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Key Destinations When Moving to Australia

November 16, 2011 |

With its stunning landscape, beautiful coastline and desirable way of life, Australia is a popular destination for people to migrate to from afar. With six states and two territories there is a great choice of places to consider relocating to. Here, each state is explained, helping to give you a more informed choice of which state will best your lifestyle before you move “˜down under’. Read More

We never expected to be in Dalby!

August 30, 2011 |

We applied for our Visas way back in November 2005. Life got in the way and we had all but given up moving to Australia. But as the final leaving date rapidly approached we decided to throw caution to the wind! Jobs were resigned our belongings packed (very stressful – and shippers were crap) and tickets bought. We arrived in Sydney on November 17th stay with a relative for a couple of weeks. Read More

Christmas in July

July 21, 2011 |

British Expats member Soapy© has been with our little virtual expat community for many, many years and is well known around the Australia forum. I've always considered him a "scholar and a gentleman" and I'm sure that many of you will share my sentiments. He's arranged many meet-ups over the years, including good old Australian barbies and the odd golf tournament, but this year Soapy© and his lovely wife Pauline, have outdone themselves by arranging a British Expats Christmas in July get together. Read More

How To Find Somewhere To Live in Australia

June 8, 2011 |

I've moved back and forwards between Australia and the UK several times and the thing I find challenging each time is finding somewhere to live when I arrive.  I feel like I know certain areas well enough now so that I should be able to find something before I land, but over the last couple of years that's become more of a challenge – even for an Australian relocating back to Australia.  So in this article I've included things I've learned over the years that might help others. Read More

Budget 2011-12: Skilled Migration Reform to Support Australia’s Growing Economy

May 22, 2011 |

The Australian Federal Government will implement a suite of regional migration initiatives together with a measured increase in permanent migration – to 185 000 visas – in 2011-12 to deliver on its broader economic and regional development priorities. Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, made the announcement this month as part of the 2011-12 Budget, and said a new model for selecting skilled migrants was proposed to be introduced, as the significant next step in the government's migration reforms. Read More

Top Five Tips for Emigrating to OzӬӬ

May 21, 2011 |

It’s a decision that an estimated 40,000 Brits make each year; upping sticks and moving Down Under. And while the obvious benefits of language and cultural similarities can help ease new citizens into Aussie life, there are still many things to look into in advance which can help with the big move.”¨”¨ This article contains five quick tips on ways to ease the transition whilst moving abroad.

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Ten Months in OZ

April 22, 2011 |

I haven't visited BE since we left the UK so thought I give my thoughts on almost the first year in Sydney from the perspective of a middle aged couple (Aussie bloke [Me], English girl) with a young daughter. Its been a rather hectic and stressful time. We left London in June last year, via Hong Kong for a short stopover to Brisbane, where my parents live (we are very fortunate to have had this option)… Read on for the run down of what happened to us. Read More

18 Months Since We Arrived in Perth

March 22, 2011 |

My husband is originally from Ireland but had lived in Canada for about 20 years, his better half (*hello, that's me*) is Canadian. Two young kids. Applied for PR 175 and got it. Chose Perth because one of my husbands sisters has lived here for 15 years. Did two reccies (one for hubby alone, and one validation trip for the family). Hubby is a HV industrial electrician and received a job offer with contract in place before we left Canada. I'm currently at home with the youngest but will be returning to work (consulting) once he's in Kindy next year. "Japonica" shares an update of her first 18 months in Perth, Australia Read More

Affordability and the Cost of Living in South East Queensland

March 15, 2011 |

Affordability, Cost of Living, GFC, Resources Boom, skills shortages, budgets, cheap holidays, strong Aussie Dollar, infrastructure spending, under supply of housing – these are just some of the phrases appearing frequently in the media today. And, I’m sure it’s not just isolated to Australia. In fact, throughout the world, countries are going through a time where cost of living, affordability and the health of world economies are big news. This is no surprise given that we are all continuing to ride out the last waves of the Global Financial Crisis – some doing better than others. Read More

The Luvpants have landed! Our arrival report

February 3, 2011 |

"We have been in Brisbane for nearly three weeks now and thought it must be about time for an arrival report! I thought that I would put into words our journey about how we got here, from the very beginning to first arriving on this shores. I hope that it may help others prepare for their move by reading another members experience. It's going to be a long one so grab a coffee, sit down and lets crack on." Read More