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does anyone have any experience or knowledge of this area!


Added by Claire Nicholson on August 5, 2011 at 7:50 — No Comments

Where to live and organising schools


Mornington, Langwarrin or Frankston? My husband is currently in Melbourne looking for places for us to settle... he has come up with these places but does anyone have any comments or suggestions of where to live inthis area or nearer to Melbourne. Also need to be arranging schools for our little boy to start in january. No idea how to find them, see if they are good/bad and what catchment areas are. Also would like him to get to know some of the children he would start school with…


Added by Claire Nicholson on August 2, 2011 at 9:25 — No Comments


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


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

where to go

Brisbane/Gold Coast area or Melbourne. Have quite a large network of friends in Melbourne(husband is Australian) but worried the weather will not be what i am looking for.....Only a couple of friends Brisbane way. Husbands family live north of Melb in country NSW. I cant decide. How warm is the sea water in Melbourne.. i dont want to go and have Cold Cornish like seas! want sea i can get into.... any ideas, experience, advice or thoughts welcome

Added by Claire Nicholson on March 15, 2011 at 8:50 — 1 Comment

shopping and relocation

two questions for all..

1st. We are moving to australia as nurses. Has anyone recently secured a relocation package either through a hospital directly or through an agency? if so which one. We have heard of someone recentyl getting one for a move to Brisbane but we hop[e to move to melbourne.

2nd. I buy alot of stuff from Marks and Spencer, which i know is unique, but where can i buy the same sort of quality clothing at similar prices?

Added by Claire Nicholson on February 27, 2011 at 8:55 — 1 Comment


I am applying for a spousal visa (my husband is australian) we have been quoted about £700.00 for a migration agent.... does everyone reccomend using them or is it pretty straightforward to do on your own.. or does any one have any one they can reccomend to help?

Added by Claire Nicholson on February 24, 2011 at 8:03 — 15 Comments


Our little boy will be 5 in January and we are hoping to be in Australia for him to start school at that time. as we are unsure where we will live i dont want to start him in school only to have to take him out and start him somewhere else. we have an idea of the area we want to go to but asking everyone ..... do they have catchment areas over there? like we do ie people moving house so their children can go to particular schools? or is it more open?

also what is the process to enrol…


Added by Claire Nicholson on February 11, 2011 at 12:11 — 2 Comments


does anyone have any advice on pensions... should we leave it here and receive in Oz when we retire? should we cash it in and take the money? or transfer it from here into another pension fund in Oz. I am a nurse so have an NHS pension that i have been paying into for approx 17years... any guidance appreciated

Added by Claire Nicholson on February 7, 2011 at 11:09 — 2 Comments

where do we start - is there a checklist of things to do

I am british and my husband is austrailian. we have decided to move out to melbourne and its all happening quickly! Hope to be there in November so our little boy can start school in January.... but i dont know where to start. we have had an estimate from PSS Shipping (does anyone have epxerience of them?) and are going through immigration2oz (does anyone have experience from them) but other than that i dont know where to start... is there a checklist avaliable with a rough idea of what to do… Continue

Added by Claire Nicholson on February 4, 2011 at 7:57 — 4 Comments

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