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#1 Nut

Posted 25 June 2007 - 11:06 AM

As we have a few people looking to move to Canberra at the moment (and on a pretty regular basis) I have been asked if I can start a thread for those looking to relocate and discuss everything associtated with original.gif

So feel free to ask and answer questions etc and hopefully we can provide a good resource for those moving here.

If you have any good websites that might come in handy for those moving please let me know and I will add them to this post original.gif

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#2 DadAgain

Posted 25 June 2007 - 11:18 AM

Thanks Nut!

I'm currently in Brisbane but in an professional IT dead end, so Canberra is a serious consideration. DW is a midwife so has no work concerns so the things for us to consider are almost all housing related.

urls most useful so far are:
I'll add more to that list...
So far it seems that rentals are quite scarce - but affordable even in fairly central locations, but if we did want to buy we might want to head further out to get a newer house...

Edited by DadAgain, 25 June 2007 - 11:21 AM.

#3 Guest_dixiebelle_*

Posted 25 June 2007 - 11:46 AM

Also thinking of moving to Canberra early to mid 2008... also as a career move for my DH, and hoping to find a family friendly place to live...

Some of my links so far:




And a great map is:

And some EB threads:


#4 Guest_dixiebelle_*

Posted 25 June 2007 - 12:50 PM

Dadagain, I guess your wife has looked into working in ACT. I know from a general RN point of view, it seems easy enough to transfer registration, so I am sure being a midwife, it should be easy for her too. Sometimes there is a difference between general nurses and midwives... like I said already, I am not that worried about working, as hopefully DH will be making enough money, except that I do like to work, but only in certain areas of the hospital (ie. Recovery/ ICU). Is your wife working again already after your DD #2? What sort of position is she going to be looking for? (if you don't mind me asking? blush.gif )

BTW, yo and my DH would probably get on well, as he is a Bit Torrent fan! Don't suppose you are into Magic the Gathering, WOW, or TV shows like Heroes and Stargate??

#5 Guest_ThreeMonkeys_*

Posted 25 June 2007 - 12:55 PM


Edited by Clare3, 18 October 2008 - 12:01 AM.

#6 DadAgain

Posted 25 June 2007 - 01:13 PM


Dw hansnt really looked too closely at work in ACT yet - the assumption is that she'd be able find employment without too much pain and if transfer of regestration isnt possible then re-registering wouldnt be hard would it?

At the moment she works 2 nights a week in a public birthsuite, the nights directly preceeding the 2 days a week our girls have in childcare. I'd guess we'd be looking for similar in ACT - so either at TCH in Woden or the other hospital (who'd name eludes me for now) in Gungahlin. One thing we would liek if possible would be for half days in daycare. Our current place doesnt do half days and given DW's sleep patterns 2 half days would probably work just as well as 2 full days (and would obviously be cheaper)... Dunno whether ACT childcare cneters do that? ... Havent looked into it yet!

Magic Gathering? WOW? - I have *almost* no idea what you're talking about! (WOW = World of Warcraft? right? unsure.gif ) - so no thats not really my thing - but I did enjoy watching Heroes (finished watching it ages ago)

#7 Guest_dixiebelle_*

Posted 25 June 2007 - 01:16 PM

No, not all IT people are into crazy, addictive computer games! laugh.gif  DH had Heroes, Survivor, Jericho, Lost and Prison Break all done before they basically started here... so now we have nothing much to watch on TV!

Hey, maybe we can share a 'nanny'?

Edited by dixiebelle, 25 June 2007 - 01:17 PM.

#8 Nut

Posted 25 June 2007 - 01:17 PM

DadAgain - You wife might be interested in looking at this:


Tis the current list of vacancies at the Canberra Hospital for nurses and midwives.

#9 DadAgain

Posted 25 June 2007 - 04:35 PM


Resume has been reviewed and potential employer would like to give me a phone interview!  cclap.gif  ffear.gif

#10 Guest_gollygar_*

Posted 25 June 2007 - 04:44 PM

Oooh congratulations DadAgain ... good luck with the interview. original.gif

#11 Guest_dixiebelle_*

Posted 25 June 2007 - 04:50 PM

Good luck!

#12 Puggle

Posted 25 June 2007 - 11:18 PM

Thanks DadAgain for sending me the link to this thread. Great idea! Thanks to all those who have contributed such great links too. I knew about allhomes, but that is as far as I have got at this stage  blush.gif

Sounds like we might be one step ahead of most of you in the 'Move to Canberra' scheme. My DH formally accepted his job offer today and we will be making the move from Perth to Canberra in early September. Our families are both in the Sydney area, so we are looking forward to being geographically closer to them while still retaining some distance and independence.

DH is in the Public Service, and I am currently a SAHM to a gorgeous 19 month old girl named Claire. We are hoping to have Baby #2 in the latter half of next year, so I will be researching VBAC friendly medical practitioners and hospitals, doulas, hypnotherapists, acupuncturists and so on and so forth. Sounds like I might be able to ask MumAgain about some of these once she settles in. original.gif

My biggest concern about moving to Canberra is making some new friends with children, as I am leaving a support network of wonderful friends behind in Perth and it is always hard being the 'latecomer' to existing groups. My little one loves seeing her friends, so hopefully we can get out and about and make some new ones reasonably quickly.

I want to wish everyone all the very best with their plans and job applications - good luck!


#13 Guest_dixiebelle_*

Posted 26 June 2007 - 08:19 AM

My biggest concern about moving to Canberra is making some new friends with children, as I am leaving a support network of wonderful friends behind in Perth and it is always hard being the 'latecomer' to existing groups. My little one loves seeing her friends, so hopefully we can get out and about and make some new ones reasonably quickly.
Goodo, Puggle, you make the friends and by te time I get there, I'll just gatecrash!  laugh.gif Seriously, I think making friends when you have kids is alot easier... playgroups, parks, kids attractions... that's what I am hoping anyway!

When is your phone interview, dadagain?

#14 DadAgain

Posted 26 June 2007 - 09:53 AM

When is your phone interview, dadagain?


I phoned the recruiter yesterday to try and get more details about the job and she told me that they were very positive and wanted a telephone interview - but didnt say when.
The details she sent through didnt inspire me as much as I'd hoped - so perhaps its not quite my idea job (suggested required skills arent quite as good a match for mine as I'd thought - and the job may not be doing quite what I thought it was) - but she did say "take this with a pinch of salt" - they tend to tailor jobs to candidates rather than the other way around, so we'll see what happens?!  wacko.gif

#15 DadAgain

Posted 26 June 2007 - 10:59 AM

Just done a bit more real estate research - and we MAY have hit a serious roadblock.

Here could be a picture of the  'show stopper' that prevents us from moving to Canberra:

It seems nobody will rent property to anyone with a cute fluffy family member! cry1.gif and theres no way we could ever leave Xena behind!

Edited by DadAgain, 26 June 2007 - 11:49 AM.

#16 Nut

Posted 26 June 2007 - 11:07 AM

DadAgain - Yes... this can be problematic... Our rental was a no pets... we got permission for an outdoor dog later one (but with no intentions of keeping her inside)... and ended up with 2 indoor dogs and a doggy door (we put in our own door and replaced it with the original when we moved).

For the sake of my pets, I would lie.

My parents did it for years... 4 dogs and a cat... just made sure the animals were not around when the inspections were on and there was no sign of hair or dog poo...

Small price to pay.

#17 DadAgain

Posted 26 June 2007 - 11:26 AM

Take off the central heating

Brrrrr.... aparently I'm overly fussy! Central heating is another of my 'must have' items!

I gues the 'lie through your teeth' approach might be a go'er! She's only a little dog and doesnt destroy anything - so she'd be easy to keep out of the way when necessary!  ph34r.gif

#18 brazen

Posted 26 June 2007 - 11:38 AM

OI! just coz we ran you out of town doesn't mean we do it to everyone we don't like  grin.gif  laughing2.gif  tongue.gif  grin.gif

#19 Nut

Posted 26 June 2007 - 11:39 AM

That's the spirit!! What they don't know won't hurt them.

Puggle - I don't think you'll have problems making friends here... we're a pretty friendly and very welcoming group  biggrin.gif

#20 DadAgain

Posted 26 June 2007 - 11:56 AM

Had yet another person react with horror when I suggested we were thinking of moving to Canberra. We got the whole "Oh no... Its a SOUL-LESS city!".  laughing2.gif

I need to put it in perspective and remember that I grew up in an 'engineered/designed' new-town in SE England (http://en.wikipedia....iki/Basingstoke) often accused of being totaly soul-less - so perhaps I'll feel right at home?  biggrin.gif

#21 DadAgain

Posted 26 June 2007 - 12:20 PM

tiddlywinks to rugby?
hmm... both fiercely competetive sports - perculiarly amongst elite educational establishments - but with one pulling slightly larger audiences and being more violent than the other?...

Not sure how to extend this analogy to towns?! wacko.gif

#22 DadAgain

Posted 26 June 2007 - 01:22 PM

test of physical and mental ability

Yeah I  couldnt cut it at the tiddlywink tables

weak sport requiring little physical pro

Rubgy has its failings for sure - but I think you're being a little harsh there!! dev (6).gif

#23 brazen

Posted 26 June 2007 - 01:38 PM

uh oh! perhaps it's safer for you to stay up there now dadagain  laugh.gif

#24 DadAgain

Posted 28 June 2007 - 10:49 AM

All gone quiet here?

Had a chat to another recruiter last night - theres a contract at DIAC (Dept immigration) going that sounds interesting, they are willing to pay mon-fri accomodation + flights for weekends home + ~$700 a day. Its a 6 month contract with expectation for 6 months renewal.... Sounds like gold to me!!

Of course they may take one look at my resume and say - No this guys a dud.. or they may be scared off by the fact that I have a mad amounts of holiday scheduled for August... but hey who knows? Certainly the weekly commute would be hard - but it'd give me a good chance to checkout Canberra before uprooting the entire family and give us chance to move at our convenience!

I had a day or so of thinking "oh this whole Canberra stuff isnt goign to happen is it? its too hard" - but now I'm back maddly keen again... mood swings galore... anyone else suffer from that?  unsure.gif

#25 Guest_dixiebelle_*

Posted 28 June 2007 - 11:44 AM

My mums partner is working in Canberra for the time being, to see how it goes, before the rest of the family moves down... he has 'transferred' within the government organisation he works for, but now doing IT (which he recently graduated in). My mum is still hoping he'll get 'outposted' work so they won't have to sell their house, move or for her, to also transfer her job.

It would be good to be able to have a trial run, as such, but not possible with my DH's company. He could def. transfer wiht them to work in their North Sydney office, but the way his company is extremely overworking him, I'd rather he didn't work for them for much longer. I also don;t want DH working away from home when I am heavily PG and/or with a newborn.

Good luck with your plans, dadagain... I try to believe that everything happens for a reason, and it will all just work out how it is supposed to...

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