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Old 09-27-2012, 12:50 PM
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Hi Hockeyman,

Thank you very much for your reply.
It was certainly informative.
Unfortunately, my occupation is only available in Canberra and I am determined to move.
1. My daughter is still a baby, so she wouldnt find it too difficult if we change places in say 2 or 3 years time.
2. Want to do this while we are still young.
3. I am planning to bring my parents along, so want to do this while they are still able to manage the change.

Therefore, i think i will have to go for the option of staying for 2 years in ACT and then if not happy with the job or circumstances, then think about re-locating to another state.
i know its going to be expensive, but if i or my husband can get a stable job, i think we should be able to manage.

From what i have read so far, i understand that from a monetary perspective, it will be expensive and for the initial settling period, its going to be a hand to mouth existence. Is that your understanding too?

Once again, thanks a bunch!

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Hello Tht,

Sorry if I had caused you any discomfort on your move to Canberra. I don't mean to cause any negative impact to anyone but purely making an opinion based on my own situation. You see, I currently live in Singapore and have a great job and a great place I own. Been here long enough to know that living in Singapore is not going to be an issue for me. However, like everyone else in this forum, I want to give my family and I another option. An option we can explore if this is what we want.

To be honest, each city has its pros and cons. Hence, depending on what you want, it may or may not suit you.

In my opinion, Canberra is a fairly simple city to live in. Everywhere is "close by". Even the furtherst surburbs take you approx 20-30mins to get to the city. The city itself is very small and traffic jam is almost unheard of, even during peak hours. If you live near the city, the surburbs are really close by to each other. Literally only 5 mins from one surburb to another. It's a quiet and peaceful city to raise your kids and it has lots of gardens/parks to visit.

It can get boring in the first few months if you do not have relatives or ready friends there. At least that's how I felt when I went for a visit. To be fair, this is the case in every new cities if you don't have the support groups. So the trick is to join a sports group, religion group, hobby group etc and start making friends. Life will be better thereafter. Otherwise, be prepared to stare at each other when the sun sets as the city goes to bed after hours.

Life in Canberra is different from cities like Sydney and/or Melbourne. In those cities, life is definitely more vibrant but it can get very crowded. Traffic is bad and surburbs are far away from the city unless you can afford a 1m house which is nearer to the city. A 1m house will probably be abt 10km outside the city whilst a 600k house is 30km away from the city in Melbourne. That's a gauge for you in terms of distances.

Job wise, Canberra from what I know host a lot of government ministries. A lot of jobs will require you to be a citizen to be eligible to apply. Most will run checks before approaching you for interviews. However, there are still sizeable number of private firms based in Canberra. Although, the number of jobs are not as many as Sydney or Melbourne, you do not have to fight with that many other applicants unlike in those cities.

Depending on how you look at it, some applied through ACT because they really want to settle in Canberra. Some, simply use it to gain entry into Australia (meaning stay for the initial 2 years and leave for another city thereafter). Whatever side you are on, try to do in depth planning and make the most of it. Migration is a big deal and can give a family stress. If not managed properly, it can break a few hearts along the way. It is best that you set everyone's expectation right before the move. Plus, if you can, try doing a recce trip to see and experience Canberra on your own. It will give you a better idea than to hear from others.

Anyhow, I hope this helps you in your journey. I wish u all the best mate. If your intent is to move, do it whole heartedly and embrace whatever that comes along with it. It will be more meaningful this way.


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Old 09-28-2012, 04:31 PM
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Hello Tht,

No worries. Always glad to help/share with one another.
Yes, initial phase will be expensive until you find yourself a job. So it's critical you have sufficient savings to last a few months. I can't comment how much is sufficient because we all have diff expectations.
Best of luck with the move. Maybe you will get there before me so I may depend on you next time for advice and connection.


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Canberra is the most boring place in Oz unless you are a poly....lol

Sorry this is Beths husband.......


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Old 10-09-2012, 03:38 AM
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Canberra is the most boring place in Oz unless you are a poly....lol

Sorry this is Beths husband.......
To each its own. No one solution fits every problems.


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To each its own. No one solution fits every problems.
Pretty true, Hockeyman. I think will wait until things finalize, then take a trip to Canberra (if that is the place that i am going to) and then make my own decision.


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Pretty true, Hockeyman. I think will wait until things finalize, then take a trip to Canberra (if that is the place that i am going to) and then make my own decision.
Tht,

Hows your prep going? Decided when to head over or are you already in Canberra? My wife and I haven't got any luck with finding a job offshore so we're now thinking if we should just head over. Not sure yet when but it's looking like it will be this year.

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Tht,

Hows your prep going? Decided when to head over or are you already in Canberra? My wife and I haven't got any luck with finding a job offshore so we're now thinking if we should just head over. Not sure yet when but it's looking like it will be this year.

Cheers

Hi Hockeyman,

Thank you for getting back to me. No, i haven't migrated to Aus yet. i still have not received my assessment results from vetassess. Waiting for that. God knows, its taking ages!! I have completed IELTS though.
I received List - 9, Read - 9, Speaking - 7.5, Writing, 7.5. Overall - 8.5
any idea, which point they will consider for point test?

Waiting is very hard.

THT


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Hi Hockeyman,

Thank you for getting back to me. No, i haven't migrated to Aus yet. i still have not received my assessment results from vetassess. Waiting for that. God knows, its taking ages!! I have completed IELTS though.
I received List - 9, Read - 9, Speaking - 7.5, Writing, 7.5. Overall - 8.5
any idea, which point they will consider for point test?

Waiting is very hard.

THT
Hello Tht,

Gotten your visa yet? I haven't been active enough recently. Still thinking if I should just head over to look for a job instead of doing it offshore which is darn hard.


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Gotten your visa yet? I haven't been active enough recently. Still thinking if I should just head over to look for a job instead of doing it offshore which is darn hard.
Hi,

No, not yet. i got my vetassess results in March - it was positive.
i have applied for ACT SS in April 26. i am awaiting their results. I hope that is positive. Then i can seriously start preparing for my next course of actions, such as getting more information on migrating, finding a job, house, etc...
Any idea how long an SS should take? my agent has lodged an EOI and has got an EOI ID, is that sufficient for SS or Should there be some response from EOI after lodging it?

Tht


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No, not yet. i got my vetassess results in March - it was positive.
i have applied for ACT SS in April 26. i am awaiting their results. I hope that is positive. Then i can seriously start preparing for my next course of actions, such as getting more information on migrating, finding a job, house, etc...
Any idea how long an SS should take? my agent has lodged an EOI and has got an EOI ID, is that sufficient for SS or Should there be some response from EOI after lodging it?

Tht
To be honest I'm not very familiar with the EOI procedures. Mine was pre EOI time. My SS took about 1 month. No worries Tht. If you got everything positive, they wouldn't reject you. In any case, after the SS, you still need the final approval from the DIAC. That too, if you have SS, they wouldn't reject you unless you are not healthy and has police record. You are on the way my friend.. start planning now if your intent is to leave right after securing the PR.

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