Hi Sarah, Thanks for getting back to me - I am relieved it doesn't mean x-rays/blood tests etc...is it the same sort of thing for toddlers?
I think the 475 visa is the new name for the 495 one! We are going under Business and Information Professional (?) as hubby is a Manager. We are looking into suburbs at the moment which are family friendly, especially as I will be a stay at home and am keen to go to playgroups etc.. Whereabouts are you looking to live?
Are you job-hunting before you go? We're hoping to line up interviews but so far without a visa in hand, agencies won't even consider OH's CV.
Hope you don't mind all my nosey questions - just so pleased to have found another family in nearly exactly the same situation! Alexis x
Don't mind you asking questions at all! Likewise, it is nice to know someone else who will have two young children going to Australia.
As far as I am aware, medicals for toddlers are the same as for babies (ie no chest x rays or blood tests). In any case, our daughter was 14 months old when she had her medical last November which did not involve chest x ray or blood tests.
Myself and my partner are both teachers. It will be John, my partner who will be the breadwinner initially as I will stay at home with the children until they reach nursery age. Like you, would be nice to be near a Nursery/ Mums and tots group. John can't apply for any teaching jobs until he has registered as a teacher in South Australia, which can only be done after we get there and can take up to six weeks!
We were looking to go to Adelaide but are now considering Mount Gambier which is half way between Adelaide and Melbourne. The reason being it looks really nice and houses are much cheaper to rent than in Adelaide. There are also quite a few schools there which hopefully between them will have some job vacancies. Where are you looking to settle?
Thanks so much for the advice with medicals. We had no idea what they entailed, and was too worried to ask!
How frustrating for you with the wait to register as teachers. We are prepared for some time of unemployment, but hope to limit this as it'll eat into our savings quite a bit.
I have never heard of Mount Gambier, but will definitely look into. Thanks for telling me, it's always great to know where other people are heading to , and experiences they are having with different areas etc..
At the moment we are looking into 2 different areas. Mawson Lakes and then some suburbs south of Adelaide like Hallett Cove, Woodfield etc.. It is likely that James' work will take him into the CBD, so anything with good public transport links is a must.
We have recently moved to an area without any playgroups, toddler groups etc and after living near Birmingham with my first daughter, where I had plenty of friends and baby groups to attend, I have realised how important it is to not be out in the sticks!
I posted another thread about Hallett Cove, Woodfield, Happy Valley etc.. to hope to find out more about these suburbs.
When do you hope to emigrate?
Originally Posted by mossmac
Children 11 and over will have chest x rays, 15 and over for the blood test.