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  1. Fisher1

    UPGRADING FLIGHTS

    Hi all We are just booking flights for a visit to the UK planned for late next year. We are wondering if anyone has any experience of trying to upgrade a flight from tourist to premium economy after booking but several weeks before the day of travel - is this easy to do, or is it pot luck?
  2. kenidelos

    Travelling on a 457 visa

    Hi, I've been on a 457 visa for almost 2 years now. I would really like to go back home for 2 or 3 months. Probably would be on holidays for 3 or 4 weeks and the rest working from there for my employer in Australia. My migration agent has told me that leaving the country for more than 4 consecutive weeks could be risky and ignite questions from immigration. Does anyone have any experience in this? Immigration website is quite vague, just says that I can travel in and out of Australia as much as I want and that if I cease work with my employer for more than 90 consecutive days my visa will be cancelled. I work on the computer and my boss is cool with me being out of the office for a couple of months, as she understands how homesick I am and how important it is for me to be with my family. SO I wouldn't be ceasing employment. I have already done this about a year and a half ago. Back then I had no idea I was taking any risk, and when I got back I got asked a lot of questions by immigration at the airport, but they eventually let me through and that was the end of it. I am aware though that immigration seems to be getting more and more complicated, and that they might be on the lookout for excuses to get people out. If anyone has had any similar experiences I would appreciate you sharing :) Thanks!
  3. Bulya

    Driving Around Australia

    And yet there’s always the odd Pom who will travel, and discover the real Australia. http://www.traveller.com.au/driving-sydney-to-melbourne-why-you-should-do-this-australian-road-trip-at-least-once-h131qo
  4. Hi everybody , This is my situation , I am currently living with my Australian girlfriend in UK . We are planning on moving together in Australia, she live in Sidney . We do have evidences prooving that we live together for more than one year in UK. I was wondering what case is posible, or not, cheaper , or more expensive , so basically which one would be the best. - Going on holidays visa for one year, and then working in IT somewhere and try getting sponsored. - Going on holidays visa for one year , and THEN applying for a partner visa when we are already in Australia. - Applying for a partner visa in UK, and go in Australia with this one. I am working as a developer in IT, but this kind of visa is really expensive so I didn't really get more informations about this one. Thank you for your ideas and your answers guys. Have a good day !
  5. Guest

    Bad situation - advice needed

    I met my partner 2 years ago in Cambodia while I was teaching in the slums over there. After my placement I went over to Australia on a working holiday visa to live with my partner. After applying for a partner visa I was put on bridging visa A. This was 10 months ago. I live in a rural area and was given special permission by the authorities to continue working as I am a teacher and gained a permant job at my local school. I have recently been promoted into a senior position too and loving it. After not seeing my family for 2 years I took my partner over to visit them this Xmas in England. After 4 weeks we are now back in Cambodia for 2 weeks in the slums, working with those HIV infected kids. I deliberately went during this period because it is the school holidays. I have just found out that because I am on a bridging visa A I cannot leave the country. NO ONE TOLD ME THIS. It was purely an accident. My only choice is to go back on a tourist visa (if it comes through in time) Therefore I CANNOT WORK and have to instead sit around in this rural community with nothing to do instead of contributing to it. I have also been running a successful gymnastics club. As the only gymnastics qualified coach in the area the other coaches are training under me. 130 kids will now have no gymnastics. I am SO annoyed especially as I went to visit my family who I havent seen in 2 years and spend some time doing good work to the poor in Cambodia. I havent told my bosses yet and I dont know what they are going to do. Anyone else found themselves in this situation, advice please...
  6. Hi all, we are heading out in january, DH on 3 mth prob and we have decided that we will all go together and rent a holiday home for 3 months. Can any suggest where to find fully furnished holiday rental in Perth?
  7. It looks like we will be arriving in QLD during the summer holidays. How do you go about enrolling your kids into school when the schools are closed for the holidays? Is there a central office that is open? Anyone done this? Thanks
  8. Tourism Australia is running an online campaign at the moment, promoting locations around Australia in short online videos, featuring, backpackers, tour guides etc to lure more young people Down Under to work and play. The Tourism Australia campaign, 30 days in Oz, consists of 30 online videos, each following someone different in locations around Australia, with each demonstrating in 60 seconds why "there's nothing like Australia for young travellers." Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said the campaign would promote the Working Holiday Visa and encourage young people to consider Australia as a place to work or travel, particularly those leaving school or on a Gap Year. "One of Tourism Australia's objectives is to get more young people to holiday in Australia. These travellers often become lifelong advocates, influencing friends and family of all ages to holiday in Australia and returning themselves later in life," he said. "We also know from research that many of these visitors are backpackers, who spend more time travelling and explore more of Australia than other travellers, which is one of the reasons the youth market is such an important one for us." The video's showcasing Victoria are below: F6DExzY9GI0 vrv1GTMzzwM Je5QAF0wrg8 Gkz7O_cXvNM XzzMdOCxnxY
  9. janine the party queen

    Holidays Booked

    :jiggy:After weeks of trying to decide where to go for New Year we have finally decided on .....Saigon.
  10. [WRAP]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/Holiday.png[/WRAP]The strength of the Australian Dollar over the past few months has enabled a record number of Australians to travel overseas, according to the Expedia NAB Travellers Foreign Currency Rankings. Although the strength of the Aussie dollar has been tempered in the past couple of weeks, the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show overseas departures are close to record highs and had increased by 10 per cent in the seven months to July, compared with the same period last year. Marketing manager of Expedia, Amee Evans said Australian travellers were taking advantage of the strong dollar. "It's a very exciting time to be an Aussie travelling overseas because our currency is at near-record highs against, not just the US Dollar, but many of the world's major and minor currencies," she said. The Expedia NAB travellers' Foreign Currency rankings compared the Australian Dollar against the world's currencies over a 12-month period and the results revealed the 10 best value destinations for Australian travellers. BEST VALUE DESTINATIONS At number one for best value was Turkey, where the Australian Dollar has rose 22% against the Turkish Lira. Also high on the list for best value were the Tanzanian Shilling and the Argentine Peso which rose by 18% and 14% respectively. Australians wanting a tropical break have done well with Asia featuring strongly in the results. Vietnam and Thailand ranked third and fifth on the list while the Australian dollar grew by 16% against the Vietnamese Dong, 12% against the Thai Baht and 11% against the Hong Kong Dollar. The lowest gain for South East Asia was in Singapore where the Australian Dollar grew by just 3%. As a result of the strong dollar expedia searches for travel in Thailand were up by 73% and searches for travel in Vietnam have rose by 66%. The Australian Dollar had risen 10 per cent against the US Dollar in the last 12 months and although a continual favourite for Australian travellers it has only just scraped in to the top 10 list for best value. Despite not being the best for value a 44% increase has occurred for bookings to the USA. The most popular destinations were Honolulu, New York and Los Angeles. The report showed the Australian Dollar appreciating by 8% against the British Pound and 4% against the Euro but bookings through Expedia.com.au continued to rise for popular destinations London, Rome and Paris. In the past 12 months the Australian Dollar has lost 5% against the Swiss Franc and 2% against the New Zealand Dollar. Currency Strategist at National Australia Bank Emma Lawson said the resources boom and high commodity prices had benefit for the Australian Dollar. "The Australian Dollar has outperformed in the year as it benefits from the ongoing resource boom and high commodity prices. More recently it has been a little more volatile but we expect it to remain relatively strong across a broad range of currencies due to Australia's AAA status, and continued support from the resources sector," she said.
  11. Tourism Australia is running an online campaign at the moment, promoting locations around Australia in short online videos, featuring, backpackers, tour guides etc to lure more young people Down Under to work and play. The Tourism Australia campaign, 30 days in Oz, consists of 30 online videos, each following someone different in locations around Australia, with each demonstrating in 60 seconds why "there's nothing like Australia for young travellers." Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said the campaign would promote the Working Holiday Visa and encourage young people to consider Australia as a place to work or travel, particularly those leaving school or on a Gap Year. "One of Tourism Australia's objectives is to get more young people to holiday in Australia. These travellers often become lifelong advocates, influencing friends and family of all ages to holiday in Australia and returning themselves later in life," he said. "We also know from research that many of these visitors are backpackers, who spend more time travelling and explore more of Australia than other travellers, which is one of the reasons the youth market is such an important one for us." The video's showcasing Tasmania are below: ni44QcpnZkg 3lvEdwb15GA sWMG2vNKr-w
  12. Tourism Australia is running an online campaign at the moment, promoting locations around Australia in short online videos, featuring, backpackers, tour guides etc to lure more young people Down Under to work and play. The Tourism Australia campaign, 30 days in Oz, consists of 30 online videos, each following someone different in locations around Australia, with each demonstrating in 60 seconds why "there's nothing like Australia for young travellers." Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said the campaign would promote the Working Holiday Visa and encourage young people to consider Australia as a place to work or travel, particularly those leaving school or on a Gap Year. "One of Tourism Australia's objectives is to get more young people to holiday in Australia. These travellers often become lifelong advocates, influencing friends and family of all ages to holiday in Australia and returning themselves later in life," he said. "We also know from research that many of these visitors are backpackers, who spend more time travelling and explore more of Australia than other travellers, which is one of the reasons the youth market is such an important one for us." The video's showcasing South Australia are below: 7MIvCyNUfX0 2BKHDeqZ07Y cy4OpklYrYc dIg3br2HN0E
  13. The Pom Queen

    School Holidays

    Well it's school holidays AGAIN what have you all got planned? So far the kids have made me a list that covers Bungee Jumping Jungle Swing Snorkelling Green Island Fitzroy Island Movies Crocodile Park Cable skiing Cooktown Beach Lagoon Swimming in the local waterfall Quad biking Kuranda ParonellaPark The car show They don't ask for a lot do they:wub:
  14. Guest51810

    holidays!

    Guess what time of year it is... Holiday time!!!!! :biggrin: in 11 days i will be in sunny portugal. Cant wait for some sun and to get rid of this casper look! :cute: sooo excited! Anyone else going anywhere nice on holiday? X :wubclub:
  15. When I used to work in Perth some years ago I used to get 4 weeks holidays with 17% loading. In the Uk I get 7 weeks holidays. Has the length of holidays improved since I've been away or has it stayed the same?
  16. Hi, Could somebody confirm for me, when the schools go back in July, I think it's the 18th, just wondering if we could visit one or two on the Northern beach area when we're out for a reccie in July/August. Do the schools mind? Any recommendation? We're on a 457, so think we will be looking at Catholic schools, but we're not Catholics. I've also looked at what I think is the NSW writing style, it doesn't seem too different to ours, or have I missed something. Oh and we have 2 girls, 5 (6 in October) and 8 (9 in March) All advice appreciated thanks Cal:biggrin:
  17. Guest

    Types Of Holidays We Take.

    Sorry about the poll folks, :embarrassed: but thought it may prove worthwhile. If and when we are lucky enough to go on holiday I guess we all have different tastes in the things we want to do. So with this in mind thought I would ask peoples perceptions of what makes a good holiday is all. Sort and sweet, but interesting maybe. Cheers Tony.
  18. Guest

    Visa 475 to PR visa 887

    Hello I got my 475 since October 2009 (entrance into Australia), October this year will be my second year, which allows me to apply for residency. During this years, I been working full time and I took holidays overseas, for almost 4 weeks in total. Will I have to deduct this time ?? I mean should I apply in November ?? Any idea of the time frame once I apply for it ? Best Regards,
  19. Guest

    Holidays at home in QLD

    I just thought that I should let you all know that visiting the Granite Belt in Southern QLD is a great thing to do. We are currently staying at Diamondvale B+B here in Stanthorpe. http://www.diamondvalecottages.com.au/CottagesInStanthorpe.html We arrived yesterday with the intention of chilling out and recharging the batteries. Work has been hellish for me with a lot of staff changes and things that have happened so we decided to do this. We arrived yesterday and were met by the B&B owners who handed us a bottle of local red wine and said "welcome". They had the log fire roaring and the cottage was beautiful. We had breakfast delivered to our cottage this AM. Breads, Jams, Juices and hot cooked breakfast. Brought in by the owner and laid out and we were called when ready. We headed out on a recommended wine tour today and had the best time! http://www.filippostours.com.au We visited 6 local wineries, a jam making place where they did awesome desserts, a cheese/dairy shop and we ended the day at Summit wines. http://www.summitestate.com.au We tasted wine by candlelight in the cave! Needless to say we came back to our cottage armed with supplies. We were met by the owners when we got back who assisted us to carry our wares in. The fire was stoked and there was an anti pasto platter in the fridge waiting for us. We even have dinner at a local restaurant booked for Friday for our anniversary! It was all in the deal! We still have a few nights left here and relaxed is an understatement! I can HIGHLY recommend this place and that is on the first 24 hours only! We`ll be back I reckon!
  20. surhythms

    Teenagers during the school holidays

    Hi guys Just wondering if anyone can help us. Im wondering what happens in Canberra when the teenagers are off school? Are there activities organised for the teenagers while they are on holidays or what is the norm? I know that Canberra tends to have both parents out working and even though we dont have jobs as yet Im just looking ahead. Are there many activities or youth groups out there so the young ones can enjoy their time off school? Im just a little bit concerned that if both of us our working I dont want Sarah hanging around "BORED" all day on her own especially when we wont have family over in Canberra. I know she will make friends when she gets to school so Im just wondering what the kids get up to over there when they are 13. Sarahs not left on her own all day during holidays because I only worked until 2pm everyday and then did an evening shift but in Canberra I intend to work (and will probably have to work) full time. Any advice would be great! Suzanne Cheers Suzanne
  21. Bobths

    School holidays

    I was wondering if anyone could tell me when the Christmas/summer school holidays start and finish in Victoria? We are now planning to go out in January but would like to know if all the decision makers will be off on their jollies and whether there will anyone around to interview us! Thanks in advance x
  22. Hi All We put our house on the market 4 weeks ago and haven't had a single viewing !!! The agent says they have only had 1 person view out of the 20 houses they have on the market, it will pick up when the chidren go back to school !!! Just wondering if this is the case for most people. Look forward to hearing from all those who have there house up for sale !!! Emma And Gang
  23. Hi All, I was just wondering if anyone could offer up some information. Hopefully, we will be in Perth next year and I have a few questions regarding work and school holidays. Firstly do the schools have a similar amount of holidays like here in the UK? Assuming most families will have both parents working how are people managing the school holidays? Are there school holiday clubs? Or other types of clubs? Childminders? I appreciate the parents will also take time off too but no employer gives you the amount of holidays required to be off all the school holidays!!! If only. Hope this makes sense and you can help. Carl
  24. Jackboots

    Holidays??

    So , next year were thinking of a big family holiday , well big for us so Adelaide or Mebourne and tassie Where would you head for , were looking for inspiration and advice ...:wink: any thoughts? please .
  25. The Simmo Bunch

    child care in school holidays

    Once we get to Oz i am hoping to get a pt job once the kids are happy and settled at school. One thing that worries me is what happens in school holidays. At the moment my mum lives close and looks after them but i wont have that when we move to Oz. I was wondering what other people were planning on doing in these circumstances or what people over there already do. Are there clubs that they can go to or do the schools have holiday clubs. My kids schools here does a club but it is so expensive it isn't worth me sending them to it. Thanks.
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