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Green Light or Red Light .

Posted on March 24, 2009 at 14:12 4 Comments

After researching a move to Oz quite thoroughly we now find ourselves at the point as to whether we bite the bullet & appoint a migration agent to process the visa application or we choose the option to stay in the UK.

We know we can get a 175 visa as we're both accountants so there is no problem there, however the kids who are 11 & 13 have picked up on some conversations about moving down under & they are saying that if we were to go they would stay in the UK, Bless… Continue

Electrical goods in Oz

Posted on March 19, 2009 at 9:11 2 Comments

Right, this may sound like a really daft question but I would like clarification on the electrical voltages in Oz.

Looking on line, I get the faint suspicion that I might be able to use my UK sourced electrical items in Australia, as the voltage is the same as the UK & all I would need to do is to swap the plug over to an Ozzy style

Is this assumption correct ? Or do I have to accept the fact that the washing machine, tumble dryer, HiFi etc will have to go on ebay… Continue

Emigrating with a dog - how much ?

Posted on March 13, 2009 at 10:19 3 Comments

Hi, has anybody got any idea how much it will cost to take a dog out to Oz.

I have managed to get a rough idea of the quarantine /vet fees whilst in Oz but would like a rough idea of the shipping costs.
I have been told in no uncertain terms that the dog is coming us.!
Am I correct in thinking that the pet quarantine depots are only in Sydney, Melbourne & Perth?

Australian Schools league Tables

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 15:31 1 Comment


Does anybody know if there is in existence a league table of schools in say Adelaide or Melborne carried out by independent government inspectors, similar to those available in the UK


Education Fees in Australia

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 11:46 9 Comments

We're currently in the process of researching the possibility of a move down under to either Melborne or Adelaide.

Trying to get some idea of the educational facilities within these 2 areas for ages 11 & 13 currently, (more like 13 & 15 if & when we make it out there !)

We read one article that appeared to indicate that if the kids are not native Australians then the education was chargeable, but this has been denied by somebody we know who has just come back… Continue

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At 12:33 on March 11, 2009, BJ said…
Hi Dave,
I live in Perth and you will laugh, we ended up in Oz after watching the Bill Granger cookery programme :). I have been to every city apart from Canberra and Darwin.
No plans to move in Dec by March my husband had a job interview and by August we were here.
It's a really tough decision to make I know we came with three boys 13, 10 and 7 at the time and I had never been here before we arrived with our massive cases.
Some people find the difference in culture too much to cope with.
Melbourne is the most like a European city. Less sunshine hours than other cities. If you don't like the heat you would struggle for three months in Brisbane. Sydney is wonderful but expensive to buy property.
Perth is beautiful and isolated great weather and beaches but costly to travel even to the east coast for four or five of you. Good for morning people and families. Lots of people are going to Adelaide often viewed as the poor cousin of Melbourne. Not by me mind you! It is still a nice place with beaches, and cheaper housing.
I think it's a great strategy to get your visa and then you have choices.
At 7:25 on March 9, 2009, John said…

our fact finding trip/visa stamping is 5 weeks long, well 4 really as we're stopping over in Singapore and Bangkok for a couple of nights on the way out and back.

In the 4 weeks we're trying to hit Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney for 4 nights in each one and combine that with going to see family over there so we may have left ourselves short. 7 weeks would be better :) but we dont have enough money for that.

I personally like the sound of Melbourne but to be honest we'll go where the work is.

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