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Have You Thought about Teaming up to Rent a Cheap & Affordable Apartment in Brisbane? I am on a campaign to search for a person to team up and rent a government subsided modern apartment/house around Brisbane. I am joining QUT early next. I am looking for a non-smoker, clean, quieter and responsible person, preferably doing postgraduate studies. The apartments or houses in question are newly built or near new. They are not furnished, but are equipped with the most desirable amenities, such as air-condition, modern kitchen and sometimes dishwasher and dryer. Rent is generally $295 - $340 for a 2Bedroom apartment, and some of them with 2Bathrooms. Houses are also about the same price. Meaning, you have your own bedroom even a bathroom at $170 a week or less. All you have to do is to split the bills, which can take the rent to approximately $190 a week depending on the usage and necessity. But, most of all, you have your own privacy and able to study without interruption. If you have a year or two years to go with your studies, and looking for a comfortable and quieter place to study, and you are a non-smoker, clean, quieter and responsible, please contact me as soon as you can for a discussion.
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atan posted English Classes (Brisbane)- $5 on the Australia forum on August 14, 2014:
Hi all, English oral class and conversation group on Mondays at St David's community centre, Coorparoo 1:30pm-3:30pm, starting 11/8/14. Come along and improve your speaking and listening skills, practice through activities and discussion, and make some new friends. You'll learn a lot about Aussie culture too! These classes are designed for intermediate level speakers. However if you're a fast learner and willing to give it a go you're more than welcome! The classes are quite informal and interactive to let students practice as much English as possible. Focus will be on practical English and incorporate much western and Aussie slang/colloquial terms. I don't charge anything for running this group, but the community centre that is kindly hosting it requires to charge $5 per head to pay its bills. But for that you get afternoon tea, two hours of English instruction and a chilled environment to practice in, so I think it's still a good bargain :) address is 68 Orange Grove Road, Coopers Plains, but entrance is on Rockwood Ave and more info about the venue at And don't worry, nobody will try to preach Christianity to you :) The room we are provided with can only hold a small number of people, so unfortunately I do have to limit number of attendees. If you're interested please email me at and give me your name to confirm your attendance so I can ensure we have enough chairs and space. If you RSVP after we have exceeded the maximum capacity, unfortunately I'll have to ask you to attend in a future week or wait til we find a larger room. oh and please don't ask me to proofread your formal assignments or complete your IELTS exam for you because I will say no! Please note that the group will not be running every Monday of this semester due to my work commitments. You can check with me if class is happening beforehand by emailing me. Thanks guys, and maybe see some of you soon! Don't forget to confirm attendance by email and give me your name! al
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ghonline posted Lunch with Mary Dalmau on the Australia forum on August 07, 2014:
Come and hear Mary Dalmau speak on 'The Printed Word's Bright Future' at Graduate House's monthly luncheon. Mary Dalmau is a vocational bookseller working in Melbourne, Australia since 1977. A librarian by training, she has been President of the Australian Booksellers Association, a judge on national book awards, a volunteer to the library community and the General Manager of Reader’s Feast Bookstore. As well, Mary Dalmau has been the instigator behind many of the literary events in Melbourne over the past forty years. She was the manager of Reader’s Feast for 20 years and then, in 2011, became the owner, director and manager of Reader’s Feast Bookstore at 162 Collins Street, Melbourne.
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Odile posted Luxembourgians in Melbourne on the Australia forum:
Hi there, Are there any Luxenbourgians in Victoria or am I the only one???? Odile
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stumpy replied to the thread Buying a property on the Australia forum:
Shahidsubzwari initially posted:
Does buying a property gives PR in Australia for retirees? If not, then what is the best way to get work visa/ PR in Australia? Kindly reply
stumpy replied most recently with:
You will not get PR when you buy real estate. And real estate purchases by expats are subject to government approval. If you invest 1 million dollars in a business, employ locals you will get citizenship. To visa information and applications Unemployment is rising here so to get a job is very difficult. Companies will hire locals first and it is also expensive and time consuming for companies to hire an expat. For jobs It is expensive to live here too. We are the 6th highest cost ecomony for living in the developed world. Food, transport rents etc are high For cost of living
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Come and hear Prof. David De Kretser speak on 'Research and Science: You never know where it will take you' at Graduate House's monthly luncheon. Professor de Kretser is a reproductive endocrinologist whose academic career at Monash University included appointments as Professor of Anatomy, the founding Director of the Monash Institute of Medical Research and Associate Dean for Biotechnology Development. In 2003, he was named a Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor. He served as the 28th Governor of Victoria from 2006 to 2011 and is a Companion of the Order of Australia. He resumed his research career at Monash University in April of 2011.
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stumpy replied to the thread Can i file PR for my mother then get her on Visitor Visa on the Australia forum:
jstrosh initially posted:
Hi, I have an Austarlian PR visa and am planning to move to Australia in September 2014. My mother is a widow and is dependent on me. I am searching for ways in which I can get her to stay with me without any interruption of having to return to india every year. Only way possible is PR but here is the problem. I was first thinking of filing her Visitor Visa(subclass 600) and getting her to OZ and then filing for her PR (subclass 884 or 864) . Then filing Bridging till the result of PR is out so she could stay with me without having to return to India. Biggest Problem here is that the Visitor Visa(sublass 600) has 'No Further Stay' condition imposed on it, and this condition prohibits anyone to file any further Visa on top of it. Thus filing PR after getting her on Visitor is not an option. Thus the second thing I am thinking is filing her PR first and then getting her on Visitor Visa. PR would take 12 to 24 months and on visitor visa she can stay with me for 12 months so that at least reduces the PR visa waiting by 0 to 12 months. But I am not sure if this option is allowed. Can anyone tell me if I can apply for her PR and then get her to OZ on Visitor Visa? Please also let me know if you know of any other solution so I can have my mother stay with me without having to return to India. Any help much appreciated.
stumpy replied most recently with:
She would have to be outside the country for PR processing
jstrosh replied most recently with:
Ok thanks for your reply. Can i instead do this? Apply for the visitor visa now, as she is anyways not eligible for PR till january. Once she has visitor Visa , I then apply for PR and then get her to travel on Visitor, which was already granted, till the time her PR is in prgoress?
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Major General Professor Jeffrey V Rosenfeld speaks on "Being a brain surgeon: What is it like?" for our Twilight Lecture at Graduate House on 23rd July, 2014. Also come join us for GU Tastings and taste some of the finest wines and more, before and after the lecture. Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld AM, OBE, CStJ works in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences at Monash University as a Professor. He is Head of the Department of Surgery and the Division of Clinical Sciences in the Central Clinical School at the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct. His main research interests are traumatic brain injury and bionic vision. He is one of Australia’s leading academic neurosurgeons and senior military surgeons and is internationally recognised for his neurotrauma research and teaching. He is President, Graduate Union of the University of Melbourne. Ticketing Details: Pricing: $25 Concession: $22.50 Booking Essentials: Book by Monday, 21st July 2014, via our website or call us at 03 9347 3428 or email us at or in person at the venue 220, Leicester Street, Carlton, VIC 3053.
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oneonlyliveonce replied to the thread Renting or Buying a Home in Australia on the Australia forum:
adminee initially posted:
June is popular time to move to Australia. Many expats temporarily settle in furnished rentals giving them time to look for the right place to rent or buy. Finding a good real estate agent or agency can be key! Do you have an individual or agency to recommend? Please take a minute to post the name and website for your favorite agent or agency. If expats in your area find housing themselves -- without the help of agents, what suggestions would you have for someone starting their search? How do they find the best places? Thanks! Expat Exchange
oneonlyliveonce replied most recently with:
I used craiglist worldwide
marialoka replied most recently with:
yeah you are right after I've searched the google for good real estate agents in australia I came up with [url=]Perth Property Valuers[/url]
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of International School of Western Australia (ISWA) in Perth, Australia
Review-of-International School of Western Australia (ISWA)
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
We have a gym, school fields, and playground. There are extra-curricular activities and clubs, and most families participate in community sports and activities as well. A lot of Australian sports are played within a club system and not a school system. For example, my sons play basketball, and the best basketball is played through the club system. Kids from every school come to participate. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
Can anyone give me the latest reviews about this school. Perth is on our relocation list but I am not sure about the schools in perth. We are now at an international British School and if we move to Perth my eldest has to do her IB there.
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I also have children at ISWA and have very mixed feelings about the school in general. We moved here from the states and have tried an Australian school and ISWA. Education in Perth is very different than education in the US. The only advantage to ISWA is they operate on the northern hemisphere calendar. Parent involvement does not exist and the administration wants to keep it that way. It is really ashamed considering the amount of professional spouses that aren't working. There are not any sports through school and when the school is approached to a parent volunteering to coach a team the administration flat out tells you they are not interested. I am not sure avoidance is the right choice. It is probably better than anything else but it falls short of satisfactory.
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