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One Year and Three Months in Melbourne

June 16, 2013 |

I thought it was time for me to add an update here on a late lunch break, as I remember how useful BritishExpats.com was to me especially during the first few months. A bit of background. I'm an American, who lived in the UK for about 9 years up to 2010. In 2011 I lived in Denver Colorado, and from 2012 onwards I've been here in Melbourne. So I have a UK perspective, but also an American sense of what fair prices are. My partner is Italian / Argentinian. Read More

Renting in Sydney – What you need to know.

June 4, 2013 |

If you are looking to rent in Sydney here’s my helpful hot list that will save you time and improve your chances at getting the home you want. The 2 main websites to search for rental properties are www.domain.com.au and www.realestate.com.au – both usually list the same properties but it is worth checking both to ensure you don’t miss a cracker. Agents can be slow to take their listing off these sites so check for accurate listings by going direct to the real estate agency’s website. Read More

Buying a House in Australia – What you need to know.

May 5, 2013 |

The Property Market in Australia, according to the latest findings on Property Wire, bottomed out in May 2012 and since then have started to improve.  “˜Australian house prices are up 2.8% in the first quarter of 2013′ in every capital city apart from Adelaide and the general feedback from real estate agents is that this is a good time to buy. Read More

Five Years On …

April 29, 2013 |

Well! It is five years since we left the UK for Australia. Leaving all our family behind on both sides, we took this adventure on with open eyes. Although I believe that having extended family here in Australia gave us an advantage (even though a small one) on making this move successful. My Husband and I came over with our 3 children, who were 6, 10 and 12 at the time. Read More

Life Happened While I Made Other Plans

March 28, 2013 |

We emigrated here to Adelaide in 2005. It took a couple of years to get the visa and me, my wife and our three boarded the plane and headed off. In so doing, we both left close families and I also shut down a very successful construction business. At the time life in England was pretty much perfect, a close family, we had a nice house, money, nice cars, had several holidays a year, and being the boss I could come and go as I pleased. Why did we leave? Because I saw it as a great adventure, we thought we would give it a try and if after we’re not happy we could move back knowing we could return whenever we wanted. Read More

100,000 Discouraged Job Seekers

March 6, 2013 |

In September 2012, there were 106,600 discouraged job seekers, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report released this week. These are people who wanted to work and were available to start within the next four weeks if offered a job, but were not actively looking for a job because they believed they would not find one. Read More

Moving to Australia – The Do’s and Don’t of Household Goods Shipping Down Under

February 20, 2013 |

The other side of the world is a long way away. Moving there can be a daunting prospect. But not if you’re prepared. Making sure you know what you can and can’t take and how to take it there is half the battle. So where exactly do you start? So you probably want to take most of your electrical items, right? Well, the good news is that Australia’s power system runs on exactly the same voltage as ours (240), which makes life a lot easier. However, while their electricity supply is the same as ours, their plugs are not Read More

Visa Grant Today Ten Years in the Making!

February 14, 2013 |

"I am a British Expats forum poster from old, I doubt many will remember me, as our journey started over ten years ago, but with the grant of a 189 visa today we will be able to apply for citizenship in 1 year and officially be able to call Australia home." Read more as BE member Watt Dabney updates us all on her and her families journey to their new lives in Australia Read More

Four Years in Sydney

February 3, 2013 |

In July 2007 someone at work mentioned that their friend was living it up in Oz and that she dreamed of doing it but was too old for a working holiday visa. She said that I was young enough and so I should do it. It was always on my mind to move away from Ireland at some point as I wasn't enjoying life there. So, I decided to look into the Australian visa options…. Read More

One in Ten Full-Time Employees in Australia Earn $2,634 or More Per Week

January 31, 2013 |

Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics released a report showing that in May 2012, one in ten full-time employees earned $2,364 or more per week. It was also found that one in ten full-time employees earned $738 or less per week. "The Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia publication is released every two years and provides statistics on employee earnings and hours worked, broken down by industry, sex and state/territory among others. Read More