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  1. NastashaBrandsma

    CV Person

    Hi everyone! Please may someone send me the details of the guy who does your CV in the Australian format? A few weeks ago I read about the guy who does it and everyone remarked how phenomenonal he is. Thanks. Nastasha
  2. Hi, Is it possible to apply for a visa to work in Australia with a BCOMPT Degree (Accounting Science Degree in Financial Accounting- CA Stream) I will be graduating in Mid 2019 and if so will i be able to get a job in the competitive job market? I am currently working at Barloworld as a senior acccounts controller,however from what iv heard the experience prior to your degree is not applicable. Will my partner be able to get a job? If he has a BTECH in Architecture and registered with SACAP as a professional member? Please advise! Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
  3. Hi guys, I trust that you are well. I am currently a 23 Year South African female, im currently in my final semester of Bcompt Accounting Science in financial accounting (CA stream) through UNISA(University of South Africa). I will be graduating in Mid June. My partner who is 25, is a Senior Architectural Technologist who is also member of SACAP, he graduated with a BTech Degree Architectural degree from DUT I have sent through an application to Ernst and Young and Deloitte as to start my training contract in Australia. However i do know it is a process and im not sure if im eligible for the CA programme/Training contract.I have also just recently been on Seek for jobs available, however they require you to have a visa/working permit. We have started abit of the process but we not sure of the way forward. - Questions as such: 1. is my Bcompt degree recognized in Australia? What do i need to do to ensure i get a job before arriving to Australia? Is it possible to have a work sponsored visa? 2.Is my partners degree recognized and what does he need to do to ensure he gets a job in Australia? 3. We would like to emmigrate by the end of 2019 early 2020. is that time sufficient and realistic to sort out our working visas etc? 4. Which method/agency would you recommend,should we do it with an agency? 5. is there an estimation for the cost of visas? Any assistance and advice/experiences shared will be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Kind Regards,
  4. Ok. So I am in AUS already and working. KIds and wife arrive in Dec. Anyone know exactly what is now required in terms of my kids travelling on their own with my wife? Must I write a letter giving details of their passport numbers, date of flight etc and get it certified by a commissioner of the oath and then post it from here to my wife in SA?
  5. Hi good day My wife and I moved back to South Africa soon after we got married in Australia in 2010. I am South African and my wife is Australian. We got married while I was there on a work visa. We are ready to go back now but my question is, can I apply for my "spousal visa" while on a holiday visa in Australia? in other words, can I go back to Oz on a Holiday Visa and then apply for the spousal visa while there? Hope this makes sense. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
  6. Hi Everyone, I'm a new member to the forum and have been in Australia for the last 5 months. I'm South African by birth but a New Zealand citizen through immigration. I'm after any information about applying for an apostilled unabridged birth certificate from Australia. Has anyone had experience with this process? Information online points towards applying through the SA High Commission in Canberra however it takes 3-9 months for it process and there is no guarantee that all the documents will be correct. Some of the posts here suggest using Bunnyhop? but unsure if they tender to needs of South Africans living abroad. Any information would be greatly appreciated!
  7. Good day I love South Africa , I love the culture diversity, I love the people and our ways of doing things here. I have been pondering to "make the move" for a while now, and when I try to discuss the matter with my wife due to my babbling nature I stuff it up the every time. So I thought Ill post here and get genuine advise of people in the same boat as my family, and try to make sense of it all. I cannot see any sustainable future for my 6 month old son. He ,even born in 2015, will still be branded as most white south Africans are. and in the near future will not even have the opportunities I had when growing up(work/family). I have done some research in making the move, and have been in contact with New World Immigration and we applied for a skilled Australia Skilled Visa as my wife as the main applicant. My reasons and my wife's reason for leaving everything we know and love differ a lot, I'm more of pessimist(current government state/safety ) where she is optimist(love for country and see's hope in every situation/believe our son can make it work) , but we are in agreement we can make this move work for our sons sake and give him the future we envision for him. My wife has a Bachelor of Education degree done through Tuks in 2012, 3 full years of experience at one job afterwards, and I have trade tested in Motor Mechanics(red seal) also in 2012, but only 4 year prior and 1 year experience after the trade test, where thereafter I went in to the Vehicle Insurance sector administrating claims on vehicle insurance products. New World Immigration has already advised us my wife will have to be the main applicant as she was the only one who did qualify on their point system(I have to work in my trade currently which I'm not even if its related) which means they are able to lodge an application to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to secure our residency in Australia. They advised this will cost R14 250 for a skilled Australia visa and if that goes as planned a further R7980 to the department of Immigration. there after an additional AUD1800 for me and AUD900 for my son. Miscellaneous cost would be English language tests, police clearances and the whole family would need to do medicals. they estimate per adult this will be AUD300. This adds up at the end of the day, but is doable if you are doing this for a good/right reasons. The first and initial cost will only be the skilled Australia visa application for my wife. We are only at this stage, researching the cost of living(many helpful links and forums on this page), and areas to live in/ health care(what they cover and don't)/second hand vehicle cash price. I stand under correction what I have found the minimum average pay for a secondary school teacher is AUD60000 per annum. For an mechanic is around AUD50000. I would like to get similar work in Australia administrating warranties/maintence plans for vehicles and not go back to the workshop environment, but I'm willing 'to go to VETASSESS in Cape town if I need to do it so I can get work there. Currently I have a vision of the following, if all goes to with the application of my wife and we see is doable. Sydney/Waterloo. We can mostly use public transport in the beginning as I know we would not be able(hope we can) to buy a second hand car when we land. average estimated cost per month will be AUD8100+/- in the first few months. meaning AUD2025 per week. this includes rent(3 bed 2 bath and 2 cars/Waterloo NSW 2017), some one looking after my son, mobile phone (unlimited calls), Internet, public transport costs, insurance house and health, electricity, gas bill, water and council fees ,groceries, tolls, banking charges and in first few months clothing, haircuts, electronics. So my questions I have will be the following, Firstly have anyone used New World Immigration? Have you had issue with them or not? Are the cost stated above for them to be able to lodge by department of Immigration and Border Protection reasonable? Is my estimate on monthly cost under estimated or not? After/or can we buy a second hand car on finance? Will it be beter to work in a general workshop as a mechanic (eg Audi where in initially did my experience) or try and get a job by an Insurance company like SaWarranties/Motorite/Innovations? I know of Warranty & Insurance in Artarmon, NSW, 2064 And if so will the Annual pay be higher as a trades man mechanic? Is Sydney over estimating what we can afford? And please any/ANY advise for us to make this process easier/ thing you may have though would be necessary but wasn't? And any success/fail stories in line with my wife's work we can take into consideration. This is my first post sorry if its not well structured. Kind Regards
  8. Hey everyone, I just need some advice on a little situation. I have daughter's, one 18 and other 19. The one is already at university (year one) while the other is busy with her matric year. We decided to wait for her to complete her matric before we fly. Just some advice on what we should do about the university situation. Would it be better for them to enrole as international students while we are still here in South Africa or should we wait until we get to Australia to enrole? Would really Appreciate the help Thanks
  9. Cnmaradza

    Graphic Design Sponsorship

    Hi all! I am a qualified graphic designer with other 2 years experience. I completed a degree at Curtin University of Technology of Australia last year and since then I have been looking for a job, most importantly on the terms of Employer Sponsorship (457 visa). I have been searching online for months now and even asked some of my contacts who are in the industry, some of whom have attained sponsorship themselves, with no success. I'm a very positive person, it takes a whole lot to get me down and even that might not be enough so my hopes are very high. At this point I am trying to use all resources and exhaust all my efforts. I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice about how to achieve this? Would anyone know of how to tap into the hidden job market? I am considering submitting an EOI using skill select for ENS or 190 however, I heard that the process could take several months. I am really hungry for work and the opportunity to use my skills and to start my life and career in this industry. I am not currently in Australia.
  10. Hi everyone, I haven't posted here in a while, managed to get our PR visa in April and flying to activate it in 2 weeks. We are heading to Perth for 4 weeks, partly vacation and partly administration related. Can you guys suggest a bank in Oz and also list your reasons for suggesting them? I did a quick search and came up with the four pillar banks - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banking_in_Australia. Before I go to each one of them and review their info, I'm sure somebody else must have done this by now. Should I look at some of the other banks that didn't make it into the top 4? The biggest reason for having a bank account there is to start moving money across. It would be helpful if the costs to move money across isn't too high, and also if the monthly account fees are minimal. Additionally, if I could earn interest on the money to protect it from inflation, or alternatively move it into stocks that would also be beneficial. Internet banking is a must. We are currently banking with FNB if that helps Thanks in advance!
  11. Hi, I'm currently a student, looking to immigrate to Australia. What I would like to do, is go over and get a job on a Working Holiday Visa, to help me establish myself at first. Then later on apply for for a permanent resident and after a few years get my citizenship. Is this the correct way of doing this and at all possible? If not, is there a similar way? I would really appreciate some guidance, as I'm totally lost. Note: I'm currently studying for a few certifications to get a job and will continue to study later on in Australia to get my degree. I would first like to settle in and have a stable job to pay for my expenses. Any help would greatly be appreciated! Kind Regards
  12. Where to begin? Well, this would have been easier if I started when I started the process. But yeah, I didn't think of it at the time, so now I'll have to make do. Let's go back to the start, or slightly before the start. Ever since I married my wife, she's been poking and prodding to "get the hell out of Dodge". We did the whole going overseas trips about every year, seeing that we don't have kids as yet. After our last trip to Scotland during March this year (2012), I truly started seeing the reality of what I chose to conveniently ignore... South Africa has become a shadow of it's former self, and with no foreseeable end to the bad administration... will eventually become the next Zimbabwe (flamers can keep their opinions, this is mine and I have the right to it). Just literally a week after returning I was again ignited in my "drive" when I was almost pushed off the road by an insensitive *enter own description here* of a taxi driver and then he had the gall to tell me "F-off you piece of white trash. We don't need you and we will kill you." Yes. What a lovely rainbow piece of crap society we have. Told my wife... I've had it. The very next day she drops me an email... "I've spoken to an agent that does migration and there's a way to get into Australia, it might be a bit risky but hey... it might be worth it in the long run." I didn't immediately decide on anything. Told my wife to give me 24 hours to make up my mind. Actually it was already made, just wanted to give myself time to make damn sure in my heart that it really was what I wanted. That's how we started, contacted the very agent that was very helpful in guiding us, and signed up. This is not a cheap process if you do decide to go via agents, this one set us R28000 out of pocket, but at least it was split across 4 months as not to give my bank manager a heart attack. But in hindsight, this was the best decision I've made (apart from marrying my wife and doing my Masters degree)
  13. Hi all, We decided that it makes sense for us to go and live in South Africa again for a time - business and personal reasons. We are moving at the end of October 2012 after 4 great years in Australia (Adelaide and Perth) where we have met many wonderful people and made life long friends. I have already sold our other vehicle to a dealer here in Mindarie, and the Pajero is available on 31 Oct 2012. It has always been a pleasure to drive and took our family on many great adventures in Australia. If anyone is aware of someone that would be interested in a Pajero with low mileage at a very reasonable price, please feel free to pm me for more details or photos. Regards, FAB For those interested the details are: PRIVATE SALE - VERY WELL PRICED, MINDARIE, WA 2008 Mitsubishi Pajero VRX LWB 4X4 25th Anniversary Edition NS Fuel Injection $33 000 Only one owner and well looked after. Female driver. Very versatile and comfortable vehicle with low mileage. Purchased New in October 2008 Still covered under Mitsubishi 5 year Diamond Advantage Warranty with road side assist until 24 October 2013 Reluctant sale at good price due to international move. MITSUBISHI DEALER WILL SELL ON THE FLOOR FOR $39 990. (This model is currently retailing between $34k and $43k, usually with much higher kms) Available 31 Oct 2012 Details: * 7 seater * Silver * 59960 km * Replaced tyres around a year ago. * Full Service History through Mitsubishi Dealer * Recently serviced (Aug 2012) * Minor paint damage (on plastic side bumper) Additional Fitted Extras: * Towbar * Nudge bar * Boot liner * Plastic colour coded spare wheel cover * Boot privacy cover * UV tinted front windows Lots of included features for 25th anniversary model like: * Leather interior * 3.8-litre V6 SOHC 24-valve MIVEC petrol engine, * Five-speed automatic transmission with Sports Mode sequential style shift change and INVECS II Smart Logic system * 7 Seater with Fold Down in Rear Cargo Area * Satellite Navigation with DVD Player * Reversing Camera and Parking Sensors * Tinted rear windows * Fully Electric Adjustable Front Seats and Heated * Automatic Climate Control Air Conditioning * Separate Climate Control for back * Active Stability and Traction Control * Rear Spoiler * Front and Rear Fog Lamps * Alloy Wheels * Dual Front and Curtain Air Bags * Cruise Control * Electric Windows and Door Mirrors (folding and heated) * Roof Rails * Auto dimming Rear Vision Mirror * 25th Anniversary floor mats (immaculate condition, always been protected by rubber mats)
  14. Hi everyone, I would like to hear if anybody has any suggestions on books that prospective migrants can read on Australia and Australian life. I've already read Bill Bryson's "Down Under" and found it to be a delightful and insightful read and now I'm looking for similar books that can further my insight into Oz. Looking forward to see what you guys have read and what you can suggest!!!
  15. OubaasDik

    You know you're Australian if...

    You know you're Australian if..... 1. You know the meaning of the word "girt". 2. You believe that stubbies can be either drunk or worn. 3. You think it's normal to have a leader called Kevin. 4. You waddle when you walk due to the 53 expired petrol discount vouchers stuffed in your wallet or purse. 5. You've made a bong out of your garden hose rather than use it for something illegal such as watering the garden. 6. You believe it is appropriate to put a rubber in your son's pencil case when he first attends school. 7. When you hear that an American "roots for his team" you wonder how often and with whom. 8. You understand that the phrase "a group of women wearing black thongs" refers to footwear and may be less alluring than it sounds. 9. You pronounce Melbourne as "Mel-bin". 10. You pronounce Penrith as "Pen-riff". 11. You believe the "l" in the word " Australia " is optional. 12. You can translate: "Dazza and Shazza played Acca Dacca on the way to Maccas.." 13. You believe it makes perfect sense for a nation to decorate its highways with large fibreglass bananas, prawns and sheep. 14. You call your best friend "a total bastard" but someone you really, truly despise is just "a bit of a bastard". 15. You think "Woolloomooloo" is a perfectly reasonable name for a place. 16. You're secretly proud of our killer wildlife. 17. You believe it makes sense for a country to have a $1 coin that's twice as big as its $2 coin. 18. You understand that "Wagga Wagga" can be abbreviated to "Wagga" but "Woy Woy" can't be called "Woy". 19. You believe that cooked-down axlegrease makes a good breakfast spread. 20. You believe all famous Kiwis are actually Australian, until they stuff up, at which point they again become Kiwis. 21. Hamburger Beetroot. Of course. 22. You know that certain words must, by law, be shouted out during any rendition of the Angels' song Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again. 23. You believe, as an article of faith, that the confectionary known as the Wagon Wheel has become smaller with every passing year. 24. You still don't get why the "Labor" in "Australian Labor Party" is not spelt with a "u". 25. You wear ugh boots outside the house. 26. You believe, as an article of faith, that every important discovery in the world was made by an Australian but then sold off to the Yanks for a pittance. 27. You believe that the more you shorten someone's name the more you like them. 28. Whatever your linguistic skills, you find yourself able to order takeaway fluently in every Asian language. 29. You understand that "excuse me" can sound rude, while "scuse me" is always polite. 30. You know what it's like to swallow a fly, on occasion via your nose. 31. You understand that "you" has a plural and that it's "youse". 32. You know it's not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to handle. 33. Your biggest family argument over the summer concerned the rules for beach cricket. 34. You shake your head in horror when companies try to market what they call "Anzac cookies". 35. You still think of Kylie as "that girl off Neighbours". 36. When returning home from overseas, you expect to be brutally strip-searched by Customs - just in case you're trying to sneak in fruit. 37. You believe the phrase "smart casual" refers to a pair of black tracky-daks, suitably laundered. 38. You understand that all train timetables are works of fiction. 39. When working on a bar, you understand male customers will feel the need to offer an excuse whenever they order low-alcohol beer. 40. You get choked up with emotion by the first verse of the national anthem and then have trouble remembering the second. 41. You find yourself ignorant of nearly all the facts deemed essential in the government's new test for migrants. 42. You know, whatever the tourist books say, that no one says "cobber". 43. And you will immediately forward this list to other Australians, here and overseas, realising that only they will understand.
  16. Hi everyone Firstly - thanks for the kind words and welcoming "hellos" ! Just looking for some input on costs. Hoping some of you can guide me here. I work with a reputable immigration agent, but there's no harm in getting a perspective on the costs of the 188 state sponsored visa application. Can anyone shed any light please? From what I can see, based on 50% dep required from my immigration agent of R47,880 it must cost around R95,760 ?? Can anyone comment, verify this amount as market average cost for this application? I'm not wanting to grind them down in price, just want too ensure I'm not being ripped-off and am paying fair value for this process... (plus additional A$5000 payable on successful app) Any input super appreciated.. Thanks ! Jan
  17. Hey everyone. im jacob morris. relocated to Australia about a month ago. my professional indemnity insurance needs to be renewed. i need help with two things. frstly i want to have some insight on the PI Insurance quotation rates prevailing in Australian market so that im prepared before i approach any broker. secondly, i also need to know about a couple of reliable brokers you have had a personal recommendation for. new in Australia. a little help would be highly appreciated. thank you:)
  18. Hi. I was born in South Africa but came to Australia almost six years ago. Currently I am doing an HSC Society and Culture Personal Interest Project on whether or not immigration to Australia is better for an Afrikaner child than living in post-apartheid South Africa. As such a child, who immigrated to Australia, I often wonder where if perhaps I would have been better off remaining in South Africa. I would love to know what you think, if you have any particular insights and whether you think Australia or South Africa is a better place to bring up Afrikaner children. Other than commenting on this topic, you could complete one of my questionnaires (at www.agenerationlost.org) which will be used as more formal research. Every opinion counts and will help make my project a huge success. Thank you very much, in advance Note: HSC is the Higher School Certificate, equivalent to Matric in South Africa.
  19. AGenerationLost

    Research Participation Opportunity

    Hi For my HSC (equivalent to Matric) I am doing a major work in Society in Culture. As an Afrikaner immigrant to Australia, I find it fascinating to consider the opportunities I have in Australia - however, I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like had I stayed in South Africa. As such, the question for my major work is to find whether it is better for an Afrikaner child to immigrate to Australia or to remain in South Africa. Any assistance you can provide in the form of ideas (posted here or on my blog) or through taking one of my Questionnaires (from my blog) and returning it to me. My blog address is: www.agenerationlost.org Every voice counts and the more information I have, the more successful my project will be. Thank you very much for your assistance, I greatly appreciate your insights
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