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    I’ve been in Bris for 3 months and it’s fantastic. Relaxed and so much to do and enjoy. I’ve experienced what bad weather does to you. I lived in the Netherlands for four years and it broke me down piece by piece. Don't underestimate the the power of good weather on your lifestyle and general well being and happiness.
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    2 years and 5 months in the land down under and still loving it...
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    Thank you everyone for their thoughts and advice. I have been offered the position (just waiting for the formal paperwork). We have decided to make the move. I've been to Brisbane twice now and really like the slower pace compared to Sydney. I also think from a property affordability point of view it is a better move. We have had miserable weather in Sydney since we arrived here in early August - if this is what Melbourne is like then no thank you! We love the outdoors and Brisbane seems like the perfect place for us. I much prefer hot to cold. Now the big issue is to find another tenant to take over the lease. I have not yet informed the agent (waiting for the formal offer). In our contract we do not have a break free clause (if I had know about this at the time of signing I would have opted for it). Basically we can try on our own to find someone to take over the lease (if the landlord approves the new tenant). If not then we have to pay any marketing costs incurred in finding a new tenant and obviously have to keep paying until one is found. Our thoughts are for me to go over on my own in about a month and if we can find another tenant the wife and kids join me when school closes about a month later. So if anyone knows of anyone who may need a place around December let me know. It a 4x2 bed house in Glenwood, NSW (BIC, ducted A/C, double garage plus NBN installed) within the catchment of Parklea Public and Glenwood High (both excellent schools). In a quiet cul de sac and 5 minutes walk to Celebration T-way on the city express to CBD and the upcoming Norwest Train Station. Pets allowed upon owner's approval - we have a 6 year Labrador staying with us.
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    @Viet thanks - fingers crossed for a speed burst on the processing - do hope everything works out well for you. Good luck πŸ€
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    Thats great news for you then 😊
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    There has been some movement in the other Parent Visa categories (Temporary and Non-contributory).
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    Agreed with Avatar... don't underestimate the impact the weather/environment you live in will have on you. I lived in Perth for a while, then made the mistake of moving to Melbourne expecting it to be similar to Perth culturally and weather wise (with a colder winter). I gave Melbourne a fair chance though but I think my expectation gap probably ruined it for me. I tried to create the life I liked, visited the beaches (100+km out of the city and ICY water) and rode my bike... but after Perth, I didn't feel like I really experienced anything resembling a proper summer there in the months when it was supposed to be warm. So I moved back to Perth and I haven't looked back. I'll take my backwards paradise of beautiful beaches, balmy summer nights and blue skies over Melbourne's miserable grey skies and frigid winds any day. Avatar.. if you're unhappy in Tasmania don't delay. Move back to where you were happy. You only get one very short life.
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    We arrived in 2012 on the CPV 143 in 2012. Applied and got citizenship in March 2018. If you are over 60 there is no need for the test Just a heads up regarding the Form 80. When completing the citizenship application, you will need quite a bit of info from the Form 80. So the time you took to find the info for Form 80 completion is an investment in future use! Keep a copy and bring it with you!
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    Hi Estherb - welcome to the forum This is generalised comment as it would be inappropriate to comment on your situation without knowing the details. Generally speaking there is no specific visa that would provide you with a permanent residence visa to enable you to bring a sibling to Australia in order to care for them. In addition to this all visas have a Health Criteria that must be met, one of the criteria in determining this would be the cost. The costing would consider the cost of any treatment / care / benefits that would potentially be available to an Australian in similar circumstances. That said I should include that, some people who have failed to meet the health criteria, may look at options through e.g. appeals and requesting Ministerial Interventions to try to permit a relative to remain in Australia. This can be a very a long winded, costly and stressful process which may or may not succeed.
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    No question that there was a proper brain drain from SA when you both left.
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    Actually, this has happened on more than one occassion where Australians were evacuated from war zones, civil unrest etc. They've sent in their aircraft to evacuate 6000 Aussies in Israel in 2006 at a cost of $25m. They've even negotiated a seaze fire and sent ships to get Aussies out of danger. Imagine you're in South Africa on your South African passport and civil unrest breaks out... Or the government suddenly imposes a prohibition on overseas travel? Would you rather have travelled on an Aussie passport? Let's be honest, going to South Africa is not exactly the same as going to Fiji. Of course, no one has the "misconception" that Australia would send their hit squad to the rescue if you behave like an idiot and get yourself into trouble. Fact is, more than 16000 Aussies do receive consular assistance abroad every year which sometimes involve exercising their right under the UN convention to demand that an Australian citizen be repartiated. If you want to keep your South African citizenship and passport, it's up to you. All I'm saying is that I personally don't see the need to and if you're not intending to return to South Africa permanently, what's the use of hanging on to it? But that's just me. 😎
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    My advice (to all and for future reference) - officially renounce your South African citizenship and travel to and from South Africa with your Aussie passports.. If you ever want to return to South Africa permanently, you can simply apply to get your citizenship back. I cannot see the value of holding onto South-African citizenship if you have no intention of returning to South Africa permanently and if you are free to come and go as you want without it. Saves you the trouble and stress of constantly having to renew passports etc. More about getting your RSA citizenship back here: https://www.sapeople.com/2014/07/10/what-do-if-lost-south-african-citizenship-785/
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    Thank you very much, I managed to make direct contact through a contact of ours in Uganda and she referred me to the right people at Interpol and they managed to assist me with it. So interesting, I actually received my Uganda Police clearance before my wife received her South African one. I do appreciate the offer of assistance.
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    I hear you. In my opinion it totally depends on the kids not the country. I was in a prestigious high school in Pretoria and the entire leadership team (skool leiers) including the head boy were expelled due to smoking weed at school and drinking at school. Also half of the people I went to school with in both Pretoria and Pietersburg can't speak English even close to a decent level, can't spell, and I have 3 family members over the age of 30 who can not drive (in Pretoria) - due to choice/lazzines? We came here and my daughter is performing better in a public school than she did in a private school in Pretoria, made SRC in her first year here, has excellent grades, programmes apps for fun, and can't wait to get a job when shes 15. (She is 10) LOL. My point being I don't think its a country thing, its definitely a home culture thing. South Africa... that's a hot topic. When you say anything good about it, you are asked why you left, if you say anything bad you are being negative. But in my personal opinion the grass is definitely greener here in Oz. The amount of trauma that we went through in South Africa and the amount of trauma our family members have endured there is shocking to say the least. I am happy to be here. Sure I see the flaws in government and schools, and wonder why they have the problems they have, it could be so much better, than it already is, and yet I honestly don't think you could find a better place to live that balances all the needs we want from life equally. This is the best it gets in my opinion, taking several factors into account.
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    You can also save the agents fees and do the application yourself - it depends on how straight forward your application is.
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    Haven't posted for a while, but decided to write up our experiences in the hopes that it helps others. Obviously these are our experiences and views and results may be different for others I hope they are helpful but please remember that there are always many ways to achieve a result and what works/not for one may/not work for another - so please do your own research and always make up your own mind about what is right for you/your family/situation. As with all things in life, the more you are prepared to put in the more you will get out. OK ..... sorry, this may be a long post We arrived in country without any jobs and started to look for them here. It has taken me over 7 months to find a job and having spoken to may agents and people over this period, I would like to share my observations and experiences. These are the things that I wish I new before starting to look for a job in Australia; 1. Be humble, be prepared to learn and help others - In my experience these three things are absolutely key to finding work and expanding your network! Park your ego at the door and adjust your approach to be much more humble, less aggressive, more accepting and more willing to learn. Accept that you are not entitled to anything (no one is) no matter how good your CV is or what you have accomplished or what level you have reached. Remember that you are now competing in an open economy against many great local and international candidates for a limited number of vacancies - be respectful and show good form. 2. Ensure that you have enough resources to sustain you while you settle/look for a job. We all hope for the best and while it is possible to arrive with a job and/or find one within weeks of arrival, this may not always be the case. So have a plan "B" to ensure that you are covered in the event that things take longer than you anticipate. I have been told by several agents that it can take between 6 and 12 months to find the right job and this was the case for us. So, hope for the best, but be realistic with your planning and ask yourself the tough "what if" questions Your plan doesn't have to be all about cash savings it could include taking lessor jobs while you look for the right opportunity, work from home/online, start a business, do volunteer work, arrive at different times, transfer within your company etc Important thing is to think about it and have a plan so you are not caught of guard. 3. Australia works on networks - Every video you watch or agency you talk to will tell you the same thing. Only 15%-20% of jobs go through the formal agency market and over 80% of jobs are filled through networks or by the company directly. So start building your network now. You can do this before you arrive in Australia. Don't underestimate this aspect. I looked at it as "planting seeds" that may take time to grow, but when they do ....... Tools like LinkedIn or professional bodies in your line of work or colleagues from previous companies in the Australia branch etc are really good ways to start this process. Look up people in your own network that are in Australia and reach out to them. The best thing that I found was having connections introduce you to others in their network. Don't be shy about growing your network, but please be respectful and don't troll people Just a hint - a 5 person network isn't enough. Also this network is a "business" network not a mates network. Of course mates can help and you should reach out to them, but focus on growing your business potential network. Ok, one last thing on networks is to treat people with respect and how you would like to be treated. I know everyone says this but it really is important here. This is a small market and so you will find that people here are generally more helpful, more humble, more accommodating, more tolerant and less direct, less self absorbed and less entitled. The reason (yes because its good form) but also because this is a small market and everyone knows everyone, so you should treat each interaction with integrity or you may find your network dries up quickly. 4. Meet and Greet - Sitting at home relying on email alone will not land you a job because there is no emotional connection to the person on the other end. Most Seek or Indeed jobs advertised get between 300-700 applications! So, before you arrive expand your network as much as you can and arrange short Skype sessions with as many people as you can. My experience is that if you approach people to learn about the market, about a company, about who you can speak to etc you are much more likely to be engaged that if you hardline them for a "job". Once you are here arrange to have meetings and continue to expand your network. One local person told me that a boss once told them that " ... if you want a new job, then you are at least 100 coffees away from that new job...". Coffees are a thing here, so set up as many as you can. Again, these are short, humble, learning experiences to grow your network and obtain further introductions. I am not suggesting that this is the same/will work for every person/situation or industry its just what I did and the advice I got from others. 5. Diversified approach - Use all the tools available to your advantage! I suggest that you (1) Reach out to the big agencies in your field - find out who they are by looking at various job adds and then seeing who posts most of them - build a personal relationships with them (2) Go onto job boards like Seek and Indeed and LinkedIn (3) Leverage your networks as noted above (4) Pick a small number of company's you may want to work with and approach them directly - I have had the best results this way (5) read the financial papers as many jobs are still posted here, especially government jobs. Again and I can't emphasise this enough - you need to call, meet and Skype with people directly. Sitting at home and relying on a few job applications only and some emails alone will not build your network or land you a job. You need to do a number of things combined. 6. Prepare before you arrive - There are many things you can do to prepare before you arrive. The first is to decide when you will be in country as you will need to communicate this to the people you are going to talk too so that they know. I would suggest that you then create accounts on the various boards, post your CV, reach out to networks, reach out to agents and send them your CV etc. That will get the networking/introduction part going even if they tell you they can't help you until you are in country - they at least know who you are I would also suggest setting up a number of meetings with key agencies and some of your network for the second/third week you are in country. So give yourself a week or two to settle and then get straight into building your network. The quicker you start this the better. So basically get all the admin done before arriving and start the networking process - once you here you just continue with that process. 7. CV's, LinkedIn, job boards and other tools - This topic is to big to cover in this post but I will cover a few basics just to get you thinking. There are a number of resources on this site and also on the web about "Australian" style CV etc. All these things are your "advertisements" or "calling cards" so ensure that they are (1) aligned - nothing worse than CV and linkedin dates don't align etc (2) appropriate - contain the right content (3) honest and right - include the right dates and titles etc look them up if necessary (4) relevant - tailor it for the job you are applying for. OK a few things on CV's that I have learned from agents directly (this is not an exhaustive list); a) Your CV should be about 3-4 pages maximum and should not have any personal information (nothing about religion, gender, age, marital status, children, hobbies, interests, address etc) b ) include your email and phone number (ensure your email is something professional and not something like HotFluffy@......) c ) Lots of white spaces, don't go smaller than size 11 font and don't cram large amounts of text or bullet points in. Less is more! Your looking for 3-5 bullet points for each job and they should cover major achievements, not all your responsibilities etc d ) People here don't know many of the companies you have worked for so included a short 2-3 liner on who they are, what they do, size (like number of people or profit) e) Only include details on the last 10 years of your work history - The rest summarise into one liners just to complete your job history f) Only include the most relevant qualifications g) Don't include all the "buzz words" like "detail oriented" or "strategically focused" or "dependable" etc Every CV has these and it doesn't work - rather focus on what you have achieved instead of describing who you are - so things like "developed XYZ" or "built ABC" or "improved XYZ by x%" etc So things that agents have told me about job postings and reviewing CV's. Many jobs advertised get well over 500 applications both locally and internationally. Obviously this means that agents do not have the time to read everyone one of these. Many use "automated bots" to scan your CV looking for the right phrases and words - so ensure that these are in there. Also they will personally only scan 20-30 seconds through the first page of your CV and if they like what they see they will go further - otherwise its on the "too much effort" pile or "to difficult" pile. Statistically speaking they will find 5-10 good CV's way before going through 500 submissions and will never come back to this pile again. So you need to ensure that you capture their attention in the first half a page of your CV. 8 - DON'T GET DESPONDENT - Always remember why you are here. Don't take things personally. I have applied for over 100 jobs in 6 months and only heard back from less than half of them. Sometimes it took 2 -3 weeks to hear back and the answer was "Dear John, we regret to inform you that ......" others I just never heard back. This is a numbers game, so don't just apply for 2 jobs and then sit back and hope you get one of them. While if is of course possible for this to happen, for may people you need to try many times. So may advice here is that if things seem tough, if you have applied for may jobs and not heard back or been rejected for many - DON'T start second guessing yourself or doubting yourself. Ensure you have prepared properly and just keep at it - things will turn around OK, this is a very long post and I hope that it helps. Again, these are my experiences and observations. Its not about right or wrong just my thoughts and insights. Others may have different views so please don't place any reliance on my experiences - do your own research and make the right decision for you.
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    This article says it all... https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/companies/dont-speak-out-franchise-giant-rfg-warns-against-complaining-publicly-20171210-h01y1i.html and yes, he does seem to be South African 😏
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    Hi Jamyn, I am not an immigration agent or anything like that but here are my thoughts: For a Skilled Independent 189 visa, his occupation has to appear on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). On the list there is only 221111 General Accountant and 221213 External auditor. 132211 Financial Manager is not on the list so I don't think he can use that. Keep in mind the following: - For External auditor his points will be limited to the articles period (and any time if he stayed on) - For general accountant he can claim work experience for the period as above plus the 16 months as a financial manager. But there is a lot of demand for this occupation, he will require at least 70 points and there is a ceiling on the number of invites that can be issued each month. I think External auditor is also heading in that direction too though so I thin General accountant would be the best bet. Any comments, can anyone else out there verify if the above info is accurate?
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    @CTtoAus My speaking was 88 and writing 65, I wrote again after studying through E2Language and my writing went to 90 and my speaking dropped dramatically down to 62. I figured out that the more I try to speak like the tips on E2Language, the lower my marks were under speaking (especially oral fluency). (The computer picks up that you struggling and drops your Oral Fluency marks - which counts a lot towards the speaking part. So I used all the tips EXCEPT the speaking tips from E2Lang, and passed with flying colors. I just spoke normally and read at a nice fast pace (like I naturally do, WITHOUT their phrasing tips, and did really well). The more you try to concentrate on phrasing, the lower your oral fluency. Concentrate on pronunciation, read a little bit faster than medium pace, and your oral fluency should shoot up and you should crack the speaking part!!
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    Hi OTTG, Thanks a lot for the info! I actually landed the job i interviewed for on Thursday!!! That would mean almost exactly two months since I started intensively looking for work. Thanks to everyone for the replies!
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    Hi Eto, My 50 cents. A new mall is not a sign of prosperity in my view, I would cast my decision net wider than that. Load shedding, getting owrse and owrse. About to sign SA's life away with a secret trillion Rand nuclear deal, which take >10 years to come on line and have a good history of going 2-3 times over budget. Water crisis, it's coming if not there yet. Crime, still well out of any semblance of control. Nepotism and corruption. People getting off scott free. Pamdozi mine. Billions scammed and fast ass Khulubuse Zuma sits on the poor and destitute. Jiba, NPA/Zuma, spy tapes. Mdluli and Co. Eskon, SAA, SARS, SABC, SANDF, and and and the list goes on. Most bloated and biggest Cabinet in the world. Say no more. Fat ass pollies in Parliament. SANRAL. Lying and conniving. Highest per capita spend in the world on education, dumbest students as a result. And let me be clear, it aint the students who are not smart, it's SASCO, SADTU etc et al that stuff it up! No textbooks for years. Marikana, killing our own to protect profits. Andries Tatanie, not a single cop sacked or jailed, despite being caught on film murdering him in cold blood. Fisheries, caught in monster scandal, nobody convicted. Slide of the Rand, since 1994 it has been on the way down. Strikes. Continous looting and "dimands" for stuff, all for free. Xenophobia. Say no more, its bloody racism, i wish people would call it waht it is! BBBEEE. Why can't I have a company and decide who the heck owns it? It's mine, i built it up with my blood, sweat, money and tears. Why am I forced to give it away? Land expropriation. If you bought it fair and square, why can it is taken away? Pet peeve - SABC TV licence. FFS, can anyone here honestly say they watch that propaganda crap? Why can't I have a TV and watch movies? The Zulu king/bigot/Malema/SACP/AZAPO can say Kill the Boer but if any witou says kill the black dude, there would be an uproar. Thuli bashing has become a national sport, and about the only exercise the fat ass pollies get in Parly. Jamming of journalists when the heat gets too much. Dont tell me that was not ordered from on high...What gets to me is the lack of accountability. There are good things and good people in SA, I know we have all lived there. But the strikes are getting worse and come next year, it will just keep getting more and more violent. Sorry, I'll get off my soapbox now. :blush-anim-cl: :boxing: But South Africa does not have a good story to tell. They had a golden chance to exploit minerals and natrual wealth to build up a vibrant and successful society. Instead they play the race card as though all 52 cards were racism. It's never Governments fault, but always some "third force" or scary Western boogeyman to blame, or white farmers, or foreigners et al. Aus has issues, I promise you. here in WA, our own Barney has peed our iron ore fortunes into the wind and continues to put his head in the sand. We had to borrow $8 billion just to make it to fin. year end. So we too have Darwin nominees by the dozen. But as least if I call the cops they will come, very soon. If I call the council, I will get through AND attended to. In the same day. It works and everyone pays their fair share, mostly. (Maccas, Google, Apple, dont yet but will soon!) We have pollies who sniff seats in Parliament, crash their cars and get away with it for months. There is no perfect society, but poor SA is getting hammered left, right and centre. And by the very supposed saviours of "the people" An oxymoron if I ever saw one. .The cherry on the cake for me, the ANC toyi-toying against Eskons decision to fit pre-paid meters. Err, Eskon is controlled and run by THE ANC. So the ANC is demonstrating against itself? WTF? You can't make this stuff up. LOL, Im done venting. have a great weekend!
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    Any thoughts about this ? This has the ring of emotional manipulation to me. If you go, you go because you know your faith is weak. This is low, unacceptable. I agree with Donovan83 in that this pastor was preaching from a viewpoint of personal fear. That is also wrong, for a pastor should actually preach a message from God, not a feeling from his own life. Every person is responsible to God alone for your decisions and how it affects your and others' lives. No one can tell anybody else it is because of lack of faith that you immigrate. For some of us this is actually a HUGE step of faith, for others it is a new opportunity. Just think about the effect. In that congregation, ANY person that would dare attempt immigration, would show himself a person of weak faith. This is such a great example of spiritual terrorism !!! Where is each persons' personal search for God's will in your own life ? Of course there will be people whom God would WANT to stay because He still have a purpose for them here, and for them, it is obedience to stay and they WILL be protected. For others, it is God's will to go, for He has a purpose for them somewhere else in the world, no matter where. Who does ANY human being think himself to be to take such a responsibility of decision on others' behalf on himself ? If his statement was true, then: Joseph and Maria went to Egypt because of lack of faith. Abraham went to Canaan because of lack of faith. Israel left Egypt because of lack of faith. The Puritans left Europe for America because of lack of faith. The French Hugenots left France and Holland because of lack of faith. I mean, really ... In our own case, we resisted the idea when my parents told us they're going. Within three months, we were convinced. Of course we prayed and sought an answer from God and we got very definitely a positive affirmation that we should go, BUT it would take time. As in this month, four years and counting. But we know we'll be going. No other human being would have the authority in our lives to prevent us from going since we know we are obedient in this. Even though we've been safe, prosperous and happy up till now, NOTHING kicking us out of here. So we're happily going down under in God's own good time.
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