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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Australia

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About sueellson

Founder and Director of http://newcomersnetwork.com started in 1999 and online since 2001 Newcomers Network is Australia’s first network for newcomers. We are a socially responsible independent provider of information, events and advocacy for people who have moved.

My Website:

http://http://newcomersnetwork.com

Advice for New Expats

Check out my Seven Best Settlement Strategies at http://newcomersnetwork.com/information/seven-best-settlement-strategies/

I would love to live in...

Melbourne

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http://http://sueellson.com
http://http://au.linkedin.com/in/sueellson

Favorite Cuisine:

Thai

Favorite Movie:

A Walk In The Clouds

Some Forum Posts:

Australia: Living, Working and Networking in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth:

We host free monthly events in these cities for domestic and international arrivals (or anyone who wants to network). See the details online on the right hand side of every page of http://www.newcomersnetwork.com of email sueellson@newcomersnetwork.com for more details.

Australia: Moving to Perth from New Zealand:

I would suggest you do a search on LinkedIn before you land - and you are most welcome to join one of our free events on the Second Thursday of every month www.newcomersnetwork.com (or suggest that you meet at the event) Cheers, Sue

Australia: money transfers:

Always look at the total transfer offer (exchange rate plus any fees) to compare your options - for instance, there may be no fee but the exchange rate be bad... Also look at www.currencyfair.com - an alternative way to transfer money (and yes, they advertise on my website) Cheers, Sue http://www.newcomersnetwork.com

Australia: Massage Therapist wanting to work in Melbourne:

This may be helpful http://www.immi.gov.au/asri/occupations/m/massage-therapist-3494-11.htm also try http://www.myfuture.edu.au/services/default.asp?FunctionID=5050&ASCO=411611A and http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/australia/melbourne/moving_to_melbourne.php Cheers, Sue Ellson, Newcomers Network

Australia: moving family to Sydney:

My brother lives in Como, south of Sydney - the city is accessible by train and he lives a VERY NICE lifestyle there...so I would recommend the Sutherland Shire, good schools generally too. Cheers, Sue Ellson http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/australia/sydney/

Australia: Australians Repatriating during the G.F.C.:

Hi Tim I would like to publicise your research to people I know...follow the instructions online at http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/research/index.php to request participants for your research. Cheers Sue Ellson Newcomers Network

Australia: Moving Sale Advice:

Hi Matt I would try www.gumtree.com.au to list your items and all the best with your move back to the US Sue Ellson http://www.newcomersnetwork.com

Australia: Holiday Events in Australia:

Hello Betsy Here in Melbourne I am hosting the Bring Your Own Christmas Day Lunch from 12-3pm and on Boxing Day (26/12/08) I am hosting a Welcome Home Party for Australian Expatriates and Repatriates. Both events are open to everyone! We attract a really interesting group of expats and locals to these events - come on your own or with friends! Cheers, Sue Ellson, Founder, Newcomers Network http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/events for more details.

Australia: 10 Tips for Living in Australia:

Hi Betsy Nice to hear from you. I have written 'Six Best Settlement Strategies' at http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/information/six_best_settlement_strategies.php These are really suitable for any location. However, if I was going to state my 'top' tip for living in Australia, it would be to get involved with activities here - so that you can meet new people and create new networks. In Australia, we do not really have 'expatriate' communities (or if we do, they are usually very small groups because of our smaller population), so the best way to enjoy living here is to enjoy the plethora of activities on offer and mix with other multicultural Australians (preferably in a sport/interest that you are already passionate about). That way you will connect because you share the same interest, not because you are from the same country. Hope that helps! Cheers, Sue Ellson Founder Newcomers Network (based in Melbourne and hosting free Welcome Events on the Second Friday of every month in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/events and a Christmas Day Picnic in Melbourne and a Welcome Home Party of Australian Expatriates and Repatriates on 26/12/08

Australia: Non-resident mortgages:

There is some general information on this topic at http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/oursay/expertadvice/hlia.php - contact Anton Vdovin for further details. Sue Ellson Founder Newcomers Network based in Melbourne

Australia: Melbourne:

I have posted quite a number of links on living in Melbourne, relocation resources etc online at http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/australia/melbourne Also gypsy, perhaps you would like to join us tomorrow night for the Australian Expatriates and Repatriates Homecoming Party http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/australia/melbourne/061228.php Everyone is welcome Cheers, Sue Ellson, Founder, Newcomers Network based in Melbourne

Australia: Curious about adjustment to life OZ:

Hello Mel Great to see you preparing early. I think you will find these articles reassuring US Expats - subscribe to a few groups http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/information/allcategories/expatgroups/usa.php Long Distance Love - http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/oursay/ouradvice/love.php Before the move http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/oursay/ouradvice/btm.php Cheers Sue Ellson Founder Newcomers Network

Australia: Help doing PhD in Australia!:

Hi Chris I am an Australian who has studied in Australia - and there is a lot of information published on this topic (with links to further resources) at http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/oursay/ouradvice/study.php If you want to know how 'genuine' the information is, please read this article http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/oursay/ouradvice/iaa.php All the best with your decision making! Cheers Sue Ellson Founder Newcomers Network

Australia: Australia:

Start here - could be a good start http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/information/allcategories/expatgroups/im.php and also http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/oursay/ouradvice/dtm.php All the best! Sue Vitnell Founder, Newcomers Network we'll tell you where to go... Australia's first network for newcomers suevitnell @ newcomersnetwork.com http://www.newcomersnetwork.com

Australia: moving to brisbane is it best to take or buy your furniture:

You may like to visit http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/oursay/ouradvice/brisbane.php and also http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/oursay/ouradvice/btm.php Cheers -- Sue Vitnell Founder, Newcomers Network we'll tell you where to go... Australia's first network for newcomers suevitnell @ newcomersnetwork.com http://www.newcomersnetwork.com

Australia: Bringing Money Home to Aus:

Hello Philmac I have asked Anton from Proper Finance Solutions for some advice for you. By law, he cannot give you tax advice, but he has suggested a good Accountant Mr Ian Douglas DOUGLAS CLARK ASSOCIATES phone +61 3 9342 2444 email ian@douglasclark.com.au Anton Vdovin Proper Finance Solutions mobile +61423 055 241 phone +613 9809 1444 (via Lawfund) www.properfinance.com.au I presume you have also had a look at www.ato.gov.au and you may find some of the links at http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/oursay/expertadvice/hlia.php Hope that helps! Sue Vitnell Founder, Newcomers Network we'll tell you where to go... based in melbourne, australia suevitnell @ newcomersnetwork.com http://www.newcomersnetwork.com Complete our 'Moving in the 21st century' two minute 20 question survey before 16 August 2004 http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/survey/nf.php

Australia: Computer, Peanut Butter & Visas:

Hello, If we come in under my husbands work visa, may I then work part-time or must i have seperate paperwork? This is a question you may like to post at the AustraliaNZMigrate Yahoo Group as they provide answers to migration related questions. I am planning on taking a "tourist" trip to Australia in the next couple of months and we are looking to settle within 50 kilometers of Melbourne since my husband would like to some day study there (he is structural./civil/environmental engineer and would like to receive his PhD in the future). What areas or suburbs would you suggest for me to look at while on my trip for settling? http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/oursay/expertadvice/buyingorrentingpropertyinmelbourne.php Does anyone know anything about the nursing situation? Contact Christine Smith from http://www.initialwelcome.com.au in Perth Western Australia as she was working for a company that would have contacts here in Melbourne initialwelcome@optusnet.com.au What about small storage units? i plan on making several trips in the next year or two and would like to leave some stuff in a unit that we have pre-paid on. These can be found at http://www.yellowpages.com.au Is there a "group" of American-Australians whom I could meet with or talk to on my trip? http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/information/allcategories/expatgroups/usa.php http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/oursay/expertadvice/thingstoseeanddoinmelbourne.php Where do you reccomend staying for 2-3 weeks? http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/oursay/expertadvice/tempacc.php Is there anyway I can get an address or post office box with my American Passport because we are wanting to get a tax ID # and open a bank account? See http://www.australiapost.com.au/ See http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/information/allcategories/banking.php I have heard that furniture is very high in Australia. Would it cost more to ship solid wood dining room table or should I sell it & buy new when I get there? This is a very personal choice - depends on packing costs etc ask this question at Americans Down Under Yahoo Group Do they sell Universal DVD players so my American DVDs will play? Not sure, check out http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/oursay/ouradvice/btm.php as it has a list of what to bring and what to leave what is the Australian equivalent of Walmart? Probably KMart I was told to bring my good cChina from Germany, that I would use it more in Australia then USA, is this true? Depends who you entertain! We are very attached to our cat & realize the paperwork & expense involved in bringing him. I have found a good home for him here in the States should we choose not uproot him like that, but will I be able to get another kitten from the pound? Very easily, the Cat Protection Society is a no kill shelter, so you could even get an older cat (in Greensborough) http://worldanimalnet.org/new.asp?co=AUSTRALIA&geo=oc&prov=&cat= How hard & expensive is it to keep ONE domestic animal? Easy but you usually need to register the animal with your local council and keep it in at night What about LandLords-is it like the States where a deposit is required, are they more or less accepting of household pet? Depends on the land lord...cats are better than dogs (in the eyes of a landlord) - you usually sign a special letter to get the okay in addition to the lease What advice would you offer, Im not sure our cat would adjust & do well with the quarentine & all the preperation and so on. Could be a long wait through quarantine http://www.affa.gov.au/content/output.cfm?ObjectID=768C53F1-E1E3-47B6-A1516B834217B7F8&contType=outputs Is animal population there a problem? Not really if you only have one domestic pet How hard is it to get peanut butter? Available most supermarkets...some people miss Reece's Peanut Butter Cups but you can get some from http://www.usafoods.com.au Someone told me its very expensive abbroad. Depends where you live, what you buy, your lifestyle etc.. Finally we ar planning on getting a new laptop but want to do it for australia, so should we wait & i buy one in Australia on my 1st trip or is it cheaper to get one here? Warranty may mean it is better to purchase in Australia I was told a switch on the laptop converts the power supply source so that it can go back & forth from 110 to 220 but we went shopping this weekend and none of the salespeople knew what we were talking about & told us we would have to special order that from the company itself. PLEASE HELP- we want the laptop to entertain me on the plane but also to use as our main computer when we first arrive in Australia. Are electronics, computers and so on more or less expensive there since you are closer to Japan & trade more with them? - again, this information is covered in the what to bring/leave link... Any responses & advise would be appreciated including tips on airfare-Can we join Qantas frequent flier while still in the State or must we wait until we resettle? suggest you check their website http://www.qantas.com.au/fflyer/dyn/program/welcome We are very excited but feel very overwhlemed-it seems for every form there is two other forms they then send us. Any tips & advise are appreciated. Chanah My goodness Chanah...you have the record for the most questions in one post I have ever seen! Join the Americans Down Under Yahoo Group, and ask only one or two questions each time...as you need to...they are a great bunch of supportive people. Cheers Sue Vitnell Founder, Newcomers Network new location, new life, make the most of it! ask us a question - we answer them based in melbourne, australia suevitnell @ newcomersnetwork.com http://www.newcomersnetwork.com

Australia: thinking of moving to melbourne:

I would encourage you to visit the Newcomers Network website http://www.newcomersnetwork.com And ask any further questions direct to me suevitnell @ newcomersnetwork.com (just remove spaces)

Australia: moving to australia:

I would suggest that you contact Christine and Steve from www.initialwelcome.com.au - they migrated from the UK and Christine is a Nurse! Cheers suevitnell @ newcomersnetwork.com new location, new life, make the most of it! based in melbourne, australia http://www.newcomersnetwork.com

Australia: Moving from US to Melb - Electronics:

There is a variety of links and information on this page for 'before the move' http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/oursay/ouradvice/btm.php Cheers Sue Ellson Founder Newcomers Network

Australia: Moving to Brisbane from US:

Hello to you! Here are some links where you may be able to find the pharmacist info http://jobsearch.gov.au/joboutlook/default.asp Job Outlook, Search for Information on Occupations and Careers Find out about job prospects, weekly earnings, type of work and other useful occupational information. http://www.propertyoz.com.au/trendsnet/cyberstats/fs_WeeklyEarnings.htm Average weekly earnings by industry type This Property Council of Australia page contains statistical information from the Property Council of Australia showing average weekly earnings for all industries and for the property sector. http://www.wagenet.gov.au/WageNet/HomePage/HomePage.asp WageNet - This Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business site provides information regarding wages and conditions of employment across all Australian states and territories. The site also contains a variety of factsheets covering the areas of: Awards and Agreements; Recruitment and related issues; Good Employment Practices; and Other Employment Issues. and to find US based groups in Australia, I would suggest you visit http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/information/allcategories/expatgroups/usa.php If you have more specific queries, can I suggest you consider membership of Newcomers Network (available for AUD$99 per year) Cheers Sue Vitnell Founder Newcomers Network http://www.newcomersnetwork.com suevitnell@newcomersnetwork.com

Australia: thinking of moving to brisbane from cheshire:

I would suggest that you contact South East Queensland Relocations seqr@bigpond.net.au and visit www.ourbrisbane.com pick up a copy of Australian News www.australian-news.co.uk and have a look at the following websites http://www.australianimmigrantsguide.com.au http://jobsearch.gov.au/joboutlook/default.asp Job Outlook, Search for Information on Occupations and Careers Find out about job prospects, weekly earnings, type of work and other useful occupational information. http://www.propertyoz.com.au/trendsnet/cyberstats/fs_WeeklyEarnings.htm Average weekly earnings by industry type This Property Council of Australia page contains statistical information from the Property Council of Australia showing average weekly earnings for all industries and for the property sector. http://www.wagenet.gov.au/WageNet/HomePage/HomePage.asp WageNet - This Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business site provides information regarding wages and conditions of employment across all Australian states and territories. The site also contains a variety of factsheets covering the areas of: Awards and Agreements; Recruitment and related issues; Good Employment Practices; and Other Employment Issues. And for some good links to get you started on migration, have a look over Jeremy's website at http://australianz.topcities.com Keith's website at http://users.chariot.net.au/~krmiller/poms2oz/ and you may also like to buy the book 'The Migrants Guide to Emigrating and Settling in Australia' (I have not seen it though it sounds good) http://www.pomsdownunder.com/book1.html Naturally, there are also free settlement guides at http://www.immi.gov.au and you are welcome to subscribe to our free monthly enewsletter at http://www.newcomersnetwork.com or visit our website - all of the resources are free of charge or registration. You may also like to look at the British expats page of the Newcomers Network website http://www.newcomersnetwork.com/mel/information/allcategories/expatgroups/uk.php Also consider joining the Ozemigrate and AustraliaNZMigrate Yahoo Groups. All the best! Sue Vitnell Founder Newcomers Network (based in Melbourne) http://www.newcomersnetwork.com suevitnell@newcomersnetwork.com

 

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