Book Your Spot On The Immigrate To Australia Roadshow in South Africa

Australian Migration Road Show South Africa

If you’ve been umming and ahhing about whether to emigrate to Australia, you’re not alone. In the last few years, and especially since Zuma has been in power, many South Africans have been investigating whether to up sticks and move abroad. An overwhelming number of those enquiries according to migration agents in South Africa, have been enquiries about emigration to Australia.

With recent changes to different visa classes in Australia announced in April 2017, and some coming into effect this month and next year, now is the time to take emigration to Australia seriously.

Immigrate To Australia Road Show In South Africa – August 2017

Suffolk Visa and Soft Landing Migrations have joined forces to host an Immigrate To Australia road show in South Africa to meet with local people who are serious about migrating to Australia. Continue Reading


How Does Childcare Work In Australia?



One of the most frequent questions I get from new or prospective migrants is:

‘How does child care work in Australia?’

Arriving in a new country, often not knowing anyone, let alone anyone you can trust with your children, is incredibly daunting.

If you’re a family where both parents need to work to make ends meet or have a comfortable life, then you’ll probably need to find a child care option that works for you.

Coming from the UK to Australia, I found the child care help from the government to be amazing. In the UK you get no government assistance with child care until your child turns 3.

Compare that to Australia where not only is everyone entitled to a child care rebate of up to $7500 per child per year, but there is also a means-tested child care benefit too.

I met a lovely woman recently who told me that when she first arrived in Australia, she had 4 kids and when they discovered the cost of child care, she decided not to work as what she could earn wouldn’t even cover the child care costs. She had no idea that they would have been entitled to any government assistance, and now a few years down the line and she is struggling to find work as she has no recent work experience.

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Visa & Migration News Roundup – July 2017

Migration News Round Up

Since the announcements back in April that 457 visas were to be scrapped and there would be changes to citizenship applications in Australia, it seems the process of applying for anything via the Department of Immigration and Border Control is fast becoming a nightmare for all involved!

Here is a round up of the latest news related to migration to Australia.

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Life In Perth

Midland Ghost Tours With Shanks Pony Tours

Shanks Pony Tours - Ghost Tours Perth

If you’ve ever been keen to go on a ghost tour in Perth, I’ve found an awesome one for you! I was recently invited along to a ghost hunting tour at the Midland Town Hall by Shanks Pony Tours.

They offer a few different options including a 2 hour tour, a 4 hour investigation and a mystery ghost bus tour. I, along with my fellow admin on Proudly South African In Perth & WA Facebook group Erika, went for a 2 hour tour one Friday evening in April.

The tour is run by Patty Williams, a fellow ex-South African who is a psychic medium. She is also a councillor and when she started working at the Midland Town Hall, she started to encounter numerous spirits around the building.

She, along with a team of other paranormal investigators, began to research information around the spirits they were seeing and communicating with and have actually been able to verify the information with newspaper articles from the past – it’s really amazing! Continue Reading

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Tali’s Wedding Diary Starring Julia Anastasopoulos (aka Suzelle DIY)

Tali's Wedding Diary Showmax

If you’re a massive Suzelle DIY fan like me, you’ll be very excited to hear what she’s up to at the moment!

She’s filming a brand new show called Tali’s Wedding Diary, a mockumentary about a self-obsessed Sandton princess who’s moved to Cape Town and has hired a documentary crew to film the build-up to her wedding to property-agent fiancé Darren.

It’s being produced with Showmax and it’s their first original production.

Since introducing SuzelleDIY to YouTube, more than 70 Suzelle videos have been created, gaining almost 22 million views. One of her videos alone, How To Make A Cinderblock Bench, has clocked up more than 2.5 million views.

Ari Kruger, co-creator and director of Tali’s Wedding Diary, has worked extensively as a director for commercials, music videos and online content. His short films have gained significant attention online and played in film festivals around the world. Continue Reading

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The Cost Of Living In Perth 2017

The Cost Of Living In Perth 2017

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about the cost of living in Perth. At the time, we were renting and now we’re homeowners (yay!) I thought I’d better update that post as it gets a lot of eyeballs each month.

As a homeowner there a few more expenses to be taken care of, so these will be new additions to the list. Massive disclaimer on this post though – this is our personal experience of the cost of living. We are a fairly frugal family, but we do like to enjoy life too so I think we live a fairly average life when it comes to spending. We don’t watch every cent, but we also don’t go overboard every week on luxuries.

So let’s break it down into monthly costs and look at the cost of living in Perth in 2017. Continue Reading

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Our First Bali Holiday At The Melia – Nusa Dua

Our First Bali Holiday - Melia Nusa Dua

Late last year we decided we needed a proper family holiday. We’d gone through some pretty tough times in 2016 and worked out we hadn’t been a proper holiday since we arrived in Australia. By proper holiday I mean one that didn’t involve visiting family or showing family around WA.

So we hopped onto Scoopon and found an awesome deal for a holiday to Bali. Not just any holiday – an all inclusive holiday! These are pretty popular in the UK but almost impossible to find here in Australia (let me know if you know of any!), and not that common in Bali either. I’d never been that keen on visiting Asia in general, but after doing A LOT of research trying to find something that would be equally relaxing in Australia, that also didn’t cost the equivalent of 3 months of mortgage payments, we started looking further afield.

Bali seems to be the go to holiday location for most Australians and Western Australians especially. The lure of a cheap holiday in a tropical climate is appealing to many. While you can get pretty cheap accommodation and eat on the cheap in places like Kuta, we decided that we didn’t actually want to do very much on our holiday – it’s meant to be a holiday after all! Continue Reading

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Help Bring Johnny Clegg To Australia & New Zealand!


If you’re a fan of South African music, you’ll probably have heard that South African music legend, Johnny Clegg, is hanging up his musical boots.

He recently announced this on his website and says he wants to spend more time with his family after recently being diagnosed with cancer. He is currently in remission and has decided to embark on his final world tour to thank his fans both in South Africa and worldwide for their support during his 35 year career.

There’s only one problem with this plan – Australia and New Zealand are not included on the tour – yet! Continue Reading


South African Bloggers Overseas – Mariska Goussard: The Secret Board

The Secret Board


Today I’m interviewing Mariska Goussard, a South African blogger over at The Secret Board now living in The Netherlands. She shares her migration journey, challenges and adventures that her international move has brought her.


Where in South Africa are you from and where do you live now?

My husband and I lived and worked in Cape Town for many years until we moved to Maastricht in the Netherlands in 2016.

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Wanted: Stories From South Africans In Australia

South Africans In Australia

I was recently approached by Rosalie Clark, who is doing her PhD in Cultural and Heritage Tourism in South Africa. She is looking for stories from South Africans in Australia, particularly around South Africans who have made return visits to South Africa within the last 10 years. She is interested in how these visits to places of personal significance – e.g. a family home, a school, a holiday place – impacted you and how you recorded the story of these visits.

If you’re interested, here is a note from Rosalie and her contact details.

I emigrated to Sydney in 1999 and spent 14 fun years living there. While I loved the lifestyle and the Aussie sun, I became aware of a parallel need to remember the important times and places of my South African home. I became increasingly aware of the dual identity I had as South African and as Australian. Continue Reading