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  1. jaws77

    Fruit Picking Jobs

    I've heard that harvest work is easy to get into but all the ads I've seen all want previous experience. Not sure how you're expected to get experience if you can't get through the door!
  2. I've been here 6 months and haven't been able to get any work.
  3. jaws77

    IT Jobs in Adelaide

    In the same boat here. My background is in Infrastructure support but been here 4 months now and only been able to get 3 interviews, all of which have said no! I spend most days searching jobs sites and have registered with some agencies. I notice a few Colin mentioned I haven't tried so I'll give them a go.
  4. jaws77

    Casual work

    Hey Rob, Thanks for the heads up. I've been here since august and not been able to get a job so I'll give this a try. Cheers, Jason.
  5. We got 40kgs per person listed on the unvalidated visa grant. So 160kgs in all. We managed to get upto 134kgs so made the most of it! Unlimited number of bags/suitcases too.
  6. I'd highly recommend Singapore airlines. We had no issues at all with the extra baggage allowance, just showed the email and visa at the check-in desk. Also the flight was great, plenty to eat and drink and the food was very nice. Been here 2 days now and we love it!
  7. I took this list and just removed the stuff that didn't apply to me, some of the time scales didn't fit for me correctly but it gives you a starting point: (No it is not completely ripped off from British Expats...) Before you move: 12 months to go Make sure you have at least 2 years left on your passports. Dig out all your personal paperwork, including birth, adoption and marriage certificates, employment refeences, driving licences and qualifications. Apply for your visas Update your CV to make it suitable for the Oz/Kiwi market place. Start job hunting. Put your house on the market. Get your finances in order, consolidate bank accounts and reduce debts. Consider talking to your employer about your migration plans. Talk to your childrens schools about your plans and ask them to prepare hand-over files. Discuss your plans with extended family and friends. 6 months to go Get quotes from removals companies and flights and get them booked. If you are shipping pets, make sure they are fully innoculated and fir to travel. Your vet can advise you. Get quotes and book pet shipment. Sell any unwanted items of furniture and clear out cupboards. Clean and paint any garden tools and furniture you plan to take. Items with soil on will be denied entry at customs. Give formal notice to your employer and ensure you get your P45. Ask your doctor, dentist,optician for your hand-over files. Open an Oz/Kiwi bank account. Set up a trading account with a currency broker. Request credit references from your bank,building society or any other lending agent. Identify temporary accommodation in case your house sells sooner than expected and you have to move out 2 months to go Track down temporary accommodation in Oz/NZ. Book accommodation for each destination on route. Register children in new schools. Book accommodation in OZ/NZ for pets. Start having Goodbye parties now as time runs away at the end. Organise all birthday cards and presents for the next 3 months. Request up to date statements on any endowments, pensions and investments. Depending on your tenancy agreement, give notice to your landlord if renting your property. 1 month to go Give your change of address to your bank, passport office, DVLA, pension company, inland revenue, insurance brokers and accountants. Bring council tax and utilities up to date and cancel accounts for TV, internet, phone and insurance. Go to a car book sale to sell any items you don't want to take with you, or donate them to a charity shop. Arrange all your post to be redirected to a friend or relative. Transfer funds to Oz/NZ. Start packing non essential items. Collect all hand-over files from doctor, dentist, optician, schools etc. Arrange some private health cover for Oz/NZ if required. Pay off any outstanding debts. Close any surplus bank accounts and destroy unwanted cards. Shred any personal records you are not taking and dispose of. Confirm the removalists are booked. Ensure all your relevant paperwork is in a handy travel file. Cancel any redundant direct debits or standing orders. Ask for a copy of your No Claims Bonus from your insurance company. 1 week to go Cancel any newspapers, milk or satellite TV subscriptions. Sell your car, bike, van or any other transport you wont be needing. Cancel car insurance. Buy some currency for each destination on route to Oz/NZ. Throw more Goodbye parties! Ensure that yur gods are either about to leave the UK or are on their way Down Under. Organise any presents and cards your children may want to send to their friends prior to leaving. 1 day to go Make sure transport to the airport is organised and will arrive in plenty of time for the flight. Establish who will be coming to the airport to say goodbye. Pack activity sets and small gifts to amuse young children on the flight. Get a good night's sleep When you get there On arrival Pick up a copy of "On Arrival" magazine at the airport; it contains lots of ideas, information and helpful websites. Collect your hire car and check into your accommodation. Contact people back home to let them know you have arrival safely. Try not to sleep through the day. Set up a Pay-as-you-Go mobile phone to start your off - you can buy a cheap SIM card and use it in your UK phone. Find your nearest internet cafe for property and area research. Take a few days to get over the journey and explore the area. 1 week later Get a tax file number (TFN) for Oz or an IRD number for New Zealand. Contact your new employer to confirm you have arrived. Explore the area or suburb you think you would like to live in and ask the locals as many questions as possible. Meet with rental agents and start reviewing some accommodation property options. Find a solicitor to help with rental or purchase contracts. Consider buying a car sooner rather than later. Used cars are cheap if you don't yet qualify for credit. Get car insurance. Register at a local school and arrange to meet your children's new teachers. Get a landline installed and set up internet access. Invite your neighbours around for drinks and focus on making new friends for you and your children. 1 month later Review your financial position and transfer more funds if required. Set up standing orders for utilities. Register for your local doctor and dentist, and for Medicare (Oz). Meet with mortgage brokers to understand your borrowing capacity. Visit your children's schools to ensure that they have settled in ok. Identify a reliable plumber, electrician and mechanic in your area. Consider re-writing your will. Discuss your first month with your employer and resolve any problems that may have cropped up. Start to attend social functions or join a sports club. Establish a routine and settle into your new life!
  8. Good luck with it all Laura! As hard as this process is, the end goal is soooo worth the effort. We can't wait to start our new adventure either, flying out in 11 days...
  9. We took the same gamble and shipped all of our winter stuff too. How cold can it be!! Almost went down the coach route as well but our friends have insisted on taking us so who am I to argue!
  10. Today I've finally bitten the bullet and made our money transfer. Although I've used Moneycorp which should be a trusted and secure transaction I still can't help being very nervous. I'm sure it'll be fine (I keep telling myself!) but it's going to be a long few days...
  11. We were packed in about an hour and a half ish. The driver said I was his only job today and he though we'd be done in 2 hours anyway. We had 4 hours but he came back in 3 hours just to see how things were going.
  12. Move cube arrived this morning, almost forgot to get an empty picture before we started! We went for a medium cube and I was surprised how big it actually was. After packing everything we had planned to take we were hunting around for things to put in it just to fill it up! One thing that we weren't provided before hand was all the customs paperwork which we (wrongly) assumed the driver would be bringing with him so it would be worth chasing your agent before your delivery date to make sure you have this. That way you won't be rushing off to the library to print it out, all 25 pages of it! 2 things you'll need with the paperwork is a copy of your passport bio page and a copy of your visa grant. (So back to the library again to photocopy the passport!!!) So that's another step closer to arriving in adelaide, back on with getting things sorted to move out of the house tomorrow, only 3 weeks left now!
  13. Another dump run completed. Just about finished our trial move cube pack which is marked out in the dining room, just the kitchen bit to pack up now.. Surprising how small it looks when you actually have to squeeze things in. Move cube comes on friday, we move out on saturday and house completes on monday so a busy weekend ahead. One thing was a bit of an anti climax, the move cube guy came last friday to do the site check and deliver the 'Starter pack' which turns out to be exactly what they say you get yet somehow looks less than you expect! An oversized box containing a marker pen, knife, tape measure, parcel tape and tape gun. Why was I expecting something dramatic??
  14. jaws77

    What food/drink do you miss from home?

    I don't they do anymore. Well I can't recall seeing it on the shelves around here in recent years.
  15. jaws77

    How much money to take ?

    I'm going with the 'Take as much as I can' amount so it will hopefully see us through until I find a job. Mostly relying on the funds from the sale of our house though.
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