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    IELTS – An Overview of the International English Language Testing System

    IELTS or the International English Language Testing System measures a persons ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – a key requirement for folks who intend to study, work and generally live in Australia. Since the announcement to the changes in the General Skilled Migration Program […] More

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    Australian Salary Survey – How much will I earn in Australia?

    When moving out to Australia the question around Australian Salary’s and how these compare to those paid in your current country are often one of those frequently asked questions which will be important to everyone. The consensus is that due to Australia’s ‘Cheaper’ cost of living, the average salary can often be 10 – 20% […] More

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    Australian Skilled Visa’s – An Overview

    For many folks looking to emigrate to Australia, the Australian Skilled Visa route is often the route they take when applying for perminant residency. There are many different classes of Skilled Visa so I have listed an overview of the different Visa Classes for you below: SKILLED INDEPENDENT (Permanent) – sub class 136. This is […] More

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    Australian Business Visa Classes – An Overview

    When Emigrating to Australia, the Business Visa Class may well be a viable option for you. Below you’ll find an overview of the different types of Australian Business Visa’s currently available to you: STATE / TERRITORY SPONSORED BUSINESS OWNER (PROVISIONAL) CATEGORY – Subclass 163 Who can apply: Business people intending to establish a business in […] More

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    Retirement Visa Class – An Overview

    Just because you may be over the age of 45 does not necessarily mean your chances of moving down under are lost for ever. There are a number of Retirement Visa Classes available for those entering your golden years who still have a yearning to move down under. Below we present the main options available […] More

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    Family Class Visas – An Overview

    CONTRIBUTORY PARENT (Permanent) – sub class 143. Similar to the normal parent visa, sub class 103 in respect of balance of family and sponsorship. What it entitles you to: Permanent residence in Australia. Terms and Conditions: Sponsorship by the child in Australia who must be a settled resident. A substantial second visa application charge must […] More

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    Yorkshire has pigeons Perth has parrots

    These little guys still amaze me. We went for a trip to Lake Joondalup which is about ten minutes drive from our new house in Kinross. It’s quite a popular hang out for families and due to the size of the lake, and the fact that it’s now so close to our new house has […] More

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    Ten things I’ve noticed whilst living in Australia

    It’s two months to the day that we arrived here in Sunny Perth so I thought I’d celebrate the occasion by writing about ten things that I’ve noticed about that fantastic country that we now live in. I have a feeling that this will not be the last entry I make on this subject matter […] More

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    Australian Spiders – Should I Worry?

    Many people are worried about living in, or visiting, Australia all because of its poisonous spiders. Is there really a reason for you to be worried? Could you be killed after being bitten by a spider if you visit, or move to, Australia? Should the possibility stop you from going to Australia? In case you […] More

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