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  1. We are due to move down to Kalgoorlie at the end of September, both have jobs sorted out, now just waiting for visas etc. My partner Andy has spent the last 10 months working FIFO to Karratha and is currently on his last trip home before we go down together. Anyway his sponsoring company is paying full relocation costs, which we think can include a car. Not sure who will be responsible for customs etc at the other end but we shall start to make some enquiries. Whilst in Perth this morning he was pretty horrified at the price of even crappy second hand vehicles, rarely seeing anything half decent for less than about $10k. As we're going to Kalgoorlie (and having lived there before) we know the situation is even worse there. Last time we bought virtually the cheapest car in town, and that was a god-awful 1990 Ford Falcon whose radiator blew up the first time we drove it! Full of red sludge.... Anyway, we have two cars at the moment, a Citroen C4 hatchback 1.4l Petrol and a Peugeot 307 SW 2.0l turbo diesel. The Citroen doesn't have air-con so we're going to try and sell that in the next few weeks. But with the Pug, it's only worth about £3k here, and from a tiny bit of research I think the equivalent would cost about $10k, but there aren't many the same model in Aus. So we're not talking huge tax costs on arrival. So, since transport costs will be paid for, is it worth thinking about have it shipped down? It's my car, I've owned it for over 12 months and have driven it virtually every day over that period. So I think I would be fine getting the VIA. We would just have to wait until we get our visas to apply for that. We know that its comfy for long distances, and know its quirks! We are already taking my OH's motorbike, a year-old Suzuki GSXR which is his pride and joy (not that I imagine its going to be fun to ride around Kal!). So it would make sense to have the two vehicles shipped together, and possibly with the rest of our stuff if the visas come through sharpish. Any thoughts?
  2. Guest

    Sydney... is it worth it???

    Hi I will hopefully have an offer soon at a firm in Sydney. I should be coming over in October I'm 27 and work in recruitment. The company will be sponsoring me for 4 years. My girlfriend will be coming over, but prob not for about 3-4 months...Basically I am worried that i will get really lonely in sydney as I hear its a huge city. I dont know anyone there and I dont really like being on my own what do you think? should i go for it? (i've been wanting to go to oz for years)
  3. Is there anyone out there that is currently or has used Silver Trowel in Perth to study. My son was initialling thinking of using ST for a two year bricklaying course as their web site is very convincing. However, having read various formus on other Expat sites now he is not so sure. Some people are very disappointed with ST and said they dont offer anything like they suggest. Also it appears bricklaying is the main choice of a lof of people and many brickies, builders are on the forums saying there is no work available once you have completed the course anyway. I would like to hear from anyone who has used ST or is on a course at the moment in Perth as any advice would be invaluable as their courses are very expensive. Also, which course is the best to take, is carpentry less saturated with applicants and is there is a better chance of finding work once the course is completed.
  4. Hi to all....need to put this one out there as it is driving me mad !! would love any opinion !:chatterbox:We have had our house on the market for six months..have the visa, ready to go...nobody want's it!! I know there are people on here in a similar situation! The thing is we have to enter Oz by May or validate...at the cost of about six grand as there are five of us! Have had an offer today of £132,000 ...it is on for £140,000 but we have dropped it ten grand...... so...do we sell it and go...or validate and wait...... cheers!!
  5. Hi all. I am here with my girlfriend for 6/9 months. We both have nice bikes and wonder if it is better to ship them bearing in mind I will not be resident here but it will be my base for the ASIA Pac countries. Any thoughts please? Cheers Ken
  6. Im sorry but are some people so naive, it's well known you get ripped off in these types of places:no: SINGAPORE - How does one end up paying more than $2,000 for an item that costs only about $900? Filipino client support executive Nicholas Frias, 23, who visited Singapore last month, did. He paid $2,106 for the 64GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi to a shop in Sim Lim Square. Mr Frias, who arrived in Singapore on June 20, first went to other malls but found that they were sold out He then went to Sim Lim Square around 4pm on June 25. He was, at first, delighted to find out that the 64GB iPad 2 at Mobile Evolution LLP cost $890, before taxes. The same model is priced at $928 at the online Apple Store. The salesman, Eric, then charged Mr Frias another $68 for taxes, and asked $958 for the device. Mr Frias agreed to pay another $28.90 for a warranty which came with a free case and screen protector. Eric then left the shop and returned 10 minutes later with a $1,148 bill that shocked Mr Frias. Apparently, the huge bill was for coverage for two years and the $28.90 quoted was the monthly premium. That added up to a total of $693.60, still $454.40 short of the $1,148 charged. The shop did not state what the additional $454.40 was charged to at that point. They also refused to reduce the warranty period when Mr Frias asked for it. In shock and not wanting to cause any trouble, Mr Frias just signed for it. He ended up paying a total of $2,106.
  7. We’d love to make it out to the hills and see some snow and let our youngsters have a play in it, but are there any opinions on whether the cost of going up there and staying for a night is worth it when we’re not going to ski/board? Not to mention whether there will be any snow there! We’re not after much - just enough for snow angels! It is of course peak season so I’m guessing accommodation will be expensive so tips on where to go and good toddler friendly accommodation whilst we’re at it would be good too.
  8. Guest

    emedicals a tip worth knowing

    Hello I thought I would share my recent experience with our emedicals in the hope it might help someone. We are using a migration agent and we were informed to get our medicals done, as we had lodged on line we could use the emedical system. I was sent an email with the relevant forms to complete, so off I went and booked in at Birmingham. We arrived on the day, only to be told, they couldn't find our file on the system. We would have to do a paper application which would take an extra 3 week. We were gutted!:arghh: Birmingham were brilliant, and tried to enter my details a number of times to help find a way around the problem. I contacted my agent who confirmed everything was done, and said sometimes the system had a Hiccup. Today I have recieved a copy of an email from DIAC, which states you have to access the medical forms online from your Document Checklist, via DIAC online system. Once you have opened this application, this hyperlink then submits your info to the emedical system so the medical centre can access it. It looks like you must click the link for each person on the list including all children. The silver lining in this story for me is Birmingham agreed to take a digital photo of my family, and submitt our medicals on line if I could sort out the issue before Friday. Thankfully I did, but it was stressfull.:biggrin: I am unsure why I didn't have the email before or whether it was a slip up from my agent, but its something worth knowing. Hope this helps someone out there go through the meds a bit easier than us.
  9. Hi I will be the spouse on the visa. Will it benefit me when I'm job hunting in oz with the IELTS cert? Or is it just benefit on the visa app? Cheers Don
  10. MPs 'ignore' riots e-petition in Westminster debate The subject of the first e-petition to prompt a Parliamentary debate has been ignored by MPs when the debate took place.The online petition - signed by more than 240,000 people - called for those convicted of involvement in the summer riots to be stripped of their benefits. The three-hour debate in Westminster Hall covered the wider response to the riots, but did not touch on benefits. Full pathetic article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15283837
  11. julie38

    house not worth much

    HI all our situation is this.. we live in France we bought our house 5 years ago at the top end of the market and need to sell now at the worst time ever, so we are told.We have spent so much time and lots of money on it to find out it is now worth a tiny bit more than we first paid for it.But we have a visa:biggrin: My husband is all for selling and taking a huge loss and lets start again in Oz. One minute i'm all for lets book flights and go,then i think should we try to rent,we would still have to pay at least 200 euro each month.Is a house security or just bricks aaggghhh. non of my symbols work on my key-board If we go we go before we sell we will be in Oz by jan 12 :hug: but not as secure as we would have liked:sad: anyone in a similar situation julie
  12. Hi PIO's AS you know we have just got our visa and this bascially is electronic through the VEVO system. I always thought we would have to either send our visas to Oz House or go there in person to have a sticker put in them. The Visa Grant documenmtation states that only some Visas require this sticker. Im assuming that as our grant letter doesnt mention we need it then basically we dont. What do you lot think ?? For a 176 sc is the sticker required ? Thanks Shane
  13. Just thought i would share this site with you as we have found it very helpful this last couple of years. You choose 2 ways to be contacted , we personally choose e-mail and text (text will work even if we have no power) and if a BAD storm, flood, anything weather related is headed your way they contact you to tell you so you can either take precautions or get out. This is the link to their website - http://www.ewn.com.au/ Cal x
  14. So after lots of going backwards then forwards, my husband has got his contract signed and we are coming to Canberra around 8th November. My hubby starts work on the 28th November which will give us some time to look at Primary schools for my son and look at areas and hopefully get a rental (we have 1 months grace in temporary accomodation). The original idea was for me to do an intial 1 week visit and my hubby was goin g to come on his own in Nov and me and the kids would follow (3 yrs and 4 yrs) but this was costly and we decided to keep the family together.. I have been told to get a relocation agent to help us find a school and house. Ive already done alot of research online on schools and have a list, and also a list of possible areas (with lots of help from this site). Im not sure if relocatin agents are a good idea, expensive and what will they actually do for us that I could not do from here prior to arriving (making appts with schools and rental viewings). I would welcome anyones views on this esp if you have had experience of moving with young kids and having to looks at schools and rentals - with or without a relocatioj agent. We are already spending a fortune on our move so it seems like an extra cost for things I might be able to arrange myself?- but it is worth it? Ive never been to Canberra and my mum in law thinks its a MUST to hire one. Any advice on this would be great re costs, what they actually do, is it worth it?? Angela
  15. Hello... Any advice/comments/suggestions on whether it is actually worth taking all my household goods would be greatly appreciated! I have had a few quotes from removal companies ranging from £3,000 to £4,000 with varied cubic foot space too! I am wondering if it is worth selling most of my things in the UK, saving the shipping fee and then buying once I arrive in Perth... has anyone done this and what would you advise? My concern is the price of items in Perth, I am led to believe it is very, very expensive? Also, if you have any websites of stores in Perth I can look at please let me know! I have seen JBHi-Fi and there electrical goods are reasonably priced, I need to figure out prices of sofas and bedroom furniture really. Many thanks peeps.... Laura :wub:
  16. Could anyone please share from experiance if the more points you have the better it is. My OH will be down as the main applicant for a 175 or 176. The main question is that to get my skills assessed costs 3500 AUD, is this worth the money for 5 points when we are sitting on 70 points for 175 or 80 points for 176
  17. Hi All, We leave for WA in a few weeks time (!) so busy sorting out all those mad last minute things. One thing I'm trying to find out about still, is UK mobile phones working in Australia. My husband and I have both have phone contracts here in the UK which we are cancelling/paying out this week. I have a Samsung and he has a Sony (I think) We've been told by Orange that it will be about £50 to unlock both phones for them to work abroad. But will they?? That's what I really want to know? Will we be able to buy a new sim card and put them straight into the phones? Or are we wasting our time and money? Has anyone actually had a phone unlocked and taken it over with them? Any advice welcomed....thanks!! :biggrin: C&J
  18. Hi all, as the title says what do you regret not taking with you ? and what did you take that you really shouldn't have bothered with ? i think it would be most helpful if you could give your opinions on these if you dont mind:smile:. cheers in advance
  19. PommyPaul

    a whole junes worth of fail

    no matter how bad you think things are, by gawd someomes doing it worse. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7qLJwiWDls u7qLJwiWDls
  20. Guest

    Is this all worth it??????

    Hi everyone, new to this site, lovely to be here we have been in the process of moving to australia for just over 2 years, we have completed trade tests veta assesements english tests etc. My husband is an electritian offshore. At the beggining we thought it would be so easy and just take a year. we have been offered to go ahead and do our medicals and police checks next month and we now have a case worker. iv been reading on this that some people wish they never left scotland (where we r)and that life in oz is not what its cracked up to be, i guess lifes what u make it. we have two children 3 and six and we really wanted a better life for them in oz. Can anyone tell me how long roughly after the medicals and police check emigration time will be?? its a permanent visa we have applied for, and my husbands has a job, so we wont need to find a new one, they fly him home anywhere. thanks! jodie
  21. Hi We have our 175 permanent residency visa and we may be moving to Melbourne early next year. Hubbie is a Consulting Structural Engineer, Project Manager, CDM Co-ordinator (plus lots more besides!). He is wondering whether to do his NEBOSH this year in preparation but wonder if it is widely recognised. If not, is there an Aussie equivalent that he should concentrate his energy on? Cheers
  22. hi all I'm wondering if anyone has shipped a car from Auckland to Sydney on these forums, i searched it and didn't find any other posts about it (all of them were uk to aussie) I know this is poms in Oz.. but I'm a pom in New Zealand, moving to aussie , so i qualify hahaha so yeah, has anyone done it? or looked into it? and was it worth the hassle/cost? Thanks in advance for any advice/help
  23. Hi I am new to this forum and am seeking some advice. My partner is Australian and has lived in the UK for 2 years, we are planning to move to Australia in October, i am currentey filling out the forms for a Partner visa. Do i need a migration agent? If so can anyone point me in the right direction? Any help would be much appricated! Jim
  24. Hi Everyone this is my first post.... We have made the decision to give it a go down under and the more i look into the visa process the more i want to do it myself, has anyone done it DIY and it all went wrong? It seems that if you have the time to put into it the it is fairly straightforward? I have spoke to a few agents who have all been very helpful, but after putting together our Skills Assessment in the past week and realizing an agent would expect upwards of £500 just for this part i am beginning to have doubts about being able to justify the expense, plus the fact that fees vary from under £900 to over £3000 made the alarm bells ring! Has anyone used an agent to just check through an application? Like getting your passport application checked at the counter before posting, or any agents out there offering this service? Cheers Carl
  25. Guest

    TV show on now,worth a watch

    There is a show on ABC2 here in Australia tonight,on air now,which seems well worth a look. 'The day the immigrants left' is a social experiment showing what happens if foreign workers are not available in the UK.Will the locals want to do the work?