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I don't mean the general "better lifestyle" advantage but small or not so small actual things that you think a better in Aus?

 

it seems like everyone incl me can write a long list about UK and many have pretty much done so on here but I am really interested in your view on Aus exclusively from the positive side :)

 

thank you! :)

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I don't mean the general "better lifestyle" advantage but small or not so small actual things that you think a better in Aus?

 

it seems like everyone incl me can write a long list about UK and many have pretty much done so on here but I am really interested in your view on Aus exclusively from the positive side :)

 

thank you! :)

 

For me it's attitudes, but maybe that's because I came from Scotland. Australians (at least in central Sydney) are more open-minded, and much less concerned about "what will the neighbours think?". As a secretary in the UK, I was pigeon-holed - there's no way I would've got a chance at management because I was "just a secretary", whereas I applied for and was offered more responsible jobs soon after I got to Sydney.

 

Of course that was a long time ago and the work environment may have changed in the UK now - but when I visit Scotland, I still see the same closed-minded, "Keeping Up Appearances" mentality that made me feel so suffocated.

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Nothing in terms of quality of life. I do think that graduates with a couple of years experience have better opportunities here over UK at the moment - I know some really bright kids in the UK doing it tough. Here, youngsters seem to be snapped up - I think Oz is great for young ambitious people who want to get on quickly. City of London kids do well I know, but that is a small selection

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The more laid back culture of Aussies and the patriotic nature of folk.I can't stand miserable depressed people. Most are very proud to be Australian and proud of how this new country has developed and what it offers us. It really shocked the hell outta me in 2012 in uk listening to folk run their country into the ground. Tropical climate is a big one for me too.

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the houses are bigger and better designed for family living and you can have a garden if you want one

 

forgot to mention my favourite thing about oz houses is they have utility rooms

 

 

Having a laundry room is is sadly one of my favorite things about Oz too! Our landlord laughed at my excitement over having a laundry room when we moved in!

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It's different for everyone I guess but my work here is much better.

I love the NHS and all it stands for, but it's being run into the ground. It makes me sad but working as a nurse was becoming more and more stressful in the U.K.

I'm far less stressed at work here.

That is personal to me of course. It won't be the same for everyone.

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yes, utility rooms are great, and a bar fridge as well as your normal fridge/freezer.....we have just returned from the FARMERS MARKET in Launceston and added to the "better in Oz" list..

 

some decent international food..Asian (chinese, Jap, turkish) better than the chip stall and the doughnut bar at the U.K. boot sale. Hahahaha..Cheers FNS

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On one level, there isn't much different between the UK and Australia. You still have to work, commute, pay bills, and do much the same activities. But on another level, when you make the decision to uproot yourself, and move ten thousand miles from home, you change yourself, is the only way I can describe it!? You want to make it work, and most of us do.

 

I could have had a good life if I'd stayed in England. I DID have a great life! And I re-created it again when I went back.

 

I don't even agree with many of the advantages that other people cite! My life in Sydney is not more laid back, or outdoor, or less stressful. How can you compare a city of more than four million with a village in The New Forest!?

 

It's the same, but different, because summer lasts for six months, or more, and I can swim all year around, rather than three months between June and September, and I LIVE here!

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One Man's treasure is another man's trash I think so what's better for some I'm the intangible sense is worse for others.

It's defiantly more relaxed and less fast paced but also there's no sense of urgency and customer service can be rubbish. There's a great pride I'm being Aussie but some are arrogant and downright racist etc.

I do think life seems less of a struggle out here and there's more emphasis on being good to yourself but I'm sure there is a subsection of people that do t have that luxury. You just dont see it so often

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Every case will be unique, I personally work longer hours and am paid less than I was at home which is pretty annoying but I love things like being able to play cricket every Saturday (there is far more space pitches in Melbourne than in London). I don't have any children but can definitely appreciate that it would be a great place for kids. I also think Australia is a much better place to grow old, the seems to be far more older (50+) people in the workforce, pensions are more than double the uk, and everyone is forced to plan for their future with a superannuation. A timebomb the UK is really burying it's head in the sand about at the moment.

 

Also for those complaining about the NHS, anything is run better if run privately but that's the great thing about the NHS. Having been to doctors and A&E in Australia, I really took for granted how great it is not to be asking "how much is that going to cost?" or "does my insurance cover that?" after everything a medical professional says, as opposed to just concentrating on my health.

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Every case will be unique, I personally work longer hours and am paid less than I was at home which is pretty annoying but I love things like being able to play cricket every Saturday (there is far more space pitches in Melbourne than in London). I don't have any children but can definitely appreciate that it would be a great place for kids. I also think Australia is a much better place to grow old, the seems to be far more older (50+) people in the workforce, pensions are more than double the uk, and everyone is forced to plan for their future with a superannuation. A timebomb the UK is really burying it's head in the sand about at the moment.

 

Also for those complaining about the NHS, anything is run better if run privately but that's the great thing about the NHS. Having been to doctors and A&E in Australia, I really took for granted how great it is not to be asking "how much is that going to cost?" or "does my insurance cover that?" after everything a medical professional says, as opposed to just concentrating on my health.

 

Never asked "how much is that going to cost?" or "does my insurance cover that?" as it's all free except for dentist, and we have no insurance. What an odd comment............

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Never asked "how much is that going to cost?" or "does my insurance cover that?" as it's all free except for dentist, and we have no insurance. What an odd comment............

Since I took our private health I understand what Graham means. Its cost me a hell of a lot more having the insurance than not, but then I think its because of where we live as well. Cairns doesn't have specialists for most things so it means heading to Brissy or going interstate.

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Never asked "how much is that going to cost?" or "does my insurance cover that?" as it's all free except for dentist, and we have no insurance. What an odd comment............

Not just had to ask how much does it cost, but also had to weigh up whether I could afford actually seeing a GP in the first place.... No bulk billing where I am bar for seniors and concession card holders. As for any non urgent operations - you either wait for a very long time and run the risk of getting bumped or use your private health cover and pay out of pocket costs.... for a two night stay my costs for a minor op (with full hospital cover) were $3K out of pocket..... I am starting to think that it is more sensible to not have any private cover and just pay in full if you really have to... My real worry is that I fess up to private cover for something urgent/life threatening and end up with crippling out of pocket costs..... No wonder the NHS is the envy of the world!

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Advantages for us were a different and more relaxed attitude to life and living. People are not pigeonholed in quite the same way which gives you a lot more chances to do well. We found the housing better and also, until recently, health services. There is a certain dignity of labour here- not always present in the UK

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