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  1. You should contact them direct to find out. I am sure an email will clarify fully either way. https://adelaidemetro.com.au/Contact-us#make-an-enquiry Also, found this https://adelaidemetro.com.au/FAQs/ Pets People must not, without the permission of an authorised person, bring an animal on board a regular passenger service vehicle unless it is a working animal accompanying a person with a disability.
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    Renting and moving

    Hi. If you want to rent it out for a short term furnished let then you are probably best to talk to some decent real estate agents that deal with lettings. I'd want to make sure its all covered with regards to insurance (as its your home and furnishings), given the all clear with the bank/mortgage lenders if required and that you have a decent rental contract in place. If you are wanting a more casual arrangement, not sure what to suggest. It could be you could find a UK family who are migrating and would like to rent it from you for 6 months but you'd need to research and advertise etc. Its not something I would recommend but I have heard of people doing this sometimes. Also not sure what the tax implications are for renting out short term. You may want to check on this also. Re the dog, that is going to be a huge cost to ship both ways inside of 6 months. Its based on the size of your dog so if small it will of course cost less but its still far from cheap. When we looked into it 6 years ago from UK to Aus our whippet was going to cost about £2,500 to ship plus all the vets fees, vaccinations etc. Then the quarantine kennels cost was easily another $1,000 once here. Your dog would need to comply with the vaccination requirements for both countries and rabies bloodwork etc will be needed iirc. Then any quarantine costs if required. Aus to UK https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad UK to Aus http://www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs If there is only a 6 month turn around and you have a set date of return, check this will be ok re the rabies vaccine and blood testing going from UK to Aus. Suggest you get in touch with some reputable pet shippers both here in Aus and also in the UK to discuss further. Be aware you may need to get the blood tests and vaccinations underway at least 6 months before you plan to travel. It is not something you can leave till a couple of months out. And flights for shipping do get booked up so ensure you have it all planned to fit into the timeframe you have in mind. Also as its a 6 month time frame check about the Aus import rules for bringing a dog back into the country within 6 months of departure. This may make a difference if you can bring them back with more ease within 6 months than once the 6 month window has passed http://www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs/cats-dogs-returning-to-australia Aus to UK there is Jet Pets https://www.jetpets.com.au/ and Dogtainers https://www.dogtainers.com.au/ to get you started. UK to Aus pet shipping try giving Bob at Pet Air a shout https://www.petairuk.com/ There are others but you can research those if you want. Good luck.
  3. You would probably be better to post and ask this in the 887 thread directly. Many who read and post to that don't tend to look at other threads.
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    Starting from Scratch

    Hello and welcome. I'm a bit out of the loop with the actual visa process these days. However, given what you've said above, I'd suggest the visa first route. That is if you or your husband are eligible and able to apply. There is a skills list for visas and if your profession is on there or you or your husband have the relevant skills to meet the requirements, then you could investigate that further. I'm honestly not sure what, if anything you would qualify under to apply for a visa these days. I've not looked at the skills list to know. If your teaching degree is 3 years then that might not be enough as IIRC Aus requires the 4th year. FWIW, teachers are plentiful here, at least in South Australia in the metro area. Its out in the sticks in regional Aus they tend to be needing them. For example, this visa may be something to have a read up on https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/skilled-independent-189 Keep in mind if you are over 45 and the main applicant, there is an age limit. Also, you mention your adult sons at uni. I don't know they would be eligible to go on your visa application with your younger kids and spouse. There are certain requirements to be met once a child is older and out in the world and they tend to be pretty firm on this. It may well be your older sons would have to be in a position to apply for their own visas later on down the line. Given your situation and your rather mixed set of skills/quals I'd say you may well do to run your case past a decent reputable migration agent to assess and see if there are any options for migrating open to you. Go Matilda would be a good place to start https://www.gmvisas.com/ Alan Collett over there should be able to look your case over and give you an idea of what you are facing. Keep in mind migrating is a huge undertaking and expense. If you are all on board as a family (I'm not counting the adult kids here as they are off living their own lives) and up for the challenge and have the finances in place to make it happen, great. If any of you are unsure or you are not in a great position financially, then consider if its wise to make the move. The visa process is the first part of a long process that can have a great ending but could also prove to be a real struggle and cause problems after migrating. I'd research in great detail about life here in South Australia/Adelaide and if it would be somewhere that could suit your wants/needs and lifestyle. Also research employment as it can be an issue for some. Look into the young adults job market also if your adult kids could follow.
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    Best suburb for familys?

    I was interested to find out a bit more as we don't rent. Found these links. Some stories are a couple of years old but it gives a picture of recent times hopefully. https://www.finder.com.au/how-much-of-our-wages-do-we-spend-on-rent-in-australia https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-29/adelaide-becoming-unaffordable-for-low-income-renters/9205084 Scroll down to find the dwellings numbers https://quickstats.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2016/quickstat/4GADE?opendocument https://www.realestate.com.au/news/adelaide-median-rent-well-below-national-average-report-reveals/
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    Best suburb for familys?

    It may well be but I cannot recall hearing that. It may be the rule of thumb sort of thing perhaps over something official? People rent without jobs when they move over, but show references, proof of savings etc and perhaps pay 3-6 months rent up front/bigger bond or something to help secure a rental. Of course, if working then showing salary would reflect on if you could cover the rental costs or not. If a salary isn't favourable to cover a rental then I don't expect you'd secure it. But I'm not aware there is an actual percentage to go out from. Of course common sense tells you to go for what you can afford that will allow you to be able to cover all the other outgoings each month. I'd be surprised if you couldn't find somewhere that is less than the 40%
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    Best suburb for familys?

    AFAIK you can go to whatever you want. However, with no rental history or job they may well want to see bank statements and proof of funds to cover rent and deposit etc for a set amount of time. Perhaps they may ask for a larger deposit. Keep in mind many leases here are for a year so don't go busting your savings on some really pricey house to start in case your funds run low or it takes you a while to find a job. Also if you do decide to move within the lease period, you are the one breaking the lease so its on you to cover rent till the lease ends or new tenants take over. There may well be some leg work involved on your part there. I'd suggest its wise to start of with what you can afford and that won't break the bank and to build up once you've found your feet and have jobs/income behind you for 6 months or so.
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    Movecube packing

    We used a large one coming over 5 years ago and crammed it to the brim. You don't *have* to fill them though. TBH even if you don't have a lot of stuff, if you measure it out properly and its going to come in under, you can always then box it so it does fit better and won't move around at all. Better to have a few extra packing boxes and half fill them if you are worried about things falling about.
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    painting and decorating

    Information is readily available on the visa section of the Aus Gov website. To get started https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/employing-and-sponsoring-someone/sponsoring-workers/learn-about-sponsoring After that, IIRC you need to see if you meet the criteria etc also. Gone are the days of family sponsorship if that was the route you and he were looking at. Its skills based that is most likely your route to Aus.
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    Port Adelaide

    Interesting to read about the development side of things up there. I worked in Port Adelaide for a year or two. Like you said, I'd not be running there to live right now but I can see how it has potential a few years into the future if these developments go ahead.
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    Best suburb for familys?

    Our's was school aged when we arrived so we made use of OSHC during school hols and before/after school a couple of days a week. I didn't have to look into nursery costs or kindy thankfully. They do offer a set amount of hours free as it were in kindy (bit like the UK system) but you'd have to research that and discuss with the kindy. We had a bit of help from family on occasion but tbh I never counted on them or really factored them in to helping with childcare after we arrived as they have their own lives, work and so on. We managed on our own in the UK pretty much and we've managed here the same way. For us its been a good move financially, bearing in mind its been over 5 years since the move here. The first year or two not so much as obviously there were all the move costs, buying a house, car etc but once that was all done and dusted, its been settled and good.
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    Bridging visa active

    IIRC a bridging visa only kicks in once the current visa has run out.
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    Where to rent

    Blackwood is IMO lovely. We live not far from there and are looking to possibly move there sometime next year. It has good access to the city and elsewhere being on the Belair train line. Plus as has been said, it has a good feel in terms of facilities, shops etc along the main street and off of it. Its also not bad for driving into the city and as a good starting point to getting elsewhere if needed. Bushfire risk is always something to bear in mind when considering living away from the metro area on the flat. Once you get into the hills you should factor it in. Please know that its not like we all live in tenterhooks the entire bushfire season or that we don't live our usual lives during it. You make sure you have your bushfire plan, do the sensible things like keeping leaves/gutters etc clear around the home and keep an eye daily on the bushfire risk notifications etc. We also live in the same bushfire risk zone and the first year or so and follow the CFS advice etc. Having said that, I'd personally not live at the end of the high side of a steep gum tree covered hill with only a single track road in and out of it. But living on a regular street, with the standard two way road and good access roads in and out of the area, I have no issue with whatsoever. With regard to the weather, yes it does get a few degrees cooler in the winter and also in the summer it can be cooler than being down in the city. I actually like that we have that sort of climate up here in the winter. I like it feels like we have seasons as you can see the trails and fields etc change over the year. Plus the wildlife is amazing. We have seen koalas, echidnas, blue tongues and more in our garden. Plus roos do occasionally hop down the street. As has been said it also has Belair national park on its doorstep pretty much, plus easy access to the hills and elsewhere. If you are considering Blackwood, keep in mind the other suburbs along the train line there also. You could also look at Glenalta, Coromandel valley, Eden Hills and one or two others before you would drop down onto the flat. If going to the city then then the Belair train line will be great. If going to Flinders Uni then its probably the bus to get there. Its easy enough to get to though from up in Blackwood and plenty of buses etc do run to the uni and hospital. Same with those other suburbs I mentioned. Re archery, iirc there are a fair few clubs around. I think there is one at O'Halloran Hill and another at Clarendon (only open on weekends IIRC) in terms of distance to travel to, they might be worth looking at. There are a few clubs closer to the city itself and one in the Northern side of the city parklands that seems popular. Golf, well, take your pick! There are lots of clubs around. Belair golf course is looking for someone to take over the lease I think but you have options with Blackwood Gold club out near Ironbank and an easy drive from Blackwood or Coro Valley etc. Plus there is Flagstaff Golf club over in Flagstaff Hill. Give me a shout via PM anytime. I'm always happy to try to help
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    Best suburb for familys?

    I didn't work to begin with. My husband worked from very soon after we arrived (has laptop, can work anywhere sort of thing) and we decided I'd focus on the home, school and all the other things to get us going. I've been here over 5 years now so I don't think my job hunting is really relevant to todays job market. Plus I've not worked full time since arriving here, I've stayed part time so we don't have to use OSHC and it was what we wanted. I've been in the same job for a fair few years now. My husband has been in employment since we arrived, changed jobs a couple of times and is very happy in his current role. If you are an electrician don't you have to get certified or some such to be able to work here? I'd factor that in to and the time/cost of getting set up. If you don't have a job I'd think you could still secure a rental so long as you can provide the deposit, bond and show proof of decent savings so the landlord knows you have funds to pay for the house. Look in to this and see if it could be possible.
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    Best suburb for familys?

    That could be anywhere. Honestly, Adelaide sprawls for miles and you can live north, south, east or west. Your commute could end up being 10 minutes or 70. You just don't know till you are here and it begins to fall into place in terms of work, areas you like and can afford, commute times, schools and so on. I'd say your starting point should be what you can reasonably afford and work out from there. Work out the costs to migrate, the flights, visa costs, shipping, short term rental to give you time to find something a bit longer term perhaps, deposit and bond for a rental etc, funds for a car and drivers licence, insurance etc and then ensure you have savings to support yourselves for at least 3 months if not more. 6 months would be even better. You'll have bills, shopping and so much more to pay out for too. Once you have crunched the numbers, work out what you can realistically afford to rent to begin with bearing in mind you could be a few months without work and so the dream of a house with pool near the beach may be something you need to work towards rather than having from the off. Then research if you prefer coastal or inland and investigate those options. FWIW you don't have to live in a suburb right along the coast, you can also look a few suburbs inland also and still be at a beach within 10 minutes drive. What sort of lifestyle do you have now as that probably won't change too much once here. If you are active out doorsy people there, chances are you will be here. If you are stay at home bods there, you probably will be here. Moving the other side of the world doesn't automatically mean your own lifestyle will change drastically or become amazingly better overnight. It can be a slog to get to where you want to be and may mean a tough ride to start till things fall into place. If you like the coast, look along it, if you don't mind being a bit more inland, look there. I'm not going to suggest specific areas as honestly, I like what I like but others would disagree with me. I know where I would and wouldn't live in and around Adelaide but my preferences are not for everyone nor theirs mine.
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    Price of schooling

    This is always worth a read to get your head round how it all works https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/education-and-learning/schools/choosing-a-school/enrolling-in-primary-school The fee you are asking about is actually a materials and services charge and there is a minimum set amount schools charge. However, be aware many schools can and do charge a little more than this. Schools in less affluent areas are probably not going to charge more than the minimum. As you move into more affluent areas you'll probably find some schools charging a bit more. I don't know what the basic rate these days is but I do know our school charges $430 which is a fair chunk more than the basic set amount. Its reflected in the facilities and materials they have on site. Far more available than at the primary school ours went to when we first arrived where we paid the minimum amount. Also we are in a more affluent area and of things like fundraising done by parents/school tends to occur far more than it did at our previous primary and it shows in the improvements the school is able to make and the materials it is able to offer etc. Far superior to the first school in those respects for sure. As it is in every other area also tbh. AFAIK (unless its changed in the last few years) you don't have to pay the fees again should you change to a new school mid year. We moved mid year and had paid the fees at the start of the year at the first school. Our new primary said no fees to pay if we moved over as you only pay them the once each year. Seems like it works all round and is a fair system that way. FWIW you can probably find the charge of school fees in the annual handbook of whatever school you are reading up on. Their websites should have a Parent Handbook or some such and thats where I found the school fee charge, not listed directly on the school website. As for other costs, there will be things like school trips/camps, sports events (ie if your child participates in a school sports team there is a charge for that), optional individual music lessons on school site, swim week and things like the school canteen if you make use of it (we do packed lunch daily as hate the canteen). Also school uniform, backpack and perhaps an iPad or tablet if your school has a programme and you wish your child to have their own device rather than using the school ones. Can't think of anything else really. Pretty much same as what you would have there. High school materials and services charge is more again but you've a few years before you get to that. Your one year old won't factor in at present as too young for kindy yet. You are looking at daycare for him if you do need something. That is a whole other thing and costs for that will vary of course.
  17. For painter and decorator I found the following https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skill-occupation-list# You will find the skills list info then on page 5 of that list. Its alphabetical order, under P. The linked number will take you to this info https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Product+Lookup/CAA1323ED28F85A5CA257B95007BE8FF?opendocument Check the TRA link also. You need to get your head round this https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skill-occupation-list and this https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/skilled-migration-program/recent-changes In all honesty, if you really cannot work out if you perhaps eligible or unsure for what visa or the skills test, application or anything else, you are best to run your case past a reputable migration agent and ask them to assess you case. They should offer a free initial consult and can tell you if you'd qualify for a visa. If you do but really cannot work out how to apply on your own, you are probably in need of their services to help you obtain the visa so be prepared for their fees and other costs. Please ensure you use a reputable MARA agent. There are some iffy ones about who will take your money but you may well not end up with a visa. Do some homework on what a MARA agent is and where they are based and how to recognise one and the best one to use. The visa process has changed in recent years and the skills list also and I am not really familiar with the process anymore.
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    Areas around Golden Grove

    I don't know Golden Grove at all tbh. I had a quick look on the map and its quite far up (at least to me). Going on realestate.com.au the suburb itself seems to be chock full of the newer build larger properties with fairly hefty price tags. And some more reasonably priced smaller slightly older houses too. It does seem to be a little close-ish to areas that are a lot less price wise. I doubt that would affect your daily living but you might want to research surrounding suburbs, facilities, shops/malls etc to make sure it suits your needs. I'd suggest renting somewhere in the short term and getting your bearings and checking out what appeals. You also mention Burnside, Belair and Craigburn Farm. All of those tend to be rather pricey also and vary greatly in terms of what sort of property. Belair is up in the foothills and you can drop down the hill and be into the CBD pretty easily. Same as you could from Golden Grove I'd imagine. Just the landscape would be very different. Burnside is more eastern and lovely but pricey again. Craigburn Farm is up past Belair and is mostly newer build houses. I find it rather meh around that estate personally (I'd quite possibly not like Golden Grove for similar reasons looking at whats on the market round there) but different folks and all that School wise, if you are opting for a state school, then you'd need to live in the zone if high school and possibly for some primary schools. So no point wanting to go to a school in Burnside area if living in Craigburn Farm. If you are looking at private schools then you can of course send them anywhere. I'd not want to be too far away from school though if you also have a commute to work, unless its on the way and you can drop off easily. Else you are going to be trying to get through rush hour traffic one way to then go back the other for work. Or you could use the school bus I guess but that doesn't suit everyone. I had another look at the map and Golden Grove is a few KM's more into the CBD than we have coming up from the south in the foothills. I make it about 5-7 minutes more travel time, perhaps 10-15 in rush hour??
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    Book club

    Hello and welcome. We did try a couple of years back to see if a book club could get going but a couple who had expressed an interest never jumped in and those of us that did meet up, I don't think there were enough of us to keep it going. Personally for me, while I'd love to get back into another book club, at present I have so little free time I don't know if I could fit one in. Or have time to read the books. I'm not too far from you though so could probably meet up locally.
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    Buying first home in Adelaide

    I'd suggest talking to your bank or banks or broker to discuss how much you could borrow etc first and see if you can get pre approval and how much for. Then once you have that in place, begin your property search and see what appeals. You may find a new build house and land deal preferable, or to buy a pre existing house somewhere. We opted to buy pre exisiting house rather than build our own or buy a house and land package. More so that we don't like a lot of the new build styles and prefer older buildings and also as we wanted a larger block and often new builds are narrow blocks or 2 floor builds on small blocks with tiny back yards.
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    Advice needed

    Thanks for stopping by with an update Its good to hear its fallen into place for you and you are finding your feet. Grange is a nice area and you sound like you are going well. Glad to hear you've been able to lodge for PR also. It does help in so many ways if you decide or prefer to stay longer term thats for sure. Its a good time of year to check out the Botanic Gardens if you want to experience a bit more of an autumnal/winter feel that you may be more accustomed too. Mind you, we've had a fair bit of damp weather to give us that winterly feel for sure. https://www.botanicgardens.sa.gov.au/visit/mount-lofty-botanic-garden We always like to got for a day visit up there in autumn and see all the leaves fall. They planted a lot of non natives that we would see in Europe and the UK and as someone who loves the seasons, autumn especially, I always enjoy a day kicking through the leaves and wandering the trails.
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    painting and decorating

    It will depend on why you want to go to Aus and what skills/qualifications you have and other things. So to start, do you want this to be a short term or longer term move? As in something like a working holiday visa for a year or a visa to allow you to stay longer term (eg a PR or temp residence visa of some type for say 4 years). Secondly, what is your profession. Because before you even get going, if you want a more permanent long term move to Aus, if your profession isn't on the list, then chances are, there isn't much to be done to get you further. I would suggest you have a look at the Aus Gov visa info as a starting point, read up on the visa types and see which one you could consider https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder Edited to add - I just noticed your title was Painting and decorating so am guessing you are one?
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    Moving back to the UK

    I can understand your wanting to go back. Sounds like you've had a rough time of it and if you are not happy here and would rather be in the UK and can make that happen, go for it.
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    Adelaide Suburb Maps

    Hello and welcome Interesting to see as I don't follow that sort of thing anymore having lived here for a number of years now. I didn't use anything like homely when I was researching our move and did most of my exploring and so on once here and we knew our budget and what appealed to us in the longer term. We used the first 3-4 months or so to figure out what best suited our family for the longer term and bought a house after 7 months here. I'd keep in mind things like the homely ratings, while they can be a helpful indicator to a point, much will come down to personal preference of location, budget, schools, commute to work times and much more. As much as I like some of the highly rated suburbs that show up on that map, the cost of living in them is very high and well out of the price range of affordability for lots of people. Also, your maps don't cover the more southernly and northerly suburbs as you mentioned. Its worth noting, many migrants settle well outside the areas shown on your maps. Many want to settle close to a beach and the city beach suburbs are pricey but those further out along the coast are more affordable. For parents with school aged kids, many will need to explore school options and again, many of those suburbs will have zoned primary schools (as demand for places has increased in recent times so more primaries in in demand areas are now zoned) and all will have zoned high schools. Of course, private schools are not zoned.
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    Resident Return Visa

    I don't recall the ins and outs of the RRV but if your PR partner visa has expired and you've only ever validated and not actually taken up residence in Australia within the timeframe they give you, you may well have to prove you've strong ties to Aus and explain your plans and why you've not made the move already. If they grant a RRV it may be for a year, perhaps 6 months. Its been a while since I did any reading on partner visas and the RRV granted off shore so don't know the current usual practice. If you apply now but don't plan on making the move till July 2020 it may well not be extended for long enough to allow you to make the move. I don't recall there is any validation time on it, just they extend the visa for X amount of time and its then a use or or lose it type situation. Also visa rules change often and what is valid now, may not be in 6 months time. TBH I'd run your case past a decent migration agent so you know what is what.

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