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  2. Gill Fitzgerald

    UK year 4/5 Vs Grade 4 in Oz

    Hi First time poster! Our family are hopefully relocating to Perth in the next 6 months, just waiting on our RRV’s to come through. We have 2 daughters both in school here in the UK - age 9 (year 4) and age 6 (year 2). I have been told that they will both go into grade 4 and grade 2 when we move. From looking online, this seems to be compared to year 5 and year 3 in UK school years. I don’t know enough about the curriculum in Oz to compare but I am concerned that they both could essentially, depending on when we move, miss out on completing their current UK school year and be behind academically (and get thrown into the oz equivalent of year 5/3). I hope I’m explaining myself properly! I am worried that potentially being behind academically as well as trying to settle into a new school, make friends could be too much! Any advice or tips would be much appreciated Gill xx
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  4. ali

    over 65 & bridging visa

    Do be cautious, as VS says yes it's possible, however, it's only recently that an old lady on a bridging visa in a nursing home was going to be deported back to the UK as she didn't pass the medical and therefore the visa wouldn't be granted.
  5. Rossmoyne

    are folks still emigrating ?

    One of the major pointers to an economic downturn is house prices. Unfortunately house prices in Perth have definitely dropped in the past 4 years, as all the real estate websites show. Great time to buy of course, especially as mortgage rates are so low at the moment. Bottom line though is that most people are affected... some not apparently... but most are in some way or another. Even a government job is no protection these days either, as a friend who is a level 8 WA government employee found out last year when she and her whole team of 35 were made redundant. Having said all that, I am currently in Queensland staying with my son and his partner, and things are beginning to boom here again after a long recession. Lots of building, lots of new cafes and other businesses, lots of new jobs, and property prices are on the upward trend. Utility prices and petrol are still stupidly excessive though, just like all around Australia. I paid $1.79 a litre for petrol today and nearly had a heartattack!!!
  6. Thanks for letting us know Sharon. It is looking more positive for you. You will have to request the Uni to do an assessment for Recognised Prior Learning, and it is more than likely that you will then be exempt from certain units. Keep us posted please!
  7. verystormy

    over 65 & bridging visa

    In theory yes. But. You need to be very clear about how this works. While on a bridging visa, you would have little or no access to state assistance. You would have limited acces to healthcare. Combine this with the fact this visa has a processing time of about 30 years, it means you would be spending all of your older years with limited access to any of the assistance most people rely on in their older years.
  8. Last week
  9. Plumberman

    over 65 & bridging visa

    Hi all, ok, so when I get over 65, can I apply for a brideging visa while on shore, and then get the 804 age parent Visa? my Son lives in Oz (half my children), So I want to spend the rest of my days in Oz, and can I remain in Oz until the non- payment visa is granted? think I have this correct? any advice would be great, Thanks
  10. KerryB

    Looking for friends in the northern suburbs

    Hi Lauren and Naomi! I moved here in July too with my husband and 2 kids (6&3) I'm north of the river too and would be keen for meeting up Have you guys arranged a catch up? Kerry x
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  12. Hi All, I have a Graduate Accountant job going in lovely Hillarys WA. I may consider someone with Cert IV qualifications. This is a developmental role with support from the Business Support Manager. It is essential that you have an appreciation of recreational fishing. Please message me if you are interested. Thanks
  13. Weedolly

    Newbie on this forum

    Am in Padbury, its an older suburb but I like older places anyway so suits us. Also much bigger blocks, what is happening though is quite a few people are splitting blocks and building 2 houses on one block. Is a good location, along with Duncraig, Hillarys, Kingsley, Greenwood. We have access to the freeway at both ends of the suburb, Heburn Ave and Whitfords Ave, 2 train stations again Heburn and Whitfords, 5 minutes drive or walking distance from some parts of the suburb. Whitfords Shopping Centre, Hillarys Boat Harbour, and only around 20 minutes drive to the city in normal traffic, like everywhere else takes longer in peak times. I moved over here from Melbourne a few years ago, Melbourne was so much cheaper than Perth, at that time now it is the opposite. We rented a huge 4x2 new build in Melbourne for $375, came over here and and 4x2 was $600,now WA is the cheaper. Dont know about orthodontist, but there is a gymnastics club in Wangara,about 15 minutes from here which is good, think there is also one in Balcatta,
  14. pegg

    Where's the Poms at 😜

    what 4x4 you got ? our friends in bunbury like abit of "off roading"
  15. verystormy

    RRV visa issue

    As ali says, getting a firm offer / contract for the role via the agency would be a good option if they are willing. I am guessing you are aware of the other big issue regarding your wife and first child? That if they did not enter Australia to make first entry within the specified time, their visas would have been cancelled. So, even if you get an rrv they can not travel with you.
  16. ali

    RRV visa issue

    Hi, I'm guessing the problem you're having is being able to prove the substantial ties to Aus. Have you asked the agency if they can re-write the letter to prove that you have a firm job offer (perhaps mentioning the name of the company). RRV's are taking a considerable amount of time for those who have not met the residency requirements. Did your family validate their visa's? If not then those will have expired and they would need to apply for new visa's also (rather than RRV's).
  17. Mic

    RRV visa issue

    Hello Folks! Great forum by the way... Just want to get some advice and maybe ideas how to get over my issue with RRV. I would appreciate your support on that. I am a geologist (the guy that deals with rocks :) and In October 2013 was granted a PR 190 visa for me and my family - then wife and a child. I flew to Perth right away in November 2013 - just by myself to try to find a job. Unfortunatelly nothing came up and I had to fly elsewhere - Middle East at that time gave some good opportunities. In the meantime we welcomed 2 more children in our family (there is 5 of us now). While I was in the Middle East - a job agency in Perth contacted me several times offering me a position - at that time I had to stick to my job in the M.E. Unfortunatelly 5 years flew very quickly and I almost forgot about my PR reneval. I came back from the Middle East to my home country in Central Europe and could not fly to AU before the 5 year period passed, for many reasons. I contacted a job agency in Perth and got a letter from them saying that they would offer me a job if I get RRV. I myself applied in November 2018 for RRV and included the agency letter in the application but till this day nothing ... no response from the immigration. An immigration agent told me that the agency letter is not sufficient, I would have to have a proper job offer, for any position - inlcluding cleaner, waiter etc., not necessary in my profession. The letter would be a strong point for me to receive RRV. The thing is I don't know anybody in AU that would help me with that. Anybody can give advice ? Thanks Mic
  18. ali

    Shipping white goods

    I love how during the summer you put out a load and it's dry by the time you're putting out the second. We use our dryer a lot in winter
  19. pegg

    Shipping white goods

    we never used a dryer ......... As that Perth sun drys clothes in about 30 minutes ! and the breeze from the fremantle Dr helps in the afternoon
  20. Thanks Ali, it's good to have choices at least. Will contact uni's this week.
  21. Naomilouise

    Looking for friends in the northern suburbs

    Heyyy. Im in a similar boat, I’m 27, and me & my partner moved out here in July. Now I’m starting to miss having them girlie days as well. We live in the City. What northern suburb are you in? let me know if you fancy meeting up or drop us a message Naomi x
  22. Good luck Sharon. I think it will be down to the Uni's if they accept the qualifications against prior learning - it may be that they have to be against specific units. I know when my son did a cert IV - they looked at the units he'd done at High school in the related subject and he didn't have to do those particular units again and got a refund against them.
  23. flaspur

    Need a good Removal company from UK to Perth

    Oops sorry, yes I see the dates now. Apologies!
  24. Hi, Sorry it took so long to respond. I had some delay getting a transcript from my UK Uni, however all good now. My qualifications have been assessed by the Overseas Qualifications Unit, and have been identified as: • The Certificate in Education (Further and Adult) is assessed as comparable to the educational level of an Australian Graduate Diploma. • The Level 3 – Assessing candidates using a range of methods is assessed as comparable to the educational level of an Australian Certificate IV. I'm currently working as an Education Assistant at a high school, so am considering contacting the Teacher Registration Board to see if i can use this Diploma towards a teaching degree. It's fantastic to have had your advice and I'm so grateful. I had spoken to many Uni's who would only advise enrolling to a Teaching degree first then after I'd completed 2 units, they would consider previous qualifications. Have a fantastic weekend Sharon Goodchild
  25. NorthumbrianDavid

    Shipping white goods

    Thanks Ali. [emoji106] Sent from my Redmi Note 7 using Tapatalk
  26. ali

    Shipping white goods

    Only daft question is the one that doesn't get asked lol. We brought both our washing machine and tumble dryer. We did use it in the winter months
  27. NorthumbrianDavid

    Shipping white goods

    Probably a daft question, but is it worth shipping a tumble dryer over for use in the winter months? Sent from my Redmi Note 7 using Tapatalk
  28. Hi @flaspur - welcome to the forum This is an old thread from 2018. would be great to hear though of your own migration journey
  29. davidhouston

    Where's the Poms at 😜

    Me and the misses have been over for a few years now and really want to meet some new people with similar interests. We're into outdoor life, 4x4in, bbq and beers. We're south Perth, in our early 30's, if your keen give us a message to meet up
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