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As a new member I first want to take a moment to thank everyone who contributes to these forums. The information is absolutely priceless and being able to find such a wealth of information in a single location is such a time saver. Thank you!

Typically when I undertake a big endeavor (such as moving to another country), I find that when the dust has settled I usually reflect on the undertaking and think, "Not too bad, but if I had to do it over again I would do ??????? differently."

So, knowing what you know now, what would you do differently if you had to do it over again? What are the things you brought that you would not do so the next time? What did you not bring that you wish you had? If an employer sponsored your move, is there something that you wish that you had negotiated in your contract? Is there something that you wish you had done immediately on landing? Is there a common scam you wish you had avoided? I wish that I had.......?

Thanks in advance for your responses.

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i wish for so many things but where do we get what we wish for.........

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i wish for so many things but where do we get what we wish for.........
But by sharing your experiences and regrets you may help someone else to avoid making the same mistake. Kind of like parents giving advice to their teenage kids - except that here the recipients of the advice are much more likely to actually listen.

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my biggest regret was not bringing my golf clubs man. there are a tonne of beauty courses and some great pay rates on many of them.

also, the first 2 years i was in oz, i didn't take a trip home at any point. i think it's good and healthy to spend a little time at home once in a while if you're making a permanent move.

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my biggest regret was not bringing my golf clubs man. there are a tonne of beauty courses and some great pay rates on many of them.

also, the first 2 years i was in oz, i didn't take a trip home at any point. i think it's good and healthy to spend a little time at home once in a while if you're making a permanent move.
Don't regret the golf clubs! Our friend's belongings are still in customs after 4 months because one of his clubs had a speck of dirt on them.

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Don't regret the golf clubs! Our friend's belongings are still in customs after 4 months because one of his clubs had a speck of dirt on them.
that's why, if you can, it's better to bring them with on the plane...ha

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Don't regret the golf clubs! Our friend's belongings are still in customs after 4 months because one of his clubs had a speck of dirt on them.
So what I should take from this is............ after I scrub my mountain bikes to the point where they are spotless, I should clean them 3 more times?

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So what I should take from this is............ after I scrub my mountain bikes to the point where they are spotless, I should clean them 3 more times?
he was exaggerating i think...just be sure you don't have any plants or meats packed in there and you're fine....i hope

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So what I should take from this is............ after I scrub my mountain bikes to the point where they are spotless, I should clean them 3 more times?
Couldn't hurt!

Our friend may have been exaggerating about the "speck" of dirt, but he said he cleaned them before he packed them. I guess his idea of cleanliness doesn't meet Aussie standards

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I wouldn't apply for the police checks until the medical results have been confirmed.

As the initial entry date is calculated as being 1 year from the earliest of these two dates, it is useful to have them reasonably close together.

I attached all of our documentation (except the medicals) to the 175 application as I wanted to ensure that everything was in order before going to the expense of medicals for the five of us. It took a few months to get a CO assigned and get to the point were I was happy to fork out for the medicals and a further few weeks before the results of the medical were approved by the CO.

This cut down quite a lot on the timeframe for initial entry to Australia and I ended up getting the police checks redone ... The police checks only take a few days to arrive

Not a massive problem in the greater scheme of things, but I think it's a useful tip for anyone going through the process alone.

If you think you have sufficient points to meet the criteria, and believe that your case should be straightforward, I wouldn't bother using an agent. I found the process quite straightforward (although the timeframe was longer than I initially expected) and easy to follow.

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