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Old 01-17-2011, 06:50 PM
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Hello from California, Australia bound soon

Hi everyone,

My husband has just been offered a job in Adelaide, and assuming he takes the offer, he and I will be moving down there (from California) along with our 7-year-old twin girls, for about 6 or 7 months. I guess that should sum up my introduction, but I have loads of questions. I'm so totally overwhelmed by this, especially as we'll probably be leaving in about a month. There's so much to figure out between now and then. And I think the most complicating factor we're working with is the kids. I need to learn about the Australian school system and our educational options on the quick! As well as my own working options, as I myself do not have a job lined up down there. Anyway, I'll talk more about all of this in the other sub-forums. For now, I'm happy to have a found this resource and looking forward to getting to know some of you.

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Kate


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Old 01-17-2011, 07:44 PM
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Hey Kate,

I also just joined today because I got a job offer in Queensland. My wife is on board so now where the h--- do we start????

Good luck,

Dave


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Hey Kate,

I also just joined today because I got a job offer in Queensland. My wife is on board so now where the h--- do we start????

Good luck,

Dave
Hi Dave,

My thoughts exactly! And I have no idea. Hoping to get some good advice here.

We're lucky in that my husband's hiring company will help us with a lot of things - finding/buying plane tickets, organizing visas (both my husband's and mine), setting us up in a temporary place to live when we arrive, and helping us find a more permanent place, among other things. Will your new employer help you with some things? Hopefully they will. But in any case, it will all be fine. Just figure out one thing at a time. (That's what I tell myself, anyway.)

Well, maybe we can swap stories and tips. Best of luck to you!

Kate


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Old 01-17-2011, 08:00 PM
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Thanks, I am still negotiating the relocation assistance. Good to hear your hubbys company in helping out, I am sure they will be able to answer your questions about the kids schooling. My kids are older, so I just want them out........I'm kidding...no...

Anyways good luck to you also, and I will be sure to share any news with you.

Dave.


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Getting relocation assistance is good for there'll always be hidden costs like if you are going to be up for International Student school fees which is a bit variable depending on what state you are in but I've seen one site that indicates SA is about $8000 so definitely something to get covered.

Getting plane tickets is as easy as someone going online and you can have them in a jiffy whether you do it or the company does through a travel agent but expecting to leave within a month could be a bit optimistic unless the company has an immigration agent well advanced with the visa application, it essentially being one, your husband the primary applicant Kate and you and kids are secondary applicants but all could take acouple of months to be processed at least.
You'll need insurance and if you can optt out of whatever cover you have in the US for the time downunder, there could be a saving for you if you have a look at IMAN Australian Health Plans - Health Plans for Temporary Residents Working in Australia and there could be other companies with similar coverage but a 457 visa which is likely the one to be applied for means you need to have coverage for Australia as one eligibility requirement.

Adelaide may not be so bad as far as finding rental accommodation as it is considered one of our quieter capitals and sometinmes more people considering shifts out rather than shifting in.
It is kind of established on a narrow coastal plain and so there's even the option of finding something in villages of the Adelaide Hills not too far away from the city/suburbs and many people do commute.
Have a look at www.domain.com.au

Queensland, Dave, is another kettle of fish and especially with the floods affecting many locations and so I'll not generalise but do ask about where in Queensland you may be heading when you're ready.





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Thanks for all the good info Wanderer,

I will be heading to the Mackay area. At least that is where I hope to end up.

Cheers!

Dave


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Guys and girls

What you need to think of is:
- how you move your current belongings from US to Australia
- where you are going to live
- how much money you need to bring with you in case if something went wrong
- how to move your money from US to Australia

Ask your employer if they help you with some accommodation at the beginning. If not - head straight to Real Estate, Property, Land and Homes for Sale, lease and rent - realestate.com.au or www.domain.com.au and check for unfurnished units/houses.

As for money - open an account with any major Australian bank and then just transfer it from US (using internet banking for example). You might wanna leave some money in US dollars as AUD is quite expensive these days and wait for a better moment to exchange.

One thing you should know - employers in Australia rarely offer company cars. One of your first purchases here will be a car. Have a good look through Used Cars - New Cars - Search New & Used Cars For Sale - carsales.com.au about how much you would spend. Please note that cars in Australia are likely to appear more expensive than in US/Europe.


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Thanks for all the good info Wanderer,

I will be heading to the Mackay area. At least that is where I hope to end up.

Cheers!

Dave
Mackay is not so bad either Dave and you'll have a pretty good climate most of the year, near a summer in winter and months either side, the worst issue being that it'll be warm and humid for about four months of the year in summer with possibility of storms, maybe a cyclone now and then and some flooding but more local stuff as not a sizable river there.
It is kind of the gateway to north Queensland and northern tropics and one of Australias best aquatic playgrounds the Whitsunday Islands not far up the coast.
I think it is being used more and more as a base for fly in/fly out mining operations of northern Queensland coal fields and Hay Point Coal Loader is up that way, or maybe closer to Bowen, next town past Whitsundays.

But if you want warmer weather and can acclimatise to a few months of humidity, a great place to head for.





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Old 01-19-2011, 06:00 PM
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Thanks Dexter,

I am waiting on the official job offer in writing to see what they will help with. Thanks for the info, I will add it to my checklist.

Dave


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Mackay is not so bad either Dave and you'll have a pretty good climate most of the year, near a summer in winter and months either side, the worst issue being that it'll be warm and humid for about four months of the year in summer with possibility of storms, maybe a cyclone now and then and some flooding but more local stuff as not a sizable river there.
It is kind of the gateway to north Queensland and northern tropics and one of Australias best aquatic playgrounds the Whitsunday Islands not far up the coast.
I think it is being used more and more as a base for fly in/fly out mining operations of northern Queensland coal fields and Hay Point Coal Loader is up that way, or maybe closer to Bowen, next town past Whitsundays.

But if you want warmer weather and can acclimatise to a few months of humidity, a great place to head for.
Thank You Wanderer,

Although I am moving from cold and snowy Minnesota USA, I lived in the Philippines for 3 years and aslo in Hawaii for 3 years (Navy). So I am looking forward to a little humidity.

Dave


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