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Why I took the Plunge shipped out to Oz, and why you should too!

Most of us get to a point in our lives where we yearn to broaden our horizons. Maybe you have progressed up the career ladder and want to move on to pastures new. If, like I was, you are looking for employment which will make the most of your skills you should turn your job search into an international one.

As a trained accountant with just under a decade’s experience I fancied a change of scenery 15 years ago. A friend asked whether I had thought about moving to Australia as he had…


Added by C on July 1, 2011 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

Poms in Paradise- Michael

So Michael has ''calmed down and mellowed'' !!!! what was he like before?! he is one live wire!

Added by Paul Rowland on June 29, 2011 at 20:57 — 1 Comment


my husband is australian and we are planning a move back in november. he has been on at me for 9yrs or so to go and gave up last year as he was tired of trying. i didnt feel able to leave my family here. however at the begining of the year i said.. lets go and it was full steam ahead, plans in full swing, no hesitation but then i went to see my mum about the whole thing. she never said dont go but said she would really miss her grandchildren and seeing themn grow up. my little boy is 4 and…


Added by Claire Nicholson on June 27, 2011 at 10:50 — 3 Comments

Agent- vote yes or no?

Hi Everyone,

Looking for a quick vote as whether to use an agent or not? Did you go it alone, how was it? fairly easy or wish you had used an agent?


Added by Paul Rowland on June 25, 2011 at 10:33 — 7 Comments

What Goals Do You Have for Your New Life Down Under?

Up until my recent decision to move to Australia (as discussed in my previous post here) I have to admit that when it came to school work, university and my career I have often been guilty of pretty much coasting through life. 

Sure, I have done alright in school, thanks to pushy teachers and caring parents (apologies to you both!) that wanted to see me do well, and then I…


Added by Kevin McAuley on June 14, 2011 at 20:30 — No Comments

Why Australia? - What Was It Made You Move Down Under?

I don’t think that anyone would dispute the fact that Australia appears to be a uniquely awesome country. With that said, not everyone wants to visit there and even fewer would be prepared to up sticks and shift their entire life abroad leaving family, friends and loved ones behind. So why do people give that up and risk it all for a new life down under?


I can only speak for myself but I know that my reasons would fall very much into the same categories as many others…


Added by Kevin McAuley on June 13, 2011 at 21:06 — 2 Comments

New Skills list is out

Skills list from 1st July 2011 announced.

Added by Paul Rowland on June 8, 2011 at 18:57 — No Comments


Looks like you can get 10 points under the new test for a Diploma (though its at the DIAC discretion)

Added by Paul Rowland on June 8, 2011 at 18:55 — No Comments

Spouse Visa Granted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well the waiting is over got the email today from my case officer today to say that m subclass 100 permanent residency spouse visa has been granted!!!!  I have to get over to Oz before Feb 21st 2012 in order to validate and then we are good to go!!  Probably can't afford a holiday to Oz between then and now so looks like I might have to go and enter Oz sit in the airport and then come home again!  Starting to get excited now although the thought of having to get rid of all our junk first is… Continue

Added by Laura Balling on June 6, 2011 at 22:03 — 4 Comments

wa state sponsorship

hi all just got our wa state sponsorship through yesturday just wondering if anybody else is at were i am with my paer work and has any idea how lond 176 visa application takes ?

many thanks lisa

Added by lisa smith on May 27, 2011 at 11:14 — No Comments

Medication and costings

Hi there,


I'm currently on a mild dose of anti-depressants and have been for 3 years now. I am taking them for an old anxiety problem (not actually depression). My husband has recently passed his plumbing trade assessment and we are waiting for the children's passports to come through before we proceed with the online 175 visa application. Can you tell me if the fact that I am on medication is going to hinder us at all when applying for the 175 visa? I am worried when it…


Added by Alexandra Savage on May 22, 2011 at 17:34 — 5 Comments

Advice re - Jobs and Banks

Hi all, bit of advice please from anyone who has had experience in either of these matters.   We have our 176 visa and will be setting off to Brisbane in Sept 11 to start our new lives.  


  • Firstly, should my hubby who is a builder wait until we arrive and then turn up on a site for work opportunities or would he be in a better position and perhaps obtain a job other than bricklaying if he sends off his CV to companies whilst still in UK?
  • Secondly, with opening…

Added by jennifer salter on May 17, 2011 at 13:52 — 1 Comment


I am just starting out of thinking going to Australia. I am an NVQ4 holder in health and social care.

I have family over there but not 1st family.

Can any body give me some advice on how to start.


Added by Anne Dimond on May 13, 2011 at 2:14 — No Comments

Flight Centre sale

Flight Centre are having a flash sale and return flights from the UK to Brisbane are available (first-come first-served) for just £1.00 plus tax. Of course, the tax is a bit hefty but all in it's still only £399. Sale ends Thursday at 8pm.

Aussies, your chance to invite the relos over and for those of you in the UK, do pop round for a nice cup of tea.

Added by John on May 11, 2011 at 10:17 — No Comments


I have quite a bit of debt.. i am worried about whether they will let me into Australia if my financial status is very poor and if i have zero credit rating here... I am moving to Melbourne on a spouse visa. Does anybody know if immigration look into your money or financial situation.... i am using a debt management company presently. Any advice greatly received or where to obtain information about this annoymously, Thanks.

Added by Claire Nicholson on May 11, 2011 at 7:51 — 6 Comments

Got my citizenship yahooo !!!

Hi everyone, I am in the lucky situation that my dad is from Tassie and ive finally got my act together (im 53) and got my papers sorted and am planning to spend  2 years in Oz in next 18months or so.My wife and kids Matt 19 and Sophie 22 are coming with me.I have a question in that can they work when we first get there and which type of visa do i go for?I know that we can apply after i have done the 2years but in meantime can anybody offer any advice many thanks.

Added by Geoff Cousens on May 7, 2011 at 21:29 — No Comments

Resident Return Visa

Hi, we are in the process of gathering all the information needed for our Return Resident Visa. The last thing we need is proof of my wifes schooling. We have emailed Elizabeth Downes Primary in Adelaide and they say their records dont go back to 1976-1980. Can anybody please give us any advise on how to get proof of registation? Any help would be most appreciated




Added by Neil Pennington on May 3, 2011 at 18:35 — No Comments

South Australia Sponsor Approved

Hi everyone,


We are soooo excited as we had out SA state sponsor approved today!!!! Main visa going in in the next few days.   There is a light at the end of that very long tunnel after all!

Adelaide here we come!! Whooooooooooooooooop!!

Steph x


Added by Stephanie Bennett on April 27, 2011 at 19:52 — 3 Comments

Skills Assesment

Hi All,


We are thinking of moving to oz either late 2012 or early 2013, my wife is a nurse and we are looking to get a few things on the go now i.e registration and skills assesment, can anyone tell me how you go about doing your skills assesment and does it expire at anytime- dont want to do it now if it has a time limit and runs out next year or anytime before we need it!


Thanks in advance.



Added by Paul Rowland on April 26, 2011 at 19:21 — 5 Comments


In memory of all those downunder who gave their lives in the wars.

Added by John on April 25, 2011 at 0:07 — No Comments

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