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Forum: Australia
Jan 28th 2008, 9:37 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 2,647
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: Melbourne - Suberbs

Seaford has a great beach. but that train journey is a nightmare - incredibly busy to the point that it's free to travel on the train if you arrive at your destination before 7am....

no fun...
Forum: Australia
Jan 8th 2008, 4:23 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,696
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: Salaries and cost of living

As suggested, the Hay's survey does seem on the ball.
Jan 7th 2008, 5:47 am
Replies: 2
Views: 621
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: Should my salary be mentioned in reference letter?

Tell them you are the Postmaster General, used to be a Brain Surgeon, and also secretly own Microsoft, although you let Ballmer and Gates have all the girls.

Add to this you earn £12Bn per annum,...
Forum: Australia
Jan 6th 2008, 7:30 am
Replies: 32
Views: 2,030
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: is it just fashionable to move to oz..

erm....Crap! I'm a sucker! I watched Wanted Down Under and did it!

They only show the good stuff, like it's a made-up programme or something!
Forum: Australia
Jan 6th 2008, 6:36 am
Replies: 58
Views: 2,755
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: Did you move to Oz without visiting?

I didn't visit first and it was a big mistake. Think about it - you're moving 11,000 miles based on anecdotal evidence. I have a friend who bought a place in Bulgaria because it was only £16,000....
Forum: Australia
Jan 4th 2008, 9:58 am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,112
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: medicare and private health insurance

All good information here. My experience is for a 457 your company is responsible for ensuring you have private medical insurance. However I have to pay the insurance and provide proof (the insurance...
Forum: Australia
Dec 28th 2007, 1:26 am
Replies: 2
Views: 478
Posted By znaylor1974

Question for Primary School Teachers

I have a question that I hope a Primary School teacher from the UK and/or Oz can answer:

I have a 5 year old son who left the UK in October last year. He'd just started primary school. He's now...
Forum: The Barbie
Dec 18th 2007, 7:23 am
Replies: 12
Views: 738
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: New to Melbourne+little bit lonely

Can anyone come to the Golf? :-)
Forum: Australia
Dec 5th 2007, 4:23 am
Replies: 9
Views: 574
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: Servi-ppartments....info needed

I'm staying at the Quest serviced appartments on Flinders Lane, right in the CBD. Quite good - been here for 4 months!

Think the official price for a 2 bed is around $350 a day, but long term I...
Forum: Australia
Dec 4th 2007, 10:12 am
Replies: 3
Views: 483
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: Company cars and tax

Difficult one, I've just been through it myself. I'm guessing your talking about a novated lease, and 10K is $10k rather than £10k.

You're probably talking about a small car such as a Honda Jazz...
Forum: Australia
Dec 4th 2007, 10:03 am
Replies: 29
Views: 6,878
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: Medibank any good?

Correct - we're on a 457 and Medicare paid 40% of the cost of our GP visits. We're a family of 3 with Medibank ($386 a month) and the 2-month wait hadn't completed. My 5-year old son had a bad cough...
Forum: Australia
Dec 4th 2007, 9:41 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,316
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: If you could turn back time.........

1) Not pushing the company for more money - I could have gotten another $7000 onto my salary.
2) Should have come over for 5 weeks on my own beforehand and then made the decision to move.
3) Most...
Forum: Australia
Dec 4th 2007, 9:32 am
Replies: 19
Views: 1,096
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: PS3 or WII

As mentioned you might want to consider the Xbox 360 - the Australian and UK version is the same so you can use UK games on an Australian machine.

However, the real winner is buying UK games...
Dec 2nd 2007, 8:40 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,087
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: 457 and the missus....

That's my understanding too - my missus and kid were put on the 457 too. Sounds like you need some professional advice urgently.

Hope it works out.
Forum: Australia
Dec 1st 2007, 10:11 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 530
Posted By znaylor1974


I work for United Group Rail in Melbourne but the HQ is based in Sydney (Pymble) and I have to go there pretty often. I also spend time with some guys from RailCorp (run the Sydney system), ...
Forum: Australia
Dec 1st 2007, 2:33 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,470
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: Downloading UK TV

you could use uknova.com for UK programmes and isohunt.com for everything else.
Forum: Australia
Nov 30th 2007, 12:21 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 1,934
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: Sydney Salary - can we survive

And me too.

Esperanza - you seem to live incredibly cheaply - How 2 people can live on £40 a week ($100) for all food, vitamins and deodorant etc is amazing! with the exception of some meats, I...
Nov 30th 2007, 8:46 am
Replies: 2
Views: 455
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: 457 Visa Question

I went through the 457 process and the visa agent (Sirva) employed by the company did need to see copies of qualifications. I think its different for PR though.

Bear in mind you should be able to...
Forum: Australia
Nov 29th 2007, 6:59 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,102
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: Should we take car and motorbike to OZ ???

Don't forget the hidden ORC (on-road costs) - count on an extra 10% of the stated value.
Forum: Australia
Nov 27th 2007, 7:06 am
Replies: 7
Views: 629
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: Drinks in Melbourne!

I work at 1 Spring St (the SAI building) and live on Flinders Lane. Send me a PM if you'd like a drink. I'm in Newcastle this friday and don't land until about 9pm so this friday is out, but can make...
Forum: Australia
Nov 26th 2007, 8:06 am
Replies: 14
Views: 932
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: Civil Engineering

Would expect you'd get an offer of a 457 quite quickly if you sent your CV to the following:

BHP Billiton and the other mines
Queensland Rail

Forum: Australia
Nov 24th 2007, 9:50 am
Replies: 13
Views: 5,427
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: What is the Maximum weight of 1 case with Singapore Airlines?

Officially in-hold Suitcase is 20kg with Singapore, and 7kg for hand luggage. When I travelled they didn't weigh my hand luggage, which I weighed at 12kg - it looked lighter than it was.

Forum: Australia
Nov 23rd 2007, 1:56 am
Replies: 133
Views: 8,698
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: Exchange Rate on its way up?

I'd expect a large change in price tonight due to UK GDP (gross domestic product) results being released. Hopefully UK figures will be strong and result in a better exchange rate.

By Wednesday...
Forum: Australia
Nov 17th 2007, 9:42 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 1,034
Posted By znaylor1974

Playing the Exchange Rate

I'm one of the many watching the Aus-UK exchange rate with interest. It's fluctuating quite a lot at the moment - it was around 2.34 on Monday and is about 2.29 now.

Having just sold my house in...
Forum: Australia
Nov 16th 2007, 10:32 am
Replies: 21
Views: 1,742
Posted By znaylor1974

Re: 457 visa and private medical insurance

Between $280 and $400. We pay $386.40 each month for 3 of us although adding another child on wouldn't change the cost - it's a family (2+2) insurance cover rather than a 'per person' cover.
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