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All right ... so my wife and I received the confirmation , Visa 190 has been approved for us both and we are very excited to be moving soon :)
So since its 190 and was ACT was our sponsor we have to live in ACT for a min of 2 years .. now I've heard a lot of good and bad things about Canberra .. but i think once we get there.. we'll decide for ourselves.

Planning to move by July 2014 as the financial year for my current employer ends in April so hoping to get my allowances and bonus before leaving :)

We are originally from Pakistan and currently living in Qatar.

Doing a lot of research into moving to Canberra and life in Canberra... i have a few questions .. maybe someone living there can shed some light.

1) What is best way to move our savings to Australia .. considering we dont have an account there.

2) Is it worth it to bring our household items (furniture, TV, Fridge, Washing machine etc) .. or are we better off buying new ones rather than paying shipping

3) We will need to ship some personal belongings ... now we obviously dont have an address in Canberra .. how does that work ? what address do i give the removal company before leaving?

4) Is July a good time to move to Canberra .. all factors considering; jobs, housing etc

5) Which bank has the largest network of branches and ATMs in Canberra?

6) What is a good neighbourhood to live in Canberra.. where we can find Halal food easily and Indian/Pakistani shops and restaurants?

7) What telco company has the best mobile network coverage? and who offers good plans for home broadband ?

Well that is for now ... im sure i have more questions but they are just not coming to me right now ...

thanks in advance guys .. really appreciate your thoughts.
 

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1) What is best way to move our savings to Australia .. considering we dont have an account there.

Open an account online and once you get your account details, transfer your money from the bank you have your money in or carry TC, not safe but these are the only two options

2) Is it worth it to bring our household items (furniture, TV, Fridge, Washing machine etc) .. or are we better off buying new ones rather than paying shipping

Better to buy here, sell everything there and start afresh. Shipping cost will be as much as buying new plus things might be damaged while shipping, not worth the pain.

3) We will need to ship some personal belongings ... now we obviously dont have an address in Canberra .. how does that work ? what address do i give the removal company before leaving?

Interesting question. Speak to the removalist, tell them once we reach we will give you an address and everything can be shipped to that address, but you will have to get it cleared from quarantine and customs anyways, you can give even the hotel address that you book. Other option is to leave your stuff with a friend there and then ask them to ship it once you have a place here. that way life will be much easier for you, once you have all your stuff, you need a car to move things around or a cab and that costs heaps..

4) Is July a good time to move to Canberra .. all factors considering; jobs, housing etc

July is good enough, I'd say end of June is good too. Being end of financial year, you can settle and by the time it's july you can start applying for jobs.

5) Which bank has the largest network of branches and ATMs in Canberra?

Check each bank website or check on whirlpool forum, it has peoples comments, reviews, grievance for almost everything. But all banks are more or less the same I think. You will find an ATM in almost every shopping complex and a branch too. We have been here two and half years and went to the bank branch just once, to activate our account and transfer the TC to our account.

6) What is a good neighbourhood to live in Canberra.. where we can find Halal food easily and Indian/Pakistani shops and restaurants?

Not in ACT, cant cmment

7) What telco company has the best mobile network coverage? and who offers good plans for home broadband ?

We used Optus for two years, now moved to Virgin mobile, they use optus network but have better coverage. The best coverage however is Telstra but they are the most expensive too. I am not sure which one is good in ACT but have friends who use vodaphone and optus and are happy with coverage. again, whirlpool forum is the best bet
 

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appreciate your reply Anj. some good info there.

Anyone living in Canberra care to share your thoughts or experiences on your initial move... ease of getting things done and/or any warnings or advice you would like to share?

its so hard to find info on Canberra on these forum .. i think everyone keeps forgetting it is infact the nations capitol .. lol

please share your thoughts guys .. thanks
 

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All right ... so my wife and I received the confirmation , Visa 190 has been approved for us both and we are very excited to be moving soon :)
So since its 190 and was ACT was our sponsor we have to live in ACT for a min of 2 years .. now I've heard a lot of good and bad things about Canberra .. but i think once we get there.. we'll decide for ourselves.

Planning to move by July 2014 as the financial year for my current employer ends in April so hoping to get my allowances and bonus before leaving :)

We are originally from Pakistan and currently living in Qatar.

Doing a lot of research into moving to Canberra and life in Canberra... i have a few questions .. maybe someone living there can shed some light.

1) What is best way to move our savings to Australia .. considering we dont have an account there.

2) Is it worth it to bring our household items (furniture, TV, Fridge, Washing machine etc) .. or are we better off buying new ones rather than paying shipping

3) We will need to ship some personal belongings ... now we obviously dont have an address in Canberra .. how does that work ? what address do i give the removal company before leaving?

4) Is July a good time to move to Canberra .. all factors considering; jobs, housing etc

5) Which bank has the largest network of branches and ATMs in Canberra?

6) What is a good neighbourhood to live in Canberra.. where we can find Halal food easily and Indian/Pakistani shops and restaurants?

7) What telco company has the best mobile network coverage? and who offers good plans for home broadband ?

Well that is for now ... im sure i have more questions but they are just not coming to me right now ...

thanks in advance guys .. really appreciate your thoughts.
Yours questions could make a perfect FAQ list for many :)

Well, we are also pursuing ACT sponsorship, just lodged my app yesterday. I live in Qatar too so your feedback would be quite helpful whilst you move along your emigration path.

Goodluck!
 

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yes I'm trying for to get all the answer. it's not easy getting information on canberra. but I'm trying from many different sources. I will update once I know more and something interesting.
 

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yes I'm trying for to get all the answer. it's not easy getting information on canberra. but I'm trying from many different sources. I will update once I know more and something interesting.
Hi,
I'm going to canberra also. Did you manage to get any information?
Hope you can share.

Mike
 

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Hey ..

no i havnt had much luck getting information on these forums .. but ive been scouting all over the web for info .. have some .. but not much .. alot of the time its contradicting info too which is frsutrating .. that why i wanted to someone who actually lived/lives in Canberra to share their experiences.

Please share what you guys find.

Thanks
 

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Hello,
We are planning to move to Canberra and I am searching for relevant threads but couldn't find much information so far. My questions are:
1. Which areas are Asian or having Asian shops nearby?
2. Can we depend on public transport in Australia or car will be must?
3. Is there any Asian community group to connect with?
4. How to check school ratings?
 
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