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Old 09-01-2009, 05:07 PM
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My name is Jon. I am new to this interesting forum.

I live in Rochester, Kent, UK. I am a Safer Communities Senior Officer for my local council, which deals with all the nice stuff, Anti Socail Behaviour, Ilegal dumping, that kind of thing (lots of that in Britian). My wife is a tester/developer for SKY TV/Broadband.

Me and my wife are very serious about moving to Brisbane permantly, we are planing to come out in 2011 for a good look around.

I have lots of questions regarding, Jobs, Housing, Area's, Shipping, and most important flying my Cats out to Austrailia if we decided to take the plunge.

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Old 09-02-2009, 03:57 AM
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Welcome to the forum Jon and sounds like you have to deal with a lot of that stuff which we can well do without and still have an interesting more lovely society.

That sort of stuff exists in many of our Australian cities too and no doubt in many cities about the planet.

Are you and your wife young enough to a Working Holiday Visa?, ring in the rellies for the Cats? but for sure getting out and having a look about is the way to do it, and even if to be for a shorter trip on a tourism visa, the three months eVisa is free for UK/EU pasport holders, apply online.
And travelling about can be done on the cheap a bit
Even to get here ex Stansted, have a look at Welcome to AirAsia.com, The World's Best Low-Cost Airline to KL and on to Brisbane, Melbourne or Perth and you could fly in to Brisbane and out of Perth or vice versa - 133 BP KL to UK a few weeks back!

. Regional Express :: Home backpacker flights pass and www,tigerairways.com.au are pretty cheap, all flights can be looked at on Cheap Flights, Qantas, Virgin Blue, Jetstar - Cheap Flights & Airfares - Compare Flights at Webjet - Webjet.com.au but then book direct with airlines and there are regular domestic sales.
. Rental Relocations Australia New Zealand United States Canada - Hire Now at StandByCars for some cheap driving/accommodation

Food's relatively cheap, grog likewise and even hotdockets - Vouchers, Coupons and Dockets from Shop a Docket for 241 meal deals.

The other forum sections have plenty of info about housing, work, immigration processes and for the Cats, it'll be vetinarian checks/certificates and Quarantine process involved.
Customs site, Customs home page I reckon it is has links to the right info.

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Thanks for the info

In a strange way I am slightly glad that Anti Social Behaviour exsists in Austrailia, as it would seem that the job I do is needed in Austrailia. I did take a look at Brisbane City Council's website and they do have simular services to the UK, I think they call them Ward Wardens or Street Wardens. so it's nice to know that I could have a required profeshion.

Just trying to get our heads around the cost of living, rents, etc. In the UK we earn a joint total of about 80,000 per year, but then Gordon/Tony comes along and taxes us stupid. Im not sure what kind of money we can earn for a nice life style, I dont want to be rich, just need enough to be able to live, travel, and enjoy life. My wife is a IT profeshional, and could go contracting which is usually where the big money is at, however with the economic down turn at the moment, the IT market has taken a big hit. Her collegues at Sky are from Brisbane, but are working in London, so that they can base themselves in Europe, and travel. They are saying when the market picks up again they well be going back home to work, as the opertunities for contractors are plentiful. As for me I am just happy, that there maybe jobs the I have experience of, even though the laws will be different.


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Old 09-03-2009, 05:06 PM
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I'll answer you back on your thread Jon [just to avoid confusion]
" Hi wanderer

Thanks for your info

I am 37 and my wife is 31, so if we are really going to give it a try, we have to get a move on. As I understand it, you have to go before 45? I am not sure of what visa's etc we will be requiring.

Just trying to find out about what kind of wage we can earn for our profeshions, and what kind of cost of living outlay per month we would have to shell out for a nice life style, house, car, holiday, cat food for two large cats, nothing to fancy.


Jon Aston "

Yep you have to do it before 45 but with your wife having professional qualifications I'll assume for IT work, it'll likely be best to do the application with her as the primary applicant and you as secondary.

There is an applications priority system in place at the moment but IT people are on the CSL - have a look at sticky thread #4 in the Visas and Immigration section and you'll find out all about the priorities and then also have a look at sticky #6 for links to 175 visas and eligibility requirements, there being a table whereyou can do a self assessment.

On the immi website, you'll see under skilled visas aSkilled Occupations List with all the various occupations and so your wife can see which one would be her and first step is to have qualifications assessed with ACS - their web site and contact details at back of the list.

To get an idea of potential earnings, you could have a look at employment type web sites, Jobs, Job Search, Employment Information and Career Advice at careerone.com.au - find career advice, review employment news and search for jobs at careerone.com.au being one and have a look in the employment, housing and travel sections at some posts and there'll be plenty of links to help you make decisions.

Rough ballpark, I'd guess the two of you might be able to earn A$100 - 150 G which is a pretty good ammount for two to live comfortably, a reasonable house, $500,000 +/- 100,000 and a car [new] $50,000 - 100,000 depending on taste but then there are also quite reasonable smaller new cars downaround $25,000.

Actual living cost for two, basics $20,000 - 30,000/y, maybe house loan repayments about the same [depends on size of loan of course] and income tax $30,000 to $60,000 [goes up with salary levels] but have a look at Australian Taxation Office Homepage

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