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  1. ali

    Hi all!

    Welcome - ask away-
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    Class sizes

    You may get smaller classes in private schools
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    UK - restrictions cancelled !

    Not WA, our borders were supposed to open on Feb 5th and they're not. We also have mandatory triple vaccination for health workers.
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    General Questions

    Hi and welcome. Congratulations on your girlfriends job offer. The visa's don't open on Feb 5th, that is when WA is supposed to open it's borders (having said that, the premier and recently closed state borders again) and it's not certain yet how this will work. You will need to apply for a Tax File Number when you get here Australia Tax File Number (aus-taxnumber.com) Your status for applying for a mortgage may depend on the visa you are on and if it's temporary or not. We applied and got a mortgage within 2 weeks of landing (had a big deposit) but we had permanent residency and permanent jobs. It's not impossible to get one, but some lenders may not - it may be worth speaking to a mortgage broker. Citizenship again depends on the visa you are on. If it's a PR visa then you can apply in 4 years providing you have met the residency requirements of not leaving the country in that four years for more than a set amount of days (sorry can't recall off hand what that is). We have dual nationality but TBH it doesn't make any difference to us - we've allowed our British passports to expire and just travel on our Australian ones. As an Aussie Citizen you have to leave/enter this country on it anyway. Suburbs - it's always a difficult one as everyone is different. I love my suburb (Leeming) which has always had a strong community feel and been great when my children were growing up with a number of well regarded primary schools in the area.
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    Recommended Builder

    Does your suburb have a local directory? Might be worth trying someone local
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    By way of Introduction..

    Were you an Australian Citizen when your sons were born? If so, it may be that you can apply for visa's as citizen by decent (you'll need to look into that). We live nearer to the city so unable to comment about living around the areas you've suggested. Private schools tend to have looser boundaries than public schools for catchment but they may also have waiting lists depending on how popular or prestigious it is. Worth contacting them and seeing how the land lies. By chance that you do need to have medicals for the children - it may be worth gathering 'official' evidence about how functional your eldest is so that these can be submitted at the time of the medical.
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    School recommendation Perth SOR

    It's been a long time since my children were at primary school, my friend is a teaching assistant but works between two classes so there isn't always another person present who can give 1:1 time to a child. Some public schools have catchment areas so you'd be best doing a google search of schools in the areas you're interested in and and contacting the schools directly to find out what they offer/how they can meet your requiremnts.
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    Places to Eat - Recommendations

    Not been to Ruby's - it closes early and working full time I don't get there
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    Places to Eat - Recommendations

    Where is 6 willows?
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    Places to Eat - Recommendations

    I'd booked a table at Baltazhar but had to cancel due to the most recent lockdown. Going to Seven Sins next month in Roleystone (used to be Roleys on the ridge), it's got good reviews.
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    Places to Eat - Recommendations

    I think they're the same owners who had the Roxby
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    Places to Eat - Recommendations

    I like the older suburbs
  13. Ate recently (for our Anniversary) at Prago in Floreat. Meal was excellent, it says Italian but is more Mediterranean/European. Fine dining portions and they offer paired wines. We had the 3 course set menu (with choices) for $68 each (although I paid $5 for the fish) and $24 (something) for the paired wine - I got a rose, chardonnay and dessert wine with the food i'd ordered. My daughter had given us a Restaurant choice gift card which was accepted here. Certainly worth a visit.
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    Private Schools in Perth

    As Rossmoyne says there are lots of private schools in Perth but private doesn't always mean better from a results point of view. I would always suggest looking around the school and seeing if it will meet the needs of your child - I've known families start off in private and move to public and visa versa because their children weren't happy/thriving. Primary schools are really much of a muchness
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    Past sailing schedules

    Have you tried contacting the maritime museum? They may be able to point you in the right direction
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