Jenn Posted August 21, 2009 Report Share Posted August 21, 2009 Hi,I am new to this forum and would appreciate some advice and tips from you. My lists of questions seem endless but any feedback would be most welcome. Am sure the same questions have been asked before but not quite sure how to find them quickly as there are lots of postings.We are coming to Australia on a QLD Business Skills (Provisional) 164 visa. Would be great to hear from anyone who went on visa 164 and get feedback how they coped/are coping until can apply for PR in 2 years time or anyone awaiting their visa 164.Have mixed feelings: excited that visa 164 (the only one we were eligible for) will get us a foot in the door but also apprehensive that it will not be easy especially that we arenâ€™t entitled to access Australiaâ€™s national health insurance scheme and no support for schooling amongst others. We are planning an LSD may be Sep or Oct this year (any idea if Brisbane or Gold Coast better to settled down? Is a week enough to drive around and get a feel?) but am not too sure about the timing we get to do the following before getting penalties. Is it when going on LSD (visa activating/validating trip) or when going on a one way ticket (emigration trip)?Apply for a Tax File Number Register with Medicare (arenâ€™t entitled to this) / Private medical insurance as incur penalties or higher premium for every year over 30years??Open a Bank Account (any suggestions which one?)Register with Centrelink (arenâ€™t entitled to this) Apply for a Driver's Licence (think can drive on SA license until get PR?)Enrol kids for school Rent a houseBuy a carWhich of the 'big four' banks (Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia (NAB), ANZ and Westpac) would you recommend opening an account with? How good is the service? Would prefer if offer online banking, have nationwide branch network with very wide ATM access (in most shopping malls).What is the best option (that incurs the least charges/commissions) to take up the travel allowance and/or immigration allowance to Australia? Is it bank transfer (who gives better rates?), load your credit card or travellerâ€™s cheques (Westpac seem to be the only one that cash them commission free) or bank draft? Anybody using Treasury One? We are undecided whether to come with maximum luggage allowed with IOM and buy everything in Australia which would mean spending our limited FOREX or fill up a container with all the white goods and stuff (bed, linens etc) that are quite expensive in Australia. Iâ€™ve contacted a few international movers a few weeks ago to quote a full 20ft container door to door JHB-Brisbane to have a basis of comparison. Quote include all wrapping of furniture and packing of boxes, exclude quarantine inspection cost approx AUD400 and optional insurance cost (â€˜total lossâ€™ insurance which is 1.5% and â€˜all risksâ€™ insurance which is 3.5% and I was told the approx value of effects of a 20 ft container range from R250,000 to R300,000).Company PriceBiddulphs 41,682.00 Bayley 44,975.00 King International 45,000.00 Magna-Thomson 48,283.00 Pickfords 51,455.00 Cargopak 51,735.00 Stuttaford Van Lines 55,000.00 Frasers 55,000.00 Elliot International No replyIt is quite expensive and am not sure if we should try the cheapest, Biddulphs so far or go with what seem to be the more popular which I think may be Magna Thomson. Your feedback on movers used in terms of customer service and experience and which insurance type did you opt for (as the figures keep adding up) and if there is any other cost I should take into account will be much appreciated.Since we will not benefit from medicare, appreciate recommendations on private medical insurance company and what plan/cover. Would be great if they cover surgery and hospitalisation, pregnancy stuff, optometrist, dentist, orthodontist, chronic (diabetes, blood pressure) etc. How good is the service, how fast get refund, % refund over claim amount, limits etc? Having a 3 year old will mean going to GPs/doctors/paediatricians for the usual cold, ear infection etc. How good are they? How easy is it to get prescriptions and what is is the dispensing fee? We are looking at renting our property in SA while we are in Australia until get a better price. If anyone can recommend a good rental agent who is reliable, trustworthy to manage rent collection and make sure tenant look after the place (donâ€™t want the additional worries of unpaid rent etc while we are trying to settle down and making ends meet) etc. Anybody using Dejanique?Hopefully we will be able to get a job when we are actually in Australia which will then enable us to apply for ENS or PR sooner. When looking for a job, do employers or job agents ask to have your skills and/or qualifications assessed (am in marketing) by an Australian assessing body for your profession?Thank you in advance to anyone taking the time to reply.Jennifer Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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