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  1. Driving Licence

    You need to go into an office in person and have your photo taken and pay etc. They issue you with a temp paper licence and send out the card in the post. Website says the following, so $60 I'd expect for a year long one. You can get up to 10 years and the costs increases obviously. Driver's licence issue or renewal per year plus an administration fee of $17.00 (1 to 10 year licences available) $43
  2. Driving Licence

    Depends how long you take it out for. I think when we first arrived hubby renewed his for 5 years and I did 3. I now have a really long one to save me keep having to renew it every couple of years.
  3. Adelaide Hills

    ETA Coromandel Valley isn't officially the hills I don't think but has some lovely properties out that way. Same for Cherry Gardens and up round there. Having seen what you say about private schools you are probably needing to look closer to the actual outer edge of the city than being further out, mainly for school transport or getting to and from school. If you want one of say the top 5 or 10 private schools in Adelaide, you need to work out where they are on the map and work out travel times (remember rush hour in the morning is potentially going to take longer). My husband used to take the train to his high school and it was about 45 minutes all up for him to get to his school from his home.
  4. Adelaide Hills

    As Sprinter said above, there are options for some outer lying suburbs that are in the hills. Blackwood, Hawthorndene, Belair... Then you can go as far out as Mt Barker really. Hahndorf, Ironbank, Mylor, Crafers, Aldgate, Lobethal and out to Cudlee Creek and beyond I guess. Here is a list of actual towns and some of the suburbs on the very outer fringes of the city. As has been said, if you have kids then you need to consider the schooling options (some country towns schooling is perhaps not to the same level as in and around the cities, though in the more affluent towns the schools seem to be rated well and highly sought after, those also seem to rank well on the educational disadvantage index). Also consider the fire risk in the fire season. Its not to be taken lightly and being somewhere a little ways out on an actual hillside covered in gums you really do need to be fully bushfire aware. Many homes out in the hills are down dirt tracks of the roads so cannot even be seen from the road. Those in the small towns and so on, little bit easier to find. Places like Mylor for example as pretty much a few houses, a country store, cafe and oval and that is it (school too though possibly very small). Nothing close to like an English village either. We wanted to live further out but school options, fire risk and that it is just that bit too far here for us in terms of all the social things meant we opted for the edge of a suburb 100m from the foothills and open countryside on our doorstep. It was a good compromise for us. I'd have liked Clarendon or Bridgewater if we could have found a house in either of those when we were looking. We did look at one or two places in Stirling and Aldgate too but not right for us house wise.
  5. Afaik you'll pay the private school fees. The fees on the 457 are for state schools only that I am aware of. You can find some private schools with fees around the same ballpark at primary level but many could probably be more (plus costs of uniform etc being much higher). And high school fees, again, some will be at the lower end but I'd expect high school to cost way more if paying private, at least for one of the more in demand ones or older established schools. My hubby's old high school, fees are over $20,000 a year now I think. Proposed public education contribution fee for 457 visa holders The state government is introducing a fee for families on 457 visas whose children attend public schools in South Australia. These proposed changes would bring South Australia in line with some other Australian states and territories and how they manage contributions towards public education. Proposed changes From January 2017, newly arriving 457 visa holders will be required to contribute to the cost of educating their children in government schools. This requirement will then extend to all 457 visa holders from 1 January 2018. The amount payable would be based on family circumstances and payment would be made when a child or young person is enrolled in a government school. Students would continue to be allowed to enrol in their local schools (subject to availability). Contribution fees The annual contribution payable by a family in South Australia on a 457 visa for 2017 would be:  $5,100 for each primary school student  $6,100 for each high school student This amount would be charged for the eldest child in a family, with the fees for all siblings attracting a 10% discount. The proposed changes would allow parents to elect to pay the contribution:  upfront annually  per semester  per term, or  in regular instalments.
  6. Places to Stay

    Agree with seeing if Tamara has anything available then. As said, her properties are down south, Port Noarlunga way and other suburbs. But she may have something to suit. Or one of our other members with rentals. Check Stayz perhaps also? Some of the usual suspects area wise, Glenelg (handy for tram into CBD and nice area for a holiday in terms of Jetty Rd, beaches, cafes etc. Brighton, Henley Beach and maybe some of the coastal suburbs heading down south. Or around the CBD. Or up in the hills a bit if you have a car and want some peace and quiet. FWIW its the spring school holidays the first couple of weeks of October and many places will be booked out over that period. And the prices may increase during that time a bit too.
  7. Post from the UK

    Are they using Royal Mail or some other postal service? If its a different one it could be the country the mail goes through before being sent onwards?
  8. Citizenship changes doomed?

    Well, they say 'crackdown doomed'. Peter Dutton's Australian citizenship crackdown doomed after key senators pull support Michael KoziolW ON TW Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's controversial crackdown on Australian citizenship appears doomed, with the crucial Nick Xenophon Team declaring it won't support the plan as it stands. The proposal, which passed the lower house, would introduce a four-year waiting period for permanent residents, tough English language requirements and a test on Australian "values". MORE VIDEONew citizenship laws will be stronger The government will introduce new citizenship laws this week and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says they'll focus on English language competency and more thorough background checks. But the changes are set to be blocked in the Senate by Labor, the Greens and now the NXT, which confirmed its position to Fairfax Media on Tuesday. "We will not be supporting the bill's passage through the Parliament," NXT senator Stirling Griff said. Mr Dutton's plan was "an attempt to fix problems that don't exist", he said. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull takes a selfie with new Australian citizens Lydia Banda-Mukuka and Chilandu Kalobi Chilaika after the citizenship ceremony. Photo: Andrew Meares "We're a nation built on migration and the envy of the world when it comes to a harmonious multicultural society. The system isn't broken, there's no need for it to be repaired." Senator Xenophon also confirmed: "We've got serious concerns about the bill in its current form." Senator Griff sat on a Senate inquiry on the proposed citizenship changes and wrote a report opposing most elements of the package, recommending that the bill not proceed. He told Fairfax Media the NXT opposed higher-level English language testing, arguing the current citizenship test sufficiently tests a functional level of English by proxy.SHARE ON Back to the negotiating table: Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's citizenship bill appears doomed. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen The party also opposed retrospective changes that would require permanent residents to wait four years before applying for citizenship. "It's horrible," Senator Griff said. "You don't backdate everything." In addition, the NXT objected to Mr Dutton's bid for the power to overturn decisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on citizenship matters, believing it would deny due process.SHARE ONON TWITTER NXT senator Stirling Griff wrote a damning dissenting report on the citizenship bill. Photo: Andrew Meares The minor party was also against capping the number of times a prospective citizen could sit the test and contended any "values test" should be decided by the Parliament, not Mr Dutton. Senator Griff claimed the package was an attempt to "chop the migration numbers in half without actually making an announcement that you're going to cut it". Asked if there was any room for negotiation, he said: "I don't think there's any room if this is a complete package." A spokesman for Mr Dutton said the government was discussing the bill with crossbenchers "as is normally the case". Labor and the Greens have not budged from their stated positions of opposing the bill outright. The surprise position from the NXT, whose votes are essential for the government to pass any bill opposed by Labor and the Greens, will force the Turnbull government to dump the proposal or go back to the drawing board. Before the Senate inquiry, Senator Xenophon indicated his "broad support" for the measures announced by the government but did express some concerns about English language testing. It is understood Liberal Party senators have also expressed reservations about some aspects of Mr Dutton's bill in their report, which was due to be published late on Tuesday. Committee chairman Ian Macdonald, an LNP senator from Queensland, last week said he had concerns about the retrospective aspects of the four-year waiting period, among other issues. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection confirmed at a public hearing that anyone who applied for citizenship after the policy was announced on April 20 would be captured by the new rules. "The government were quite clear that they wanted it from date of announcement," the department's first assistant secretary, David Wilden, said. Senator Macdonald lamented that "unfortunately, government by media release ... is nowadays just a fact of life". "I personally think that there should be some ministerial discretion ... in the transitional period," he said. Labor and the Law Council of Australia welcomed the NXT announcement, with shadow citizenship spokesman Tony Burke calling on Mr Dutton to abandon the bill entirely. "This legislation was never about national security, it was never about integration," he said. "These proposed changes are a direct attack on Australia as a modern multicultural country." Law Council of Australia president Fiona McLeod said the bill contained an "unjustified" attack on the independent judiciary, and the NXT's shift in position showed the strength of the Senate's review process. Source
  9. Only a year and a half or so late But its finally up and running to the public! FWIW the link has a fab Then & Now toward the end. Amazing pictures of the first RAH. New Royal Adelaide Hospital is open for business Brad Crouch, Medical Reporter, The Advertiser September 5, 2017 1:18pm New RAH officially opened, patients moved in by ambulance INTERACTIVE: Explore SA’s new $2.3bn hospital SPECIAL REPORT: Everything you need to know about the new RAH HI-TECH HOSPITAL: Our futuristic centre of healthcare THE $2.3 billion Royal Adelaide Hospital has opened for business after a smooth start that saw no emergency patients waiting at the door when the emergency department opened to the public at precisely 7am. The first “walk-in” arrived at 7.02am, a man dropped off in a car who was put into a wheelchair and taken inside, followed by three ambulance arrivals in the next ten minutes, which included a car rollover victim taken into a resuscitation unit and was in a stable condition. Director of RAH emergency medicine Dr Tom Soulsby described it as a “gentle start” to the gleaming new facility. However, at the old RAH there were tears of nostalgia, as well as smiles — even a game of indoor cricket — from long-serving staff. And there were plenty of ambulances right up until its ED closed at 7am, as the state’s former flagship hospital continued its tradition of service right up until closing time. Heavy demand putting EDs into overcapacity “code white” status saw the Lyell McEwin Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital all diverting ambulances to the old RAH overnight even as it prepared to close its doors. At mid-morning there were 30 patients in its ED, who were expected to be transferred to the new facility by the end of the day, plus patients expected to be discharged today. The transition phase saw full medical teams in the EDs of both facilities to ensure patient safety. An uneventful day yesterday saw 131 patients moved to the new RAH — one more than anticipated. About 102 patients are expected to be moved today and the final group tomorrow, in a rotation of 16 ambulances and the ambulance bus along North Terrace. Staff are also moving as the huge new facility becomes fully operational. Mr Weatherill said the transfer of patients was the largest seen in the state but was proceeding smoothly. “A new era of health care in South Australia has opened with the opening of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital,” Mr Weatherill said. Mr Snelling noted the hospital was the most advanced in the nation and a crucial part of the new Health and Biomedical Precinct, which could not have been achieved by upgrading the old site. He said the opening was a “one-in-200-year event” and was cautiously optimistic with the progress of the move. “I’m very very happy with where we are at — we expect to have all patients moved by tomorrow,” he said. He also thanked staff at other hospitals who have helped shoulder the load while the old RAH emptied of patients in preparation for the move. After a decade of controversy including a name change, cost blowouts and a 17-month delay in opening, inpatients can now enjoy modern facilities including single-patient rooms with ensuites, opening windows for fresh air and plenty of natural light through the building. The fencing is down, staff are ready but officials are also asking people not needing emergency care to avoid the new ED, following interstate experience showing a “honey pot effect” attracting people with minor ailments curious about new facilities. The ED will have 65 cubicles ready to treat patients from Tuesday with the ability to open up to 70 depending on demand, compared with 59 at the old RAH. Staff are excited about the new hospital, including ED clerk Jason Spicer who starts his first day on the job on Tuesday following training, after switching from the oil and gas industry. “It is a brilliant hospital and I am thrilled to be starting my first proper day on the actual day it opens,” he said. Nurse educator Jessica Gannon spent 11 years at the old RAH and said staff were “incredibly excited” to be providing care in a cutting-edge facility. “This is leaps and bounds ahead of what we have been working in,” she said. “Nursing staff have worked hard preparing for this and are excited to be able to put it into practice.” ED site director Dr Megan Brooks said staff were fully prepared. “As emergency physicians, we expect the unexpected — we are fully prepared for any contingency,” she said. “We are privileged to be working in this facility and want to thank the public for providing it so we can care for patients — we are ready to go.” Dr Brooks praised staff at other metropolitan and nearby country hospitals who have helped shoulder the load while the RAH ramped down prior to the move. The old hospital had been emptied to less than half its usual capacity, with 383 patients left on Monday morning prior to starting the three-day the move, including those due to be discharged rather than transferred. The challenging task of shifting patients continues Tuesday and Wednesday after 131 — one more than the official target — were moved Monday in a fleet of 16 ambulances and the ambulance bus. The first patient moved, Roselyn Katsikas, 56, who is being treated for Crohn’s disease, said the old hospital was “functional but tired” and she was looking forward to the new: “It sounds like a holiday resort,” she said. People who arrive at the old ED prior to Tuesday’s 7am cut-off will be treated at the site and the ED is expected to be emptied by late afternoon. People arriving after 7am will find fencing, signs and staff directing them to the new site. Extra staff have been rostered on to ensure full medical coverage at both EDs during this morning’s transition. SA Ambulance Service chief executive Jason Killens said the first day of the move went smoothly despite some initial “lumps and bumps” with equipment which were swiftly resolved. “We’ve gone pretty much to plan,” he said. “We are planning to move all patients by the end of the day on Wednesday,” he said. This will include four patients flown to the RAH with burns after a car sprayed hot fuel over crowds at a burnout competition in Alice Springs. The new hospital’s Mental Health Unit opened today, with one patient being transferred from the old facility. Premier Jay Weatherill and Health Minister Jack Snelling joined medical staff and administrators at the ED to mark the opening.
  10. Sports and leisure

    Hello and welcome. That covers quite a large area We play in the Hills league for cricket. You can read more about it here Its not village cricket like the UK (unless you are playing on one of the small town hills ovals then it may have that feel) and the wickets are usually concrete strips with a bit of the old green carpet on them. Its the end of the soccer season now so best probably to wait till the pre season rolls round and you will probably find a local club by then as some who play cricket etc will probably play. And if you play for a cricket team, it may well be there have a winter soccer team too (or Aus rules). Golf, take your pick from no end of golf clubs. Hubby plays a bit and pops into whichever one they fancy on the day.
  11. Car rental

    Have the rental companies hiked their prices for the summer hols? Seems a bit strange to have a big jump in price but perhaps its the norm and I've not noticed as never used them. It may be you hire one for a few days and chalk up the price hike and make finding a car to buy (even an older run around) your first priority then? There are plenty of used car places around to choose from. Lots on South Rd and other places. If you are on a bus route you could use that to get around if you can plan out routes. Would take a bit more time but for a few days would be bearable. You are not too far from South Rd, a scoot along Sir Donald Bradman then you'd hit it. If its January and I am around, I'd possibly be able to drive you to a few car sales places or perhaps to a few rental viewings (depending on area as I don't want to go miles out of my way). Drop me a PM nearer the time. I can't promise as its school holidays and all that but will see nearer the time
  12. Magazine article aiming to offer some hope

    Great article. They wrote your story very well I think. You certainly had some struggles to get here but have come through them all. The house build sounds great. Lovely you've been able to achieve what you wanted with it.
  13. Invite received - Finance Manager

    If you have kids in primary schools you'll possibly want to expand your area school wise once you are here for a while. Not because the schools in O'HH are rubbish but they may not be what you want personally from a social and education POV for your kids, more so if you change areas and there are other options. Plenty of parents move kids if unhappy with their current school or preferring somewhere else and able to get in. We did just that once we moved from city beach suburb to the foothills about 6 months after arriving here. I left my son in his primary school after we moved (we liked it, was nice enough to start us off, didn't love it and it was never a long term school choice we felt), intending he could see out the year (2 and a bit terms) but a few weeks of driving up and down the hill plus finding a much better school overall that we loved up near us, it was a no brainer and we prepared him for the move earlier. Never looked back, loves it, we love the school and no regrets. Older houses I find often find warmer, the double bricked ones or the old thick walled type retain heat well, well, until it starts going out the old lattice single paned windows or under the gaps in the doors . The newer styles not so much unless you buy a new build with all the extras but that adds on the cost. We have a gas fire and a gas wall heater and took the gas fire out in the autumn as we only used it a few times last year. The wall heater has been brilliant and although the heat doesn't reach massively into the bedrooms it warms them enough. I don't like a hot bedroom at night anyways. Thick lined curtains are a must for us here though. Keep out drafts and keep in the warmth. TBH I've not been cold cold of an evening with the heater going. And I just layer up if need be rather than crank up the heat. Another down side is of course as soon as you turn off said heaters, if you've a thinner walled house, it starts to cool down quickly. I miss a decent heat source in the bathroom for sure. Stupid heat lamps a metre plus from my head don't cut it Often people sign up, post once or twice then disappear for months. Sometimes they come back, other times not. Depends. Always happy when new faces stick around though
  14. Invite received - Finance Manager

    Sunny and blue skies is the norm here much of the time. Just winter is just that for a short period of time. I rather like having a colder damper spell after so much sun though. Unlike the UK I know its not going to drag on a long time and often we get lovely sunny days where it is tee shirt warm (if you are my husband and son that is!) even in mid winter. This winter wasn't as wet and soggy as last, that did go on for most of it it seemed but when it rains and storms, it rains and storms. Still, over soon enough and before you know it we'll be baking in 30C plus over some of the summer. Make sure your house has good working aircon and a decent heating option for the following winter. O'HH isn't too far out tbh. Its easy access to a couple of main road routes into the city and elsewhere and gives you options to commute by train driving over to the Seaford line from Hallett Cove. Also easy access to beaches and the hills from there. We probably live about the same distance out but a lot more into the foothills and further from the coast. Plus for us we are closer to the Belair train line into the city. I find O'HH a bit of a sandwiched in suburb since they opened the expressway as its got a lot of heavy traffic running close to it now but thats the only thing. As a starting point its fine and you may find its somewhere you want to be longer term, you may find elsewhere that appeals. Least you've got an area sorted to start you off and can work out from that as you find your feet.
  15. Where to rent - North, South, East, West?

    Hello and welcome. If you want a cycle route then I'd suggest a starting point of the cycleway that runs along most of the tram line from Glenelg to the CBD and the suburbs off that. No train station but it is on the tram route which runs often and is air conditioned in summer. TBH Adelaide doesn't have a big train network and so your options there would be limited. We used to live in Glenelg and would often cycle into the city along the bike path and it was great to use. 12km or so. Its a flat easy ride other than going over one bridge but its not a hard bridge to cycle over at all. And in wet or cold weather or if going for a trip out, we could hop on the tram. Glenelg has Jetty Rd and lots of cafes, restaurants, bars and so on and is a popular place to socialise. It also has a stunning beach and other facilities (cinema, good range of shops, parks and the marina. Plus lots of events go on in and around there over the year. Info on the bike path here The suburbs you mention tend to be pretty pricey because of their proximity to the CBD. Also rentals may well turn out to be investment properties so the landlord is just sitting on the house and letting it go to crap while they wait for their moment to sell, sub divided or rumble and rebuild. And you'd be paying a fair whack for them. Decent up together properties as you may well want would probably be the premium price and in demand. There are plenty of options further out too if you look around. Re garden and cat. Be aware that there is a push here to keep cats within your own yard or indoors. While you can have a cat that can roam outdoors, many people are not happy about this because of the damage to native wildlife. Lots of people have cat runs or cat proof fencing that cats cannot jump over. Apparently new by laws are coming in soon so keep an eye on those. Also certain councils already have things in place re chipping and de sexing I won't recommend specific suburbs as tbh there are many to choose from that would suit your needs. End of the day, your budget and wish/want list will be what you go out from. I'd suggest taking a short term furnished rental for a few weeks when you arrive to enable you to get your bearings, check out suburbs, go to some opens. Rentals are often later afternoon, early evening opens for 30 mins or so and open house.