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  1. Anybody know of any decent concreters to carry out some exposed aggregate driveway in the Seaford Heights area? We are hoping to move in early December and will be looking to get it done the same time Thanks
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    Hi A lot of schools offer outside school hours care (OSHC) which is really reasonable. The cost depends on how much you earn as when you sign up to Centrelink and you are on a permanent visa you get subsidies to help cover the costs. We use it for our daughter for after school and we pay roughly $9-10 for her after subsidies. I’m not sure what it is before school but I imagine it would be similar. My daughter goes straight there after school and they stay there until 6pm if required. This service is generally available in the school holidays too which is very handy and they carry out lots of activities for the kids. We roughly pay around $22 for the day which is really good and our daughter actually enjoys going there to see friends and the activities are quite fun for them. Thanks
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    Hi Good to hear you have done the 1st step in getting your OTSR. While you are still in the UK get in contact with some colleges and also the funding program that will help pay for your gap training when you arrive. If you look at the previous threads you should get a lot of the information you need. When you sign up for the gap training you can get that all funded as long as you are on the correct visa for their requirements. You will need to pay for a restricted license which when I met with JSmull recently I think he said it now costs around $500. Once you have gained a Cert 3 from your gap training you can then upgrade to an A Class license which I think is another $100. You can do other courses like Low voltage rescue and resus and also the EWP which will all help and you could also apply for a CITB card which will cover a lot of the cost on these too. You will definitely need to get a White Card so you can work on sites which is basically a H&S course but most places require this. It can be pretty expensive to start with so just make sure you allow for that. In regards to wage as a TA you will be looking between $25-$30 per hr depending on who you work for and if you are casual or full time. Once you qualify you should be looking at an extra $10 per hr. Work is pretty good out here right now with plenty going on so if you are willing to put the time in you could find something pretty quickly. Hope this helps to start thinking about what you need to do. Cheers
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    Hi Phil Im an electrician so work in the industry over here and I can say that the construction market is booming over here and they have got plenty more work coming up in the future. I don’t think you will struggle for work regardless of if you want to work in the domestic or commercial market. I couldn’t really tell you about the wage you could expect but I would have thought you could earn a minimum of $25-30 per hour. Good luck
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    Where to rent

    Hi our visa took about 9 months from first Emigration interview to gaining the visa. Are you doing it yourself or going through a company? I have heard if you do it on your own it can take up to 18 months. It probably depends on what visa you are coming out on too
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    Hiya, new on here 🖐️🖐️

    Hi Not too sure about teaching jobs but there seem to be nurseries popping up everywhere at the moment. I think you would find a driving job pretty easy over here and would maybe go for a forklifting job so you could have more sociable hours to enjoy life more. If you want to be near the beaches You could go from grange all the way down to Aldinga. I think would depend more on where you will be working. We are currently about 10 minutes drive from Brighton beach but we are moving to Seaford area this year. My job is just north of the city but will still only be about 40 minutes drive which I don’t mind. I would definitely rent for a little while and just explore areas to see what feels best for you. We prefer the Southern suburbs rather than the North but it’s all personal preference.
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    Where to rent

    Hi Me and my family moved to Adelaide around 2 and a half years ago and we had never been here or knew anything about SA other than what we had read. We have a 21 year old and 10 year old daughter who live here with us and a 25 year old son who is currently in Sydney. I’m an Electrician so similar type of role that you are looking into. I have to say that jobs in the construction industry is booming at the moment whether you work in commercial or domestic. The jobs market is different over here where it’s better to get out there and introduce yourself to companies rather than doing it on line. You will have to get a license to work over here also but you will probably get to that when you are closer to the move. We haven’t really been anywhere else in Australia but we love it in Adelaide and we are looking at building our first home in Seaford this year which is not far from Aldinga. We have lived just about 15minutes from the city for the last couple of years and like it around here but a little bit too expensive. We prefer the south of the city rather than North. The beaches are really good and much quieter. The roads and connections are pretty decent and improving all the time. Adelaide is classed as a small city and it’s very easy to get around and public transport is very good. We never really struggle for things to do. Hopefully this helps in some way and I’m sure there will be other people with advice on different areas
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    Adelaide Oval

    It with be really easy mate. You will have a train station not far from you at Christie’s downs and the Adelaide train station is about a 5 minute walk from the oval pretty much across the river. The trains will run pretty often and you should be ok getting back also. You could check timetables on Adelaide Metro. Alternatively you could drive in park on South terrace or peakock street for free and get the tram at South terrace free of charge will will take you straight down by the Oval
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    If you can’t find anyone else running the course I would provisionally book yourself in. Yeah there are plenty of jobs out there in construction at the moment and Solar would be a good thing to get into. They are running incentives here at the moment for battery storage too so that side is pretty good and maybe you could install it for me when we get our house built haha. I know it’s a pain to start work and then have to do the college work but just log the work you are doing and it will still count towards your 6 months logging.
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    Hi Mate I wouldn’t look into the job sites too much until you’re a bit closer to moving out. It might give you an idea though of companies out there. Are you still looking at the servicing sector? Try a college called training Prospects. That’s who I used to do my gap training but not sure if they are still doing it. You could always try TAFE also but I think they were stopping running those courses. I’m quite surprised that PEER are not running any others until October. You could also try ATEC but they may just deal with apprenticeships. Did you get in touch with Skills SA. Bear in mind you will need to speak with them before you enroll on any course to be able to get the funding. Hope it helps
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    Best places to live near Edinburgh region

    Hi I think if you are willing to travel for up to an hour that would open up most of Adelaide to you. The network of roads are improving all the time so the commute isn’t too bad. I live just south of the city which is 15 minutes into the city and 5 minutes from the beach. We are looking to move further south again so we are close to McLaren Vale and only 5 minutes from Moana or Noarlunga beaches. Where we are now I attended college in Elizabeth and used to take me 45minutes each way. Depending on what you want from a lifestyle being the beach, the hills or the wide open space your options are open. Gawler is further North not close to the beaches but close to the Barrosa and Clare Valley. If the Hills are what you are after look around Tea Tree Gully area or close to beaches you could go to Semaphore, Grange Henley beach. It will also depend on your budget but might give you some ideas. You could always try and find a school you like and look around the catchment areas. Good luck with it all
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    2 weeks to go!!!!!

    Hi Tom congratulations on being so close to coming out here. When we first moved out here we managed to secure a rental before we came out. We gave a friend as a reference as they were trying to find out the sort of people they are taking in. I would maybe also get some statements from the UK to bring with you just to show you can keep up with regular payments. If you already have a job lined up then you should be fine as you will be able to show you will have a regular income. If you didn’t have a job they would probably need to see you have sufficient funds available to you to support your repayments. Most places here for rent require you to go and inspect the property first. These are generally done on weekends so you could get a list together and go and view as many as you can. When you go to the inspection they will then give you some information and tell you where to apply if you wanted. Have a look on realestate and maybe get the app and you can see what is currently available in the area you are in. Don’t worry if Grange doesn’t have much there are plenty around that area as Adelaide is not too difficult to get around. Some rentals are available as furnished but there are plenty of places to get some temporary furniture places like IKEA, Amart and Harvey Norman. Have a look on Gumtree to for some cheep cars to get you started or have a drive around when you get here there are plenty of second hand car dealerships. Good luck with the move and hope it all goes well for you
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    Yeah no worries mate. Good luck with it all and I would try and get it set up as soon as you come out. You can then enroll on a college course to get that out of the way. Look forward to that beer mate
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    Hi mate Yeah I’m sure skills SA are still around I think this is the site http://www.skills.sa.gov.au/ Thats great news that you have booked your flights and coming that time of year will give you time to settle before the summer. Let me know how you get on with that link and anything else you might need. Cheers
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    Advice please!?

    Hi I would recommend that you find an agent first and see what there advice is on which visa to go for. They will know and help you through the process as quickly as possible. We went to a company called the Emigration Group and were really good and fees were reasonable. If you know for definite that you want to come to Adelaide you could go on the 190 visa which means you have to stay in a state for at least 2 years or there is a 189 which you are free to live anywhere. Both of these are skilled permanent visas which will probably be the best way with you fella being on the skills list. My advice would be to get as much information as you can about your partners job as they will need to see documents about where he has worked and letters to back them up, qualifications and you may need to get a letter from the college he attended also. Hope this helps in some way. I’m an electrician and went through the skilled visa option. Good luck

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