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. […]

Poor Weather? Take It Easy Man

By |January 7th, 2010|

So I’ve been getting updates on email and Facebook from friends back in the UK and the general consensus of opinion seems to be that the snow was great over Christmas however everyone is kind of getting ‘over it’ now.

Looking on the BBC’s website today it looks like the severity of the bitterly cold weather is causing significant disruptions across the UK and much of Northern Europe with over 16 inches of snow being recorded in a 24 hour period in some places!

If it’s any consolation for those getting a little fed up, the weather down in Australia can cause problems to. I saw the attached poster on the train yesterday and it made me chuckle. So much so that I had to take a picture of it to share with our Getting Down Under readers. […]

Happy Holidays Everyone!

By |December 24th, 2009|

G’day everyone! Well, in less that 14 hours time it’s going to be Christmas day here in Australia.

For those ‘enjoying’ the snow throughout many countries in the Northern hemisphere, you’ll be interested to know that it’s forecast to be a not so chilly 36 Celsius here in Australia tomorrow.

We’ve got the ‘outlaws’ over from Sydney this Christmas so were looking forward to what will be the largest ‘family Christmas’ we’ve had in the three years that we’ve now been here. All we need to do now is work out how to cram 60 hours of defrosting time for the turkey into 24. I’m sure we’ll be OK :)

I know when we were in the UK planning our move to Australia we spent many years saying ‘just imagine what it’ll be like…. Christmas in Australia’. I can concur that it is the most wonderful place to spend Christmas and the sweat, tears, frustrations and almost endless waiting really were worth it. […]

$42 Billion stimulus package announced

By |February 3rd, 2009|

We’re well past Christmas however Kevin Rudds Government continues with the handouts, announcing today that Low and middle-income earners will receive a $950 bonus as part of an extra $42 billion of spending in its latest bid to defy the economic gravity that is dragging down economies around the world.

The spending package, over the next four years, includes $28.8 billion for infrastructure, schools and housing, as well as $12.7 billion cash payments. The payments include one-off bonus payments of $950 each for low- and middle-income households and individuals through five bonuses, to be paid in March, 2009 […]

Merry Christmas Everyone!

By |December 24th, 2008|

Well this is our third Christmas since we arrived down under and the family and I are really looking forward to a nice relaxing Christmas day.

The Turkey has been taken out of the freezer and the next 24 hours should hopefully provide sufficient time for the thing to be defrosted.We’ve also got some huge Tiger […]

Merry Christmas

By |December 25th, 2007|

Hi Guys

I Just thought I’d take a second to wish you all the very best for Christmas.

Its our second Christmas here in Australia and it’s forecast to be a chilly 38 degrees Celsius today and an even more shivery 40 degrees C tomorrow :D

We’ve got a pretty lazy day planned. Now we have our own […]

Our First Christmas in Australia

By |December 26th, 2006|

Well, yesterday was our first Christmas in Australia and the day lived up to all of our expectations?

Our little boy did really well, sleeping through until about 7am. Then we all went downstairs to see if Santa had been!

It transpires that Santa managed to find his way to our new home in Perth, crawled down […]

House still on the market

By |October 17th, 2006|

Well, its been an interesting week since we were blobbed on by the buyers who decided to retract their offer due to marital issues.

We instructed the Halifax to drop the price by a couple of grand and offer a £2000 cash back as an incentive for buyers to complete within 28 days. As a result […]

House sale updates

By |September 29th, 2006|

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 is they haven’t!

The […]

What an interesting weekend

By |July 31st, 2006|

As I mentioned on Friday, we were waiting for a formal offer to be made on our house.

It was supposed to be made at around 4pm so I made sure my diary was free for the latter part of Friday afternoon.

At 4pm – nothing! Diddly-squat, so I waited, checking through my e-mails, conscious of the […]

Australia – Its States and territories

By |January 17th, 2006|

Australia consists of six states, two major mainland territories, and other minor territories. The states are New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. The two major mainland territories are the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.

In most respects, the territories function similarly to the states, but the Commonwealth Parliament can override any legislation of their parliaments. By contrast, federal legislation overrides state legislation only with respect to certain areas as set out in Section 51 of the Constitution; all residual legislative powers are retained by the state parliaments, including powers over hospitals, education, police, the judiciary, roads, public transport and local government.

Each state and territory has its own legislature (unicameral in the case of the Northern Territory, the ACT and Queensland, and bicameral in the remaining states). The lower house is known as the Legislative Assembly (House of Assembly in South Australia and Tasmania) and the upper house the Legislative Council. The heads of the governments in each state and territory are called premiers and chief ministers, respectively. The Queen is represented in each state by a governor; an administrator in the Northern Territory, and the Governor-General in the ACT, have analogous roles.