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March 2009 Blog Posts (45)


I'm pleased to announce the shortlisted photos for our £5,000 travel competition - in association with Intrepid Travel and Royal Brunei Airlines.

We had literally thousands of entries - for which thanks - and I've tagged the Shortlisted ones for you to browse with the tag.. shortlist!

Congatulations to Maria Hiles, Laura Forsyth, Trevor Ince, Charlotte and Mike appleton, Christopher Woolgar and Alistair Keddie. The lucky… Continue

Added by John on March 31, 2009 at 17:24 — No Comments


Hi ive got my nvq hairdressing qualification and now do barbering,i was wanted to know if i would have to do a re test for a visa?and whether it is still a wanted skill,thinking of perth area!

Added by Colin Harvey on March 31, 2009 at 14:24 — 1 Comment

luggage info

Hi my name is marion im looking for advice on how to transfer another suitcase to OZ when i move as now you are only allowed 23 kilos when immigrating and thats definatley not enough for me so was looking at send one on through a courier so was wondering if there is anyone out there that could give me a secure reasonble company that i can use at a good price and are in the Uk .

Added by marion sherlock on March 31, 2009 at 3:31 — 2 Comments

Shipping Furniture vs Buying New

Many shops offer "packages" ie fitting out a whole room. There are a wide range of shops to suit all budgets. Here are two shops that offer "budget" packages

Fantastic Furniture

Super Amart

For electrical goods:

The Good Guys


These are not endorsements - but they contain prices of goods so you can work out whether is is… Continue

Added by Skills Shortage Consulting on March 30, 2009 at 6:05 — No Comments

Bringing your pets to Australia

For those people out there who are animal lovers - the biggest decision you will face is whether to bring your pets.

There are only certain types of animals you can bring into Australia - full details are contained in this website and your pet will have to spend time in quarrantine.

The first thing you should do is seek professional advice from your vet to see if your pet is medically fit to fly. Some vets have personal views on transporting your pets which can influence… Continue

Added by Skills Shortage Consulting on March 30, 2009 at 6:00 — 1 Comment

South Australia Immigration changes

The South Australian Government has announced a number of changes to its skilled migration programme, which will take effect this week.

The South Australian State has announced that they will be temporarily suspending the Concessional English provision from 5pm Adelaide local time on 31 March 2009. The Concessional English provision has assisted in large number of work visa grants from the South Australian state to compensate for skills shortages, and has added significantly to the… Continue

Added by John on March 29, 2009 at 22:53 — No Comments

Hoping to move to Perth in 2010! Any advise welcome! Especially re jobs!

HI, im Nicki. Hoping to move to Perth in 2010 with my hubby Shane and two boys. Shane will be a qualified electrician. I currently work for the NHS and wonder how difficult it is to get a job out there? I have NVQ's and also wonder if they are recognised qualifications out there? Any advise is grately appreciated.

Many thanks :-)

Added by Nicola Kinnear on March 26, 2009 at 20:21 — No Comments

spiders and other ghastly creatures

As you all know Australia is home to many weird and wonderful creatures, the most feared being spiders and snakes.

I was personally terrified before I travelled down here, but it has not been that bead all things considered. I was convinced a rush to hospital was inevitable with me or one of my family being bitten by something of other, but that has not happened....yet. You still have to be wary though and not take any risks, when venturing outside, especially for a bush… Continue

Added by Aoife McGee on March 26, 2009 at 2:36 — No Comments

Changes to the skilled migration program in ACT and NT

Anyone seen this -

Added by John on March 25, 2009 at 15:54 — No Comments

New England Colonial Living History Group


Living History is an ideal activity/recreation for families, it is educational, fun, it can be challenging and exciting, and it covers such a wide range of interests, that there is something of interest for everyone.

Experimental Archaeology.

Experimental Archaeology is the using of historical items to accomplish a period task, the object of the exercise is to discover how certain things worked. Items used can be clothing, foods, equipment, tools &…


Added by Le Loup on March 24, 2009 at 22:30 — No Comments

Green Light or Red Light .

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

Added by Dave Foster on March 24, 2009 at 14:12 — 4 Comments

Initial stages of Emigrating!?!?

I'm just looking into emigrating to Australiawith my wife and two children. I'm 37 and am a deputy headteacher at a primary school. My wife (36) is also a primary school teacher. I have two children, a boy aged 6 and a daughter who is 3. We've heard people say you need to find a migration agent? to sort things out. This sounds very useful, however I'm not sure what the cost is? Who is reputable etc etc? Does anyone have any advice/recommended companies/help?!

Added by Danny Mellor on March 24, 2009 at 12:21 — 3 Comments

Photo albums

I tend not to use photo albums on social networking sites, too little protection on most of them, so I'm posting a link to my personal favourites site in case anybody is remotely interested.

Pics from our trip to Australia will be going in there during and after the trip.

Here it is ->

Added by John on March 24, 2009 at 10:30 — No Comments

Oh No!!

Great .the recession has hit oz and plumbers are off the skills list!!!! Guess we are going to have to stay here after all. So close but o so far!!!!!!

Added by The Fretton Family on March 23, 2009 at 19:20 — 5 Comments

Which part of Australia?

Australia is a big country. Often people move here without having visited Australia. What many do not realise is that the different states offer different lifestyles and climate.

If you enjoy the changing of seasons - look at Victoria or Tasmania. Even South Australia has more defined seasons than WA or Queensland.

South-east Queensland has a sub-tropical climate and although locals will tell you it's cold you can always spot newly arrived migrants from the UK walking… Continue

Added by Skills Shortage Consulting on March 23, 2009 at 13:25 — 2 Comments

Theatre and Cardiac RNs for Townsville

We are searching for theatre and cardiac nurses for nothern Queensland. If you would like to live by the Great Barrier Reef and enjoy northern Queensland's tropical climate - contact us at

Skills Shortage Consulting offers free migration consultations with their MARA registered agent so that you can discuss your visa options. We also offer free job search assistance for your partner and provide you with advice and information on schooling options for… Continue

Added by Skills Shortage Consulting on March 23, 2009 at 13:10 — No Comments

The latest from Oz and NZ – Very useful website

Folks, can I recommend you

Updated daily, it's a news and views website from Sydney on all things living and working in Oz and NZ

Added by Damian on March 23, 2009 at 1:30 — No Comments

going next year to travel for 3 weeks in queensland

were going to earls court in london (april) to get an idea of what travelling in australia will be like, so excited ive done lots of research.does anybody have any nice places they have visited with a family? there is me, my husband and our 6 year old?

Added by zoe thomas on March 22, 2009 at 21:48 — 2 Comments

Australian immigration drives population boom

The population of Australia rose by 1.84% last year, the highest rise since 1970, an increase of 390,000 to 21.5 million.

2008 is only the second year in the country’s history where more than 300,000 people moved to Australia, boosted by immigration and increased birth rates.

Chief economist at Commsec, Craig James, said the growing population is good for the economy, "the faster rate of population growth means that the economy can grow at a faster pace…More people in… Continue

Added by John on March 19, 2009 at 13:45 — No Comments

Electrical goods in Oz

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

Added by Dave Foster on March 19, 2009 at 9:11 — 2 Comments

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