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  1. We have a few items which we bought/acquired when we moved to Adelaide which we no longer need but may do a turn for new arrivals FRIDGE/FREEZER - Westinghouse fridge/freezer. A bit old but works fine and has all shelves etc & would be a good stop gap for someone waiting for furniture to arrive or saving to buy. $50, pickup only WASHING MACHINE - Westinghouse top loader. Works fine & has done us for 2.5years with no problems. $50 pickup, delivery negotiable XBOX 360 - 4GB Xbox 360, Kinect, 1 wireless controller, 1 wired controller & all cables. Games - Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports, Fifa 14, Forza Motorsport, Halo 3. All cables required included. Everything works great - was bought to alleviate boredom when we first arrived without jobs but no time to play now thanks to 1yo baby! $120 HOOVER - Hoover cylinder vacuum cleaner. 2 years old. Works fine If you are interested in any of the above drop me an email to shawn_sheep@hotmail.com or a text to 0451 791 657.
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    Statistics - time it takes to find a job

    At a South Australian govt welcome meeting in March we were told the average time is 6-9months to find a job. Speaking to a few people it appears to be pretty accurate, for a permanent/long term job anyway
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    $12 a pint!!!!!!

    I find Transferwise is easy, and competitive, for small-medium sums. The app is easy really to use too - I transferred £1000 in the pub t'other night as I saw the exchange rate was up slightly and it takes 5 mins tops. Yes you pay a fee but it's only £5 per £1,000 and you get almost exactly the mid market rate. You can also set a limit if the rate drops before the exchange goes thru & if you sign up thru Topcashback you get £10 cashback! Its from the same guys who set up Skype & is quite interesting how it works - effectively matches up a person sending £1000 from UK to Aus with a person sending say $2,000 the other way so it cuts out the middle bank which is where the high fees are. Richard Branson has invested in them so if it's good enough for him it's good enough for me! You also get £50 for every 3 people you refer so if anyone wants to sign up please let me know & i will send them a referral link! :-)
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    $12 a pint!!!!!!

    No worries. I use it regularly as I am doing some work for a UK company so its easy & cheap to transfer my wages across!
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    $12 a pint!!!!!!

    Use Transferwise. They take a minimal fee (0.5%) and if you transfer by debit card then it is generally in your Uk account within 24-48hrs. If you PM me your email address I will send you an invite to get your first transfer fee free. Ross
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    Wildlife out and about

    Are there any 'hotspots' for seeing koalas in the wild? My wife is desperate to see one. We've seen just about everything else in Australia in the wild but never a koala!
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    Entertainment book, Adelaide 2015/16

    Only problem for new arrivals is that you have to buy it through a community organisation such as school, SLC etc. Perhaps people could 'promote' where to get one which would assist new arrivals without connections and also help whatever club etc the person recommends?
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    What's On? Gigs and events Adelaide.

    Unfortunately that's one of the downsides to living in Australia - touring music acts from Europe/US have to charge a premium to make the shows profitable. Most bands will be lucky if they get 4 or 5 shows to cover all the costs of shipping their gear etc. In Europe some bands will have ten times that! It could be worse - NZ hardly gets any bands at all!
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    What's On? Gigs and events Adelaide.

    2 standing tickets for Robbie Williams were "only" $320? Theres a Visa presale at the moment - password to access is VISA and all you have to do is pay with a Visa card
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    Bank Accounts in Adelaide

    Maybe Westpac & ANZ only do fee free if you open in the UK?
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    Booking rental in advance?

    Hi We are in temporary accommodation just now but are starting to look at units/houses to rent when we move out in mid May. Is it possible to 'book' a rental just now and request to take it from a few weeks further down the line? We could pay the bond etc just now. We haven't rented in the Uk before so not 100% sure how the system works!
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    Booking rental in advance?

    Thanks, that's what I suspected. Do you know how long does it generally take from having to a viewing to moving in? We rented in Adelaide CBD once years ago and from memory it was only a couple of weeks?
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    Bank Accounts in Adelaide

    ANZ & Westpac both do fee free for first 12 months. We have accounts with both as someone pointed out its worth having 2 accounts until you work out where you are going to live & what bank/ATM is closest (banks charge you $3 every time you take money out or even check your balance at a rival banks ATM) Beware tho, we just found out once you land here they charge 49% tax on any interest you make until you give the bank your Tax File Number. You can claim it back but one to watch out for!
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    Renting with Cat

    We have a short haired cat and when I've been looking at rental ads I would say 50% of the ads we've seen say 'No Pets'. So we were wondering when a rental notice says 'No Pets' does this generally mean it is written in stone or is there some room for maneouvre? i.e. they may accept 1 short haired cat but not 3 huge dogs. I know certainly in the UK with a lot of things like this they aren't allowed to discriminate against one 'group' of people so they cant just say No Dogs. Some of the ads give reasons such as Strata regs (?!?) and we have presumed that the one which have NO PETS definitely mean no! Any experience anyone has would be much valued
  15. We move to Adelaide next month & my wife is looking to get working in the Childcare sector asap (skills currently being assessed). Does anyone know if she needs to apply for an Australian police check as soon as she arrives? Can it be done beforehand?
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    Travel Insurance

    We emigrate to Adelaide next month, spending 10 days in Asia en route. I'm currently trying to work out what travel insurance to buy. I'm told (& a few policies have indicated such) you cannot buy a standard travel insurance policy as one of the stipulations is that you have a return ticket. I have checked a couple of sites but the prices seem a bit high? Second question is that they offer an extension to the policy for when we arrive - is this required? We are on a 189 visa so healthcare isnt a massive issue (2 young healthy adults-touchwood) but we will be renting a friends house so may need cover for our contents, money etc. For reference the travel part of the policy is £90 & the extension is £128. Looking for some advice or tips as insurance is one of those things that I never want to pay more than the bare minimum but dont want to have no/wrong cover either!
  17. Hi Tanyaw Do you have more details of your property? When does your lease run out?
  18. Hey we are moving to Adelaide in Feb & looking to rent for first year, maybe 2. We're browsing rental properties just now & in conjunction with trying to suss out what to ship across & what we'll have to fork out for when we arrive, we're wondering what is generally included in 'unfinished' houses? I.e. fridge? White goods? Etc We have only ever owned our home her & our previous rental in Adelaide in 2008 was a fully furnished apartment in the city. What have people generally to be 'standard'? Can be quite hard to tell from photos Thanks
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    Singapore cheapies

    Do Singapore Airlines do cheap fares to Singapore itself? Every time I check its about £900 for a return from Adelaide to Singapore alone!?!
  20. I am in roughly the same boat although I will be moving over in Feb 15 & am more Renewables / Mechanical based. I worked in 2008 as part of a WHV and found you could take CVs (resumes!) to companies but I didnt get anywhere through that route. Registered with a couple of agencies (Hays etc) and eventually found a job after a few months that way. Can you send me a copy of the list too LouiseEP? Every little helps!
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    The Pound vs Australian dollar

    I'll be voting No for all of you! We are taking a double hit just now as we are trying to sell our house & will then (hopefully) have £25-30k to transfer! The housing market in Scotland is slowing right down & the exchange rate dropping! My biggest nightmare is if theres a Yes vote - 18 months of negotiations with the EU & WM. Where will the £ be during/after that?!?
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    train to aldinga?

    Aldinga doesnt hav a train line or station! There are plans but not for a good few years! Closest you'll get is Seaford?
  23. laLara, How quickly did your husband pick up work in Adelaide? I am in a similar line of work and it took me a while to get something when i did my WHV in 2008. We are moving back in Feb 2015 so any tips or contacts would be appreciated!
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    What have you done today to get yourself to Aus?

    We submitted our 189 visa yesterday. Been a long 5 years since our WHV in Adelaide 2007/8. Hopefully wont take too long!

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