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  1. You would need to find out if whatever you are looking for is on the skills list. https://archive.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/work/work/skills-assessment-and-assessing-authorities/skilled-occupations-lists
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    Son wants to move

    I don't think you are able to sponsor anymore. TBH unless he is able to qualify for a skilled visa chances are his chances of migrating are very slim. He should start off by checking if he is eligible for any of these visas https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder The skills list does change and much will depend on his line of work, qualifications and experience in that role. Did he ever hold a visa for Australia back when you applied and gained one? I'd suggest he also contact a reputable registered migration agent if he does have a skill/job on the list and see what they suggest re his chances. Many should offer an initial free consult to assess the case.
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    I've changed hairdressers a few times since arriving here. I've only recently found someone who cuts my hair how I like but as I was to get a pixie cut next I am seeking out someone who does lots of short styles as I don't feel confident in my current hairdressers short hair cutting skills. If its just a trim I am after (no re style whatsoever, just ends off sort of thing) I go to Just Cuts on a walk in and its about $30 for a trim. As I have longer hair and its easy to trim its not a bad option. If I want an actual restyle or anything more than a trim I go elsewhere.
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    Pregnancy in the UK vs Aus

    I recall a couple of migrants who had their babies after moving here. All had good access to all the usual facilities, medical professionals etc as they did in the UK. Don't forget there is medicare here and you are entitled to maternity care. You'd not be left high and dry here in terms of pregnancy care and you don't need to have private cover (unless your visa type lists it as being mandatory or you cannot access medicare on the visa). https://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/medicare-during-pregnancy https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/health+services/womens+health+services/pregnancy+services As to the heat, I'd think it may really only be an issue if you were heavily pregnant in the hottest part of the summer or we had a long heatwave. And don't forget, if you have a home with air con of some kind then its only when outside the heat could be an issue. None of us really want to be outdoors in 40C so you would not be alone if you opted to be indoors as much as possible those days. If you don't have a visa yet, then before you can think about anything else. You are asking which someone may have found better in terms of UK or Aus to give birth but tbh I think that can really be answered. Everyone is going to have a different experience of giving birth, no two are alike. In the UK you can have the postcode lottery aspect play its part. Or have a truly terrible experience giving birth in terms of standards of care etc as you could here. Or have a great experience there or here. It will depend on you, where you give birth, how it unfolds, the staff on shift, what time of day or the day of the week you happen to labour on and so much more. So I'd not try to even think of it in terms of where is better as you really cannot know. Both are first world countries with good systems in place. My only thing I would say in terms of having a baby away from your family. Often our Mum's play an important part to expectant Mum's and this should not be denied, ignored or overlooked. Hormones rage and many women, especially those having their first baby often experience a huge desire to be close to their own Mum or be able to have them and their family around while pregnant and when baby is very small. Don't discount this. It wasn't what I felt but then I'd long left home, lived away from my family overseas for many years and was a fair way from them while I was pregnant and it never really bothered me in the least, but it does make a huge difference to many it seems. I've read of no end of newish migrants posting about being pregnant with their first (or even second or third) and having a huge desire to return to the UK to be with their family. Then consider that if you did want to be near your family or had the baby in the UK before moving, would you then be ok with leaving sometime soon after.
  5. @ljbaby and @megleeds18 May be worthwhile to drop the OP a PM if you are interested.
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    Cancelling return flight

    For example, Emirates have this info re cancelling https://www.emirates.com/au/english/help/faq/193443/can-i-get-a-refund-if-i-cancel-my-online-booking
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    Cancelling return flight

    I"d check with the airline policy. They usually have their T&C's on their website. Cancellation fees are usually in there somewhere and could be a fair whack. Depends on the small print. If you don't turn up for a flight, you don't turn up. I'd expect you'd lose the cost of the ticket as unless you read the T&C's and see if they require medical letter etc for genuine reason to miss making the flight, you are liable for the costs AFAIK.
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    Outdoor pool in November???

    The idea of having a place with a pool is often appealing. I can understand why new arrivals are keen to experience the Aussie dream as it were. I don't know if pools are the norm here as much as they used to be though. Not in the sub divided new builds as they often hardly have any backyard space and what there is is more an entertaining area undercover or open with table, chairs etc set outside. If you were already coming round to not having a place with a pool and you recognise there are genuine reasons to perhaps hold off to start with that's a good thing. You'll work it out over time and hopefully if you do then decide you are sticking around and can find a rental or house you love and want to buy with a pool in an area you like and want to settle in the longer term then that may well work out well. Personally, I love the idea of one, don't like the work involved for upkeep and maintenance for how much actual use it would get. Happy to make use of FIL's as and when we are that way on a nice summers day but we love the beach of an evening for a dip. We did put in an offer on a house with an above ground fibreglass pool with decking and fencing all round when we were buying here. Hubby is from here and was adamant he didn't want a pool as didn't want the hassle of it all. He had discounted every house up till then if it had a pool I loved this house however, he liked it also so he was happy to put in an offer on it. Our plan had we bought the house had been to use the pool for a summer and see if we thought it was worthwhile keeping for a while longer and if not to then get it removed and have the extra yard space. We were both leaning toward taking it out had we bought the house. Thankfully we didn't get that house. Even I'm glad now we didn't Kids love when the sprinklers go on on a hot day and have fun water fights with super soakers so have other ways to cool off out in the yard
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    2 weeks to go!!!!!

    Not having to worry about schools for a year or two is good. Bear in mind though, the areas you are looking at are in big demand for those who do want schools now and to be in certain zones. You will be looking at kindy's then for your eldest. Have a read of this to get your head round it all https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/education-and-learning/early-childhood-education-and-care/preschool-and-kindergarten IIRC its 15 hours a week (often seems to be done over 2.5 days say Mon, Tues all day (well, 9-3 or some such) and say Weds morning 9-12. Then the other group attend on the other 2.5 days. You'll need to bring the red book for vaccination history and to get a couple of extra vaccinations that the UK doesn't do as routine (chicken pox for example). The doctors will take the vaccination history from the red book and put it into the system here. If you opt for childcare nursery talk to them directly about how it works there. More info on the 15 hours here https://www.education.gov.au/universal-access-early-childhood-education We are in the foothills/hills. I love it up here, so does hubby and son. Been living up here for about 4 years now and have not tired of that drive up the hill away from the city and noise and the surroundings becoming more and more gum tree filled, wildlife filled and quieter. Its lovely up here. We have koalas in the garden a fair bit, often see roos, echidnas and possums around the area too. And so many birds. Often noisy but love having them around. And great re your OH, always happy to meet up and be a friendly face.
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    Outdoor pool in November???

    Hmmm, well my FIL has an unheated one and unless spring has been really toasty we don't tend to dip our toes till mid December onwards. Usually not till closer to Christmas and school hols. And if we don't have a steady warm/hot spell it can still be pretty nippy even then. TBH if you are just starting off, I'd suggest there are other things to put your money towards in terms of spending (you'll have many costs in terms of setting up and I'd save where I could to begin with) and see how you go making use of the amazing beaches and open air pools dotted around Adelaide. Ones like Marion outdoor pool for example. It has 3 pools, large pool, kids pool and toddler pool. Both the ones for kids have sun shades over. Plus lots of open grass space or shady spots for picnic blankets and chairs. Toilets, showers, cafe, BBQ area and a couple of water slides set apart from the pools. We go there a few times over the summer and kids love it. Same with using places like Tusmore Park https://playandgo.com.au/index.php/tusmore-park-paddling-pool-more-review/ Fab park with a paddling pool that kids love to use. A pool at home can be great but bear in mind it also needs upkeep, maintenance (cleaning, chemicals etc), topping it up and if you've got small kids, the worry of them getting into the pool area unsupervised could be a concern. We love the beaches and public pools so make good use of them. Plus use a pool at a friend or family members house on occasion. However, its only really the kids use the pool then and even then they are only in for about half an hour and then out and off doing other stuff. If you really want a house with a pool regardless then you'll try to get one. I don't know if the market has many going, it can perhaps be a hassle for landlords re fencing and upkeep. Also I'd guess insurance may come in to it but cannot be certain. I just listed pools as an option on realestate in a various mix of suburbs and got no returns unless I was going to the much higher end of the rental price bracket. If you are being a bit more cautious with regards to setting up costs and time it could take to find a job etc, then I'd seriously consider saving any extra cash and wait a while and not rush into renting with a pool straight from the off. Also there just may not be many about to give you decent options area wise to suit your start up budget.
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    2 weeks to go!!!!!

    Hi Tom. Agree with Curly re the rental situation. Have your proof of employment, proof of funds (as a back up if needed), etc and you should be ok with finding something. Grange may well prove an in demand area in terms of rentals (especially if schools in the area are zoned). I think it falls just outside of the Henley High School zone and isn't in the zone for Henley Beach primary so you hopefully will be ok. Not sure of the state schools for that suburb off the top of my head. If you are looking at state school system check the schools in the area and if they have a zoning policy as it does seem that in high demand areas more primary schools are becoming zoned and are absolutely chock full. If you are looking private its not an issue where you opt for house wise, just that others trying to get into state schools make the demand on the rental market hard going in some areas. For example re Henley Beach primary, their website has info on their intake http://www.henleyps.sa.edu.au/enrolment Often opens for rentals are late afternoons and evenings during the week. Opens for buying tend to be on weekends. It may well be worthwhile contacting all the local real estate agents in the area directly, perhaps going in in person to a few of them and letting them know what you are after. In high demand areas, family homes can have multiple applicants after the first open. Have all your paperwork ready to submit at the open if you really like the place. I've read of some people preparing a pack with their references, police checks, proof of funds, employment etc to include with their applications. Be aware many older rentals can be pretty rubbish, owners often just renting them out till they decide to sub divide or sell off the block. Newer build houses (often in high density areas sub divided already so 2, 3 or 4 on one old block) may be the way to go to ensure you get something decent and hopefully in good repair. The down side is there may not be much/any garden and you'll have immediate neighbours. Take a look on https://www.realestate.com.au/rent/in-grange,+sa+5022/list-1 I'd make a note of the agents in the area and be ready to contact them when you arrive. I'd not forget to do things like registering for Medicare, your drivers licence changing over and anything else needed as soon as possible after arriving. Having that extra local ID is useful for the 100 points ID agents may well require. Same with your bank and having a bank card and so on sorted for when you arrive. You can open an account from the UK with any number of Aus banks. We opened one with Commonwealth a couple of months before we left and the day after we arrived went to the branch, met the account manager, picked up our cards and were away. Medicare can take a bit of time if you go to one of the main Centrelink offices. I'd suggest going to the main branches on Saturday morning as the Centrelink side of things are closed and they are only open for Medicare stuff and its much much quieter (or it was when we did ours a few years back now, it may have changed). Or enquire at a smaller branch if you can sort it there. FYI, for medicare I had to provide a copy of my full visa grant letter including the letterhead and the signature and name of my CO at the end. Not just the page with the grant info itself on it. I'd buy things you can still make use of once your stuff arrives or that you can sell on easily if not required. Eg, outside table and chairs for indoor dining to start off and then put it outdoors once your furniture arrives. A pull out sofa bed from Ikea or something so you can sit and sleep on it. Also air mattresses or foam roll outs for the kids for a few weeks don't hurt. Its a bit of fun having an indoor camp out and you know what will be arriving at the end of it. We also grabbed a few things from off the street that had 'Free, please take' on them. Decent wooden furniture I took home, cleaned up, sanded down a few spots and stained and we still have them now, 5 plus years later. We also bought a few things off Gumtree. Got a decent $300 sofa from Ikea that can double as an extra single bed also and is used now in the family room for the kids. Cheap Ikea crockery you can then use for outdoor use later on. I did that with dinner plates, cutlery etc. I bought 2 pans, one frying pan and a few utensils and that was it. Just kept cooking simple till my entire kitchen contents arrived. Cars, not sure. We bought our first one from a dealer a family member knew quite well. About 2 weeks after arriving IIRC. We got a good deal from them, decent car even if the same car in the UK would have cost a fraction of the price It was an astra, 05 reg and had only done about 60K or so IIRC when we bought it in 2013. It also came with 11 months rego and FSH. It wasn't flash but honestly, given how people drive and park here, that was a good thing as it turned out We only parted with it at the start of last year as we used it on a trade in buying a brand new car. We'd only planned to keep it a year or two but it drove well, was comfy, reliable and air con worked well so we kept it. Once your wife and kids arrive, if she is wanting to meet up for a coffee or anything, please get her to PM via here as am happy to try to do so. We don't live that way anymore (started off in Glenelg) but don't mind to travel Henley Beach way. Even if its to help her get her bearings or to have some company one morning while shopping, happy to do so. I work 4 days a week (Mon-Thurs usually) and our weekends can often be busy as kid does a lot of sports etc but we can sort something out I am sure
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    Advice please!?

    Hello and welcome. Just to add, before you sign up with a migration agent, always check the reviews/feedback on the company properly. Check their MARN number. There are a number of very dodgy migration companies out there and people do lose money and don't gain a visa. There are plenty of good ones so you should be able to find a decent one https://www.mara.gov.au/using-an-agent/using-a-registered-migration-agent/ Be prepared for the costs that will come with using an agent and have a budget and savings for a potential move. The visa process itself can be pricey and then there are all the other costs to factor in including medicals, police checks, removals, shipping and so many other things that add up. Then flights (sometimes visa activation flights are required with an actual move to Australia at a later point then), start up costs for once in Aus (rent, bond, car, food, bills, phones, courses/registrations for employment purposes, medical, dental etc) and savings to last you a good few months at least as sometimes work doesn't happen straight away and it can take people time to find something. While I appreciate your reasons to migrate, the 'better life' aspect, please keep in mind Australia doesn't magically fix things or give you that instant better life. It isn't without its own problems. It can also be a long hard slog as a migrant (those savings disappearing fast and not being able to land a job quickly can often cause new migrants a lot of upset and woe and perhaps see them question why they made the move) and a huge emotional rollercoaster. No one can tell you how its going to go and you won't know until you are here if you will settle, be able to work through things and if it rears its ugly head, cope with homesickness. Be prepared for things to perhaps not be straightforward or easy and so if it does get tough, you'll at least have planned or discussed for the crap times and can hopefully work through them to come out the other side. Of course, things can be a bit more straightforward and work out well after arriving, but its worth being aware and preparing for all eventualities. If you are set on South Australia keep in mind much of it is pretty removed from Adelaide and if its Adelaide you want to aim for do your research into it all carefully. If you are looking at one of the smaller cities or large towns, there are a few options that may appeal elsewhere in the state be it closer to Adelaide or further away. Check realestate.com.au or domain.com.au for rentals to give you an idea. Also keep in mind, should you make the move, where you start off in a rental isn't always where you'll end up settling in the long term. Often costs, work commute, schools etc play a part and see people move areas to suit their needs in the longer term. Some do stay where they start off though We moved areas after 7 months as we had never really planned to stay long term where we started off. It was nice to start with and gave us time to explore and work out what we wanted from an area once we decided to buy. Our wants/preferences soon saw us looking towards the hills. We changed schools also at this time. Good luck with it all. Be prepared for a bit of an emotional rollercoaster going through the process and don't be afraid to ask questions I remember asking very few visa questions as I was able to sort that myself but did ask a fair few questions about local laws, regulations etc that could impact on us (dog laws/parks, school zones, medical/dental and more) and also some more lightweight things such as soap powders and tea! It all seems such a long time ago now and tbh once here living (holidays are very different beasts) the little things fell into place and I tried all the soap powders and shopped round for tea and it was fine
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    Hello. I'm rather out of the loop with how long the process or invites are taking these days I'm afraid.
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    Working holiday visa age increase

    The rules for the WHV are changing again somewhat it seems https://www.businessinsider.com.au/australia-working-holiday-visa-changes-2018-11 I think the most important thing for your sister to consider is if she would be eligible or could qualify for sponsorship. She still needs to meet all the requirements and so on. If she is unskilled or doesn't have the relevant qualifications/experience etc in the field then she won't be a candidate for sponsorship. Personally, I think if able, its preferable to gain that PR visa before migrating. Visa rules can and do change and while a door may be open now for applying, it might not be in a year or two's time. Or it might not be a profession that could be sponsored or some such.
  15. Its been much discussed and will finally be happening in 2022. Year 7, which is currently the last year of primary, will officially move over and become the first year of high school. Currently high school starts in year 8. Having said that, many private schools already start from year 7 intake and many kids move from the state system into private in Y7. State schools will all move in line with this from 2022. Year 6 will be the last year of primary and Y7 will be the first year of high school. Here is the Department for Education page explaining the changes https://www.education.sa.gov.au/sites-and-facilities/year-7-high-school And here is a news article explaining how this has happened https://indaily.com.au/news/local/2018/04/20/labors-school-millions-to-help-bankroll-year-seven-revolution/

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