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  1. Helen77

    Schools UK to Oz - please help

    Hi all, My family and I are moving over to Sydney at the end of November. I'm having a massive panic about schools and which year my son will be enrolled in. My 7 year old's DOB is 21.07.10. He started school in the UK when he was 4 years old in 2014. He's one of the youngest in his year and gets on fine. He's currently in Year 3 in the UK and I'm being told if he starts in Oz at the beginning of the year (2018) he'd start in Year 2. Which means, if we catch the end of this school year (which I'd like to because he might make a couple of friends before the school break up over Xmas) he'd actually enter Year 1 which sounds like a huge step backwards for him in terms of where he'll be at academically compared to the other children. Has anyone else had similar worries and how have you addressed them? Someone said that if he is finding it too easy then he would be moved up a year. Can anyone clarify any of this for me please? Thanks so much Helen
  2. First Post!! I am about to leave for Wollongong in 3 weeks and I am incredibly nervous! I am 20 and will move to Wollongong for the year where my mum is unable to fly out and visit me during the year due to money, I am so scared about saying goodbye to her and the rest of my family at heathrow and despite being so thrilled with the opportunity to study there for a year as a an exchange from my home university of Exeter, I am feeling so nervous about it all!! Apart from living away from home in Exeter during term time, the longest I've gone without seeing anyone from my family is about 2 months tops! Does anyone have any tips of advice to help make me feel at ease about my move for the year? Between November - February I have to move out of halls and will look to go travelling if I have enough money, but this is another cause of why I'm feeling nervous as plans for this period are completely up in the air until I get to Wollongong and settle in! If anyone has any knowledge of Wollongong and what they think of it as well as the university itself, and student life in Australia that could help to make me feel more at ease! Jen
  3. Hi All, Although Melbourne has been on my family's target list (we have 189 visas) I'm currently courting an opportunity in Newcastle. So does anyone care to share a warts and all of Sydney's little sister? Thanks all
  4. Hi People, We migrated to Oz in Feb. My UK driving licence will run out this month (10 years from last issue). RTA (now RMS) told me I'm not eligible for NSW licence as I have to be continuously in Australia for 6 months. I last went on holidays in May, so can't get NSW licence yet. There is an option of renewing british licence online. But it clearly says one has to be resident of UK at the time of application. Also on last page of online application they say they will check data with few agencies. So I stopped my online application there. Any help/tips/ information on this urgent issue will be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance SC
  5. hwhattywhat

    Bricklayers in NSW

    Hi everyone, My partner and i are about to make the move to Sydney in a few weeks time. We are trying to work out what licenses bricklayers need to work in Sydney and how to go about getting them? If anyone could help we would greatly appreciate the insight. In line with this query if anyone could give us an idea of an average wage for brickies in NSW that would be most helpful too! Many thanks in advance!
  6. I have to move from Victoria to Southern Inland NSW with my Wife. I have to live in regional area as per Visa obligation. Areas i found on internet: Wingecarribee, Goulburn-Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Cooma-Monaro, Snowy River, Bombala, Tumut, Yass Valley, Harden, Young, Boorowa , Upper Lachlan Please advise me best place to live and work, as i have no idea of these places. Thanks in advance.
  7. Break Lease, lease ends July 2014 Inner West Sydney. Located on Burwood Road, in central area with many restaurants, parks and shopping facilities. Easy access to all public transport. 15 minutes train ride to Sydney CBD and 15 minute bus ride to Concord hospital. Perfect for single professional or couple. King size bed, bed side units, fitted mirrored wardrobes, large balcony, computer desk, blinds, microwave, utility room, open plan kitchen/lounge, dining table/chairs, lots of storage space, TV unit, oven, large fridge freezer, washing machine and dryer, fresh carpets, large bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle, newly tiled. Fresh paint and carpets/flooring throughout. Large leather lounges and coffee table. Gym equipment/bench can also be left for new tenant. Underground secure parking with own car port and swipe card access to building, parking and elevators. Spacious and secure with light airy feel. Quiet area, well kept clean property. Personal circumstances have resulted in me regrettably having to end tenancy early. New tenant would take over lease and pay $1700 bond to real estate agent. Application very straight forward, just ID required and proof of income. Available now, move in date is negotiable but preferably sooner than later. No pets allowed. Contact anytime to arrange viewing. i dont know if the pictures uploaded but the furniture is now different in the property, pics are to give idea of layout and condition. Thanks inside2.bmp inside.bmp inside2.bmp inside.bmp
  8. Ive just read some posts that have made me scared!! At the moment i get nearly 8 weeks annual leave and use it to travel and take full advantage of it, sometimes taking 4 weeks at a time, my oh is the same....i was thinking i would have same in Oz and get to explore the country...but apparently most people only get 4 weeks a year??! I currently work for the NHS and will work for New South Wales in a hospital...will i still only get 4 weeks?! That will be a shock! The woman at the interview told me about annual leave but i cant remember what she said, i will contact my job but just wondering if anyone knew... xx
  9. The Pom Queen

    Earthquake in New South Wales

    A 3.8-magnitude earthquake has struck in southern NSW. The quake, with an epicentre about 20 kilometres north of Boorowa, occurred at 7.16pm (AEST), Geoscience Australia said. The earthquake had a depth of 10km. It follows a 5.3-magnitude quake on Tuesday near the Victorian town of Moe. That tremor was felt in Melbourne. Boorowa resident Lyn Smith, a 39-year-old paramedic, was at home with her 12-year-old son watching television when she felt the quake for about 10 seconds. "The whole house shook," she said. "I was a bit more shocked trying to figure out what it was. "We grabbed on to the lounge and ran outside to see if anyone else felt it."