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May 2009 Blog Posts (32)

Travel Insurance

Hi new to this blog, but need some help. We have just booked our flight tickets and we are travelling via South Africa to Australia I have just tried booking our travel insurance but told that because we are not returning to the UK no one will insure us. Has anyone got any ideas of companies who will insure. We have been granted permant residents visa which is great.

Thanks in advance for you help

Added by Richard Miles on May 28, 2009 at 14:54 — 6 Comments

Booked the flights

Hi all,

Well, not been on here in a while. been pretty busy and to be honest more used to the easy flowing forum kind of web site so tend to use them more.

My apologies for that......

Anyway - we have booked our flights for Australia at long last.

September is the month our life begins again. After being on hold pretty much for four years whilst we went through the skills and visa process we have finally set the date.

Really looking forward… Continue

Added by James Saxton on May 28, 2009 at 11:19 — 2 Comments

Tasmanian devils in danger

The Tasmanian devil is becoming rarer and rarer in Australia thanks to a very contagious and ultimately fatal facial cancer that has wiped out much of the poulation in the wild.

Numbers of the fierce, back furred creatures have declined by 70% since devil facial tumour disease was first reported in 1996.

Its feared that it may become extinct within ten years.

Added by John on May 28, 2009 at 10:32 — No Comments

Working holiday visas to New Zealand

Some good news for a change...From July 2009, travellers visiting New Zealand under the popular working holiday scheme will be allowed to study on more than one course throughout the duration of their stay in the country.

Read more -

Added by John on May 26, 2009 at 15:53 — No Comments

Skills Assessment

Hi! Does anyone know exactly what is involved in the skills assessment as I am about to start mine in September. We are starting our state skilled visa in January as I am a newly qualified nurse and by then will have a year of experience to enable us to go on a skilled visa. We have already spoken to the Ian Harrop Agency and they sound fantastic. Friends of ours used this agency and recommended them. The agency said the skill assessment was basically the Austrailian Government etc getting in… Continue

Added by Stephanie Bennett on May 26, 2009 at 10:28 — 4 Comments

Mother’s Day in MAY!

This blog is dedicated to all the mothers of children who are living over here in Oz….

Please don’t feel rejected by your heartless children on Mothers Day back in March, when your gift or card didn’t arrive… it’s simply because the UK and Australia celebrate this occasion on different days.

So we are sorry that you sat gazing at the letterbox, awaiting the gentle landing of your Mothering Sunday card onto the hall mat…

… or if you watched eagerly as the… Continue

Added by Vicky Gray on May 25, 2009 at 14:13 — 3 Comments

Does anyone know which cities in Queensland were NOT affected by the recent torrential rains?

Hello Everyone!

I am making plans to relocate to Brisbane but I just read about the torrential rains in Queensland. Can anyone tell me which cities/towns in Queensland were NOT affected by the torrential rains. I want to make sure my relocation and that of my family is a safe one.


Added by Jorge Diaz on May 25, 2009 at 2:25 — 2 Comments

Moving to Perth

Am moving to perth in january along with my husband and 2 young children. At the moment it is just a temporary move for a year. Am looking for advice on which areas are reasonable for rented accomodation with local amenities as i don't drive so will be walking or using public transport. Any other advice or hints would also be greatly appreciated.

Added by lynsey on May 24, 2009 at 17:46 — No Comments


hi all, the photo i have just added, was taken by my brother after arriving at there house, after been awake for almost 22 hours, flying from birmingham to dubie then on to perth. nothing new to report yet, as house still not sold, comming up to 12 months on market, other then that im still out of work and still looking. by for now...........

Added by keith edward millward on May 24, 2009 at 0:38 — 1 Comment

Synopsos of Aussie, Actually

Lois Nicholls is pregnant and heartbroken when she leaves her country of birth, South Africa in 1997 to begin a new life in Australia with her husband and toddler.

Through a series of anecdotes she provides a snapshot of her emigration journey with candid, humourous and touching accounts of her new life on foreign soil. Battling through endless Brisbane summers, she tells of her struggles to make friends, coming to terms with leaving her… Continue

Added by Lois Nicholls on May 23, 2009 at 22:30 — No Comments

New issue of Australia & New Zealand magazine now on sale

Issue 39 of Australia & New Zealand magazine is now on sale through WH Smith, Tesco and all good newsagents. If you can't find it where you are, let us know!!

Enjoy our great features on

Glorious Gippsland

Queensland's stunning scenery


Coober Pedy



Finding a job in NZ, and much much more…


Added by John on May 19, 2009 at 13:57 — No Comments

Restaurant Recommendations

What's your favourite restaurant and why? If you live outside Melbourne and Sydney do you know where you can get a meal after 8.30pm?

Melbourne - Lygon Street - so many good restaurants in one place - nearly all of them open after 8.30pm

Perth - LIttle Creatures - Fremantle

Brisbane - In Manly Celtic Corner and in Wynnum along Bayview Terrace Absolute Thai

Serving up to and sometimes after 10pm Coffee Club in Oxford St Bulimba

Anyone like to add to the list?… Continue

Added by Skills Shortage Consulting on May 18, 2009 at 3:11 — No Comments

Where to begin?

Hey all,

I'm in my early 20's, live in Northern Ireland and have recently been considering a move to New Zealand (among other places). Problem is I don't know where to start! Ideally, I'd like to move in 2011, allowing me to build up some work experience (I.T. Sales). So basically have a few questions, some of which I'm sure you have answered a hundred times before!!

First, is it a good idea to use a migration agent? Initially I thought I could tackle it myself, but I have… Continue

Added by Niall Adams on May 16, 2009 at 15:30 — 3 Comments

Migration with a child with Autism

Let me explain our circumstances.....

Me and my wife are both 36 years of age, we have two boys, one 4 years old, the other 2 years old.

My wife now works part time as a nursing auxiliary, while I am an I.T. Professional (.NET Technologies on the skills shortage list). From several on-line assessments and speaking to migration experts at the recent expo at Earl's court it appears that we would have enough points to migrate to Perth, Western Australia. This has always been… Continue

Added by Jason H on May 15, 2009 at 19:34 — 8 Comments

Who should sponsor us?

My husbands parents live in Melbourne and so does his sister, but who should sponsor us?

My in-laws have a 2 bed unit and my sister in law a 3 bed big house, but she is a single mom with a teenage daughter.

Both familys earn around the same, just over 40k and both have one worker and one dependant.

Although my sister in law is obviously alot younger and my in laws are 3 years away from retireing. But my sister in law did have some visa problems and was thrown out of Oz 10… Continue

Added by Kathleen on May 14, 2009 at 13:58 — No Comments

Australia's frequent festivals

Australia is host to many different festivals and carnivals - probably the most famous being Sydney’s flamboyant Mardi Gras and Melbourne’s International Comedy Festival, to name just a few.

But last week, we attended Australia’s leading regional Food and Wine Festival in Noosa.

Although I love great food, and I have definitely be known to partake in the odd bottle of wine or three, the reason why we decided to check this festival out was for the live… Continue

Added by Vicky Gray on May 14, 2009 at 11:24 — No Comments

Summary of how the 09 Budget affects the Migration Program

A migration agent has just advised me of the following changes:

The Migration Program will total 168,700 places for 2009-10.

• The Federal Government's 2009 Budget has made a further cut to the permanent skilled migration intake to 108,000 places for the 2009-10 program (a 20% reduction to the previous budget)

• The reduction will be achieved largely through cutbacks in the General Skilled Category

• A job-readiness test will be introduced for onshore… Continue

Added by Skills Shortage Consulting on May 13, 2009 at 3:28 — No Comments

Favourite Australian City Poll

This is a tough one - my favourite city is Melbourne but I couldn't live there because of the climate! Melbourne seems to be lagging behind in the votes - but it is one of the most beautiful cities in Australia - plus you can eat out after 8.30pm (those of you living in cities other than Sydney will know what I mean)!!

Added by Skills Shortage Consulting on May 11, 2009 at 3:32 — 2 Comments

Overseas Qualifications Units

Many states offer free assistance and support in getting your overseas qualifications recognised in Australia. In order to take advantage of these services you must be living in Australia and within the state that offers the service.

It's therefore not suitable for those individuals who are wanting to slot their qualifications into an Australian Qualifications Framework for migration purposes ie in order to open up pathway E of the TRA..

Here's a list of the Overseas… Continue

Added by Skills Shortage Consulting on May 11, 2009 at 3:00 — No Comments

Paid Maternity Leave for Oz

Good news for mums and dads! The Government have just announced paid maternity leave, which will encourage more women into the workforce.

Any primary carer (mother or father) will be entitled to 18 weeks pay at the minimum wage (about $544 per week) in a welcomed scheme due to commence on 1st January 2011, after the next election.

The mother and father can split the leave, if they wish, taking, say, 9 weeks each. The payment will be means tested and available to those… Continue

Added by Aoife McGee on May 11, 2009 at 0:19 — No Comments

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