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  1. We ask people use the PM system to contact in the first instance.
  2. 2 Occupations Axed from Lists

    Thanks for the update Camilla
  3. p85 form

    I don't recall filling any forms in, but I was working full time. Will it effect your pension payments if you don't? Might be worth just filling it in.
  4. Parent migration options

    Technically (although people do it), coming on a tourist visa with the intention of not going home again could be frowned upon could be frowned upon, but important to remember that the bridging visa, generally only gives you the same rights as your previous visa (unless they specifically apply for work rights). Will your parents have enough funds without being able to get any assistance/work? I don't know when granted work rights, if it's easy for people to find work on this type of visa. The problem also with the non contributory visa and the lengthy processing time, is that by the time that it's ready for granting, potentially, people could have developed serious medical conditions which will not pass the medicals. it might be worth running it by a registered migration agent is a regular contributor to the site and you can use the PM system to contact.
  5. Just returned from a trip to KL with my daughter to celebrate my birthday and her graduation - have had an awesome time and would recommend it - particularly when Air Asia have some cheap flights.
  6. 11th Aussiversary

    Thank you x
  7. 11th Aussiversary

    Arrived in Perth 11 years ago, we didn't know a soul here and had to be very resilient and self sufficient. Our children who were 11 and 7 at the time have now both officially spent half their lives here, my eldest says she's happy to have spent her childhood years here. She visited family in the UK briefly last year on her way home from a European holiday and says whilst it was nice catching up, she didn't have any anchoring to return. Our son was 18 in September and his pressie is a trip back with hubby to watch some football - he remember little of living in the UK so it will be interesting to see what he makes of it. We were fortunate to arrive before the rule change for Citizenship and were able to become citizens after 2 years here. We've developed a close friendship group who are like family to us now, this did take time and in the early days, the lack of friendships was what I missed - but they do happen if you put yourself out there and there are a few that don't quite happen for whatever reason. We both still work in the same places that we got our jobs before we arrived. Education for the kids has been good, I think like anything with the move you have to not compare, certainly, primary was more relaxed this a reduced amount of home work (I remember my son in year 2 in the UK having so much at weekends), here the teacher said that her students would be working hard throughout the week and like mums and dads deserved some time off at the weekends. For those who've read my posts in the past, my children are chalk and cheese, my daughter is academic and my son, whilst not unintelligent is more sporty. We were lucky that our local high school was able to meet both their needs, my daughter was in the academic extension programme and studied her degree at UWA and has just completed her masters in Education there, my son, left at the end of the year, unsure of what he wants to do (he's enrolled in a sports development course at TAFE), but whilst at school as part of his lessons, did his keys for life driving assessment (to get learners permit) and obtained his skippers licence (for a boat). We've never really been homesick - in part probably because we had family visit us a few times, but also I think that we didn't fall into speaking with people in the UK every week. My dad did fall ill in 2016 and sadly passed away which necessitated a return to the UK. The circumstances weren't the best and it wasn't a holiday but nothing about the trip made me miss anything and just reinforced that Australia and our support networks were here in Aus. Whilst the children were older and able to care for themselves for the week we were away - our friends were contactable and dropped off food. You often here that Perth is isolated and boring .. we've never felt isolated or bored here at all, we've been to great concerts and have been able to travel interstate and internationally as well as seeing some of the places that WA has to offer. We're not beach goers and a relaxing day for me is being able to sit reading at the back of the garden next to our pool (I used to have to go to Spain to do that lol). We eat out and we also entertain at home - some would criticise the backyard get togethers and see it as an indicator of being 'boring' .. but we entertained at home in the UK - we just have an opportunity to do it all year round here as we have covered out door areas. WA/Perth/Australia isn't perfect by any means, it's not Utopia nor is it the UK with sunshine, politicians and red tape are the same the world over and I don't get stressed about things that I have little or no control over. Our move has been a good one - we've gone with the flow, not compared Aus to the UK and not fallen into the trap of saying "In the UK they did this, that, the other better than here" ... and Aussie colleague once told me that when she heard this she used to think "well if it was so bloody good - why did you leave"? My advice - come with an open mind, expect it to be different and expect it to be difficult, it's not easy re-establishing yourself with work and friendships in the early days, but it is worth persevering with it. We came with the idea that if we didn't like Perth, Australia was a big place and we'd try somewhere else. We've been lucky that we haven't bee wracked with homesickness that's made us question leaving, our families were supportive of the move and seen the life we've carved out for ourselves. Would we return to the UK? - you can never say never, at 40 years old I never imagined moving to Aus - yet here we are.
  8. Regional area advice

    Peel region includes Mandurah - so not out in the sticks. Look on jobs wa for nursing positions that are currently available.
  9. Emigrating with a 16 year old

    Children stay in school until they are 17/18 here (year 12). Here children don't do - school - college - Uni ... it's school and then Uni or college depending on what they want to do. School fees - if you are on a PR visa there will be no additional fee, public schools - you will need to buy uniform and books pens etc., there will be voluntary contributions and then fees in High school for particular courses/lessons.
  10. Hi fran, Sorry, I don't know the answer - what about ringing ANMAC directly?
  11. 11th Aussiversary

    I can't believe you guys have been here a year already - it's flown by
  12. Thought it would be helpful if people could post information on the suburb they live in LEEMING: Leeming is South of the River, it is approx 14/17 km from the City. It's an older suburb and there aren't alot of new builds, people tend to renovate here. Its mostly middle income families. Leeming falls into three Shires: City of Cockburn, City of Melville and City of Canning - Melville would like for all of Leeming to come under them. Median House prices are approx $600,000 (RIWA March 2010) Nearest train station is Murdoch and it takes about 10 mins by train (15 by car) into the city. 45 mins to Mandurah by Train. Approx 30 mins to the international/domestic airport. 15 mins to Coogee beach, 20 mins to South Beach and Fremantle. 3 state Primary schools, Banksia Park, Leeming Primary and West Leeming (all good reputations), one state High School which includes an educational support centre. They also have an academic extension programme for gifted and talented students, Music and Science programmes. There are private Primary and Secondary Schools in Bateman, Bull Creek and Murdoch. We've lived here 4 years, we've found it a nice neighbourhood with a low crime rate, it's convenient to most things and has a great community feel There's a small shopping forum on the doorstep, woolies/coles are 5 - 10 min drive away at Bull Creek, Southlands (also a cinema) and Kardinya. Garden City shopping centre is about 10 -15 mins drive away. We've a short drive away from places like Wireless Hill, Woodman point, Point Walter, Point Heathcote There is a recreation centre, and also. Lakeside Recreation centre is 10 mins away. __________________
  13. 11th Aussiversary

    Thanks Rossy, I too enjoy the cosmopolitan feel of our state. In November we were having drinks at the Revelry before a concert and it coincided with Malaysia's independence - loved seeing the celebrations and fireworks.
  14. Construction industry

    Hi Vicky and welcome to the forum. Have you looked on the skills list to see if your job is on the list? You will need a skills assessment before you can apply for the EOI. For state sponsorship, you have to make sure that your skill is listed on the respective states wanted lists.
  15. At a turning point - Not sure what the future holds

    I agree, we'd been here 10 months and took a short break in Bussleton and it was the first time I realised we'd stopped still in all that time, always something to be doing, establishing in this new life we were carving out. Not directed to the OP but a general comment, but I think people are naïve if they come to Aus believing it's the UK with sunshine - there is so much research that you can do now .. even more than when we started our journey when Poms in Oz was in it's infancy.
  16. At a turning point - Not sure what the future holds

    It's sometimes good to off load Bryan - it's the right place for it. Enjoy family time - you might be able to sell Albany (which is a beautiful part of the world).
  17. Parents Visa

    Hi and welcome, First thing is if you pass the balance of family test (do you have any more children?). You meet the balance of family test if: at least half of your children live permanently in Australia, or more of your children live permanently in Australia than in any other country. I think the contributory parent visa is paid for in two installments (both substantial amounts). Some people enter Aus and then apply for the non-contributory visa and are granted a bridging visa whilst they wait, but generally I believe the bridging visa only has the same rights as the previous one - so you would need to look into how restrictive this would be. The government announced that they are going to introduce a temporary parent visa. You still need to pass the balance of family test, your daughter will need to have been here on a PR visa for at least 2 years. You will also need an assurance of support (I can't see that this means payment only that you will be supported financially if necessary).
  18. Leaving Oz for a holiday

    It's the travel part of the visa which expires, and if you intent to return to Aus after the date of expiry then you will need a resident return visa. There are certain criteria to be met. In order to get a 5 year RRV you need to have had 2 years residency or show substantial ties to Aus (work, family etc.). There is another RRV that they can give which is for a lesser period. I've never had to apply for one as I became a citizen after 2 years.
  19. At a turning point - Not sure what the future holds

    I'm sorry the move isn't working out how you envisaged. We purposely didn't move to be near family (QLD), as my brother could have moved at anytime and we'd have been on our own anyway. The friendship thing is hard, If you think back to your friendships in the UK they will have developed over time and we can't just re-create it within a few months. Have you thought about inviting the parents of your sons friends over? Inviting the neighbours round? Does your wife work? Inviting people from work - or if she doesn't work - volunteering somewhere. It is sometimes about putting yourself out there - you're going to like some people and not others. My own instinct would be to consider a move to Albany so that you can all be together as a family. When we moved we said that if we didn't like Perth then we'd move somewhere else - have you considered looking for work interstate and moving?
  20. New Years Eve in Northern Suburbs

    Northbridge has a good vibe to it usually on NYE and they have fireworks at 9pm for families.
  21. Pets back from WA to UK

    Don't know the answer to this one, but when we moved to Aus we used a company. Pet Air are suggested as a good company.
  22. Nudge in the right direction..

    In order to gain a visa you have to be able to match a job on the skills list and then pass a skills assessment which takes into consideration your experience in that role. You wouldn't have to carry on with it once in Aus (you could do anything you wanted), but it would be necessary to have an occupation on the list in order to get the visa. Have a chat to a registered migration agent - they may be able to have some strategies to find a pathway for you, but companies can't match your skills to jobs without you having a visa.
  23. Daughters education

    It depends on if you may return to the UK or not, but generally, they don't mean much. The Aus system is different in that years 11 and 12 make up the course curriculum and have a pathway to Uni if they study ATAR subjects. Results from the 2 years plus exams give an ATAR score which is the entry for Uni. certain courses/uni's have different ATAR scores e.g. UWA's minimum ATAR entry is 80, some courses e.g. medicine want an ATAR of 99. You leave school at 17/18 depending on your birthday and don't go to college to do A levels. By completing Year 12 you get a WACE/Graduation certificate. You can leave school before year 12 (from year 10) if you have a full time job or are enrolled in different education e.g. TAFE. I would have a talk to schools in the area you're interested in regarding the best course of action. I know in my sons year, his friend is a year older as he came back to do year 11 after leaving.
  24. Long term car lease It's similar to leasing in the UK, however, at the end of the term you will need to pay out on whatever is left on the car (to buy it out right). Not all employers offer salary sacrificing (government depts. e.g. hospitals do).