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    Getting Down Under Turns one

    Bugger, I’ve just been checking through our Archive and I’ve just realised that last Wednesday the 17th January, Gettingdownunder turned one! :D Since making the first post way back then, quite a lot of stuff has happened in my life. I guess the biggest and most obvious change is the fact that I’m now writing […] 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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    The Yarra Valley – A Premier Australian Wine Region

    The Yarra Valley is located a short 90 minutes north-east of Melbourne, the capital of the southern Australian state of Victoria, and is an idyllic destination for a day tour or weekend getaway. The Yarra Valley’s rolling green hills are brimming with vineyards, boutique wineries, orchards, cheesemakers and quality restaurants, and the whole region is […] More

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    Broome – The Pearl Capital of Australia

    Broome is a remote outback town situated on the Indian Ocean in northwest Australia. It is the largest town in the vast Kimberley region to the north of Western Australia, and has become a very popular travel destination in recent years. This popularity is due to Broome’s unique history, unique blend of cultural influences, it’s […] More

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    Current Processing Times for Aussie Visas June 2006

    Latest Updates from Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre As of 6 June 2006 the Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre is assessing applications lodged on or before the following dates: ONSHORE – paper based applications: 22 February 2006 (both priority and non-priority applications) ONSHORE- e-lodged (online) applications: 27 February 2006 (both priority and non-priority applications) More

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    All About Perth – Perth Sports

    Perth Sports Perth is very conducive to an outdoors lifestyle, and this is reflected in the wide variety of sports available to citizens of the city. Perth was host to the 1962 Commonwealth Games and also the 1987 America’s Cup defence (based at Fremantle). Australian Rules Football is a popular spectator sport in Perth, with […] More

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    Current Processing Times for Aussie Visas May 2006

    DIMA have finally started advertising the allocation to case officer times. The information is updated weekly so I’ll start posting the latest updates from time to time on getting down under. The most up to date info is also available by sending a blank e-mail to: aspc.processing@immi.gov.au. Processing Information A case officer will be appointed […] More

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    History of Australia

    The first human habitation of Australia is estimated to have occurred between 42,000 and 48,000 years ago. The first Australians were the ancestors of the current Indigenous Australians; they arrived via land bridges and short sea-crossings from present-day Southeast Asia. Most of these people were hunter-gatherers, with a complex oral culture and spiritual values based […] More

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    Australia – An overview and some history

    OK, to get us started, lets have a little history. The Commonwealth of Australia is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the world’s smallest continent and a number of islands in the Southern, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Australia’s neighbouring countries are Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north, the Solomon Islands, […] More