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Old 08-18-2012, 02:28 PM
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Going to Canberra

Hi all, recently granted visa to work and live in Australia. V excited to chance upon this forum coz it's useful. However I hardly find anyone moving to Canberra. Hopefully will get to know someone heading there or are already settled there to ask / share information.


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Old 08-26-2012, 07:48 PM
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HI there! Welcome.
I'd also like to have some info about Canberra, since I'm a social worker and heard that's one of the professions needed in that region.
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Old 08-27-2012, 01:10 AM
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HI there! Welcome.
I'd also like to have some info about Canberra, since I'm a social worker and heard that's one of the professions needed in that region.
Cheers!

Brian
Hello Brian,

Good to know you too are heading to Canberra. I haven't had much luck in getting responses for Canberra as you can see. I think not many folks out there choose to go there. Anyhow, I'm making a recce trip this month end to Canberra. Like to see the city I will be moving into first hand before the actual move. I probably will head over first quarter of next year. How about you? When are you likely to move over? Take care.

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Old 08-27-2012, 01:17 AM
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Actually, come to think of it, is there a particular month where people actually move around in the market? For example, the best time to be looking for jobs Singapore would be at the start of new year because people generally leave after taking their bonuses which would have been paid out in mid Dec. Any idea if similar applies to Canberra?

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Old 08-30-2012, 06:58 AM
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Canberra Moving

Dear Hockeyman
Well you should be able to find fellow hockey players

Few brief points
-Cost renting is exorbitant, depending on your salary
-It's cold in winter, esp. if you come from the tropics, invest in some thermal underwear for winter
-More civilization there these days than 20-30 years ago
-I think it's largely still a public service town (anyone correct me if they dont agree)
-It's close (3+ hours) to Sydney
-Public transport is Ok to the hubs like Belconnen, Woden but limited outside these, take this into account where you will live viz a viz work
-I consider eating out can be relatively expensive
-The bush is close
-The ski slopes much closer than if you are based in Syd/Melb

Canberra can excite passions pro and against
Hopefully others will put their piece abnd direct you to some local forums that you can check.

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Hi all, recently granted visa to work and live in Australia. V excited to chance upon this forum coz it's useful. However I hardly find anyone moving to Canberra. Hopefully will get to know someone heading there or are already settled there to ask / share information.


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Hello Hockeyman,
you are registered in this forum you will definitely get some new friends who is moving to canberra or who lives in canberra


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Old 08-31-2012, 12:40 PM
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Hello Hockeyman,
you are registered in this forum you will definitely get some new friends who is moving to canberra or who lives in canberra
Would like that for sure. I'm in Melbourne now. Will head for Canberra on Mon. First time there so it's exciting to see the city that will see all sides of my emotion when I move permanently.


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Old 09-03-2012, 06:06 PM
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Arrived Canberra and spent a night so far. Must admit the feeling wasn't a great one as the city is far too boring/plain as compared to Melbourne. Wife wasn't excited at all and are now unsure how the first 2 years will be like living in this city. The feeling of making a u turn in our decision did cross our minds although we haven't seen enough or know anyone to feel better. Several questions kept popping up; will we be able to get a job? What if we had to struggle? What if we cant adjust after giving up what we have now? There're so many IFs.

Day 2 is coming up. Will go check out the city and its surrounding better. Hopefully the emotions are more settled after that. Sigh! Fought so hard for the visa only to feel crappie abt the move now.


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Old 09-26-2012, 03:17 PM
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Hi Hockeyman,

I too am pursuing a Visa for Australia. unfortunately, my current occupation is only available in Canberra and therefore, i have to apply only for the 190 Visa if Canberra accepts me.

I have been working real hard to get the Visa. and after seeing your latest comments, i am getting aprehensive if i should be making this change. i have a 2 year old daughter and i dont know if it will be a problem for her.

Please advice.


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Old 09-27-2012, 07:05 AM
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Hi Hockeyman,

I too am pursuing a Visa for Australia. unfortunately, my current occupation is only available in Canberra and therefore, i have to apply only for the 190 Visa if Canberra accepts me.

I have been working real hard to get the Visa. and after seeing your latest comments, i am getting aprehensive if i should be making this change. i have a 2 year old daughter and i dont know if it will be a problem for her.

Please advice.
Hello Tht,

Sorry if I had caused you any discomfort on your move to Canberra. I don't mean to cause any negative impact to anyone but purely making an opinion based on my own situation. You see, I currently live in Singapore and have a great job and a great place I own. Been here long enough to know that living in Singapore is not going to be an issue for me. However, like everyone else in this forum, I want to give my family and I another option. An option we can explore if this is what we want.

To be honest, each city has its pros and cons. Hence, depending on what you want, it may or may not suit you.

In my opinion, Canberra is a fairly simple city to live in. Everywhere is "close by". Even the furtherst surburbs take you approx 20-30mins to get to the city. The city itself is very small and traffic jam is almost unheard of, even during peak hours. If you live near the city, the surburbs are really close by to each other. Literally only 5 mins from one surburb to another. It's a quiet and peaceful city to raise your kids and it has lots of gardens/parks to visit.

It can get boring in the first few months if you do not have relatives or ready friends there. At least that's how I felt when I went for a visit. To be fair, this is the case in every new cities if you don't have the support groups. So the trick is to join a sports group, religion group, hobby group etc and start making friends. Life will be better thereafter. Otherwise, be prepared to stare at each other when the sun sets as the city goes to bed after hours.

Life in Canberra is different from cities like Sydney and/or Melbourne. In those cities, life is definitely more vibrant but it can get very crowded. Traffic is bad and surburbs are far away from the city unless you can afford a 1m house which is nearer to the city. A 1m house will probably be abt 10km outside the city whilst a 600k house is 30km away from the city in Melbourne. That's a gauge for you in terms of distances.

Job wise, Canberra from what I know host a lot of government ministries. A lot of jobs will require you to be a citizen to be eligible to apply. Most will run checks before approaching you for interviews. However, there are still sizeable number of private firms based in Canberra. Although, the number of jobs are not as many as Sydney or Melbourne, you do not have to fight with that many other applicants unlike in those cities.

Depending on how you look at it, some applied through ACT because they really want to settle in Canberra. Some, simply use it to gain entry into Australia (meaning stay for the initial 2 years and leave for another city thereafter). Whatever side you are on, try to do in depth planning and make the most of it. Migration is a big deal and can give a family stress. If not managed properly, it can break a few hearts along the way. It is best that you set everyone's expectation right before the move. Plus, if you can, try doing a recce trip to see and experience Canberra on your own. It will give you a better idea than to hear from others.

Anyhow, I hope this helps you in your journey. I wish u all the best mate. If your intent is to move, do it whole heartedly and embrace whatever that comes along with it. It will be more meaningful this way.

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