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olive73olive73 Total Reaction Points: 0Member
edited January 2011 in Family Matters Posts: 2
Hi,

i would like to ask what are the best suburbs to live in Sydney if you have 2 school kids. Good schools is a priority, safety, good neighborhoods, & not so far from CBD .. maybe 30-45 minute drive would do. We might be relocating soon if God will bless this opportunity.
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  • hodgepodgehodgepodge Total Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 3
    I have the same question...and also I found Woolloomooloo to have a cheaper rate but would they entertain us while we are here in the Phils? Nobody responded yet to any of my questions :(
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  • julienmalubagjulienmalubag Total Reaction Points: 1Member
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    I also have the same questions. I also prefer Sydney because it offers more job opportunities as I search the net. I also have and 5 and 3-year old kids so I'm looking for a place where a possible workplace won't be far from school...can anyone guide us on where to go?
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  • VivGVivG BundooraTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
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    Initially you may choose to start off in any suburb close to the city, but consider that rents are higher and the lifestyle might not suit that of a family.
    Many Filos reside in the outer suburbs even if the commute to the city cbd is long - then later on find work close by. The rents decrease as you move further away from syd cbd.
    Other factors to consider would be schools, safety and other amenities.
    When we arrived in 1991 we chose Ashfield, then after two years we built our first house in Hoxton Park. In 2000 we moved to the Hills area where we have chosen to stay for good.
    As time goes by and you get more familiar with your surrounds/have adjusted your lifetstyle to suit your job/your job to suit your life, you will be less conscious of distances to travel to work etc....we live 40 minutes away from my job in Chullora and one hour from my husband's job in Gosford.
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  • eric_402eric_402 SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 1Member
    Posts: 20
    Are there places / suburbs to avoid?
    taylorsweet
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  • olive73olive73 Total Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 2
    Thanks Vivg for your insights.... it took me long time to reply since we were occupied with the relocation thing.... We arrived here in Sydney last week & everything seems in order....
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  • MariaMaria Total Reaction Points: 0Member
    Posts: 1
    Hi Olive, I'm new in this forum, just saw your comment, if you're still looking for a good school, try checking on schools with OC (oppurtunity class) if your kids are still in primary and check out out as well the Selective schools in High School, they are government school and great.
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  • grant512grant512 North RydeTotal Reaction Points: 16Member
    Posts: 259
    Hi, sa mga nakapag migrate na families, please share your migration experience related to kid's school, new place and job. Did you choose to enroll your Kids in public or catholic school? and what suburb did you choose upon arriving?

    2009 - Assssment req, submit req, ielts failed, wife got pregnant
    Pursue our dream! ( finish what you started )
    Nov 13, 2013 --Enquiry for agent fees and reading materials for RPL
    Nov 7, 2014 -- ACS lodge for skill assessment
    Nov 17, 2014-- + assessment from ACS :)
    Nov 26, 2014 -- IELTS payment and review starts now.
    - result of IELTS FAILED!
    Apr 10, 2015-- IELTS EXAM + result 7,7,7.5, 7.5 Passed!
    May 6, 2015-- EOI Submitted (60pts visa189 )
    Oct 3, 2015 -- + 5 points work experience EOI Updated (65pts visa 189)
    Jan 22, 2016 -- invited to lodge
    Feb 5, 2016 -- Lodge 189 visa and pay visa fee
    Feb 24, 2016 -- CO allocation and ask for medical, nbi clearance, medium of instruction for me
    March 00, 2016 - wife & me went to NBI for clearance ( may hit! ) settle the next day sa UN branch. I got mine my wife needs to wait 2 weeks pa!
    March 00, 2016 -- Went to Medical city (sat) it was closed!
    March 00, 2016 -- I went back to SG for my medical and my family medical sched below
    March 17 , 2016 -- Medical at St Lukes
    April 19, 2016 -- Visa Grant! Thank you for the additional blessing Lord!

    Feb 8, 2017 -- Hello Sydney!

    Oh yeah! Dreams do come true! Act now!
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  • elleb1elleb1 MuscatTotal Reaction Points: 31Member
    Posts: 669
    Hello! same ng tanong kay @grant512 , our target city is Sydney, pa share po ng experiences lalo na sa kung saang suburb unang mag stay (as a family), wala pang work and no relatives.
    Microbiologist (Main applicant - husband)

    May 2014 - signed contract with MA
    March 2015 - Skills assessment
    June 2015 - IELTS , positive skills assessment
    July 2015 - EOI, target state "any"
    October 2015 - EOI, target state "NSW"
    09March2016 - Received ITA from NSW (65 +5 pts)
    20March2016 - Submitted required docs and payment online
    04April2016 - Approval from NSW and ITA for visa 190
    25May2016 - Lodge Visa 190
    25June2016 - Medicals, submitted PCC Oman and NBI
    11July2016 - Visa Grant , Thank you Lord! :)
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  • grant512grant512 North RydeTotal Reaction Points: 16Member
    Posts: 259
    @elleb1 Ang initial plan muna namin is to stay with friend may spare room sila, though medyo nakakahiya dahil 4 kami hehehe. Plan to stay 2 weeks then enroll ko na kids ko sa Marayong dun kasi ang house ng friend ko ang walking distance lang school, catholic church ata pero I opt sa public school nalang para ma experience din ng bata. Then hanap nalang ng house around that area kaya kailagan talaga may pondo pang rent. ipon ipon pa ako dito SG :)

    2009 - Assssment req, submit req, ielts failed, wife got pregnant
    Pursue our dream! ( finish what you started )
    Nov 13, 2013 --Enquiry for agent fees and reading materials for RPL
    Nov 7, 2014 -- ACS lodge for skill assessment
    Nov 17, 2014-- + assessment from ACS :)
    Nov 26, 2014 -- IELTS payment and review starts now.
    - result of IELTS FAILED!
    Apr 10, 2015-- IELTS EXAM + result 7,7,7.5, 7.5 Passed!
    May 6, 2015-- EOI Submitted (60pts visa189 )
    Oct 3, 2015 -- + 5 points work experience EOI Updated (65pts visa 189)
    Jan 22, 2016 -- invited to lodge
    Feb 5, 2016 -- Lodge 189 visa and pay visa fee
    Feb 24, 2016 -- CO allocation and ask for medical, nbi clearance, medium of instruction for me
    March 00, 2016 - wife & me went to NBI for clearance ( may hit! ) settle the next day sa UN branch. I got mine my wife needs to wait 2 weeks pa!
    March 00, 2016 -- Went to Medical city (sat) it was closed!
    March 00, 2016 -- I went back to SG for my medical and my family medical sched below
    March 17 , 2016 -- Medical at St Lukes
    April 19, 2016 -- Visa Grant! Thank you for the additional blessing Lord!

    Feb 8, 2017 -- Hello Sydney!

    Oh yeah! Dreams do come true! Act now!
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  • elleb1elleb1 MuscatTotal Reaction Points: 31Member
    Posts: 669
    @grant512 buti kayo me friend jan. Try din namin contact yung mga kakilala namin. Ipon2x din kami plan namin initial entry then tiis muna ulit sa middle east pra mkaipon ng pangbaon. God bless satin
    Microbiologist (Main applicant - husband)

    May 2014 - signed contract with MA
    March 2015 - Skills assessment
    June 2015 - IELTS , positive skills assessment
    July 2015 - EOI, target state "any"
    October 2015 - EOI, target state "NSW"
    09March2016 - Received ITA from NSW (65 +5 pts)
    20March2016 - Submitted required docs and payment online
    04April2016 - Approval from NSW and ITA for visa 190
    25May2016 - Lodge Visa 190
    25June2016 - Medicals, submitted PCC Oman and NBI
    11July2016 - Visa Grant , Thank you Lord! :)
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  • batmanbatman Gotham CityTotal Reaction Points: 152Member, Moderator
    Posts: 1,804
    @elleb1 middle east ka din pala. and init no. may target suburbs na kau?
    221213 External Auditor|189 - 60pts | 190 - 65pts |
    01|12|15 - Applied visit visa online
    16|05|16 - Visited Sydney (decided to pursue migration plans)
    21|07|16 - Applied CPAA membership assessment
    18|07|16 - PTE-A L|S|W|R (63|66|76|72)
    31|07|16 - PTE-A L|S|W|R (73|79|78|77)
    01|08|16 - Submitted CPAA migration assessment
    01|08|16 - CPAA qualified as Associate member
    22|08|16 - EOI 189 & 190
    16|09|16 - EOI updated, decreased by 5 pts.(age)
    11|07|17 - PTE-A L|S|W|R (75|66|80|67)
    26|09|17 - PTE-A try and try until you succeed!
    xx|xx|17 - ITA Received
    xx|xx|17 - Direct Grant
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  • elleb1elleb1 MuscatTotal Reaction Points: 31Member
    Posts: 669
    @batman oo dito kami sa Oman..4 years na kami dito..sobrang init nga ngayon grabe..sa ngayon wla pa nag research pako tsaka tanong2x dito sa pinoyau..consider ko rin kung saan me magandang school sa bata tsaka hindi mahirap sa transpo. Me mga ideas nko and balak ko puntahan sa initial entry namin:) kaw ba me target na? nung visit mo sa Sydney me napusuan ka na ba dun? san ka sa middle east?
    Microbiologist (Main applicant - husband)

    May 2014 - signed contract with MA
    March 2015 - Skills assessment
    June 2015 - IELTS , positive skills assessment
    July 2015 - EOI, target state "any"
    October 2015 - EOI, target state "NSW"
    09March2016 - Received ITA from NSW (65 +5 pts)
    20March2016 - Submitted required docs and payment online
    04April2016 - Approval from NSW and ITA for visa 190
    25May2016 - Lodge Visa 190
    25June2016 - Medicals, submitted PCC Oman and NBI
    11July2016 - Visa Grant , Thank you Lord! :)
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  • batmanbatman Gotham CityTotal Reaction Points: 152Member, Moderator
    Posts: 1,804
    @elleb1 nsa KSA kami. sa isang suburb lang kami nag stay noon e. kaya di ko ma compare sa iba. although during pasyal pasyal may mga place na ma oobserve ka. may distant relative kami doon sa kanila cguro kami ask ng input. medyo may edad na cla kaya di mo matanong online kaya doing some own research din.
    221213 External Auditor|189 - 60pts | 190 - 65pts |
    01|12|15 - Applied visit visa online
    16|05|16 - Visited Sydney (decided to pursue migration plans)
    21|07|16 - Applied CPAA membership assessment
    18|07|16 - PTE-A L|S|W|R (63|66|76|72)
    31|07|16 - PTE-A L|S|W|R (73|79|78|77)
    01|08|16 - Submitted CPAA migration assessment
    01|08|16 - CPAA qualified as Associate member
    22|08|16 - EOI 189 & 190
    16|09|16 - EOI updated, decreased by 5 pts.(age)
    11|07|17 - PTE-A L|S|W|R (75|66|80|67)
    26|09|17 - PTE-A try and try until you succeed!
    xx|xx|17 - ITA Received
    xx|xx|17 - Direct Grant
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  • elleb1elleb1 MuscatTotal Reaction Points: 31Member
    Posts: 669
    @batman cge balitaan kita kung me choices nako. inform mo din ako pag me na research ka na maganda. Family din ba kayo? Sa nababasa ko mganda sana sa north kaso mahal ang rent, pued sa west sa may Hills area kaso yung transpo pa CBD ang problema. Kelan nyo target balik ng Sydney? March 2017 yung planned initial entry namin. Pag maraming pinoy sa Blacktown daw particularly Marayong.
    Microbiologist (Main applicant - husband)

    May 2014 - signed contract with MA
    March 2015 - Skills assessment
    June 2015 - IELTS , positive skills assessment
    July 2015 - EOI, target state "any"
    October 2015 - EOI, target state "NSW"
    09March2016 - Received ITA from NSW (65 +5 pts)
    20March2016 - Submitted required docs and payment online
    04April2016 - Approval from NSW and ITA for visa 190
    25May2016 - Lodge Visa 190
    25June2016 - Medicals, submitted PCC Oman and NBI
    11July2016 - Visa Grant , Thank you Lord! :)
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  • batmanbatman Gotham CityTotal Reaction Points: 152Member, Moderator
    Posts: 1,804
    @elleb1 malayo pa plan namin, yup family of 4 (2kids), nas visa application pa kami. yung relative nmin nasa bella vista, malapit sa seven hills at Baulkham bayun. sa black town nun dumaan kami at nag punta mall sabi nun lolo namin yung mga negro daw pag gabi di mo Makita haha, he was just making fun.
    221213 External Auditor|189 - 60pts | 190 - 65pts |
    01|12|15 - Applied visit visa online
    16|05|16 - Visited Sydney (decided to pursue migration plans)
    21|07|16 - Applied CPAA membership assessment
    18|07|16 - PTE-A L|S|W|R (63|66|76|72)
    31|07|16 - PTE-A L|S|W|R (73|79|78|77)
    01|08|16 - Submitted CPAA migration assessment
    01|08|16 - CPAA qualified as Associate member
    22|08|16 - EOI 189 & 190
    16|09|16 - EOI updated, decreased by 5 pts.(age)
    11|07|17 - PTE-A L|S|W|R (75|66|80|67)
    26|09|17 - PTE-A try and try until you succeed!
    xx|xx|17 - ITA Received
    xx|xx|17 - Direct Grant
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  • elleb1elleb1 MuscatTotal Reaction Points: 31Member
    Posts: 669
    @batman mganda din daw jan na basa ko isa yang Bella Vista tinitingnan ko tsaka Baulkham Hills, ok naman pala yung place ng lolo nyo:) hahahaha kala ko nga dati mga negro kc blacktown:P so far maganda dun sa Hill kasi nature? hindi ba mahirap transpo? God bless sa application nyo! Kami started 2014 sa application namin natagalan kami sa docs gathering and antay ng state sponsorship pero nung me SS na months lng me visa grant na.
    Microbiologist (Main applicant - husband)

    May 2014 - signed contract with MA
    March 2015 - Skills assessment
    June 2015 - IELTS , positive skills assessment
    July 2015 - EOI, target state "any"
    October 2015 - EOI, target state "NSW"
    09March2016 - Received ITA from NSW (65 +5 pts)
    20March2016 - Submitted required docs and payment online
    04April2016 - Approval from NSW and ITA for visa 190
    25May2016 - Lodge Visa 190
    25June2016 - Medicals, submitted PCC Oman and NBI
    11July2016 - Visa Grant , Thank you Lord! :)
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  • batmanbatman Gotham CityTotal Reaction Points: 152Member, Moderator
    edited August 2016 Posts: 1,804
    @elleb1 ah oo maganda yung location pero mahal ang bahay hehe mga pang high end. lower class lang kami. malapit lang din sa train station parang 5 minutes drive lang. tpos walking distance yung bus stop from bahay nila.
    221213 External Auditor|189 - 60pts | 190 - 65pts |
    01|12|15 - Applied visit visa online
    16|05|16 - Visited Sydney (decided to pursue migration plans)
    21|07|16 - Applied CPAA membership assessment
    18|07|16 - PTE-A L|S|W|R (63|66|76|72)
    31|07|16 - PTE-A L|S|W|R (73|79|78|77)
    01|08|16 - Submitted CPAA migration assessment
    01|08|16 - CPAA qualified as Associate member
    22|08|16 - EOI 189 & 190
    16|09|16 - EOI updated, decreased by 5 pts.(age)
    11|07|17 - PTE-A L|S|W|R (75|66|80|67)
    26|09|17 - PTE-A try and try until you succeed!
    xx|xx|17 - ITA Received
    xx|xx|17 - Direct Grant
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  • elleb1elleb1 MuscatTotal Reaction Points: 31Member
    Posts: 669
    @batman ok nman pala transpo so maganda din pala sa area ng relatives nyo. ok yan at least hindi kayo mahirapan sa umpisa:) God bless sa application, balitaan mo ko pag me visa grant ka na rin.
    Microbiologist (Main applicant - husband)

    May 2014 - signed contract with MA
    March 2015 - Skills assessment
    June 2015 - IELTS , positive skills assessment
    July 2015 - EOI, target state "any"
    October 2015 - EOI, target state "NSW"
    09March2016 - Received ITA from NSW (65 +5 pts)
    20March2016 - Submitted required docs and payment online
    04April2016 - Approval from NSW and ITA for visa 190
    25May2016 - Lodge Visa 190
    25June2016 - Medicals, submitted PCC Oman and NBI
    11July2016 - Visa Grant , Thank you Lord! :)
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  • batmanbatman Gotham CityTotal Reaction Points: 152Member, Moderator
    Posts: 1,804
    @elleb1 makikitira kami sa kanila pag na visa grant hehe. malaki nmn bahay nila. ano time line mo kelan kau na grant?
    221213 External Auditor|189 - 60pts | 190 - 65pts |
    01|12|15 - Applied visit visa online
    16|05|16 - Visited Sydney (decided to pursue migration plans)
    21|07|16 - Applied CPAA membership assessment
    18|07|16 - PTE-A L|S|W|R (63|66|76|72)
    31|07|16 - PTE-A L|S|W|R (73|79|78|77)
    01|08|16 - Submitted CPAA migration assessment
    01|08|16 - CPAA qualified as Associate member
    22|08|16 - EOI 189 & 190
    16|09|16 - EOI updated, decreased by 5 pts.(age)
    11|07|17 - PTE-A L|S|W|R (75|66|80|67)
    26|09|17 - PTE-A try and try until you succeed!
    xx|xx|17 - ITA Received
    xx|xx|17 - Direct Grant
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  • elleb1elleb1 MuscatTotal Reaction Points: 31Member
    Posts: 669
    @batman eto yung simula lng ng ITA from NSW, recall ko pa yung from 2014 hehehe

    Microbiologist (Main applicant - husband)

    09March2016 - Received ITA from NSW (65 +5 pts)
    20March2016 - Submitted required docs and payment online
    04April2016 - Approval from NSW and ITA for visa 190
    25May2016 - Lodge Visa 190
    25June2016 - Medicals, submitted PCC Oman and NBI
    11July2016 - Visa Grant :)

    Maganda yan me matitirhan na:)

    Microbiologist (Main applicant - husband)

    May 2014 - signed contract with MA
    March 2015 - Skills assessment
    June 2015 - IELTS , positive skills assessment
    July 2015 - EOI, target state "any"
    October 2015 - EOI, target state "NSW"
    09March2016 - Received ITA from NSW (65 +5 pts)
    20March2016 - Submitted required docs and payment online
    04April2016 - Approval from NSW and ITA for visa 190
    25May2016 - Lodge Visa 190
    25June2016 - Medicals, submitted PCC Oman and NBI
    11July2016 - Visa Grant , Thank you Lord! :)
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