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    HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!!

    Very strange feel to Australia Day this year as no Skyworks in Perth and so much dissension on whether it should be called "Invasion Day". However in our family we celebrate Australia Day proudly and loudly, and the pool will get a good workout this afternoon after a BBQ lunch. Happy Australia Day to you all!
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    Wow, Perth-London direct come Mar '18!

    My son flew this route in March 2019 London to Perth and was impressed with the level of comfort and the time the flight took start to finish. My son lives in Queensland and usually travels to UK from Brisbane, often travelling Singapore Air or Qantas. However this time he had to stay longer in London to bury his father, and was unable to get a flight to Brisbane when he tried to rebook, so opted for the London, Perth, Brisbane route. He said the whole journey was a lot easier, less stressful and felt shorter, even though he had 4 hours in Perth between flights. I was about to book a flight on this route when all the covid rubbish started too, as a few friends also who have travelled on this flight and recommend it. Not sure when it will be up and running again though.
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    Registering as a teacher in WA

    Did you apply for full registration and have your qualifications assessed? It can take up to 10 weeks sometimes for registration to come through, especially if you have gained your qualifications out of Australia. A Limited Authority to Teach (LAT) is unusual and would only be issued if a school had offered you a position as they could find no-one else for the role. Schools don't like the extra work involved in applying for a LAT, so they would have to be desperate before they go that route. Having said that it is worth a try, but you would have to approach schools direct and ask the question. What do you teach, are you primary or secondary trained?
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    Sending boxes from UK to WA

    Following the death of a family member in UK, I have to ship some boxes of personal effects (and possibly an antique desk), from London to Perth. Does anyone have any recommendations on who to use to facilitate this please?
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    Where to buy hamper?

    Agree Ali. For friends I send hampers to, I know them well enough to know what they like and do not. So as most hamper companies on line only give you a limited choice that you cannot change, I make a few different online orders for home delivery from different providers, for the friends I want to receive stuff. It is easy to order wine online for delivery; to order various foods and nibbles from local grocery stores for home delivery. I just let my friends know and send them the link to the online delivery app so they know when it is coming. OK it isn't packaged pretty, but it is what they like and that is what it is all about.
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    Parent Visas

    Hi Pegg I have only just seen your comment above about Camilla at New Life Downunder, and have to say that I am extremely surprised that this was your perception of her and her service. I know a lot of people who have used her (one of whom is my daughter in law), and everyone speaks so highly of her. I do hope that you will contact her as she asks in her reply to you, as I feel there might have been some misunderstanding along the way that needs to be sorted out.
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    Covid 19 Impact

    Not sure if you are aware Aaron, but there are practice tests for PTE on the internet. I couldn't find the link just now, but google PTE practice tests and you should find them OK. You aren't alone as an English native speaker, not doing too well in English tests as many find the same thing. Practice though and I am sure that you will do much better next time.
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    Wanting to make new friends

    It can take a while to find people that you really gel with and become good friends. I came to WA to be with family, but it still took a couple of years to get to know people well enough to call them friends. Mostly it was through my children's school friends or their sporting, dancing activities, or through work. It is so hard to leave all your networks and all those people you have known since you were a child, at school, at work, etc, but it will happen.
  9. I have been out of the social "Brunch and Lunch" circle for over a year now and really need to try some new venues. So can anyone suggest anywhere they have enjoyed recently?
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    Roadtrip

    Remember also that the interstate borders are closed except between NSW and Victoria, so movement will be hard at the moment.
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    Hello Very Stormy and Rossy

    Hi Camilla. Good to hear all is well with you. This whole virus issue situation has been very challenging for everyone in many ways, but I think on the whole, Australia is coming out of it in a better position than a lot of other countries. It will be interesting to see where it all ends though. In many ways it has been nice to just slow down and enjoy a quiet life for a while. Like Stormy, I have been gardening as well and really enjoyed getting my hands dirty. I have gone back to various crafts that I haven't had time for over the past years, and have read a bookcase dry! Gained a few "corona kilos" along the way too as my passion for cooking took off on new heights! Family wise, all is OK, apart from my daughter in law being stood down from work (employed by Virgin), but she is about to apply for her Citizenship in the coming weeks, so that has boosted her spirits greatly. Keep safe Camilla Rossy
  12. @Rmoody Just be aware that if you gained your degree through the GTP route, it will probably not be recognised in Ausralia.
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    Recommendations on schools in fremantle

    So hard to give recommendations about schools these days as staff change so often and a school is only as good as the Principal and the staff employed at any given point. I worked briefly at North Fremantle PS and it was an amazing educational institution. But that was 17 years ago and I have no idea how it is perceived now. My best advice is to research on line as much as you can, and then go and visit the schools you think would suit. Nothing beats a look around the school and talk to the Principal about what the school is offering that would suit your children. I think once you visit a school, you get a feel for what it can offer your child/children. For my entire career I worked in education admin, either in UK or WA. When we moved here 30 years ago, we visited many schools in the areas we thought we would like to live. We chose the suburb and house we eventually bought in based on the primary school that our Pre-Primary and Year 3 children would best fit in. Best decision, and 30 years later I still live in the same house.
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    cashless welfare card ?

    I don't know too much about it, except that it is being trialled in a few places and that a percentage is put on the card and can only be used with certain companies to buy food, utilities etc, and not for buying alcohol, drugs etc.
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    yanchep fires

    The fires have been awful. The winds have been so strong and the temperatures so high, that it is a miracle that no-one was killed and that only one house and one business was destroyed. Thankfully today the temperature plummeted and the max was a mere 24C and we had a few hours of heavy rain. Hopefully that will have helped in the fire fighting. There have been fires right around Perth and the south west, many of which were deliberately lit. There are some very sick people around it appears and I hope that when caught and charged, that the courts are not lenient at all with them. Not holding my breath on that though.
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    are folks still emigrating ?

    One of the major pointers to an economic downturn is house prices. Unfortunately house prices in Perth have definitely dropped in the past 4 years, as all the real estate websites show. Great time to buy of course, especially as mortgage rates are so low at the moment. Bottom line though is that most people are affected... some not apparently... but most are in some way or another. Even a government job is no protection these days either, as a friend who is a level 8 WA government employee found out last year when she and her whole team of 35 were made redundant. Having said all that, I am currently in Queensland staying with my son and his partner, and things are beginning to boom here again after a long recession. Lots of building, lots of new cafes and other businesses, lots of new jobs, and property prices are on the upward trend. Utility prices and petrol are still stupidly excessive though, just like all around Australia. I paid $1.79 a litre for petrol today and nearly had a heartattack!!!
  17. Thanks for letting us know Sharon. It is looking more positive for you. You will have to request the Uni to do an assessment for Recognised Prior Learning, and it is more than likely that you will then be exempt from certain units. Keep us posted please!
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    are folks still emigrating ?

    You are so right @ali
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    Just arrived in WA! Need advice

    @DoctorMum.... I was just going through some old posts and wondered how you were and what you decided to do living wise. I hope you are enjoying WA.
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    are folks still emigrating ?

    Hi Pegg. WA is very much in a financial recession at the moment. The mining downturn has really hit hard now and many people who were FIFO on the mines and with good incomes, are either unemployed, working for average wage in a job elsewhere in WA, or people who moved to WA from the eastern states have returned to their home states. Utility prices, rates etc have gone through the roof in WA too, and the knock on effect is that people just don't have the disposable income they used to and so are scared to spend anything apart from living expenses and the occasional night out, and in some cases are only just getting through the month financially and living from pay to pay. This situation has of course seen many small shops, cafes, businesses close down, and there are empty commercial premises everywhere. 6 or 7 years ago if you applied for a rental property, there would have been another 20 people applying for the same property. These days rental properties are sitting empty for weeks before being leased out again. The job situation is pretty dire in many areas. Employers are hesitant to take on new staff and often do not replace people who leave, so everyone is just picking up the slack and are grateful to have a job. This whole situation has really hit my family. My son, who is an Engineer, was working FIFO for Rio Tinto in the Pilbara, but was made redundant at the very beginning of the downturn about 8 years ago when they closed down a mine with an hour's notice. He found work FIFO in Kalgoorlie, but after a year, that company folded totally and he was made redundant again. He worked briefly in Perth in temporary roles, but was eventually headhunted and moved to Queensland for a job. He now works on a coal mine in Central Queensland, FIFO from the Gold Coast. He has been there 6 years now, has put roots down with buying a house and finding a beautiful partner, and I doubt he will ever move back to WA, sadly. So to answer your question, people are not emigrating to WA in the numbers they once were, and many are leaving as they are unable to find work. What annoys me though is that the official unemployment stats are not reflecting what is really happening. In Oz you can't apply for the dole (Newstart as it is called here) if you have a partner who is working. You only have to be working 1 hour a week, and that is classed as "employed"! The WA government would have us believe that unemployment is lowering, but along with so many people, I think it is one of those smokes and mirrors tricks, as I know so many people who have been made redundant through businesses closing and being unable to gain employment anywhere. And yes the forum is quiet now. We do try to keep it ticking along, and hope that things will improve, but I guess that with less people wanting to emigrate and posting on the forum, those who are already here are losing interest in being helpful and posting. I just read my comment back before I posted it, and it sounds all doom and gloom! That certainly wasn't my intention... just trying to tell it as it is. Yes there are some people doing so well and coining it in, but there are so many more who are struggling.
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    Has anyone applied for citizenship lately?

    Brilliant! So many people have been waiting so much longer than that, so you did well.
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    Sending boxes from UK to WA

    Boxes are now in storage as our family can't bring ourselves to open them yet..... Let you know the condition of stuff when I get over to Queensland in November. However as a family we are very happy with the service that PSS provide.
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    Residents return visa

    Ali is correct. If you apply for a visitor visa and you hold PR for Australia, you will cancel your PR visa. Your only option is to apply for a RRV. But it might be in your best interest to consult a Registered Migration Agent to discuss this. "New Life Down Under" who posts on this forum is a Registered Migration Agent that we recommend as she lives in Perth and is very efficient and knowledgeable.
  24. No you cannot apply for another WHV visa with another passport. YOU are the person applying, not your passport.
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    Cafes for Brunch and Lunch South of the River

    Thanks. But can I ask you to share your comments on our forum too and not just refer us to your blog.
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