One of the hardest things to get used to when you arrive is how different the shops are. I always see people asking what’s the Australian equivalent of South African shops like Game, Dischem, and Edgars.
So I thought it would make a great blog topic! Here is a list of the Australian equivalent of South African shops.
Now bear in mind sometimes equivalent shops are subjective – there has been much debate about whether certain shops have an equivalent at all (I’d say Woolworths in South Africa has no real equivalent in Australia – the UK has Marks and Spencer but we have nothing).
So take this list as a good guide to get you started, rather than the gospel truth. Basically, don’t blame me if you get here and don’t agree!
Because of the huge demand from potential migrants to know exactly how much life in Australia will cost them, I’m continuing with this series of posts on the cost of living around Australia. This post focuses on the cost of living in Dubbo, in regional New South Wales.
Dubbo based Chipo and her family have kindly shared what the cost of living in Dubbo is like for their family of 4.
Chipo and her partner have lived in Dubbo on a regional visa since 2016, when they moved to Australia from Newcastle, KZN. She is an admin officer and her husband is a fitter and turner.
Dubbo is around 400kms inland from Sydney, in New South Wales.
If you haven’t been to an event at Fringe World Festival Perth, where have you been? You’re missing out on one of the best annual events in Perth. From comedy to music, from theatre to magic, from cabaret to pretty much anything arty you can think of, you can find it at Fringe World.
As soon I get the program, I scour the line up for any South African acts performing each year, as there are always a handful and sometimes we get some pretty amazing ones (see my posts on the 2017 Fringe line up of South Africans).
Here are some of the South African acts at Fringe World Festival Perth 2019.
You might dream of moving to Australia and living a life filled with sunshine, beach days, and barbeques, but what will it really be like?
Let’s take a look at what you can really expect when you’re living in Australia.
One of my favourite memories from my childhood in Durban was heading to the drive-in. We’d pack the snacks, or buy some treats from the shop at the drive-in, and settle in for a movie (or 2 if I was allowed to stay awake!).
Did you know that we have a drive-in right here in Perth? I was so excited to find out there was one here, the Galaxy Drive-In in Perth, and it was one of the first things we did when we arrived. My husband is English and going to the drive-in was not something he had ever done. Hardly surprising given their atrocious weather for most of the year!
The Trades Recognition Service (TRS) is a domestic skills assessment service offered by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) for tradesmen actively engaged in various engineering trades.
For many years prior to October 2013 thousands of tradesmen migrated to Australia and underwent a skills assessment provided by Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) and attained a trade qualification known as the Australian Recognised Trade Certificate or ARTC.
At the time the ARTC was widely accepted by Australian employers and Industry Groups as an accepted benchmark that the tradesman had been assessed to industry standards. However, the ARTC was never the equivalent of the nationally-recognised AQF Certificate III or IV trade qualification.
Subsequently, as Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) and insurance liability became increasingly stringent for employers, particularly large national employers, many migrants found to their surprise and frustration that they required re-assessment to achieve the AQF national standard.
Earlier this year I noticed that one of our favourite restaurants in Perth, Basq, has closed down. But in September, a new restaurant in the same location was born – Chapters Bistro in Currambine.
I started following them on social media and one day I was browsing their menu on their website when something caught my eye – koeksusters on the dessert menu! My eyes nearly popped out of my head; I’d never seen them on a restaurant menu in Perth ever.
Not only did they have koeksusters on the menu, but they also had peri-peri chicken and biltong too. There had to be a South African behind this, right?
Quickly, I messaged the restaurant and asked if they were South African. The owners were quick to reply that they were from the UK but their head chef, Sherry Phillip, was from South Africa. After an email chat, I was invited to try out their new summer menu and spread to word to other South Africans in Perth.
When it comes to migrating to Australia, if you do the research, you’ll know exactly what you need to budget for. Usually it’s the big ticket items – visas, medicals, English tests, skills assessments, agent fees, flights, and shipping are the common expenses associated with moving to Australia.
But what about the hidden expenses of moving to Australia? The things you didn’t know you even had to budget for?
Here are some of the hidden expenses of moving to Australia so you can make sure you plan for them well in advance.
One of the hardest aspects of migrating to Australia is finding a job.
Your resume (aka CV) is often the first thing that recruiters and employers will know about you and that’s why it’s crucial to make sure your resume is in the best shape possible.
Here are some of the most common mistakes to avoid on your resume in Australia.
If you’re just starting to investigate the process of moving to Australia, you’re probably just as overwhelmed as I was at the number of hoops you need to jump through in order to get here.
From medical tests, English exams, and skills assessments, it’s really not the simplest process at all. What’s worse is that, depending on what skills you have and what specific visa you’re applying for, the criteria and supporting documents required can be totally different from one person to the next.
In order to help you understand more about the skills assessment process, I’ve partnered with Australian Construction Training Services (ACTS) and will be bringing a series of blogs out which should help you get your head around it. This one is all about how to get an Australian skilled visa assessment for trades.