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  1. http://www.tiptoptens.com/2011/02/16/top-10-most-richest-countries-in-the-world-2011/ So can anyone explain to a thick person like me why we are in the poo :eek:
  2. The Sydney Morning Herald Blogs: Travel What are your thoughts on the above article?
  3. Hi everyone! If anyone could help me with the following enquiry I'll be thankful!: Migratory agents have access to the Country Education Profile (CEP) of each country, where they can see to which category a university belongs and according to that, they can check wether a 4 or 5 year degree like a Bachelor for instance (in my case from Argentina), is equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree or Diploma. To have access, they pay an annual membership (I read it in another forum). For what I have been researching, also any individual (not an agent) could access to the CEP paying for an annual membership that allows to see the info of the country you are interested in. Have anyone used this service, and could tell me how does it work? E.g. In that year (membership), can you do several consults from several carrers? What information is shown when you consult? Also, I haven't fully understood the following: Is there a list of universities that are "recognised institutions" and if the case university is not recognised you could not apply for an assessment by any means? or, Does the fact of having a degree from a university that is not within the "recognised institutions" just imply that the degree could be considered as a lower degree (e.g A Bachelor being recognised as a Diploma in Australia)? Thank you for any help or comment that you could provide me :rolleyes:. Regards, Pampa
  4. My parents moved to Oz a number of years ago and bought their dream home, a stunning rural property in Tamworth NSW. Now they need to sell up, here is a link to their information.... maybe someone out there will take it over and love it like they do!!! http://pinterest.com/twoboos/amberwood/ http://www.facebook.com/amberwood766
  5. Hi all, I m now in australia on a 457 visa. i studied here for 2 years and then i found a job and have been on 457 visa for abt 2 years.i applied for my 176 family sponsored visa in May 2009, and it was changed to state sponsored in Nov 2009. if i leave the country now and never come back( i dont wanna come back here anymore till i got my 176 visa granted), is it gonna be a problem for my application later with recent work expericene thing and the other stuffs. Regards, Chan
  6. Guest

    New Year, New Country

    Just dropping by to say Hello! We're a Filipino family of three and moving to Melbourne in January. I got transferred to our Oz business after almost 5 years here in the Middle East. We'll be hunting for apartment soon and looking for a good school for my 6 year old daughter. We hope to find help in this community and share in return when we finally find our way around.
  7. http://www.garp.org/risk-news-and-resources/risk-headlines/story.aspx?newsid=37418 Read till the end for a suggestion on where to park your money...
  8. North Korea. Burma. Saudi Arabia. Anywhere else in The Middle East. Zimbabwe Anwhere else in Africa (except perhaps South Africa?)
  9. I found living in country town areas difficult in australia. I am now in the city. I spoke to an australian lady married to an englishman who knows that it can be hard to integrate. She said that as an australian she would find it a culture shock moving to a country town and that she would last 2 minutes and her english husband less. I have found it easier to integrate in the city than in small country towns. If people move to country towns how did they make it work. I was in a country town in sa for about 18 months all up before heading to the city via the uk. I was working lots of hours dong over time and did not integrate as much as i should but with irregular work patterns and very long shifts it was against me. If people are moving to the country areas, it would be good to have a forum to help people as i think the culture shock is even bigger in these areas. There were many warm and welcoming people and i always enjoyed seeing english people who had lived in the area for many years. Is it just my opinion but is it much harder settling in country towns than cities? I guess life is what you make it wherever you are - but i take my hat off to people who have moved to country towns integrated and would always want to stay there. I did not quite manage to make it work as well as I would have liked. Basically is the culture shock significantly greater moving to country rather than city? Is it ever possible to gain an impression of the sheer size and vastness of australia - i think on those long lonely country drives it serves to enhance this further? Read on some forums that many australians in the cities would ever entertain moving to the country, so be interested in some sociological takes on this question. I came out open minded when i moved to the countryside but left slightly disillusioned.
  10. Hi there, this tread is not intended to be polemical. I am a biology teacher in a secondary school willing to migrate to Australia. As such, I am interested to find out about the australian school system and the way it can be compared or distinguished from other systems. According to PISA standards, Australia stands above the OECD average for student performance in mathematics ( Error[]=&regions[]=&indicator=1&domain=1&95conf=on&mid90percent=on&meanMale=on&meanFemale=on&oecdAv=on&sortOrder=mean&1_options=true&theme=1&cmd=storeGraphRequest&requestid=1291803140055&items=2&) However, looking at the Naplan test 2010 for year 9, I was struck by the level of the questions asked in the numeracy test which seemed to me to be very easy for kids 13-14 of age. (http://www.naplan.edu.au/verve/_resources/nap10_numeracy_9_calc.pdf) :chatterbox:. Am I missing something ? How would you compare the australian school system versus the one of your country ? Cheers,
  11. Hi I am a HR country applicant and got my CO in Dec 2010. My application is undergoing security checks and still not completed. I was born and lived for around 26 years in Iran and completed my studies in Iran as well and never worked in Iran. I started my careers in UAE around 7 years ago and am residing in UAE at present on working resident visa. My question is : Is my security checks conducted for Iran only or it will be conducted for UAE as well? If it is conducted for both countries then is it done at the same time for both or security checks for the second country starts once the security checks for the first country is completed ? Based on statistics, security checks for Iranians is taking 12 to 15 months at present and I am worried about my application as I have been living in more than one HR country. I appreciate any advice in advance Regards REZA
  12. My daughter is in Year 6 and will be entering Year 7 next September. There is an awful lot of hype already about joining Year 7 and being in Senior School. I'm just wondering what effect it will have on her to be doing this about a month after arriving in a new country. It's different for my youngest as he's in Year 4 so has some primary years left. I've just found out that there aren't any places left in the school we wanted them to go to when we arrive which has gutted me tbh. The school would have allowed them to remain together until Year 12 but it looks as though they'll have to go to different schools:sad: Any experiences would be much appreciated.
  13. I have just come back from a weekend away with the scouts on a 4x4 trek up in the Victorian high country. It looks like they will be trying to get more scout groups into these sort of activities as they have designated 4x4 experts, and some of the leaders from the Knox region joined us on this trip as well. (this is the second time they have organized such a trip) Heres a few pictures. It was an amazing weekend, and the kids all had a fantastic time (as did the parents & leaders that went)
  14. Sheep tiping , most country Australians don't have much to do at night so they go cattle and cow tiping. They wate untill they are asleep, the cattle and cows they all ways sleep standing. You go quietly up to them carefull not to wake them up and push them over and see how many you can push over in say one hour . A great Australian tradition.:cool: You just need to watch out for the farmers:realmad: as they don't like finding there cattle and cows in the morring laying on there sides as it hard to get them standing again.:unsure:
  15. The love of field and coppice, Of green and shaded lanes. Of ordered woods and gardens Is running in your veins, Strong love of grey-blue distance Brown streams and soft dim skies I know but cannot share it, My love is otherwise. I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror – The wide brown land for me! A stark white ring-barked forest All tragic to the moon, The sapphire-misted mountains, The hot gold hush of noon. Green tangle of the brushes, Where lithe lianas coil, And orchids deck the tree-tops And ferns the warm dark soil. Core of my heart, my country! Her pitiless blue sky, When sick at heart, around us, We see the cattle die - But then the grey clouds gather, And we can bless again The drumming of an army, The steady, soaking rain. Core of my heart, my country! Land of the Rainbow Gold, For flood and fire and famine, She pays us back threefold - Over the thirsty paddocks, Watch, after many days, The filmy veil of greenness That thickens as we gaze. An opal-hearted country, A wilful, lavish land - All you who have not loved her, You will not understand - Though earth holds many splendours, Wherever I may die, I know to what brown country My homing thoughts will fly.
  16. Found this quite interesting. UK has 7.7% of the population unemployed while Oz is only 5.1% France is a surprising 9.7%, but look at some of the less developed Countries below.:eek: http://www.tradingeconomics.com/unemployment-rates-list-by-country
  17. Hi Please can somebody clarify how much money we can actually take into the country and how everybody else did it please? We fly 3 weeks today cant wait..... Thanks Claire
  18. fleabo

    Changing Paypal country

    A question from a lazy person (me). I have been instructed by 'er indoors to sell a wardrobe. My preferred method is Ebay. Ebay requires at least one of the 'safe' methods of buyer payment - preferred is Paypal. My Paypal account is still registered in the UK and wants to be paid in GBP. I can't for the life of me work out how to change this to Australia - has anyone managed this, and how? Thanks from 'Lazybum' Fleabo.:wubclub:
  19. hi there, I was on a working holiday visa and met this amazing guy (as the story usually goes ) and we were living together in a sharehouse but sharing a room with another guy (we paid rent cash in hand... think there was something going on there but oh well). We lived together for 2 months and then my visa ended so I flew back home 2 weeks ago. We desperately want to be together, and he proposed unofficially several times (I said yes each time )We've kept our relationship and he's coming out to visit me in 6 weeks for a month and then he has to go back to work (Well doesn't HAVE to, but it's easier for him to go back to his job in oz than try find a new one here for only a few months). I've been thinking about going on a one year student visa to study near where he is so we can live together properly but it's expensive... what are the chances of getting a parter visa (we want to get married in September) while living with him on a tourist visa? p.s I have pictures, texts, phone calls, ect. but no proof of living together in the same room except pics and written receipts from our landlord.
  20. Hi, I've just been granted a Partner (subclass 309) temporary visa. At the end of my two years in Aus I'll be applying for the permanent (subclass 100) visa. Does anyone know if there are restrictions on how much time you spend outside of Aus during those two years? We're thinking of travelling for a few months, spending Aus at Christmas (activating my visa) then maybe travelling onwards for a few more months before going back to Aus to find jobs and start our new life properly. I'm a little worried that if I end up spending 2-3 months outside of Aus in my first year there I'll jeopardise my chances of getting the permanent visa. Can anyone advise? Ideally with reference to the terms and conditions (which I can't find!). Greg
  21. Hi everyone :biggrin: just wondered if you could help me with a query that I can't seem to get an answer on, despite combing through the Immigration website and booklets! My partner and I are a UK couple on a 457 valid until April 2013. In April 2012 we will be sponsored by his work for PR under the employer nominated scheme. I've heard anecdotally that you can't leave Australia for a holiday in the 6 months leading up to the PR application. We have a friends' wedding in the Phillipines in March 2012 and are desperate to go. Can anyone confirm if we can leave the country or not in the 6 months leading up to the PR application? Would be so grateful for any information - many thanks!
  22. Hi, Please can anyone advise me if you can leave and then re-enter on a bridging visa? Thanks
  23. :confused:Who out there has been successful (recently rather than a few years ago) in landing a job in Oz whilst not in the country? I have a skilled independent visa and am a Civil/Environmental Engineer with good experience in the water and renewable energy industries. My experience with agencies has been rather disappointing and recent direct applications don't seem to get past the first hurdle (probably time to get someone to tweak that CV). I'd like to make the move, and time is running on, but wife and family would like the reassurance of having a job to go to. Anyone got any top tips on landing that job whilst not yet in Oz?
  24. Previously I had my application for a student visa refused while onshore in Australia. I did not appeal the decision and left Australia. This was quite a while back. I have already applied for a permanent residency visa now and am not sure whether I filled in my application correctly. Where it asks me if I have been refused a visa to Australia, I have said YES. Where it asks me if I have been ASKED to leave Australia, I said NO. Is this the right way to fill this part out? I am very confused by this question. Should I have said YES to the question 'Have you ever been ASKED to leave Australia?'? I am thinking being ASKED to leave Australia is a completely different thing to being refused a visa. Could anybody help me out with this? Also, in form 80 where it says, 'Have you been refused a visa to ANOTHER country?', does this mean I only mention about other countries apart from Australia? The reason why I am asking is because I have only been refused a visa to only Australia and I have had no such issues with any other countries. But in form 80 they have not asked about visa refusals to Australia. So I was thinking when I am filling this part I should mention about the rejection of my student in Australia or are they just asking me about OTHER countries? I have not lodged form 80 yet. However, with regard to the question, 'Have you ever been ASKED to leave the country' in the online application... I have a feeling I should have said YES to that. What do you guys think? How can I rectify this error? Do I need to fill a special form for this and if so, what form would it be? Or am I worrying too much? Is it just sufficient just to say that my visa was refused to Australia previously and leave it at that?... or do I still need to say that I was ASKED to leave? I was not really asked to leave but whenever a visa is rejected the applicant has 28 days to leave the country and at that time I also had the right to appeal to the tribunal. However, i was too depressed at that time and did not want to go through the hassle of appealing to the tribunal and spending $1000 just for the purpose of applying for the tribunal. I just wanted to leave the country and relax, and not think about it for a while.
  25. Guest

    Sale, Country Victoria

    We have lived in Sale for the past 3 years and found it a very unforgiving place for us "Brits". My husband has managed to get a really good job at the "local" private school but if you are looking for a job in town with an english accent then you don't stand a chance. I have 15 years experience in admin but they prefer their "own" to fill the jobs, my sister in law/uncle has got the job. The local "private" school is not as good as the state schools in the uk, you just have to pay. Now moved on and so glad we did. The "local" private school (junior) has a shocking head of school and the teachers are not qualified.