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  1. Hello Forum.. This topic is mainly for 489 visa applicants, i.e. those in the process of applying or have already applied and received a grant or are / have already landed in SA. Migrating is not easy as it requires a lot of planning, courage to make things work out as desired. Moving with a family with young children is not easy and when the time eventually comes one develops cold feet and is lost in transition as there are load's of things to keep in mind. Here I would request all applicants to share their thoughts on some of the best practices, lessons learnt, tips, do's and don't's that are to be followed during: the application process after grant is received pre-landing preparations post landing experiences and lessons learnt This would definitely help a lot of migrants who have many thoughts and questions going on in their mind and it would be great to lend our moral support to who ever needs it Thank you all and I hope you all take the time to contribute as this forum has been stupendous in helping others! God bless and all the best to all those who have migrated or planning to migrate.
  2. Hello, This is my very first topic and I hope to receive some info that can put my mind at ease. We are a family of 4 (2 kids) and are working on a migration plan to Adelaide, SA under the sub class via 489 which does not give similar benefits of a 189 or 190 visa category, i.e. education and health benefits. My question's and concerns are: - How expensive would schooling and health cover be? - Can I enroll my children in a public school or does it only have to be a private school? - What would the health coverage or insurance take care of, only doctors consultations and or medications? Any additional info that you feel can be of help would be appreciated. Thank you.
  3. Buyer71

    Entering Australia mid Year 11

    Hi, My 16 year old daughter arrives in Melbourne in 2 months time after completing her 10 exams GCSE's in the UK and will enter into the middle of year 11 at our local school. Looking at the Victorian education board website it appears to be that she will only need to pass half her GCSE to be considered having reached the equivalent of full year 11 results. Does anyone know how the comparison assessment would link into ATAR scores as my daughter would like to study Physio therapy and this would require good ATAR scoring. In addition she will have GCSE Spanish and I understand that language skills are beneficial to ATAR scoring. The alternative option is for her to go into year 10 and start the VCE in Jan 2018, however she is fairly mature for a 16 year old and has outgrown a number of our present school peers which means I feel that would almost be worse for her adjusting socially.
  4. melaniecharlton

    Home Schooling in Sydney?

    Our family will hopefully be moving to Sydney in April on a 457 visa. We hope to live in the Hornsby area. My husband will be earning $90k per year. We will have to pay the higher rate of tax and full school fees on the 457 visa so there is no way we could afford this as we have 3 children. I think the only option we will have is to homeschool our kids until we gain permanent residency. Has anyone done this before? Is it difficult? Are their complications? Its not ideal as I believe kids should socialize but we have no other option and it is our dream to live in OZ. I think it may be possible to have the school fees waived if one applies however I have read that this is near impossible. Any comments or thoughts will be much appreciated. Thank you kindly
  5. Hi. We are moving to Sydney at the end of Jan on a 457. We have two daughters, aged just over 2.5yrs and 10 months. If we were staying in the UK, our eldest would have been due to start nursery school in September, to do 12.5 hours per week. I already send them for two 2.5 hour sessions because they have the opportunity there to do things that I have neither the space, equipment or nerve for at home! Plus, whilst they are at nursery, I have to opportunity to do the boring stuff like housework and shopping. I have googled but I can't find out what the norm is for childcare and schooling in NSW. I know that the school year runs from Jan-Dec, and I know that on a 457 we will have to pay for it ourselves (although intending to apply for PR if we like it), but I can't find info about when they start pre-school or anything like that. I seem to remember seeing a long time ago that she won't be able to start until the January after she is three (she is three in April so would be only four months off being four when she starts) but I can't find where I saw it or find out if she can start earlier at all. If anyone has any info, I would be very grateful!
  6. Hi guys From Scotland originally but been living in Abu Dhabi for the last two years. Husband and I are flying to Sydney in July to have a look around before we make the decision of job move to Sydney. One of my concerns is my teenage kids who are 13 an 16. They both attend private school here in Abu Dhabi and my daughter is currently sitting her GCSE exams, if we remain here she will go into sixth form in September to begin A Levels and I am not sure how easy the transistion will be for her if we make the move to Oz and what they will offer (A levels or similar). The office location for my husband would be the Ingleburn area SW of Sydney so if anyone can offer any advice positive or negative we would love to hear from you. Sharon
  7. richselina

    Schooling and Places to Live in ACT

    We've just had our visas granted for ACT and are planning a visit to Canberra to look at schools and places to live and really would appreciate some guidance to help plan our trip and make the most of the time we'll have. We have a 5 year old daughter who has just started her 2nd year of infant school in the UK and we are looking for good schools for her to attend in Canberra. Also, we're trying to understand when the best time is to transition from the UK and not sure whether it's best for her to start at the start of a new school year or mid way through the school year. We are looking for good areas to live which will be in the catchment areas for the schools for our daughter. We have a budget of about $550 - $600 and are looking for a 4 bedroom house in a good family area. Thanks in advance for any guidance provided Selina & Rich
  8. Guest

    Sydney Schooling...

    Hi everyone, we are looking to move out to Sydney around February/March and understand that on a 457 visa, we will have to pay $4500 upfront per annum for our 5 year old daughter's state schooling. We are looking at long term rentals around the Hills area, and understand that the state schools there have good reputations. We would certainly be interested in anyone's views/experiences of primary schools in that area. Given that we would be paying a fair amount per annum for state schooling, we were also wondering whether it would make sense to send our daughter to a private school and so would also be interested to know if there are any good private schools in that area and an idea of what the fees are? Are these also payable on a term by term basis rather than annual upfront like the state schooling fees? Many thanks !
  9. Hi all, We are due to come out mid september my husband will be working in henderson, and i have looked into rentals in rockingham,baldivis,wellard and hillman. I have 2 children son 14 and daughter 7, I would like opinions on the schools in these areas, i am drawn to rockingham high school ONLY because it has the specialist engineering course which my son would excell in and is what he wants a trade in. I have looked at rockingham beach primary for my daughter anyone have children there or an opinion i would like to know the good the bad and the ugly on both :wacko:. many thanks tracy
  10. Guest

    I'm confused!!

    Hello all! I originally posted this in the education section, but have had replies saying that I may be better putting it here in the Migration section. So, hopefully someone in here can also help me! Thanks Ashleigh. I'm new on this forum so sorry if this question has been asked before! I am currenlty 16 years old and have just finished my GCSE's. My parents will shortly be beginning the long process of applying for PR visa, in Western Australia. I will be 17 by the time the process is completed. Dilemma 1: I don't want to continue my studies and attend college/6th form, however, would going straight into full-time work stop me from being a dependant on their visa? Dilemma 2: If the above affects my dependancy on their visa, is it possible to study the Australian equivilent of A-levels here in the UK, as I don't to go to college in UK? Dilemma 3: If I can do either full time work here and be dependant, or can study the australian equivilants during the waiting time, will I still have to redo/do further studies once arriving in Australia? :confused: Thank you, and sorry again if this has already been asked! xx
  11. Guest

    Schooling Dilemma

    I'm new on this forum so sorry if this question has been asked before! I am currenlty 16 years old and have just finished my GCSE's. My parents will shortly be beginning the long process of applying for PR visa, in Western Australia. I will be 17 by the time the process is completed. Dilemma 1: I don't want to continue my studies and attend college/6th form, however, would going straight into full-time work stop me from being a dependant on their visa? Dilemma 2: If the above affects my dependancy on their visa, is it possible to study the Australian equivilent of A-levels here in the UK, as I don't to go to college in UK? Dilemma 3: If I can do either full time work here and be dependant, or can study the australian equivilants during the waiting time, will I still have to redo/do further studies once arriving in Australia? :confused: Thank you, and sorry again if this has already been asked! xx
  12. jaylew

    schooling dilema

    Hi, we arrive in sydney around the beginning of sept and have two children school age. We will be in temp accomation for the first month or so. I need advice as to whether i should put the children into temporary schooling or wait until we have found a house and enrol the children then. I have noted that the school holidays are from 23 sept until 10th Oct so they may only be in the temp school for two weeks. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  13. Do we pay for schooling in victoria on a 457 visa kids 9 and 7?
  14. Guest

    Schooling in Perth

    Hi Guys, I'm new to this forum so apologies for the high probablility of this question already being asked. The Wife and I will be moving to Perth with our 4 year old son around october time and I was wondering about the schooling. Costs? Times? Best areas for schooling in the Perth Suburbs? Before and after school for children with working parents? etc..... Any advice offered would be greatly received!! Cheers in advance!! Vern
  15. Hi all, Please can you tell me what is right and wrong. We are looking to relocate to Perth, we have two children Lauren (10) Jan 2001 and Ryan (7) Aug 2003. I posted a thread on here some time ago re getting my children into school and was told that you could not enrol your child until they have a fixed abode, however I have just seen a thread that said that all children have to be in school if they are over the age of 6. I would really like to spend a couple of weeks with them to help them settle in before they have to go to school. Any help on this matter would be great. Thanks in advance Anne x
  16. Guest


    How does schooling work in Oz? Is it the same as the UK where each school has a 'catchment area' that you have to live in? Or are you able to chose to send your child to any school? How about religious schools, how close do you have to live to get in, or do they have their own entry requirements? Finally, my son was born in December 07, when would he start school in Oz? When does the school year start?
  17. Guest

    Schooling in Manly

    Hello, Moving to Sydney with the family ( 2 kids 3 and 6yrs) in the next few months and wondered if someone could help me suss out the schooling? Can you suggest some good primary and nursery schools in Manly? Are the free schools in Manly any good, or is it advisable to look at private education? Any info would be much appreciated! Sam x
  18. We may be moving to Geraldton and have 2 teenage daughters, one 15 and the other 17. From what I can make out, the high school will be perfectly ok for our 15 year old, but our concerns are our 17 year old. We currently live in Scotland, so she will be in her final school year by the time we move. I think that she may be in year 11 in Oz, not sure? Can anyone advise on what the best option would be for her in terms of schooling? She would like to go on to university to study psychology after finishing school, so that is something we have to think about too. Tx.
  19. dthomp123

    457 and schooling

    If you move to Australia on a 457 visa, are state school costs covered? Thanks in advance
  20. Guest

    Time Limited on LAFHA

    Can anyone please tell me if there is a limit on the amount of time LAFHA is paid for as OH is hoping to be offered a job with a company that does offer this benefit. What happens after this benefit comes to an end? Does it just end up getting taxed along with the rest of his $'s? As we will probably still have property (unless we can sell in a hurry), and we all know how easy that is in today's market lol, we would be grateful for any financial breaks that we could get. Also, I have heard that in some parts of Aus we will need to pay to send our children to a state school , presumeably as they will be classed as international students and not entitled to the same benefits as those born in Australia (the fee being paid directly to the government), I understand the in NSW it is $4,500 per annum and in the ACT it can be between $4.500 and $13,000. Is this true, and if so does it also apply to Victoria. Many thanks deb2
  21. Hi, This is probably quite a tall ask but hopefully someone can help. Not sure which heading to place this under in the forum but here goes. We have a son who is 14 years old and an Australian citizen, he has two more years at school in the UK. He is high functioning autistic (diagnosed In Qld) and doing quite well at school.He will have UK GCSE grades (probably B's and C's) which I believe could be converted to Australian ones? He is doing so well at school here we don't want to risk moving him to Australia until he finishes his GCSE's although we would consider paying for 1 on 1 help in Australia if there was a good chance of him maintaining his current success? We would love to hear from anyone from any state of Australia that has experience or knows of people with experience with such children leaving school, obtaining work (supported or otherwise). We would also love to hear about their views on support services for for young people / adults with autism in their area. Any information would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
  22. Hi all I wonted to know if it was possible to school my daughter for 6 months in australia and 6months in UK? My husbands job allows him to travel and work in both countries and we would like to go with him. My hubby and daughter are dual nationality and Im british with a perm visa for Australia. My daughter needs to start school in 16months and really dont know how to get around this. Is it possible or will I have to home school or get a tutor!? Help me! Sal
  23. Guest

    Home Schooling

    We are going to Melbourne next year for 17 weeks and then on to Perth for 20 weeks in order to make up our minds whether or not to 'make the move'. As we will only be staying in each area for a short time we thought it might be better to home school our children (aged 9 and 12). Does anyone do this and, if so, how would we go about it?
  24. redrobbersdog

    UK Schooling v's Oz Schooling

    Hi, I have been tolda that the OZ schooling is below the standards of that in the UK. Is this true? My little girl is very bright and exceeding above her level at the moment, although she is only 5 and time will tell, people are warning us if we are actually doing the right thing by moving to Perth and risking our daughters education! :sad: Any advise would be very much appreciated.
  25. Guest


    Hi I'm moving to Brisbane in 4 weeks and going to the city for the first 2-4 weeks then moving slight out of the city to live (need a holiday first). My concern is my daughter and schooling. I'm aware that schools start in Feb but will they except her for the maybe their last term. Also are the children in school 5 days or 6 days a week. Oh my daughter is 10 and I have resident visa 176 My head is full of soft toys at the mo and could prob write loads of threads :chatterbox: Last question, once my APHRA application has been complete (god knows when that will be) is there much call for Trauma nurses Brisbane? :wacko: Thanks