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  1. The Pom Queen

    Australian Visas - Migration Agent Fees

    Agent fees Why fees vary Under the Code of Conduct for registered migration agents, the amount your agent charges (fees) must be fair and reasonable. Your agent will set their fee based on your circumstances. Agent fees vary and depend on: Your visa application type. The amount of time it will take to prepare your application. Some visa applications take longer to prepare than others. You can check how much your agent might charge you in the list of fees in the Agent fee data table below. The level of service you need. If you need extra help or have complex circumstances. For example your agent might charge more if you have dependants on your application (such as children). The experience and qualifications of your agent. If your agent is a lawyer or has many years of experience, their fees might be higher. If your agent’s fees seem too high, discuss this with them before signing a contract. Consider talking to a few agents about their service and fees, before you choose one and sign a written contract with them. Agent fee data Every year, agents give the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority information about the average fees they charge. This table represents the range of fees charged by registered migration agents for the period 1 January to 31 December 2015. It gives you an idea of how much you might pay an agent to help with your visa. Agent fee data - 1 January to 31 December 2015 Temporary visa services Bridging visa Business (visitor) Graduate - Skilled Other temporary resident Other visitor Student Student Guardian Temporary Graduate Temporary Non-business Temporary Work Skilled (457) Tourist Working Holiday $150 - $700 $500 - $1,500 $900 - $2,200 $550 - $2,800 $400 - $1,500 $500 - $1,650 $500 - $1,800 $900 - $2,200 $500 - $3,500 $1,800 - $5,000 $300 - $1,000 $200 - $1,100 Permanent visa services Australian Declaratory visa Business Skills Child Migration Employer Nomination Scheme General Skilled Migration Humanitarian Offshore Onshore Protection Other Skilled Parent Migration Partner Migration Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Returning Resident Skilled Independent Special Migration $500 - $4,000 $4,000 - $15,000 $1,100 - $3,300 $2,000 - $5,500 $1,500 - $4,400 $1,200 - $3,500 $1,500 - $4,000 $1,500 - $4,500 $1,500 - $3,800 $500 - $4,000 $2,500 - $5,500 $500 - $2,000 $1,800 - $4,000 $1,600 - $4,400 Other New Zealand Special Category visa Review Application $500 - $3,500 $1,300 - $5,000 Note: These fees are in Australian dollars and include Goods and Services Tax (GST). These fees do not include visa application charges payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). Initial consultation fees Many agents will meet with you in person or by telephone to provide general information and answer your questions before you sign a written service agreement with them. This is an initial consultation. Some agents do this for free and others charge for this service. Those who charge must tell you in writing how much you have to pay before your meeting (in person or by telephone). Agreement to Services and Fees Before starting work, your agent must provide you with a written estimate of fees you will be charged for their services. The estimate of charges will include: professional fees, either by the hour or by the service disbursements (these are other costs such as visa application charges). You should accept these financial terms in writing through an ‘Agreement for Services and Fees’. This agreement must include: services to be performed fees for the services (either charged per service or per hour) disbursements (money paid by the agent on your behalf, such as a visa application charge). Do not pay your agent until you have read, understood and agreed to the Agreement for Services and Fees. Payment in advance or on completion of services Some agents charge by asking you to pay in advance into their clients’ account (see below). Some only charge when their services are complete. Clients’ account Before your agent can take their fee, they have to give you a written statement of services. The statement must show: the work your agent has performed how much your agent charges—by service or by hour. The statement of services must match what your Agreement for Services and Fees says. A flowchart comparing how your money is handled by your agent if paid before or after services is provided is in this guide. Guidance for Registered Migration Agents: Parts 5 & 7 of the Code of Conduct (169 KB PDF) Clients' account If your agent charges you before services are completed, they must have a bank account called a ‘clients’ account’. This has to be separate from their business accounts or personal bank accounts. When your agent takes money from you before providing services, they are holding on to it for you. They must deposit it in the clients’ account and they cannot use it unless they need to pay for something on your behalf, such as your visa application fee. Your agent can only take money from the clients’ account to pay for their professional fees once they have completed a service or a large amount of work, and provided you with a statement of these services. Changes to your fees Your agent must give you written notice of any change to the amount they will charge for providing you with services. Your agent has to do this as soon as they become aware of the change (for example, extra work your agent did not know about when they agreed to work for you). Your agent must not carry out work for you in a way that unnecessarily increases the cost of the work, for example by seeking advice from specialists when not needed. Fee disputes
  2. Hi, I am looking forward to employ AIVES as my migration agent. The person who head the firm,also a MARA agent, named Rasheed Backer. Could anyone give me positive/negative about them. They have office in Oz,India and UAE. Any feedback will help me a lot. Cheers Mandhani
  3. Areyousure

    The Claraplan - 5 new smart cities

    5 new smart cities - feasible ? is this what Australia needs ? https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4728185/australia-is-planning-to-build-five-completely-new-cities-to-lure-brits-and-turn-the-country-into-a-world-leader-so-would-you-go/ Government approves 20m for feasibility study https://infrastructure.gov.au/rail/trains/fast
  4. mrsozb

    CGT UK to Australia

    Hello everyone and thank you in advance for any tips/advice. I have lived over in the UK since 2012 - 2 years on a work visa and nearly 5 years in ancestry with plans to get British citizenship via ILR. I have been married since 2014 and have one child. My husband is from the UK. We are thinking of coming to live in Australia and starting this process within the next 12 months but of course lots to think about!! Ive been trying to read about CGT but it’s giving me a headache and caused some rather heated debates at the kitchen table!! My husband bought a flat in 2008 and I moved in with him in 2013. From what I have read if we sell before we move to the UK -which we will need to do for financial reasons - we will be hit with CGT i will be getting advice professionally but would appreciate any tips as the more I try to figure it out the more i get stressed!! I guess what I’m asking for is an ‘idiots simple guide’ to what we’re looking at in terms of potential money to the Aust govt and the best way to start planning Thank you!
  5. Hello everyone I was let go from a job in November, 2017. The company was part of the world's largest advertising group, so not some tinpot ad agency. They have a company look after all migration affairs across all their many companies. They assured me that I would not have to leave the country after my 60-day window for finding a new sponsor expired. They also assured me that I could lodge an application for a new 457, with a new employer, without ever leaving the country—even after my 60-days had lapsed. I then went on living in Australia and hunting for jobs. After months of searching, I finally got a job offer but it was later withdrawn because of complications and costs involved for a smaller agency. I then had two other interview processes, which were going very well, terminated because I had apparently breached my visa conditions and the companies could not hire me. I have written evidence of the incorrect advice that was given to me by an agent representing my former employer. Living here without work has exhausted me financially and caused a great deal of stress and anxiety. I now have to pack up my life, sell my motorcycle, leave my girlfriend, and go home indefinitely. Do I have any recourse for legal action? Is there any hope of claiming some kind of compensation? Thank you TooEasy
  6. Hi, My partner and I would really appreciate any help with skilled visas for Plumbers. I have so many questions and I keep getting told different things. We're wanting to go down the route of skilled migration as a Plumber in Australia. We have both lived in Australia previously for 4 years (I was sponsored) but left due to family reason back at home in the UK. So, my partner has a NVQ level 2 in plumbing (Not a level 3). Do you know if NVQ level 2 is enough of a qualification for a Plumber? He has over 5 years plumbing experience in the UK, and 2 years plumbing experience in Australia. We've been advised that to pass VETASSESS you need to have either Gas or Roofing experience. However, he doesn’t have much experience working with gas and no experience in roofing. My partner is currently completing a Gas course to get the knowledge, would this be enough for VETASSESS? Please can you give us some information about how hard or easy the test was for you. Any tips, advice or guidance would be great. Thank you in advance for your help. Jeanette
  7. Hi all, Its a bit of a long shot but I’m wondering if anyone on this site know anyone or them themselves have successfully applied for permanent skilled migration under Drainer, or who have worked as a Sewer Technician (unblocks, cctv, repair and maintenance work etc) My partner has worked as a sewer technician for 10+ years in the UK, we are currently in Australia on a 457. We are looking into PR via subclass 190 visa but it seems to apply as a ‘Drainer’ you need to have experience and qualifications in Gas and Plumbing also? My partner doesn’t have any gas experience but has some minor plumbing experience but no qualifications. He has qualifications in Jetting and CCTV work etc which we believe aren’t enough for the skill assessment. Any personal experiences from anyone who has been in a similar situation/ any other visa recommendations would be much appreciated!
  8. Cerberus1

    2018 Visa Changes

    2018 will see the implementation of Temporary Skill Shortage Visas, changes to the Occupation Lists, plans to introduce mandatory provisional visas before permanent residency and changes to Parent and Partner Visas. The Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (subclass 457) will be replaced with Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa From March 2018, the current 457 visa program will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa. The TSS visa will be comprised of a Short-Term stream allowing stays of up to two years, and a Medium-Term stream allowing stays of up to four years. The Short-Term stream visa is renewable only once. The STSOL occupation list will apply for Short-Term Stream applicants. The Medium-Stream visa holders may renew their visas onshore and may apply for permanent residence pathway after working for three years in Australia. The MLTSSL occupation list will apply for Medium-Stream visa applicants. This stream is relatively similar to the current 457 visa. Tighter Regulations for both streams: Increased Work Experience Requirements Higher English Language Levels Requirements Mandatory Labour Market Testing Set Australian Market Salary Rates Additional Character, Anti-Discrimination and Training Requirements More information: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/WorkinginAustralia/Documents/abolition-replacement-457.pdf Discuss Temporary Skilled Visas on our forum Changes to Occupation lists in 2018 A number of changes were made to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) in April 2017 and again in July 2017. CHECK IF YOUR OCCUPATION IS IN THE MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM STRATEGIC SKILLS LIST (MLTSSL) HERE Though the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skill List (MLTSSL) is likely to remain the same, the STSOL which is a list of occupations nominated for temporary and short-term visas is likely to see some changes. Some of the occupations flagged for removal from the Short-term Skilled Occupation List are Accommodation and Hospitality manager, Hair or Beauty Salon Manager, Recruitment Consultant and Building Associate.. University Tutor, Psychotherapist, Property Manager, Real Estate Agent and Real Estate Representative may be added to the list. It is also likely that Skilled Occupations List will include Airline Pilots in 2018 to address the shortage of pilots in Australia. Following lobbying from the peak body for regional airlines, it has been reported that the Skilled Occupations List will be revised to allow foreign pilots to come to the country on a two-year work visa. Discuss Skilled Visas on our forum Plans to introduce mandatory provisional visas before permanent residency in Australia and reducing the number of visas from 99 to 10 The Government undertook public consultation to transform Australia’s visa system in 2017. The Australian government discussed plans to introduce mandatory provisional visas where migrants may need to spend a certain period of time before they are granted permanent residency and also to reduce the number of visas from 99 to 10 to simplify the process. The Department received 255 submissions and approximately 184 representatives of industry, academia, community and government participated in roundtables across the country, with an additional 60 industry representatives participating in immigration reform workshops. In December 2017, the department in a consultation summary said while approximately 55% opposed a provisional period, among those who supported the principle of provisional residence, a provisional period of a minimum of two years was most popular. 88% of the submissions supported visa simplification with suggestions that importance be given to transparency around decision making, reduced processing times and a system that was easier to understand and navigate. The department though has not set a timeline for its implementation and says, ‘This is a long-term programme of improvement to the way we deliver our services. There is no immediate impact for visa applicants or holders. The first step will be broad consultation with the market on the design and build of a new visa processing platform.’ We are likely to hear more about these plans in 2018. Discuss Visas, Residency & Citizenship on our forum Temporary sponsored parent visa In the 2017-18 federal budget, a new temporary sponsored parent visa was announced - to be available from November 2017. However, the new visa which will allow migrants’ parents to stay in the country for extended periods has been delayed. The Bill enabling the new visa to come into effect has not yet been approved by the Senate. Here are the six must know facts about the new long stay visa for parents: 3-year-visa will cost $5000, a 5-year-visa will cost $10,000 and a 10-year-visa will cost $20,000, with the opportunity of a single renewal for another five years at the same price. 15,000 people each year will be granted this long stay parent visa. Children/Sponsors will be required to pay for their parents' private health insurance. The children will also need to act as financial guarantor on any extra healthcare costs their parents rack up in Australia. Those on the new visa will not be allowed to work, however, the government hopes they will take on family roles which would see “reduced pressure on childcare facilities.” Those sponsoring their parents for the new visa need to be Australian citizens or permanent residents, or “eligible New Zealand citizens”. The visa-holders would not be allowed to reapply beyond the 10 years and would have no pathway to permanent residency. Discuss Parent Visas on our forum Partner Visa Proposed changes to Partner Visa were expected in 2017 but it has been deferred to 2018. This is because the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016(Cth) (“the Bill”) is still before the Senate and has not been enacted. If the Bill is enacted, it will establish a sponsorship framework for partner visas, placing more focus on the assessment of sponsors. In particular: The sponsorship assessment would be separated from the visa application process Sponsors would need to be approved before visa applications are made Legal obligations would be imposed on approved sponsors If sponsors fail to meet their obligations, sanctions may be imposed In certain circumstances sponsors can be barred from sponsorship The new regulations propose partner visa sponsorship applications would need to be lodged under stricter criteria and approved before the overseas partner visa application could be lodged. The new two-step process is expected to delay the lodgement of the overseas partner application and require the overseas partner to have a valid visa until a visa application for the overseas partner can be lodged. Discuss Partner Visas on our forum
  9. Jack123

    Moving to OZ as a Plumber

    What are the requirement for plumbers to move to Australia? It say's you must have the required skills/qualifications' but it doesn't say what they are. Any information is appreciated
  10. Hi! Can anyone please help me with my current situation with regards to my 190 visa application via liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au? 'Coz I recently registered at their website and have filled-up all the necessary information. Then I received an email asking for a Commitment Statement. So I've submitted it to them. Then they asked for a figure of financial assets that I have currently. And have mentioned it to them. After two days of submission, they replied that I have been unsuccessful with my application and have not been selected for a visa nomination. Is it possible to resend the application to the same State within 6 months? And is it fine to apply for a 190 visa in a different State/Territory knowing that I have been unsuccessful in Victoria? How much is the minimum requirement for an individual to migrate in Australia? 'Coz I am applying together with my wife and 3month old daughter. Hoping someone can assist me witht this matter. Thanks! God bless!
  11. Hi All, Just wondered if there were any CRAs out there with permanent residency obtained through the skilled migration option. I can't seem to find a skill associated with clinical research. Please help!!
  12. Peng

    How hard is it to migrate?

    How hard is it to migrate to Australia? I'm an 18 year old that in 3 years is planning to move to Australia. June of 2016 I spent 14 days there and fell in love with the country. I'm currently getting my associates in IT at a technical college which should help. Open to recommendations as to what I should do to make it a better and easier experience. Working holiday visa for a few years, waiting a few years, etc... let me know!
  13. According to a recent Australian Population Research Institute survey, three quarters of Australians believe the country doesn't need any more people while 54% want a reduction in the annual migrant intake. The organisation's researchers, Katharine Betts and Bob Birrell, say the result shows a disconnect between the political elites' commitment to high immigration policies and the concerns of voters. In their analysis, they said the results are driven by the impact of population growth on people's quality of life. Australia's population increased by 389,000 people to 24.5 million in the year to March, largely due to the arrival of new immigrants. Most people who migrate to Australia are skilled workers (68%) and about a third make the move to be with family. But 74% of those surveyed believe Australia is "already full", with most pointing to roads congestion, hospitals capacity, affordable housing and fewer jobs as evidence. Mr Birrell said "population pressures" significantly contributed to this result. "For most Australian voters, the problems associated with Australia’s very high population growth, which is higher than other developed countries are now starting to bite," he said. "We’re seeing that in our survey that most respondents thought that population pressures were adding to difficulties of urban congestion, housing affordability, job competing and the like. It's hardly surprising that 74% of them would respond by saying Australia doesn’t need more people." Immigration minister Peter Dutton reacted cautiously to the survey results on Thursday, stating that the government was "always looking at the migration numbers" to get the balance right. "In the Labor years the number peaked at about 305,900 in one year which was an enormous number, we've got that number down now below 190,000 and as I say, we’re happy to reassess." He said new migrants were drawn to the big population centres where pressure on housing and infrastructure was most often felt, however, "In some regional towns they’re crying out for people because they can’t get workers in the meatworks or areas of primary production, tourism, restaurants and so on. So we need to get that balance right." The institute commissioned the survey from July 31 to August 17 this year, where a random national sample of 2067 voters, drawn from an online panel of 300,000 people, were asked questions about Australia's immigration and population policies.
  14. Hi guys. Can anyone help explain a bit about the new skilled migration visas. I know there is a medium to long term skilled occupation list(up to 4 year visa) and a short term skilled occupation list (up to two year visa). If your occupation is on the short term list, after the 2 years that you are given do you HAVE to leave the country? As I know you can no longer apply for PR after this visa. What other options are there after your 2 years on this visa are up?
  15. lebowski.junior

    Project builder

    Hi greetings to all! I hereby pursuing Masters in project management in Australia and graduated as an Bachelor of Architect from India. And also got one year of experience from an architectural firm. As per SOL 2017, Architecture is the course listed for skilled occupancy but not project management. So I consulted few migration agents, they said that I can access my current course through VETASSESS. But I'm not sure which occupation should I choose? Architecture Project builder Construction project manager. Please guide me. Thanks.
  16. SUPERSTARDJ01

    ANMAC Question

    Quick question, am I right in thinking once IELTS is passed and a suitable score obtained nurses/midwives etc have to then apply to ANMAC and once the skills assessment is approved then and only then can they apply for a skilled visa? once the visa comes through then AHPRA should be applied to due to the new rules?
  17. Do you have a PhD? Holders of a recognised PhD now have a streamlined pathway to permanent residence. The Victorian Government has introduced a new pathway to state nomination through the Skilled Nominated 190 visa. To be eligible, applicants will need to: have completed a PhD in at a Victorian University and have an occupation on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) Schedule 1 and 2; or have completed a doctorate of a recognised standard (as determined by the relevant skill assessing authority) in a field relating to an occupation on the State Nomination Occupation List for Victoria. Applicants must also be eligible to apply for General Skilled Migration and meet all other state nomination eligibility requirements. There are a limited number of nominations available. To find out more contact the Victorian Government’s Skilled and Business Migration Program: Phone: +613 9651 9756 Email: Skilled@LiveInVictoria.vic.gov.au Web: LiveInVictoria.vic.gov.au/phd
  18. Guest

    migration agents to australia

    Hello all Can anyone recommend a good MARA agent based in london that is reasonable? Just want to see what options are available. Is it really necessery to use an agent for a spouse visa? We have been together nearly four years. cheers :err:
  19. Hi there! We are new to PIO and are aspiring migrants! I have now spoken to about 5 different agents, and the range of advice is quite staggering. Whilst there will always be differing interpretations on the law, I am amazed to hear such differing opinions! To put this into context.... i am a 34 yr old IT professional with about 5 yrs experience. Whilst I am a graduate, it is not in a subject related to my profession. I would be moving with my husband and 4-yr old daughter. We need to qualify for a visa on my skills, as dh is 45. One agent told me no problem with skilled visa with skills assessment, another said I would qualify for regional sponsorship (SA only) with skills assessment, another said regional sponsorship with no assessment required as my degree would get me in on its own merit. The final one said the only way we would get in would be thru employer sponsorship. I did speak to another one who would only have a serious conversation once money had changed hands! Have any of you guys had similar experiences? The agent who we would plan on using would be Concept Australia- any feedback would be most welcome!!! Any thoughts and feedback most welcome!! Rx
  20. Hi all, Very helpful forum. Has anyone here used true blue migration? They have a no visa no fee policy. I will be applying for Victoria state nomination 190 visa as life scientist nec. I submitted my skills assessment with Vetassess 9 weeks ago and I will sit IELTs in 3 weeks. I live and work in Qld with my partner (both on WHV) since July. I will be applying from QLD. The Victorian state nomination website states you need a job offer but when I called they said it's not completely necessary as long as I convince then I want to live there. So I will write a letter with friends address and number in Melbourne (who I will live with) and a list of jobs applied for and a contract from my current job stating that I will finish in March and my employers number to confirm this. True blue have quoted me 2200 despite the fact that I've done a huge amount of it already. Any suggestions??? Or has anyone used True Blue before. I really want this PR visa but don't want to risk doing the state nomination part alone in case I don't get it but it's a lot of extra money. Sarah
  21. Nick Osbaldiston

    University Research into Brits in OZ!

    Hi all, I wasn't sure if this would be ok to post this here and if it isn't then I'm certainly ok with it being deleted! My name is Nick Osbaldiston from James Cook University and together with my colleague Dr Felicity Picken from the University of Western Sydney, we're presently conducting a research project on the British experience of moving to Australia. We're also looking at New Zealanders too. We're keen to find people willing to talk to us for about an hour either through Skype, on the phone or in person depending on where you live. If you happen to be in the Tropics all the better as we are really interested to hear from Brits who choose to live in those areas! However we are keen just to talk to all British folk. We have a page set up if anyone is interested where you can sign up with an email address. We really look forward to working with everyone and would be really happy to share our research with you all when it is completed. Just to be clear also there is no commercial or financial benefit to this study. This is purely academic research only. If you have any questions, please PM me. Thanks for your time Nick
  22. Andy Carr

    Cost of Living in Perth

    Hi all, My first post! We're moving over in a couple of months. I've got a job lined up in Merriwa WA and we're trying to work out what we can afford to rent and which areas in/around Perth to aim for. We've got no idea of the cost of everything in Perth and were hoping for some ideas? I'm certain this must have been asked before, so if anyone us familiar with the thread that already answers this, I'd be hugely greatful Thanks so much
  23. Hi all I couldn't see any general discussing on here in respect of migration to Australia as a solicitor. My position is as follows: I was called to the bar in 2008. I lived in Melbourne (working as a paralegal on a working holiday visa) from April 2009 - March 2010. I then cross qualified and have been admitted as a solicitor after 2 years with my current firm London (City firm - property litigation). I have always intended to return to Australia (probably Sydney). Before my current NQ position was confirmed I was applying for jobs in London and Australia and definitely had interest from Australian recruiters (although hadn't heard anything back from firms). I had intended to apply for an Independent Skilled Migrant visa if I was in this position, on the basis that I would want to return within the next couple of years anyway and the rules will change on 1 July (scary stuff). I'm now concerned that getting admitted in NSW (a criteria of that visa), while living and working in London, will prove too administratively difficult and also that I don't have time to do this and submit my visa application before 1 July. Also, it would obviously be far more straightforward to obtain sponsorship (to be employed as an Overseas Lawyer), then cross qualify with the support of a firm further down the line if necessary. Does anyone have similar concerns/issues? Is anyone else looking to migrate as a lawyer, or has anyone managed to do so? What is you experience of the job market for foreign qualified lawyers in Australia? Feel free to discuss this and anything else! Tips and advice appreciate, but also questions - I guess the idea of this site is can all help each other and - if nothing else - provide moral support! Thanks. Shelly
  24. Hi guys! My husband and I, along with our 2 year old daughter are considering moving to Sydney. We currently live in a nice cottage in Mumbai, but would really give up everything if it would mean a better education and future for our little girl. and that's the tough decision we have to make right now. Will we have enough money to give her a comfortable life in Australia? My husband is getting offered a yearly salary of AUD 100,000. + super, before taxes. The company is giving my husband a PR visa. Please forgive my naivete, but i needed help understanding a few things: 1 - Is this a good enough wage to live comfortably in Sydney? I will need to be at home with the baby for awhile till she goes to school or we can afford daycare maybe. 2 - Would a Permanent Resident visa for my husband include the family? 3 - How much do utilities cost per month? water, gas, electricity, rent? (approx) We are really thinking very hard about this decision as we will have to use all our savings to go to Australia and make it work. So as you can imagine, we are so stressed out to make the right decision. Your advice and input will definitely help me! Thanks so much! warm regards from Mumbai.
  25. I don't understand why people on here are so negative. It seems like people move to Australia with their eyes closed. I thought I'd put together some basic facts. Please let me know if I am missing something but as far as I am concerned, the below should give you an indicator of the suitability of Aus life. Work If you earn a good salary in the UK, then it is likely you will have good earning potential in Aus. Equally, if you have a poor salary in the UK then you will likely have poor earning potential in Aus. The cost of living is high in Australia, ergo, your quality of accommodation, leisure activities will be equivalent only if you are used to London prices. Otherwise, you will think everything is a expensive even if you earn well. On the plus side there are lots of free, sport and nature based activities. Do you prefer outdoor lifestyle (beaches/bush) over indoor lifestyle (pubs/shops)? Home It follows that the home you can afford will be commensurate with earnings/value of UK home. This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone as you can easily research on the net. Again, those used to London prices won't think anything of it, those from other areas will think it expensive. Friends Do you have close friends you see regularly in the UK. If yes, you will miss them. Your shared history, closeness, knowledge of each others lives, reliability will not be quickly replicated in people you meet in Aus. You have to ask yourself, are you prepared to give it time? Family Are you close to family you will be leaving behind? How close? Every day contact, every week, every month, every quarter? How dependent are you on that contact, as an emotional and/or logistical support network? This for so many people is the deal breaker. The reality is loved ones are the most important thing in our lives. Because of time difference even telephone contact will be cut down, you might see them once a year max. Seriously reflect on whether you can deal with this. Romantic relationship This will be very different for different people. Some will be single, others married, English couples, Aus/Eng couples. Each will experience the move differently. The reality is if you are unlucky in love, don't suddenly expect to be lucky because you moved to the other side of the world. Equally, if you are dragging an unwilling partner along, prepare for a rocky ride. I haven't covered nearly every scenario, but I do feel that if people seriously consider each of these things within the context of their own lives they will find the answer as to whether or not a move is a good idea. If the answer is yes, then just like in the UK, life is what you make of it.
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