Life changes

And sometimes it happens out of the blue.

There’s a possibility we might relocate to Western Australia. This is, of course, despite the promises of one husband that the move to Hervey Bay would be the LAST. He loves to kick my chair. However, even though I’ve really made myself very comfortable here, I am actually quite excited about this. 

For one, I’m originally from WA, and have not only loads of rellies over there, but lots of ASIM folk and others in the SF community I hope I’d get a chance to know better if we lived in the big brown state.

For two, we don’t HAVE to move. On paper, it seems husband can fly from Hervey Bay to Perth to meet his FIFO of Perth and we would STILL come out with more money in the hand than he currently gets living away anyway. Plus it’s a great work opportunity for him. So we’re not going to be in any rush to uproot just yet. We are considering, looking and waiting/seeing.

I’ve had a gander on and and applied for a couple of jobs, but if anyone knows of a job for someone with my skills (teacher librarian, English/SOSE, bit of business experience, ICT etc) ESPECIALLY at a place that offers subsidised housing and/or moving assistance, do let me know! Not too fussed whereabouts in WA, as long as it’s got a reasonable airport 🙂


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5 responses to “Life changes

  1. Anonymous

    I think the education department in WA still does centralised staffing for Government school jobs – might be worth while checking out their website.

    I recommend a couple of things before you take the plunge. Make sure you have *all* the documents you need to be registered as a teacher in WA – check the website and give them a call if necessary. When I moved from WA to VIC I had to supply proof that I completed teaching rounds (professional practice) as part of my degree. It wasn’t enough that it was on my transcript – I needed a letter from the university stating how long each practicum was and what sort of school it was at. It had been so long ago that my records were “archived” and it took *months* to retrieve the information.

    Also, make sure you have a “record of service” that is correct and contains the dates you worked at specific schools, the time fraction and your status (contract/temporary/permanent/ongoing). You might need this to make sure you get paid at the correct level according to your previous experience.

    Finally, I doubt that it’s changed but the subsidised housing for teachers in country towns is usually really really crap. However, if you apply for a Government job in education and state that you are available state-wide you have a good chance of getting a job.

  2. Anonymous

    Good to hear about the possibility of a move WA – boom town, this is. And you’d get to stuff ASIMs 😉

    The media has been full of news about WA teacher shortages since the start of the year. They were about 150+ short, and are trying to entice retired teachers back into the workforce. So, they should be waiting with open arms.

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  4. Anonymous

    Wow! My brother just moved to WA too, is there something you people know that I don’t?

    🙂 I hope it works out!

  5. Anonymous

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you, T. Of course, I’m still of the opinion that you should all move down to the only civilized region of Australia…

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