poppyblue

Initial Finances

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Hi,

 

My partner and two children (under5) are hoping to be in Victoria, by the end of next year. I have completed my IELTS and have just sent off my AASW for Child Protection Social Worker and will be applying for 189 visa thereafter. I would be applying for a job application as soon as I am successfull in 189 and would be aiming to have a job lined up before we leave. (we are very flexible we dont have any ties to property) and only two mths notice needed in job.

 

My question is that we would have roughly about £20000 AUD in savings to take with us and we have (£5000 GBP in savings in emergency flights home) money would this be enough to settle us in and set up accommodation (renting)? I would prefer to have a job before we arrive as I am the lead of the Visa and I will be main bread winner until we have settled into Victoria and then my partner will find work around the family needs.

 

 

Any helpfull advice or tips would be welcome :laugh:

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Based on your savings alone I would say no. You would need furniture and all other household good and equipment, a car, insurances on both of those, rent money and bond money paid up front, utility bills, normal day to day living expenses. However, having a job then you will be ok, the question is how long to get that job? you would be one of the lucky few to secure a job prior to arriving.

Good luck.

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Just checking, you say you'll have $20,000 in savings. I assume that's after you've already paid for the air fares, shipping, and your first four weeks' holiday accommodation?

 

If you have a job to go to, and you can manage without a car for a while (or can get one through work) then I think it would be tight but manageable. If you don't have a job lined up, then definitely not. $20,000 will only cover your setup costs, with nothing left for your day-to-day living expenses while you look for work.

 

You'll need to pay eight week's rent up front when you find a place (the first month's rent plus the bond). Have you looked at domain.com.au to understand what rent you're likely to be paying?

 

If you're moving to Melbourne, you might be able to delay buying a car for a few months as public transport is good. Look at signing up for a car share scheme like GoGet. If you can't manage without a car, then that'll be half your savings gone before you start - cars are expensive here, plus you've got insurance, rego and CTP to pay.

 

I don't recommend shipping your beds because you need something to sleep on right away - so you'll need to buy beds and bed linen upfront (Australian beds are slightly different sizes and anyway, you'll never fit sheets etc in your cases). In a rental property you'll need to supply your own fridge, washing machine, dryer and microwave and I assume you'll want a TV.

 

If you're shipping your own furniture and belongings (and I recommend you at least ship a Movecube's worth, unless your stuff is really falling apart - take a look around you and add up how much it will cost you to replace every pot, pan, toy, ladder, tool etc, it really mounts up!) - then you can save money by camping indoors until your stuff arrives. Look at buying an outdoor table and chairs to use as a dining table (you can use it outdoors later), a picnic set (for cutlery and crockery).

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Hi Poppyblue,

This is my first post and I plan on doing exactly what you are. I am guessing you have moved over now and wondered how you got on?



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Hi Mcusken,

 

I have not yet moved under as we held off to save money before applying, I have submitted my skills test and I am waiting to sit the PTE test in August as I did not get the superior points (needed for 189 visa) just the points needed for the skills assessment. 

We have saved just under the £20,000 AUD and I have family already there and some colleagues out there who completed this move with far less money but a job to go to on arrival. 

I think it will all work out and we will have enough to sustain us a couple of months there and I plan to be working within three weeks of being out there, we are hoping to fly in March 2018. Once I get the points needed in the English PTE test I can apply for visa. 

What are your plans ? have you started any process yet?

We have not used a agent and are doing it ourselves so far has been fine no problems (:

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Hi Poppyblue,

This is so funny as I have also sent in my skills assessment and am awaiting an outcome and have a PTE test booked for August 16! I haven't completed a test yet but have heard people say this was the better of the two.

I am also doing it myself to save money. We haven't any real savings but plan on selling up to fund the move. We to are planning on applying for 189.

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When did you send in your skills assessment. Mine was sent in May. I'm hoping to have an outcome by September and if I pass the PTE in August, I plan to complete an EOI.

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I sent my skills assessment 31st May 2017, they took payment immediately and then requested additional documentation, a CV ( i had forgot to put it in) , and placement details in work experience ( i left this blank as I though breakdown of course from uni was enough, it wasn't!), and my university had forgotten to tick a box and signature so had to get that signed.  

It took 11 days on each occasion for the documentation to arrive at destination in Oz that was using Royal Mail Tracker which is pretty useless really as it only tracks it to Heathrow sorting office !

I received an email on 11th July advising me that all documentation has now been received and that assessments are processed in chronological order of complete applications. The current queue for assessments is 16-18 weeks.  

Having spoken to friends over in oz who have been thru the same process they advise they received their assessment within about 6 weeks ! which would be great I am going to complete our police checks soon, ( these last 12 months) and also have printed off Form 80 for 189 visa to complete as again its a lot of information gathering and wanted to have as much as i could ready to upload when I complete the EOI.

 

Hope this helps keep in touch its great to have someone going through similar process the waiting round and form filler is a killer ! 

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Ha ha I went through the same process and all documents were in by 5th May. Fingers crossed I hear soon. I am a little behind in looking at the actual visa application and knowing what forms I need to complete....best get on to this!

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