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    Job availability Perth

    It is very hard to get a job in Australia when you are out of the country. It isn't impossible, but very rare. At the moment, WA has a high unemployment rate and we are currently in an economic downturn. Some economists say there are signs of this changing, but I don't see anything showing that right now in general. Before I retired I worked in the HR field, and my recommendation has always been to literally door knock places you want to work and leave your CV, chat to whoever is employing etc. Often a job can be specialised and they will require Australian experience, but often, knowledge and skills transfer well too. Offering to do work experience can often be a way of getting your foot in the door too. I think you have to be prepared to take a step backwards if it means you get your foot on the ladder, and not expect to get your dream job straight away. Even going so far as to take any job at all just to keep your head above water. Also make sure you have some savings to tide you over for up to 6 months, just in case.
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    i miss lemon n lime bitters

    I have bought Angostura Bitters in the UK as an ingredient for Pink Gin cocktails. It was in a large liquor store in Brighton but cant remember the name of the chain.
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    Looking to move over

    Another thing to bear in mind is that there is a General Election in May of this year, and one of the big issues is that migration needs to be reduced. So if you qualify for a visa, I seriously advise you to start the process as soon as you are able. Historically, 1st July annually is when visas and visa conditions are reviewed and changed, but as I say, being a General Election year, anything could happen. Keep us posted with how you get on.
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    Garden maintenance

    A lot of people here have a lawnmowing contractor on a regular basis and there are many around to choose from, some better than others. Charges are according to size of lawn, suburb and frequency of mowing.
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    Two months in... Nearly!

    Thanks for posting your update. It is always nice to hear how people find the settling in process as it is such a different life to that in UK. Great info in your post too.... I hope your girls are enjoying school too as that always makes the whole process smoother. My children were 5 and 8 when we moved here, but because my parents lived here and we had been previously for long holidays, it wasn't so much of a culture shock for them, and they actually took to the life in Perth very quickly. They are 32 and 35 now and often thank me for bringing them here.... comments usually made after a visit back to the UK to see friends and family!
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    Recommended couriers please!

    I havent used them, but I have heard good reports about Parcel Monkey.
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    Recommendations please for solar company

    Great to hear @pstanton you will not be disappointed with them.
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    Recommendations please for solar company

    I had solar panels fitted in March last year and had spent quite a lot of time researching companies and products. I finally went with Perth Solar Force (they are in Wangarra) as they had been in the business nearly 20 years, did not use contractors and actually came out to quote and spent 2 hours going through the whole process with me and explained in great detail how solar worked. They were also recommended by 3 friends and a neighbour. I could not fault them at all and regularly recommend them. One of the things that really annoyed me when I was contacting companies, was that many of them would not come out to the house for a face to face meeting, and would submit a quote based on a photo of my roof on google maps, and then bombard me with information by email and weren't too keen on answering questions.
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    Has anyone applied for citizenship lately?

    This is about the same timeline for a family friend too. Not long now Bristle!
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    Visa system a joke

    This is so fraught with legal issues. Jase I seriously think you need to consult a Migration Agent about this. Long story short, my son is an Australian Citizen and his partner is a dual Brit/NZ citizen. They have had so many issues trying to lodge an application for her Australian PR...... until we talked to a Migration Agent. Camilla at New Life Down Under, a member on this forum, was very helpful with advice and things are now underway. May I suggest that you PM Camilla through this forum, as she is so very well informed and I am sure will be able to give you good advice. Of course you will have to pay for that advice, but believe me, that is priceless!!
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    Where to live?

    The only advice I can give is that perhaps you need to drive around all suburbs that surround Henderson and see what feels right for you, and then look into schools. There is a lot of new development in the Beelair, Cockburn areas that might be worth checking out.
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    Casual/part time jobs available

    All Backpacker Hostels have message boards which often contain ads for jobs too. Have you looked at our sister site www.pomsinoz.com.au? There is a good forum on there just dedicated to Working Holiday Visa holders and there are often job ads listed on there too.
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    Moving from SA to WA

    Warnbro says it all in his reply above. There are some good schools in those areas too, both state schools and private schools. Let us know if we can help further.
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    Hi! Any primary school teachers?

    As stated above, the main issue will be if your teaching qualifications are acceptable to Australian registration boards. To teach in Australia you must have 4 years of university education. A 4 year BEd or a 3 year degree topped by a PGCE. 3 year BEd is not accepted. The Teacher Registration Board of WA have a very informative website, so it might be worth having a look first of all. http://www.trb.wa.gov.au At the moment there is an oversupply of primary teachers in WA and permanent positions are hard to obtain.
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    I have friends who moved from Perth to Eaton, which is a few km north of Bunbury, but really part of the surrounding suburbs of the city, and they love it there. I don't know Bunbury too well so can't offer any more suggestions.....