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Emigrating to Australia

Posted in: Forum News by Rob on 01/04/2012 | No Comments

Despite having over a days downtime in March due a a minor technical hiccup, our Emigrating to Australia Forum – pomsinoz attracted it’s highest number of monthly visitors ever, with 457,490 visits. Despite the poor exchange rate, the stagnant housing market in the UK and continuing house prices rises in Australia, it appears that the emigration dream still burns brightly for many people and the pull of life down under remains strong.

Australia Migration forums available via facebook

Posted in: Forum News by Rob on 16/02/2012 | 1 Comment

We’re pleased to announce that two of our Australia Migration Forums:
Life in Queensland – www.lifeinqueensland.com
Life in Victoria – www.lifeinvictoria.com

are now accessible via facebook, so it’s possible to browse and post on the forums from with a facebook application.
The applications can be accessed at http://apps.facebook.com/lifeinqueensland/ and http://apps.facebook.com/lifeinvictoria/

Our British Expats forum is also available via facebook @ http://apps.facebook.com/britishexpatsabroad/

In the coming weeks, we’ll look at rolling our facebook apps foe our Perth and Adelaide Forums

Moving to Australia? Free chat with industry experts

Posted in: Forum News by Rob on 06/12/2011 | No Comments

Plan ahead by moving overseas with the experts!

Moving to Australia is not without its ups and downs. To make sure you stay ahead of the game, it pays to be well informed. Everyone wants to start their new life down under with as much money as possible and there are a number of things you can do to ensure you make the most of your funds. Key topics always discussed on the forum include moving your possessions and transferring your money into your new Australian bank account.

Our sister site, Poms in Oz is hosting Live Chat sessions with leading experts in banking, currency exchange, international removals, pet shipping and removals insurance. These sessions will take place on the 07th December 2011 from 7pm-9pm (UK Time).

National Australia Bank, Moneycorp, PSS International Removals, PetAir UK and Insure Your Move will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your move.

To participate, follow this link – Chat with Industry Experts, then, once the chat software has loaded, tick the ‘Guest’ option at the top of the chat window, then choose a username and click ‘Login’ and enter the ‘Moneycorp, NAB, PSS, PetAir UK or Insure Your Move’ chat rooms.

National Australia Bank

National Australia Bank
Rebecca Joils will talk about the Australian Banking system providing you with some insights as to what is different between the UK and Australia. She will also talk about how straight forward it is to open an Australian Bank account before you leave home and some of the services you should consider.

Moneycorp

Moneycorp
Whether you are moving to Australia, or living there already, Jonathan Griffith will bring you the latest updates on the Aussie dollar and provide insight into the key factors influencing market movements. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating and transferring your funds at the right time, via the right channel, can make a big difference to the amount of money you actually end up with.

PSS International Removals

PSS International Removals
One of the key ingredients when you are moving overseas is the planning of your removal. Liam Witham will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the packing and shipping of your household effects, including what items you can ship to Australia, Australian Customs procedures and AQIS. Whether you are importing household effects or just a vehicle, it is never too early to start researching or to start the process.

PetAir UK

PetAir UK
PetAir UK is a unique pet travel service run by specialised vets for ultimate peace of mind. We will transport your pets safely and comfortably – worldwide.
No matter what the journey, we will remove the stress of complicated pet travel arrangements and ensure the best possible service to our clients and their much-loved companions is one of our highest priorities.
We operate a ‘one of the family’ policy, where all animals are treated with the same respect and care as our own pets. We know how much it means to you that your beloved pet arrives safely and by using PetAir UK you can assure yourself you are providing the very best care for your pet.
We offer truly comprehensive packages which provide absolute continuity from start to finish. Every client is allocated one of our personal veterinary consultants who will oversee every step of the process.
From complex documentation and import permit applications through to last minute flight changes, nothing is a problem for our competent and dedicated team.

Insure Your Move

Insure Your Move
Insure Your Move provide some of the most competitive insurance rates for removals to Australia and New Zealand. The Policy is underwritten by the Royal & Sun Alliance plc and the coverage afforded is second to none.
If you want to know more about the actual cover or why it is important to take out insurance then please feel free to ask John who has over 15 years experience in the moving industry working with both removers and multi-national corporate clients.

South Australia Migration Forum upgrade this coming week

Posted in: Forum News by Rob on 03/07/2011 | No Comments

Following on from the successful upgrading of our Queensland and Western Australia Forums in the last couple of weeks, this week we’ll be upgrading our South Australia migration and expat forum – www.pomsinadelaide.com

Live chat expo with industry experts

Posted in: Forum News by Rob on 29/06/2011 | 1 Comment

Plan ahead by moving overseas with the experts!

Moving to Australia is not without its ups and downs. To make sure you stay ahead of the game, it pays to be well informed. Everyone wants to start their new life down under with as much money as possible and there are a number of things you can do to ensure you make the most of your funds. Key topics always discussed on the forum include moving your possessions and transferring your money into your new Australian bank account.

Poms in Oz is hosting Live Chat sessions with leading experts in banking, currency exchange, international removals, financial advice and vehicle imports. These sessions will take place on the 04th July 2011 from 8pm-10pm (UK Time).

National Australia Bank, Moneycorp, PSS International Removals, Vista Financial Services and Iron Chef Imports will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your move.

To participate, follow this link – Chat with Industry Experts, then, once the chat software has loaded, tick the ‘Guest’ option at the top of the chat window, then choose a username and click ‘Login’ and enter the ‘Moneycorp, NAB, PSS, Vista or Ironchef’ chat rooms.

National Australia Bank

National Australia Bank
Rebecca Joils will talk about the Australian Banking system providing you with some insights as to what is different between the UK and Australia. She will also talk about how straight forward it is to open an Australian Bank account before you leave home and some of the services you should consider.

Moneycorp

Moneycorp
Whether you are moving to Australia, or living there already, Jonathan Griffith will bring you the latest updates on the Aussie dollar and provide insight into the key factors influencing market movements. Exchange rates are constantly fluctuating and transferring your funds at the right time, via the right channel, can make a big difference to the amount of money you actually end up with.

PSS International Removals

PSS International Removals
One of the key ingredients when you are moving overseas is the planning of your removal. Liam Witham will be on hand to offer advice and answer any questions you may have regarding the packing and shipping of your household effects, including what items you can ship to Australia, Australian Customs procedures and AQIS. Whether you are importing household effects or just a vehicle, it is never too early to start researching or to start the process.

Vista Financial Services

Vista Financial Services
Andrew Williams is both a UK qualified and Australian practicing Financial Adviser and Mortgage Consultant specialising in advising UK expats in Australia on the transition and development of their financial affairs. From assisting clients with securing their first Australian mortgage through to working with them to understand whether transferring their UK Pensions is in their interests, Andrew is able to help answer your questions and concerns on a wide range of financial planning matters.

IronChef Imports

Iron Chef Imports
Iron Chef Imports is a small, Australian-based business that specialises in arranging transportation of vehicles from anywhere in the world to any port in Australia. For a fixed brokerage fee, we can help arrange your vehicle’s import approval paperwork, shipping, customs clearance and registration in Australia. Aside from our fee, all other costs are invoiced to you directly – no hidden markups! We’re also happy to advise you if it’s worth bringing your car over before you start (that part’s free!).

Perth Poms upgrade tomorrow

Posted in: Forum News by Rob on 25/06/2011 | No Comments

We’re updating the forum software on our Western Australia / Perth Migration forum tomorrow. The forum will be offline @ 07:30 until around lunchtime. Apologies for the downtime but the upgrade is necessary as the current version of the software has reached ‘End of Life’

New Queensland Forum

Posted in: Forum News by Rob on 15/06/2011 | No Comments

Life in QueenslandOver the weekend we re-branded and moved our Queensland migration forum – BritsinBrisbane.com

The forum has now moved/relocated to a new domain – www.lifeinqueensland.com as we look to shift the focus to focus on the state of Queensland as a whole, rather than just the Gold Coast / Sunshine coast areas.

As well as changing the domain name, we upgraded the forum from vbulletin3 -> vbulletin4, installed a new template to give the site a fresh new look and have re-organised the categories.

Pomsinoz upgrade

Posted in: Forum News by Rob on 05/11/2010 | No Comments

Before the end of the year, we will be upgrading pomsinoz to the latest version of vbulletin (4.08). This a a major upgrade from it’s current version (3.8). The upgrade will bring several new features to the site including wiki style articles, an improved blog system, enhanced user profiles and better facebook integration. We’ll also be installing a choice of templates (colour schemes) so that users can select a favourite design. It is anticipated the upgrade will take place the last week in December.

Forums now on new server

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ServerAt the beginning of October, we migrated the forums from a rather aging server which was struggling to cope with the number of visitors that the forums now receive. The move was carried out over the weekend of 02/03 October and touch wood, all seems to be running smoothly. The old server was located in Sydney which was great for Australian visitors, but resulted in a slightly laggy feel for the UK members. To this effect, the new server is now based in the US, where access time from the UK & Australia should be broadly similar. The new server specs are below:

<strong>Hardware</strong>
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 (2.66GHZ 8MB - HT - Triple Channel)
6GB DDR3 RAM
Primary Disk:Hardware Raid-10
4x73GB 15k RPM SAS 16MB Cache
Backup Drive: 500GB 7.2k RPM SATAII 16MB Cache
Public Port Speed : 1000Mbs Public
Public Bandwidth : 10TB Premium Transfer
Battery Back Up : Battery Backup Unit (BBU)
Chassis : Hot-Swappable SuperMicro Rackmount
Hardware RAID Controller : Adaptec 5405 PCIe - 1.2GHZ Dual Core - 256MB Cache

 
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