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  1. perthlewis

    Fitting in and making friends

    Hello, my family and I have been living in Perth for just over 4 years..we moved from Scotland in the middle of the worst winter I can remember!! I moved with work and fortunately this has kept me really busy. My youngest son was born here and my OH has stayed at home to look after him and ferry the older two in and out of school. We don’t have family out here, so my wife needed something to keep herself busy...help her make friends and earn some money while looking after our boys. The absolute best thing in the world for her has been party planning / direct selling. Every day she’s chatting to new people or folk she’s either organised parties for or has recruited. I’m not going to quit my job this minute..but she’s earning enough to keep herself and Kmart happy and its growing. I’m really pleased for her, it ticks alot of boxes for our family, giving her friends, flexibility, a fun (low stress) income and the ability to work towards some really attractive goals. I’ve read a number of posts from people that are struggling to settle and make friends. It could be stepping outside your comfort zone a bit..but that’s often the best path to take! Don’t go and make yourself another coffee or check to see if the postie has been Go online and google direct selling / multi level marketing / party planning…find something you’re interested in and connect with their consultants. Even if you do have another job...we could all do with more friends and a bit of a stretch target. It may not suit everyone..this is just something that's made it easier for us to settle.
  2. Deborah Downunder Salmon

    Moving back to UK with pets

    Hi All Its been a while since coming on here as 2 years ago just over I up sticks and moved to Perth, now after some time and a marriage breakdown I am looking at shipping myself and my 2 cats and dog back to Blighty. Wondered if anyone had any advice on shipping pets from Perth and what the general costs are ? I assume its going to be anywhere between $5/7k :arghh: God that's a frightening amount of money. Anyway also would love to know how people have settled back into life over there as I have been away from the UK for such a long time as before Perth I was living in Europe. Would love to hear what people think and any ideas to make the process smoother would certainly be very welcome. Hope to hear from you all soon.. enjoy the day guys wherever you are in the world :tongue:
  3. Guest

    Checklists?

    Hello all, We have finally received our PR visa and are ready to take the plunge! However, we are pretty much clueless on all of the stuff that needs to be in place before, during and after we get on the plane. Since this site is so massive I have struggled to find some sort of emigration checklist that gives us an idea of what's in front of us. I'm sure they exist so I am hoping that someone can point us at the threads that are most helpful for the following: 1. The Move - prep & pack, flight preferences, shipping prefs, etc... 2. Arrival - What to do first, second, third... 3. Settling In - Rental advice, bank accounts, tax numbers, etc... 4. Jobs - Scheduling interviews whilst still in the UK, finding a good recruiter, what goes in your pay package, etc... Any other links, suggestions, advice, warnings would be appreciated! Many thanks, - Kev
  4. hi im 13 and moving to melborne. im really exited but woried about settling in because i dont know anyone :unsure:
  5. I went to North Bondi RSL last night for a coffee after my swim at Redleaf and they were holding the regular Tuesday Quiz Night. I didn't want to stay the night there but I did watch the first half and wrote down as many of the answers as I could (not many - it's useless trying to do a quiz on your own. You need a minimum of four.) It seemed like pretty good fun to me, free to take part with various groups of friends and families. You don't just answer questions either as you have to 'get involved' too. At one point, everyone stands up and adopts one or other position as the compere reads out a name and asks 'is it the name of a horse or a porn star?' Eventually one or two people are left standing and get a prize. At another break the compere asks each team to send up a driver's licence photo and he picked the ugliest and again awarded a prize to the 'winner'. As I left, one lady from each table was standing on the stage taking turns to launch a paper plane, again with the one flying furthest getting a prize. If I had wanted to stay I would have asked one of the tables if I could join them. I've done that before. Anyway, it just seemed like a good way to get involved in some kind of social life as there are similar quiz nights all over Sydney. Three pubs in Surry Hills host them on different nights of the week. People get a meal, have a few drinks. I enjoyed it just watching It's good-humoured too and people get to know each other. I remember going to a quiz night once in England and my mate Nick hissed at me (his stage whisper was louder than an elephant's bellow) 'KEEP YOUR ****ING VOICE DOWN. DO YOU WANT THEM ALL TO KNOW THE ANSWER?'
  6. Guest

    hard time settling

    Hi everyone, my name is Jess. I moved to Adelaide about 6 years ago from a small community in Wales. I was 13 when my family moved (19 now), they had to drag me kicking and screaming! It was such a huge change for me, the culture is very different here compared to where I came from. It took around 1-2 years for our family to settle. but after 6 years of living here it still doesn't feel right. The move made me an incredibly shy person, at first mostly because I had a strong welsh accent and people couldn't understand me. My family life may have settled but my social life sure didn't. I've drifted around groups of friends and can't seem to find people I really click with. It was really hard to leave my close friends in Wales, the people I grew up with and went through school with. I've found friends through school but not like the close bff kinda friendships I had back in Wales. I still feel like that shy foreign girl at the back of the class. Sometimes I think about going home, but I know it wouldn't be the same anymore. Has anyone else had a hard time settling?
  7. Hi guys, We received our visa grant VE 176 last 31st March 2011 and we are WA sponsored. However, my wife & I plans to land in Victoria instead of WA. My questions are, what would be the implications & problems that we might encounter if we proceed to settle & live in Victoria? The current problem that we might face & future trouble like gaining citizenship? Please help us before we finalise our plans and any advice is highly appreciated! We are planning to fly to Melbourne end of August this year. Thank you in advance!~ Tazmania:unsure:
  8. The Hippo

    $15k Settling in fee

    Due to come across to Melbourne in June with the family on a 2-year secondment with my work. As part of the relocation package (which seems to be quite fair) the company will in the first months wage pay me a $15k taxable 'settling in fee'. I've got a couple of questions and looking for some general advice on this, as we will not be coming over with any of our own money (still mortgaged up to the hilt). Any assistance in helping us here would be much appreciated. With regards to the tax on the $15k, what rate would this be taxed at? As we are coming across in the last month of the taxable year, will this be taxed at a lower rate i.e. 0% on first $6k and 15% on the remaining $9k? If this is the case this will leave after tax $13,765 as a best case scenario and I'll assume $11k as a worst case scenario. The company shall put the family into serviced apartments for the first 4-weeks along with 4-weeks car hire. In this time we will have loads to do and organise, but I'm looking at trying to get a handle on what this 'settling in fee' has to be used for and is it enough? Rental bond and 1st months rent, looking at point cook area with approx. $400 p/w rent, Car, insurance, registration & breakdown cover; looking at an older family sized car, Car seat for the daughter, Mobile phones on a payg deal, Any help/sugegstions on anything I may have missed and costs I should be allocating against each would be much appreciated. Thanks The Hippo
  9. Guest

    Settling in - Sydney

    Hey guys, I'm moving out to Sydney this August on a working holiday visa and plan to base myself in/around the city. I don't have any friends or family in Sydney, so once I arrive it'll be me against the world, and I'm wondering if anyone else is in a similar boat or has any advice? If you do then I'd love to hear from you! Also, once I've booked my flight I'll be blogging throughout the lead-up to my departure and about my experiences and life in Oz. Given that I'm flying out there with only my suitcase and the money I have in my bank account, I'm sure it'll make for an interesting read! Here's the link to my page: Joey Bloggs feel free to bookmark it and/or follow me on Twitter! As I said - any tips or advice on where to live (I'm aiming for the eastern suburbs), good restaurants, things to do, how to meet people etc would be really appreciated! Thanks
  10. Popsicle

    10 Year Old not settling

    My 10 year old is not settling at all and is currently putting me through the ringer:cry: We have been here 6 months now and teachers telling me not settling at school, says has no friends, has been getting bullied, which school is dealing with! Doesn't want to be here, can now only see the bad in Oz and the good in UK. Now starting to reject all things Australia. This is the child that wanted to come. Is counselling the answer????? Anyone any similar experiences, any idea how to handle it, strategies etc etc. I think I am handling it very badly but I do not know what to do :arghh::arghh::arghh:
  11. mickdowns

    Settling into new Oz school

    Hi, my husband and I plan to move to Melbourne (Sellby/Ferntree Gully area) in January 2011 with our two children. Our youngest daughter will be 10 years old. As with all parents we are very concerned with regard to our daughter settling into a new school never mind accross the other siide of the world. I read a thread on this site that was two years old stating that English children are often bullied in State schools which is giving me nightmares. Can anybody shead any light on this. Please feedback both good/bad experiences as it is very important Many thanks Shell&Mick
  12. Guest

    Settling in Oz

    Ok so I'm getting ahead of myself a bit, but wondered if anyone has any advice for settling into a new country? My wife is very social, and I am particularly worried she will miss her firends and family (although it was her idea to move to Oz). It's also hard as her parents are not supportive of our moving, and therefore it's very hard to discuss it around them. Obviously we have Skype and webcams and Facebook, to allow us to keep in touch with folks back home, but I think we need to make real friends in our new city (if we ever manage to get a visa...). How do people go about making new friends at this stage of life? When my son starts school, I'm sure we'll make friends through that, but that isn't for another 18 months or so. How do people go about finding groups of friends in a brand new country?
  13. Wow what a few days. .................... On friday I went to a funeral of a friends 17 year old son who had battled with Muscular Dystrophy all his life. It was devestating to see my aussie friends bury their son. Then hubby fell at work on friday and cracked a rib and tore his spleen he is now in hospital for a week but so far so good....why am I telling everyone this......well My views have not changed about australia and one day I will go home but the thought of loosing my hubby and seeing my friends bury their son was enough to realise how lucky I am and to cherish life. so you will see less whinging from this little chicken in the days to come. I will still have my say but I certainly have been forced to take another look at the world and a world without my hubby would be more devestating than a world without the uk. I am and always will be a proud English woman but for the next 8 years I am a proud english woman who lives in australia. Wishful xx :spinny:
  14. Hi, I have 2 children aged 11 and 2 and as a family are eager to move to Oz for a better quality of life. I'm an osteopath and my husband a hairdresser so work shouldn't be a problem. Our only drawback is our 11 year old, who desperately doesn't want to move due to friends/ family/ school etc. Has anyone else been through this? If so how long did it take to settle? Did they resent you? Or did they thank you for it in the long run? Please give me some reassurance!!
  15. I am new to this forum; feels like an intruder so be nice. Being an expat South African now staying in Perth (Snoozzzzville) that stumbled across this website and very intrigue by some of the very interesting threads I have read here, I also have some burning questions. a. Would you say that there is a difference between the UK culture and the Australian culture? b. How long did it take you to experience it c. How do you adapt to it d. Do you have many Oz friends that you socialise with outside work (what % split) I am eager to hear from you all! Regards
  16. Guest

    Info on settling in Canberra/ACT

    Hi All, Just a quick intro about myself and my family we are Mark and Debbie and 3 kids Amy 9,Lathan 2.4 and Ellen-Mae 9 months. We received our stni visa grant letter last week and are still in a state of shock as we didn't expect this to happen before June/July we only did our meds in March! Anyway we have been talking to our settlement officer in the ACT goverment and they have been really helpful with the rental questions,Job info etc but we really are interested in finding out about all the usual things cost of living, work,schools,getting to know people in fact anything really it sounds a great place with a real balance but I know it gets a bad press from some other quarters so lets have the truth now! Look foward to making new friends and being a Canberran I think thats the right? Kind Regards Mark & Family
  17. hi i will be moving out with husband in june for a couple of years ..we have 2 children 6 and 10 and im worried i may feel a little isolated.. does anyone have any experiance of this and how did you get settled?? we dont know anyone in sydney we will be in the castle hill/cherrybrooke sort of area i think.. thanks for any advice on settling in michelle:spinny:
  18. Have any members had any experience of migrating on a SC176 state sponsored visa? This is the option we are applying on and has been granted for WA, of the terms we have it’s states I must work and settle in Perth metro. I have queried this with my agent and he says he doesn’t believe it will be an issue if I want to work else where in WA and would be noted on the surveys I would complete as part of the visa grant. My current work experience is offshore Oil and Gas and work in this industry will be of interest to me, obviously this will be outside of Perth metro although it is my intention to settle my family there. So if anyone has encountered a similar dilemma or even just general back ground on this type of visa It would nice to hear your experiences. OilDigger.
  19. HI THERE, My partner Kerrie and myself, Jamie have just been granted permanent residency visas for Australia and intend, all being well, to migrate to the Sunshine coast area in August 2007 (after my bro's wedding). It is also our intention to go over again for another short holiday during my shut-down week at the end of May 2007, for another "look" to re-fresh our memories, as we think this would be sensible. We feel it is very important that we now speak/contact as many people as possible who are in the same situation/recently migrated and settled in the Sunshine Coast/Brisbane areas. Anyway, i'm Jamie, I am 33years old, and we applied on me as I’m a metal machinist/engineer and my partner, Kerrie, who is 28 years old is a qualified hair dresser, but currently working in retail. It only took approx 9months to be granted our independent permanent visa. We live in Rugby in the West Midlands, about 10miles from Coventry and we would like to settle in the Maroochydore /Mooloolabah/ Caloundra/ Buderim area, but not yet decided! So if all this sounds relevant, please get in touch!jamie.kerrie50@ntlworld.com Regards, Jamie & Kerrie
  20. HELP.. My husband and I are hoping to move to Aus next year with our 1 year old son. Going to visit Melbourne in Nov (we haven't been before)and if we like it then and decide to go then because I will be sponsoring my husband it is a quick process. The problem is my husband seems to be having little doubts. Mainly about leaving family behind and that we are taking our son away from his grandparents and cousins.. Also so worried that we might not be better off financially over there and what if he can't get a job (he is in insurance).. Has anybody else had these worries. He does say he knows it is for the best and our lives will improve in the great outdoors but then adds what if our life is the same as here.. Don't get me wrong our life isn't terrible here and family are wonderful... He is a little worrier but is this normal??? Has your life really changed or are you looking for a better lifestyle like us??? The Windsors :?
  21. HI THERE, My partner Kerrie and myself, Jamie have just been granted permanent residency visas for Australia and intend, all being well, to migrate to the Sunshine coast area in August 2007 (after my bro's wedding). It is also our intention to go over again for another short holiday during my shut-down week at the end of May 2007, for another "look" to re-fresh our memories, as we think this would be sensible. We feel it is very important that we now speak/contact as many people as possible who are in the same situation/recently migrated and settled in the Sunshine Coast/Brisbane areas. Anyway, i'm Jamie, I am 33years old, and we applied on me as I’m a metal machinist/engineer and my partner, Kerrie, who is 28 years old is a qualified hair dresser, but currently working in retail. It only took approx 9months to be granted our independent permanent visa. We live in Rugby in the West Midlands, about 10miles from Coventry and we would like to settle in the Maroochydore /Mooloolabah/ Caloundra/ Buderim area, but not yet decided! So if all this sounds relevant, please get in touch!jamie.kerrie50@ntlworld.com Regards, Jamie & Kerrie
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