Are you wondering whether to make the move to Australia or New Zealand? Or are you living in New Zealand but wondering if a move to Australia is a good idea? Today I speak to one family about their journey from South Africa to New Zealand to Australia.
South African Carl and Kiwi Mel live in Perth with their daughter, but that wasn’t always the case. After Carl left Cape Town for New Zealand, he met his wife and they lived in New Zealand for 11 years. They’ve now been in Perth for 6 years and have got a fair idea about life in each country, and they’ve graciously agreed to share their personal opinions about the differences in the countries on my blog.
Thank you Carl and Mel!
If you’re in the process of emigrating to Australia from South Africa, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to move your money to Australia. You may also be considering cashing in your retirement annuities and bringing the money to Australia to help you set up your new life down under. If you are, I’ve got great news for you! Rand Rescue’s Henrico Kotze is coming to South Africa in June and July 2018, speaking to people who are about to make the big move.
If you’ve been granted a permanent residence visa for Australia, congratulations! You may be jumping for joy and booking your international movers, but wait! There are conditions attached to your visa that you need to be aware of, so here are 5 things you need to know about your Australian permanent residence visa.
If you’re anything like me, in the lead up to moving to Australia I soaked up as many Australian movies and TV shows as I could. From Border Patrol to Masterchef Australia and Wanted Down Under, I couldn’t get enough of where we were moving to. There are so many awesome Australian movies, so I’ve put together an ultimate list of 16 Australian movies to watch before you move to Australia.
If you’re a parent and are considering emigrating, you are likely to be asking yourself how will your child cope with migration? It’s something that is very stressful for all emigrating families, but children can be so resilient and often end up settling into their new countries with much greater ease than us parents!
David Dadic from Pathway Lawyers and Migration Agents has shared with us some tips around helping your children to cope with the migration process.
If you’re planning your move to Australia and have decided to ship some or all of your belongings, you’ll start shopping around for trusted international movers. There are so many things to think about when it comes to moving your goods to Australia and it can be overwhelming. I’ve created this simple list of 27 questions to ask your international movers before you move to Australia.
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 Melbourne as of 2018. Melbourne based Claudia and her partner have kindly shared what the cost of living in Melbourne is like for their family of 2.
Claudia and her partner have lived in Melbourne since July 2016, when they moved to Australia from Johannesburg.
They live in Mount Waverley and are both employed – Claudia is teacher.
One of the most daunting things about moving country is learning a whole new tax system. The Aussies seem to like to do everything differently and the tax system is no different! I asked Gillian from Simple Accounting Solutions to give my readers a brief overview of some of the things you need to know, so here is her roundup of Australian tax basics for new migrants.
Having moved from South Africa to Australia myself 5 years ago, I understand that moving countries and giving up everything that is familiar can be a double edged sword – an exciting new adventure, but one that is both daunting and at times overwhelming.
I remember even the basic things like grocery shopping or finding my way around the city were unnerving, let alone navigating complex new tax laws To take away some of that overwhelm – here are some of the Australian tax basics that all new migrants need to know.
If you’re divorced and looking to move to Australia, one of the questions you may be asking is how you can get consent from your ex for your children to move to Australia with you. It’s not an uncommon situation and I’ve heard from readers who have had to wait more than 3 years fighting it out in court before they could even start the visa application process. If you want to find out how to get consent for your child to move to Australia, this blog may help you.
David from Pathway Lawyers & Migration Agents has written this post to help parents who are looking to migrate to Australia but their ex is refusing to allow it.
What do you do when you want to move overseas and your ex doesn’t want to give permission for your child to go with you? This is exactly what happened to Sunette* “My ex and I have a terrible relationship. It was a terrible time in my life. As a father, he has not been very involved.” When her new husband received a great job opportunity in Australia, she was torn. “I thought, he’s never going to let us go. He will just make it as difficult as possible.”
Moving to Australia these days isn’t as daunting as it used to be. Using the internet it’s so easy to research almost every aspect of your move so you be be prepared as much as possible for the practical side of life in Australia. But there are some things that you just won’t be able to prepare for, no matter how much research you do.
Here are 5 things that I wish I knew before emigrating to Australia. Some of them I thought I knew, but until you add your emotions into the experience, you don’t truly appreciate them.