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  1. HeidiPatrick

    Importin a vehicle into Australia

    Hi All, I have a question which I know a few people have asked, but really need answers from only those who have successfully done this. We are over activating our PR VISA and have been looking at vehicles. We have a VW 4 motion long wheelbase Transproter crew bus in South Africa, which we ordered from new and it is just over a year old with a whole lot of ect’s we had fitted. We paid for our vehicle cash and it’s still has very low mileage and is in excellent condition. We looked at trying to get the same/similar vehicle here and there’s none that even come near to our ones configuration. The price of a kind of similar one here but short wheel base is AUD98 000, that’s nearly R1mil when converted. At this point we really considering just brining our one over, as it is paid for and the import will hopefully be cheaper then trying to replace it here, as well as if we sell it we won’t get what it’s worth and the exchange rate is not so great so we can’t even afford to buy one here then. VW has confirmed that they can get all parts for our vehicle as the do the panel vans like our vehicle which has the same engine and transmission ect. We are going to be living in WA, has anyone successfully brought a vehicle over and can point me in the rights directions for costs and process ect? Thank you 😊
  2. PerthGirl

    Are you coming to Perth soon?

    Hi, A short introduction to myself and why I am here. I use to be a member of saaustralia.org many moons ago, (Frenchy - unable to reset password as e-mail does not exist anymore). We came to Perth in 2008 and this forum was instrumental in enabling me to do all our Visas (a 457 and Pr136) myself, organise a container, make the move and settle in. I will be eternally grateful for the help we received here. After about 4 years I felt that I had moved on from the forum and left. Australia has been very good to us. We love it here. To be honest I don't miss RSA, I miss my family. We are taking a early retirement/gap year and for a year or maybe more and we are planning to Caravan around Australia. We own a lovely house in Lesmurdie/Kalamunda in the Perth hills and would like to rent it out, unfurnished, or furnished if you are coming over with only your suitcases. We are pricing it below market rate as long as your references check out and you will look after the place. We do love our house and intend to move back. It would suit somebody trying to find their feet and that might work somewhere close to the Airport/Southern suburbs. Our community is amazing and the schools are all very good. Just beware....you might fall in love with our community and decide to stay on. If you think you might be interested our house, please contact me via a message. I am trying to post in classifieds, but my rookie status is preventing me. Any questions welcome. Kind Regards PerthGirl
  3. Hi All, So we had two suppliers meet with us today, Bidulphs and Pickfords. Thursday is AG Frasers and Stuttafords. It appears from today's review that a 40ft container is an imminent need. Can you please let me know your past experiences and who you found the most cost effective, but also good with service delivery and time keeping on arrival. What costs should we be aware of? What hidden costs should we be aware of? What risks should we be aware of? Your help once again would be greatly appreciated.
  4. Hi All, Could you please advise on what is needed in terms of getting a rental in Perth. What will the rental agents ask for in terms of paperwork? We will arrive ans stay with friends for the first few days, but need to get a rental almost immediately to accommodate the container arriving. We will likely not have employment yet, so not sure how that affects long term rentals, we intend to take a 6 month rental which will allow us time to confirm that we like the area and find our feet. Any advise would be appreciated.
  5. Hi All, So now the Visa is sorted. Undecided when to leave. Is it best to leave arrive in Aus (Perth) in November, December, January or February. Concerns, getting rental immediately, putting my three and a half year old into kindy/ school and getting everything registered (medicare, drivers, centrelink etc....) We want ideally arrive in December, but i want to be sure that even over this period that we can get things done, like the above and whatever else needs to be done, buying a car etc.....
  6. Hi guys We need to break lease due to our work circumstances changing. We have a 3 bedroom 1 bathroom fully furnished pet friendly house for rent at $300 per week. The owners are asking $475 per week but we are willing to substitute the $300 with $175 to get them their $475 per week. The rent includes all utilities as well as garden services. The unit is the perfect house to start out in Perth to have something to go to on arrival whilst you wait for your container to arrive. It's close to public transport, shopping centres, schools a café strip and a short 2km cycle or walk to the beach. The owners are ex South African and very supportive people. References won't be required and a $1000 bond/deposit will secure instead of your normal 4 weeks bond/deposit plus first two weeks rent. It's very difficult to find pet friendly fully furnished houses in Perth and we were very lucky to get this one. If you are arriving between 24 July and 24 September let me know deidrevw@gmail.com and I'll get you in touch with Jenny and Neil. You can view the house here: http://www.ozhouserental.com/aussieanchorage.htm but I have made an add for the house to try and find someone as well here http://www.rent.com.au/property-house-cooloongup-6168-1849935
  7. Hi We have a lovely family home for rent in Carramar. Quiet area close to all amenities and opposite lovely bushland. Available 1 July 2016 http://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-wa-carramar-418555590
  8. GandTash

    Finally Arrived !

    Hi all, After deciding to move to Oz in November 2014 we have finally arrived in Perth this past Monday, a big thanks to this forum for everyone's tips and help, we are currently staying in a small Airbnb apartment in Scarborough until we can find a permanent rental. I am sure we are in the honeymoon stage but so far Perth is amazing ! I thought I would break down some Pro's and Cons we have noticed over the few days we have been here, I know I liked seeing what other people described : Pro's : Its clean... very clean... everywhere ! Everywhere we have been people have been friendly and helpful Driving is strange - I havent been cut off, side swiped, hooted at - most people just drive the speed limit and get where they are going No minibus taxis No car guards in the parking lots - it seems I am actually able to reverse out of a parking on my own The beaches are amazing - the white sand and blue sea Everyone wears slops and shorts The trains and clean and easy to use Most people seem to obey the law even though you barely see police. Con's : Eating out etc is expensive but we were prepared for it, made sure I really enjoyed my $8 beer at Hillary's boat harbor today. At this stage we dont know another soul in Perth but I am sure this will change once we are settled and can socialize a bit (having a 2yr old limits the social scene a bit ) Now just waiting on the wed job interview result, once I have employment we can relax a bit, we are feeling very privileged to be able to live in this little piece of paradise - wishing everyone who is on the long VISA application road the best of luck - it is definitely worth it. G
  9. Thought I would just share my experience with rentals so far. I landed late on Monday (18/1) and had already registered for a few viewings on Tuesday and Wednesday. I had a 'this is us' pack printed and included character references, bank statements and id's. I got 3 of the 4 rentals I applied for ( all on Thursday!) and I didn't have to offer months up front, and I don't have a job. I did, however, have to show them that I had the funds to pay from my savings account. I did ask each agent about the option of putting money up front, but they all said they don't like it as it's more of a management issue for them. While there were others applying as well, only one was quite a large viewing, the others were 2 or 3 others. So to those coming over and worrying... It CAN be done.
  10. We are relocating to Perth from 1st January 2016 and I am looking for a rental for 6 months in Mullaloo Perth or surrounding areas close to St Marks Anglican Community School. 4 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 2 lockup garages Air cooling Rental $500 to $550 Does anyone know of someone that has a property like this or recommend an agent that can help. I'm in Perth 21st to 25th September and would like to meet to discuss with someone that can help.
  11. Right, guilty as charged, my wife and I have been trawling this forum since November last year when we made the official decision to emigrate to Oz and I have not made one post to introduce ourselves – decided its time now ! Firstly a big thanks for this forum, it is a huge source of info and very helpful for newbies like us. We have been discussing emigration to Oz for a few months last year but the birth of our son kick started the process and we officially started the application through Migrate2Oz at the end of Jan 2015, we are applying for 189 PR VISA through myself and so far I have got my positive skills assessment through ACS and finally received my IELTS results this last Friday – needed 8.0 band score and got 8.5 so very relieved, to others that are waiting to write IELTS – I was very nervous but as a person with English as my first language I did not find the test as bad as many people make out, I prepared by doing the practice tests on the IELTS candidate area and passed comfortably (Listening 8.5, Reading 9.0, writing 8.0, speaking 9.0) If English is not your first language I would imagine the test is much more of a challenge and would recommend more practice tests etc. We should be lodging EOI this week hopefully and then can get the process finished and get out of this god forsaken place as soon as possible For those already over there – don’t doubt for a minute your decision – its deteriorating fast here into another lawless African country (I have traveled through Africa with work so I know first-hand) We cannot wait to leave to start our new life in a civilized country (decided on Perth at this stage), My credit cards are already taking much abuse to pay for this application process so we will not be able to do an LSD, we will basically sell most our stuff, ship the rest and arrive quite possibly with no initial job – I still feel we will be better off in that scenario than staying here and watching out child grow up in this violence and racism. Thanks again for this forum and we will update on our progress, if anyone has any questions on the IELTS let me know, I wrote it on 14 Mar so still fairly fresh in my memory. Gareth
  12. I just wanted to write this post to thank everyone on this forum from the bottom of my heart!! This is a fantastic support system for the big step of emigrating from SA to Australia. I was able to do the whole process, from start to approval etc all on my own, for myself, my husband and my son. Without everyone here, I'm not sure I would've succeeded. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
  13. We have a 4bedroom house for rent in Currambine, Perth. The house is located approx. 50meters from Currambine train station, which is a 35min ride into Perth. 4 BedroomsDucted Reverse Cycle airconPatio2 Car GarageReticulated gardenRent is $510 per week. Currambine is so populated with ex-South Africans, we've got a biltong and meat deli down the road, and soon a spur will be opening close by. Great Public school within approx. 400m full of little Saffa's Attached some pictures Contact TJ
  14. Hi Firstly, am I right in saying that we will only be able to start job hunting from SA for jobs in Perth once we have our approved visas? I am applying for a subclass 189 visa and my husband and son will be included in my application. Will my husband also be able to start job hunting from SA once we have the visas or will only the main visa holder be able to apply for work? Some more information on us: I am a skilled (and skills assessed ) ICT Business Analyst My husband is skilled in hospitality and property management, but has been the "stay-at-home-dad" now for over a year, with some seasonal work in his personal capacity. Unfortunately due to our financial situation, at least one of us will need to find employment in Perth while we are still in South Africa before we can head out. So any help in this matter will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
  15. Hi guys, I'm moving to perth in the new year and want to take my dog with. Is it worth going through an agent or is it better to do it yourself. Is there a big difference in price? Where can I find an Australian government approved vet in SA?
  16. Hi We have a house available for a family coming for LSD in Perth over the dates 11 Dec- 28 Jan if there is a family looking to come over for LSD. We have a small car available for use too. Let me know if you interested. We going on holiday to Port Elizabeth, so if anyone is interested in a house/car swop that would be ideal Kristen
  17. Hi, We're selling our Cape Dutch style dining table and chairs (there's 7 because the 8th one has seen better days). You can view the ad and contact us via Gumtree: http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/jolimont/tables/dining-table-and-7-chairs-/1056574964?ref=ais We're asking $500 but we're willing to negotiate Thanks!
  18. Benita97

    Springbokke vs Wallabies

    Hello, weet julle waar die Bokke supporters saam gaan kom voor die rugby game? Ons het ge hoor Bok Town in Leederville is nie meer daar nie! - where are the Springbok fans gathering before the rugby game in Perth on Saturday as Bok Town is closed?
  19. DayLee

    Durban to Perth ETA August

    Hello all. My applicaition seems to have taken for ever. I'm still waiting for final approval of my 457 ... the nomination has been approved. Im sure Im not the first to be moving to a strange land without knowing anyone or even visiting first.....and to be doing it alone. Well not really alone.. I am bringing my furball with me. As a cat lover, i am stressing about finding somewhere to stay where pets are allowed thats not going to break the bank (specifically before my container arrives). Looking forward to exploring new territories
  20. Cranzy

    Golf this weekend?

    Hi, Anybody up for some golf this weekend? Was thinking Wembley course
  21. Hi all Can anyone help with / Give advice/ Suggestions please? I am a New Zealand citizen and employed in Perth. My partner is only a New Zealand Resident and we are trying to find him employment. The partnership visa will take a long time and we cannot afford to have him unemployed for months. Currently he drives semi's ( refridgerated ) in Auckland, has many types of heavy duty licences, not all converted in New Zealand. In South Africa he had his own bussiness installing kitchens for places like Builder's warehouse and Easy life kitchens.Not only doing Melamine ( MDF) but mostly solid wood kitchens. He doesn't have the Trade qualification everyone requires here. We are hoping that a job offer will get him a bridging visa. How does he get a "P" licence? Does anyone have contatcs forl ocal buss drivers jobs perhaps? Would really appreciate some suggestions! Sonja
  22. Hi, can anyone tell me if the luggage trolleys at Perth airport have room for a toddler (I.e a seat). I am traveling with two toddlers, who fit in a double stroller. If the trolleys don't offer a seat,then my luggage options are limited (can't push stroller and suitcases). Tx
  23. Hiya forum folks. So on the 28th Feb we were dropped off at the airport by my father in law, luckily just a drop off, no-one stayed or came with us to wave goodbye. I have to say it was much harder to get on the plane than I expected. I honestly can't imagine how hard it must be to get on the plane knowing you are going for good, not just for a holiday. Anyway, we tried our best to get upgraded to 1st class due to flying on our 10th anniversary and so forth, and I will say she did check the system but then apologized and said the flight was completely full. Which it was - if there was one empty seat on that plane I would have been hard pressed to find it! The flight to Perth wasn't too bad, we managed to sleep quite a while which (I think) makes a big difference). It was our first time flying overseas so we'd never done any of the passport check-ins or customs/passport control etc. The spraying at the end of the flight freaked me out a little and I was worrying about my asthma but luckily it didn't set off an attack so all good. We got to Perth at about lunch time and then had to wait till 4pm before flying on to Melbourne. The Qantas flights were really good! I loooooved the salted caramel ice-cream they gave us for pudding We arrived at 23:45 in Melbourne and my cousin came to pick us up from the airport. It was interesting driving back with her to her apartment - she had an e-tag and it beeped as we went under the gantries we passed through and we had a little discussion on the e-tolls in SA and she really didn't get what all the fuss was about Anyway, her apartment was in the Eureka skydeck building!!! Was absolutely amazing and lovely getting that view of the city. Also interesting seeing how busy the city was at midnight, lots of people still walking around then, which is not unusual apparently. We woke at 7am Sunday morning and my cousin took us on a walk around the city and then took us for brunch on South Bank. loved all the buskers - we had great entertainment while eating . Was also funny as while we were walking around I noticed there were lots of women running or walking or cycling along the bike/pedestrian paths that are everywhere, and I asked if it was ok to do that there... my cousin had no idea what I was talking about and I had to explain about 3 times in different ways before she understood I was asking about safety LOL. (And isn't that kind of fantastic!? can you imagine living like that, where safety is taken for granted to the extent you really don't notice???) Anyway, after brunch we went and got our bags then walked to Flinders street station, which is the main one in Melbourne. A very friendly lady helped us work out which option was most cost effective for us and we got our myki cards and charged them with the recommended amounts before setting off through the gates and heading for the platform. It was really quite easy and the public transport is pretty amazing. Think Gautrain - not as new, but well-maintained. There was the odd cup or serviette left behind but in general people took their rubbish with them. The train ride out to Berwick (which is Berrick, by the way, not bur-wick lol) was quite a long one and I think the jet-lag was starting to set in by this stage as both of us started to nod off on the train. My friend came to fetch us from the station and took us back to their house. It has to be said that the kinds of houses they have in Aus are amazing - they are just SOOOO HUGE!!! even the "small" houses are big, you know?! We dropped our bags at the house and were introduced to her hubby and kids, then they took us round to see some show houses going up close to them. Those were incredible! If you've ever sat with a building brochure and chosen everything you'd like in your dream-house, I can pretty much guarantee that you would find it in one of these! Obviously these are the best of the best and you would put in the kitchen, bathrooms etc as your budget allows, but just the space and size of the rooms... each house seems to have at least 2 lounges, one open-plan with the kitchen and dining room and one separate as a TV room. Kids rooms are separate from the main bedroom and share a bathroom. The main bedroom is usually ginormous and has an en-suite. A lot of the show-houses had walk-in wardrobes. The kitchens usually have a walk-in pantry, or a butler's pantry (am I saying that right?) where there's a sink between the kitchen and pantry which seems quite practical. All the houses had separate laundry room, studies, garages. Our friends' house followed pretty much this plan as well, their place was just older, finishings not as fancy. We took a LOT of photos of houses as we just couldn't believe it was about the "norm" there. To be continued.
  24. Hi all, joined this website a couple days ago simply because it has been torture keeping our immigration plans to ourselves. Leading this double life has not been easy...............we have not wanted to tell anyone until the visa's are 100% approved - which is why it is so exciting to be able to write on this forum Started the process in July 2012, applied through an agency for a state sponsorship visa (190), hubby had to write IELTS 3 times to get adequate points - he kept failing the listening section by .5 points - told him he had to prepare better by listening to me more at home Gathering all the paperwork / employment evidence was the most tedious - advice to all would be to keep payslips from your first job out of college / uni. We had to supply evidence of employment from 4 different companies / employers, 1 being Twshwane university of technology (which was just about impossible as you can barely get your request understood), the other company no longer exists and the owner had immigrated to Aus himself - so without payslips or taxation records we could not count a chunk of employment history. Never the less ................ we made it through Vet Assess which is when 2 rules changed - WA insists that we get state invitation first and we had to pay per applicant which was an additional R17 000 if Im not mistaken. I must say that it is very encouraging as you go through each stage and receive the email saying you have passed this or you have been invited to apply, etc. So 2013 was just about the most stressful year to date as we got married, sold our house, moved twice and did the bulk of our immigration process. Paid the final amount of money last week with our migration application (enough to make me hurl) and have now been told that we should have our visa within the next 2 - 5 months. Still a little nervous as it has not been eniterly approved but at least we are on the home stretch................Starting to get shipping quotes for our furniture next week. Oh.......... we have to go to Perth for our first 2 years on our state sponsorship visa. We dont plan a visit either (neither of us have ever been to aus) - we gonna land and try kick start a new journey. Prob a bit crazy but we young and without kids for now so it is what it is!!! Thanks for all the info on these forums - informative and encouraging through this stressfull time.
  25. Good day, I can contact all the schools that I have in mind but in the meantime if you can tell me what happens about the 1-1 laptop policy in Perth. In Brisbane my sons school has decided evens Yr8 will get the new Acer tablets so imagine the dismay when we return them at the end of the year. We pay $250 per year which one should consider includes insurance and support/ after the 5 years you arent given the option of keeping them...they get reformated and given to charities. What happens in high Schools in WA?
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