New temporary parent visa for Australia announced

Temporary Parent Visa Australia

The Australian government has announced they are beginning a consultation process which will lead to the introduction of a new temporary visa for parents visiting their children in Australia. The new visa is proposed to be a 5 year temporary sponsored visa.

While some visa announcements are taken with a pinch of salt, this one seems to be going full steam ahead. The government says they are planning on introducing the visa by July 2017, less than a year away.

While some details are yet to be determined, here’s what we do know about the proposed visa so far: Continue Reading

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10 Easy Ways To Save Money In Australia

10 Easy Ways To Save Money In Australia

There’s no denying that things are tough in WA these days. Gone are the days of easy to find jobs and high salaries being the norm. With the recent downturn in the mining and oil and gas industries, many households are tightening their belts, with redundancy being more common than most people would like.

If you’re feeling the pinch when it comes to spending, not just on luxuries but on the bare essentials too, here are 10 easy ways to save money and still enjoy a decent quality of life. Of course everyone’s circumstances are going to be vastly different, but hopefully there are some things on this list that might help you save the pennies (or cents really!). Continue Reading


10 Things You Need To Know About 457 Visas

10 Things You Need To Know About 457 visas

457 visas are a popular way for people to migrate to Australia without having to worry about finding a job when you arrive or having to save up enough money to cover you relocation and set up costs. However, along with great rewards, there come great risks. Please note this is not to be considered migration advice – for all the ins and outs  of a 457 visa, please speak to a registered migration agent or the company who is offering you a 457 visa.

Here are 10 things you need to know about 457 visas. Continue Reading


4 Popular Ways To Migrate To Australia

4 Ways To Move To Australia

I get so many people emailing me and asking me how they can move to Australia. The very first thing that you need to do is establish whether you are eligible for a visa. There are so many different kinds of visas you can get to migrate to Australia that it is impossible for me to tell you which one will suit you. These visa types change quite frequently as well. For example, the visa sub class we came to Australia on was renumbered and the conditions and costs changed just a year after we arrived.

One person contacted me a few months ago and the conversation went pretty much like this:

Reader: I’ve looked extensively at all the countries in the world and I’ve decided that I want to live in Australia. What do I need to do?

Me: Great – what sort of visa do you qualify for?

Reader: I need a visa to live in Australia??? How do I get one?

Me: (oh boy) Well it depends, what kind of work do you do?

Reader: I work in admin.

Me: (realising they probably have very little chance of getting into Australia with a purely admin background) Speak to a registered migration agent who will be able to tell you what visa you may be able to apply for.

Reader: There are different kinds of visas????

I can only assume if you are reading this blog that you know a little bit more about the process than this person and that there are many different types of visa which you can apply for in order to migrate to Australia. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular ones. Continue Reading

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Boktown Perth Is Back!

BOKTOWN Perth 2016

After an extremely successful 2015 Boktown Perth, (despite the score!), Boktown Perth is back for 2016! South Africa are playing Australia in Brisbane on 10 September but in Perth you can watch the big match at The Game Sports Bar in Northbridge, where Boktown Perth will be taking over for one night only. I spoke to organisers Dean & Lloyd Hildebrand about what this year’s event has in store for its attendees.

They are expecting around 1500 supporters to attend the event and last year tickets sold out a few days before the event and they become like gold dust – everyone wanted one and no-one could find any! Continue Reading

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How To Put Petrol In Your Car

How to put petrol in your car

Admit it. The thought of putting petrol in your own car terrifies you. So many massive things on your list of fears when it comes to migrating, but this is not one to ignore.

In order to help you prepare for having to put fuel in your own car (you can do it!), I’ve come up with some handy tips for you. Continue Reading

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Coming In 2017: Northshore Christian Grammar School In Alkimos

Northshore Christian Grammar School Alkimos

Today on the blog I’m pleased to share with you our first guest post by Nicole Ohm from the Swan Christian Education Association. They are opening a brand new school, Northshore Christian Grammar School in Alkimos in 2017  and approached me to share more information about this new school. Many of their applications so far have been from South African families, many of whom seek faith schools for their children when they arrive in Perth.

Over to Nicole! Continue Reading

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Core Cider House – Perth Hills

Core Cider House Perth HIlls

I’ve been wanting to visit the Core Cider House in the Perth Hills for months now and we finally got the chance to head out there recently. As it’s around an hour from where we live, we booked for a late breakfast one Sunday morning for Mr C’s birthday. Continue Reading


Everything You Need To Know About Renting A House In Perth

Everything You Need To Know About Renting A House In Perth

When you first move to Australia, you may decide to stay in short term accommodation for a while before deciding on where you want to live. If you’re lucky enough, you may have friends or family to stay with but eventually you’ll need to find a place of your own.

Some people come over and buy a house straight away but I really recommend renting for at least 6-12 months before buying your own home. It gives you a chance to get to know the city, discover what areas you like and don’t like and settle into life without the pressure of trying to buy the right house.

Yes it’s annoying having to jump through a landlord’s hoops and not be able to do what you want to the house, but it’s better than rushing into making a purchase of hundreds of thousands of dollars and then later realising it’s not the right house for you.

So what do you need to know about renting a house in Australia? Continue Reading