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How to find your new home in Perth - Proudly South African In Perth

How To Find Your New Home In Perth

It’s no secret that housing and rent prices in Perth are way cheaper than cities such as Melbourne Sydney, so it’s not hard to see why Perth is so attractive for new migrants to Australia.

You might be wondering about where you’ll live when you move to Perth, whether you’ll like it, and ultimately whether you’ll rent for a while or buy as soon as you can.

If you do decide to buy, it’s important to make sure that you know exactly what you’re looking for during your property search.

Here are some of the things you need to keep in mind when you want to find your new home in Perth after migrating. Continue Reading

Can You Trust Your Migration Agent - Proudly South African In Perth

Can You Trust Your Migration Agent?

I’m hearing so many stories lately of families who have used migration agents that have turned out to be not as reputable as they were led to believe, or who have completely messed up a visa application. I wanted to write a blog about why you need to find a reputable migration agent, to try and save some of you from going through the same thing. 

These days there are so many people wanting to move to Australia – not just South Africans, but there are plenty of us who are in the process of making the move, or deciding if they can move. I get heaps of emails every week asking me where they can start the process, what it involves and some asking for personal advice. 

I’m not a migration agent, I’m not MARA registered, so I cannot give advice to anyone. My blogs are written to give you practical and emotional information to equip you with the skills and resilience to make the move to Australia and survive. If people ask me for advice, I refer them onto migration agents that will be able to answer their questions about their individual circumstances. 

A few months ago I heard about a family who is facing ministerial intervention as their very last resort to try to remain in Australia. All because their visa applications were not thoroughly done by a migration agent. 

This family have lived in Australia for almost a decade but due to circumstances beyond their control, they were never able to apply for PR until recently. But when they did, their world fell apart. Here is their story.

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From South Africa To New Zealand To Australia - Proudly South African In Perth

From South Africa To New Zealand To Australia – One Family’s Story

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!

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Rand Rescue Australia Coming To South Africa

Rand Rescue Australia Coming To South Africa 2018

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. Continue Reading

16 Australian movies to watch before you move to Australia

16 Australian Movies To Watch Before You Move To Australia

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. Continue Reading

how will your child cope with migration - Proudly South African In Perth

How Will Your Children Cope With Migration?

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. Continue Reading

27 Questions You Need To Ask Your International Movers Before You Move To Australia

27 Questions To Ask Your International Movers Before You Move To Australia

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. Continue Reading

The Cost Of Living In Melbourne

The Cost Of Living In Melbourne 2018

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.

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Tax Basics For New Migrants

Australian Tax Basics For New Migrants

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. Continue Reading