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  1. JaseandAnne

    Job demand in Perth

    Ooooow Jen78, I might take a look at that, see if they have anything for me!!
  2. JaseandAnne

    Job demand in Perth

    Hi, thought i'd reply, I can't help with your specific job but in general the jobs market seems to be slightly picking up. I have heard that some of the mines are starting to pick up and recruit more staff, theres been an advert on the radio for Rio Tinto looking for staff.The mines all have a knock on effect for the rest of the labour market which is always good. Ive never fancied the mines as being away from home defeats the idea of coming here but lots of people do and of course the money is good. Have you tried SEEK and INDEED for jobs? Also look at the Transperth website, i dont suppose that transperth maintain their own track but it might give you an insight into who does and maybe a quick email to them might prove fruitful. Good luck
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    Two years in and the Unthinkable happened!!

    Thanks Ali, tough times but we'll get there
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    Parent visa query

    Just a quick question, I'm an only child, been in Australia now over two years as a permanent resident. Wife has Cancer and is under going various treatments that are going to be ongoing. I only have my mum left and she is 76 but is a fit 76. She has high blood pressure which she takes tablets for. Now she has said that she would like to sell up and come and live with us to help with the children, which to be honest we could well do with. However, I can only see the contributory and Non-contributory visas. The contributory visa is $43800 plus $10000 medicare bond and the non contributory has a near 20 year waiting period. Both of these are nothing short of criminal and the government quite clearly does not want people bringing their parents. I mean, who lodges an application that will take 20 years? The chances are your parents will be dead and the gov have still had their visa fee!! Is there another option?
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    Resident Return Visa question again

    Thanks for the replies, when they came last year they still had about a month left on the travel part of the visa. When they got to Heathrow the check in staff said they could not see either of them having a visa with valid travel provision and issued them with a holiday visa, at the cost of £50 each!! When they arrived I contacted the Department of Immigration to query this. I was told that the airport staff didnt look properly and she would cancel the holiday visa, never got my £100 back though!! Theiving Bas*ards ;-)
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    Drinks tonight...

    I've just seen this, so may be a bit late. It was a fantastic offer but you dont say anything about yourself for people who might have been able to make it and might not have seen your previous posts. For example I'm in my late 40's and although I like a beer and throwing some shapes on the dance floor you might be early 20's and not appreciate my dad dancing!! Ive never been to the CBD of an evening for a beer due to kids, work etc but its defiantly on my list to do!!
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    Shipping tools from the UK to Perth

    Hi Mate, I'm a car mechanic and I brought my tool box containing lots of tools including a rechargable lithium impact gun, never mentioned the battery type just put rechargable impact gun. Arrived with everything else no issues, but then us mechanics have far more tools than you tradies, lol ;-). With regards to the airline, arent laptop batteries litium? if so the airline should have no issue with them in your hand luggage. Worth a call to confirm though. When I popped back October 2016 I bought some A/C parts for my car,fraction of the price in the UK, a couple of bits were heavy and went in my suitcase but the alloy bits went in my hand luggage, no issues going through as I declared them all even though they probably looked sus on the xray machine. They did look at them, I showed reciept and explained what they were and all good. No interest Perth end which was good because they might of wanted import duty!!! lol
  8. So we are over two years in and love it here, things annoy me, stamp duty on cars, rego on trailers and boats all just a money making exercise with no real concern for the people, this is backed up by the fact as long as you rego your car it never has to be looked at, no mot so there are massive buckets of badly maintained sh*t driving about but thats another story. The driving is bad, they are idiots. Miss family, friends, a decent pub, decent customer service and a decent family friends pub/restaurant thats reasonably priced but they are starting to come. However, in October 17 the unthinkable happened that you never plan for, my wife who was 39 at the time found a lump, long story short its cancer. We found out the day we moved into our first Aussie bought house ( Bought back in March but was renoing it). Our world has been difficult to say the least, with two children 8 and 3 1/2 but my wife has been amazing and an inspiration. Shes has three operations to remove the cancer and surrounding infected tissue and is now half way through her Chemo. Now my thoughts regarding the Health and Government systems here, firstly when something like this happens you need help normally from your family, we have no family here and none in the UK that are able to drop everything and come over, the same with friends. Now I know that family and friends feel terrible about not helping but we decided to move 10,000 miles away so they cant be blamed for not helping. However, our Aussie neighbours from our old rental and our new house have been bloody amazing so have the other parents from the school, I now see what community spirit is and these people are amazing. I still have to go to work everyday and although my boss has been great I cant just drop days at the last minute after all they are running a business not a charity!! Now, my wife worked nights shelf stacking at Coles part time and had paid into her Super fund for over a year and had been paying for all the insurances, in fact about two weeks before we discovered it was cancer she was whinging about how much money they take and was going to cancel them, thank god she didnt because we would have lost our house if it wasn't for income protection!! We are NOT entitled to anything from Centrelink, nothing!! We are on a 176 SS visa and are not entitled to any income based benefits for the first two years. This is not small print, we knew this, but you always think this wont happen to you so gloss over it, well it does happen and we are proof. We also have Health insurance, however, with my wifes Cancer and this is all I can speak for, I'm on the fence with whether its worth having. Sure, she had her own room at a private hospital and private surgeon removed the lump and did the subsequent two other surgeries but she would of been seen equally as quick and may well have had her own room at a public hospital. The health insurance doesnt pay for scans and investigative work and there is a always an excess or gap in some treatments that we are in for to the tune of just over $2000. With the public system you have to pay for some exploratory stuff but no gaps/excess. In fact my wife is now on the public system for chemo because its the same as private with out us having to find the gap money. I cannot fault either private or public system here but I think one compliments the other. If you have no health insurance I think you wait for some things, just like the UK and some stuff youll have to pay for. Would we go home? No, we came for a more outdoor life for us and our children, Ive lost two stone in weight being here, the change of lifestyle and food has certainly helped me. the people are friendlier and generally more inclined to chat about nothing. Myself and my daughter do Karate which was a thing of mine in the UK but I never had the time, shes not long going for her black belt and has the potential to go further. I go to a fitness class at my local park 4 mornings a week with a great bunch or people. Wouldnt of done that in the UK!! So, it may never happen, and I hope you guys never have to go through this, but its worth remembering that life isnt always smooth and what you would do if it all went wrong!!
  9. Sooooo, my two older children are Aussie residents but are in the UK finishing their education, they are due to come out in July but my question is do I have to get them a RRv or can I just get them a holiday visa? RRV are expensive and if you have spent less than two years here, which they have, they are only granted for a year. They are only staying for 6 weeks and by the time they are due to come again the RRV will have expired. The visa system is just a money making exercise but thats my personal opinion. I got a RRV last year to go to a wedding, cost me $360 and only lasted a year, had to provide proof of staying here even though I'd been here well over a year (fair enough) then they only grant travel for a year. Would happily apply for citizenship but have to be here 4 years!! All the jobs I want to apply for require you to be a citizen, says it all really! Anyway thats a rant for another post!
  10. JaseandAnne

    Childcare costs and government assistance

    I would add to this that if your children are not fully vaccinated by Australian standards you wont get any rebate and some child care places will not accept them. An example is that they vaccinate against chicken pox here where as in UK they dont, you just get chicken pox and get over it. They still want to vaccinate even if your child has had chicken pox. Prepare yourself for government interference and taxation beyond your wildest dreams!!
  11. JaseandAnne

    At a turning point - Not sure what the future holds

    Thanks Arwen
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    First Time Buyers in Oz

    Where did you buy in the end?
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    Just a quick hello....

    Hi, Is the Mandurah High School the state one or the Catholic fee paying school? If your children come from a fairly nice area and a fairly nice school in the UK, I dont think they are going to like the state high school in Mandurah. It has reputation of being a little rough.
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    HD Fitters required in Perth

    Hi Wooster, I see no ones replied, so I thought i'd ask the obvious questions. I'm a LV tech and work in place that does predominantly 4x4s, some of these things re akin to a Heavy and takes two of us to lift the wheels!! Anyway, I digress, does your company help convert LV to HD? where in Perth is it? and what is the average pay? I have 31 years mechanical experience, ran my own shop in UK ,prior to that did apprenticeship with Peugeot before moving to Nissan as foreman and master tech. Jase
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    Purchase of House

    We found because we had no history here and didnt have a massive deposit there were not many lenders who would lend what we wanted. It wasnt a lot of money either considering and we could well afford it. Sadly as new migrants they make you a high risk, we ended up going with the government Key start that back in the UK I would never have considered a lender like this as the interest rate is higher. In the UK we have/had an excellent credit rating so lending was thrown at us. Here you are unknown unless you have plenty of money for a deposit!