Hello eveybody, we are brand new to this, turned back from the brink last year moving to Adelaide, wasn't right for us, now thoughts return again & we are considering brisbane, sorry for all the questions but here goes... & thanks for reading.. we have 2 children, 15, 13, my wife works in Local Goverment & I'm an Electrician & Guitar Teacher, its last chance decision time for me as I'm 43 shortly & I understand 45 is the cut off date for skilled workers, could any one tell me that once youve been granted your visa does it matter if you then drift over 45? & how long does the visa last before you have to that flying out & then back thing just to get your passport stamped? Adelaide didn't seem to have much work for Maintenance Electricians however Brisbane seems to have more work for me, looking at the Australian papers I notice Australia is suffering from the downturn as well as the UK, one of the main reasons for us wanting to go is to give my Kids a better chance in life, are there good opportunities for our Kids or are jobs/careers scarce? things here are now dire for youngsters leaving school, I know a lot of young people out of work with no training & not much hope, it can't be worse than it is here, also what are the secondary schools like?. could anyone tell me the rough cost of getting out here now, things have changed since we last priced it all up, we estimated about £15k for flights/removals/visa application process/ agent fees & the dog, could anyone who's just moved here shed any light on that issue? & give me some names of removal companies/ pet flights/ Immigration agents ( I would probably go with Go Matilda as they seemed very helpful & reasonable last time) how long before you can get a mortgage out there? we would rent initially hoping to buy once in full time work finally....how are you finding it out there? we will not miss family so much as most people as we moved from scotland to England years ago & got over the missing family thing, but that aside, whats it like? the weather must make a big difference to morale, how similar is the life style if at all? whats the aussies attitude to us? they all seem a decent bunch to me but I don't live there, is there lots to do for families/Kids?, any input would be most appreciative, thanks for reading folks, Paul.