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We are strongly considering the big move from NZ to Oz. I lean towards QLD and hubby towards Perth / Northern Territories.

We are good honest kiwis, living in our small bungalow with our 3 children 12, 9 and 2 years. We have always struggled financially and really keen for a financial break, as well as a bit of a change of lifestyle. We are seriously considering the move over later in this year.

I work for a private training establishment, used to teach but was promoted to a managing role about 5 years ago and have been doing so since. Hubby is a wood sculpture artist and regular employment is in the labouring / building / kitchen business and a history in farming. He is a very competent builder but has never completed his building apprenticeship (this has become a priority to complete in a hurry with the shift in mind as it is only paperwork left to complete)
We both earn around NZ$20 an hour here and feel we could earn a lot more on our skill level.

Our thoughts are to rent out our property to cover most of the mortgage costs and move over for a min of 2 years with the family to a) make more money and b) hopefully live a nicer lifestyle.
Other than that we really don't know where to start for
getting a job
getting a rental
Ship our basic belongings or just kinda start a fresh (maybe rent a furnished property???)
We currently receive financial support with our child care expenses from the government, being kiwis will we be entitled to any similar assistance in Oz?
Good childcare - preschool, primary school and high school?
Good area to live with amenities yet fairly private.
There are so many questions really but the main ones are employment, housing and good places for the kids

Any advice that you might be able to share would be very very helpful for us.
 

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Hi there! As most kiwis you are very welcome here and in Australia. In regard to your move. I would not consider moving between end of September and end of Jan. It is much harder to find a job during that period, in fact it is probably six times harder. A lot of training/ teaching institutions start shutting down for holidays, students leave to go home. Businesses slow down for holiday season.
Everybody rushes to QLd, while I would prefer northern NSW. Same beaches, beautiful weather, cheaper and lots of jobs.
 

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Boboa, Thanks for your reply and to be honest, we hadn't really considered NSW highly, for no real reason, I guess I just considered Sydney to be a bit busy and also I think we thought it might be useful to be near mining areas for hubby as a 'maybe" job option, but you have got me looking into NSW right now as a viable option for sure. Have done a quick "Seek" search at employment opportunies in NSW and there are heaps. One thing that keeps coming up is that people in the building industry must have a white card. I am looking into to this to see if we can complete this in NZ prior to the move so can go straight into work. Hubby does hold a Site Safe certification which I believe is the equivalent in NZ.
Boboa, do you have any suggestions for an area that is close to beaches, affordable and job plentiful? Maybe an area that is in massive growth and screaming out for builders and administrators???? Also, family friendly?
One more thing, we were looking at moving between October and December to fit in with our current commitments and kids schooling, you have made me think about this a lot more seriously as what you say sounds very real and has put a bit of a spanner in the works...so much to consider.
Thanks again.
 

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Mining does pay premium rates and on average around $85K-120K plus perks. However the downside it's fly in fly out. So you'll see each other every 4-6 weeks for 2-3 weeks and the cycle starts again. Renting in mining towns is not a good option, rents there are insane! Can go up to $500 per week for a studio, companies provide accommodation for employees only, not their families.
In my opinion working in non mining sector has benefits outweighing mining option, thou pays less. But each to their own.
Queensland is quite a reasonable choice with building industry especially with after floods reconstruction taking place now and $9 billion federal injection. However make sure to research, a lot of kiwis move to "paradise" spots which are mainly touristy and don't have that much of work. Brisbane and Gold Coast are probably the best option, but both of them don't come with a fraction of jobs NSW has to offer.
On the other hand, while Sydney surrounds offer by far the most jobs, the city is becoming very expensive.
Perth is a nice option, but comes with downside of the mining jobs plus it is competing with Sydney in how expensive it is. While not offering the parks, beaches and nightlife of the eastern capital. Also in Perth you'll have to compete with hoards of temporary workers prepared to work for a penny. And all the Poms :)
Perth doesn't have the kiwi community you'll find in QLD and NSW. Plus it makes it expensive to visit NZ due to distance. Both QLD and NSW are only 3 hours away.
I'll stay away from South Australia and VIC as the se states are experiencing massive emigration to WA,QLD and NSW due to shutdown of manufacturing... It will take a while before the mining projects are back on track in SA, while VIC will have to wait until AUD dropped before it becomes profitable again.
All in all your initial options are good, but make sure to evaluate your options. I've seen too many kiwis moving to QLD and failing, simply because they don't realize this is mainly a tourist state, and while it has more jobs than NZ, it fails to come even close to WA and NSW in amount of vacancies these generate.
 

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Ohhh, I so not want failure to be an option. There is alot at risk, we do both have jobs currently, we simply want more. I agree with you on the Perth front so now I just have to convince hubby that it's QLD or NSW and get him over there before it's too late, we really can't look at earlier than Sept for him and late Nov for rest of us so I am now left considering what our options for employment and housing will be at that time of year. It is very exciting but very nerving. It would be great if there was people we could go and stay with to get set up and assist in the job front but we don't really have anyone in that position that could assist so I am definitely pulling all the research tools I can. Thanks for your words of wisdom :)
 

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No problem. With some research and patience Im sure you'll do great in this amazing country. Just like thousands done before. you have an advantage of Australian employers knowing and respecting kiwis as hard working lot.
And as French say "those who never risk can't afford Champaign". Risk comes with rewards.

Once you decide where you ate heading get in touch with the kiwis here or online. To see if anyone can help further.
Good luck!
 
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