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  1. Hi I by mistake employed a Migration Agent who turned out to be a complete flop He was not even half aware of the processes and was surprisingly a fool. I got Victorian Nomination on March 3rd and we lodged an EOI on 9th March 13. Neither my agent nor I was aware that we need to write to Victoria(My chosen state) to proceed further. It was only after 3 long months of gruelling wait that I read about this information and wrote to Victoria about my EOI ID. Within next 2 days, I got the invitation from Victoria I have Lodged my Visa now on 7th July, Case officer is not yet assigned to my application. I have two questions: 1. Dont wish to repeat the same mistake as last time, I have written to Victoria already, Paid for the Visa and have shared the information and reference number with Victoria. Is there anything else which needs to be done? 2. What is the acknowledgement letter all about. I just received a Payment Confirmation letter which is a PDF file and no formal acknowledgement as such. (Can someone share with me a screenshot of acknowledgement letter so that I can drill my MARA agent just in case if he is still in his slumber) 3. My EOI status is displayed as "Suspended" is this normal. This happened after I applied the Visa once Victoria Invited me. 4. I checked with the Indian embassy in Singapore, they said they cannot issue me a PCC before they hear from embassy, kindly suggest If we get any letter from Case officer for PCC or can we do it ourselves (Download from somewhere etc) Thanks a lot in advance My timelines are as follows: IELTS: L:9, R:9, W:8, S:8.5 Overlall: 8.5 | EOI Points scored: 80 | Category: 261314 | 7.5 Years Exp | Staying and working in Singapore Victorian SS application submitted: 17 Oct 12 | SS Accepted 6th March 13 | EOI submitted: 9th March 13 | Victoria Invitation received:2nd July 13 | Victorian Visa applied: 7th July 13 | CO Assigned: Waiting | PCC Applied Waiting | Medicals Completed: Waiting | All documents confirmed received by CO: Waiting | Visa Granted: Waiting
  2. VICTORIAN homeowners have lost more than $290 million over the past three years selling properties for less than what they paid for them. Alarming figures that point to a hidden crisis in the property market reveal 5427 vendors lost an average of $54,000 on investments gone wrong in the three years to July. The Melbourne CBD, Southbank and Docklands are the state's leading loss-making suburbs. One out of every 20 properties sold in those locations had lost their owner money, according to the data from a property research firm. But the losses are not limited to the flats-dominated inner-city market, with the figures also showing vendors losing millions in popular family areas. These suburbs include Point Cook, Roxburgh Park, Frankston, Reservoir, Carrum Downs, Glen Waverley, Hawthorn and Elwood. Residex, a property information firm that collates data on real estate markets throughout Australia, compiled its analysis after sifting through the results of 268,000 sales recorded with the Valuer General. It is the first time the firm has crunched the numbers on Victoria, meaning it could not make historical comparisons. The losses are even more startling given that the city's median house price rose by around 30 per cent over the same period. A breakdown of the top 10 loss-making suburbs is heavy with inner-city locations as well as some of Melbourne's most expensive postcodes. At the top of the list is the CBD, where 427 properties were sold for less than what the vendor paid. Southbank recorded 213 loss-making sales, Docklands 92, St Kilda 92, Carlton 91, Hawthorn 85, South Yarra 70, Brighton 61, Elwood 61 and Point Cook 57. The figures come as Melbourne limps into its traditional spring selling period, with little more than half of all properties selling at auction. The market has been battered by seven interest rate rises since April 2009, which have added about $85 a week to a $350,000 mortgage. Yesterday, almost 600 properties were auctioned, but only achieved a clearance rate of 54 per cent. Residex chief executive John Edwards said the number of vendors burned in property sales would eclipse 6000 if stamp duty and transaction costs were taken into account. Mr Edwards, who has monitored the nation's property market for 25 years, said the pain for Melbourne home owners was far from over. By the time the market bottoms at the end of next year, Residex expects the city's median house price to have shed 15 per cent. Families living in a $500,000 home can expect to see $75,000 wiped from its value. "The adjustment process in Melbourne is just beginning," Mr Edwards said. "I won't be surprised to see Melbourne suffer more than any other capital city in Australia. It has got the highest volume of surplus stock in the country and as the manufacturing industry further turns down the city will suffer from more unemployment than any other capital." JPP Buyer Advocates' Catherine Cashmore said many of those who had lost money in property purchases would have been short-term investors, both local and foreign, buying off-the-plan, inner-city apartments. "There is a surplus of high-rise developments and they tend to lose value before they gain value," she said. "Nine times out of 10, off-the-plan developments are overpriced. They are priced on speculative value. "When you go to sell you are also in a situation where no one wants to buy your lived-in apartment because there are always brand new ones coming on to the market in those postcodes." About 55 per cent of houses in Melbourne are now worth double what their owners paid, RP Data found. Interest-rate watchers are predicting a Melbourne Cup day interest-rate cut of 0.25 per cent by the Reserve Bank. AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver said while homeowners will welcome the cut, it will take several more to inject any life into the state's property market. "We will need a few more cuts before housing picks up," Oliver said.
  3. I have just come back from a weekend away with the scouts on a 4x4 trek up in the Victorian high country. It looks like they will be trying to get more scout groups into these sort of activities as they have designated 4x4 experts, and some of the leaders from the Knox region joined us on this trip as well. (this is the second time they have organized such a trip) Heres a few pictures. It was an amazing weekend, and the kids all had a fantastic time (as did the parents & leaders that went)
  4. Hello, My girlfriend and I are about to move to Melbourne from Queenslands. I am a security installer, I currently hold a QLD security license which was easy to get. A QLD police check a british police check and some certified documents, passport, driving license etc. The Vic security license is a bit harder to get the certified documents must be from a JP (or any body on the list of people i don;t know) that has known you personaly for 12months! Iv been in Aus for almost 2years! I don't know anyone! Has anyone managed to get around this? Will a British person on the list of people i don't know in Aus, be able to certify the documents? Thanks Dave
  5. To anybody who can help?? I am due to sit the Victorian Plumbing commisions equivalent of the UK CORGI assessment. If any other UK plumbers/Gas fitters have sit this exam any information about how diffrent it is to the UK or advise would be very much appreciated.... Or your experience with converting your qualification to Vic PIC subclass would be very welcome.:wacko: Cheers
  6. Anybody whom can help, Iam due to sit the Victorian gas fitting exam which is the equivalent of the CORGI in the UK. Would like anyones experience of information who has done this or any of the other Vic PIC sub classes to get your experiance recognized.. Plus the difficulties of getting a job within Victoria with just a provisional registration!!:wacko: Any information would be very welcomed.. Lee...
  7. It seems that the Victorian Auditor-General is now launching an investigation into the government authority that regulates private colleges in Victoria. College collapses spark fresh probe
  8. We are moving to Victoria in August and I have a 16 y/old who will start studying for her VCE early next year. She is worried about how what she has covered in her GCSEs will translate to the new system. Anyone got a daughter or son who has made a similar transition. If she were staying in the UK she would be starting A levels in September. Thanks Jon
  9. Hi all, I wanted to get idea that how long its taking to get Victorian SS. Researched a lot on internet forums for candidates, who applied after changes to DIAC rules on 8th Feb, 2010 or atleast applied in 2010 for Victorian SS and also got Sponsorship for Victoria. I have applied for Victorian SS on 21-Feb-2010 and waiting..... On this forum so far did'nt find any link or query of persons who applied in 2010 (very strange). My profession is Computing Professional (NEC) 2231-79 (MODL, CSL). Please refer some link on 2010. Regards, Imran
  10. Hi, I have applied for Victorian SS some 5 weeks back and waiting for their response. To apply for Victorian SS, there is no pre-requisite of IELTS, that is, what i asked them and they replied me. I also checked out about IELTS requirement relevant to my profession i.e. 2231-79(C# Specialist). They mentioned IELTS competency level against each profession and its IELTS band 6 against my profession. I wanted to ask that if i get state sponsorship from Victoria then i'll need overall 6 band in IELTS or need 6 band in each module? Normally, DIAC requires 6 band in each module. Actually i appeared in IELTS and get overall 6.5 band (Speaking 7, Reading 6.5, Writing 5.5, Listening 6.5), so have a concern that whether should i appear in IELTS again? Regards, Imran
  11. Hi, I have applied online for Victorian SS on 21-Feb-2010. I have already got ACS assessment for 2231-79 (C# Specialist). Now waiting for the response. Online Tracking application shows Status column empty. Nothing in it. But i emailed them right after one week and confirm about the status, they replied that my application is received and they are working on it. After that, they also contacted me and instructed to signed a declaration, which i did at my earliest. Later i blessed witha a baby son and updated them about this, they replied that my application is updated. Don't know whats the status? Any comments? Regards, Imran
  12. There have been some changes to Victorian road rules,they came into force yesterday,9 November,it's probably in the interests of all Victorian drivers to check out the new rules here- "New rules, safer roads"
  13. melbournegirlinny

    Victorian & Aus economy improving rapidly

    Just read this in The Age online today about the recovery in Australia, especially Victoria, and how there was no recession here (technically): Victorian boom leads recovery Sandra
  14. melbournegirlinny

    Victorian Skills Lists-Updated May 15, 2009

    I just noticed that the Victorian Skills Lists were recently updated. See: Skilled - Sponsored (176) Visa Eligibility List - Live in Victoria What is still not clear to me is how to interpret the fact that the lists for each region are different from the skills listed on the 475 visa skills list. That is, there are some skills, such as painter, that are on some regional lists but not on the 475 list. Sandra
  15. Petals

    Wangaratta Victorian Town

    Wangaratta is a largish town on the Hume Highway. The town centre has all the usual shops and services needed to keep our modern life flowing along. A lot of small business, good housing and its on the Ovens River. Its close enough to Yarrawonga for anyone who likes boating on the lake or fishing. Lots of government type jobs. Has a hospital so medical people. Plenty of schools private and State. Close to the snow fields for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. Its on the main train line from Sydney to Melbourne. We were in WAng yesterday and its a bustling place. Acreage on the fringe for sale and lovely houses being built there. The trees are deciduous lining the streets and all changed colour and dropping their leaves now. Good points of living in a country town is the commute to work is great and parking is never a problem.
  16. Petals

    Yarrawonga Victorian Town

    Just been in Yarrawonga visiting my son. Its a lovely small town which is close to Wangaratta, Shepparton, Albury Wodonga and Rutherglen, Its on Lake Mulwela and there is a lot of fishing and water skiing as pastimes up there. Over the other side in Mulwela NSW there are large clubs which provide cheap entertainment. Its a golfers paradise. The golf club is huge and the meals are cheap and great. The Ski Club is great too for the younger set and the RSL Club is very large as well. Lots of building going on in Yarrawonga, building a golf course estate and its not cheap will be very nice when finished. Everything you need is in Yarrawonga lots of pubs all having great meals. No pokies as the pokies are all on the NSW side. The clubs over the other side will send courtesy buses to pick people up at their houses and take them to the clubs and then back home again. My son teaches at the local high school. There are private schools there also, a hospital and I guess a lot of people work in the area as its quite populated. Do not be afraid of country Victoria if people take to the country and involve themselves in the community its very worthwhile and rewarding. No travel to work as well.
  17. From At least 14 dead in Victoria bushfires Fourteen people have been killed in the savage bushfires which set Victoria ablaze on Saturday. Victoria police confirmed the deaths on Saturday night and said they fear the figure may reach into the 40s. Deputy police commissioner Kieran Walshe said all the deaths were in a massive blaze northwest of Melbourne - six at Kinglake, four at nearby Wandong, three at Strathewen and one in Clonbinane. Mr Walshe said he believed the Kinglake victims were all in the same car. He believed arsonists were responsible for some of the nine major fires ripping across the state. "We suspect a number of the fires have been deliberately lit," Mr Walshe told reporters. "This is an absolute tragedy for the state and we believe the figure may even get worse," Mr Walshe said. "We base that on the fact we're only just getting into these areas now ... to search buildings and properties these have been very very significant fires ... the figure could get into the 40s." The fire started in East Kilmore, 80km north of Melbourne, and covered a huge area as it pushed 30km east to Kinglake, through the small townships of Wandong, Strathewen and Clonbinane. Mr Walshe said he could not determine whether the victims were civilians or firefighters. He said identifications could not be carried out until at least Sunday. Kinglake resident Peter Mitchell said the town had no time to act as the fire raced through. "The whole township is pretty much on fire," Peter Mitchell told ABC Radio. "There was no time to do anything ... it came through in minutes. "There'll be a massive loss of houses ... there'll be a lot of us homeless. "All those who have made it into town will be fine. The others will be sheltering and working on their fire plans, God help them." Mr Mitchell said he was with around 200 residents holed up in the local pub and that no fire trucks could get into the town. The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) said at least 100 homes have been destroyed as nine major blazes burnt out of control across Victoria in the worst fire conditions in the state's history. The Ash Wednesday fires in February, 1983 claimed 47 lives in Victoria and 28 in South Australia and remain the deadliest bushfire in Australian history. I am sure I speak for all PiO members in wishing anyone involved the very best,our thoughts are with you.
  18. I was just wondering if there was anything we could do to help? We have got some friends in Healesville that just about got away with their house being damaged by the 'skin of their teeth'. Please PM me if there is anything I can do. We have a spare 3 piece suite, beds and bedding etc and lots of boys clothes if required.
  19. Hi all, Quick query anybody know how long it would usually take with a 176 visa application and victorian sponsorship? I think this is supposed to speed it up wondered if anyone has used this method and approx how long it took. Many Thanks for advise Sarah
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