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  1. Hi

    You only need one thread on this, I’ve deleted the other duplicates.
  2. 3 Years in and loving Adelaide

    I've often wondered how things were going for you, so good to see you drop in with an update. Enjoy Mt Barker And yes, Carn The Crows We are season members and don't miss a home game. Will also be down in Melbourne later in the year and will see them play there too. Love the footy.
  3. 887 visa

    You may be better posting this in the 887 thread. Skip to the last page and ask there
  4. 887 Visa - What's the update?

    Mod notice When replying to this thread, please make sure you hit the ‘REPLY TO THIS TOPIC’ button at the top of each page of the thread. Or if wanting to quote a specific post, ensure you click on the word QUOTE in the bottom left corner of each post. For some reason people seem to keep hitting the report post icon (the small flag near top right corner of each post) when trying to post and so it ends up going through as a report for mods, not an actual post others will see in the thread. Thanks in advance
  5. 887 subclass

    No clue. Perhaps contact a reputable migration agent asap.
  6. 887 visa

    You may want to check this thread out for the 887 chat.
  7. We haven't hit the teen years, well not yet Bit more growing to do yet for mine. I am older Mum though, late 40's and happy to meet up for a coffee if it appeals. Hope the move back has gone well and you are slowly finding your feet. Drop me a PM if you would like to catch up.
  8. Rugby Club Looking for Junior Players

    Hello there The season wouldn't have started yet so I'd think if he was interested and wanted to do it you could still sign him up FWIW its coming into the winter sports season soon so things like Aussie rules, soccer, rugbby and so on will be being played all over. Its winding down from cricket season now. All the winter sports have their sign ups going on around now before the season gets under way. Also, if your son is a keen swimmer and its not too far from you, check out SA Aquatic centre at Marion. Has a competition pool (it hosts local. state and national events), diving pool and has water polo and other swim based groups based there. Mine swims and does diving there. We are heading down there Friday to watch a diving competition, some of the Commonwealth team members will be taking part so want to see them before they head off for that.
  9. Buying a home

    Depends on you and the vendor really. When we were looking we spent about 3 months house hunting, went to lots of opens most weekends, even if we were not keen on the houses, we wanted to get an idea of the market in the areas we were wanting to buy and the types of houses within our budget, to see how quick it moved, what price range people went for (ie investors often snapped up the standard block with the shoebox shaped 3 bed 1 bath house) and the areas in general. It became clear there was a cut off point money wise that investors tended to stop at and so the homes going for more than this were usually other families, not people wanting an investment property. We avoided anything at auction. We put in 3 offers for houses, the first two we lost out on as both went well over even the top list price of the house (by $20,000 on one house, $17,500 on another). However, with hindsight we are really pleased they did as tbh they were not the right houses for us in terms of area and schools but we did like the houses. 4 plus years on, the house we did buy we still love. The area suits us so well and we are happy as anything. Defo the right choice for us. We were one of 4 offers I seem to recall. Vendor liked our terms, that we had no property to sell, so went with us. In terms of the process, iirc it was put in an offer, with our settlement terms (ie how many weeks to actual sale completion you wanted, if you could be flexible) if it was accepted we signed the contract and then had 48 hours (working days) in which to change our minds or else were locked in (unless finances fell through, think that was the only way out of the sale). So ideally want to sign a contract just before the weekend so you have an extra couple of days to think it over (double check this is still the case as things may have changed). That's what we did and we had a building inspection first thing on the Monday, report was back that evening and we were happy to proceed so didn't withdraw the offer. The vendors were locked in from when that contract was signed, no pulling out for them. Then the settlement date came round, money was paid and we got the keys. Moved in that afternoon So for our house, 5 weeks from offer to keys. Others I know have done it in 2-3 weeks, some got 3 months settlement and more. In terms of the market, you need to keep an eye on the property sales and see what is selling and where. You soon get used to and checking it for sales, under offers etc in areas you are keen on. Most sales are best offer by or they list a price range and you make an offer within it (or under or over if thats what you think its worth) and see if they accept. Some want flexible settlement, longer one, some vendors its all about who offers the most money. Ask the agent what the deal is and see if there is wiggle room on your settlement offer. The best offer by sales are harder to judge. I went to an open recently and no way would have paid the price it eventually went for. But someone was happy to offer 50k more than I'd have been prepared to pay to secure the property. Agents should let you know if they have offers on a property you expressed an interest in and want to make an offer on. To give you chance to submit it before they go to the vendor with the pile of offers (or only one or two perhaps).
  10. Cost of Utilities

    Not sure really. We are a family of 3 in a 3 bed house, 2 living space style house but we have solar panels and a really good tariff. Plus solar hot water. Aircon will depend on your use and the sort of system you have as to how much its going to rack up on the electric bill. Heating also if you use the reverse cycle or some such and not gas. Internet, check out suppliers and see what packages they offer. It won't matter if you live in a unit or a house. It will come down to what plan you opt for. We don't have a landline. As above we use Skype for calls (can buy credit if don't want to use the free set up) and call overseas etc that way. Plus we have a great pay up front deal for out mobiles with 16GB of data per month each. So we use that lots also. Things like council rates are going to be dependant on council and so on and so you need to check with them the costs. TBH you really just need to shop around suppliers to find the best deals on all the things and then work out costs from there.
  11. Tax Self Certification Form from HMRC

    We had the same form from our bank a while back and filled it in as being resident in Aus for tax purposes. It was pretty simple and no reason not to. IIRC the letter said if we did not reply, our bank would provide the info to HMRC based on our current address with them (which is in Aus anyways). Like you we use our UK account for things like gifts and so on and thats about it. Its now a standard thing they have to do this. I didn't stress too much about it and just filled it in and was done.
  12. Marden Senior College

    I've never really heard of it tbh. It's not your standard school looking at the website info on it all. Have you read the websites?I'm guessing so but thought I'd include them here in case not. and
  13. How long to find a rental

    You can find what schools teach what languages here. As to if any of them are what you are after, I don’t know.
  14. Prescription charges

    Yeah, it can vary. I’ve paid a few dollars more for the same thing depending on which pharmacy I go to. They always ask if you want the generic option which is good. A few things I can’t get generic of sonjave to suck up the cost. I’ve yet to pay over $40 for anything I’ve needed thankfully. Do you think paying for them like this makes you more inclined to finish the course rather than when you pay a set £7.80 fee or whatever it is now on the NHS? I mean it’s great to get meds for such a low set price but when the actual cost is noticeably more some people perhaps don’t appreciate what it is they have there IYKWIM. I always finish the course but am even more aware here now of the costs and so on.
  15. admin job/work experience in construction

    Just giving this a bump for you. I really can't help I'm afraid as its not an area I am all familiar with.