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    Guest guest8040

    Hi there!

     

    Well first off I'm glad to find a forum for brits in Adelaide that has some activity, you can almost hear the tumbleweed rolling through some of them.

     

    Me and my family of three appointed an agent in January and 6 weeks ago submitted my skills assessment and are very excited and utterly terrified in equal measure!

     

    I've got loads of questions some very practical, some downright silly so I'm open to good advice and utter ridicule. No doubt my questions at this stage are basic/general and will get more detailed/panic stricken as time goes on.

     

    Off the top of my head so far, I need good advice on;

     

    - how healthcare works in Australia

    - the education system, when do kids start school in South Australia, do most children attend state school and the availability of pre and after school care as we will be relying on it

    - mortgages and the price of housing, we're not aspiring to an enormous property but would like a reasonable amount of outside space. Is there any basics relating to mortgages e.g. % deposit, lending limits in relation to salary

    - and a stupid one, the snakes what about the snakes? Do you see many of them and are any other poisonous nasties commonplace? They are so far the only negative in us planning to shift over!

     

    Thanks so much

     

    Mel

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    Guest Becster19

    Unfortunately I can't be much help with the serious questions. I lived in Adelaide a few years ago but I was on a working holiday and mortgages and children weren't really on my radar, but I can say that I didn't see any snakes at all and they didn't seem to really be a problem in Adelaide. I would think you should be fine. :-)

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    Guest libbysmum

    Hello and welcome to the forum!! A rollercoaster - It certainly has been a little bit of a rollercoaster for us!

     

    For Healthcare have a look here:

     

    http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/household/112952-medicare-can-anyone-provide-overview.html

     

    I asked over on PIO as I was so confused about the issue but If you have a good read of the above thread then I'm sure you'll get a feel for it.

     

    As for the education system, from what I can gather (and don't quote me on this as I'm still researching!), children don't legally have to start school until the age of six, although schools seem to provide schooling in the form of a reception year to 5 year olds. I have seen many schools with kindergartens too, although as yet am unsure if these are provided free or if you have to pay for it. So far thats it on my schools research LOL:goofy:

     

    Mortgages: No idea yet, thanks for reminding me!

    Snakes: Never been to SA before so can't comment, not looking forward to my first encounter:biglaugh:

     

    Hope this all helps

    Sarah

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    Guest helene73

    Hi i just wanted to say welcome :)

    ask away your questions will not be silly we all all have them and someone will come up with the answer for you!!!

    Your certainly right that it going to be a rollercoaster!!!! i never expected this process to be soooooooo stressful!!! one minute your up and everything is going great and the next minute your down and it seems like all is lost!!!! but keep positive no matter what happens we will all get there in the end! this site certainly shows you that.

    I hope all goes well for you and i look forward to reading your posts :)

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    Welcome to the forum..no tumbleweed in here....lol

     

    snakes yes they are here, we have seen some dead ones around and i have seen one live one thats in 3 years.....we were walking through the scrub at the time.

     

    Spiders yes they are here too...Red Backs = nasties, white tip = nasties....we give these guys the full size 8 treatment dnt bother with sprays..we catch release then death.....Huntsmen = not nasties some people kill these guys we just leave them well alone and let them have a free roam around the house....they keep control of other bugs and stuff....

     

    Sharks = very nasty...you have shark patrolling planes and choppers through the summer and if they see anything they set off the alarms...we have been on the sea when the alarm actually goes off.....but what is fummy is its NOT like the scene outta JAWS everyone just very casually walks outta the water....

     

    All in all its not as bad as you would first think...we thought the worst and its not too bad....The roos certainly make up for any bad stuff we have them roaming around our estate down here in Aldinga Beach.....

     

    It may not be utopia..but in my eyes its not far off....

     

    HG

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    Guest guest8040

    Brilliant replies everyone thanks for the warm welcome! Love how the wildlife questions have had more interest than the important stuff haha. I'd be so obviously British if the shark alarm went off and I was in the sea!

    I feel really unprepared for this in lots of ways even though I have many months to research everything - that's the control freak in me rearing it's ugly head. I work in the voluntary sector here and am coming out as an operational analyst no chance anyone works for charities or in community based work in Adelaide? Have made good links with some orgs out there already but would be great to chat to an ex pat in a similar line of work. My specialism is volunteer management. Just out of curiosity what have people told friends etc? Were keeping it totally quiet apart from letting our family know and I've had to tell my employer to get a reference. We also haven't told our kids as they are just 6 and 4 and we reckoned it might be confusing and the 6 year old wouldn't be able to keep his trap shut! Not sure this is the right choice but we didn't want people asking us loads of questions or for us not to get in and look like reet numpties. I'd be totally gutted if we didn't make it though as it looks utopian to us! Couple of other things flitting through my mind as I type - what do the visa police and health checks entail? Do Aussies like us Brits generally? I know the reception some polish people have had here. Lastly thanks for the tapatalk recommend Helene loving it!

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    Guest helene73

    Tapatalk rocks lol

    I have told people and clients as I have had to get statements from them they have been supportive,

    My mum said who's gonna look after me!!! And mum in law she is on a need to know I am thinking post card when we get there ;)

    But because I have had to ask for things from people I have now found it's all they ever talk to you about YAWN

     

     

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    That's interesting I thought people would plague us for updates so I think we'll keep it quiet for as long as possible! And we have the same take on mother in laws haha!

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    Hi and welcome-everyone on here is great they tell you exactly how it is it does not matter what you require to know-there is always somebody who can assist or help you-

    Good luck keeping it to yourselves its the best way until you know for sure as it can certainly take a whilw from start to finish and remember if its meant to be its meant to be, and keep being positive

     

    Andrew

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    Guest helene73
    That's interesting I thought people would plague us for updates so I think we'll keep it quiet for as long as possible! And we have the same take on mother in laws haha!

     

    Great another mil hater we should start a new thread lol :)

     

     

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    Guest Adelaide_bound

    With regards to housing, we have been looking at

    http://www.realestate.com.au

    a lot to get an idea on prices etc, they have lots of info on there imho, including 'reviews' on different areas, which has been interesting if nothing else. The reviews bit is here

    http://localvoices.realestate.com.au/south_australia/hallett_cove/review

    (that's obviously for Hallett cove, but you can look at any area you are interested in, just search for it :) )

     

    I believe once you have 3 months paychecks and an ok deposit you should be ok for a morgage - 20% deposit is reckoned to be good from what I have been reading (if you have less, perhaps it was 10% or less, you need to take out low deposit insurance which obviously adds to your costs). I have also read on various places that 3 times salary is a good ready reckoner, however using the calculators on the various real estate agents websites it seems a lot more - not sure I really believe that though, we are still working on about 3 times. Must add, this is purely from research and not personal experience - we are still a long way off getting there unfortunately.

     

    Again, from research, (and imho) the healthcare system sounds really really good. I'm sure the other thread tells you all about it, but will add you need ambulance cover (as I don't think this can be said enough from what others have said lol).

     

    Good luck with it all and enjoy :)

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    Guest Becster19
    Great another mil hater we should start a new thread lol :)

     

     

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    Ha, Im in exactly the same boat. My parents are fully aware of the plan but the MIL has no clue. Last time we moved overseas I was held to be completely responsible as obviously my OH was not part of the decision at all, I just dragged him kicking and screaming to the other side of the world :biglaugh: She will be told a couple of days before as remembering last time, we had tears and guilt trips for 9 months, and now we have a daughter... well you can only imagine!

     

    Nice to see Im not the only one in this boat!

     

    Friends wise, Im bringing it up slowly but kept it quiet for quite a while. Had to share as Im about to be made redundant and friends couldn't understand why I wasn't applying for new teaching jobs to start in September. Luckily as we have been away before they know that our friendships will stay solid as long as we make the effort.

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    Guest helene73
    Ha, Im in exactly the same boat. My parents are fully aware of the plan but the MIL has no clue. Last time we moved overseas I was held to be completely responsible as obviously my OH was not part of the decision at all, I just dragged him kicking and screaming to the other side of the world :biglaugh: She will be told a couple of days before as remembering last time, we had tears and guilt trips for 9 months, and now we have a daughter... well you can only imagine!

     

    Nice to see Im not the only one in this boat!

     

    Friends wise, Im bringing it up slowly but kept it quiet for quite a while. Had to share as Im about to be made redundant and friends couldn't understand why I wasn't applying for new teaching jobs to start in September. Luckily as we have been away before they know that our friendships will stay solid as long as we make the effort.

     

    Hehehe yours sounds as bad as mine, I have also foreseen her non life threatening illness suddenly becoming deadly leaving her months to live!!! Hubby has been prepped for this, I always have to be one step ahead of the old goat ;)

     

     

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    Guest Becster19
    Hehehe yours sounds as bad as mine, I have also foreseen her non life threatening illness suddenly becoming deadly leaving her months to live!!! Hubby has been prepped for this, I always have to be one step ahead of the old goat ;)

     

     

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    :biglaugh: You make me laugh. We'll have to keep in touch re the MIL guilt tactics that are brought out of the bag!!

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    :biglaugh: You make me laugh. We'll have to keep in touch re the MIL guilt tactics that are brought out of the bag!!

     

    Defiantly keep in touch it's good to share our journeys and MIL tactics lol x

     

     

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    One evening my MIL happened to mention, that although she has a brother in Australia she would never go there.....and so 'The dream began'... I made sure my next business trip was down under and the rest is history....8>)

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    Guest helene73
    One evening my MIL happened to mention, that although she has a brother in Australia she would never go there.....and so 'The dream began'... I made sure my next business trip was down under and the rest is history....8>)

     

    Lmao love it, that's kinda my plan

    A she would never get on the plane!!

    B I don't talk to her so I can be doubly sure of A

    Just to be sure I may fly in to a different state send the oh dear we have emigrated post card from what ever state then she will think we live there instead SA, sounds like a plan to me hehehe (evil giggle!!!)

     

     

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    That's where you and me differ, the first thing I will do is ring MIL at home and make sure she is still in England. To make it really worthwhile I will off course 'accidentally' forget the time difference !!!

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    Guest guest8040

    Eee you naughty mil haters how terrible.......mwahahaha! Love it

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    Guest Becster19

    You guys are giving me some fabulous ideas. :D I'll save them all up for payback when I get the annual "you've taken my son away and torn apart my family" speech.

     

    We def need a group to stack up our evil plans!!

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    Guest helene73
    You guys are giving me some fabulous ideas. :D I'll save them all up for payback when I get the annual "you've taken my son away and torn apart my family" speech.

     

    We def need a group to stack up our evil plans!!

     

    Go on set a new thread going "101 to deal with the mother In law" lmao could be a giggle!!!! X

     

     

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    Guest helene73
    You guys are giving me some fabulous ideas. :D I'll save them all up for payback when I get the annual "you've taken my son away and torn apart my family" speech.

     

    We def need a group to stack up our evil plans!!

     

    Well done on the new thread CLASS x

     

     

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    well aside from the mil convo, I'll answer your other questions :D

     

    how healthcare works in Australia : Medicare is the government equiv to your NHS. Hospital care in public hospitals is free, however initial referals to some specialists will incur a fee . Some of this you can claim back from Medicare

    Some GPs bulkbill the gov, so you do not pay to see them. Others charge you up front and you claim a portion of this back from medicare.If you take out private health cover then you can chooseyour doctor and private hospital care.

     

    the education system,

    when do kids start school in South Australia : At the moment kids start school the term after they turn five. There are 4 terms and the school yr runs Jan - Dec. If your child is 5 in Apr - Oct they will stay in Rec the following yr, even though they have started school. HOWEVER from 2014 there will be single entry in January for all those children who are 5 by April 30th. All other children will have to wait til the following yr to start.

    Prior to starting school, most kids do a year at kindergarten (kindy) either at a stand alone government one or at a childcare centre. Public kindys are funded for four sessions a week for 4 yr olds. These are about 2 1/2 hours long, but some allow the children to bunch their 4 sessions into 2 full days instead of 4 half days. The term before kids start kindy they go one session a week called Pre entry.

     

    do most children attend state school and the availability of pre and after school care as we will be relying on it

     

    About 70 % of children attend public school and most primaries have before and after school care onsite.

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    Guest guest8040

    Thanks for taking the time to provide such a detailed response it's brilliant and much appreciated especially as I have a 3 (nearly 4) year old. When u say 70% attend public school do u mean state school or public school as it is the UK which is actually private school?! Also just out of interest do most people just go with Medicare or do they go private? Thanks again Mel x

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