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  1. Hi everyone, it would seem that to apply for a skilled visa as a motorcycle mechanic (i run my own business) i need to actually take a TRA as a kight vehicle mechanic which is basically a car mechanic!!!!:confused: I am slightly concerned as I have qualifications as a bike mechanic but not for a car. Im fairly certain i could do most of the work but bikes/cars..they ARE different. Has anybody been through this and how did they go about the TRA test. I am correct in thinking that you do a practical test (s) in front of an examiner??????? I have briefly looked into a business visa to possibly start up from scratch again. Is there a minimum amount of money you need to have. Business was quiet last year (poor weather) but is starting to pick up again. I was chatting to a bloke the other day who has family in Perth which is where i would have preffered to move to. He happened to mention that motorcycles are not overly used in that area and the biggest vehicle use is 4x4's. I'm kind of hoping anyone over there is going to tell me thats a load of rubbish!!! thanks in advance to all Guy
  2. First of all thank you very much for letting me use you forum. I am a British Citizen living the last 17 years in Israel (Still have a valid British Passport). I wish to apply for an ETA, but I have a light conviction in Israel - not in the UK, for which I served 2 months community service. To be eligible to apply for an ETA it says you must have no criminal convictions for which the sentence or sentences (whether served or not) are for a total period of 12 months duration or more. So: I served only 2 months. It wasn't in the UK, would they even know? What do I do? Thanks.
  3. Hi All Thought I would share this shot I got of Brissy at this years Riverfire
  4. The Pom Queen

    Traffic Light Food Tracker?

    "A new mobile phone application that helps track fat and sugar content in food has been launched in Melbourne today. The Obesity Policy Coalition says the new Traffic Light Food Tracker will allow shoppers to bypass the food industry's reluctance to support traffic light labelling. Traffic light labelling puts red warnings on foods high in fat, sugar and salt, and green labels on healthy options. Users can enter the fat, sugar and sodium quantities in their food items and save each item in their "pantry" within the phone app." Do you think people will use it, I can't see the point to be honest, it's like the new barcode scanner on the woollies app, you are suppose to scan all the items you need to buy on your next shopping trip, but come on, if you need to buy it then it probably means you don't have it in stock so therefore how the hell can you scan it to add it:wacko:
  5. motherof2

    Light bulbs

    Are the fittings the same as in the UK ie bayonet & screw in? Huby just sound a stash in the garage. He wants to know if we can bring them with us:confused:
  6. What Qantas flight attendants hate about you Anthony Dennis From: news.com.au May 30, 2011 2:38PM Qantas flight attendants tell all What They Hate About Their Passengers Pet passengers peeves revealed Dirty loos, switching seats frowned on IT seems like one of the best jobs in the world. You get to travel the globe visiting some of the great cities, and, what's more, you get paid to do it. But the more I travel the more I realise that the occupation in question - flight attendant - is a difficult job. I wouldn’t swap being a passenger to become a flight attendant for thousands of frequent flyer points. Revealed: What flight attendants hate about you IF you've left the door open while peeing, if you listen to music while they try to talk to you or if you've tried to grab a seat in the crew rest area – then flight attendants hate you. Flight attendants from around the world have broken their silence to reveal the things that passengers do that really gets under their skin. While Kevin Rudd's alleged angry outburst at a flight attendant and Naomi Campbell's infamous cabin catfight have hit the headlines, it's these everyday annoyances that really get their goat. “One of the most annoying things passengers do is not closing the lavatory door,” celebrity flight attendant David Holmes from Southwest Airlines said. You double order your drinks. “Asking one flight attendant for a drink and before they get back with it, asking another flight attendant for the same drink, is bad news,” Bethany Burke, a flight attendant from Florida, US, said. So, the next time you’re studiously ignoring that pre-flight safety demo spare a thought for the cabin crew. They have a tough job, being part-waiter, part-safety-warden, part-diplomat. We’ve all suffered bad cabin crews on flights but on the whole they do a sterling job under difficult circumstances. Many are working longer hours for less remuneration as airlines seek to reduce the cabin crew/passenger ratio to lower costs. Here, then, based on interviews with Qantas flight attendants (who, for obvious reasons have asked not to be identified) rate as their pet passenger peeves that make their high-flying jobs just that little bit more challenging. You tap flight attendants on the shoulder to get their attention. “Passengers tap me to get my attention but then don’t give me eye contact when talking to me,” Mr Holmes said. “Passengers wouldn’t take off their headsets when I asked them if they wanted food or drink,” ex-hostie Susan, who worked for Qantas for over 20 years, said. “When I ask passengers if they’d like something to drink, three times out of five the response will be ‘Wha?’ And that's a ‘wha’ without the ‘T’,” Heather Poole, flight attendant for a major US carrier, said. “‘Something to drink?’ I'll ask again, and while I ask this question I find myself wondering why you haven't taken off the iPod or those giant Bose noise cancellation headsets covering your ears when you see me standing at your row.” You stuff your bag to breaking point and then ask for help to stow it away. “The worst is when people bring a heavy bag onboard, then tell me that they can't lift it overhead because of a bad back,” Mrs Burke said. “Lifting your bag into the overhead bin is not, nor has it ever been, part of my job description. Honestly, I don't know what bothers me more, the fact that a passenger will come on-board and expect me to lift their bag, or the fact that they actually get upset when I won't lift the bag,” Mrs Poole said. You complain about the overhead bin being full and make a fuss about having to put your bag in the rows behind. “Passengers who get annoyed about the overhead bins near their seats being full, and then say the word “ridiculous”, are so annoying,” Mrs Poole said. You order a special meal and then change your mind at the last minute. “I hate it when passengers order a vegetarian, kosher or fruit special meal and then want a regular meal instead," Mrs Burke said. You’re messy and inconsiderate. “There’d be so many people who’d just throw things on the floor right in the middle of the cabin, such as newspapers they’ve finished with or rubbish,” Susan said. “Surprisingly, it’s no different in first class, they’re just as messy as the other passengers.” You read up about getting free upgrades and pull all the tricks to try and get your way. “Another annoying thing is the tricks people used to play to get upgraded," Susan said. "You could see the pattern for a lot of people, but if they win it’s just rewarding them for bad behaviour.” You expect to be told the moment you change time zones. “Passengers often want to know exactly when they should change their watch when crossing time zones,” Mrs Burke said. You try and take over the crew rest area. “Trying to sit in our crew rest seats, which are sacred to us, is a very bad idea,” Mrs Burke warns. You enter the galley without permission and loiter. “Unless you've actually been invited into the galley (it does happen), you do not step onto the floor for any length of time," Mrs Poole said. You spill water on the toilet floor and leave without cleaning it up. “People would leave water on the floor after using the toilet, forgetting about all the other passengers who may slip and fall,” Susan said. You have unrealistic expectations of your air travel experience. “I saw a first-class passenger chuck a hissy fit as we didn’t have the right flavour of yogurt onboard. A bit unrealistic,” Susan said. So, the next time you’re studiously ignoring that pre-flight safety demo spare a thought for the cabin crew. They have a tough job, being part-waiter, part-safety-warden, part-diplomat. We’ve all suffered bad cabin crews on flights but on the whole they do a sterling job under difficult circumstances. Many are working longer hours for less remuneration as airlines seek to reduce the cabin crew/passenger ratio to lower costs. Here, then, based on interviews with Qantas flight attendants (who, for obvious reasons have asked not to be identified) rate as their pet passenger peeves that make their high-flying jobs just that little bit more challenging. Overshooting the runway Dirty aircraft toilets are a big turn-off for passengers but imagine what it’s like for the flight attendants who have to clean them. But, as one flight attendant says, there’s a limit to how much cleaning a crew can do since ultimately they are food-handlers, something at odds with keeping loos ship-shape. So, clean up after yourself, including the sink, and do point straight, otherwise the cabin crew may have to “lock and seal off” the toilet while awaiting the real cleaners at the destination. Switching seats Tsk, tsk, tsk... It’s something that most passengers (including me) tend not to know or just forget, but each aircraft, no matter the size, is carefully balanced in terms of weight. As one flight attendant says when passengers switch seats – from their allocated one - before take-off it can disturb this system, which the cabin crew are meant to police. Once you’ve switched seats, and not returned to your original position once airborne, it can also be difficult for the crew to locate you if you’ve ordered a special meal. The same goes for loos. Australia may well be a classless society but all that changes in the air. One passenger trait that makes the flight attendants job difficult is different classes of passengers using the toilets of their upper-class counterparts. The worst offenders, evidently, are premium economy passengers who assume they can use the business class loos. Wrong. They have to use the economy ones. As for first-class passengers, one flight attendant said they don’t complain much at all since they do, after all, have pretty much everything they need! Grogging on Unsurprisingly, one of the most difficult tasks that flight attendants face is dealing with drunken passengers. “Alcohol is a big problem,” says one flight attendant. “Some passengers think it will never run out. But it’s a big call to tell a passenger than they’re drunk.” Crew are trained not to accuse a passenger of being inebriated or on their way to be drunk, and tend to use more subtle entreaties. “We’re trained not to say ‘no’ to passengers,” says another crew member. Passengers can also develop “a victim mentality” when the crew run out of a meal choice. But it’s impossible to predict whether the beef or chicken dish will be more popular on one day than the next. Safety first As hard as I try I do find it difficult, like most passengers, to pay attention to the pre-flight safety demo. But, out of respect to the cabin crew, I don’t ignore it completely either. This does offend some flight attendants, so expect the evil eye if you’re caught thumbing the airline mag during the demo. No thanks One flight attendant told me a simple, sincere thank you from a passenger can go a very long way. I was on a hastily rescheduled Qantas flight from London to Singapore on the day of the unfortunate A380 engine explosion. The carrier’s A380s were withdrawn from service with British Airways coming to the rescue with a chartered flight and crew, at what was clearly late notice. As I was leaving the flight I said to one of the crew members: “Thanks for saving the day.” Based on her own gratitude and reaction I got the distinct feeling that no one had bothered to thank the crew. As one flight attendant told me, like any job “pats on the back can really lift your spirits.” Prepare for landing Well, I’ve listed the main pet passenger peeves of flight attendants but others include passengers: leaving heavy take-on bags (“full of dozens of jars of Vegemite for the aunty in England”), in the middle of the aisle and sitting down for the flight attendant to stow. Standing up when the plane lands before the seat-belt sign is extinguished (“you’re not going to get off any sooner”) is also another pet hate, as well as ordering duty-free items when the service has been closed for landing. “I just try and be as understanding as I can,” says one flight attendant. If only more passengers could say the same. A prime example is the mile-high seat reclining battle, which most frequent fliers are familiar with. Dachis says you can avoid this aggravating dilemma with a pre-emptive attack that involves placing a drink bottle on your lowered tray so that it pushes up against the spot below the tray table latch, meaning that the seat in front cannot be reclined. If that doesn’t work he suggests bribing the passenger with drinks or food. When it comes to dealing with rude or aggressive passengers it’s best to turn the other cheek, he says. Ask a flight attendant to help, and if that doesn’t work then look for an even more annoying passenger nearby and ask to switch seats with them. This is exactly what Mr Dachis did after an argument with the passenger in front of him. Instead of getting outraged he asked a group of irritating children nearby to swap, and they continue to yell and kicking the man’s seat the rest of the journey. “The boy behind the bad passenger kicked the seat throughout the flight," Mr Dachis said. "It was wonderful.” Other tips are even more outrageous and may land you in trouble, including photoshopping the seat number on your boarding pass in order to get on the plane quicker and score a spot in the overhead compartment for your carry-on. “Make sure you know which group boards first, change your boarding pass so it has that number or letter on it, and you're good to go,” Mr Dachis said. “On the other hand, altering your boarding pass is something the law may frown upon.” If you’re not willing to potentially break the law – surprise surprise – another option is to wait until the group before you is called and get in line with them. There is also another questionable tip on how to break into the plane’s toilet, but even Mr Dachis doubts whether anyone with morals would need to know this particular trick. “The moral of the story is this (if you can call this a story with a moral): if someone is mean to you for no good reason, don't be mean back. Instead, figure out how to make someone else enact your revenge.”
  7. Guest

    New points test, shed some light!!!

    Hi all, I take it there are loads of you out there who have been eagerly awaiting the new points test and like me, wants to know weather or not we still qualify. So....... heres my first question! Am I correct in saying that we can no longer claim points for an AQF certificate achieved offshore through previous work experience. Only AQF's achieved through FULL TIME STUDY IN Australia is now valid under the new points test???? Would love to hear from anyone who has checked the new points test and still confused and has some feedback. Julian
  8. Ooo err... http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=439x882072 And some lickul animals... http://t.co/NLsQAVL
  9. Dawny

    light entertainment!

    This is quite probably one of Jean Michelle Jarres's efforts - although it's a good many years since he seems to have done anything like this. This is really good, use full screen if you can. By just using lights the building appears to move. This is really worth seeing. Só Riso Mail Vídeos Cómicos Funny Videos - Mais uma projeção 3D sensacional
  10. World Autism Awareness Day 1st & 2nd of April Light it up blue Australia to Light It Up Blue « Autism Speaks Official Blog :idea:
  11. Bit of a poll attached to see what others have done :arghh: We have spent the weekend trying to decide what to take and what not to take. We have been working towards this for about 4 years and living light in a small flat and not buying any big purchases. It looks like we have 2 options. Go small and just take essentials - but we do have a lot of precious things that have to come with us and I think we would be looking at a minimum of 3 m3 Or do we take a few more things - the bed, chest of drawers and probably 6 m3 - but then will we get fed up waiting for these things to arrive? Any comments about your own experience welcomed Vicky .
  12. I am a qualified Teacher and engineer with 30 years experience both as a mechanic and 20 years teaching vehicle repairs in Uk CFE's I am looking for fulltime work in melbourne where I live does anyone know if there are specific agencies who deal with 457 jobs because of my age I need sponsorship to be able to work
  13. Hello all, sorry first time posting and not quite sure what im doing! Wondering if anyone can shine a bit of light on my situation as I feel very confused. I posted my application for 176 visa with SS for SA over 16 months ago now and not heard anything. People are telling me that applications are being proccessed within 12 months of lodgement but doesnt seem to be case for me. Whats going on? Is anyone else been in the same situation? Oh and still not had my police checks or medicals requested!
  14. Does a 100 watt 12 volt halogen light globe get hotter than a 150 watt 24 volt one??? The cover on my pool light says no greater than a 100 watt to be used, but the old one was a 150 watt 24 volt. There is no such thing as a 100 watt in a 24 volt so thinking I was doing the right thing replaced it with a 100 watt 12 volt, well it blew after a few hours and has left scorch marks on the inside cover. Not sure if this was due to moisture inside the cover or it just got too hot. I'm totally confused on what globe to use now and the woman in the pool shop has no idea either. :confused:
  15. After waiting and discovering we are not on Wa's SMP, I am wondering whether we'd meet the criteria for for another state ? The main issue is in showing finances as ours is only in equity format at this time. Also, how do we show strong ties with a state when our family are in wa? We are on NT and ACT at the moment, waiting to see if we're on any others.
  16. mr luvpants

    Light bulbs!

    Are they same size in oz as the UK or do we need to bring a supply with us? JOHN
  17. Been looking forward to the release of the WA smp for some time now but after seeing the Victoria and ACT one's I am actually dreading it now. Neither of them have my occupation on (Toolmaker - 323412) and I am starting to doubt that WA will have it on theirs, meaning that I fear that my visa journey will be at an end. The one glimmer of hope is that my occupation is on the state prority occupation list and rated top, anyone have any idea what the chances are of it making the smp? Anyone else in a similar position with regards to their job?
  18. Guest

    Someone shed some light...

    Hey there, I have what I think is a very awkward prediciment and I'm not sure where to go with it. Basically my mother lives in Sydney and is on a temp spouse visa which will eventually become a permanant residency. I am her daughter, 20 year old university student and will graduate with at least a foundation degree this year in musical theatre (no obvious skills quota for that I'm sure!). And, after spending nearly a year in Oz on my gap year, I know it is the place I want to live. So what, realistically are my options? Would I still be classed as dependant as I've been in full time education since? Or would I really have to look for some alternative skill to use? Please help as it all baffles me! x
  19. shoolhouse

    Any Light At the End !

    OK is there any light at the end of this tunnel of 175 visa?. Are we all who have applied with what must be good said was good intension's of starting a new life in oz and to help Australia grow, domed to rejection by the Australian government!. It's good that the Australian government are looking at ways of stopping people who like not improve the country's infrastructure. but people like those on forums just like this one have parted have money to be tested,checked to prove they can do what they say they can and have then paid for a visa to be lodged would like to know wear they stand. You got agents ,TV programs,magazines all saying start a new life down under but the truth is you got NO chance. Or become a nurse or a doctor and your in within 6 mouths.... Sorry for the Big Moen:mad:.
  20. Hi Everyone. This is aimed at those that are already down under.Can someone please let us know if there is work.We have to validate by the 11th Sept,hubby leaves in Aug to do the licence thing.We are getting increasingly nervous about whether he will find work quickly.We dont have a lot of dosh to fall back on so please tell us how difficult it is down there at the moment. Thank you.:wubclub: Mylady
  21. Hi all, I got a WHV living in Melbourne but unfortunaltely i got done for crossing red lights afew days ago. Because i got a UK license i don't know whats gonna happen. I am happy to pay the fines.....but will i be losing any points or anything? Anyone know anything about this please do let us know?............... thanks
  22. Guest

    Dark and Light Nights

    Is it the same as here in the UK where, in summertime the sun sets later than winter time, giving you lighter nights? Thanks for any replies. :wubclub: Love, Raych x
  23. Hi there Please be patient as i am new to this :wacko: I,ve lost count of the amount of hours i've spent trawling the internet looking for information about OZ from visas to schooling etc... We hope to settle in Perth as soon as we get visas and my qualifications converted. Hopefully someone out there can help ? :arghh: I got my level 2 city & guilds hairdressing cert earlier this year but have been training with a friend of mine (who's qualified) for the past 4 years whilst doing my part time hairdressing course which took 2 years to complete. I need to convert this to a AQF 3 Qualification. Does anyone know of a company in the UK that could do this for me ? Any suggestions would really help please I've looked at the TRA website and although my course was 2 years, this equals approx 700 hours not the 900 hours the TRA sy i need to have !!! Thanks in advance Louise
  24. Hi, just wondered if someone could give me some more info on this visa for PR (after 6 months on 457 and supprted by sponsor) as immigration websites say ''you must be full time,ongoing & availble for 3 years". I was hoping to cut my hours down after getting PR-can i do it? thanks.
  25. Hi Everybody! I'm relatively new to this forum and hope some of you guys can help me. Here's a bit of background. I'm an Aussie living in Sydney and my fiance is a Pom living in the UK. Now! We became engaged in April, when he came out for three months on a visitor visa. Now, because it's a visitor visa, he cannot stay any longer than three months at one time. During that first three months, we fell pregnant and are expecting our first child together in February. My fiance left in July and came back late August for another three months, and left two weeks ago to sort out his divorce in the UK. As much as it would have been great for me to have gone back with him for the two or so months he's there for, I can't travel because I'm 31 weeks pregnant. Now! We're both in the divorce process with our respective exes. My divorce should be finalised around March/April next year and his should be finalised soon as well -all going to plan. And provided that all happens, we'll be getting married ASAP. We just want to be together and be a family. Ideally, my fiance would like me to live with him in the UK for a few years, before we come back to Australia together - but it might be easier for him to come to Australia. Not too sure - that's why I'm posting here to get some opinions and insight. I have some really important questions. 1. What if there is a delay with the divorces? Do we have no leg to stand on so to speak if our divorces are still in the process of being finalised OR will this be taken into consideration? Can my fiance be given a visa to stay with me here? 2. What about the fact that we have a child? This child will be British/Australian - dual nationality - because I'm an Australian national and my fiance is a British national. Would this be taken into consideration at all by Australian Immigration authorities? 3. How do people stay together in the same country legally in the event that they cannot be given a spouse or fiance visa? Do they just have to keep travelling the world together until such time they can get the visas they need to settle down in the same country together? 4. Have any of you guys here had to keep travelling the world together to avoid separation and avoid breaking visa conditions? 5. I'm self-employed and have two companies that are reasonably successful. Ideally once we are married, I'd like my fiance to work with me in my companies once we have the right visa for him. How much money personally do I need behind me, as his sponsor? Can anybody shed some light on this? I hope so!!! Cheers, Amelia Jane