I believe there is around 40% refusal at the moment verystormy on 186 and 187 are higher! Employers are also very wary nowadays with the huge SAF levy they have to pay.
rollingstone1980, I think you have an agent already so speak to them. My fee for a 186 is $4400 , the going rate in WA is between $4000-$5000, but if you find a new agent they may be cheaper. You can tell how long they have been registered for by the first 2 digits of the MARN. Mine is 1173200 which means I have been doing this for 8 years since 2011!
I am keen to hear from anyone who lives down near the coast on South Western Australia - in particular the Eaton / Bunbury area. My partner is English and we have been living in England for 5 years now but we are now looking to head back to Australia and are very drawn to moving down south as we feel it would suit us. I am from Perth originally and have always enjoyed my holidays down this way. What we are after is somewhere with a slower pace of life, lots of green spaces, and a good place to raise a family.
What I was hoping for was any input from people that do live down this way. What do you like / dislike about it? Are there any particular suburbs you would recommend? Is it easy enough to find jobs and housing?