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  1. Guest

    HSC, A levels & GTP!

    Hello all, My husband has just had a fantastic job offer in Sydney so we are suddenly researching a relocation for 4 years + after not ever having previously considered this at all! :eek: Thanks to this website and a few others I have found out some very useful information already and the company are flying us out in for a week in September so I can get a proper 'feel' for things before we commit. My biggest concern is my son who will have finished GCSES and would have carried on to do Alevels in the UK. I've rang NRIC and various universities to ask if they would accept the HSC for an undergraduate application should he wish to return to study in England. They have all said "yes" in theory but I would really like to know if anyone has had any experience of this. Good or bad! Whilst I'm on I'm going to throw in another question! I'm a primary school teacher but my qualification isn't recognised in NSW as I took the GTP route after my degree. It's been mentioned that I could convert this in some way. Does anyone now anything about that? I realise that my questions are very specific so no worries if nobody can help. Thanks for reading anyway! :biggrin:
  2. TRADE Minister Craig Emerson has reignited the Big Australia debate by insisting Australia must boost immigration levels to fully exploit its potential in the "Asian century". In a move that puts him at odds with Julia Gillard's 2010 election campaign call for "a sustainable Australia, not a big Australia", Dr Emerson has warned that labour and skills shortages threaten to restrict the nation's capacity to lift exports and must be met with higher immigration levels. The minister's warning came yesterday in an economic position paper designed to spark public debate about the need for what Dr Emerson describes as a "third phase" of economic reform to boost national productivity. Central to his proposal is advocacy for increased permanent and temporary immigration directed to areas where it is needed -- including mining states and rural and regional areas that he believes have the potential to boost food production to serve growing Asian markets. His 17-page paper endorses key aspects of Labor's economic policies since it took office in 2007: particularly the carbon tax and higher spending on education and infrastructure. But he argues: "Australia's sparkling future in the Asian century will require higher levels of temporary and permanent immigration as shortages of skills and general labour choke off the country's capacity to expand in exports and domestic economy. If Australia's 2020 vision is to be realised, a rational debate about immigration levels will need to occur." Early last year, the government's third intergenerational report noted that under existing immigration and population growth levels the nation's population would hit 35 million by 2050. Then prime minister Kevin Rudd called for a debate about "a big Australia" but Ms Gillard, after ousting Mr Rudd last June, stressed that her focus was on sustainable population growth, with migrants directed to communities with labour shortages. Dr Emerson told The Weekend Australian yesterday he was not disputing Ms Gillard's policy principles, noting she had never argued for an immigration intake below the historic average of 180,000 people a year and that in the 2011-12 budget the government had announced a 16,000 increase on the previous year's intake of 180,000, directed to the regions.
  3. Guest

    A levels / australian year 12

    Hey everyone! im slightly concerned about the education system in aus. If my child completes year 12, will that be equivalent to completing A levels? Also, some say, even if he does year 12 he might have to do a foundation course if he wants to get into university anywhere outside of australia. He wouldnt be admitted straight to first year or undergrad, like he would have after A levels because the australian year 12 is not sufficient or something. Is that true? Any information would be very much appreciated x
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-14558490 Or are kids in the UK just getting cleverer? Better teachers? Strange how every year see's a higher success rate in exams.
  5. inception

    Planning levels for 2010/2011

    I am just amazed that DIAC still has not reached the planning levels for the 2010/2011 financial year. For skilled independent visas, the planning level is set at 35,200 and this includes both onshore and offshore applicants. I would have thought that they would have reached that limit by now considering that it is near the end of the financial year anyway. What is going on?
  6. Hi We are looking to move to Canberra (most likely) my husband has been offered a job in Fyshwick. Our daughter was not previously coming with us but now she thinks she would like to. She is 17yrs old now will be 18 in Nov 2011. She will be completing her AS levels this year so is only half way through her a-levels. Can anyone shed any light on what she can do once in Australia? She would like to continue education possibly going to uni but not sure where she should start having only done half her a-levels. Would she have to do 2 years of college or could she just do a final year? Would a foundation course for degree be possible? I am mega confused and she wants to be able to go to school or not come with us. Any idea of costs as I am assuming even if she attends state school as a migrant she would have to pay or am I wrong? Thanks muchly Candice
  7. Hi, Scenario 1... Looking for some serious advice pls. Situation is ....we're heading to Victoria, geelong area, summer 2011. 16yr old daughter will have finished GCSE's and if staying in Uk, would have gone to college for 2yrs to do A levels, as wants to go to Uni to train as teacher. As we won't be arriving until Approx August 2011, which will be coming towards end of Oz academic year, she would then only have one year left to join her peers. What would that mean for her gaining the certificate that 18 yr old Oz pupils gain when they stay to finish education until age 18+? Would she be able to do the work in the year? If not, what are her choices for gaining required level of education necessary to enter Oz Uni? Is there something/ equivalent to UK A levels, that she could do at college? She is a very bright girl and will do well in her GCSE's, so won't struggle academically. Scenario 2...Other daughter, will be coming up 20 when we arrive. She was born in Oz, so has passport and citizenship, though lives in UK. She has 2 years college education, with Diploma certificate in Health care. She wishes to go to Uni to train to become a nurse. How far head of academic year start does she need to apply? Also, how do Oz students fund Uni? Is there a grant or loan she would be eligible for? I read somewhere that as a citizen there may be some eligibility for help with fees? Any help on eith scenario, gratefully received. Thanks
  8. twinkletoes35

    medicals - guidelines for diabetes levels

    hi all I have been on the DIAC website but just cannot find the guidelines for diabetes levels used, when I undertake my medical. Can anyone let me know or provide me with the link? is it measured by BM or do I need to get a letter from my GP, I was only diagnosed 6 months ago Any advice much appreciated TT xx
  9. Unfortunately the Minister did not use his opportunity on Friday to announce the SMPs at the MIA National Conference, but some information about developments is now available. The starting point is the table of planning levels at Migration Program Statistics - Statistics - Publications, Research & Statistics . There will be 61,700 general skilled migration visa grants in 2010/11. Of these, 23,000 are allocated to state sponsored migration and 35,200 to skilled independent applicants. A further 3,500 people are anticipated under the family sponsored stream. Talking to states and DIAC people at the conference it seems that the 23,000 planning level on state sponsorship is effectively a cap, ie if they can't reach you in the current program year then it will need to be the next one, or the one after that. This will be made more complex by planning levels for particular occupations in particular state migration plans. Anecdotally, some states are already highly oversubscribed even though the number of state sponsored visas available has increased dramatically. This may mean that a longer wait is involved for most of those seeking state sponsorship. There are of course already longer waits for everyone else and this form of management may at least allow some sort of orderly progression for all those who fit within DIAC priority groups 1, 2 and 3. Priority groups are explained at http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/priority-processing-14-july-2010.pdf . For priority group 4, although there is an allocation under the GSM program for family sponsored cases, it's hard to see that the specified allocation will make much of an impact as there are as many as 40,000 applicants in this group. On the timing of the GSMs it seems that 1 November is a popular choice but there are still those who expect it earlier. DIAC of course can't say anything on this. More to come I hope. Cheers, George Lombard
  10. Guest

    SA - New planning levels met

    Got this from the SA website 02 November 2010 Planning levels exist for all occupations, Immigration SA would like to advise that the following occupations have reached their planning levels for the 2010-11 Program Year. These occupations have been removed from the South Australian State Sponsorship Interim Occupations List and are no longer available for State Sponsorship: 323112 - Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical) 233611 - Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) 341112 - Electrician (Special Class) 233213- Quantity Surveyor
  11. Unfortunately the Minister did not use his opportunity on Friday to announce the SMPs at the MIA National Conference, but some information about developments is now available. The starting point is the table of planning levels at Migration Program Statistics - Statistics - Publications, Research & Statistics . There will be 61,700 general skilled migration visa grants in 2010/11. Of these, 23,000 are allocated to state sponsored migration and 35,200 to skilled independent applicants. A further 3,500 people are anticipated under the family sponsored stream. Talking to states and DIAC people at the conference it seems that the 23,000 planning level on state sponsorship is effectively a cap, ie if they can't reach you in the current program year then it will need to be the next one, or the one after that. This will be made more complex by planning levels for particular occupations in particular state migration plans. Anecdotally, some states are already highly oversubscribed even though the number of state sponsored visas available has increased dramatically. This may mean that a longer wait is involved for most of those seeking state sponsorship. There are of course already longer waits for everyone else and this form of management may at least allow some sort of orderly progression for all those who fit within DIAC priority groups 1, 2 and 3. Priority groups are explained at http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/priority-processing-14-july-2010.pdf . For priority group 4, although there is an allocation under the GSM program for family sponsored cases, it's hard to see that the specified allocation will make much of an impact as there are as many as 40,000 applicants in this group. On the timing of the GSMs it seems that 1 November is a popular choice but there are still those who expect it earlier. DIAC of course can't say anything on this. More to come I hope. Cheers, George Lombard
  12. Hello Folks, Anyone out there have any experience of returning to the UK with a 16 year old after NSW year 10 finished, and what this practically means for A-levels. Specifically, - 6th form entry withouth GCSEs? - direct entry mid-year into lower 6th (as finished Dec in NSW, star in Jan in UK) - depth of subjects covered comparable (eg NSW school certificate maths same as GCSE maths?) Cheers for any help...
  13. Wonder if anyone can help me with this?? I recently lodged my QTAC Application. I did my A Levels in the UK, and was informed by the lovely people at Griffith Uni that I would have a meaty score of 92 out of a possible 99 for my A Level results. So hopefully, I should fit right in. Anyway, as those who are clued up on the Uni thing in Qld will know they update your stuff pretty swiftly with regards to whether or not you're meeting the selection criteria. I've filled up my 6 preferences and got them ordered up ready for the offer rounds. These might change anyway tomorrow if I don't like the look of UQ or it transpires that I'm not realistically going to be able to meet the requirements anyway... SO. For all bar the two I've applied for at UQ, it's been updated to say "Based on the information currently held by QTAC, you have satisfied the minimum entry requirements for this course." or whatever it says. Great! Cool... BUT. UQ is closest to where I'm living. I'm going to look round on one of their school holiday campus tours tomorrow, which is all dandy. For Multimedia Design at UQ I have... Prerequisites: English (4, SA). Satisfied: Not yet determined. Institution Admission Rules: English Language Proficiency. Satisfied: Yes. THEN for Information Technology at UQ I have... Prerequisites: English (4, SA) and Maths B (4, SA). Satisfied: Not yet determined. Institution Admission Rules: English Language Proficiency. Satisfied: Yes. So I'm really worried. Maths is not my strong point at all. I don't want my QTAC application to go to waste first time around, or ever, otherwise I'm going to be sat around working 3 days a week not meeting people etc on top of not getting any closer to the career I want any time soon. SO. I didn't do A Level Maths, I did GCSE Maths in the UK and acquired a grade C. I studied IT, Psychology and Media Studies and achieved passes in all 3 at A Level. Someone help. :sad:
  14. Guest

    Bmi levels and medicals!

    Hi, Im sorry if this has alredy been mentioned on PIO but i cant find what im after!! What is the BMI that meds would get a referral on? Is it over 30?? Thanks
  15. Briggy

    Lepto's levels:(

    Has any one had problems with their dog's lepto's levels. To cut a long story short we were gonna bring out dog with us, the vet took his first bloods and they came back with lepto's level high. Then we found out we had to leave our dog, but he had had his second blood test, and passed. Anyways our dog has stayed with a friend till we were able to get him out. Which is now, he has had blood tests again and they are high:( The vet told our friend he expected it and he should be fine with a next test. I don't no what I will do if he fails again, our poor dog is gonna be like a pin cussion. Has anyone else had problems with lepto levels. Our friend said he doesn't even give our junk food, apart from dog stuff. Miss my dog:( :cry: Brig x
  16. mrsindecision

    taking A levels in Australia

    Hopefully someone out there know the answer to this. My son has completed Grade 12 here and passed his Maths part of the course but just with sound achievement- his OP score (9) is just below what he needs for his preferred uni course in the UK ( for 2010). As he has some time on his hands before going I thought he could sit a Maths A level which could boost his grade and improve chance of getting in. First of all do you think its worth the hassle and secondly is there anywhere here where you can just sit the exam rather than have to do the whole course as he has studied most of it already in grade 12 he just needs to brush up doing some past papers before the exam. Thanks
  17. dougierh

    A Levels in Australia

    Hi all, is there anyone out there who has moved over to Australia with teenagers who are half way through their A levels. Our predicament is that we have to be in Australia before the end of January before our visas expire. Our daughter is in her last year of A levels, having done her AS level and so will have her final exams in May/June next year. Does anyone know if there is the facility for sitting A levels in Australia? Any info from anyone who has gone through a similar dilema would be very much appreciated.:confused:
  18. Hi Wondered if anyone else heard anything about staffing levels at APC? Just had a phone call from agent who told us that they were currently looking at applications received end Sep 07 so we will be waiting a little longer (our application for 175 PR skilled independent visa was acknowledged early Mar 08). Apparently they have no staff and are trying to get more so they can catch up! Where have they all gone? Is it just 'cos we have joined the queue!!!! I remember seeing somewhere they have moved applications for 457 to Sydney to speed up processes. Does this mean they sent all the staff there too and us poor sods applying for PR visas will have to wait? Hope someone can shed some light for me and give me a little good news. Think I am going mad waiting! Sarah:arghh:
  19. Hello, Please don't forget that the minimum threshold salary levels for the ENS visa (121/856) also increased by 3.8% on 1 August and now sit at $43,440 (and $59,477 for computing professionals). Cheers
  20. Hi all, I know it might seem a little odd but I'm looking for information with regards to literacy (or lack of it!) in schools here, if anyone has been here a while with children in the school system you might know. I have just come back from helping out at my sons school, he is 8 and I am very shocked at how awful it is. Some of the children cannot read and write and one child didn't even know his alphabet. My son is dyslexic and I have a qualification to help children and teens with this and in comparison my son has "no worries". Am more than a little concerned, is this the standard? Any advice or information that you could pass on would be gratefully received! Many thanks, Jo
  21. Guest

    Cholesterol levels

    Is there a level that blood cholesterol is to be when applying to enlist into the Oz Army. Your help is appreciated
  22. Guest

    Blood colesteral levels?

    Any info with ref to blood colesteral levels & visa's, not for me as I have my visa, however, my friend would like to know if there is a given level or is in a minor issue? 8)
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