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    Hello everyone I had so many answers from PP before we left that I wanted to share my experience so far for people looking to make the move. We arrived on 24th January so have been here a little over a month. WE have 2 boys aged 8 and 10. It's all been very hectic so far but things are very settled already! Boys are at Poynter Primary which I would highly recommend. The teachers and the community couldn't have been more welcoming and supportive. I did reach out to the P&C facebook page and a lovely lady set up a group playdate with some other mums and kids from my boys' year groups a few days before the start of term which I think made a huge difference, especially to my eldest who is very sensitive and I was concerned about his transition the most. We used PSS removals and had an excellent experience, they came and delivered all of our belongings and unpacked it all, it was very stress free and professional service. I might add that we actually sold our house and shipped all of our belongings off from England in July. PSS then stored it in Perth for us and we rang them the week before to give them the date and time we wanted them. I really wanted to hit the ground running so we rented a fully serviced house in the UK so that we could do that. We also rented our Perth house before we got here, my husband has family here who viewed the properties for us which helped a lot and I was looking for rentals from May so I had a good idea of what was available and the costs and signed the contract for a house in December. I know that this might sound like a lot of wasted money to some but it made things very smooth for us at this end. So far I have no doubt we have done the right thing, lovely evenings watching the boys swim/play while we chat/read, lovely weekends at the beach, it's really everything I thought it would be. I know that I'll probably feel homesick and miss friends and family (I hear 7 weeks is usually a low point!) but at the moment I'm feeling very content and satisfied we did the right thing!!! If you're thinking about a move, at this point I couldn't recommend it enough XXXX
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    Hi SB11, Sorry to read that you're feeling down. I think the key phrase in your post is "I've struggled to make friends" which is something a lot of us can relate to over here and it can make the difference between enjoying the place where your living and making it seem soulless and totally wrong for you. I've been here 13 years and still don't have the close friends I had in Blighty and there have certainly been times when making banal smalltalk with locals about things that I really couldn't give a stuff about has really got me down so I can certainly relate to where you're coming from even if your situation seems a lot more extreme than mine. However, I do disagree with your statement that Perth is uncultured. There are a lot of interesting people, places and events out there and that side of the city seems to be improving all the time. The key is having people that you can really enjoy the "culture" with. Here's what I'd suggest for you. In your post there's no indication of which part of Perth you're living in and what sort of things you like doing. Put that stuff out there and see if anybody's interested in meeting up. There will be a lot of people out there who have experienced alienation in Perth to some degree and would be interested in having a new chum. Quite a few of them may not be people you click with but just finding one who lives close by, likes similar things to you and, most importantly, gets you can make all the difference between enjoying the place where you live and hating it. Put yourself out there and persist with it until you find those elusive arch-chums. It might take a while but when you do you'll end up seeing Perth with new eyes. Good luck and hope things get better for you soon. Baggy
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    Hi All, Myself, Jen 39 (for a bit longer at least!) and hubby Andy 43, and 2 daughters Megan 15 and Keira 11 and another family from Perth Poms are having a beach afternoon and sunset picnic at the beach part of Hillarys boat harbour by the boardwalk. We would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to join us. We will be there from 3.30pm - 4pm onwards. We have been in Perth SOR for just over a year and are loving it and everything living over here has to offer us. We love meeting new people and getting out and about at the weekends. Hope to see a few of you there, if you fancy joining us can you please let me know underneath so we know to look out for you! Jen 😎
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    It was just ourselves and the other family from this site this time. The other family had invited another couple who came along, and it was nice to meet them. It was lovely to have a picnic and a chat as the sun went down. Would have been good to meet more people though 🙂. Thanks for asking 😀 Jen x
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    Hi all We are a family of four moving to Perth in the next two years. My wife Lisa is from Perth, but we have lived together in the UK for 14 years, and have 2 kids 9 and 4. I am about to apply for my Partner 309/100 visa which shouldn't be an issue, but a lot of documents to pull together! I am sure we will have lots of questions in the coming months, look forward to chatting with you all. Cheers Jon
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    Tell me about it!! Especially when you suffer from SAD! So over the snow now.... It's lovely when you don't have to get anywhere!! Cornwall had it bad again I think.... Where are you going in Cornwall? I'm from Porthtowan originally [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
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    For those who have taken part in a marathon or other endurance sport, you’ll already know that to reach the finish line you need: 1. Preparation, 2. Flexibility, 3. And, perseverance. In many ways, retirement planning is quite similar. Below we take a look at some of the key considerations. Getting clear on why you’re doing it and making the commitment When it comes to taking that first step, one of the biggest obstacles to retirement planning is shifting one’s mindset. Understandably, it can be hard to engage with the topic of retirement, especially if it’s far off and you have competing priorities right now. One place to start is by considering what kind of lifestyle you’d like to lead in retirement and how you might fund it. The Age Pension is a safety net for those who don’t have enough superannuation or other financial resources behind them to generate a reasonable minimum retirement income. The maximum Age Pension alone allows for a very basic lifestyle – the current full payment rate (including the pension supplement and energy supplement) is $23,096 pa for singles and $17,410 pa each for couples. From 1 July 2017, those at least 65.5 years may qualify, however the age is set to increase by 6 months every 2 years and will be 67 years by 1 July 2023. If you are striving towards a better lifestyle in retirement and/or want to retire before the Age Pension kicks in you will need to build your own personal financial fitness, to either supplement the Age Pension or self-fund your retirement. This may involve ramping up your debt repayments and/or savings. For example, paying off your home and growing your superannuation (over and above your employer’s Superannuation Guarantee contributions) and/or other investments outside of superannuation to reach your goal. Taking a proactive approach to retirement planning earlier, means you can benefit from the power of compounding and give yourself flexibility if things change along the way. This may enable you to move towards your goal at a more comfortable pace. If you leave retirement planning for later, you may find yourself under more pressure to reach the same goal or your expectations for retirement may need to be revised. See our article “It’s Never Too Early or Too Late To Save For Retirement" for a good example of this. Here, we show how much money you need to set aside each month (assuming a 6% return pa) to reach $1 million by age 65 if you start at different ages during your lifetime. For example: Age 20 = $361.04 pm Age 30 = $698.41 pm Age 40 = $1,435.83 pm Age 50 = $3,421.46 pm Building your support team, assessing your existing situation and cross-training An important part of retirement planning is building a team of relevant people around you. For example, your financial adviser is here to help you map out an appropriate path and support you on your journey. This will initially be based on an assessment of your baseline financial fitness and the establishment of a plan that focuses on the steps that need to be taken to achieve your goal. Depending on your circumstances, the plan can encompass many areas of your personal finances. For example: Creating a budget and monitoring your cash inflows and outflows Managing your debt levels and making extra debt repayments Saving and investing for the long-term Reviewing the use of superannuation as a vehicle for wealth accumulation Establishing a contingency plan with personal insurances. Together these things can help you reach your goal. For example, budgeting can help you tap into surplus income, which can then be used to pay down debt faster. The extinguishment of debt, frees up further income, which you may choose to contribute into superannuation and/or build other investments outside of superannuation. Having appropriate personal insurances in place can help you stay on track to reach your goal when an unexpected event such as a sickness or injury occurs. Milestones, reassessing your progress and blasting through the wall Retirement planning is not a sprint. It’s a long-distance run. So, working towards smaller milestones, reassessing your progress and making adjustments where needed along the way can help you stay motivated and keep on track to achieving your goal. A milestone can be extinguishing debt by a certain date, reassessing your progress can include an annual review of your financial situation, whilst making adjustments can involve tweaking your plan to cater for changes in legislation over time. Nevertheless, at a certain stage in your race whether it be at the beginning, halfway through or nearing the finish line, you may find yourself hitting a “wall”. This may be due to one or a combination of factors, for example, competing priorities and/or unexpected events. To manage your way through this, it’s important to assess the situation with your support team, make adjustments where required, and then refocus your attention to the goal at hand. Digging deep, crossing the finish line and post-planning Nearing the finish line, may be the point in your life where you have paid off your debts, accumulated a reasonable superannuation account balance, have additional investments outside of super and are in the highest income earning years of your career. This is where you can start to think about building on what you have already achieved to date. For example, by doubling down to further boost your superannuation in the time remaining, which may involve maximising your concessional and non-concessional contributions whilst still considering the limits. Crossing the finish line is often accompanied by a feeling of relief and accomplishment. Your preparation, flexibility and perseverance has culminated into your goal becoming a reality. At this stage, it’s time to reassess your current situation and manage your recovery and relaxation. The next chapter of your life is upon you, although it may not be as physically and mentally demanding, it’s still important to stay on top of your new baseline financial fitness. We hope you have enjoyed our look at some of the parallels between retirement planning and running a marathon. If you need help with your retirement planning, remember we are here to help you map out an appropriate path and support you along the way. Access this and many more articles and videos like this here: Vista Financial Knowledge Centre
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    Thanks @Jen78 yep things are so much better , so much clearer now for us all as a family . Our biggest problem is that if we where millionares and could live 6 months in Perth then the other 6 months in the UK we would ..... We have so much love for both countries - we really do . We all miss the ocean though , it seems like a dream that only a year ago we where swimming in the sea, just a short walk from our house on mullaloo drive every day after school !!!! ARGHHHH ! But hey lifes for living - nothing is forever , so im sure this time next year well be back in that lush ocean
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    It would have been lovely to meet you Pegg 🙂 Sorry about your winter, have some sun ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️ Hope things are going a bit better for you now. Jen x
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    I hope people turned up Jen. So many people on this forum wanting to meet up and make friends, but there are so few replies to report back, so we don't know if anything eventuated. With so many people really wanting to make friends, I hope that you all do meet up and relationships are formed. As Mods/Admin, we rarely hear if this has happened, so it would be good to have some feedback. We have all been in your position of being the newbies on the block and just want to help everyone settle into their new lives.
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    How sad that you think Perth is superficial and uncultured. Perhaps this is your view because you came from a close family and lived in a major city in the UK with so much on your doorstep. The pleasures of Perth are myriad. It is remote from any other big city in the world, so it has developed a character all of it's own that is a bit laid back, very spread out geographically, a bit country town grown big, some incredible scenery (both inland and on the coast), and a good melting pot of different nationalities all coming together. Whilst WA doesn't have international stars visiting every day, we have some amazing venues for concerts and attract all the big names. We have a world class Ballet Company (WA Ballet), a world class Symphony Orchestra (WASO), just to name a few. But apart from that, there are so many amateur dramatic groups, music groups, art clubs etc, scattered all over our spread out metro area. Is this the sort of "culture" that you are missing? No way is Perth superficial. It is a country town grown big too quick, but it is no way superficial. I actually think you might be living in a suburb that you don't feel comfortable in. If so, have you considered moving elsewhere? It is very hard to make a new life when you first emigrate, and it took me a couple of years to feel that I was comfortable in my new "place", so I totally understand how you must be feeling. Are you working or are you stuck at home all day after your children go to school? Homesickness is terrible - it is a physical hurting as much as a mental one. We have all been there and I hope you can find a way through this.
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    You know , we definatly would be if still there ! Have a great time and enjoy the sun ! Its been a long horrid cold winter here in the UK brrrr
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    Hi, is anyone joining us? Would be great to see you there, and a fab way to meeet some new people. Jen x
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    Went to see this last night and it was a great film - very British, funny and poignant. It's worth a look, particularly if you're feeling nostalgic.
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    Hi, what a lovely post. So glad to hear that things have gone smoothly and you are all happy. Reaching out to the P&C was a great idea. If you want to make friends and get involved through volunteering, the P&C is a great place to start. I went along to the meetings, got involved in discos and volunteering in the school canteen and helping out in classes, and it was great for giving me a sense of purpose, meeting people and getting out of the house. It has even led to a job in the school office! I didn’t hit a low till about 7/8 months that lasted for a few weeks, but you get through it the best way you can. It soon passed and things are great. Have you both got jobs? Well done on such a positive start, enjoy the ride 😀 Jen x
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    In theory you can do this. However, there are a few issues. The first is that if immigration realised your plan on entry you would be refused entry for not being a genuine tourist. The work situation you mention may not be legal. The ATO does not decide on if you are resident for tax purposes based on where the work is carried out. But on a broad test that asks if you are resident generally. For example, I lived in WA but worked in Tanzania. I was in Tanzania for far more time than I was in WA. But I was classed as resident in WA. If they decide you are resident then you would be working illegally which would result in cancellation of visa and a ban from applying for another visa. The next is the risk of a no further stay condition. This can be applied to a tourist visa at any time and could result in you not being able to apply on shore. Lastly, the most likely bridging visa that would come in at the end of the tourist visa is a BVA. This would have no work rights and no travel rights -. You can not leave and re enter Australia. I would take professional advice from a good registered migration agent.
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    When people apply onshore they're usually here on another visa such as a 457. I don't believe that your children would be allowed to go into kindy when on a tourist visa. Also, if you were wanting it to be 'real life' rather than holiday then you'd want to be working and you wouldn't be allowed to do so on a tourist visa either. You also can't travel with dependents on a WHV (if you were eligible). Personally, a skilled independent (for me) is always the best option if you are able to go for it.
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    Hi. Glad to hear it's going well for you. We are in Duncraig if you ever fancy a catch up. Bryan and Nanette
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    Lovely update Budgie - i'm glad that you're settling.
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    It is probably going to be a temp visa - the new TSS which is replacing the 457. Though I would be surprised if even a TSS is processed by then unless the company have a priority processing agreement in place Yes your 16 year old son can go with you. I am assuming he will be coming with you from the start. However, you need to be aware that a number of states will charge you for his education and if you are still on a temp visa when he starts university he will be an international student which means no assistance from the government and have to pay international fees. If it is a TSS it is important to understand that your are not emigrating to Oz. It is a temporary move with no guarantee of anything more. Have you looked to see if your husband is eligible for an independent skilled visa?
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    Just an update the Skilling Australian Fund (SAF) has not been passed by senate yet so will not be applicable until passed. Therefore anyone looking at TRT for 186 apply NOW! It will cost your employer an additional $3000-$5000 so I cant see many wishing to sponsor when this is introduced
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    Perth is an isolated city but it is also an oasis to get away from it all. Kings Park is absolutely beautiful and I think SYD or MEL struggles to provide a city park that is as pristine, unhurried and not commercialized. Cottesloe Beach gets my vote for the golden sunset views over the hip vibes of overcrowded Bondi Beach. Subiaco Markets over touristy Victoria Markets for me. There is not a lot going on but I make it a point to plan ahead and actually attend the few key acts or events that get into town, and I find it is enough for me as a busy parent. Realistically, your friends are going to be fellow parents with kids in the same school or suburb. Singles or non-parents are less likely to understand. Any parents with whom you can get sufficient contact time are more likely to be the mates you seek than the 'touch and go' set. I'm thinking parent volunteer groups and play groups around coffee before the kids get off school. Try the 'expat with kids' circles Else, interest groups - yoga, boxercise, or whatever you fancy that meet during school hours. Meetup.com and perhaps InterNations.org helps. There is no substitute for getting out there and making the first move, and it does take effort making friends in a spread out place like Perth. Once you get a small circle of friends going it will start to be better. Give it a shot and good luck.
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    I think being English people don't expect there to be a culture shock when they arrive in Aus. I too find it hard to think of Perth being uncultured and superficial. One of the difficulties making friends is that you may unawares be projecting some vibes and people might just be seeing the negativity and finding it hard to get to know you? What motivated you to move from the UK? Ask your GP for a Mental Health care plan for some psychology sessions - I think you need to talk out how you feel initially on your own - then I would consider couple counselling (Try relationships Australia). Your homesickness and negative feelings are affecting you, your relationship and probably your children if you're both bickering. With the couple counselling, you both have to be prepared to listen to the other person .. you say lack of support - what will help the session is to be able to identify what that means for you and that will give your partner a better chance to respond. You may find that the bickering is just a big a problem for him too ... once you can both identify what it is you need from each other - you can then work/look at if either of you can provide what the other is asking for. One of the things that happens when we're down/depressed is that everything around us becomes negative - as hard as you try, you're probably not going to see Perth in any different a light due to your unhappiness which you have to get sorted first. I do think that you probably need to sort out these issues here, if you both decide to go back then these issues are just going to be in your suitcase to rear their head at another time. One note of caution is that should your relationship end - you won't be able to just go back with the children.
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    Where did you move from since Perth seems so superficial and uncultured? Maybe that attitude is one of the reasons you cant make friends? Which suburb do you live in? Maybe a move to another suburb could help. We are a FIFO family and manage just fine, yes its not for everyone but you do have to put a bit of effort in as its like being a single parent some of the time. Does family ever come to visit? Do you make sure you do daytrips etc on your partners R&R week? it all helps
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    ATAR is kind of GCSE's and A levels combined (if you're looking for an equivalent). The courses are over 2 years and the subjects are chosen in year 10 (to study in year 11 and 12). Your best 4 ATAR subjects are taken to give you a score which the Universities use for entry. some Uni's used to have a lower ATAR for general Entry, some courses e.g. medicine, vets, require ATARS of 99. With the exception of UWA which has a higher minimum entry ATAR of 80, the other Uni's are 70 (I think) for general entry. Notre Dame holds interviews.
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    Hi, my kids don’t go to Poynter but my friends kids do, she says it’s a really great school. They will do sports a couple times a week following the curriculum but then there may be after school teams that they could join. They will do 2 weeks of swimming lessons a year and the local schools all organise inter school sports competitions in year 6 for 1 term and there are I think 4 sports they can choose from, soccer being 1 of them. If they are in to soccer they could join a soccer team, you will arrive in time to join a club before the season starts, Hamersley FC train at Carine Open Space which is close by and is a lovely little club, my son played for them for a season when we first arrived. Good luck with the move [emoji2] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    We also live in Duncraig, it is a lovely suburb! Our daughter goes to Davallia which is a fantastic school but I have also heard really good reports on Poynter (unfortunately I don't know anything about their sporting provisions!) there will always be the option to do after school soccer etc.. Good luck with the move!
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