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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by kamotisha: 4:43pm On Dec 05, 2017
Thank you so much.

quote author=Alphadoor post=62931249]


For NAB account use
https://www.nab.com.au/personal/banking/opening-a-new-personal-account
do not click apply... scroll down and select

Opening an account from overseas
it will take you to the link below

https://www.tfaforms.com/197860

For commonwealth bank

https://www.commbank.com.au/personal/can/moving-to-australia.html

ANZ

http://movingtoaustralia.anz.com/global/en/?_ga=2.173264803.1063520243.1512279893-796203425.1512279893 [/quote]
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by kamotisha: 4:44pm On Dec 05, 2017
Thank you!

Omooloriredade:




In addition to the link Alphadoor posted, I used this

https://www.nationalaustraliabank.com/nabglobal/migrant

When you click "Apply" it opens the same form >>

https://www.nationalaustraliabank.com/australian-account


I have since completed my account opening using my Nigerian address and phone number (no money to send yet cheesy ). It was a smooth process. Your account number is sent to you via email in about 24-48 hours. You'll also be sent your internet log in details via a seperate email (for security reasons) another 24 hours after.
Read the instructions on the PDF attachment containing your acct details carefully.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Nobody: 7:24pm On Dec 05, 2017
bellong:


I believe on every bank's website, there will be an account for migrants. I don't know what NAB calls theirs.

You can open account prior to arrival if you choose the right account. I opened an account before I arrived.

Hi Bellong,

What are the best two banks you can recommend for utilities/daily transactions and savings for a new migrant? From your own personal experience..
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by OGKush(m): 9:11pm On Dec 05, 2017
Great job you guys are doing on this forum showcasing Australia to the rest of us still planning to relocate for different reasons.

Please I'll like to know how efficient their internet access is and is it cheap?. Cause I saw some houses who doesnt add internet access to their rent option, a situation where you'll have to pay for internet access. What's you guys take on this.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by bellong: 10:34pm On Dec 05, 2017
jaybwoi:


Hi Bellong,

What are the best two banks you can recommend for utilities/daily transactions and savings for a new migrant? From your own personal experience..

I have no bank to recommend. All the banks are good. You only look for good bank when you need loans.

@OGKush,

Why should a landlord pay for your internet connection when he is not charging you for it?

When you get a house, you will pay for the internet connection of your choice. It is Only in shared house you see internet connection included in rent.

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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Nobody: 11:39pm On Dec 05, 2017
bellong:
I have no bank to recommend. All the banks are good. You only look for good bank when you need loans

OK.. Thanks..
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by cc77(m): 4:19am On Dec 06, 2017
Vinsmuft:

shocked Unbelievable! But bros you sure say them rotate the tires.
Greetings Vinsmuft, i sent you a message via your email address please reply.
Thank you.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by OGKush(m): 8:42pm On Dec 06, 2017
bellong:


@OGKush,

Why should a landlord pay for your internet connection when he is not charging you for it?

When you get a house, you will pay for the internet connection of your choice. It is Only in shared house you see internet connection included in rent.

Well!! You're right. Most of the houses where internet connection is inclusive with the rent are shared apartments, which was why I asked how efficient the internet service is and if it's cheap, incase I'll have to pay for my own internet connection. Thanks
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by bellong: 2:31am On Dec 07, 2017
I don't know what you use internet for but if Nigeria internet can serve you well, I think you shouldn't worry about the efficiency of internet. It should be the least of your worries among many things to worry about.

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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by OGKush(m): 7:11am On Dec 07, 2017
bellong:
I don't know what you use internet for but if Nigeria internet can serve you well, I think you shouldn't worry about the efficiency of internet. It should be the least of your worries among many things to worry about.

Oh ok!! Thank you for the clarification.

Please more pictures oo, we'll like to see what Australia looks like in december. Thanks to everyone that has been contributing to this forum.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Aieboocaar(m): 8:51am On Dec 07, 2017
Stakeholders of this thread ooo!! make una come wet awa appetite small na

come and show we the potential aussie migrant how christmas is in various cities in aussie
cheesy

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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Misoke: 9:25pm On Dec 07, 2017
Vinsmuft:


For driving in Victoria, you need to pass three tests.
1. The learner's permit test
2. The hazard perception test
3. The drive test.

Everyone (both foreigner or Australian born) who wants to drive in Victoria must pass these tests. Even if you have driven for 20 years in your country and you want to drive in Victoria you must pass these tests. The first is the knowledge of the road laws in Victoria. The second tests how you would respond to various hazards while driving and the third is the practical drive test. But since you can drive with your naija licence for 6 months in Victoria, you have ample time to prepare for these tests. I've done the first two. E no hard. I can post the materials here if needed


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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Misoke: 11:40pm On Dec 07, 2017
Phlunter01:
Look what I found oh. Family of four via Ethiopian airline = N995k

gini!!..eyes popping....so IOM is not the only ish after all...abeggy they should shift

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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by FBS: 1:25pm On Dec 08, 2017
Christmas loading.... grin
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Vinsmuft(m): 8:36pm On Dec 08, 2017
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Misoke: 9:19pm On Dec 08, 2017


Whatever is this person talking about now?

Infact you are ignored

was anyone talking to you honey?..."guilty concor"..

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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Omooloriredade: 7:08pm On Dec 11, 2017
Misoke:


gini!!..eyes popping....so IOM is not the only ish after all...abeggy they should shift

Price is not the only factor considered when flight hunting. Some consider the number of stops, value added services and airline as well. You'll find that cheap flights have more stop overs, less baggage allowance and less popular/rated airlines.

Notwithstanding, good deals come up every now and then on top airlines. This is where IOM may be useful.
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by SallyAUS: 10:14pm On Dec 12, 2017
Hi people,

Good day hope this meets you well... please I am seeking more information. I currently got my grant for Nsw Sydney. I am seeking assistance for agents or the best way to get a house or an apartment in the inner west of Sydney. I would greatly appreciate any information I get. If you have better suggestions please let me know.. I am seeking an area with good childcare, schools and very good commutes train and car, with easy access to UNSW and the CBD. Thank you
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by malmo: 12:09am On Dec 13, 2017
SallyAUS:
Hi people,

Good day hope this meets you well... please I am seeking more information. I currently got my grant for Nsw Sydney. I am seeking assistance for agents or the best way to get a house or an apartment in the inner west of Sydney. I would greatly appreciate any information I get. If you have better suggestions please let me know.. I am seeking an area with good childcare, schools and very good commutes train and car, with easy access to UNSW and the CBD. Thank you

you can google and do research on this stuff. I did a similar thing while I was moving to Adelaide. I search for good suburbs, checked for schools ratings etc.I know the closer you are to CBD the higher the rent. You can live in a far suburb and still be okay.

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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Ironrose: 9:03am On Dec 13, 2017
Hi guys, pls pls send pictures of Christmas in Australia and your journey so far. It's extremely motivating reading such stories. Thanks

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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Misoke: 3:11pm On Dec 15, 2017
Omooloriredade:


Price is not the only factor considered when flight hunting. Some consider the number of stops, value added services and airline as well. You'll find that cheap flights have more stop overs, less baggage allowance and less popular/rated airlines.

Notwithstanding, good deals come up every now and then on top airlines. This is where IOM may be useful.

you are right ...but as with everything else their response times are very high..if one needs it faster than they can arrange and gets better deals then the person can apply "opportunity cost" abi na....thanks though
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by samuelkingz(m): 9:49pm On Dec 15, 2017
people in Aussie I got a question.. someone told me that most guys in Aussie work,save up,go to China which is closer to you Australia, buy goods ,send back home nd then go back to base.how through is this considering that it may be hard getting another visa in a foreign land...your input is needed
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Joyfree: 7:53pm On Dec 16, 2017
Pls I will like to know how early can one enter Australia after obtaining the student visa n can one find something doing before resumption.
Info needed urgently. Thanks
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by OlalekanKad(m): 8:09pm On Dec 16, 2017
Joyfree:
Pls I will like to know how early can one enter Australia after obtaining the student visa n can one find something doing before resumption.
Info needed urgently. Thanks

You can't enter too early from the course start date. Ideally your visa will be 1 month early from the course start date and you can't enter before that time as the visa will not be valid yet. So to answer your question in a nutshell, it is one month early you can enter so as to find something doing.

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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by OlalekanKad(m): 8:13pm On Dec 16, 2017
samuelkingz:
people in Aussie I got a question.. someone told me that most guys in Aussie work,save up,go to China which is closer to you Australia, buy goods ,send back home nd then go back to base.how through is this considering that it may be hard getting another visa in a foreign land...your input is needed


Nothing is cast on stone, alot of people come to Australia with different mindsets and not everyone like to enter and start pursuing the aspect of going to buy something in China and start sending things home because trust me, it is not as easy as they tell you but it is doable.

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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by OlalekanKad(m): 8:18pm On Dec 16, 2017
SallyAUS:
Hi people,

Good day hope this meets you well... please I am seeking more information. I currently got my grant for Nsw Sydney. I am seeking assistance for agents or the best way to get a house or an apartment in the inner west of Sydney. I would greatly appreciate any information I get. If you have better suggestions please let me know.. I am seeking an area with good childcare, schools and very good commutes train and car, with easy access to UNSW and the CBD. Thank you

My advice for you is to look at Liverpool with postcode 2170. Contact this agent (Starr Partners) http://www.starrpartners.com.au/ send them a message if they can be of help because according to the law, you need to view the accommodations first and apply before anyone can give you any house. Liverpool is like the city of migrants because as a new migrant, you want a place close to industries and also fairly cheap accommodations.

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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Denny2017: 10:35pm On Dec 16, 2017
catchdwind4rmkd:
Thanks for this info:

Got a good deal for my Ford...:

Manufacturer's Major Service (with Service Logbook stamped) - $29,

Wheel Alignment - $30, and

Tyre Rotation - $10...

For just A$69 at Karwork... (Got the voucher from Groupon)

No Stress!!! Drive-in, Drive-out...

Thanks thanks...


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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by MightyFortress: 10:42am On Dec 20, 2017
tyosho:
It will be nice if this thread is restricted to info about life in australia.Not questions on how to secure visa or gain admission.

My family and I made use of IOM to secure our travel tickets.We went with emirates and had a stopover in Dubai.Nothing special about the travel experience.We were entitled to 40kg per adult,40kg for a child and 23kg for infant.We also paid for 2 extra bags of 32kg each but i hear prices have gone up so cargoing is cheaper.You can cargo through certain airlines like saa,emirates and etihad.
All in all we had like 12 luggages.
I went with ALL kinds of food stuffs except beans(becos of weavils).With my food items,i put them individually in transparent bags and labelled them.Fish,egusi,dry pepper,garri,amala etc.
Got to melbourne,declared i had food items but was not searched and was allowed to go through.

We opened accts with NAB and commonwealth bank but didnt transfer any money from nigera.We went with some cash and left the remaining in a GT dom acct and transferred from there to our OZzy acct when we arrived.We also opened a dom acct in OZ(commonwealth bank was seamless) for ease of transfer.There might be a cheaper way to transfer funds but this is what we did.

We stayed with family in Northern suburbs initially but got our own place in the Eastern suburbs,somewhere not far from Dandenong.We settled for the East because its quite busy,more factories and industries in these areas.If i dont live in the East,I will go for the North and West in that order.West is cheapest but people say it has a history of crime.I however have friends who have lived in the West over 10years and have never had any incidents.Anyhow,wherever you decide to stay is fine.Just get somewhere close to the train station and mall.

In melbourne,you can use your naija license for 6months.My husband passed his victoria drivers test on first attempt,i havnt tried yet for my drivers license.People say though that it can be quite tough cos i know someone who failed 5times!I was able to start driving within 2months of getting here.Just remember,you drive on the left always.

No ideas on how mortgages work but when choosing a neighborhood,also consider ones with good schools if you have kids.If your kids are still of daycare age(below 5),use careforkids.com.au to compare prices,reviews etc.

Settling in was not bad for me cos i had friends and family here already.My kids settled fine as well.

Upon arrival;
Get a mobile sim(i use lebara)
Apply for TFN(tax file no)
Open a bank account or go and activate the one you opened from Nigeria
Go to centerlink and medicare for registration
Get a travel card(MYki card if in melbourne).

Update your linkedin profile and make it very appealing to recruiters.You can also search for recruiters on Linkedin.

With regards to work,there is always something to do.It might not be want you want initially but there is work.Some people start off working at factories,aged care homes,disability and support centres etc until they eventually get what they want.Some people also end up going into nursing,community welfare,policing etc.But like i said,if you dont mind chopping humble pie to start somewhere earning money with these blue collar jobs,you will be okay.I know people who have houses with money earned from these blue collar professions.
There is dignity of labour here so people dont care what job you do to earn money.

For transportation,if you can afford it,pls plan to buy a car asap(carsales.com.au,gumtreee.com.au).please buy cars with roadworthiness and valid registration(at least 6months).If no car,you can use the metro system until you can afford to get a car here.

For housing,a friend referred us to her agent who leased us an apartment even though we didnt have jobs at the time.She accepted our bank statements as proof of income.We pay just a little below 2k monthly as rent.

Then i also just found out about NRAS housing scheme from a colleague days back.Its for families who fall within a certain income threshold.IF your rent was like 350,you would pay like 260 and the govt will pay the balance.I dont have much info as i dont qualify anymore since hubby and I both work now.But im certain most freshbies would qualify.

With furnishing the house,we went across gumtree.com(for people who were selling their furniture due relocation or other reasons),kmart stores( for kitchen items),bestbuy.com(this is a company that sells new electronics at reduced prices because they have scratches or marks on them;there are plenty stores like that but this is the one i patronised) and ikea stores(for kitchen and beddings)

For people that dont mind as well,in order to save costs,you can patronise Salvos stores(its a charity shop that all kinds of household items in great condition).

To get the best energy providers,internet providers,insurance etc,you can make use of iselect.com.au

During cold weather,you wear jacket and use heater(we paid almost 200 a month for heating during this past winter)

I do most of my shopping at Dandenong Market as food stuffs there is cheaper than everyother place I know.There is also Marmara market at Dandenong(all kinds of food items including shaki,cowleg,cow tongue etc) and an African store not far from the market(cant rememeber the name).At noble park is SUR african shop where i get dry fish,palm oil,egusi and stuff like that.

With departmental stores,woolworths is most expensive and aldi is cheapest.Coles is in between.
I know of only one nigerian restaurant that recently opened in the city and i have never been there before.
There is also another popular naija shop in the West called Fatimoh"s shop

With centerlink link claims,we were paid family tax benefit part A and B,family rebate and child care assistance.This all sumed up to $621 forthnightly for the first 4months,it came down to 550 and then now sits at $89 fortnightly.It reduces with every income increase.
Childcare rates was $113 for two kids initially (5days a week) and now is $370 a week.

We also got a concession card which has now been cancelled since we both have jobs.With the concession card,we paid discounted electricity and waterbills,half price for transportation,free ambulance cover,susbsizied fees if we had done any studies at the time and my first kid who is in kinder got 15hours free of daycare weekly .

With jobs,for me,it was just God.I got a job in the Tier 1 team of an IT company with no technical knowledge whatsover.It was my 3rd video interview and i got the job two months after arrival.I commute 54mins by train to the CBD which is quite a distance by OZ standard.But i dont mind really.I got the job through indeed.com which i prefer to seek.com
There a couple of recruitment agencies i know and i will list as i remember.

Strategy one(blue collar)
Adecco
Hoban
Ozstaff(blue collar)
Randstad
Sharp &carter
Hays
Smaart



cc Bellong,vinsmuft,funkjo,oknee,hordunayo,incemay,abeg you guys should come and add o



Wow!!!
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by bellong: 11:51am On Dec 20, 2017
MightyFortress:




Wow!!!

Why?? Why did you quote that long post to write wow.. abeg, undo the quote.

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Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Aieboocaar(m): 12:28pm On Dec 20, 2017
bellong:


Why?? Why did you quote that long post to write wow.. abeg, undo the quote.

grin grin
Bros!! ejoor forgive am!!!... reading about the experience alone is enough to have an orgasm grin come talk of when em experience am first hand cheesy
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Yeeshas: 11:12am On Dec 21, 2017
bellong:


Why?? Why did you quote that long post to write wow.. abeg, undo the quote.

This made me roll. lmaoooo. I thought so too!!!
Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by majiouk2002: 12:34pm On Dec 21, 2017
Hello guys,

Please what advantage does having a naija driving licence have over starting the process afresh in Melbourne?

Thanks in advance for your responses

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