Hi we have newly come across this site - wish we had found it sooner!
My husband is a Blacksmith, and I am a Housing Manager, we have a wonderful 3 year old daugher who can change from an angel to complete devil in an instant!
We started the process in Jan 09. We used an agent as my husband is now self employed and also for him to get his trades recognition he had to get an Australian qualification as the papers he had were not worth the paper they were written on, thankfully got it all sorted out, though seemed to take forever.
We have completed everything other than medicals and police checks - our agent had told us not to dot these until we get a CO
Would love to be in Adelaide by Jan 12, but it will all hinge on getting VISA, selling house, business etc - we have fingers, toes and everything else crossed, but have learned not to get our hopes up.
Its really good to see on here that we are not alone, its good to know that other people are going through, or have been through the same. Its really good to see folks getting COs allocated as as it gives us a little hope, don't know about anyone else but I seem to spend every spare minute at night checking real estate and job sites!
Looking forward to getting to know you all.