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  2. ali

    Man On The Ground

    I personally don't think there's much of a call for it to be honest. I think those are things that people can do pretty easily themselves. I would be cautious offering a service setting up visa's though. It wasn't something we considered for ourselves (wouldn't want to trust a stranger to view a house for us for example). Good luck with your venture though, if you decide to do it.
  3. ali

    open new account from UK

    12 years ago for us but Westpac was very easy at that time. What about commonwealth?
  4. Rossmoyne

    open new account from UK

    Sorry Pegg I can't help you as banking things have changed so much since my migration journey 30 years ago. Hopefully others will come along with recommendations or idea.
  5. Rossmoyne

    Renovating... help!!

    Time to broaden your horizons FOL!!! Come visit down this end of the metro area....
  6. Rossmoyne

    No kitchen for 2 weeks.... how to cook?!

    Got that going today with a Jamie Oliver Lamb Shanks with red wine and herbs thingy happening..... smells so good.... will freeze what is leftover. Really enjoying the change to our normal cooking and eating pattern. As we are a Low Carb house, I have come across some great recipes on the Diet Doctor website too that can be cooked in a slow cooker or on a barbie.
  7. FOL

    Renovating... help!!

    I'm from NOR and know nothing about SOR
  8. Richard81

    Man On The Ground

    Hi all, I just wanted to gain some feedback for a new concept that we are looking at starting up next month. Me and my partner moved to Perth back in 2010. We have since been through the sponsorship programe through to PR and eventually Citizenship. We are now fully settled in Perth with one toddler and one on the way. We are looking at starting up a small business that will help people back in the UK make the move to Perth. It can be a stressful time making or even considering the move. We would look to offer several service levels covering a range of offers. Most will include such things as flight advice, location advice, initial location bookings, property reviews, airport pick up, and a tour of Perth and your new local suburb. We would also offer help with setting up accounts, visas, social clubs and schools to name a few. Costs will vary depending on the package you choose but will all be very reasonable. I would love to hear your thoughts especially from some of you guys back in the UK who are currently contemplating the move. Is this something you think would help you with your move/decision? Please leave your comments or send me a PM if you prefer. Many thanks.
  9. Yesterday
  10. pegg

    open new account from UK

    Ahh , also spotted that alot of banks are activated 3 months before arrival . So i may have to wait awhile.
  11. Hi, So when we where in Oz we banked with nab and jeez never again ! So back in blighty and tried to open account with westpac - But having real start up problems and know one seems to respond to emails ! We only want to put cash in ! So yep can anyone recommend a ozzy bank that we can liaise with and get it topped up before we get out there ? cheers guys
  12. The advice is always use a registered migration agent. If you think ACS are pedantic. Wait till you actually deal with migration. Accept, they don't give the chance to redo do things.mthey will keep that big expensive visa fee. Issue a refusal and potentially even a ban on reapplying.
  13. Last week
  14. Hi guys, Let me tell you my story. I have already worked in Australia for a year on a working holiday visa. I came back to the UK 6 years ago and have been working regularly for the past 5 years at a large tech firm here in the UK. I applied for a skills assessment through the Australian Computer Society (ACS). I could not believe how fussy and pedantic they have been with regard to the format of the reference letters. I paid £300 to have the employers references assessed. They advised me that every letter needs to be certified. I went back to all my previous employers and asked them to certify the letters. The ACS then came back saying it cannot be certified by the company itself. So I got my mate Jeff who just happens to be a chartered structural engineer to certify the letters. Now there were about 10 letters and he is a busy man so instead of getting him to write all the speel out, I put together a "Stamp" which was just a piece of paper with everything printed on it and it included his signature. I scanned each letter with stamp carefully placed so that it would be readable on the letter. I submitted all 10 of them to the ACS. They wouldn't accept that either. So I went back to my mate and got him to write everything out again. He was happy enough to do this but it took him about an hour to do. I submitted all the letters to the ACS. They then came back to me saying that one of the letters (which just so happens to be the company I have been at the longest and also my current employer where I have been 5 years) lacks sufficient detail. It did not include information on my roles and duties. So I went back to my company and asked them to re-do the letter. My company then re-iterated what it said in the letter that they could not give out certain information due to company data protection policy. I then phoned the ACS at midnight my time and hoped that someone on the other end would be human enough to empathise with my situation. Instead of being helpful they were rude and the girl actually cut me off in mid speech and said "what is your actual question? " she insisted that not only could they not accept the reference letter, but if I was to somehow get my company to re-do the reference letter this time with all the required detail, that I would still have to pay a further £200 to get the application re-assessed! I have managed to get my company to redo the letter and I have paid the additional £200 to have the application re-assesed. It would not suprise me if these idiots at the ACS come back with some other BS excuse for not being able to process my skills assessment. My understanding is that I need to get this done through the ACS if I work in IT and it is needed for the department of home affairs to calculate how many points I have. I have found my interaction with the ACS to be a bit like the computer says no sketch in the tv show little Britain. See link here for a funny clip. This kinda puts me off Australia in general. It makes me wonder if I really want to live in a country where people are so far stuck up their own arses that they cannot compromise on the money thing or indeed show even the slightest bit of empathy. I found Aussies were mostly rude and up themselves apart from a few people I have kept in touch with. So part of me is wondering why I want to apply for a visa there apart from the great weather, good money and attractive lifestyle. I guess you've got to take the rough with the smooth. I reckon when I am out there I will not this time go out of my way to be too friendly with the Aussies, because I have in my experience found them to be fake friendly at best! Their immigration system stinks of arrogance and I hope the people aren't all like that. It has been 6 years since I left so I can't remember everything although I do remember some people were so far up their own arses it was difficult to maintain a conversation with them! JUST WANTED TO GET THAT OFF MY CHEST! Enjoy the video below, Aaron.
  15. Rossmoyne

    Renovating... help!!

    Rossmoyne is a beautiful quiet riverside suburb on the Canning River, with Leach Highway on the southern border. Willetton, Bullcreek, Riverton, Parkwood are all close neighbours.
  16. Rossmoyne

    No kitchen for 2 weeks.... how to cook?!

    Ha ha.... great minds think alike! I have an air fryer too that was a Mothers Day pres from my offspring, so going to play with that. Let us know how your kitchen reno goes.... so exciting!
  17. Weedolly

    No kitchen for 2 weeks.... how to cook?!

    We are doing the same, have spent the last week cooking, Chilli, Bolognaise, Lasagne, Curry etc, you get cheap plastic tubs for a few $$, big pot of soup makes about 10 portions for lunch.I have a rice cooker that cost $13! from Kmart, does a great job, so not too hard to manage for a couple of weeks without a stove top
  18. Rossmoyne

    No kitchen for 2 weeks.... how to cook?!

    Thanks FOL! I have the friend's list sorted, and then had a brainwave last night. So today sees me batching cooking curry, bolognese, chille con carne, and I am going to freeze portions and just heat in the microwave. We dont eat rice or pasta, so naan, crusty bread, corn chips etc will work out well. Feels good giving the old kitchen a final workout over the weekend.
  19. FOL

    No kitchen for 2 weeks.... how to cook?!

    Pretend like you are camping. LPG gas cooking stoves (or barbies) in combination wiyh the microwave should take you quite far. Alternatives: - bread - take away or restaurant - friends
  20. FOL

    Renovating... help!!

    Ah hence the nickname. I never even heard of that suburb
  21. So my kitchen and family room reno starts next week and I am going to be without a kitchen, and also have no furniture as the whole flooring in the place is being ripped up and replaced with planking. It seemed a good idea at the time as we renovated when we moved in 28 years ago and it is so tired and desperately needs updating. But it wasn't until today as I packed away the last of the kitchen stuff, that I thought, how can I feed us while this is underway? I have put the microwave, kettle and electric frypan and a few plates, cups, cutlery etc in the laundry as this will be our temporary kitchen. The fridge/freezer will still be around thankfully. Friends have offered to feed us dinner some nights, and breakfasts and lunches are easy, but eating dinner out often will be so expensive (as if this reno hasn't already gone way over budget), so I am looking for easy meals I can cook on the barbeque (if the winter weather is accommodating), or in the electric frypan. Please stun me with all your brilliant ideas..... my brain is fried from organising all this, packing up so much from a kitchen and 4 rooms, and now project managing the whole issue!
  22. Rossmoyne

    Renovating... help!!

    Thanks FOL - I am in Rosmoyne so quite a distance from Joondalup and have already sourced an electrician.
  23. FOL

    Renovating... help!!

    I know a fantastic sparky. He is in the Joonfalup/Wanneroo area. Where are you locates?
  24. Rossmoyne

    Renovating... help!!

    I prefer to use local tradies and not any of the big companies because of past issues. I have found an electrician recommended by a couple of friends, so going with him, but still looking for a gas fitter/plumber, and tiler.
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  26. Thanks so much, will give that a shot!
  27. There is an Overseas Qualification Unit in Perth. https://migration.wa.gov.au/contact/general-migration-support/overseas-qualifications-unit I think they may be able to help you, or at least point you in the right direction. Let us know how you get on.
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