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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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    Hairdresser

    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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    EOI

    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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    Advice on schools please - Adelaide Hills

    If your eldest is 10 then it could be they won't start HS till 2021? I only ask as my son is 10 and in Y5 here currently and so has another 2 years of primary and is the very youngest in his year group because of how the year cut off works here. It doesn't run with the school year as it does in the UK. Some kids are a year or more older than him in his year group (as much as 16 months older with a few kids in his year as it turns out, although that is not the norm). Y8 is the official start of HS here but quite often lots of kids go to a state primary and then parents move them across to the private system in Y7. Most private schools these days have a Y7 intake to adjust to the private HS setting and also to be in line with other states. Its worth noting South Australia is going to transition Y7 into high school from 2022 anyways. So schools will only go up to Y6 from then on https://www.education.sa.gov.au/sites-and-facilities/year-7-high-school Ours is in a state school at present and very happy but understands we may opt for private for HS. Quite a few of his friends we know won't be attending Y7 at the primary school as the parents take them out to move them into the private system then. Keep in mind that often the schools, although they are R-12 don't have the primary and HS within the same campus. Usually close by, within a 5 minute drive or so. If you are going to be living in Belair/Blackwood/EdenHills area then I'd think if St John's suits it makes more sense than having to leave earlier in rush hour to get down the hill to a school and be stuck in potential traffic queues for ages each day. At least being local its easier to get around for school drop offs or pick ups if the kids are not walking, taking the train or a school bus. I've sent you a PM to explain our school situation a little bit better and perhaps give you a different aspect to consider
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    Advice on schools please - Adelaide Hills

    If you are wanting to go private and in the Belair area then perhaps look at St Johns Grammar. Its got a primary and HS. https://www.stjohns.sa.edu.au/ You've also got Scotch in Mitcham down the hill a ways. We know people with kids at both. We are also considering them for HS for our child in a couple of years. And a couple of other private schools also. Plus the local state high school which we both really liked. Having taken tours of various schools now, I am keeping an open mind. TBH as to if its similar to your current UK private school only you will know once you take a tour. As to if you need to enrol, I'd not worry as until you are here and have visited it and some others schools to compare. What might suit one child, may not suit another. Or you may prefer a school with a different outlook/approach. You can use this website to research more info on all schools https://myschool.edu.au
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    Confused about partner visa application

    Do you qualify for the partner visa? Just you say your partner lives in Australia and you are from the Philippines. And then you say about Vietnam. Whereabouts are you actually living? If you are not currently de facto (long distance dating for example doesn't cut it for partner visa), I don't know if the partner visa is what you should be looking at.
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    Advice needed

    Sounds like it is falling into place ? Good luck with it all. If working in North Adelaide you've plenty of options rental wise to start you off and then can take a bit of time exploring to find something that suits better in the longer term and is in your price range. I work in North Adelaide and travel in from the foothills. In rush hour it can be 45 mins in the car but outside of that I can often do the drive in about 35 mins from home or back home. I could also take the train and then walk or take the bus over to North Adelaide but honestly, in the warmer months the heat is off putting. Plus I sometimes drop my husband at his work in Kent Town so its handy to drive. Mostly he cycles to work though. Keep in mind your budget when renting a longer term rental as this can impact later on when it comes to buying if you cannot afford to buy in the area or surrounding areas. It could mean a move further out somewhere and changing schools/childcare etc. We started in Glenelg and spent 7 months there but knew early on it wasn't for us in the long term. So we looked further afield but within a max 45 min car commute in rush hour into the CBD and less at other times. Found our perfect spot and have not once regretted it. Lovely area, lots of nature, good schools, facilities and an easy trip to get to the city, beaches and hills from our doorstep. Plus good access to train and bus if we need it. And we didn't blow our budget either ? Our son settled into his new school easily (and it was a much better school than the one he had left when we moved from Glenelg) and we were really happy from the off also.
  20. I'd probably be seeking professional advice. I'd hope there is a way for your parents to get their visa info but if your brother is not complying they may need to go via official channels.
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    Advice needed

    Hello and welcome. I honestly cannot offer any insight into the visa aspect as I really am not familiar with it or the route you are considering. Has the advice you've been given come from a decent migration agent? Or elsewhere? Personally though I'd say it was a fair risk (and a cost unless a chunk of it is met by the sponsor) to make a move the other side of the world on a temp visa that may not end up turning into PR. However, if your kids are younger (I'd say under 7, at least not over 10 or so for GCSE options at HS a bit later on) and your OH is committed to giving it a go with you, then why not have an adventure. If its a 2 or 4 year stint you then have in Australia and the experience of living in another country, what it has to offer and then returning to the UK once the time is done, its not a bad thing IMHO. Having lived overseas in various places around the world I think its a great thing to go do although with 2 kids and a partner in tow it does of course alter the risk factor somewhat. Often a temp visa can be a good way to test the waters and if you or your partner are not so keen it at least gives you a definite return option at the end of it if its something that doesn't suit you or end up being something you want to make permanent. However, it can also be the escape route to talk yourself out of it if you are even a little bit uncertain or hit a rough spot for a while. Mind you, even with PR some people return to the UK (or wherever it is they came from) within a year or two, sometimes less, sometimes a little longer. If you have both spent time in Aus (and Adelaide) before now and liked it and want to give it a go and if your kids are young enough its not going to uproot them from GCSE or their study path beyond that, I'm all for the adventure and at least having a couple of years on a temp visa. If you like it here and can turn it into PR after that, big bonus obviously. But don't set your heart on PR happening just in case it doesn't for whatever reason. Accept going in its a temp visa and make the most of that and if you can get PR from it, fab, if not, be prepared for a return in a few years. PS - If you own your own home in the UK, what do you plan to do with it? If on a temp visa, I'd be very wary of selling up. If you did gain PR and wanted to sell to enable you to settle in Aus longer term, then you could do so then.
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    Where to live?

    If you like Hallet Cove and prefer to rent or buy there and can do so, go for it. I’m not a fan of the suburb but plenty do like it and live there happily. As for surrounding suburbs, depends what you want from them. You’ve got Trott Park, Sheidow Park and I guess could look at Reynella and Lonsdale if you really wanted. All probably a bit cheaper than Hallett Cove but am a bit out of the loop market wise of late so not sure. None of them floated my boat, we did look at numerous houses in some of those suburbs when looking to buy and honestly, those suburbs were not for us (lack of appeal in the area, main road/expressway running so close, lack of a nature feel, school options and commute made them no go’s for us).
  23. Unless a state primary school is zoned, you can enrol your child at your nearest primary school without issue. And can even go a little further afield should you prefer one slightly further away though the school may suggest you consider the one closer to you but that doesn’t mean you *have* to send them there. We preferred one a bit further away so did this the first 7 months till we bought well out of the area and then moved schools to keep close to where we bought our house. It also happened to be a zoned primary school and we were within the zone for it after we moved. No brainer for us as we didn’t want to stay long term in Glenelg or keep our son at the school we had decided on for the interim (till we bought elsewhere). It was a nice school but not a great one. So suited our purposes for the short term but not longer term plans. Our current school I rate far more and haven’t looked back since we moved there. Son is happy and doing really well. Moving schools didn’t harm him at all and he settled within a few weeks. Not many primary schools are zoned. If they are, for most of them you do need to be residing within the zone to apply for a place but if out of the zone you can apply to the school direct and see if they offer you a place. I’d suggest taking your time researching areas and what you want from them and the sort of school you are wanting/hoping for. There can be a big difference between areas and schools.
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    Return to UK with Expired Passports

    Also, do you have the fathers permission to take the kids out of Australia permanently? I’d ensure you have it all done legally and not leave it to he said, she said at immigration or at a later date when back in the UK.
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    Return to UK with Expired Passports

    I’d expect you can use the Aus passports to enter the UK and get a 6 month visa stamp in and the expired UK ones at the UK immigration as back up. You have birth certs you can carry with you to prove their UK citizenship once back. Double check and ask over on our sister site Poms In Oz. I do recall reading about people not having valid UK passports and using Aus ones to enter the UK and then carrying expired UK ones also.
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