Migration

Find Short Term Accommodation In Perth

Short Term accommodation in Perth

One of the questions that people always have for me is ‘Where can I find short term accommodation in Perth for when we first arrive?’.

If you’re shipping all your belongings, it makes sense to hire a furnished rental until your goods arrive and you’ve found a place of your own to move into. I recommend renting first as well so you can suss out different areas before you decide to buy. Things look very different in real life to Google Maps – believe me!

Short term accommodation in Perth is ideal for new arrivals. It gives you time to get to know Perth and the different areas. It can be expensive to rent just for a week or two but often if you take furnished rentals you can get a bigger discount as the owners know their properties will be occupied for longer periods. This doesn’t always apply during peak periods such as the summer holidays but it’s always worth checking before you book anywhere.

There are lots of short term accommodation sites on the internet but I’ve compiled a few options for new arrivals to Perth. These properties are owned by South Africans who understand exactly what you are going through having done it themselves at one point or another! They’ve created cosy, welcoming and functional homes to help you settle into life in your new home country of Australia. Continue Reading

Migration

Get Your Money Out Of South Africa With Rand Rescue

Rand Rescue Australia

One of the most frustrating aspects of migrating to another country is the seemingly endless paperwork. Applying for your visa comes with a whole host of hoops to jump through and to get into Australia the hoops are set like high jumps on fire instead of mini hurdles.

But eventually when you manage to tick all the boxes, a weight is lifted off your shoulders and you can start to look forward to your future in Australia.

Next you need to start thinking about how you’ll move your money to Australia to be able to set yourself up and start your new life down under.

That’s where Rand Rescue can help. Continue Reading

Life In Perth

UnWined Subiaco 2016

UnWined Subiaco 2016

Every year Wine & Food Events WA host a variety of awesome events around Perth and UnWined in Subiaco is one of my favourites.

This year, I won tickets to attend from Willow Bridge Estate so a big thanks to them! Normally tickets start from $25 per person but this year there were a few upgraded ticket options as well. Continue Reading

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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

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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

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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

Life In Perth

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