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  2. FOL

    Moving to WA

    I can't imagine an experienced salea manager having trouble finding work. As a marketing freelancer I am flat out and refusing work.
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  4. Chilly77

    Moving to WA

    Thanks for the info guys, I'm under no illusions as to how difficult it could prove to be. I'll get in touch with Camilla thank you :-)
  5. verystormy

    Moving to WA

    Welcome to the forum I would run your situation past a good registered migration agent. Camilla at http://www.newlifedownunder.com.au is a member of the forum and is well thought of.
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  7. BlackCountryPom

    Moving to WA

    I would suggest getting out of holiday mode before you make your decision, I was the same when I came back. WA currently has huge unemployment, the cost of living is high aswell. Not sure about your job situation for demand but the vast majority of WA is struggling if you read previous posts about making the move.
  8. Chilly77

    Moving to WA

    Hi Everyone, Me and the family have just returned from a 3 week holiday to Perth, and have been thinking of nothing else but moving there to raise our two year old Daughter Orla. We were there for a good friends wedding, who lives in North Beach, and could not believe her quality of life and how beautiful the area and climate both are for raising a family. I work as a Recruitment Consultant in Manchester, and my wife is a Sales Manager for a fast moving consumer goods company. I am 42 and my wife is 37, we have just started to look at the Visa options and it seems to be a bit of a minefield. I just wondered if anyone could give me some advice as to where to start, and are we kidding ourselves.....given that our occupations are not necessarily in demand in WA at the moment?! An old friend of mine who lives in Sydney told me that he moved his family out there 2 years ago after being granted a perm residency visa, and then just got jobs on arrival. Seems it was quite easy for him. Any advice would be most welcome. Many thanks Chris, Lauren & Orla
  9. Naomilouise

    Looking for friends in the northern suburbs

    Hey Kerry! Not yet! Where abouts are you? Naomi xx
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  11. DaveA

    New to WA

    Hi Ali, thank you for taking the time to reply I am looking at that to a few sports etc This forum just seemed a great way to hello and meet some like minded people also.
  12. ali

    New to WA

    Hi and welcome to the forum. Have you thought about joining a football team? A lot of clubs have social and masters teams - great way to get to meet people
  13. DaveA

    New to WA

    Hi all, I’ve just moved to Baldivis from the UK with my partner who is also English but is an Aussie citizen. I’m hoping to get involved and meet some new people to make my integration a little easier. Particularly as my other half begins her new job next week and I am unable to even begin looking for employment until February. My interests are football, running (although lapsing), trying to get rid of a few pounds at the gym along with trying to get my head around Aussie rules! Be great to hear from anyone with similar interests
  14. magicians

    Where's the Poms at 😜

    Hi, im south of Perth too mate, if you fancy a bevy just let me know!
  15. ali

    UK year 4/5 Vs Grade 4 in Oz

    Hi Gill and welcome to the forum. I wouldn't worry about the difference, most people I know have found the year groups to being quite similar.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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!!!
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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,
  25. pegg

    Where's the Poms at 😜

    what 4x4 you got ? our friends in bunbury like abit of "off roading"
  26. 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.
  27. 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).
  28. 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
  29. 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
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