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  2. We are awaiting mortgage approval for the house we want to buy. But already getting nervous for the settlement day! This is the first time we sell a property we own before moving. In the past we've always rented. That means we usually rented the place for 2 weeks longer after we got the key of the new property already. How on earth did you manage it logistically to do everything in 1 day? We even have a family member visiting us during that time ugh... and we have a baby and 2 not-so-friendly dogs which have to stay separates from each other. Seems like a huge challenge.
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  5. It has become important to think about personal financial planning in today’s time. There is danger to life and money and so having it planned financially would be beneficial for a person in later stage. I have few friends living there, I can ask them and let you know.
  6. pegg

    Car Import

    Superb responce , cheers
  7. FOL

    Cazza

    Don't you have to work regional as well? I would focus on that first as that is likely to be the biggest challenge.
  8. Zari Bowesman

    188 Buisiness Inovation Visa

    Hi and thank-you for your reply. We have hopefully found a Business to purchased pending good old Due Diligence Best Wishes, Zari
  9. Warnbro

    Cazza

    Mandurah covers a pretty large area so some bits are better than others. It all depends on your budget, but if you can afford to either rent or buy in Halls Head, you will be fine. I love Greenfields but I wouldn't raise a familly there. If you are worried about the kids, put them in private school. That's what we did (enrolled them in a Catholic School in Rockingham). Although the socialist in me doesn't agree with private education, for a new migrant kid, it pretty much removes the possibility of being bullied or excluded in school. I should point out that neither of us are practicing Catholics. It's not a requirement or condition over here (otherwise the school wouldn't get any state funding). Both our kids are at Uni now, but their primary currently charges $5,500 a year for a single child and to be honest, it was worth every cent. The Mandurah equivalent of where my kids went would be http://www.assumption.wa.edu.au/ It's a brilliant school and we have friends in Golden Bay who have three kids there. Good luck with the move and remember, you only live once.
  10. Cleowag

    Cazza

    Hi Cazza, We’ve been in Mandurah for three years. Yes there are social problems but we lived in Manchester before and the problems seem a lot less here in our opinion. It’s true that it’s a bit far from Perth and there is still a small town mentality at times but it’s a beautiful place, it’s on the up and has all the amenities you would need. It’s also very affordable and easy to get somewhere within walking distance to the beach. Our son is in an excellent primary school in Halls Head. We had three weeks in a holiday rental when we landed and that was just enough time, there are lots of long term rentals available at the moment so you should hopefully get one quick. Good luck and let me know if you need any further.
  11. Cazza

    Cazza

    Thanks for the advice guys. The visas that we have are unfortunately restricted to regional, low growth population areas. Halls Head? Bunbury? We have quite a few options within the designated postcodes so will have to have a really good luck around once we arrive. We have heard very mixed reports about Mandurah and this does worry us somewhat as we have children at very influential ages. Are there any other suitable places that you would recommend within the Peel Region? Thanks so much...... Caroline
  12. Warnbro

    Cazza

    I'd say you were a lot more likely to have problems in Mandurah than in Peppy Grove. I know Mandurah very well and have spent a lot of time there. We had a stilt house in Halls Head as a holiday home when I was a kid back in the '70s. I spend a lot of time in the estuary now and we are thinking of buying a place on the river in Greenfields for when I give up work (maybe in a year or two). But for a new migrant, Mandurah is a bit too "ocker" and very far flung from Perth. It's a culture shock coming here. Nobody can argue with that. As you get closer to the city, you are more likely to be living amongst others who have migrated and that tends to temper things a little. Your kids will be going to school with a better mix of locals and migrant kids and there will be some pommy kids just like them. I love Mandurah and my other half talked about us moving there when we migrated but after spending a bit of time there, she changed her mind. I wouldn't even consider living where I live now if I were a new migrant.
  13. verystormy

    Cazza

    So can anywhere. A friend spent a small fortune buying in Peppermint Grove. Moved in to find the house next door is a drug den and eventually woke up with police swarming as there had been a murder. Also had masses of other issues. In eight years in Mandurah we never had a single issue.
  14. Warnbro

    Cazza

    If you can put down a months rent as deposit and pay a months rent in advance, you will secure a place no problem even without references.
  15. Warnbro

    Cazza

    Why Mandurah? Don't get me wrong, I love the place, but it's not where I would settle as a new migrant. As a place to visit, Mandurah is lovely but it can be a bit of a rough place to live in and it has more than its fair share of social problems. Try to set yourself up a little closer to the city if you can. Maybe try somewhere like Beeliar which is closer to the city. Renting anywhere shouldn't be an issue at the moment as vacancy rates across the city are quite high and landlords are pretty desperate for tenants. Best advice would be to rent for about a year to gve you time to suss out which suburbs suit you best.
  16. Cazza

    Cazza

    Thank you so much for those reassuring words, it's good to know that these feelings are all pretty normal......deep breathing it is! I really appreciate the schooling advice too, I thought as much but it's hard to get the right information from the other end of the world. We are looking to settle in Mandurah although this may change once we get there and start looking at the areas in more detail. The flights are now booked for the 12th November and I am just in the process of finding temporary accommodation through Airbnb. Do you think 3 weeks will be long enough? Also, our eldest child is 15 and not coping very well with the thought of this move. I feel so much guilt, people keep reassuring me that he will be fine once we are there..... does anybody have any experience of this sort of issue and if so how did things turn out? Many thanks again Caroline
  17. Jack Bauer

    Has anyone applied for citizenship lately?

    Oh yeah !!!!
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  19. Rossmoyne

    Casual/part time jobs available

    All Backpacker Hostels have message boards which often contain ads for jobs too. Have you looked at our sister site www.pomsinoz.com.au? There is a good forum on there just dedicated to Working Holiday Visa holders and there are often job ads listed on there too.
  20. Rossmoyne

    Moving from SA to WA

    Warnbro says it all in his reply above. There are some good schools in those areas too, both state schools and private schools. Let us know if we can help further.
  21. Rossmoyne

    Hi! Any primary school teachers?

    As stated above, the main issue will be if your teaching qualifications are acceptable to Australian registration boards. To teach in Australia you must have 4 years of university education. A 4 year BEd or a 3 year degree topped by a PGCE. 3 year BEd is not accepted. The Teacher Registration Board of WA have a very informative website, so it might be worth having a look first of all. http://www.trb.wa.gov.au At the moment there is an oversupply of primary teachers in WA and permanent positions are hard to obtain.
  22. Rossmoyne

    Lil

    I have friends who moved from Perth to Eaton, which is a few km north of Bunbury, but really part of the surrounding suburbs of the city, and they love it there. I don't know Bunbury too well so can't offer any more suggestions.....
  23. Rossmoyne

    Cazza

    Perfectly normal to feel terrified. You would be abnormal if you weren't as it is a very large step to take in life. Practice the deep breathing and take one step at a time and you will be fine. As far as school is concerned, you have to have proof that you live within the school catchment area before your children can be enrolled. This can be a letter from an Estate Agent stating that you will be renting a property from them and providing the address; it can be a utility bill in your name showing the address of the property; and if you are purchasing a property, it can be a copy of the accepted Offer to Purchase, or a copy of the Settlement Statement. In all instances you would have to show the original documents and the school will take copies for their records. The last day of term for 2018 in WA for state schools is 13 December 2018, so once you have arranged a rental or purchase, I would advise contacting the school straight away. Do you have any idea of where you will be living?
  24. ow3n636

    Couple looking for friends

    Hello Sophie and Matthew, my name is Adam and my partners Adele both 29, we both live in the city and are always up for meeting new faces. Drop me a line and we c as n grab a coffee in the city if you would like. We have been here for 5 years and both from Yorkshire.
  25. stu4668

    Has anyone applied for citizenship lately?

    we applied beginning August 2018, website says 14 to 18 month wait, looks like we will have to pay for the resident return visa
  26. stu4668

    what are you doing at this moment

    over 4 years now for us and no regrets
  27. Jen78

    what are you doing at this moment

    Just finishing watching youngest have her swimming lesson after a day in work. After a very busy weekend moving in as we got our keys early, we're planning to celebrate our house settlement which went through today! Very relieved an excited to have own patch of Aussie turf xx
  28. Cazza

    Cazza

    Hi guys. Hope you are all well. Just freaking out a bit and after some general advice again! We are moving out in November with 4 kids and I am wondering if that will give us enough time to get them all enrolled in schools before they break for the summer? Is it a pretty straight forward process?! Also..... accommodation. How long would you advice to book an AIRBNB for? Will it be hard to rent out there with only just entering the country? What sort of paperwork will they require as we obviously won't have any previous rental agreements or anything, would you recommend bringing mortgage statements from here, etc? Lastly..... is it perfectly normal to be absolutely terrified and have moments of thinking what the hell are we doing?1 It's all so very daunting, any advice on the above and any reassurance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance Caroline
  29. FOL

    what are you doing at this moment

    Anyone still active here? How are things going?
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