±JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER

Get useful expat articles, health and financial news, social media recommendations and more in your inbox each month - free!



We respect your privacy - we don't spam and you can unsubscribe at any time.

±Compare Expat Providers

Expat Health Insurance Quotes

Foreign Currency Exchange Quotes

International Moving Quotes

We're very social! Follow Expat Focus on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+

Expat Focus Facebook PageExpat Focus on TwitterExpat Focus Pinterest PageExpat Focus Google+ Page

Notify me when new content is added about a country

±Expat Focus Partners

Articles

Australia > Articles

Australia

10 And A Half Things To Think About When Moving Your Children To An Australian School

Friday May 25, 2012 (17:59:00)

by Lesley Snell

Set out below are a list of the things you might want to think about when moving your children to an Australian school. The information is general in nature and things might vary from state to state so it's best to check with the Education Department in the state you are moving to.

They are listed below the article. Also, Lesley is quite happy for you to add your comments on her Facebook page.

1. Your child will be anxious and excited at the same time. Listen to their concerns/expectations. Make a list of them together and see if you can get them answered by the school.   more ...

Australia > Articles

Australia

Moving to Australia and Living on the Northern Beaches, Sydney

Friday May 25, 2012 (15:47:50)

by Lesley Snell

My day starts the same way every day….I look out through my bedroom window at the trees in Garigal National park. Our house backs onto “the Bush” yet I am right in the suburbs of Sydney. The Kookaburras start around 5.30 a.m. followed swiftly by some pretty noisy Cockatoos !! But I love it and never really tire of the outlook.

I got here in a very roundabout way. I came with my husband in 1990 in the heady days when the company bringing you out sponsored your residency. We were very lucky in that respect. We were young and childless and we planned to stay for two years. Our departure from Heathrow was teary and gut-wrenching, and nothing can describe the feeling of watching all your worldly possessions being packed in a container and disappearing, hopefully to turn up again on the other side of the world!   more ...

Australia > Articles

Australia

Shipping Your Stuff to Australia

Friday May 25, 2012 (15:44:56)

Container shipping to Australia is the preferred way for immigrants to get their belongings “down under” on time and in one piece. There are many companies specializing in container shipping to Australia, but only a handful which are reliable and reputable. Considering the large distance of shipping to Australia, choosing an experienced company should be a top priority. A company that ships containers to Australia needs to be quick and efficient in order to offer a competitive price and keep customers happy.

Today, container shipping to Australia is the most popular choice. More than 90% of all non-bulk cargo shipped to Australia is done with stackable containers. These containers are stacked one on top of another on large transport ships. Since most containers today are built according to the ISO quality standard, even car shipping to Australia is done using them. With the standard sizes and shapes of ISO containers, one can tell if a car will fit properly or not, thereby reducing the costs and time spent shipping to Australia. The use of standard container sizes around the world has lessened a lot of problems. From transporting containers on railways to storage facilities, the logistics involved in the transportation of containers have been streamlined.   more ...

Australia > Articles

Australia

The Value of Mateship

Friday May 25, 2012 (15:42:07)
Suzer
by Suzer

After I got all of my spousal visa paperwork submitted for my move to Australia, a slim envelope turned up in my mailbox with another form to fill out. It was called an Australian Values Statement, and required my signature as acknowledgement that I would accept certain Australian values as a newcomer to Oz, one of which was the value of mateship. At the time, I thought it was somewhat amusing, and wondered how it came to rank up there with equality, democracy, and respect for the law. Looking back, I should have seen how it struck a certain resonance with my biggest worry about my move to Australia, which was leaving friends behind. Wondering how long it would take to meet and get to know new people, I was concerned about being lonely, and wondering how I would fit in to this new place.   more ...

Australia > Articles

Australia

How to park a car - Aussie style!

Friday May 25, 2012 (15:32:42)
Vicky Gray
by Vicky Gray
www.australiauncovered.com


Parking in Australia is free in most places, barring airports and Hospitals. Unlike in Essex where I was horrified to discover that I had to pay and display at my local Somerfield store, even when I was just popping in for a pint of milk and some peanut M&M’s. I was reimbursed when I produced the other half of my ticket at the checkout, but that really wasn’t the point, it’s extremely inconvenient and if you don’t have a 20p coin on you, you’re buggered and forced to shop elsewhere.

Anyway, all you have to do here in Oz is observe the clearly marked signs that tell you how long you can park - and on which days. Car park bays are spacious and you no longer have to squeeze carefully out of your car to avoid banging into the car next to you with your door. The child parking bays are ridiculously oversized and you feel unworthy of using them unless you have a minimum of three children, a dog, two goats and a couple of loose chickens.   more ...

Australia > Articles

Australia

Go Back to the UK or Stay in Australia?

Friday May 25, 2012 (15:19:37)

by Viveca Trader

Some time ago you decided to make the big move to Australia, either by yourself or as a family. It has now been a year or more since you arrived in Oz. You wonder why you are not that happy living there. Before you arrived in Australia, you dreamed about having a new start in your life and this was the refreshment you so wanted. Back in the UK the opportunities in Australia seemed endless...and now you are stuck and wonder why 'I feel so confused and lost'?

Before making the big decision about moving, you need to do a reality check on what your life is at present. What is good in your life and what problems do you have? What do you hope to achieve by moving? You need to ask yourself the main reasons and to be completely honest with yourself. Are you trying to simplify things? Are you bored in your career and want to do something new? Do you want a better climate? What is the cost of living etc? Do a list and write it all down, whatever comes to your mind. This will give you clarity about what is important to you. Once you have all the important reasons why you would like to move you need to ask yourself: What is stopping you today from creating that life? And how will I apply what is important to me in Australia?   more ...

Australia > Articles

Australia

Selling Up, Moving to Australia and Buying a New Business

Friday May 25, 2012 (15:15:31)

Please note: The information in this article is over 12 months old.

by Sarah Muxlow

Selling up shop and moving to the other side of the world to start a new business venture isn't as unimaginable as it once was. Australia attracts many new immigrant business buyers, investors and start-up entrepreneurs every year.

The core process can be broken down into three key areas.


Step 1 - Selling Up

The first step to start the selling up process is having your business listed local to where you are and starting the sales process. Taking on the assistance of a broker and sales organizations to help can take the headache out of this stage.   more ...

Australia > Articles

Australia

Job Sponsored Visas and Finding a Job in Australia

Friday May 25, 2012 (15:04:16)

Please note: The information in this article is over 12 months old.

by Sarah Muxlow

Having chosen to do what is known as skilled migration, my husband and I enlisted an immigration agent to submit our visa application. In enlisting the help of an agent only to advise us and submit our application for a visa, we did a very independent move. The process cost 5000$AU and took two years and once we got here the real work of finding a job started.

For many, like yourselves, two years can be a long wait particularly as you don't know if your application is going to be successful or not. The alternative is a job sponsorship visa. This is by far the quickest way as the process can take as little as 4 weeks and having a job to come to solves all the waiting and job-hunting stress.   more ...

Australia > Articles

Australia

Immigrating Down Under - Starting a New Life in Australia

Friday May 25, 2012 (14:46:46)

by Sarah Muxlow

It was a big move to leave Europe; home, family, friends and ties. We decided to do it and two years on we are enjoying the new life we have here, on the far side of the world.

We moved because we wanted to give our children the opportunity to appreciate space, safety and some quality time with us. Originally from England myself, and my husband from France, we were enjoying living in Switzerland. We had our secure jobs, family and friends and we didn't know anyone in Queensland, so we had plenty of reasons to put off the 'Big Move'. We even eventually timed our move at one of those times when it could have been best to stay put - I was 3 months pregnant!   more ...

Australia > Articles

Australia

Where to go in Sydney, Australia

Friday May 25, 2012 (14:36:18)
Dina Zavrski-Makaric
by Dina Zavrski-Makaric

Seventeen years ago, when I arrived in Sydney, it was still trying to find itself and shape its character. Today, its personality is defined by 200 nationalities that live here, speaking more than 20 languages. There is something for everyone in this city of diversity.

I remember arriving on a late spring day, the temperature was in the high thirties, the humidity felt like 100%, and the drive from the Airport to Manly, after nearly 24 hours on planes, seemed to take forever. The size of the City and the Harbour Bridge was all too much for a European whose idea of a city comprised of a population of 1 million, and who was able to live most of her life within walking distance to places, or at worst taking a few tram stops. The first months we spent Sundays driving around the Sydney suburbs just to become familiar with its size. Every suburb had its own feeling, atmosphere, and people - the good thing was that they all had a little central point, where you could get refreshment and gather your thoughts. Seventeen years ago Sydney was at the brink of starting to embrace diversity in people, food and beverages. Today it catches up on consumers and their requirements faster than they can think about them.   more ...