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April 2009 Blog Posts (31)

Best Time to visit New Zealand and jobs in social work?

We are looking to visiting New Zealand in Oct/nov )09 for 3 weeks, hiring a camper van and seeing parts of the North Isand, when is the best time for such a trip, weather wise.
we are hoping to work as Social Workers (God forgive us) in New Zealand, what are the jobs prospects like, are they mainly in Auckland?
By the way its still raing here in Merry Olde England Worcestershire. (good cricket team!).
Many Thanks Bob

Added by Bob Glover on April 30, 2009 at 16:54 — No Comments


yahoo, our visa's have arrived, now comes the scary stuff. Just told the kids school that they won,t be back after the summer. When the visa came through, here was me crying with fear and joy, my son crying with happiness that he was getting to leave his school {not quite got the bit about school also in oz regardless} and my daughter bawling her heart out with cries of " I don't want to leave my Granny". Gee wiz!!! More heartbreak have just found a new home for our baby dog she's a 3 year old… Continue

Added by Kelly on April 30, 2009 at 14:46 — 5 Comments

Australia comes to Cardiff

The Ashes won’t be the only calendar date for Australia in Cardiff this year ; Down Under Live!, the UK’s biggest event for migration to Oz will be coming to the city in July.

Coinciding with the First Test in the Ashes series, which is being held in Cardiff for the first time, the event will reflect the boom in demand for migrating to Australasia.

Last year, more than 20,000 Brits made the move down under, attracted by better weather, jobs and the prospect of a new life.… Continue

Added by John on April 29, 2009 at 15:29 — No Comments

We need your help!

We're putting together your Top 10 Australian cities for a forthcoming issue of Australia & New Zealand magazine, and we need your stories, recommendations and pictures for the article.

In particular, we're looking for off the beaten track suggestions - visitor attractions, nightspots, eateries - in fact anything that would add some colour.

Feel free to email me with suggestions ( or post up your stories etc on the site.

We'll publish… Continue

Added by John on April 29, 2009 at 11:54 — No Comments

Cost of moving abroad goes up - even in Oz!

Research from a foreign exchange company, Foreign Currency Direct, shows that the changing fortune of the pound. has increased the cost of moving overseas significantly in the last six months.

In Australia for instance, its now around 16% more expensive in cost of living terms compared to just before Xmas.In December 08, your pound would have bought Aus 2.43 dollars whereas now you'd get just Aus 2.09 for the same money.

New Zealand has had less of an impact - where the… Continue

Added by John on April 27, 2009 at 17:33 — No Comments

Arrived safely.

Day 1 – Edinburgh -> Singapore

Flight delayed by 90 minutes but didn't cause any issues as we had plenty of time. Transit to Heathrow T4 was easy and the Singapore flight left about 30 minutes late.

Encountered a couple of guys who were taking pictures of everything and I mean everything including the baggage reclaim screen which had the flight number on it.

Arrived sweaty and manky after flight. Travel to hotel was pretty easy, but the new case from Tesco is… Continue

Added by John on April 26, 2009 at 8:43 — No Comments

Viva la visa!

For many of us, the thought of moving overseas is pretty daunting. When you factor in the whole ’selling up’ process; looking for a new place to settle; finding new employment; searching for the right school.

Then there’s the worry of - will the dog be OK on the flight? will the kids be OK on the flight? will we be able to cope in the heat? will we be attacked by all those dreadful creatures? will the kids settle? what shoes shall I wear to go… Continue

Added by Vicky Gray on April 23, 2009 at 3:44 — No Comments

Dependant StepChildren and Vias application

Hi, i've just signed up to GMDU and was prompted to write as the advice available from the network seems so professional. I hope someone might have a little insight they could share with me.

Situation: We are planning to emigrate in autumn on a ES47 Visa. The QLD Health has offered my wife a position which we have accepted. The problem is that i have a daughter from a previous marriage age 15 ( 16 next month ) and as you can guess her natural mother is a bit gutted as my daughter… Continue

Added by steven keast on April 22, 2009 at 21:09 — 1 Comment

My Oz experience!

I was going to write a brief summary, but i got into it so i though 'bugger it.. i'll write an essay ;)

I was only there for 10 month... nowhere near long enough...

If there is one tip i could give you, its buy your own transport. car, station wagon, van.. anything... although you take a risk if you dont know anything about fixing cars like i did... but you do learn.... and if you get a good car... you have no worries. we had a van from 1984 and only had one problem with… Continue

Added by Chris Manuel on April 21, 2009 at 0:11 — 1 Comment

The British Brisbane Club

Brisbane has its very own British Brisbane Club. The next meeting is at 1pm on Sunday 26 April at the Pig and Whistle Pub, Eagle Street, Brisbane CBD.

The British Brisbane Club usually meets in the outside area at the back of the Pig and Whistle. The Pig and Whistle also supply free food for the meetings.

The British Brisbane Club hold bi-monthly meetings with some members holding information get-togethers in between.

The British Brisbane club can be found at… Continue

Added by Skills Shortage Consulting on April 20, 2009 at 4:00 — No Comments

perth new arrivals

hi guys,

after what feels like forever (forms etc - the flights were much easier than we had feared) we have finally made it. in the last 33 days we have had 2 hours of rain!!! We've found schools SOR which seem lovely but in the time we've been here we have hardly any second conversations with anyone. loads of how are you greetings from loads of friendly locals but we are missing proper contact with neighbours and friends... don't underestimate how lonely you can feel.

if… Continue

Added by deniece jones on April 19, 2009 at 17:03 — No Comments

Migration agents?

Hi all,

My partner and I would like to move to Australia in the new year. I have spent many hours looking on the internet / reading the Australia and New Zealand magazine and speaking to people about it, but am still not quite sure what visas to go for etc.

We are both under 30 years of age. I have already used my working holiday visa but my partner hasn't. I have considered to doing the graduate diploma in education in Brisbane, which lasts for a year (I have a degree in… Continue

Added by sunshine09 on April 19, 2009 at 10:59 — 4 Comments

Advice on Working and Living in Brisbane

Hello Everyone!

I need advice on working and living in Brisbane. I do not have any family, nor am I married to an Australian, nor do I qualify for the skilled migrant visa as I am over 45, however, I am an educator with over twenty years of experience. I have been told I can secure a Guardian Visa for my 13 year old son so he can study in Australia, and then he can sponsor me. Is this true? If not, is there any other type of visa I could secure? As a last point of discussion, I am… Continue

Added by Jorge Diaz on April 19, 2009 at 4:30 — 4 Comments

NVQ or AQF ?

We've had a lot of readers enquiring whether or not Australia recognises the UK NVQ qualification. Australia actually operates its own version - the Australian Qualifications Frame work - or AQF.


Certificate I NVQ 1/GNVQ Foundation

Certificate II NVQ 2/GNVQ Intermediate

Certificate III

Certificate IV NVQ 3/Higher National Cerificate

Diploma NVQ 4/Higher National Diploma

Advanced Diploma Equivalent

Bachelor Degree… Continue

Added by John on April 17, 2009 at 11:20 — 2 Comments

4 days to go

Yes, 4 days til we fly out.

Everything other than buying some grossly over priced data roaming for the iPhone is organised, car hire, internal flights ......

Can I just say "WOO" and add a "HOO" ....

Given the fact I have just read this story I think I might just not bother coming back to this country.

12 years of Labour has completely wrecked my country and I have no… Continue

Added by John on April 16, 2009 at 17:44 — No Comments

please can some one help?

Hi there i was just looking to see if any one has any idea what is going on with our skilled visa application. I started the ball rolling last year then completed and passed my carpenter and joiner test in october 08 then lodge my application on line on the 1st nov 08. Now My agent seems lke she does not care and has no idea her self what is going on. Has any one got any idea when or even if they are planning to grant skilled visa,s again. Dont no if its worth buying a house here in newcastle… Continue

Added by ianandleeanna on April 16, 2009 at 16:29 — 2 Comments

Australian State Government seminars

My friends at the Australian High Commission have askled me to shamelessly plug their migration seminars, which take place this weekend in Ireland. The givernments of Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia will all be there, presenting on a number of migration issues. They are looking for



•Allied Health Professionals


•Trades and Construction Workers

The timings are -

Saturday 18 April 13:30 – 15:30… Continue

Added by John on April 16, 2009 at 14:13 — No Comments

Theatre and Cardiac Nurses for Northern Queensland

Tropical North Queensland really is the place to really appreciate the laid-back Australian lifestyle. Living close to one of the seven wonders of the world - the Great Barrier Reef and being able to take advantage of the Tropical Lifestyle - means that Registered Nurses should give consideration living in this beautiful part of Australia.

We have theatre and cardiac positions for registered nurses with a minimum of twelve months experience.

We offer job search assistance… Continue

Added by Skills Shortage Consulting on April 16, 2009 at 6:10 — No Comments

Getting your Qualifications Slotted into an Australian Qualifications Framework

Whether you need to open up pathway E for your TRA assessement or simply to enhance your job prospects by having an Australian qualification on your resume Skills Shortage Consulting can help.

We work with TAFE here in Queensland who map out your qualifications against the Australian equivilent to see whether you have completed the same type of modules covering the same subject matter.

TAFE stands for Tertiary And Further Education and is the state run and funded RTO… Continue

Added by Skills Shortage Consulting on April 16, 2009 at 5:58 — No Comments

Free Phone Consultations with Online Migration

Like many migration companies Online Migration offers free visa assessments - however Online Migration goes that one step further and offers free telephone consultations.

This gives the would-be migrant the opportunity to ask lots of questions that you might normally get charged for if you complete a free online visa assessment.

At the end of this consultation you will have discussed your indiviual visa strategy with a MARA registered migration agent.

Online… Continue

Added by Skills Shortage Consulting on April 16, 2009 at 5:43 — No Comments

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