding, often involving copious amounts of alcohol, practical jokes and strippers. Buckley's, Buckley's chance - no chance ("New Zealand stands Buckley's of beating Australia at football") . Bugger - originally used to refer to two men having intercourse and was the B word instead of the modern day F word. 'Bugger' is now often used as 'bummer' meaning 'what a shame', a few years ago a Toyota TV commercial drew some criticism from older people for repeating the word 'bugger' about 25 times in half a minute. Something that is broken can be 'buggered' and someone can tell you to 'bugger off' and a person who has bad luck can be described as 'a poor bugger'. Bull bar - strong steel bar or frame fixed to the front of a vehicle to protect it from the impact of hitting kangaroos. Only bullbars on road trains actually protect against bulls. Bundy - short for Bundaberg in Queensland, and the rum that is made there. Bunyip - mythical Australian creature with a piercing cry Burl - attempt, try. Bush bashing - four wheel driving, off roading, driving where there are no roads. ( More recently this term has also started to mean critisizing the US president George W. Bush, which has become internationally popular, and for good reason.) Bushie - someone who lives in the bush. Bushranger - highwayman (eg. Ned Kelly.) Bush telegraph - 'grapevine', word-of-mouth. Bushtucker - food gathered from nature, in the outback. Bushwalking - hiking in the bush. BYO - Bring Your Own alcohol. C Cab Sav - Cabernet Sauvignon wine Cabbie - taxi driver Cackleberry - an egg. Cancer stick - a cigarette. Cark it - to die, stop functioning. Cask - boxed wine in a bladder. Chinwag - conversation. Chippie - carpenter. Choof off - leave, depart. Chunder - vomit. Chook - chicken. Chrissie - Christmas (Chrissy pressies - christmas presents). Ciggie - cigarette. Clayton's - fake, substitute. Click - kilometre - "it's 10 clicks away". Clucky - feeling broody or maternal. Cobber - friend / mate. Cockie - farmer, cockatoo or cockroach. Cockroach - a person from New South Wales. Coldie - a beer. Compo- Workers' Compensation pay. Cooee - a call used to find someone lost in the bush, a place can be 'within cooee of..' Coon - even more politically incorrect than Abo, similar to calling an Afro-American a nigger, not recommended to be used. The Coon cheese you see in the shop is named after an American doctor and has nothing to do with Aborigines. Corroboree - an Aboriginal gahtering/dance festival. Counter lunch - pub lunch. Cozzie - swimming costume. Crack onto (someone) - to hit on someone, pursue someone romantically. Cranky - in a bad mood, angry, grumpy. Crash - Go to sleep, often at someone else's house! Crim - criminal. Croc - crocodile. Crook - can mean criminal ( he is a crook) or indicate someone not feeling well ( I'm a bit crook, mate). Croweater - resident of South Australia. Cuppa - cup of tea. Cushie - to have it easy, a cushie job. Cut lunch - sandwiches. D Dag - a funny person, nerd, goof. Daks - trousers. Damper - bread made from flour and water. Deadset - true, the truth. Dero - tramp, hobo, homeless person (from "derelict"). Dickhead - an idiot. Digger - an Australian soldier. Dill - an idiot. Ding - a wog in Western Australia. Dinkum, fair dinkum -: true, real, genuine ("I'm a dinkum Aussie"; "is he fair dinkum?") . Dinkie-di - the real thing, genuine. Dipstick - a loser, idiot. Dig in, mate! - Bon appetit! Dingo girl - Refers to waking up after a drunken night with your arms around a particularly ugly female and rather than wake her up by pulling your arm out from underneath her you chew your arm off like trapped dingoes do and quietly disappear. Dishpig - person that washes the dishes in a restaurant. Dob (somebody) in - inform on somebody. Docket - a bill, receipt. Doco - documentary. Dog - unattractive woman. Dog's balls, stands out like - bloody obvious. Dole - social security. Dole bludger - somebody lazy voluntarily on social security. Donga - demountable/transportable building. Donk - engine. Doona - duvet, quilt. Down Under - Australia and New Zealand. Drink with the flies - to drink alone. Drongo - a dopey, stupid person. Dropkick - a dipstick. Dummy, spit the - get very angry about something. Dunny - outhouse or toilet. E Earbashing - nagging, non-stop chatter. EFTPOS - Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale; pay for goods with your bank card or make cash withdrawals at shops from your Australian bank account. Ekka - the Brisbane Exhibition, an annual show. Esky - large insulated food/drink container for picnics, barbecues etc. , also very handy to sit on. Exy - expensive. F Fair dinkum - true, genuine. Fair go - a chance ("give a bloke a fair go"). Fairy floss - candy floss, cotton candy. Fantastic plastic - credit card. Feral - a hairy, unclean looking hippie. Firie - member of the fire brigade. Five-finger discount - act of shoplifting. Fix up - to pay someone money you owe them/ to repair something/ a doctor to heal you. Flake - shark meat in fish & chips. Flick - to give something or somebody the flick is to get rid of it/him/her. Foodie - person interested in fine foods. Footie - regional term for either Australian Rules Football, or Rugby League or Union! Fossick - to prospect, e.g. for gold. Fortnight - two week period. Fremantle Doctor - the cooling afternoon breeze that arrives in Perth from the direction of Freo. Freo - Fremantle in Western Australia. Frog - resident of France. Fruit loop - fool. Full - drunk. G Garbo - garbage collector. G'Day - hello! Glassie - the person that walks around the pub to collect empty glasses. Go for it - try it / do it / also used instead of the international 'Bon Appetit' for which Australia has no alternative of its own, (other than 'Dig in mate!'). Going off - used of a night spot or party that is a lot of fun - "the place was really going off". Also "she went off at him" meaning she gave him a good telling off. Good oil - useful information, a good idea, the truth. Good onya - good for you, well done. Going troppo - mental health problems due to excessive heat, common in Darwin in summer time. Gone walkabout - traditionally an Aboriginal person going bush for spiritual reasons, now also used to refer to anyone disappearing for a while. Green can - term for VB beer. Greenie - environmentally minded person. Grog - booze, alcohol. Grog shop - licensed outlet selling alcohol. Grommet - young surfer. Grotty - run-down, dirty. Grouse - very good, cool! Grumblebum - complainer. H Half your luck - congratulations! Handle - beer glass with a handle. Hard yakka - hard work. Hard yards - hard work, training. Heart-starter - first alcoholic drink of the day, sometimes first cigarette. Heaps - a lot, e.g. "thanks heaps", "(s)he earned heaps of money" etc. Heave - to vomit. Hit the frog and toad - let's go / let's depart. Hit the grog - Start drinking. Hit the piss - Start drinking. Holy dooley! - an exclamation of surprise like "Good heavens!", "My goodness!" or"Good grief!" Hoon - someone with fast and careless driving style. Hooroo - goodbye. Hotel - often just a pub, not necessarily a place to sleep. Humongous - ginormous. Humpie - temporary home in the bush. I Icy pole, ice block - popsicle, lollypop. Idiot box - television. If it's got tits or wheels, sooner or later you're gonna have problems with it. - Confucius might have supplied the Chinese with lots of ancient eternal wisdoms but the Aussies have created some of their own. J Jackaroo : a male station hand, a (cattle or sheep) station is a big farm/grazing property. Jaffle - toasted sandwich. Jaffle iron - camping tool, used to make a toasted sandwich. Jillaroo : a female station hand. Jocks - mens underpants. Joe Blow - Mr. Average. Joey : baby kangaroo, koala or any marsupial. Journo : journalist. Jumbuck : sheep. K Kelpie - Australian sheepdog originally bred from Scottish collie. Kero - kerosene. Kindie - kindergarten, pre-school. Kiwi - either a resident of New Zealand or a Chinese gooseberry (nowadays marketed as kiwi fruit) or a small endangered bird native to New Zealand. Knock - to criticise. Knock back - refusal (they knocked it back). Knocked up - Made pregnant ( he knocked her up). Knocker - somebody who criticises a lot. Knockers - woman's breasts. Knuckle sandwich - A punch! Kraut - resident of Germany. L Lamington - small square of sponge cake covered in chocolate icing, and dessicated coconut. Larrikin - a bloke who is always behaving silly. Lay-by - store system of paying for goods in instalments. Lend of, to have a - to take advantage of somebody's gullibility, to have someone on ("he's having a lend of you"). Lippy - lipstick. Lilo - Air mattress. Liquid lunch - drinking beer at lunchtime. Longneck - tall bottle of beer, 750ml or 26oz. Lucky Country, The - Australia. M Maccas - McDonald's (hamburgers). Map of Tassie - vagina, as the patch of pubic hair on a female resembles the shape of Tassie ( Tasmania). Mate's rates - cheaper than usual price for a "friend". Metho - methylated spirits. Mexican - the meaning of this one varies from state to state, in New South Wales it means Victorians and in Queensland it refers to anyone who lives south of the Queensland border. Middy : 285 ml beer glass in New South Wales. Milk bar - corner shop that sells takeaway food. Milko - milkman. Missus - female partner/ wife /girlfriend. Mob - group of people. Mob - family or group of kangaroos. Mongrel - despicable person. Mozzie - mosquito. Mull - grass (the kind you smoke). Muso - musician. Muster - round up sheep or cattle. N Never Never - the Outback, centre of Australia. Nipper - young surf lifesaver. No worries - frequently used expression usually meaning you're welcome, it's OK , don't worry about it, bye bye, basically endless situations where you can use it. Nuddy, in the - naked. O Ocker - a yobbo, an unsophisticated person. Off her tits - very drunk. Off his face - very drunk. Offsider - an assistant, helper. Old Girl - mother. Old Lady - wife. Old Man - father. Oldies - parents - "I'll have to ask my oldies". On the nose - smelly. Outback - interior of Australia. Oz - Australia! P Panelvan - A car like a station wagon but with the rear part being just a bit higher and usually without windows it made it a very practical vehicle for tradesmen to throw all the tools and stuff in and also became the vehicle of choice for hoons, usually with big V8 engines and wide tires. As there was plenty of room for a mattress in the back teenagers found the panelvan offered a hundred times more privacy and comfort than a backseat in a normal car and the panelvan developed a few nick names like 'sinbin' and 'shaggawagon' and was often decorated with a sticker announcing 'if this van is rockin', don't bother knockin'. Perve (noun & verb) - looking lustfully at the opposite sex. Piece of piss - easy task. Pig - police officer. Pig's arse! -: I don't agree with you, opposite of 'bloody oath mate'! Pint - large glass of beer (esp. in South Australia). Piss - beer. Hence "hit the piss", "sink some piss" , to order more beer; more piss, Miss! Piss artist - someone who drinks a lot of piss. Pissed - Americans are pissed when they are angry, in Australia this word means drunk, when Australians get angry they are "pissed off'. Pissed it up the wall - wasted it. Pissed off - Angry, unhappy with something. Can also be used to indicate someone's departure; he has pissed off - he has left, he's gone. Or to dispose of something or someone. Pisshead - someone who drinks a lot of piss. Pissup - a gathering where a lot of piss or other alcohol is being consumed. Playing sillybuggers - waste time, mess around. Bob Hawke confused the hell out of the translator of a visiting head of state by using this term. Please explain... - Pauline Hanson's trademark expression. (see politicians page) Plonk - cheap wine. Pokies - poker machines, fruit machines, gambling slot machines. Pollie - politician. Pom, pommy, pommie - an English person. Pommie bastard - an English person. Pommie shower - spraying a bit of deodorant instead of taking a shower. Poofter - homosexual man. Postie - postman. Pot - 285 ml beer glass in Queensland and Victoria, also marijuana ( geez, we smoked some good pot, man!) Pozzie - position - get a good pozzy at the football stadium. In photography; give us a pozzy! Preggo - pregnant. Prezzie - present, gift. Pub - bar Pushie - pushbike, bicycle. Q Queer - homosexual person or behaviour. Quid, make a - earn a living - "are you making a quid?" Not the full quid - stupid. R Rack off - push off! get lost! get out of here! also "rack off hairy legs!". Rage - party. Rage on - to continue partying - "we raged on until 3am". Rapt - pleased, delighted. Ratbag - mild insult. Rats ass - I couldn't give a rats ass! I don't care! Raw prawn, to come the - to bullshit, to be generally disagreeable. Reckon! - I reckon! you bet! Absolutely! I reckon that...- I think that... Reffo - refugee. Rego - car registration. Rellies - relatives. Ripper - great, fantastic - "it was a ripper party" Ripper, you little! -: Exclamation of delight or as a reaction to good news. Road train - big truck with many trailers. Rock up - to turn up, to arrive - "we rocked up at their house at 8pm". Rollie - cigarette you roll yourself. Roo - kangaroo. Root - sexual intercourse. Rooted - sexual intercourse (Bruce rooted Mary), tired (I'm rooted, mate!) , broken (that car's rooted, mate!) Rort (verb or noun) -: Cheating, fiddling, defrauding (expenses, the system etc.). Usually used of politicians Rotten - drunk - "I went out last night and got rotten". Rotto - Rottnest Island in W.A. R.S.L. - Returned Services League-Social club, good place to play pool or have a counter lunch, originally only for returned soldiers but as they gradually all died and no new wars were fought for a while they emptied out to the point that all of the public was invited to fill the bars again. Rubbish (verb) - to criticize. S Salute, Aussie - brushing flies away. Salvos, the - Salvation Army. Sandgroper - a person from Western Australia. Sanger - a sandwich. Sambo - a sandwich. Sandgroper - resident of Western Australia. Schooner - large beer glass in Queensland; medium beer glass in South Australia. Scratchy - instant lottery ticket. Screamer - party lover; "two pot screamer" - somebody who gets drunk on very little alcohol. Screenie - someone who likes to watch heaps of movies. Seppo - can mean both septic tank or American person (as both are deemed to be full of shit). Servo - service station or petrol station. Shag - see root. Shaggawagon - see panel van. Sheila - girl, woman. She'll be right - it will be OK. Shonky - dubious, underhanded. E.g. a shonky practice, shonky business etc. Shoot through - to leave. Shout - turn to buy a round of drinks ("it's your shout"). Shout - buy a round of drinks. Sickie - taking a day off being sick ( usually a hangover) Sinbin - see panel van. Smoko - work break, even non-smokers have smoko, it just means stop to eat or have a coffee. Snag -a sausage or Sensitive new Age Guy. Sook - person or animal who is soft, tame, inoffensive. Hence sooky (adj.) Spag bol - spaghetti bolognese Sparkie - electrician. Spewin' very angry. Spiffy, pretty spiffy : great, excellent. Spit the dummy : get very upset at something. Spruiker : man who stands outside a nightclub or restaurant trying to persuade people to enter. Sprung : caught doing something wrong. Spunk : a good looking person (of either sex). Squiz - having a look at something, have a squiz at it. Starkers - naked. Station - a big farm/grazing property. Stickybeak - nosy person. Stoked - very pleased. Strewth - exclamation, mild oath ("Strewth, that Chris is a bonzer bloke"). Strides - trousers. Strine - Australian slang and pronunciation. Stubby - bottle of beer, usually 375 ml. but over 2 litres in the Northern Territory. Stubby holder - polystyrene insulated holder for a stubby. Stuffed, I'm stuffed mate! - I'm tired. Stuffed, I'll be - expression of surprise. Sunbake - sunbathe. Sunnies - sunglasses. Surfies : people who go surfing - usually more often than they go to work! Stubbies - brand of shorts worn by man, often as workwear. Also a beerbottle as described below. Swag - Green canvas bedroll, previously carried by bushmen but now often seen tied on the back of utes. T T.A.B .- Totalisator Agency Board - betting shop, mainly for horse racing. Tall poppies - successful people. Tall poppy syndrome - the habit of criticizing successful people. Tart yourself up - to go and apply your make-up. Tasmaniac - resident of Tassie. Tassie - Tasmania. Tee-up - to set up (an appointment). Thingo : Wadjamacallit, thingummy, whatsit. Thongs - not underwear like in the U.S. but rubber footwear also known as flip-flops. You need to know this as some bars have signs "No Thongs" on the door, there is no need to remove your undies before entering the bar. Tinny - either a can of beer or an aluminium fishing boat. Togs - swim suit. Too right! - definitely! Toorak tractor - refers to four wheel drive vehicles that never leave the city, Toorak is an expensive suburb in Melbourne where pricey Range Rovers are commonly used to do super market shopping. Top End - far north of Australia. Trackie daks/dacks - tracksuit pants. Trackies - track suit. Troopy - Toyota Troopcarrier, model of four wheel drive that seats at least eight people. Truckie - truck driver. True blue - patriotic. Tucker - food. Tucker-bag - food bag. Tuck shop - canteen where students buy food at school. Turps - turpentine, alcoholic drink. Turps, hit the - go on a drinking binge. Two up -: gambling game played by spinning two coins simultaneously. U U-ie - U-turn. Uni - university. Unit - flat, apartment. Up himself / herself - have a high opinion of yourself /"he's really up himself". Up shit creek without a paddle - having a problem, being stuck. Up somebody, get - to rebuke somebody /"the boss got up me for being late" . Useful as an ashtray on a motorbike / tits on a bull - unhelpful or incompetent person or thing /"he, she or it is about as useful as tits on a bull" etc. Ute - car with open back, like a pick-up truck in the U.S. V Vegies - vegetables. Vee dub - Volkswagen. Veg out - relax in front of the TV. Vego - vegetarian. Vinnie's - St. Vincent De Paul's (charity thrift stores and hostels). W Waggin' school - not attending school. Walkabout : a walk in the Outback by Aborigines that lasts for an indefinite amount of time. Walkabout, it's gone : it's lost, can't be found. Whacker, whacka : Idiot/ somebody who talks drivel/ somebody with whom you have little patience/ a dickhead. Wharfie - dock-worker. Whinge : complain, especially English people have a reputation for this, hence the often heard expression 'whingeing Pom'. White pointers : topless (female) sunbathers. White ant - refers to termites that like to eat houses but a biologist can tell you termites and ants are in no way related and are completely different animals. Wing nut - person with prominent ears. Within cooee - within shouting distance. What size donk you got mate? When you have engine trouble the outback mechanic might ask you for the size of your car engine (donk), not to be confused with dong. Wobbly - excitable explosive behaviour ("He threw a wobbly"). Woftam - Waste Of F#*%ing Time And Money, see some woftams here. Wog - derogatory term for immigrant from Italy or Greece but also used to vaguely describe sickness (in bed with a wog- probably flue or cold). Work - something you do so you can pay for your beers when it's all finished. Woop Woop - non existing place used to describe a very remote place, made even more famous in the movie 'Welcome to Woop Woop'. Wowser - straight-laced person, prude, puritan, spoilsport. Wuss - coward/ nervous person or animal. X XXXX - Pronounced as Four-Ex this is Queensland's favourite beer. Y Yabbie - small freshwater crayfish. Yakka - work, that's hard yakka mate! Yewy - u-turn in traffic ("chuck a yewy at the next traffic lights"). Yank - American person. Yank tank - Large American car. Yobbo - Male person who is usually dressed in blue singlet, pair of stubbies, thongs (if not barefoot) and spends most of his time drinking, fishing, being loud- and foulmouthed, watching the footy and usually drives an old ute or V8 panel van too fast with swag in the back and beercans on the floor. Youse - you (plural), instead of 'have you guys got any beers cold' say 'hey, youse got any beer cold'? Yowie - Aussie version of the mythical Bigfoot, the teribble snowman etc. Z Zeds - Sleep; 'stack some Zzzz's' Zilch - nothing. Zillions - lots and lots, where millions could not express it. Zonked - exhausted. In certain situations and areas it may be helpful to include the infamous F#*#! word at least once or twice in every sentence and also to finish at least half your sentences with 'mate' at the end so people understand you better. It will make communication easier in for example; outback pubs, barbeques and parties where you see lots of blue singlets around you. It is up to you to judge when to do this. In major cities this is not necessary and, at for instance Sydney cocktail parties, it is definitely not a good idea to do this.
  9. Whats the most common to drive in oz, Manual or automatic?????
  10. Wouldn’t it be great to hear from an expert exactly what is most likely to go wrong during your emigration and to learn some simple tips on how to avoid them? Well recently I got the opportunity to talk to someone who knows the immigration process inside out - Cathrine Burnett of Migration Matters. Cathrine’s a Migration Agent with nearly 10 years experience in the industry and has helped hundreds of families emigrate to Australia and has seen people make the same mistakes again and again. She shared with me the 7 most common pitfalls Brits make when going through the visa application process: Pitfall #1. Not using valid forms. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship require that to make a valid application the most up to date version of each form is used and if it’s not your application can be sent back as invalid. Forms can change several times a year so check the version date on the bottom right hand corner against the information on the DIAC website – Department of Immigration and Citizenship Pitfall #2. Incorrect Certification of Documents DIAC and the assessing authorites are very particular about this and have different guidelines on who they will accept certified documents from. In most cases it’s important to have the certified copies of the documents signed & dated correctly and not just ink-stamped. Read the guidelines and make sure that you’re following them to the letter. Incorrect certification may been you are asked to provide documents again correctly certified. Wasting time, effort money and causing stress. Pitfall #3. Not being able to back up & verifying your claims DIAC will look closely and may verify your claims. Let your employer and previous employers know they may get a call from DIAC. Also be prepared to prove remuneration through P60s payslips etc If you can't prove your claims DIAC may refuse your visa application. Pitfall #4. Not enough detail on Employer References DIAC don't want to know your’e a good person or a great team member. They want to know you have been in skilled employment and that your duties correlate with your nominated occupation. Look at the relevant ASCO descriptions applicable to you, if needs be show them to your employer. Insufficient information on employer references can lead to refusal as DIAC may not be satisfied you have been in skilled employment. Pitfall #5. Omitting information Be honest, declare everything, otherwise it could come back and haunt you. i.e. If you have ever been convicted of an offence, whether it is spent or not it MUST be declared. It is considered a criminal offence to provide false or misleading information to the Australian government. Pitfall#6. Not Submitting the required documentation Not submitting the required documents at the time of application could cause delays or an invalid application. If you’re asked for it, supply it. Get organized and collect all you need to get before it’s needed. Pitfall #7. Not Responding to DIAC within the timeframes provided Action all requests in a timely manner, if you don't respond within the timeframes provided DIAC can refuse the application. So, take a deep breath and relax - enjoy the process it's an exciting time! Avoid these common pitfalls and you’ll be well on your way to a simple, stress free emigration to Oz.