Should I use a migration agent to handle my application to migrate to Australia from the U.S.? And if so, what's the best way to go about finding a good one? [more inside]
I had a package misclassified by Australian Customs and seized on that basis. I can apply for its release but apparently they are forced to sue me if I do so. Wtf? [more inside]
Recommendations for PADI diving instruction on a liveaboard in the Great Barrier Reef? [more inside]
Librarian/KidsBookFilter: I want to get a friend's imminent arrival a very specific species of stuffed animal with a related story book for 4-year-old big sister... Oz-tastic teeny tiny little snowflake details to follow... [more inside]
There's a New Years gig in Manchester I'm looking at attending, and I thought I'd make a trip of it by visiting my sister in Bristol (amongst other things). However, flights from Australia to England are ridiculously expensive. Is there a way I could fly to another European country and take a cheap flight (or some other form of transport) over? [more inside]
What's the best health insurance in Australia for dental work? I have a chipped tooth that needs capping and some wisdom teeth that need removing, and I don't want to wait a long time. I can't afford to spend that much either.
Can someone shed some light the differences between term deposits and index funds in Australia? That is, what's best for me? [more inside]
I want to learn more about the animal rights issue in Australia in the context of animals being raised for slaughter. Where do I start? [more inside]
I've never had a garden before. I recently bought a house in Canberra with a small established garden, mainly native Australian plants. It has a drip watering system. There isn't a lot of room, but there are a few things I have always wanted to grow, and I've got no idea whether it is possible to fit them in somehow, or where I should put them. I know I can't do anything until just before spring, but I want to start planning now. [more inside]
What's the best/cheapest wireless Internet or mobile broadband plan in Sydney? I want to stop using my 3 Mobile Broadband, but I'm not sure what to replace it with. There's no phone line in my apartment, so that's not an option. I'll mostly be using it for downloading games and music.
I know that American employers conduct urine drug tests all the time, but what about Australian employers? I was recently offered a bank job in Sydney, and will have to undergo a "medical examination" before starting. The information sheet says nothing about drugs, but does mention a urine test. Will they test for cannabis, and if so, should a month (after pretty much semi-daily use) be long enough to be in the clear?
How should I move 2m^3 of stuff from Australia to the US? [more inside]
What would a Kiwanis group would like to know about Australia? [more inside]
Hey everyone. I'm going to Australia for 23 days in July, and would dearly love some advice as to how to spend them. [more inside]
I remember seeing a picture (I think in National Geographic) of a gigantic hole -- in Australia, I am virtually certain. It was naturally occurring, not a mine, and very deep and mysterious. Now there is only a giant pit in my memory, and fear of a growing sinkhole called dementia -- can't find it anywhere. Am I just imagining this hole?
Aussie Filter! Looking for a picture of a particular Aussie/NZ moving company's Cat-arrific logo! [more inside]
What cool, small, packable gifts should my boyfriend bring back from Australia? [more inside]
I'm considering going electric and purchasing this bike. It has pretty much everything that I'd want: pedal assist, throttle and go, extended range, nice suspension, it looks durable and it qualifies as a pushbike in Victoria Australia. [more inside]
Australia smart phone filter: I need to buy a new smart phone. I would like one that will allow me to occasionally connect my laptop to the internet. (Tethering?) Clearly I'm not that tech savvy so I don't want to jailbreak (?) etc. Is this possible with any smart phone on the market in Australia? [more inside]
How to move large household of stuff from San Francisco bay area to Sydney area Australia. [more inside]
A friend of mine is lawyering up for the first time after a motorbike accident and has some questions about the whole affair - he's in Canberra, in Australia. [more inside]
What are some online shopping sites that ship direct to Australia. I'm wanting to take advantage of the stronger Australian dollar. [more inside]
Will it be too cold to stay in a campervan in August in Victoria, Australia? [more inside]
If I were to do a Work and Holiday Visa in New Zealand/Australia what jobs could I reasonably expect to get that allow me to legitimately log USCG Sea Time and and gain other valuable maritime experience? [more inside]
Suggest some non-mainstream songs about sex, the erotic, and especially seduction. Bonus points if Australian. [more inside]
[SydneyFilter] The Easter holidays are upon us, and we aren't going anywhere. Right now, it seems likely that we'd only be able to do day trips (same day return, no overnight stays) to places around Sydney. Where should we go? [more inside]
My mother died, and now I need to know what to do about wills and probate and so forth. [more inside]
I know that there is a big country scene in Australia, and I know some of the artists (Kasey Chambers, et. al) but I don't know the details really. [more inside]
I'm being kicked off my parents health insurance, so I'm trying to decide whether to take out my own policy or "self insure". Is there something major that I'm overlooking? (In Australia) [more inside]
Sydney (AU) MeFites, I need some specific must-see suggestions. [more inside]
The Australian government is working out the details for a tax on carbon. Where will the money raised in this tax go? What will it be used for? [more inside]
How do I oppose and deal with censorship in Australia? The Australian government has just announced it'll fine people $100,000 if they import Mortal Kombat. I'm not asking how to import it, but what if I want to import something else on the banned list? What do I do if the government decides something I say is illegal? And what organizations can I join to defend free speech in Australia?
Is it possible to get any sort of loan or credit in Australia as a non-permanent resident? [more inside]
I'm leaving for Australia next week from Thailand, I have my tourist visa & will be staying with friends. What I don't have yet is my return ticket home to the US. Am I going to have any problems (with the airlines or AU immigration, or - ?) because I'm not yet ticketed?
Help me figure out transport in Melbourne for a conference. [more inside]
If you had five nights to spend on stopovers en route to Australia, and your options were Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Auckland, how would you apportion your time?
Awesome online stores in Australia? [more inside]
Some questions about the NSW, Australia public school system. [more inside]
Does anyone know any sections of rivers or creeks not too far out of Melbourne (Australia) that are very wide yet quite shallow? You know the type, like something you see in a documentary about Alaskan bears with pebbles on the bottom and crystal clear water. After swimming in an amazing river in West Virginia may years ago I've dreamed about finding a similar one over here.
Is a trip to Uluru/Ayers Rock worth it? [more inside]
In the late 1970s the Australian Army made a recruiting film called "The Green Machine". I remember it having some fairly spectacular flying footage by the Army Aviation Corps as well as the usual other stuff. For reasons I'd probably not want to examine too closely I'd like to see it again. Does anyone know of an on-line source? It's not on Youtube as far as I can tell.
What features mark Geoffrey Rush's character in The King's Speech as being Australian? [more inside]
What would be the average cost to get a locksmith to come over in the middle of the night to help me get into my house in a suburb close to the CBD in Melbourne, Australia after I lost my keys? Additionally, what do I need to prove that I'm the actual tenant of the apartment? [more inside]
I'm going on a road trip around New Zealand and also around Australia. What should I know about before doing a long road trip like this? [more inside]
Help me find a relatively cheap, relatively healthy takeaway alternative to greasy fried chicken or chain pizza to feed to groups of volunteers in Haymarket in Sydney. [more inside]
I want to know more about decent Australian hip hop. [more inside]
What snack foods can I take on the plane (for personal consumption) for a trip from Canada to Australia with a short layover in the USA? [more inside]
Can you explain Australian prepaid phone service to me? Why do you get more credit than the dollars you paid? [more inside]
I'm traveling with friends to Australia in March, and this will be the first time I've left North America! I'm covered on basic travel requirements (passport, ETA, etc), but what else should I bring with me? What should I know (about traveling, about Australia... anything!)? [more inside]
Australian home owners: please explain to me about body corporates. How much power do they have? And why do the fees vary so hugely? [more inside]