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Hmmmm – Site Issues

By |March 20th, 2014|

Hi Guys

Just a short note, our site appears to be a little broken at the moment so we are looking to fix it as soon as we can.

In the meantime, the format of our site will be a little ‘average’. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. We’ll look to get the issues addressed as soon as […]

Happy New Year 2014

By |December 31st, 2013|

Hi Guys. Please let me take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for the new year! :yahoo:

At time of typing, 2013 has nearly come to an end and by Australian Migration standards, 2013 has I think, been a relatively quiet year.

We’ve had three changes in Australian Immigration ministers in the last 12 […]

Tap, tap, tap – Is this thing still on?

By |February 8th, 2013|

Hello out there and best wishes for 2013 everyone!

Our regular visitors will have noticed it’s been a very quiet time here at GDU. Christmas is always a quiet time for Australian Immigration and on the flip side it’s been a very busy time in Mark-ville so apologies for the lack of updates.

Christmas was HOT (approx. 40 degrees) and split across two days. We had a traditional English Christmas on Christmas day with a Turkey and all the trimmings. Then on boxing day we flipped over to the other side of the world and enjoyed a good old Aussie Christmas with a delicious mix of barbequed prawns, snags (sausages) steaks and other meats (with a hint of salad on the side).

2013 may well see some changes here at Getting Down Under. We have a lot of information but the more we write the more difficult some of this information is to find so we’ll be looking at a complete overhaul (and redesign) of the site in the first half of this year. I have a few ideas, I just need to work out how to change my scribbles into reality so watch this space. […]

Australian Visa Free Online Assessment Tool

By |January 16th, 2012|

Hi Guys, I’ve been meaning to make this service available for a while but it’s taken me a little time to identify an appropriate Australian Immigration Company with whom we could partner with to offer this serice.

I’m pleased to confirm that we have chosen to partner with National Visa’s and in conjunction with National Visa’s we are now able to offer all Getting Down Under visitors a FREE Austraian Visa assessment tool to see if you’d qualify for a visa to move down under. 

The FREE Australian Visa online assessment tool is designed to instantly determine if you may be eligible to apply for a visa to Australia. […]

Fresh New Look For Getting Down Under

By |December 7th, 2011|

Hi guys, well it’s been a while since we’ve played with the look of our site so today I’m delighted to formally announced the release of our new design.

I was aiming for a clean and uncluttered look which make browsing our articles easier and I’m pretty pleased with the results. I’m quite liking the new look although […]

Server move complete

By |December 2nd, 2011|

So we’ve had issues with our host (again) so we’ve moved (again).

I really hope this is the last time we need to move for a very long time and would like to take this opportunity to thank our regular visitors for their patience whilst we looked to get this sorted.

Hopefully this will be the last […]

Latest Site Outages

By |June 13th, 2011|

Hi All. Just a short note to explain the recent outage experienced at Getting Down Under recently.

Unfortunately and for reasons still to be understood, GDU became a victim of a Denial-Of-Service (DOS) attack which ultimately caused our site to go offline and then remain offline for the past three days.

When we became aware of the matter, we contacted our host who spent some time trying to unsuccessfully rectify the problem resulting in the only alternative being to change to a new server environment. […]

A few site issues today

By |November 26th, 2010|

Hi Guys, well, it’s been a while since we were plagued with site issues however we had our account temporarily suspended today by our hosting provider as our traffic was causing a number of spikes which risked impacting some of their other customers.

We have since made an attempt to optimise GDU a little bit more which will hopefully reduce the chances of something like this happening again.

Let me take this opportunity to apologize for any inconvenience caused by the down time, hopefully it will not happen again. […]

Domain Name Expiry and General Rubbishness!

By |September 25th, 2010|

Hi Guys, So a few of you (OK, probably a few thousand of you) may have noticed that GDU was offline for a few days earlier this week.

I got an email from  a GDU visitor earlier in the week asking me if there was anything wrong with the site as she was not able to access the site (although bizarly her husband could access the site from the United States).

I checked the site, saw that we were still chugging along and wrote myself a note to respond at the weekend.

Over the next couple of days I got a couple more emails from folks struggling to access our site and when I checked again, logging into I got a nice page full of ads!!! […]

Submit an Article to Getting Down Under

By |January 15th, 2010|

Here at Getting Down Under HQ we’ve focused our efforts on publishing news and articles specific to what’s going on in the world of Australian Immigration right now.

The thing is, there isn’t ALWAYS something going on (of interest to our readers anyway). This means that the pages of our site don’t update as often as we’d like them to and if you are one of the many folks who visit our site every day, it’s not going to be particularly exciting for you either! :)

With this in mind, we have decided to introduce a number of articles written by guest authors. These Articles are focused on educating our Getting Down under readers on the process of migrating to Australia and we’ll look to publish a new article every day for at least the next couple of weeks. If the articles prove to be a popular introduction then we’ll look to source some more. […]

Getting Down Under Move Complete

By |January 10th, 2010|

Hi all, well for our more regular visitors, you may have noticed that the availability of Getting Down Under has been very off and on of late.

Since January 2006, Getting Down Under has been hosted on it’s own server located in (of all places) Texas!

As technology has evolved we’ve found ourselves becoming a little left behind and the recent crash was a sign that we needed to move our site to a more stable host.

With this in mind on Friday morning we started to backup out site in preperation for the move to a new web host and it was during this process that our old server completly died! […]

Forums Down … Grrrrr!

By |January 2nd, 2010|

Hey Everyone

We’ve recently updated some software on the server that hosts Getting Down Under and this has caused some significant issues with out forums.

Let me take this opportunity to apologise for the downtime. We are trouble shooting the issue with our host and VBulletin (the guys who make the software we use for the forums) and hope to have everything back on line as soon as possible.

Please feel free to keep in touch by either posting a comment at the bottom of this post or via the discussion option within the Getting Down Under Facebook Group which you can view by clicking here. […]

Getting Down Under now on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin

By |June 7th, 2009|

Since launching Getting Down Under in January 2006, our site has evolved from my own personal Blog, tracking the move of my own family down under to more of an online Australian Immigration Magazine providing the latest Australian immigration news, reviews and of course, the odd joke!

Since these early days the internet has continued to develop so today I thought I’d officially launch a couple more channels to keep in touch with our site and with other folk around the world looking to make the move Down under. […]

Getting Down under Gets translated

By |January 9th, 2009|

Getting down under has been around for a number of years now and during this time we we’ve written quite a large number of articles.

I know that it’s a given that you need to speak a decent level of English to migrate to Australia, the IELTS tests see to that, however I’m also mindful that […]

Getting Down Under gets a face lift

By |December 22nd, 2008|

It’s been a while since I played around with the look of our site and as I have a little time on my hands (with the lead up to Christmas) I thought it was about time for a change.

As time has gone by Getting Down Under has developed from just a personal Blog to an […]

5000 Members and Counting

By |October 4th, 2008|

Way back in March 2006 I mulled over whether or not a forum would be a useful addition to our site.

Back in the day, Getting Down Under was a relitively new site. We only had a handful of visitors a day (less than 20) but I still wanted to create a place on the site where members could interact with each other a little more.

On the 20th of April of the same year, I launched our Community Forums and we had 6 folks register to join our forums in the first week :)

Fast forward a couple of years and I’m delighted to say that we’ve now got over 5000 members, with 20 – 30 new wannabe Aussies joining our community every single day :D

Getting down under now attracts over 1500 unique visitors daily and it’s great to see some of the interactions and friendships starting to be formed within our community. […]