Everyday living

Everyday living in Australia

Australian Postcodes

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Australian postcodes are 4 digits and each state is usually identified by the first number digit. [...] Read more

What is 100 points of ID ?

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When we arrived in Australia, we were constantly asked for 100 points of ID and had no clue what this was and I found various lists and decided to place the concise list in this post, so that you too may learn learned what this is, as we sometimes had incorrect documents for the total 100 points.. [...] Read more

Standard Work Hours

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As you may know or perhaps not, I am currently an employee in the Queensland Government Public Service as an Analyst Programmer and therefore a public servant of the Public Service. I will try to explain standard work hours for Queenland Government employees, also known as ‘Hours of work’, different for South Africans and those from the UK. [...] Read more

What is an ‘ADO’ or Credit Time?

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An ADO is abbreviated for ‘Accumulated Day Off ‘, which is time accumulated by working over the standard daily hours in no less than 15 minute blocks. As per current Public Service Acts (PSC) , only those public servants in the job Classification range of AO1-AO8 (or equivalent) can credit time towards and ADO.[...] Read more

Gold Coast discount vouchers

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Over the weekend my daughter wanted to see the kangaroos and some Australian wildlife, well having enjoyed Currumbin before, started researching for the prices of tickets online and found a website that contained discounts for a range of things when one visits the Gold Coast in sunny Queensland! Since we live on the Gold Coast, this website could be quite handy and offering all these discount vouchers ! [...] Read more

What is TOIL?

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TOIL is abbreviated from ‘Time Off In Lieu’, this is approved time off for time we are required to work more than 9 hrs 30 mins in a day, while for those of us employed within the Queensland Government. This is not a common occurance and the TOIL and actual taking time off has be approved by my manager/supervisor prior to its occurrence.[...] Read more

One Bargain A Day websites

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We all love shopping and finding a bargain! There are two online shopping websites my husband and I love to shop at and almost every week we have a parcel in the post from either of these places: [...] Read more

Driving in Australia

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We drive on the left side of the road in Australia, so cars are right-hand drive. And for those of you who wish to drive a left-hand drive car, will you need need special licence![...] Read more

Australian School Terms and Holidays

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Each state of Australia sets their own school term and holiday dates and can be very confusing when travelling interstate and so I decided to list them here. [...] Read more

Australia Time Zones

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Australia has three times zones, due the size of the country.[...] Read more

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