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  1. Hi guys, I have received an EOI from South Australia and am about to apply for a PR visa (190). I am a financial investment adviser and my wife is a Buying Manager with an apparel retailer. I wanted to understand the reality of the job situation for our respective fields in Adelaide. I've been reading everywhere of course that NSW has all the relevant jobs, but their skilled migrant list doesn't include our job profiles so we can't think of going there for at least a couple of years. Any information / help would be welcome.
  2. Plan ahead by moving overseas with the experts! Moving to Australia is not without its ups and downs. To make sure you stay ahead of the game, it pays to be well informed. Everyone wants to start their new life down under with as much money as possible and there are a number of things you can do to ensure you make the most of your funds. Key topics always discussed on the forum include moving your possessions and transferring your money into your new Australian bank account. Our sister site, Poms in Oz is hosting Live Chat sessions with leading experts in banking, currency exchange, international removals and tax. These sessions will take place on 22nd March 2011 from 8pm-10pm (UK Time). National Australia Bank, Moneycorp, PSS International Removals and Iron Chef Imports (other companies tbc) will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your move. To take part, use this link - Chat with Industry Experts Once the chat software has loaded, tick the 'Guest' option at the top of the chat window, then choose a username and click 'Login', you'll then be able to enter the 'Moneycorp, NAB, PSS or IronChef' chat rooms. National Australia Bank [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/chat-nab.png[/img2] Rebecca Joils will talk about the Australian Banking system providing you with some insights as to what is different between the UK and Australia. She will also talk about how straight forward it is to open an Australian Bank account before you leave home and some of the services you should consider. Moneycorp [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/chat-moneycorp.png[/img2] Whether you are moving to Australia, or living there already, John Kinghorn will bring you the latest updates on the Aussie dollar and provide insight into the key factors influencing market movements. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating and transferring your funds at the right time, via the right channel, can make a big difference to the amount of money you actually end up with. PSS International Removals [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/chat-pss.png[/img2] One of the key ingredients when you are moving overseas is the planning of your removal. Liam Witham will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the packing and shipping of your household effects, including what items you can ship to Australia, Australian Customs procedures and AQIS. Whether you are importing household effects or just a vehicle, it is never too early to start researching or to start the process. Iron Chef Imports [img2=right]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/ironchef.gif[/img2] Iron Chef Imports is a small, Australian-based business that specialises in arranging transportation of vehicles from anywhere in the world to any port in Australia. For a fixed brokerage fee, we can help arrange your vehicle's import approval paperwork, shipping, customs clearance and registration in Australia. Aside from our fee, all other costs are invoiced to you directly - no hidden markups! We're also happy to advise you if it's worth bringing your car over before you start (that part's free!).
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    Beware of bank charges

    Just to let you know that we got charged 70$ because 2 Direct Debit bounced back. Then we were charged by the service provider another 10$ each, so total loss of 90$! I just couldn't believe it, felt like crying! When you don't have money 90$ is a lot. We were charged because it bounced back but the bank didn't honour the payment and we still have to pay them a fee. Very weird I think. We spoke to Commonwealth and they said as courtesy they would refund 35$, but so far nothing! Plus a few weeks ago I don't know if you guys notice you couldn't view your statement online, all the information disapeared. We mentioned that to them that because of it we were confused about how much money was left in our account, but they said that it happened a few days before, so it was our fault. Apparently it happens quite a lot here with different banks. see details below: http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=159&ContentID=151892 http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25720851-2702,00.html
  4. Hello, We just got a Westpac Handycard and by the looks of it we can't buy nothing online with it, it's a Cirrus card. Was told that to get a Mastercard or Visa, we need to have a credit card. I don't understand this because in the UK you can have a Mastercard/Visa on a current account. I am very annoyed that we have all our savings on this card and we can't use it for most transactions! Was told that because we not permanent residents we can only get a card like this, this is very annoying, we can't wait 3 years to get a decent bank card. Can anyone help? Is it worth changing banks? If so which one would offer us a decent bank card? Note for new migrants - keep a UK credit card open, you can always cancel over the phone, we had to wait 2 weeks for a Westpac card. We ordered 2 cards and only one has showed up. It makes it very difficult to settle if we can't have access to your own money.
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