21 May 2007 9:24 PM
|I totally understand what you are feeling at the moment. I too have had doubts over the last number of weeks, but after discussing it with the OH it doesnt matter matter what part of australia we settle in, if doesnt work out in one city we will try another. We were originally set for perth but now we going to try melbourne first as it will be easier to give other cities like adelaide, canberra etc a try if it doesnt work out there.
In relation to the money side of things you will always get by no matter what. You may even decide to try a different career altogether. All in all it will be great adventure and you will have a great time exploring australia and seeing for yourself what it has to offer.
Dont let negative comments put you off, just take them on board and go out there and do it your way. And as many people have said before, the worst thing that can happen is that you come back home. Just go out there and give it your best shot.
Keep your chin up
21 May 2007 10:35 PM
|we to have had the same feelings and have been looking to go to perth for about 2 years bur recently have been considering brisbane mainly due to house price rises in perth.
I recently posted this is Aussie Move not Aussie MOAN and I personally have not read many negative posts and found them to be helpfull or constructive so come on all you negative posters give it a f***ing break you have tried,it didnt work for what ever reason so bite the bullet come back and keep quiet.
And remember what the Home page on this site states 'All you need for your move to Australia' dont think negative posts are what we need.
22 May 2007 12:32 AM
|Hi we are in perth at the moment have been since nov 2006.Perth is great it is a nice city geared up for family's. a lot of things are free beach, park, museums, art gallerys, pagents at christmas etc.we have had a great time. We kept our house in uk and now rent in mullaloo 3 mins from beach. it is fab. Now the but It is more expensive to live here than it was was we first started the process of getting our visa.House prices have one through the roof, although the houses are nice they are cold in the winter at the moment at night it feels like the uk in December. yes people do have heating but the houses are very large and don't retain the heat.
We were going to sell our house and buy here but a lot of people I know have bigger mortgages than they had in the uk and we on't want to do that just yet. Wages vary according to the job If in the building trade etc don't forget if you dont work you still have to pay the rent ( I know this is the same as the uk but the rent for us is double our uk mortgage). we do get rent assistance fortnightly as we are classed as low wage earners due to the work not being avalible at times eg bricks didn't arrive, bank holidays, christmas hols slabs not ready so you can see how quickly your money could go.
food is no longer cheap, I spend around 30 pounds more than I did in the uk weekly and this is for basic stuff.
If you eat out it can be cheaper than the uk.
we love the weather when its hot and the beach etc the kids are doing really well at school although they were not top of the class in uk they seem to be doing very well which makes me wonder if the schooling is not as hard over here.
I have found that without spare money life is much harder than the uk. I am fed up of saying we can't afford this and that etc. It is a good experience but a costly one. I have even looked recently at going to Brisbane as houses are cheaper. There are areas with cheaper house rent and houses to buy under $400000.00 but it all depends on what you want to move over here for we wanted a nice lifestyle with the kids near the beach in a place we liked that was no more than 40 minutes from the city with good public transport.I on't think anyone elses experience will enable you to plan how you feel when you get here. flights home at the moment for 3 adults 1 child over 11 classed as adult start at $5000.00 one way. so you either need to have a job you can save that sort of money while you are here or keep a fund for flights home if you need to visit.
my view I like Perth fab experience, could I live here forever not at the moment unless I won the lotto.
22 May 2007 12:37 AM
|Family of 5, 2 adults, 3 kids ages 15,14,4
4x2 house, SOR, no swimming pool
Yearly income - $56000 - after tax (1 income) cnc machinist
Centerlink - $15600 a year (reduces with childrens ages, also includes rent assistance)
Rent - $1000
Electric - $90
Gas - $35
Food - $1200 (sometimes more extra milk etc..)
Contents insurance - $22
Life Insurance - $120 (includes trama cover)
Medical insurance - $77 (no hospital cover) HBF
Petrol - $240 (car & motorbike) Husband drives half hour each way to work
Car insurance - $30
Car rego - $37
Bike insurance - $30
Bike rego - $16
Water - $55
Internet $ telephone(discounted at the moment) - $70
School fees state school $40 (doesnt included uniforms,stationary,trips)
When renting you pay no council tax or water rates, just water usage
This is basic, doesnt include clothing, takeaways, birthday/xmas pressies etc...
WE MANAGE AND LIVE OUR DREAM SO FAR SO GOOD!!!!
Think everyone knows us now but who cares lifes to short
Gives us approx $3000 a month for the extras and savings
Any other info just ask
22 May 2007 5:01 AM
|There is no such thing as a minimum amount of money needed to live anywhere. People can give their opinions on how much they would need to get by, but it all depends on your definition of 'getting by'.
Darren says $80k to $90k, based on his own experiences and what he considers to be an acceptable standard of living. His breakdown of expenses (rent etc.) is correct and the salary level he mentions provides him with the standard of living he wants.
Others could get by with less, others couldn't possibly live on 'so little'.
It depends on who you are, what you consider to be normal expenditure and what you want out of life.
I know people who earn loads of money but spend all their time working and even when they are at home, their jobs comes first. I also know people who earn minimum and have good happy, lives.
If you are going to Australia to earn more, have more and have it easier, then maybe you should think again. If you have a long term outlook and expect a bit of a struggle to start with, you should give it a go.