Anyone know how long a container takes from Perth?

(45 Posts)
Longdistance Sat 17-Aug-13 06:45:35

We're going back to the Uk, hurrah! So, the company my dh works for is paying for our container back, and flights.

Just wanted to know what people's experiences were of shipping a container the other way. It took about 10 weeks coming to Perth, which sounds ages.

We don't have a date to go back yet, but the company has to oblige, and it used to be 28 days to return on a 457 visa, but it's 90 days to find a new job, or go home. Luckily dh, wants to go home, as its left a bitter taste in his mouth with the way his company is treating him.

SavoyCabbage Sat 17-Aug-13 07:47:31

Oh. My. GOD!

That's amazing! I'm so happy for you!

Longdistance Sat 17-Aug-13 08:41:48

Thanks Savoy.

Dh was made redundant, so everything is happening so quickly. But, the guy dealing with it, was a prize prat, and hadn't a clue about dh's questions hmm so it's all up in the air, as they don't know what they're doing.

But, we're making plans, and he's home on gardening leave to sort everything out.

Mosman Sat 17-Aug-13 11:26:51

Getvitcall in writing about the shipping as they don't have to pay for that.
Arriving at this end it only took eight weeks for all our shit to arrive

Longdistance Sat 17-Aug-13 12:09:13

I believe its in his contract, that they pay for the return flights and container if they no longer need him. Its the first year that was stated that, should he leave, we'd have to pay fir container and flight costs.

yetanotherworry Sat 17-Aug-13 12:13:12

It took our container about 8 weeks from Adelaide - its a lot quicker than getting there.

Mosman Sat 17-Aug-13 12:25:23

That's good news. I'd only get flights

Longdistance Sat 17-Aug-13 12:33:41

I will double check his contract, otherwise he's in trouble...with me!

giggly Sun 18-Aug-13 15:09:03

that's great Long, you must be delighted. I hope everything works out for you, we are heading to Brisbane, cant get out of Perth quick enough.

Longdistance Sun 18-Aug-13 16:41:47

I can't get out of Perth quick enough either lol. Really pleased, as spoke to mum and dad on Skype and they look really well, and happy now we're coming home. Mum's already planned some babysitting, and sorting out toys.

Yay, for getting my support network back.

Good Luck in Bisbane giggly smile

Mosman Mon 19-Aug-13 04:52:55

What made you choose Brisbane giggly ? I've lived in Sydney and Melbourne and now Perth, I'm wondering whether I really have given it a fair go and should call it quits or whether I should try and move within Australia - not that that would be any less disruptive lets face it.
I hate not being able to travel, hate the lack of variety but I do love Perth's weather. Hmmm

Longdistance Mon 19-Aug-13 05:20:21

Well, dh has just had it confirmed that his company are paying for the container back. I thought it strange, as they paid for a container out, that they wouldn't pay for one back.

So, they're sending us the info, and I think someone will come around and assess our crap wordly goods.

He's also getting redundancy for the previous years he did with the company in the Uk. So, we should be ok for money for a good while. He's been searching for work in the Uk, and I've been looking too to see what there is.

Really excited, but scared at the same time!!

Notafoodbabyanymore Mon 19-Aug-13 05:29:56

Why does everyone hate Perth so much??? I understand being homesick, but actually hating Perth...?

It's where I was born, grew up, and live now. It's my home. I know it has it's faults, but I love it.

Sorry, got a bit distracted from the actual question. As you were. blush

Longdistance Mon 19-Aug-13 05:40:43

Because its not for everyone. And some of us have had a stressful time here, so it's not been fun.

glastocat Mon 19-Aug-13 05:41:06

Notafoodbaby, I love Perth, moved here six months ago and plan to stay. Bring on the summer. smile

My container to Perth took eight weeks, so I guess it takes approx the same time back.

Mosman Mon 19-Aug-13 05:56:12

I think in twenty years time Perth might he fantastic if they spend all the money they've made wisely on infrastructure and invest in keepingvthecyoung people entertained, educated and employed.
I'm just not sure I can face the twenty years it'll take though.
Dickhead is planning to stay which suits me, the kids will have the best of both worlds.

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Mon 19-Aug-13 06:23:33

long Just one thing to check is if you're going to definitely get your own container or a shared one. If shared, sometimes you have to wait for whoever is sharing to put their stuff in it, so there can be a delay.

Longdistance Mon 19-Aug-13 08:45:00

We had a whole container last time. I believe they'll be nice enough to give us a whole one again. We'd never get all our stuff in half a container. Although we will be selling, ditching and donating.

Thanks for the heads up Richman smile

Mos, I couldn't wait 20 years either. I feel like I've wasted 2 already.

Thanks Glasto. For some reason thought it might be quicker going West bound LOL.

Just hope it arrives before proper Xmas.

giggly Tue 20-Aug-13 13:22:48

Mosman, we have spent more time in previous years in Brisbane and the surrounding areas and like the choice between the beach and the hinterland the Perth "hills" just don't cut it and I want the affordability of travel within/out of Australia.

It's not that I hate Perth notafood, it's just a bit to suburban for me to much of the same from north to south with a little variety in between , you could land in one suburb and it looks no different from any other.

I don't mind the fluctuations of the east weather as opposed to the way to hot to do anything apart from the beach of Perth.

Longdistance Thu 22-Aug-13 12:14:21

Well bollocks!

They're not paying for the container. For some reason or another dh refused to accept the offer of another position within the company in the Uk, but wants his redundancy money. Ffs!

I reckon they would have paid for a container if they found him another position back home.

We've got the container guy coming tomorrow, and his dibs sees it fit to go off fishing leaving me to it. I've had a word, grrr!!

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Thu 22-Aug-13 14:26:04

Just chuck all his stuff in a skip to make it cheaper grin

Would it make sense for him to accept the UK position?- I'd have thought so, as at least it buys you some breathing space. Make him crawl back to them.

Mosman Thu 22-Aug-13 14:59:50

So who's he got lined up to work for in the UK then ?
Honestly I don't know what planet these men are on sometimes. Ill act as an albi if you want to chuck the body overboard at Cottesloe grin

Longdistance Thu 22-Aug-13 17:44:52

I don't know why he went for the money? I think he's being his usual greedy so and so self.
I do think that if they found him a job in the Uk, he would have just slotted in. It could be as he doesn't like the hours. And wants to spend time with the girls. But, change jobs.

And to think I gave up my lovely job for this.

Cottesloe's too pretty to spoil.

newbiefrugalgal Thu 22-Aug-13 19:21:41

The cost of the container vs the payout and no job in uk???

I would have taken the job, got the paid container. Then he could have started job hunting once back in the uk and given notice.
Just me though!

Longdistance Fri 23-Aug-13 01:44:25

Yeah, mine too. But that would also depend on if there was actually a job at the other end, as they couldn't guarantee finding one.

I've got the removals firm coming in minute. Prepare formy jaw to drop on the ground.

Longdistance Fri 23-Aug-13 04:08:17

He's been and gone. He was saying he has a contract with my dh's company. And dh is trying to negotiate with the company. I don't think he's going to go quietly, which is typically him hmm with his pushy attitude.

Mosman Fri 23-Aug-13 06:05:30

Ifvtheeezno job for him to go to in the uk they'll have to pay for everything and pay him redundancy surely ?
He needs that clarified and preferably in writing.

Longdistance Fri 23-Aug-13 06:21:31

That's what he's fighting at the minute. We knew that if things didn't work out in the first year, we'd be liable for the flight and container costs.

I just think its cheeky for them to drag our worldly shit belongings here, and then not pay for it on the return. They broke the contract, whether he goes back to working for them, or takes the redundancy package and works else where.

Dh got an email earlier saying, they'll see what they can do, but can't promise anything.

So bloody stressful. Arghhhhh!

newbiefrugalgal Fri 23-Aug-13 12:51:38

ggod luck long hope they come through

newbiefrugalgal Fri 23-Aug-13 13:00:12


Longdistance Fri 23-Aug-13 16:05:06

Thanks Newbie.

Its quite stressful at the minute, but my dh isn't giving up. I think the next email he may get is 'fuck off', as he's really putting his case across.

giggly Fri 23-Aug-13 16:50:36

At least you could sell stuff on gumtree long, I have sold some furniture I brought from UK and made a profit is my plan to offload even more as will be cheaper when we eventually get back home. Good luck.

Longdistance Sat 24-Aug-13 06:56:23

Giggly. I've done one car boot, and will do another, and sold loads of baby stuff I do not need including buggies. So far I've made $600, and have more stuff to sell.

No ones interested in my car yet, which I bought brand new when we came over but hated, as dh chose it, and it's not me

Mosman Sat 24-Aug-13 15:34:35

I actually really do need a buggy, what have you got ?

giggly Sat 24-Aug-13 16:39:20

Oh no mosman I just left a mamas and papas in Scotland.

Longdistance Sat 24-Aug-13 17:40:50

It's a double Target one. Someone is picking it up on Monday. They've been fighting over it. Some arsehole from Armadale was far too busy asking questions, when someone else text saying they'd have it. Though I thought the person asking the question on email was the same as the one texting me. I'm gonna burn the fucking thing on my lawn if more people are gonna be a bunch of tits!!!

They're snapping my stuff up. Must be asking too little for them. Most people have said my stuff's nice, or gorgeous, or lovely <big head> and just taking it no questions asked. Just weird. It's nearly all gone and I put it on all on Monday evening. They text at funny times too.

newbiefrugalgal Sun 25-Aug-13 10:47:09

I'd consider your car if it was on the other side of the country!

Mosman Sun 25-Aug-13 10:49:18

Ah bugger I was hoping you'd have a nice single maclaren tucked away. Luckily my days of double buggies are well and truly behind me :-)
How's it going ... Was meant to he at a BBQ today but its not stopped raining, is winter I suppose

Longdistance Sun 25-Aug-13 15:17:19

Not bad. Went out on a date with dh. Ruined by how intense the conversation was. He really got on my nerves. Didn't fancy any action after that, he put me right off lol.

All about, where I'm gonna work (we don't even really have a date yet so really can't apply for any jobs til we get back), what school and nursery both dd's will go to. Even criticizing what car I'm gonna buy. A lot of it is none of his business, well apart from the schooling.

Sorry I don't have a nice single buggy for you Mos. I need my single as although dd2 is 2, she does throw herself on the ground when she's tired. She did this today at Hillary's. I had it carry her in the end with my dodgy limping leg.

Newbie, do you really want an X-Trail? I didn't want the fucking thing in the first place, but dh was being a smart arse, and not listening to me again.

On the pls side, sil is gonna carry on selling out stuff on Gumtree if its not sold as she has the room for some of our stuff.

Roll on the 6th when we jet off to Phuket, and hopefully our container will be done by then smile

newbiefrugalgal Mon 26-Aug-13 08:30:36

My container is being packed on the 6th too! Maybe they'll pass on the sea and wave to each other.

Longdistance Mon 26-Aug-13 13:36:20

grin @ Newbie

Longdistance Mon 26-Aug-13 13:49:30

We've just said goodbye to the staff and children at both dd's nursery. I got all teary eyed, as the girls have had a lot of fun. My oldest had been there since we arrived in the area nearly two years ago, so a lot of memories for her and I. The youngest had only been there since April when I broke my leg, and she settled in amazingly. And loved it there. The staff loved having our girls, even though they're little devils at home are super stars for other people.

Not much luck selling my car, but have sold nearly all my baby gear. Don't really want to return it to the dealership as I tried selling to them a few months back must be psychic and they didn't offer me much.

Given our notice to the rental company, and they wanted this and that fee for re advertising the property, then got an email saying that the owner wants to move in. I very much doubt it, as he never lived here in the first place, and it was an investment property.

giggly Mon 26-Aug-13 15:38:20

So when are you off long? Bet you can't wait, does this mean things are better with dh .

Longdistance Mon 26-Aug-13 17:03:27

We're off on holiday next Friday, and when we get back, we'll be saying our Good Byes, so it'll be around the end of September, so a month from now. Yay!!!

Longdistance Thu 29-Aug-13 13:42:38

Just an update...

Dh has had the company from the Uk calling him about a position. Dh wants to take the money and run, as he's fed up with them. I want him to take the job, cos the I think they'll pay for the container.

That's worth around $12,000, without insurance alone. His redundancy package is really good, but I'm stressing that he won't have a job when we get back, or might find it difficult in his profession.

I'm looking for work myself, but won't apply for anything til we get back as really don't have a definate date of returning yet, and most jobs state immediate start.

We've thrown so much crap out, knowing that we may be paying for the container.

I'm just so busy with everything going on, and really confused at to why my dh wants to leave, when they have a position for him in the Uk. Just don't know whether I'm coming or going now confused

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