8 Annoying Things About Living In Perth
Life In Perth

8 Annoying Things About Living In Perth

When it comes to migrating, it can be so easy to look at Australia with rose tinted glasses. You’ll actively seek out all the good things awaiting you in your new home country, but brush off any seemingly minor complaints from others, whether they be personal comments from friends and family, or posts on social media or blogs.

So I thought I’d help you out and prepare you for some of the not so fun things about living in Australia. Some of these may only be applicable to Perth (because that’s where I live), but I’m sure some will be just as relevant for other cities around Australia.

And before you get on your high horse about how lucky we are and these are stupid things to moan about, read to the end!

Without further ado, here are 8 annoying things about living in Perth. Continue Reading

Big Boys The Third - Perth Fringe Festival 2018
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Big Boys The Third: South Africans At The 2018 Perth Fringe Festival

We’re so spoiled for choice when it comes to events in Perth – many people scoff and call us Dullsville, but if you look around you might realise just how much we have to do here in Perth. Whenever the Perth Fringe Festival program is released, I go through all the acts to see what looks good. This year a few shows caught my eye, and one of the first I circled was Big Boys The Third – a comedy dance show by South Africans.

I was then super excited to be emailed by one of the actors in the show, Bradley Searle, asking me to help get the word out about their show. As I love sharing all things South African in Perth with you, and you all love hearing about them, of course I said yes! Continue Reading

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

2017 Reader Survey

2017 Proudly South African In Perth Reader Survey

As yet another year draws to a close, I want to find out a bit more about you, my readers and what you’ve enjoyed on the blog this year.

I’d also love to know what you want to see on the blog in 2018 and beyond so I can make sure that my posts and social media are full of the things that you really want to read about.

I’ve created a super short survey for you to share your views with me so please head over here and fill it out – it will take you 2 minutes and I would be most grateful!

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and I’ll see you all in 2018!


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How To Get Consent For Your Child To Move To Australia

How To Get Consent For Your Child To Move To Australia

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.” Continue Reading

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Emigrating To Australia - cover

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Emigrating To Australia

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.

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I Want To Migrate To Australia – Where Do I Start?


One of the most common questions I get asked via my blog is:

“I Want To Migrate To Australia – Where Do I Start?”

While the process can seem overwhelming and complicated, there are some clear and simple steps you need to take when you decide to start looking into migrating to Australia.

David from Pathway Lawyers & Migration Agents has written this post to help all you migration newbies get started on your journey to a life in Australia.

Have you thought about moving to Australia? Migrating to a new country is a big decision. There’s a lot to consider and it can be overwhelming to know where to start. If you’re thinking of moving, here’s a quick guide on how to immigrate to Australia. Continue Reading

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South African Comedian Masood Boomgaard Comes To Perth

Masood Boomgaard In Perth

South African comedian Masood Boomgaard is heading to Australia this month! The Durban funny man will be doing shows in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane as part of his second Outta Africa comedy tour.

Masood is regarded as one of the brightest stars in South African comedy and will be showing off his unique, witty take on a wide range of topics from politics and medical aid schemes (that’s health insurance to us these days!) to relationships, overbearing parents, and everything else in between. Continue Reading

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Joziwood – A South African Film Festival In Perth

joziwood south african film festival in perth

This November, a brand new film festival is coming to Perth. Joziwood is a South African film festival which will be running for the first time next month. I’ve been  speaking to the organisers behind the scenes for a few months now, and they are finally ready to launch this fantastic event to all of you!

What Is Joziwood?

Organiser Chris Greenwood from Prendiville College (where the film festival venue of the Redmond Theatre is situated) has been hard at work with his team to make sure the film festival is a great success. They’ve recently launched their venue and wanted to put it to good use with a range of different events. Knowing there is a large South African community in Perth, the idea of a South African film festival in Perth was born. Continue Reading


A Guide To Aussie Slang For New Migrants

a guide to aussie slang for new migrants

When you move to Australia, you’ll be confronted by a whole new language.

That’s because despite people speaking English, Aussies love to shorten everything and they have probably some of the most slang I’ve ever heard!

If you thought we had tons of slang in South Africa, just wait until you hear the Aussies talk!

So I thought it would be useful to share this with you!

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