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  1. Our Sister site - Poms in Oz is hosting another live webchat session with leading experts in banking, currency exchange, financial/pensions advice, international removals, pet shipping and vehicle importation. The chat event will take place on Tuesday 24th March from 19:30-21:30 (UK Time). National Australia Bank, Moneycorp, PSS International Removals, PetAirUK, Vista Financial Services and IronLady imports will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your move. If you have an account on Pomsinoz, to participate, login, then click on the 'chat' menu option at the top of the page. Clicking on chat will launch the chat software. There will different 'rooms' for each of the different companies. If you don't have an account of Pomsinoz, you can still participate by by following this link - Chat with Industry Experts, then, once the chat software has loaded, tick the 'Guest' option at the top of the chat window, then choose a username and click 'Login' and enter any of the chat-rooms. NB: If you have a device which doesn't use Flash eg: iPhone or iPad, you can join us in the chatrooms via this link or by downloading the free 123Flashchat app from the Apps Store via this link and entering 921 as the chat ID. National Australia Bank Peter Kerr will talk about the Australian Banking system providing you with some insights as to what is different between the UK and Australia. He will also talk about how straight forward it is to open an Australian Bank account before you leave home and some of the services you should consider. Moneycorp Whether you are moving to Australia, or living there already, John Kinghorn will bring you the latest updates on the Aussie dollar and provide insight into the key factors influencing market movements. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating and transferring your funds at the right time, via the right channel, can make a big difference to the amount of money you actually end up with. PSS International Removals One of the key ingredients when you are moving overseas is the planning of your removal. Liam Witham will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the packing and shipping of your household effects, including what items you can ship to Australia, Australian Customs procedures and AQIS. PetAir UK Bob Ghandour, Veterinary Consultant and Director of PetAir UK will be on hand to discuss any aspects of shipping your pets to Australia. PetAir UK is a unique pet travel service run by specialised vets for ultimate peace of mind. We will transport your pets safely and comfortably - worldwide. No matter what the journey, we will remove the stress of complicated pet travel arrangements and ensure the best possible service to our clients and their much-loved companions is one of our highest priorities. We operate a 'one of the family' policy, where all animals are treated with the same respect and care as our own pets. We know how much it means to you that your beloved pet arrives safely and by using PetAir UK you can assure yourself you are providing the very best care for your pet. We offer truly comprehensive packages which provide absolute continuity from start to finish. Every client is allocated one of our personal veterinary consultants who will oversee every step of the process. From complex documentation and import permit applications through to last minute flight changes, nothing is a problem for our competent and dedicated team. Vista Financial Services Andrew Williams is both a UK qualified and Australian practising Financial Adviser and Mortgage Consultant specialising in advising UK expats in Australia on the transition and development of their financial affairs. From assisting clients with securing their first Australian mortgage through to working with them to understand whether transferring their UK Pensions is in their interests, Andrew is able to help answer your questions and concerns on a wide range of financial planning matters. Iron Lady Imports Iron Lady Imports is a small, Australian-based business that specialises in arranging transportation of vehicles from anywhere in the world to any port in Australia. For a fixed brokerage fee, we can help arrange your vehicle's import approval paperwork, shipping, customs clearance and registration in Australia. Aside from our fee, all other costs are invoiced to you directly - no hidden markups! We're also happy to advise you if it's worth bringing your car over before you start (that part's free!). To be confirmed - Alliance Health (Nursing Jobs & Recruitment)
  2. Our sister site - Poms in Oz is hosting another live webchat session with leading experts in banking, currency exchange, financial/pensions advice, international removals, pet shipping, vehicle importation and migration. The chat event will take place on Thursday 20th November from 19:30-21:30 (UK Time). National Australia Bank, Moneycorp, PSS International Removals, PetAirUK, Vista Financial Services and IronLady imports will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your move. If you have an account on Pomsinoz, to participate, head over to www.pomsinoz.com, login, then click on the 'chat' menu option at the top of the page. Clicking on chat will launch the chat software. There will different 'rooms' for each of the different companies. If you don't have an account of Pomsinoz, you can still participate by by following this link - Chat with Industry Experts, then, once the chat software has loaded, tick the 'Guest' option at the top of the chat window, then choose a username and click 'Login' and enter the 'Moneycorp, NAB, PSS, PetAirUK, Vista Financial Services or IronLady' chat rooms. If you have a device which doesn't use Flash eg: iPhone or iPad, you can join us in the chatrooms via this link or by downloading the free 123Flashchat app from the Apps Store via this link and entering 921 as the chat ID. National Australia Bank Peter Kerr will talk about the Australian Banking system providing you with some insights as to what is different between the UK and Australia. He will also talk about how straight forward it is to open an Australian Bank account before you leave home and some of the services you should consider. Moneycorp Whether you are moving to Australia, or living there already, John Kinghorn will bring you the latest updates on the Aussie dollar and provide insight into the key factors influencing market movements. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating and transferring your funds at the right time, via the right channel, can make a big difference to the amount of money you actually end up with. PSS International Removals One of the key ingredients when you are moving overseas is the planning of your removal. Liam Witham will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the packing and shipping of your household effects, including what items you can ship to Australia, Australian Customs procedures and AQIS. PetAir UK Bob Ghandour, Veterinary Consultant and Director of PetAir UK will be on hand to discuss any aspects of shipping your pets to Australia. PetAir UK is a unique pet travel service run by specialised vets for ultimate peace of mind. We will transport your pets safely and comfortably - worldwide. No matter what the journey, we will remove the stress of complicated pet travel arrangements and ensure the best possible service to our clients and their much-loved companions is one of our highest priorities. We operate a 'one of the family' policy, where all animals are treated with the same respect and care as our own pets. We know how much it means to you that your beloved pet arrives safely and by using PetAir UK you can assure yourself you are providing the very best care for your pet. We offer truly comprehensive packages which provide absolute continuity from start to finish. Every client is allocated one of our personal veterinary consultants who will oversee every step of the process. From complex documentation and import permit applications through to last minute flight changes, nothing is a problem for our competent and dedicated team. Vista Financial Services Andrew Williams is both a UK qualified and Australian practising Financial Adviser and Mortgage Consultant specialising in advising UK expats in Australia on the transition and development of their financial affairs. From assisting clients with securing their first Australian mortgage through to working with them to understand whether transferring their UK Pensions is in their interests, Andrew is able to help answer your questions and concerns on a wide range of financial planning matters. Iron Lady Imports Iron Lady Imports is a small, Australian-based business that specialises in arranging transportation of vehicles from anywhere in the world to any port in Australia. For a fixed brokerage fee, we can help arrange your vehicle's import approval paperwork, shipping, customs clearance and registration in Australia. Aside from our fee, all other costs are invoiced to you directly - no hidden markups! We're also happy to advise you if it's worth bringing your car over before you start (that part's free!). - See more at: https://www.lifeinqueensland.com/threads/free-moving-to-australia-webchat-with-industry-experts-20th-nov.4173/#sthash.ng4a7W8Y.dpuf
  3. Right now, little neighbour New Zealand has big prospects. As the Australian economy strains and Goldman Sachs announcing that the worst is yet to come, New Zealand’s economy remains strong, offering job prospects and prosperity.Having recently been ranked the greatest country in the world to raise children as well as having the least amount of crime in the world, good things are definitely happening in New Zealand.New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, together with Working In are hosting an expo in Sydney to bring you across the ditch.Sydney: Sydney Town Hall29 – 30 NovemberLeading employers from industries in Engineering, Trades, Construction, IT, and Healthcare will be attending the expo looking to recruit highly trained and skilled workers. If you are a possible candidate, you will be interviewed on the spot at the expo.Working International Expos have helped hundreds of individuals and families move to New Zealand over the past 15 years.If you’ve been interested in moving to New Zealand or curious to find out more about what the green island next door has to offer, the New Zealand Jobs Expo is for you. This is a great opportunity for you to find out more about the lifestyle and jobs New Zealand has to offer.Get your ticket today!
  4. We've been asked a few times on the forum about situations where regular travel insurance won't cover you. In those circumstances, we recommend a specialist provider such as Go Walkabout.* If you're emigrating overseas, Go Walkabout offer one way Travel Insurance providing cover up to 90 days from UK Departure. * They offer travel insurance cover for travellers over 65. Cover for medical conditions. * Go Walkabout travel insurance provide cover for student, gap year travellers and backpackers. Extreme sports and activities cover available. * For pets, they offer specialist one way emigration insurance for your cat or dog’s journey plus 36 hours upon arrival. Find out more information at www.go-walkabout.co.uk
  5. Newcomers Australia are hosting the following expo. Date: 06th Sept 2014 Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm Venue: Sydney (Lower) Town Hall, Druitt Street, Sydney 2000 The Newcomers Sydney event, is the only event of its kind that targets the Employment, Education, Visa and Settlement needs of both newly arrived and settled migrants, as well as temporary international workers, foreign students and the corporate expat community currently living in New South Wales. The Newcomers Sydney eventoffers the complete spectrum of information crucial to helping you live, work, study and settle in New South Wales. The event will connect you with knowledgeable experts able to provide you with information and services for visas, employment opportunities, education options and a host of other settlement services all under one roof, that will help you settle into your new life. IELTS MASTERCLASS The Newcomers Sydney event will include Government immigration seminars, visa eligibility and assessment clinics as well as a dedicated introductory IELTS Masterclass, provided in association with our Education sponsor, IDP:IELTS. The IELTS Masterclass is a free 90-minute presentation for anyone aiming for an IELTS band score of 6 or above. The talk will include tips on how best to enhance one's English, guidance on avoiding the common mistakes, and help understanding the IELTS assessment criteria. Places at the IELTS Masterclass are limited so register online NOW to avoid disappointment!! COMPETITION SCAN YOUR TICKET AT THE DOOR TO ENTER: Be in with a chane to win a brand new iPad Mini! To be entered into the draw, simply scan your ticket at the door of the Newcomers Sydney Event on 6th September. Entry to the competition can only be made once, must be 18 years or older to enter. Best of luck! Take the first step towards securing your future in Australia by visiting the Newcomers Sydney event; there will be a range of information and services to help you settle into your new life in Australia. Register online for FREE ENTRY to this event.
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    Australian Cities App launched

    PIO Forum member Bill Cooper has released an app for Apple and Android phones and tablets which provides new migrants and existing residents with invaluable information about living in Australia’s capital cities and the Gold Coast. Called “Australian Cities”, it is full of information about accommodation, shopping, newspaper links, attractions (beaches, beauty spots, cinemas and more), food and drink (restaurants, night life and wine regions) and transport (airports, car hire, public transport, taxis, ferries, cycling). Access web pages and maps, save events to your calendar and share with friends via Facebook and Twitter, all within the app. There is a “What’s On” section featuring upcoming and current events, including arts, theatre, concerts, festivals, sports and more. These events are updated automatically from the web by your phone or tablet whenever you view them for any city. The “AFL” and “Rugby” sections work similarly for forthcoming fixtures. Bill divides his time between Australia and the UK for family reasons, and has taken time out from his work as an IT support contractor and web page developer to write the App, in the hope that it will support his need to earn a living with location independence. There is a free “Lite” version which shows the huge range of information available, but you have to buy the “Pro” version to access the bulk of the information. For more information, including download links, see the app’s web support page at http://www.bcitglobal.com/auscities/appinfo Alternatively, search for “Australian Cities” in the Apple App Store or on Google play. If you are unfamiliar with how to get an app onto your phone or tablet, the support page tells you how. The app Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/Australian.Cities “Buying the app will provide you with an invaluable companion on your exciting new journey” says Bill.
  7. Plan ahead by moving overseas with the experts! Moving to Sydney is not without its ups and downs. To make sure you stay ahead of the game, it pays to be well informed. Everyone wants to start their new life down under with as much money as possible and there are a number of things you can do to ensure you make the most of your funds. Key topics always discussed on the forum include visas, moving your possessions, shipping your car, shipping your pets, transferring your money, opening an Australian bank account and getting a mortgage. Our sister site - Poms in Oz is hosting a live webchat session with leading experts in banking, currency exchange, financial/pensions advice, international removals, pet shipping, vehicle importation and migration. The chat event will take place on Tuesday 15th April from 19:30-21:30 (UK Time). National Australia Bank, Moneycorp, PSS International Removals, PetAirUK, Vista Financial Services, IronLady imports and Taylor Made Immigration (TMI) will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your move. If you have an account on Pomsinoz, to participate, head over to www.pomsinoz.com, login, then click on the 'chat' menu option at the top of the page. Clicking on chat will launch the chat software. There will different 'rooms' for each of the different companies. If you don't have an account of Pomsinoz, you can still participate by by following this link - Chat with Industry Experts, then, once the chat software has loaded, tick the 'Guest' option at the top of the chat window, then choose a username and click 'Login' and enter the 'Moneycorp, NAB, PSS, PetAirUK, Vista Financial Services or IronLady' chat rooms. If you have a device which doesn't use Flash eg: iPhone or iPad, you can join us in the chatrooms via this link or by downloading the free 123Flashchat app from the Apps Store via this link and entering 921 as the chat ID. National Australia Bank Peter Kerr will talk about the Australian Banking system providing you with some insights as to what is different between the UK and Australia. She will also talk about how straight forward it is to open an Australian Bank account before you leave home and some of the services you should consider. Moneycorp Whether you are moving to Australia, or living there already, John Kinghorn will bring you the latest updates on the Aussie dollar and provide insight into the key factors influencing market movements. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating and transferring your funds at the right time, via the right channel, can make a big difference to the amount of money you actually end up with. PSS International Removals One of the key ingredients when you are moving overseas is the planning of your removal. Liam Witham will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the packing and shipping of your household effects, including what items you can ship to Australia, Australian Customs procedures and AQIS. PetAir UK Bob Ghandour, Veterinary Consultant and Director of PetAir UK will be on hand to discuss any aspects of shipping your pets to Australia. PetAir UK is a unique pet travel service run by specialised vets for ultimate peace of mind. We will transport your pets safely and comfortably - worldwide. No matter what the journey, we will remove the stress of complicated pet travel arrangements and ensure the best possible service to our clients and their much-loved companions is one of our highest priorities. We operate a 'one of the family' policy, where all animals are treated with the same respect and care as our own pets. We know how much it means to you that your beloved pet arrives safely and by using PetAir UK you can assure yourself you are providing the very best care for your pet. We offer truly comprehensive packages which provide absolute continuity from start to finish. Every client is allocated one of our personal veterinary consultants who will oversee every step of the process. From complex documentation and import permit applications through to last minute flight changes, nothing is a problem for our competent and dedicated team. Vista Financial Services Andrew Williams is both a UK qualified and Australian practising Financial Adviser and Mortgage Consultant specialising in advising UK expats in Australia on the transition and development of their financial affairs. From assisting clients with securing their first Australian mortgage through to working with them to understand whether transferring their UK Pensions is in their interests, Andrew is able to help answer your questions and concerns on a wide range of financial planning matters. Taylor Made Immigration Taylor Made Immigration (TMI) provides Visa and Migration Services to individuals and families wishing to travel to or live and work in Australia. Tiawanna (Tee) Taylor is a Registered Migration Agent and the manager of TMI, we recognise that each and every visa application is unique. TMI provide a user friendly and personal service, and professional management of your visa application process, we can also provide a consultation service and can assist with other immigration matters. At TMI we believe that it is important to consider a visa strategy based on your personal circumstances to ensure the optimum pathway forward towards your long term plans. Many people have more than one option open to them and there may be pros and cons to be considered. Others may not be eligible for permanent residence visa immediately, and in this situation it is important to consider not just obtaining a visa but rather the longer term pathway leading to permanent residence as some temporary options may limit your later options. A UK Expat, Tee lived and worked in a number of countries before settling in Australia. Being a migrant herself places Tee in a position to better understand some of the concerns and stress that can arise during the visa application and migration process. Tee has been an active member of Poms in Oz since 2009. Iron Lady Imports Iron Lady Imports is a small, Australian-based business that specialises in arranging transportation of vehicles from anywhere in the world to any port in Australia. For a fixed brokerage fee, we can help arrange your vehicle's import approval paperwork, shipping, customs clearance and registration in Australia. Aside from our fee, all other costs are invoiced to you directly - no hidden markups! We're also happy to advise you if it's worth bringing your car over before you start (that part's free!).
  8. The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently published: Australian Social Trends, 2014 which used the census data to look at where migrants in Australia live. The Sydney section of the report is below. As the city with the largest overseas-born population in Australia, Sydney is an important entry point for many new arrivals to the country. Sydney is not only home to a number of established migrant communities, but also hosts a number of higher education institutions and businesses which draw in overseas migrants.5 In 2011, migrants tended to be most concentrated around a number of key urban centres in Sydney. In the inner city, a large majority of residents in the suburbs of Haymarket (88%), Sydney CBD (78%) and Ultimo (72%) were born overseas. Many of the migrants living in these suburbs were young students: in 2011, around one in every three people living in Haymarket and Ultimo was an international student attending University, TAFE or other further education institutions in Australia. To the west, high concentrations of people born overseas were found in Parramatta (70%) and surrounding suburbs like Harris Park (76%) and Westmead (68%). In the inner west nearer Sydney Olympic Park, Rhodes and Homebush West (both 73%) also had large concentrations of migrants, as did Burwood (68%). In the south west, suburbs with relatively large populations of migrants included Cabramatta (68%) and Fairfield (66%). These suburbs differed from others mentioned in that overseas-born residents tended to be more established in the community. The median length of residence in Australia for migrants living in Cabramatta was 19 years in 2011, more than three times that of migrants living in Haymarket (4 years), Harris Park (5 years), Parramatta or Rhodes (both 6 years). Other suburbs in Sydney with notable overseas-born populations in 2011 included Campsie (69%) in the Canterbury-Bankstown area, and Hurstville (67%) and Wolli Creek (68%) further south. The following map shows the proportion of overseas-born people in each suburb in Sydney. Who are Sydney's largest migrant groups? Patterns of settlement in Sydney by country of birth The United Kingdom Migrants born in the UK were the largest overseas-born group living in Sydney. In 2011, there were 155,000 UK-born migrants living in Sydney, comprising 4.2% of Sydney's total population. While other large migrant population groups tended to be more concentrated in southern and western suburbs of Sydney, the suburbs where UK migrants made up the largest proportion of the population were found in Sydney's north. These included Manly (16%), Fairlight (15%), and Queenscliff (14%), and suburbs around Pittwater such as Church Point (13%), Bayview (13%), and Scotland Island (12%). China Migrants born in China were the second largest overseas-born population group in Sydney, at 4% of Sydney’s total population in 2011 (147,000 people). Sydney suburbs where Chinese-born migrants made up the largest proportion of the population included Hurstville (36%), Rhodes (29%), Burwood (28%) and Allawah (24%) in the city's south and west. In the city centre, Ultimo and Haymarket also had relatively large populations of Chinese-born migrants (both 22%). India Indian-born migrants were the third largest population group in Sydney (87,000 people in 2011 or 2.4% of Sydney’s total population). Suburbs where Indian-born migrants were most densely concentrated tend to be situated in the wider Parramatta area including Harris Park (43%), Westmead (32%), and Parramatta (24%). Nearby suburbs of Wentworthville (19%), Girraween (17%), and Rosehill (16%) also had large proportions of their population born in India. In the last decade, the proportion of the population of Harris Park born in India more than tripled from 14% to 43% (an increase from 500 to 2,000 Indian-born people between 2001 and 2011). In Westmead, the increase was even greater, from 7% in 2001 to 32% in 2011 (from 700 to 4,200 Indian-born people). These increases reflect the wider increase seen in the Indian-born population across Sydney (and Australia) during this period, with the proportion born in India growing from 1.0% to 2.4% of Sydney's population between 2001 and 2011. New Zealand Although comprising the fourth largest overseas-born population group in Sydney in 2011 (77,000 people or 2.1% of Sydney’s total population), migrants born in New Zealand are a dispersed population. In 2011, there was no suburb in Sydney where New Zealand-born migrants made up more than 10% of the population (compared with 38 suburbs for Chinese migrants, 36 for UK migrants, and 10 for Indian migrants). Sydney suburbs with large concentrations of New Zealand-born migrants included Claymore (8%) towards Campbelltown, and Emerton (8%) and Tregear (6%) in the city's west. Interestingly, half of New Zealanders in Claymore and 42% of New Zealanders in Tregear reported having Samoan ancestry. Claymore and Tregear were also the suburbs with the first and third largest proportion of Samoan-born migrants in Sydney. Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines Countries in eastern Asia including Vietnam (69,000 migrants) and the Philippines (61,000 migrants) also contributed significantly to the overseas-born population of Sydney in 2011. For migrants born in Vietnam, suburbs in the city's south west were most favoured, particularly Cabramatta (35%), Canley Vale (29%), Cabramatta West (28%) and Canley Heights (28%). These same suburbs also tended to be favoured by Cambodian-born migrants. Although smaller in population terms (11,000 migrants), around a third of all Cambodian-born migrants in Sydney lived in one of these suburbs in 2011. By contrast, migrants born in the Philippines tended to be most densely concentrated in suburbs in Sydney’s outer west. These included Woodcroft, where around a quarter (24%) of the population were Filipino-born, as well as Plumpton (19%) and Rooty Hill (18%). In fact, nine of the ten Sydney suburbs with the largest proportion of people born in the Philippines in 2011 were situated in the immediate area between Blacktown and Penrith. Other nations While other countries of birth contribute smaller numbers of people to the overall population of Sydney, the settlement patterns of some of these groups are also strongly localised. Lebanese-born migrants in Australia are very likely to have settled in Sydney with seven out of every ten living there in 2011. The suburbs where Lebanese migrants made up the largest proportion of the population were situated in the Bankstown area including Mount Lewis (18%), Punchbowl (16%), and Greenacre (15%). Suburbs north-west of these, such as South Granville (15%), Old Guildford (14%) and Guildford (13%), also had relatively large Lebanese-born populations. Korean-born migrants were also a large population group in Sydney. Suburbs where Korean-born migrants made up the largest proportion of the population were in the area around Olympic Park, including Rhodes (13%), Newington (12%) and Liberty Grove (11%). Meadowbank (11%) on the other side of the Parramatta river also had a comparatively large Korean-born population. Migrants born in Italy, on the other hand, tended to be concentrated in suburbs to the city’s inner west including Haberfield (15%), Wareemba (14%), and Five Dock (10%). Italian-born migrants were also found in suburbs to Sydney's outer south-west including Austral (13%) and Horsley Park (10%). For migrants born in South Africa, suburbs in the upper north shore including St Ives and St Ives Chase (both 12%) were favoured. Eastern suburbs including Dover Heights (15%) and Rose Bay (10%) were also favoured by South African-born migrants. Iraqi-born migrants were strongly concentrated in suburbs around Fairfield. In 2011, nearly one in four residents of Fairfield Heights (24%) and Fairfield (23%) was born in Iraq. Greenfield Park (16%) nearby also had a relatively large population of Iraqi-born migrants. For migrants born in Thailand or Indonesia, inner city suburbs of Haymarket (17% and 13% respectively) and Sydney CBD (9% and 12% respectively) were popular. Further south-west, Lakemba (15%) and Wiley Park (15%) were the suburbs with the largest population of Bangladeshi-born migrants in proportional terms. Migrants born in Fiji are a large population group in Sydney and tended to be most concentrated in suburbs to the outer south west like Hoxton Park (10%) and Prestons (8%). Nepalese-born migrants - one of the fastest growing migrant groups in Australia - were most concentrated in Rockdale (8%) and Kogarah (7%).
  9. A quick reminder that our final chat event of the year will be starting @ 19:30 (UK time)
  10. Plan ahead by moving overseas with the experts! Moving to Sydney is not without its ups and downs. To make sure you stay ahead of the game, it pays to be well informed. Everyone wants to start their new life down under with as much money as possible and there are a number of things you can do to ensure you make the most of your funds. Key topics always discussed on the forum include moving your possessions, shipping your car, shipping your pets, transferring your money, opening an Australian bank account and getting a mortgage. Our sister site - Poms in Oz is hosting a live webchat session with leading experts in banking, currency exchange, financial/pensions advice, international removals, pet shipping and vehicle importation. The chat event will take place on Wednesday 20th November 2013 from 19:30-21:30 (UK Time). National Australia Bank, Moneycorp, PSS International Removals, PetAirUK, Vista Financial Services and IronLady imports will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your move. If you have an account on Pomsinoz, to participate, head over to www.pomsinoz.com, login, then click on the 'chat' menu option at the top of the page. Clicking on chat will launch the chat software. There will different 'rooms' for each of the different companies. If you don't have an account of Pomsinoz, you can still participate by by following this link - Chat with Industry Experts, then, once the chat software has loaded, tick the 'Guest' option at the top of the chat window, then choose a username and click 'Login' and enter the 'Moneycorp, NAB, PSS, PetAirUK, Vista Financial Services or IronLady' chat rooms. If you have a device which doesn't use Flash eg: iPhone or iPad, you can join us in the chatrooms via this link or by downloading the free 123Flashchat app from the Apps Store via this link and entering 921 as the chat ID. National Australia Bank Rebecca Joils will talk about the Australian Banking system providing you with some insights as to what is different between the UK and Australia. She will also talk about how straight forward it is to open an Australian Bank account before you leave home and some of the services you should consider. Moneycorp Whether you are moving to Australia, or living there already, John Kinghorn will bring you the latest updates on the Aussie dollar and provide insight into the key factors influencing market movements. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating and transferring your funds at the right time, via the right channel, can make a big difference to the amount of money you actually end up with. PSS International Removals One of the key ingredients when you are moving overseas is the planning of your removal. Liam Witham will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the packing and shipping of your household effects, including what items you can ship to Australia, Australian Customs procedures and AQIS. PetAir UK Bob Ghandour, Veterinary Consultant and Director of PetAir UK will be on hand to discuss any aspects of shipping your pets to Australia. PetAir UK is a unique pet travel service run by specialised vets for ultimate peace of mind. We will transport your pets safely and comfortably - worldwide. No matter what the journey, we will remove the stress of complicated pet travel arrangements and ensure the best possible service to our clients and their much-loved companions is one of our highest priorities. We operate a 'one of the family' policy, where all animals are treated with the same respect and care as our own pets. We know how much it means to you that your beloved pet arrives safely and by using PetAir UK you can assure yourself you are providing the very best care for your pet. We offer truly comprehensive packages which provide absolute continuity from start to finish. Every client is allocated one of our personal veterinary consultants who will oversee every step of the process. From complex documentation and import permit applications through to last minute flight changes, nothing is a problem for our competent and dedicated team. Vista Financial Services Andrew Williams is both a UK qualified and Australian practising Financial Adviser and Mortgage Consultant specialising in advising UK expats in Australia on the transition and development of their financial affairs. From assisting clients with securing their first Australian mortgage through to working with them to understand whether transferring their UK Pensions is in their interests, Andrew is able to help answer your questions and concerns on a wide range of financial planning matters. Iron Lady Imports Iron Lady Imports is a small, Australian-based business that specialises in arranging transportation of vehicles from anywhere in the world to any port in Australia. For a fixed brokerage fee, we can help arrange your vehicle's import approval paperwork, shipping, customs clearance and registration in Australia. Aside from our fee, all other costs are invoiced to you directly - no hidden markups! We're also happy to advise you if it's worth bringing your car over before you start (that part's free!).
  11. Another spike in Sydney property prices contributed to a 1.3 per cent rise in the value of homes in Australia's eight capital cities last month. The latest RP Data-Rismark home value index shows Sydney house prices jumped by 2.4 per cent in October. The median house price in Australia's most populous city is now $610,000. Across the capital cities, prices are 12.6 per cent higher than a year ago. RP Data analyst Cameron Kusher says the broader rise in the market is being fuelled by increases in Sydney house prices, which have been growing at an average annual rate of 2.7 per cent of the past decade. "Therefore, it is little wonder that the Sydney market is responding strongly to record low mortgage rates given its long period of underperformance coupled with a pent up undersupply of new housing over recent years," he said. "Obviously a lot of people see housing as a way to store wealth and grow wealth and for most people it's the largest investment they'll ever make. "So when you get really low mortgage rates, I think you're going to see ... that people show more of a preparedness to jump into the housing market."
  12. For the first time, most of the world’s populations live in cities. Rapid growth in air travel means even more people will be visiting them in the future. So where does the world want to visit, do business, or live? Earlier this year, Ipsos MORI surveyed over 18,000 people in 24 countries, to find out, with the findings being announced yesterday. In each of 24 countries they asked people to choose from a list of 48 major cities and asked which ones were the best to do business in, which were best to live in and which people most wanted to visit. London was one of only two cities to make the top five in EVERY category - the only other city that did as well was New York. The Ipsos Top Cities Study’s overall global winners were New York followed by London, Paris, Abu Dhabi and Sydney - which came top for British people as the city they most want to live in. Sydney was ranked as the second best city to live in the world and the fifth best city to visit. The individual winners of each category were: New York (Best place to do business), Zurich (Best place to live) and Paris (Best place to visit). London’s position in each category was: 3rd (Best city to live), 4th (Best city to visit) and 5th (Best city to do business). Each city was given an overall score based on the sum of responses across all three categories.
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    City at night

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    Harbour Bridge

  15. The Economist Intelligence Unit has just released the results of its annual 'Global Liveability Survey'. 140 cities worldwide were surveyed under five categories: stability healthcare culture and environment education infrastructure. Scores in each category and sub-category are compiled and weighted to give a total out of 100. 100 is considered ideal and 1 intolerable. The top cities and indeed much of the rankings remained similar to last year, with Australian and New Zealand cities landing five of the top 10 spots. Canadian cities made up another three of the top 10 positions. Top 10 most livable cities (unchanged in 2013 from 2012): 1 Melbourne, Australia, 97.5 2 Vienna, Austria, 97.4 3 Vancouver, Canada, 97.3 4 Toronto, Canada, 97.2 5 Calgary, Canada, 96.6 5 Adelaide, Australia, 96.6 7 Sydney, Australia, 96.1 8 Helsinki, Finland, 96.0 9 Perth, Australia, 95.9 10 Auckland, New Zealand, 95.7
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