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Old Oct 21st 2007, 12:43 am
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Cheers folks for those you have asked for our update...no pearly we havent fallen off the planet, and have thought about what to write in the update. Our story has been quite challenging and have started an update sooo many times and deleted it as it was soo naff.

Here we go then, warts an all - I apologise if its not as smooth - but this is our story.

We landed at the end of June on the same flight as another BE family at Brisbane airport...the emotion I felt when that stamp was put in my passport was amazing. I felt so elated.

We then stayed at a lovely house in Bridgeman downs (near Brissy) for a week, but we did a daily drive up to the Sunshine Coast...that made me realise I couldnt do it for work from the coast down to the Brissy CBD on a daily basis, so started to focus on working on the coast.

We then struggled getting our TFN, driving licences as we met every awkward person going...we rung the TFN people after their website was down and was told that we cant go into anywhere anymore to be issued with our number and that we had to either have paperwork posted out or do it online....that was challenge number 1 - as you all know you can go in and get it done, but we did as we were told and thought everyone else had it wrong (sorry folks).

On the back of this we went into our ozzy bank and were told not to move our money over until we had our TFN as we would be charged 40% interest...so that waited a month too!! But apparently we could have had it backdated as a fellow BEer told us a month later...typical for us though.

Then we couldnt get driving licences on our rental address because it wasnt a permanent address, but again as people know you can get licences even if you are in a hotel!! so that was another challenge.We waited 3months to get them as we were fed up.

Then we had a nightmare finding somewhere to rent, we would get approval eventually on about 5 properties, for the owners to then choose people who were moving interstate. I started to get really low at this point and a really kind and lovely BE mate gave me a call as she could tell I was starting to get upset... (Thankyou Elljay) she got us down to her house and lifted our spirits more than she will ever know. We then restarted looking again with a renewed vigour...then we found somewhere with the help of my uncle having a word in a real estate ladies ear. So we moved into our rental house.... its a nicish house...but is near a motorway, which means we can hear the traffic when we are out by the pool. But its a ok. Not too much.

The challenges have kept coming and coming... the next one was enrolling with a job agency...the first one we went into said I was to take off all my managerial experience, my degree means nothing and my CV isnt worth the paper its written on and that I will start a job on the coast irrelevent of my experience as a 16-18yr old would. I came out of there and cried, wondering what on earth I had done. The next day, i woke up smiled and had the f*** it attitude, i rung a job coach and spent money seeing him to told me to ignore the agency and that my skills are valuable etc....that was a boost i needed. I got a job the week after on cracking money (well sort of)

I am telling you the challenges are not negatives in our experience, they are just that challenges and we have continually hit them. I started work with this company on the coast, who lied to get me into the role promising me a cracking salary package, put on a limo to drive me down to brissy for me to complete my finance licence... but the company is only just setting up so it will take time for the money promised to come in. I went to hand in my notice a fortnight ago and the boss talked me out of it promising me more money. It worked, i stayed - well i am just.

Paul on the otherhand has landed on his feet. He is now a real estate agent in Caloundra, he got the job without any experience and just completed his course - he is sooo happy.

My middle son - is doing really well, he has settled into school and has had some funny stories from school. There hasnt been a fight in 3yrs allegedly. Whereas at his UK school it was on a daily basis. He stays out at weekends at friends and is happy as larry (whoever larry is).

My youngest son Alex - he has just won a chess competition :
http://www.schoolzine.com.au/schools.../story_14.html he has a nice bunch of friends and its as though he has always lived here. He has surfin lessons for PE on a friday. He stays out a friends houses too regularly and he smiles lots and lots.

We have made some fab friends and were welcomed last weekend to a beach get together, truely lovely time was had.

I am nearer to my family and some live just round the corner. That has been strange to go to family get togethers with everyone playing volleyball (except me) or cricket.

To cut a long story short, Paul and the kids have settled, I have found it more challenging, but all the way through there is no way I would go back the UK. I know this is my home and is where I belong.

It will just take me a little time to settle more... but every day as it comes eh???
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You guys had so many challenges to deal with, but now you can put them all behind you & start enjoying your new life.
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You guys had so many challenges to deal with, but now you can put them all behind you & start enjoying your new life.
Yep, and I have recently started to wake up in the morning and feel content.x
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Sounds like you've just started to enjoy everything after sooo much hassle.
Good on you!! How hard did your husband find the real estate coarse, and was it easy for a job? is he selling houses or on a traineeship kind of thing?
Is he getting paid or on commision only for the start??
Sorry for being nosey, I'd like to do the same when we arrive.
Great to hear the kids are sorted now aswell.
Keep the positive and good days rolling!!
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Sounds like you've just started to enjoy everything after sooo much hassle.
Good on you!! How hard did your husband find the real estate coarse, and was it easy for a job? is he selling houses or on a traineeship kind of thing?
Is he getting paid or on commision only for the start??
Sorry for being nosey, I'd like to do the same when we arrive.
Great to hear the kids are sorted now aswell.
Keep the positive and good days rolling!!
Ok skippi answers for you:
He didnt find the sales certificate too hard, the job is cutthroat over here - I also work with two ex-real estate people who have some horror stories for sure.
He is waiting for his final papers to come through, but he is doing open houses pending the final paperwork to come through. He is then doing his licence.
There are different types of payment here, not sure its my business to tell you which method he is on.
There are different rules too from state to state, so it depends where you are settling. I am sure he wont mind chatting with you though if you want further info. Otherwise the REIQ website may be good for you to have a browse through???
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Hey huny,
As they say onwards and upwards! It was all worth it in the end eh, can you believe it was four months ago that we landed where does the time go. Glad the boys have settled well as its the kids happiness which is always important to us parents eh. Hope the job situ improves for you.

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its funny how everyone says that you will be fine after 2 years.
just proves that we never know how long it takes before you feel really happy being here. if you ever do?

fantastic update guys. the best of luck to you............you do deserve it
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Yes WELL DONE if you believe in yourselves it always pays off.
I hope to be going to Adelaide around June next year waiting for my 136 Skilled Visa to come through.
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Cheers folks for those you have asked for our update...no pearly we havent fallen off the planet, and have thought about what to write in the update. Our story has been quite challenging and have started an update sooo many times and deleted it as it was soo naff.

Here we go then, warts an all - I apologise if its not as smooth - but this is our story.

We landed at the end of June on the same flight as another BE family at Brisbane airport...the emotion I felt when that stamp was put in my passport was amazing. I felt so elated.

We then stayed at a lovely house in Bridgeman downs (near Brissy) for a week, but we did a daily drive up to the Sunshine Coast...that made me realise I couldnt do it for work from the coast down to the Brissy CBD on a daily basis, so started to focus on working on the coast.

We then struggled getting our TFN, driving licences as we met every awkward person going...we rung the TFN people after their website was down and was told that we cant go into anywhere anymore to be issued with our number and that we had to either have paperwork posted out or do it online....that was challenge number 1 - as you all know you can go in and get it done, but we did as we were told and thought everyone else had it wrong (sorry folks).

On the back of this we went into our ozzy bank and were told not to move our money over until we had our TFN as we would be charged 40% interest...so that waited a month too!! But apparently we could have had it backdated as a fellow BEer told us a month later...typical for us though.

Then we couldnt get driving licences on our rental address because it wasnt a permanent address, but again as people know you can get licences even if you are in a hotel!! so that was another challenge.We waited 3months to get them as we were fed up.

Then we had a nightmare finding somewhere to rent, we would get approval eventually on about 5 properties, for the owners to then choose people who were moving interstate. I started to get really low at this point and a really kind and lovely BE mate gave me a call as she could tell I was starting to get upset... (Thankyou Elljay) she got us down to her house and lifted our spirits more than she will ever know. We then restarted looking again with a renewed vigour...then we found somewhere with the help of my uncle having a word in a real estate ladies ear. So we moved into our rental house.... its a nicish house...but is near a motorway, which means we can hear the traffic when we are out by the pool. But its a ok. Not too much.

The challenges have kept coming and coming... the next one was enrolling with a job agency...the first one we went into said I was to take off all my managerial experience, my degree means nothing and my CV isnt worth the paper its written on and that I will start a job on the coast irrelevent of my experience as a 16-18yr old would. I came out of there and cried, wondering what on earth I had done. The next day, i woke up smiled and had the f*** it attitude, i rung a job coach and spent money seeing him to told me to ignore the agency and that my skills are valuable etc....that was a boost i needed. I got a job the week after on cracking money (well sort of)

I am telling you the challenges are not negatives in our experience, they are just that challenges and we have continually hit them. I started work with this company on the coast, who lied to get me into the role promising me a cracking salary package, put on a limo to drive me down to brissy for me to complete my finance licence... but the company is only just setting up so it will take time for the money promised to come in. I went to hand in my notice a fortnight ago and the boss talked me out of it promising me more money. It worked, i stayed - well i am just.

Paul on the otherhand has landed on his feet. He is now a real estate agent in Caloundra, he got the job without any experience and just completed his course - he is sooo happy.

My middle son - is doing really well, he has settled into school and has had some funny stories from school. There hasnt been a fight in 3yrs allegedly. Whereas at his UK school it was on a daily basis. He stays out at weekends at friends and is happy as larry (whoever larry is).

My youngest son Alex - he has just won a chess competition :
http://www.schoolzine.com.au/schools.../story_14.html he has a nice bunch of friends and its as though he has always lived here. He has surfin lessons for PE on a friday. He stays out a friends houses too regularly and he smiles lots and lots.

We have made some fab friends and were welcomed last weekend to a beach get together, truely lovely time was had.

I am nearer to my family and some live just round the corner. That has been strange to go to family get togethers with everyone playing volleyball (except me) or cricket.

To cut a long story short, Paul and the kids have settled, I have found it more challenging, but all the way through there is no way I would go back the UK. I know this is my home and is where I belong.

It will just take me a little time to settle more... but every day as it comes eh???
Great post guys - good on yer for your perseverence. (and thanx for the mention!)

Shame we don't live nearer - so we could meet up more regularly...but I'm so happy you're settling in.

As the song goes "Nobody said it was easy....."

You can do all the preparation in the world - but it still knocks you for 6 when you finally do get here.

Here's to your continuing journey - ENJOY

Love to all, ELLJAY....and Co.
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its funny how everyone says that you will be fine after 2 years.
just proves that we never know how long it takes before you feel really happy being here. if you ever do?

fantastic update guys. the best of luck to you............you do deserve it
Cheers everyone - we hit another challenge to which we didnt mention. But another certain BEer needs a mention. We rung westpac when we landed to find out how to get a mortgage, to be told that we had to be working in otherstuff other than self employed stuff adn we cant have a mortgage, so we put our UK money in a high interest account as ya do....

We were so disappointed, until recently when low and behold Mrs JFW (mega cheers Jackie x) gives me a contact that is directing us to pre approval and westpac apologised for the misinformation given to us via westpacs telephone banking lady who told us we cant have a mortgage for a year!!!
Things must be happenin for a mega reason eh???? but I know it will all work out well in the long run.

I have so many genuine friends through BE who I cant thank enough for the help and support I have recieved. Thank you to you all. x x
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Cath I think you have been given these challenges to stop you from being completely bored out of your mind!

Nothing to do at work and everything in the garden is rosey! Jeez! your brain would completely seize up!

Lets see how our jobs feature on the boredometer this week shall we?

Glad everything is panning out for you mate and glad to have been able to help in some small way!

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Cath I think you have been given these challenges to stop you from being completely bored out of your mind!

Nothing to do at work and everything in the garden is rosey! Jeez! your brain would completely seize up!

Lets see how our jobs feature on the boredometer this week shall we?

Glad everything is panning out for you mate and glad to have been able to help in some small way!

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Boredometer rating is on its way - I know they said it was a laid back lifestyle, but gee whizz!!! haha,
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How lovely to read your update and sorry to hear that things have been a bit challenging. We had a few early challenges too - mostly vehicle related - and my mantra for a while was 'this could happen anywhere in the world'. Anyway, it all settled down in the end and we're happy as pigs in muck now. I've been mega busy setting up my own business. Have been meaning to email you but have been soo very busy. Will get around to doing another newsletter soon and will send it to you too. Sorry for not being in touch mate. Chin up - it'll all settle as I said.

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How lovely to read your update and sorry to hear that things have been a bit challenging. We had a few early challenges too - mostly vehicle related - and my mantra for a while was 'this could happen anywhere in the world'. Anyway, it all settled down in the end and we're happy as pigs in muck now. I've been mega busy setting up my own business. Have been meaning to email you but have been soo very busy. Will get around to doing another newsletter soon and will send it to you too. Sorry for not being in touch mate. Chin up - it'll all settle as I said.

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haha, bad timin Lou - found out today that our youngest hasnt been included on our family allowance since we got here and they have said we cant claim for him until the end of the tax year. I have just printed off a letter naming all the names of people I have spoke with regarding us having 2 dependant kids... it rolls on and on. But at least we can laugh about it.

I reckon its got to be here to test us and if we pass we can actually stay!! it is funny though, it makes me laugh now and we roll with the punches.

Lookin forward to what your new business is.
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haha, bad timin Lou - found out today that our youngest hasnt been included on our family allowance since we got here and they have said we cant claim for him until the end of the tax year. I have just printed off a letter naming all the names of people I have spoke with regarding us having 2 dependant kids... it rolls on and on. But at least we can laugh about it.

I reckon its got to be here to test us and if we pass we can actually stay!! it is funny though, it makes me laugh now and we roll with the punches.

Lookin forward to what your new business is.
By the way if anyone wants to PM me for a couple of photos we are on face book too x
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