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  1. Declaring items at customs

    Wood is generally fine. I have been through customs with wooden carvings from Africa in my suit case, declared them and they have a quick look and pass through. Wicker can be brought in, but you have to agree to fumigation which is expensive.
  2. Citizenship questions

    The system has been set with the new rules, so unless you qualify under the new rules it won't. Also, it is too late to avoid the crush as the department haven't been processing applications under either set of rules for months now.
  3. IELTS

    It is generally considered an easier test.
  4. Emigrating in January

    Arrange for mail to be redirected. I would have it sent to a relatives and then sent in bulk to you. Once in Oz apply for Medicare and tax file numbers.
  5. Saying hello from California

    Hello and welcome to the forum.
  6. What's for dinner tonight?

    Had Sunday lunch. Roast free range herb fed chicken from a Cumbria small holding. Braised rainbow chard, fresh broad beans, roast potatoes in duck fat and home made sage and onion stuffing. Had a snooze while watching the Dam Busters and now looking forward to apple and bramble crumble. A pretty perfect Sunday
  7. Scammed

    Sorry to hear that. Did you ever have a company offering to sponsor? Your stratergy though was very risky Moderators 45 4,669 posts Report post (IP: Posted January 27 Sorry if you feel I am being negative, but I am trying to help you understand that you have chosen a very high risk strategy and that you are using a company who would be illegal in Australia. But, I will not comment further.
  8. I really would not get too certain on suburbs yet. I also recommend - strongly - that you book holiday accommodation for arrival and look around. Each area can give a different feel to what you think. For example we thought we had a very particular area, but on visiting, it was the one we liked least. In fact, I think had we moved there we would have been on a plane home in a month.
  9. Dog transportation

    It will vary by dog. If you call one of the pet shippers such as Pet Air they will provide you a detailed quote.
  10. It's only taken 10 years!

    Hi and welcome to the forum Cant help with childcare. Do, do some research about jobs. Perth has never been a great hub for IT - many of the companies based there have their IT functions over east and it is an economic downturn at the moment in Perth. With housing, I would recommend you look at temporary accommodation for 2 to 4 weeks at first as this will give you time to visit areas as they can feel very different in reality and areas you might not think are right at the moment can feel right when you visit. I wouldn't worry too much about finding a place with dogs as it is a bit of a renters market at the moment. Once you are there, you can meet agents and many will have properties advertised as no pets, but in reality will accept them if pushed. Though it does depend on how many you have and there are council rules on how many you can have in certain areas I have never heard of being able to claim VAT back because you are emigrating. But Oz does have rules on new items being taxed when imported. There are a number of options for shipping. Even you haven't got much, then you can get a shared container. Pets are expensive. One of the most recommended on the forum is Pet Air and they are the only one ran by vets. It is important to start the process for pets as soon as possible as there are hoops to be jumped through.
  11. The Moving Partnership

    Never heard of them
  12. Car Import

    oz does have a luxury car tax, but it depends on the car. There is a post ran by an expert called ironchef on our parent site pomsinoz.
  13. What's for dinner tonight?

    I am working away at them moment (again). I think it will be fish and chips tonight.
  14. Bites already!

    To be guaranteed to keep them off you need a product that contains DEET as that is the only chemical scientifically proven to work. The best is Bushmans and comes in different strengths. The strongest is I think 90% but that strength is a bit greasy. other tips are to avoid dark colours and in your garden make sure there is no standing water. if you get bitten in the house - many people get bitten in bed - then you can by a mozzie net and get them impregnated with DEET
  15. So, this is where we are now ....

    I know this may sound odd, but if you haunt the migration / visa boards of PIO as I do, the first thing you learn is never ever under any circumstance take advice from DIAC. The reason being is you are not speaking to case officers but to call centre staff who have had minimal training. Hence why the department has a legal immunity from legal action for advice given. If you complain on bad advice you get a standard response saying you should have consulted a registered migration agent. On PIO we regularly see people in all sorts of messes after following department advice.