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Old May 14th 2001, 10:21 am   #1
britgirl
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We are thinking of coming to Oz to live and have an engineering company (Ferra Engineering) interested in my boyfriend, I have the following questions:
1. how does the cost of living compare with england
2. how much do houses cost to rent/buy, do you have to wait a certain amount of time before you can buy
3. what is the minimum amount of money needed per week/month for an acceptable standard of living, not lavish, but with the odd trip to the pub/restaurant
4. cost of relocating
5. anyone heard of ferra engineering
6. have you ever regretted moving
7. Any other general information that could help us in our decision.
8. average wage for a skilled worker?
9. anyone transported a pet across and a container with some of their stuff.
10. was it a total nightmare relocating or was it relatively painless
Rachel

[Edited by britgirl on May 17th 2001 at 3:43am]
 
Old May 14th 2001, 11:51 pm   #2
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Dirt cheap, particularly if you want to live in Brisbane.

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In Brisbane, they're half the price you'd pay in Sydney, probably 2/3 what you'd pay
in Melbourne. Of course it all depends on where you live and what standard of house
you want, but you should be able to buy a decent one in Redcliff area for $150,000 to
$180,000 You might want to rent for a while until you suss out the place, and make
such a large commitment.

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Around $1000 a week gross per couple - many live on a lot less than this and
maintain an acceptable standard of living, depends entirely on your mortagage and
spending patterns.

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Depends entirely what you bring with you, you may find a lot of your possessions
aren't worth the freight, better to sell them and give them away then buy here.

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No but they have a website at www.ferra.com.au

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I've lived here since the age of four and made many return visits to Britain, love
visiting but hate the climate, the food is poor and so is the cooking, and the cost
of getting around is horrendous (petrol, fares etc)

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$40,000 up, quite often there are additional bonuses paid for overtime, public
holiday work etc. 4 weeks paid leave per year, usually a couple of weeks sick leave,
and long service leave of 3 months for every 10 years service (if your company stays
in business that long). Employer sponsored superannuation 8% on top of salary.

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No - but you'd have to put your pet in quarantine for some time, Australia is very
strict on this matter.

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David Bennetts
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Old May 15th 2001, 10:32 pm   #3
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Which is just over 15K in pounds, which is what a graduate gets these days in the UK.
And Aussie taxes are higher.

Even with the lower cost of living, it's still a lot less. I've spoken to other
people in the IT industry, and basically the rates in Sydney are a third of what you
get in London. Sydney may be cheaper, but it's not that cheap.

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Old May 16th 2001, 10:58 am   #4
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Bit of a generalization there, mate. Ever been to Brighton?

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Old May 16th 2001, 10:33 pm   #5
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True, it is a generalisation, but on the whole I have found it to be of mediocre
quality and almost invariably overcooked. A lot of fry-ups. The average
Englishman/woman doesn't have as much variety in their food as the Australian.
Particularly in the fruit and vegetable department. In terms of restaurants, I
believe there are a lot of reasonable Indian ones, but I don't particularly like
Indian food. I have never had really good Chinese food in Britain, in Australia it is
abundant. Meat is so expensive in Britain, so inferior cuts become the norm. Usually
one of the first things I do when I return home is have a nice steak, can't afford it
in Britain.

Yes I've been to Brighton. Further along the coast at Eastbourne I did have a decent
meal in a Greek restaurant. Have you been to Australia?

Regards

David Bennetts
 
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