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Am I fake?

Yes, that was a question I was asked by email just the other day when a reader said “Anyway who are you and why you open this web site and its true or fake?

Guess what? I’m real!

As you will know if you have thoroughly studied my about me page, my real name is Rob Kiernan, but some people call me Bob; hence Bobinoz.

Since starting this website back in January 2009 I’ve appeared in print on quite a few occasions, so I thought I’d add some information about that here just to help prove that I really am real.

Australia and New Zealand magazine

anz feb2014Australia and New Zealand magazine is the UK’s only dedicated magazine to life down under. I was lucky enough to start writing for them back in 2010 when my first article appeared in the July edition.

The magazine recently celebrated its 100th edition and when I wrote an article for them recently called “Summer holidays”, that was my 52nd article in their 104th magazine.

That’s something I’m very proud of.

ANZEvery article I have written for them gets reprinted here on this website, you will find them pop-up about once a month in the blog.

Irish Queenslander

iq coverThe Irish Queenslander is another print magazine which, you won’t be surprised to hear, is for the Irish who live in Queensland. I have a bit of Irish in me, my great grandad was Irish and that was good enough for me to start writing for their magazine.

This magazine is a more recent start-up, the brainchild of editor Mary Allen who it also won’t surprise you to hear came from Ireland and now lives in Queensland.

IQThe Telegraph

telegraphI got an email from The Telegraph sometime in 2012 asking me if I would like to do an interview. “Yes, why not” I thought. It was for their online UK version of their newspaper and they wanted it for their Expat Life section.

The interview was straightforward, but when they asked me for a photograph of me, my wife and my daughter Elizabeth all together, that was a taller ask.

After trawling through hundreds and hundreds of photographs on my PC, I found one. Yes, just one picture of all three of us together. And it was awful. “Oh, that’ll have to do” we thought.

You can see that picture and read the full article over at The Telegraph Expat Life.

The Guardian

GlobalAnd most recently, May 2014 to be precise, I was contacted by Global Relocation who were creating an online magazine which was also to be “An Independent supplement distributed within the Guardian on behalf of Mediaplanet who take sole responsibility for its contents.

After a telephone interview with Tony Greenway the article appeared in a downloadable PDF and also in a supplementary magazine given free with The Guardian.

Unfortunately, the Global Relocations website or the article are no longer available online.

ABC Radio Live

ABC LiveOn the 13 January 2016 I did my first ever live interview on the Barry Nicholls afternoon radio program ‘Drive” on ABC South West WA. The subject matter, believe it or not, was how to make new friends. Due to copyright restrictions I am unable to republish the interview here.

More coming soon……maybe.

Visa Assessment Service
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  • huma March 10, 2017, 12:48 am |


    My husband lives in Australia and he is on TR graduate visa i.e 485 recently on feb we have applied for TR spouse visa i.e 1409 the case officer haven’t assigned yet i have a question my sister also lives in Australia her visa status is PR now my sister is applying for my visit visa i.e 600 so i wanted to know is there any chance of refusing my visit visa or does visit visa effects negatively on my TR spouse visa?

    Waiting for your reply,


    • BobinOz March 10, 2017, 8:49 pm |

      This isn’t a question I can answer for you, if you need expert advice about this, you should speak to a MARA registered migration agent. I do not know all of the rules about visas, so I cannot help on this one.

  • Gabriel November 2, 2016, 7:43 am |

    My name is Gabriel i am from south Africa I’m attending school at Boston. I am studying music production and Djokovic 101 I’m looking forward to work and get gigs to build my nme big. My nmber 0632668241

  • Vinay February 12, 2016, 3:32 pm |

    Hi Bob,

    I really like your book and the way you presented the scenario of Australia in almost each and every manner.

    My sister and her husband are living in a suburb of Sydney area and they are also became the Permanent Resident of Australia now. I am a computer graduate and done my MBA in India. Also having experience of around 10+ years in various managerial positions in India.

    Now I wanted to move from India to Australia and also thinking to open a restaurant there (just thinking in somewhere near to blacktown suburb). Please help me out that what are the possibilities as per my profile in terms of Job and if I’ll go with the restaurant idea than what would be the feasibility of this idea, cost to invest and to settle there comfortably. Ohh yes I am a family man too having a 5 year old son.

    • BobinOz February 12, 2016, 8:57 pm |

      Glad to hear you liked my book Vinay. Obviously if you want to move here and work in this country, you’ll need a visa, I can’t help with that. You would need to speak to a MARA migration agent about your situation, they are the only people who can give you advice on this, see Would I Qualify?

  • Ritesh August 26, 2015, 11:49 am |

    Hi Bob,
    We want to move to Australia on Student Visa. My wife wants to do Masters Of Education.Please Tell us how many Points do she gets for Masters Of Education. Thanks

    • BobinOz August 26, 2015, 5:12 pm |

      All I know about the point system is on my page called Points Calculator.

      I am not legally allowed to calculate points for people, only MARA registered migration agents can do that under Australian law. Good luck, Bob

  • Davide February 20, 2015, 4:39 am |

    Hi bob, first of all, thank you very much and for the opportunities you give to us,about learn more on your country. I’m Davide, 23, I’m italian,I’ve begun think to leave my cuontry and reach Aussie from 3 months. Me and my friends are serching more informations on the lifestyle,the jobs,the cities,and the people as well.i wanna ask you a couple of things on which I need to clear my thoughts. First:I’m a plumber since I left the school 4 years ago when I’ve finished and graduated.what I want to ask you is where is the best cities to start and find easly an employment in my sector?
    Second:what’s the type of plumber is more requested?
    Third and finally:what’s do you .guess and what dou you want to suggest me for my future journey??
    Thank you very much for your time.
    I hope to meet you at least once in my life 🙂

    • BobinOz February 20, 2015, 9:59 pm |

      Well Davide, the first thing you are going to need is a visa that allows you to come to this country and also to work. Qualifying for these visas isn’t straightforward and does take a lot of time and money. Check out Would I Qualify?.

      And if you do find a way to qualify for a visa, then you will also need to retrain to become qualified to do plumbing here in Australia, your Italian qualifications are unlikely to allow you to come here and start work immediately.

      If I were you, I’d consider speaking with a MARA registered migration agent about your plans or maybe, if you prefer, going through my Visa Assessment Service.

      Good luck, Bob

  • manish December 28, 2014, 4:17 pm |

    Do schools in Perth require Transfer certificate issued by previous schools? We will be moving very soon and family will join after 45 days. If I take TC now, the gap between TC issue date and date when we would approach schools will be @ 2 month. Is it acceptable?

    This is urgent. Please reply

  • Gaurav August 24, 2014, 11:53 pm |

    Hi Bob.
    I am a 28 years old Software Engineer (working in Software Testing) from India with 5 years of work experience in software industry. I am highly interested to move to Australia. I am homosexual and I have a partner for the last 2 years who is working as a Graphic Designer. Could you please guide me on the realistic chances for us to migrate to Australia. Since homosexuality is banned in my country is that a concern while applying for Australian PR? I have read that Australia treats homosexual couples just as hetrosexual couples for visa evaluation. Since we are from India is that going to be a concern?
    Thanks in advance.

    • BobinOz August 25, 2014, 9:31 pm |

      Australian immigration does not discriminate against homosexuals in any way at all, so it would not affect your application in the slightest. It makes no difference either that you are from India. What does matter is that you qualify for a visa and that isn’t always easy to do.

      Good luck, Bob

      • Gaurav August 26, 2014, 3:33 am |

        Hi Bob.
        Thanks a lot for your valued inputs. It comes as a huge relief. I have calculated my points on the points calculator and it sums upto 85. I suppose I qualify for the initial stage. Kindly let me know the next steps that I can take since I wish to carry forward the process with the help of your immigration services.

        • BobinOz August 26, 2014, 5:43 pm |

          I suggest you go through my Visa Assessment Service, my MARA registered migration agent will be able to fully assess your options and give you a written report detailing the best way for you to proceed.

          That, in my view, is the best way for you to move forward in this process.

          Good luck, Bob

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