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    Newbie from Down Under

    Hi, having spent most of this afternoon reading RP instead of getting on with Uni work, I thought I better join!

    Anyway the OH is here in Oz on exchange, I am on a career break and finding things to keep myself busy...hence Uni course plus I work 3 day a week.

    would love to chat to anyone else out here or who has been out here, thinks are not as sunny as everyone thinks...plus anyone who is thinking of coming out here pls contact me...the OH will paint a wonderful picture of it all but there are some major hic-ups!

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    Re: Newbie from Down Under

    Hi!!

    Welcome to RP, my best friend has moved to Perth and had been there for quite some time now, miss her loads! My OH is based over here so no experience of the OZ way of life!
    Enjoy RP though and hopefully see you around.
    Lucy XX

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    Re: Newbie from Down Under

    Hi,

    I lived in NSW for 8 years - I'll help you out with any info I can. What kind of hiccups?

    NOTE - I can help with normal "living in Aus" type stuff. No idea about military type stuff.

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    Re: Newbie from Down Under

    Sorry - not sure if I understood your post - are you an Aussie who has attached to a UK bloke. Or a UK girl who has moved to Aus?

    If the former, please disregard my earlier post

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    Re: Newbie from Down Under

    Be interested in the hiccups involved in Longlook, it is one of the most popular exchanges going in the military.

    Not just from the military perspective, I would have to include my OH on any exchange now, and would be grateful for a female perspective.
    "Sir, if you were my husband I'd poison your tea!"

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    Re: Newbie from Down Under

    No aussie experience to help you with but wanted to say welcome to RP and how jealous am i of your location??? In aus by the beach ... so not fair!!!!
    Puss

    xx

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    Re: Newbie from Down Under

    Hi & welcome x
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    Re: Newbie from Down Under

    Hiya and welcome

    Where are you originally from?

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    Re: Newbie from Down Under

    Thanks for all your messages. To try to answer all your questions:

    Fally Fox: I am a UK girl, the OH is in the British Army but out here in Oz working with the Oz Army.
    I am originally from London, I am career bunny (Police officer) - OH moved around, I have taken a 2-year career break to come out here but really miss work.

    Having lived out here can you tell me why the Aussies are so 'cliquey'? I work 3 days a week, go to all the office do's, and car pool with several girls from the office but I still have not been invited to anything they organise outside work. Should I be more 'bold' and organise something and ask them all to come and risk be 'no-mates Norman' at the restaurant?

    Junglynx: I am unsure able any specific hic-ups with those on Longlook, they tend to be scattered to units all over Oz, my only observation would be that it is very easy to misjudge the size of Oz, thinking you can pop up to see relatives in Perth means a 4 1/2 hr flight from Sydney!

    With regard to an accompanied posting, firstly it is an expensive process. Disturbance allowance doesn't even come close in covering costs.
    You need to sell your car in UK, buy a new one here - with no credit history you will not get a finance deal -cash up front!

    Mrs Junglynx will need to totally restock all those kitchen bits that normally get moved from house to house everything from spices to birthday candles (Oz quarantine laws are really strict).

    If you are going to any of the big cities you will have to house hunt for accommodation, especially if you want to live close to where you are working (and not have to buy 2 cars). Housing hunting here is a competitive sport, you queue up with other prospective renters to view a property, the agent opens the house, you and the other 10 couple look around for 15 mines then the agent opens the bidding on what people want to pay....Oh and if you are successful the agents expects a cash deposit of 2 weeks rent there and then to secure the deal! All rather stressful and as usual needs the $$$$.
    Yes we do have the British Defence Liaison Staff (BDLS), whom are s'posed to help with stuff BUT they are very reactive rather than proactive (I think I am being very kind in this description!)

    Depending on which unit you are sent to you may or may not get an Aussie sponsor, we didn't, for the OH it didn't seem to matter as he just went to work, but for me it was a little lonely to start with and I muddled through! Things got much better when a friend from UK came out who had lived here for 10 yrs and she showed me around (and where all the good shops were, much to OH’s worry!) I also eventually got (from BDLS) all the other exchange wives (RN, RAF ) details and got together with them.

    I do not have sprogs so can only be very brief on that all I know from the other exchange wives is that pre-school and nurseries are expensive and there is no way for the voucher scheme to be implemented here...(or that BDLS are not interested in making a case for some sort of conversion)

    Distance from UK is a cliché but the 10hr time difference does make it difficult to coordinate phone calls, I phone my sister once a week on a Saturday morning, which is my Saturday night, as I know she is not trying to get the kids to schools etc.- I use to chat to her about 3 or 4 times a week before.
    Calls however are really cheap with phone cards, a $10 card gives me 1,000 minutes, OH says I will run out of oxygen before using it up.

    This isn’t sposed to be all negative, The weather is great, the country is wild, unspoilt and beautiful, the wine is cheap…if Mrs Junglynx works in any profession such as health, education, banking, accountancy, etc she will get a job no problems…and most likely be asked to stay!

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    Re: Newbie from Down Under

    Ummm - I think you might have confused me with Fally Fox.

    Anyway - on the clique front. It doesn't sound much different to way things have been for me in the UK - I go to the work do's, get on well with everyone - but still wouldn't be invited out for coffee on a saturday or anything "matey" like that. I think it's just the way the world goes when you move countries. Odd thing is - other aussies have commented on the cliquey-ness of brits while in the UK. Guess neither of us are very good at welcoming outsiders - or pushing ourselves into the group

    From my experience of moving to new towns within Aus, the best thing to do is:
    A. Join a group - very popular in one place I lived was the monthly diners club - everyone went out for a meal in a different meal each month - most became mates quickly.
    B. Make friends with the neighbours - invite them over for a cuppa, or see if you can wrangle an invite to a bbq.
    C. Organise something yourself with people from work you actually see as potential friends - again, corny as it seems, bbq's are best.

    Anything else bothering you?

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