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      Making a return to Australia!

      Hi all,

      Me and my wife lived in Brisbane for nearly 3 years after we graduated university, and later returned back to the UK in 2012 following the mining downturn. We have been back in the UK for 4 years now and the itch to go back is starting to bug us on a daily basis. However this time around we have a lot more to think about. We had a little girl this year and now have a house, all to familiar adult commitments! Last time I got a job offer out of the blue and was gone within nearly a week. So a lot more effort and research is needed this time around.

      We are applying for our 189 skill select visa at the beginning of next year (2017). Although my skills have now been taken off the list (geologist) my wife is a degree qualified nurse. We are both 27 and have looked at the points and shouldn't have to many problems I hope. Which brings me on to my first question, roughly how long have people's 189 visa's taken to come through?

      This time around we are planning our move to Perth, I know the differences between Perth and Brisbane will be vast but we have friends in Perth and the job prospects for my wife seem to be excellent. I guess what I am asking is how vastly different is it? Worse case scenario is we can always move over to Brisbane if we didn't settle but we are planning on making this our home for the foreseeable.

      Work in geology though is a different story and it has caused me to change careers, I have worked for Audi for the last 4 years as a sales exec. I have no knowledge however of the motor trade in Australia and have tried researching but can never get any clear answers. Does anybody here have any experience or know any one working in the motor trade in Australia (Perth especially) that can give their opinions on hours and ball park salary figures?

      We plan on selling our house once we have our permanent residency secured and will most likely sell everything we have to avoid shipping costs etc. Hopefully will have made the move before the end of next year as we both cannot wait to escape the UK.

      Any information on the above would be greatly appreciated.

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      Nurses are generally in demand across Australia.

      However, WA is still in a significant downturn and that is affecting things like car purchasing. As a result, it might not be the best place for your occupation.

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      Hi Craig

      The highway is alive with people high-tailing it out of Perth at the moment. Unemployment here is at a record high. We are leaving in Feb after 15 years here.

      There is considerable unease about the economic prospects for WA for the next 2 years. It is now incredibly expensive to live in Perth. Also bear in mind that if you want to travel to just about any other major location you have to get on a plane - Perth is a bit of a fishbowl!

      Having said that, Perth is a beautiful place, it is safe, clean, great schools and health care. I do not regret a minute of being here but it is time for us to move on.

      I would suggest you explore alternative options before making a final decision.

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      Big changes here over two years and further coming as the downturn enters another year with little relief. While jobs are thin on the ground, rents are lower. More special deals in an otherwise very expensive town appearing as well.

      I know service is where the jobs are, but I read recently local nurses claiming to be overlooked by foreign entrants in the job market. Still I expect there are still areas especially aged care, crying out for workers.

      The waters need to be tread with some trepidation out here in the west though. Many in jobs are not fully versed into just how hard it has become over such a short period. Without an income I find it hard to imagine life here.

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      Just an aside but when we arrived last year south of Brisbane we spent a fair amount of time hawking ourselves around various car dealerships and real estate agents. A disproportionate amount of both were British we found which suggests to me that the Brits are highly regarded and there are opportunities for experienced sales professionals.

      Cannot speak for Perth.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Gbye grey sky View Post
      Just an aside but when we arrived last year south of Brisbane we spent a fair amount of time hawking ourselves around various car dealerships and real estate agents. A disproportionate amount of both were British we found which suggests to me that the Brits are highly regarded and there are opportunities for experienced sales professionals.

      Cannot speak for Perth.
      Same here, especially Luxury cars. Our local Mercedes Dealer is always busy. If the OP has Audi experience then maybe contact Audi outlets in Perth with a Resume and an explanation of the per any of the Visa they're apllying under might bring some light to job opportunities.

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      I would move to Brisbane in a heartbeat I fell in love with the city when I was there and the surrounding areas. My wife has got a few friends in Perth which she believes would make the initial move a lot easier. Lovely WA has the right idea and I should be able to email various dealers closer to the time we make the move.

      One more thing we are undecided on is our house in the U.K. I wanted to make a go of renting it out but is it really worth the hassle? In the long run it would be a great thing to do but has anyone had experience in renting out from the other side of the world. I just have fears that if something went wrong we would be pretty helpless in oz.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Craig Colas View Post
      I would move to Brisbane in a heartbeat I fell in love with the city when I was there and the surrounding areas. My wife has got a few friends in Perth which she believes would make the initial move a lot easier. Lovely WA has the right idea and I should be able to email various dealers closer to the time we make the move.

      One more thing we are undecided on is our house in the U.K. I wanted to make a go of renting it out but is it really worth the hassle? In the long run it would be a great thing to do but has anyone had experience in renting out from the other side of the world. I just have fears that if something went wrong we would be pretty helpless in oz.
      I would strongly advice you to take lovely WA's post with a truck load of salt. The economy in WA is in a very bad way and not looking like improving any time soon. It is also one of the few places that has made nurses redundant in recent times - the state government are broke after believing the mining boom would last forever and blowing its proceeds.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Craig Colas View Post
      I would move to Brisbane in a heartbeat I fell in love with the city when I was there and the surrounding areas. My wife has got a few friends in Perth which she believes would make the initial move a lot easier. Lovely WA has the right idea and I should be able to email various dealers closer to the time we make the move.

      One more thing we are undecided on is our house in the U.K. I wanted to make a go of renting it out but is it really worth the hassle? In the long run it would be a great thing to do but has anyone had experience in renting out from the other side of the world. I just have fears that if something went wrong we would be pretty helpless in oz.
      Having a few friends somewhere isn't going to mean the move is going to be magically easier IMHO. You could be living an hour or more away from where they are and chances are wouldn't see them that often. Also others in Perth have struggled in recent times and it could be you would really struggle to secure work which could taint a move big time.

      I'd honestly go where the work is and if that is in Brisbane, then go for it. You cannot decide where you migrate to based on a few friends living in a city or area. There are far more important things to consider and factor in IMHO. Re your house, I'd post and ask that in its own thread as many won't see it here or reply on it. We have a real estate forum where you can ask that sort of thing :)

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      Quote Originally Posted by Craig Colas View Post
      I would move to Brisbane in a heartbeat I fell in love with the city when I was there and the surrounding areas. My wife has got a few friends in Perth which she believes would make the initial move a lot easier. Lovely WA has the right idea and I should be able to email various dealers closer to the time we make the move.

      One more thing we are undecided on is our house in the U.K. I wanted to make a go of renting it out but is it really worth the hassle? In the long run it would be a great thing to do but has anyone had experience in renting out from the other side of the world. I just have fears that if something went wrong we would be pretty helpless in oz.
      My flat in Edinburgh has been rented out for the 5 years we have been over here. Make sure you find a good agent to fully manage and you should be all right. Ive had very little go wrong and no void periods in that 5 years. AS an 'accidental landlord' its worked out well so far.

      The other factor is the exchange rate just now. If it swings the other way then selling up in UK and exchanging for dollars might work for you. Right now my view is the money is better parked in UK with my mortgage slowly getting paid off and an appreciating asset - of course this may change and individual circumstances differ, including yours. Good luck with your plans

     

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