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All You Need To Know About a Defacto Partner Visa

Posted by on Nov 16th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on All You Need To Know About a Defacto Partner Visa

If you have an Australian partner and want to unite with them in their native country, all you require is a defacto partner visa. Many people consider getting a partner visa to be a highly complicated affair but, with all the requirements, it is easy for you to get one. This paper will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the definition of a defacto visa, what is required and what to expect.

What is a Defacto Partner Visa?

A defacto partner visa affords individuals the right to reside in Australia with their Australian boy/girl friend. When applying for a Defacto partner visa, you are getting both a permanent and temporary partner visa. However, the visa numbers you apply for will depend on whether you are applying from outside or inside of Australia.

For example, when you are applying from inside Australia, you will be getting the subclass 801 and sub class 820. These two types of visas (sub class 801 and sub class 820) are meant for applicants who are already in Australia on a valid visa. Sub class 820 allows you to remain in Australia temporarily, whereas sub class 801 permits you to remain in Australia permanently. When you are applying from outside Australia, you will be getting the subclass 300 and subclass 309. These types of visas are used by applicants who are living outside Australia. When subclass 309 visa is approved, the applicant can travel with their spouse to Australia and live temporarily. When sub class 300 visa is approved, the applicant can live in Australia permanently.

What are the Requirements for a Defacto Partner Visa?

The main requirement for applying as a defacto partner is the one year relationship rule. This means that you should be in a defacto relationship for the last 12 months before applying for a visa. A defacto relationship means a real relationship with joint bank accounts, joint living situation, joint purchases and the ability to support one another emotionally and financially. You also need to show proof of these elements when filing an application.

What Happens When You Apply?

After applying and paying for your application, you will be given a bridging visa if you are residing in Australia. This visa enables you to stay in the country awaiting your application to be approved. The bridging visa has the same working rights as the visa you are applying for. There are different kinds of bridging visas but the popular one is the one that restricts the applicant from leaving the country until their application has been approved.

For more information and assistance in the application process, contact visa consulting services, like Fisa Pty Ltd.

Reasons and Benefits of Enlisting the Services of a Recruitment Agency

Posted by on Nov 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reasons and Benefits of Enlisting the Services of a Recruitment Agency

Recruitment agencies work as a liaison between employers and prospective job applicants with the aim of matching the different potential employee skill sets with the requirements of a business organization that is currently hiring. In a lot of situations, you will find that a business will outsource a recruitment agency to act as their human resource department. Once the employment agency finds a suitable candidate for the business’ needs and that individual is placed as part of their work force, the agency will receive a commission. Here are some of the reasons and benefits of opting for these services.

Reasons to enlist the services of a recruitment agency

Recruitment agencies do not simply select the first candidate they come across to match to your business’ requirements. They need to have fostered a good relationship with both the organizations that seek their services as well as the individuals that are seeking employment. To be able to achieve this, the employment agency has to interact with both parties so that it can have a clear perception of what each party is expecting.

Secondly, the recruitment agency will conduct interviews as well as background checks so as to find the most suitable candidate for the positions that are opened to be filled. This way, they can know which candidates would be best suited for the different jobs that are available at the different businesses that have enlisted the agencies services.

Benefits of enlisting the services of a recruitment agency

The recruitment agency is more experienced at sourcing staff: A newly founded human resource department in your business may not have as much expertise as an employment agency that has been in business for a significant amount of time. The agency will be qualified to vet prospective employees and figure out which ones have credentials that match your business needs. In addition to this, they will have a database of many individuals that are looking for work. Thus, their chances would be higher of finding you a suitable candidate.

Hiring a recruitment agency is more cost effective: If you have a human resource department in place, you would have to pay the people there for holding that job. This will increase your business’ costs. If you outsource these services, you only pay a commission for each employee that you hire from the agency. This also saves you the time and money that you would spend in training candidates for the job at hand.

How to Put Less Wear and Tear on Your Home’s Central Air Conditioner Unit

Posted by on Oct 9th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Put Less Wear and Tear on Your Home’s Central Air Conditioner Unit

Using your home’s central air conditioning unit during summer months keeps your home cooler and can also cut down on humidity that settles in the home, protecting building materials from potential mold and mildew buildup. However, it can be rather costly to run the unit as often as you’d like, and the more you run it, the sooner it will burn out and fail since this means wear and tear on the motor, fan, and other parts.

There are a few simple things you can do to help this unit run more efficiently and to keep it working longer; you can even save money when you do this since you’re using less electricity overall. Note the following suggestions.

1. Closing vents

For rooms that are not in use, close the vents. This will mean that the air conditioner will need to push out less air throughout your home, since it’s only cooling certain rooms at one time and not your entire house. If you’re home alone during the day and are only in the living room and kitchen, close the vents to all the bedrooms and upstairs bathroom. Keep the vent to the guest room closed if it’s rarely in use. The more vents you close, the less your central air conditioner works. Make this part of everyone’s morning routine if needed; make the bed, brush your teeth, close the vents, and then you’re ready to leave for the day.

2. Replace the fuses

A central air conditioner will usually have fuses inside the front panel or what is called the disconnect box. You may want to have a professional replace these every year, but you can also do it yourself if you’re comfortable removing that panel or the front of the disconnect box. When these fuses burn out, this puts added stress on the motor and blower since they will stop and start unnecessarily. Replacing them before they burn out can mean less stress on your unit.

3. Inspect the ductwork

Keeping the ducts in your home clean will mean less wear and tear on the central unit, since the motor and fan need to work harder to blow air through dust and debris. However, if there are leaks around connectors in the ductwork, holes from corrosion, and other such damage, this too allows air to leak out the ducts before it reaches the rooms to be cooled. In turn, the air conditioner works longer and harder to get rooms to the temperature set on the thermostat. Have the ductwork inspected every year for needed repairs and replacement so that your central unit works efficiently.

For more information about air conditioning repairs and maintenance, contact a local HVAC company. 

Managing Aggression in Teenagers with CBT

Posted by on Oct 7th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Managing Aggression in Teenagers with CBT

CBT, or cognitive behaviour therapy, is a common and effective therapy for dealing with a range of problems including anxiety, depression and aggression. For parents of teenagers with an issues with aggression, CBT has the potential to help your child improve their social interactions, as well as adapt better to structured environments such as school and work.

How does CBT work?

Aggression is largely an automatic reaction, where people react to a perceived threat with equally, or more threatening, behaviour. CBT breaks down automatic thought processes that have analysed the situation as threatening by slowing down reactions, and helping people to analyze whether the other participant is genuinely threatening and whether the behaviour is warranted in terms of long term consequences. In many cases teenagers with aggressive traits are not successful analysing the other participant’s emotional state, so spending time building emotional intelligence and the ability to see the situation from both sides is useful in reducing aggressive reactions.

CBT also looks at automatic reactions, and helps people to see why they might automatically act in a certain way (such as learned behaviour from childhood, or cultural norms) and also looks at alternative ways of dealing with a similar situation. It often uses techniques such as role play to achieve these ideas, which are formed through self discovery and reflection by the client. 

Who can benefit from the therapy?

Any clients can benefit from spending time reflecting on their behaviour and working out if they are responding in the best way. The best external results (such as improved school attendance and lower reported violence levels) are often observed in clients who have had disrupted childhoods, or stressful events in their past which lead to automatic reactions that are not always appropriate in more structured environment, such as schools, or when dealing with authority figures such as the police.

Who can run the therapy?

Simple exercises can be run by teachers, parents and support workers. This can include role playing reactions with “grumpy” teachers, policemen or teachers in any environment as well as working on techniques that help clients to calm down in inflamed environments. Keeping a self reflection journal can also often help clients to try techniques and work out the most effective techniques for them.

For clients with more intensive issues, a trained psychologist (like those from Associated Psychology Services) can offer unique insight and a more formal program of CBT in a group or individual setting.

Three Things to Know about Thermal Imaging and Building Inspections

Posted by on Sep 30th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Things to Know about Thermal Imaging and Building Inspections

As a future homeowner who is looking for a new home, you know one of the steps in the process is to have a building inspection performed. You may not have dealt with this particular process in several years, which means you may only be used to standard inspections. A trend in building inspections is to now use thermal imaging to help focus on issues and problems that may otherwise go undetected. If you haven’t had an inspection using thermal imaging, here are a few things you should know.

Reason for Thermal Imaging Inspections

One of the first things you may wonder about this type of building inspection process is why it is being done. The main reason for using thermal imaging technology during building inspections is to find energy leaks and spots that need better insulation or may be having energy issues. This could lead to upgrading appliances, insulation, or seals around the home. This may also let the building inspector make suggestions for waterproofing in the home due to temperature differences that show up on the thermal imaging scan.

Interior or Exterior

The first thing you will notice about a thermal imaging building inspection is that it is either done on the interior of the home or on the exterior of the home. Having both may result in an additional inspection fee. This choice is based on the weather conditions since rainy weather or cloudy weather may affect the way the thermal camera and technology reads the data.  

The key point to remember is that most building inspectors will opt for an internal imaging scan in order to ensure they can find all of the temperature differences in the house and what may be causing them. This will let them go from room to room and into trouble spots for energy loss, like the basement and attic.

Types of Equipment

You may notice your building inspector using several types of equipment for the thermal imaging scans. The first type is called a spot radiometer. It is used to focus in on one area at a time. For example, if the imaging picks up on an area with odd temperature ranges, the spot radiometer can be used to focus in on the particular area to determine if there is energy loss in that area and where it is. 

The thermal line scanner may also be used to scan temperature in a line or area like along ceilings and roof lines. The thermal imaging camera is the most common piece of equipment and gives a picture of the area that shows, through colour differences, any heat leaks in the home.

These are just three of the key points regarding thermal imaging and building inspections that you should know. If you have any questions, or if you want to use thermal imaging during your building inspection, contact your local inspector for pricing and scheduling.