September 2006

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    House sale updates

    Well, we have had our weekly update today. Ok, perhaps not an update as such just a voicemail from the Halifax (after being chased). Hopefully, it’s just a case of no real news is good news! The expectation from the broker was that our buyers would have paid the survey fees by now. The news […] More

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    Getting Down under becomes a dot com

    Hi Guys Just to let you know that we added the .com and .net domains to gettingdownunder today and although the domain and all pages will continue to work, we have decided to adopt the .com as our main URL. Therefore, please use as our primary address Hopefully everything should still continue to […] More

  • Getting Down Under Australia

    Keeping Calm and taking stock

    Well, after becoming seriously vexed with the Crapifax yesterday, I’ve finally managed to compose myself enough to take a step back and see where we are after finally getting a call back. The buyers who had their mortgage app refused at the last minute by the Halifax when their P60 couldn’t be obtained have now […] More

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    Halifax Estate Agents are rubbish

    Halifax Estate Agents Service is rubbish There, I feel slightly better now. I am waiting for a call back that was promised for me yesterday. The buyers should have hopefully been in contact with the morgage broker since the Halifax declined their mortgage application. Doing a quick search on the term Halifax Estate Agents Service […] More

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    When all appears to be going so well..

    Bollocks, B*stard and Sh*T! Had a call from the Crapifax this morning (aka Halifax estate agents) to advise us that there is a problem with the mortgage. The buyer has lost their P60 and even though the Halifax Head Office gave the buyer the go ahead to proceed with the survey, it now seems that […] More

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    New MODL is published

    A new Migration Occupations in Demand List has been published and comes into effect today. The new MODL can be seen below, and several new IT specialisms have have been added. The additions are as follows: – Child Care Coordinator ASCO Code 1295-11 – Computing Professional – specialising in C++/C#/C, Jave, J2EE, Oracle, and Peoplesoft […] More

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    New Citizenship Residence Requirement upgraded to four years

    The other day I wrote about the posibility of the Australian government increasing the number of years you need to be a resident from 2 years to 4. Well, it now looks like the bill has gone through. Click Here for more information. Highlights are: – FOUR years lawful residence in Australia immediately preceding the […] More

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    Shipping our goods to Australia – First quote received

    Well, the next stage in our whole moving process kicked off this week with our first formal quotation from a shipping company. It proved to be a useful and informative visit. A representative from White and Company came to visit and had a good look at all the stuff we want to take so that […] More

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    Four year wait on the cards before gaining Australian Citizenship

    According to a story over at, migrants to Australia will now have to wait at least four years before becoming Australian citizens. This is under a Federal Government proposal expected to be announced today. They will also have to take an English language test – failure to past the test would also stop them […] More

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    Can you sell your house? Our survey says

    Well, I wondered if I should type this so soon in case I risked giving the kiss of death to recent happenings but hey, you only live once right! Things continue to go well. The survey was completed on our property today and the house has passed the inspection with flying colours. Surprisingly, the surveyor […] More

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    Cats booked in and house sale going well

    I’ll tell you what, the Byford Quarantine Station in Perth gets busy damn quickly As I mentioned in a previous entry, we’ve decided to use Airpets Oceanic to ship our two cats from the UK to Perth and the last time we spoke with them we were looking at early December before we could get […] More

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    Current Australian Immigration processing lead time as of 1st September 2006

    The ASPC is current experiencing some delays in receipting and acknowledging applications and regrets the inconvenience this may be causing applicants and their representatives. While this backlog exists information will be provided here daily about what applications are currently being receipted. This backlog in receipting is being addressed and will be rectified over the next […] More

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