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August 2009 Blog Posts (16)


Less than 2 weeks to go & the to-do list doesn't seem to be getting any shorter!!! ;-)

Just sorting out insurance at the moment. I have citizenship, my husband has permanent residency through a spouse visa, but our little girl will be on a 12 month holiday visa until I have the total 2 years on my passport to entitle her to citizenship by descent (hopefully 6 months in).

Do we go for 1-way travel insurance with a buffer of 21 days when we arrive to set up any… Continue

Added by Cam on August 26, 2009 at 13:39 — 1 Comment

Pet Immigration

We are planning on taking our dog on our move to Australia next year. I just wanteed to know if anyone can advise me on the regulations and vaccinations and if anyone can recommend an agency to transport him?

Added by Gemma Brewster on August 25, 2009 at 12:49 — 5 Comments

Money Exchange

I'm looking for some advise on exchanging money we have sold our house and there a resonable amount of money to exchange, I have been speaking to a company called FC exchange, who will exchange to currency at the market rate today $1.98 but the banks want to charge 1 - 2% which as the sum is quite large works out to be a lot of money. Has any one used FC Exchange. I don't want to hand over our life saving to a complete stranger over the phone without someone having used them. We leave a week on… Continue

Added by Richard Miles on August 20, 2009 at 16:58 — 2 Comments

validation of 457 visa/ moving to Perth

Hi there,

We have had our visas since Feb 08 and they are due to expire in Feb 10. I am a nurse and have a job held for me until then in Subiaco, Perth. Our problem is that of the current housing market, in that our house is now worth a lot less than it was a year ago and to sell it at the moment means that things would be very tight for us in Oz. We have heard people talking of going out to Oz for a short holiday to validate their visas. Can any one tell us if just the visa holder or all… Continue

Added by Annette Herron on August 18, 2009 at 15:32 — 2 Comments

Shipping a washing machine to Oz ?

Hello there,

I would like to ask if anyone has any advice on taking a Miele washing machine to Oz from the UK. Our machine was very expensive and works wonderfully and it just seems an awful waste to sell it here only to have to buy another when we get there. We are unsure if there are electrical issues,
Any advice would be appreciated,

Many Thanks


Added by lisa dyer on August 18, 2009 at 13:32 — 1 Comment

Double whammy

Not only is the value of the house lower than we had hoped but also the £/$ exchange rate is now under $2.

We could afford to take a loss on one or the other but not both.

It's unlikely that we'll be making a move til February anyway in relation to putting the house on the market so hopefully things will have picked up by then.

Added by John on August 17, 2009 at 16:53 — 3 Comments

Can you convert a v175 application to v176 ??

We submitted our 175 visa in February 2009

In March we found out we were on the CSL list, phew !

However, big silence ever since..... 7 months and counting.

We were thinking of converting this to a 176 state sponsored visa thinking the processing time will be less

Does anyone know:

1. Is it easy to use the same information for 176 as 175 and convert ?

2. Is it worth doing now we are 7 months into "the wait"… Continue

Added by John Talbot on August 16, 2009 at 13:48 — 2 Comments

Spring in the air in Sydney

The sun has been shining down on Sydneysiders, with a temperature of 22 degrees today. The summer clothing was pulled from the back of closets around the City and given a well earned airing. But will it last and should we tempt fate by packing away the winter woollies and Ugg boots? Well, we've been advised it could reach 28 degrees tomorrow! The beaches will be mobbed, and there'll be a mad rush on sunscreen. The boogie boards will be dusted off and the buckets and shovels retrieved from the… Continue

Added by Aoife McGee on August 15, 2009 at 11:49 — No Comments


We are in the process of applying for our visas and are leaning towards Perth, can anyone let me know what it is like, we have 4 children 16, 15, 12 and nine my husband is a plumber and i run a pre-school 2+. I have done a lot of reseach but need to know that facts from "real" people living there, please reply - Nikki

Added by nikki on August 11, 2009 at 19:27 — 4 Comments

39th Annual Sun Herald City 2 Surf race in Sydney

Today, at the Annual Sun Herald City 2 Surf race, 75,000 runners slogged (and some are still at it as I write this)along the roads of Sydney today, from Hyde Park in Sydney's CBD 14 Kilometres to the finish at Bondi Beach.

The sun shone and the race saw many colourful characters dressed up as celebs such as Michael Jackson and Superman.

The winner of the mens' race was Michael Shelley (runner up last year) , a 25 year old from the Gold Coast in Queensland, ran the race in… Continue

Added by Aoife McGee on August 9, 2009 at 1:14 — No Comments

What's On In Sydney

Crave Sydney, 1st – 31st October 2009

A month long celebration of Sydney lifestyle with 31 days of authentic food, entertainment and outdoor experiences is waiting. The program will include:

Sydney’s biggest public arts festival, Art & About (1st – 25th October)

· Latin passion comes to Australia with the Darling Harbour Fiesta (2nd – 5th October)

· Sydney International Food Festival, featuring the World Chef Showcase, Night Noodle… Continue

Added by John on August 7, 2009 at 11:46 — 1 Comment

Beach Huts

We are due to leave the UK at the end of the month, and I am trying to carry out some reseach about buying a beach hut along the sunshine coast. All I can find are rentals for holidays does anyone know where to look.

Vicky I am hoping you might have an answer.


Added by Richard Miles on August 6, 2009 at 15:33 — No Comments

Australia & New Zealand magazine to launch in Ireland.

The UK’s number one magazine for Down Under – Australia & New Zealand – is set to launch in Ireland in October.

The magazine, which has won a number of awards from UK industry body the PPA, already serves the audience of travellers and migrants to Australasia from the UK, and is now looking to cater for the thousands of Irish people making the trip down under.

It is estimated that just under 10% of the population of Australia claim Irish descent, (around 1.8 million) with over… Continue

Added by John on August 5, 2009 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

Taylor Hampton Solicitors

Hi Everyone,
Just got a quote in from the above solicitors based in London. All seems ok, i was just wondering if anyone has used thwm before and if so could you tell me how you found their service. Many thanks.

Added by DEBORAH JAYNE FRADLEY on August 1, 2009 at 19:47 — No Comments


Hi, my husband and i moving from West Sussex to Adelaide in the autumn next year. Can anyone recommend a company? Cheers

Added by Cindy Szalai on August 1, 2009 at 17:02 — 4 Comments

Nursing registration in Queensland

Hi there,

I am a registered nurse and on the 22nd of September this year myself,husband and three children leave for our new life in Brisbane. I have been granted a 175 permanent residency visa so my nursing skills have already been assessed by the ANMC. My question is has anybody out there been through the process of getting registered with the Queensland nursing council. I have read on their website that you can request to get your details sent over from the ANMC, does this… Continue

Added by lisa dyer on August 1, 2009 at 10:02 — 4 Comments

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