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  1. After a long 2 years of planning, the dream came true and we landed at Perth airport on 7th September, tired and excited. We were fortunate enough to stay with friends for the first 4 days before moving into a holiday let for 10 days. The last 10 days have been manic (and expensive) but I finally feel we are getting there and settling in already. So here's what we have done in the last 10 days: Bought a car, enrolled children into school, medicare and Centrelink visit complete, GP sorted, kids started althletics and enrolled at hockey club, found a rental for the next 12 months (slightly above budget but its lovely and has a pool so kids happy!), bought furniture for new rental, sorted broadband and insurance, DH had successful job interview....and on top of this have managed trips to the beach, an afternoon in Kings Park, and a visit to Perth city. So far, so good..... I still have an issue with my nursing registration but that seems an ongoing saga! Overall, we are all feeling settled. I cannot stress how helpful and friendly people are here. Nothing seems a problem and everyone we have met has offered advice or contact numbers. Onwards and upwards.....
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    The speaking and listening is the exact same test as the academic. The writing and reading are a little easier. It was the reading that I found most difficult on both academic and general but overall the general was easier.
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    Yes, you can do the general now. That's what happened to me. Good luck.
  4. Hi all After 5 weeks settling in, the children are at school, DH is at work and I'm filling my days until I manage to get work sorted. Does anyone fancy a walk/coffee - burns beach, mullalloo or Hilary's maybe. I usually head down when I've dropped the children off.
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    We have finally arrived!

    There were quite a few issues with my application and the chap who dealt with my application left so that put a delay on it. 6 months in total for them to refuse it!
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    We have finally arrived!

    Good luck @beandownunder I really hope it works out for you. When I spoke to the lady who rubs the course she said they are always fully booked full of English or Irish nurses. Having said that I know a few that have got their registration so it's all a bit nonsensical really.
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    Case officer appointed

    It took 5 months to get our visa's granted after Med checks etc!! Hopefully all will go quickly for you. Hang in there....
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    We have finally arrived!

    Thank you. Seems a really nice area.
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    We have finally arrived!

    Ahpra said that my transcript of training and letter from NMC about medicine management is not enough (yet others I know have only sent that too). I have sent them everything they requested certified even a syllabus of my training programme signed by the university. They have my degree certificate plus a whole bunch of other stuff. Apparently I have to do the bridging programme ($16000) before they will give me registration. I have to decide now if I want to pay or give up on my 20 year nursing career!
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    We have finally arrived!

    We are in Connolly @Jen78. Where are you? All seems good so far. Container arrived in port yesterday so once that arrives with us it will feel a bit more like home. Haven't had any negative experiences yet - apart from nursing registration but as you say, pressure off a bit with DH working. Jx
  11. Ahpra have just declined my application which I find unbelievable. I have a BSc Hons degree in health and social care along with my advanced nursing diploma but they are disputing my qualifications. I have 20 years unbroken experience in the NHS and have worked as a senior nurse manager for the last 5 years. It's ludicrous. They have suggested the bridging programme which I'm not keen to do but won't rule out. Does anyone have any experience with this?? Any advice gratefully received. We land in Perth 7th September and This has sent me into a dizzy spin!! Jo
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    4 months in, our story so far...

    Such a great post Jen. We have our flights booked for 6th Sept so very excited! We are going to be NOR around kallaroo, beldon area we think. We have 14 year old twins and they are super excited. I hope they settle in ok but they are both easy going do should be fine - they are going to have to repeat 3 months of year 9 but hoping that will give them time to settle before starting year 10. I don't have a job to go to yet, but hubby does so feel relieved we will have one income! Not having a job is stressing me out a bit - I've worked since I finished uni so will be a big odd not to work! But I'm going to make the most of it for a while and am looking forward to spending more time with the children, running, cycling during the day rather than at night after a busy day at work! All our belongings are currently on a ship- it feels a bit surreal at the mo! But I can't wait
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    Junior Hockey Team wanted

    We are looking for a hockey club too. Thought Joondalup Lakers look good.
  14. It's been a long journey but we have finally been granted our 189 visas. Arriving in Perth early September and looking NOR. We know it will have its stresses but as a family of 4 we are ready to take the challenge. Twin 14 year old sport mad boys are super excited. Onwards and upwards! Any advice for new arrivals gratefully received....
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    We are on our way....

    Thanks Tracey. They are hockey players and in an athletics club. They've Never been keen on rugby! It will make a change for me not watching them play hockey in minus temperatures!
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    We are on our way....

    Thank you. Sounds perfect.
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    Senior High School

    We are currently looking at schools too. Hoping to be out in July/Aug and my children will be in year 9. We definitely want NOR. Have done so much reading up on schools over there I really am confused. I've been looking at belridge secondary college or Warwick Senior high school?? Be interested to hear if anyone knows about these schools?
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    How quick!

    We submitted the EOI yesterday at 1pm. Got the invite to apply today at 10am. WOW. Seriously never expected it to be that quick. So now we are doing the supplementary visa form and have to put in application by the end of November!!! Eek:wacko: it really is moving fast.....have loads of questions going around my head now!!
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    How quick!

    Have a fab party @louloubelle. Hope you have a fun evening and get through it without too many tears! We will aim to get the house on the market soon, get the visa app in and sit back for Christmas then let the hectic fun begin in the new year! Wondering what to do about schools though - the children will go into year 9 and we think we want either ocean reef or Joseph banks. Is it worth contacting the schools soon? Are there waiting lists? Or should we just wait until we get there?? Also, can anyone offer any opinions about either of those schools?
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    How quick!

    Thanks all. We are all really nervously excited. I think We will be in the same situation @Jen78. Frantically trying to freshen the house up so we can get it on the market in the next few weeks. We are aiming to book flights for the big move May 17. Seems like no time at all. Oh - and I would love to try and get a job before we land! When are you planning on getting out @louloubelle??
  21. Yesterday I got the results of the IELTS I needed. R9, S8.5, W8.5, L8.5. We can finally move on to the next stage and submit our EOI. Feels like it's going to get real from now on. Told the family - the most difficult conversation I think I've ever had! Onwards and upwards.....
  22. Thanks all. So relieved the awful IELTS is over and done with. The family were shocked and sad but overall supportive. Nerves setting in each and every stage that we pass but excited about a new adventure.
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    Flights booked

    That's exciting @louloubelle. Try to enjoy the next few weeks and look forward to you new adventure.
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    I took the dreaded IELTS again yesterday. EOI all ready to go, just need to pass this with 8's in all areas. Anyone else waiting for results?
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    Today is a good day

    So finally, after a long wait, lots of issues and lots of searching for my transcript of training I got my letter of determination from ANMAC today. I can't believe it. Ready now to submit my EOI. Hooray!