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  1. 3 points
    G'day All, Seeing as though I have relied quite a lot on this Forum for information and moral support in the time leading up to our departure from SA, I though it might be good to take stock and give some account of our experience since arriving in Brisbane, Australia on 5 January 2019. But first, a short history of how we got here... My wife and I got married in 2010 and ever the years whenever big negative events happened in SA (Nkandla, Axing of Finance Ministers, Ratings Downgrades, Load Shedding, SOE Bailouts, Land re-appropriation policy changes, visits to home affairs etc.) would be inclined to think about emigration and we probably seriously explored the idea about 3 times between 2010 and 2016. Then life events happened (Father was diagnosed with Cancer and the premature birth of our first child) which would then stifle our plans and force us to focus more on the situation at hand. That and the estimated amount needed for a PR visa and related costs of R100 000 and R 100 000 to ship a container was a bit of an issue. That all changed drastically and quickly in September 2018 when my wife was approached by an HR person for a local Australian Engineering company and after we debated it, we decided we have nothing to lose by my wife going through the interview process. A few weeks later, my wife received decent job offer with the company offering to sponsor our Visas, relocation costs, flights etc. and we grabbed the opportunity. After jumping through a lot of hoops, selling our property and cars, cashing in all of our pensions and investments, we got on a plane and landed in our new home, Brisbane, on 5 January 2019 with 2 backpacks, 3 suitcases and cautious optimism... Our first hand account of Life in Brisbane... It seems that most immigrants aim to start their new lives in Sydney and Melbourne with Perth and Brisbane probably being viewed as the second or third choice for some. I must say that the fact that living costs and property prices in Brisbane are much lower than Sydney and Melbourne as well as the fact that there are a lot less people living here which means that roads are less congested is a BIG PLUS in my opinion. The City is also quite small with the CBD probably spanning around 2km so you could walk from one side to the other in about 15-20 minutes but it is by all account a world class city with a lot going for it. We arrived at the Brisbane airport at around 11:30 pm due to a 2 hour flight delay in Sydney due to heavy thunder and missed our booked transfer (Connexion) by around 2 hours. The airport was quiet at that time and we thought we would probably need to get an Uber to transfer us to our temporary accommodation. Luckily the Connexion counter was still open and I asked the person at the counter if there is any chance they could still transport us to our apartment. He said hang on, quickly ran to the minibus driver and came back saying we can hop aboard, the driver will drop us off (All of this without even checking the system if we actually had a booking). So off we went and 30 minutes later, we we are checked into our temporary apartment which would be our home for the first month. Around 01:00 we realised that we needed to urgently get milk for our toddler so we quickly took the lift down and walked to the nearest Seven Eleven which was probably 200 meters from the hotel. We felt absolutely safe and confident to walk alone in the CBD and it is as if we just left the fear at the airport in SA. On the way back we saw two police officers on horses patrolling the streets which also gave a nice warm feeling. We were able to open a bank account from South Africa (over the internet) with one of the big 4 banks and between November and December as we liquidated our assets in SA transferred our life savings and Net Asset value into the account. On the Sunday after our arrival the previous night, we decided to explore the City a bit and to find out where the closest shops were and we ended up at the Queen street mall (not a mall like in SA) where coincidentally there was a branch of the bank we had opened an account with and it was open at 3pm on a Sunday. We had to visit the branch in person to activate the account because before activation, you can only deposit but not transact. It was very painless and quick and we left about 20 minutes later with an active bank account and bank cards for both me and my wife. The next admin issue that was high on our list was to get driver's licenses (Technically this wasn't urgent as I think our SA ones are valid for about 3 months after arrival) but I have a bit of OCD and want my affairs in order so on Monday, we went to the closed department of Transport and Main Roads (there were 3 to choose from all within walking distance). We received a ticket at the entrance and were helped within 10 minutes as well as issued with temporary licenses with a note saying that our Licence cards would be delivered after 21 days to our apartment. I must say when one is used to the type of service from government departments in SA, this is a breath of fresh air and it was my best experience ever dealing with a government department. As promised on day 21, low and behold, our actual drivers cards was delivered to our residence (another breath of fresh air when you are used to SA standards). Our next new experience was going to buy groceries (our first experience was at a Coles but Woolworths is very similar). When you come from SA, you tend to convert everything back to Rands for a while and when you do that, most things are SUPER EXPENSIVE. Other things are similarly priced or even cheaper than SA. For example, we buy 1 kg of Cheese for around $6, Milk for $1 per litre and sliced bread (like Albany) for $1.25 which is close to SA and even cheaper for some items at R10 to the $. Tomatoes vary between $4-$9 per kg but it is dependent on supply and there is a severe drought in Australia at the moment. When we got to the pay points, there was no cashier and we quickly realised that it is self service. They have terminals and clever scales where you scan each item and place it in the packing area and once all the items are scanned, you click pay and tap your card and you are done. Don't remove items from the packing area prematurely though as the scale flags this and you need an attendant to come and unlock the terminal. This happened a lot during our first go and we probably spent 20 minutes the counter to finish our first grocery shopping. Labour here is expensive, I think the minimum hourly wage is $25 so most places require self service. As a guideline I would say one needs to double your Rand Spending to have the same meaning if you spent R 5000 per month in SA for groceries, you could easily end up spending $1 000 per month. Next we needed to experience and figure our how the public transport system works so with a bit of research we figured our you could buy a Translink card (Similar to a Gautrain Card) at any Seven Eleven so we did that and set off for our first experience using the city public transport. We ended up going to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and paid around $70 for me and my wife (Luckily the baby was free) to enter and spent about 2 hours there. It was a lovely experience but it felt expensive as I was still converting the price to Rand and going to the Zoo in SA doesn't cost a couple R700 for entry. The public transport in Brisbane is Amaze-balls and you have a choice of using Trains, Buses or Ferry's all with tapping your Translink card on and off. The people in the buses are also generally very well mannered and they get off their seats in the wheelchair areas to make space if they see you have a baby in a pram (Stroller). You also have other options to get around in the city with Bicycles that you check out an and in to designated areas and Lime electric scooters that you unlock and lock with a smartphone app. The city is lively and buzzing with activity and there are shops, convenience shops, coffee shops & restaurants all over. Technically one does not need a car as the public transport is efficient, safe, clean an reliable but we decided to buy a car for leisure and weekends because it is just a lot more convenient if you are travelling with a baby and have lots of peripherals to take along. Also the public transport is not the best choice after doing your weekly shopping as you will have to physically carry all the bags. If you plan on exploring a bit over weekends and want to go around 50km out of the City, having a car is much more convenient and that is why we decided to buy one. We bought a brand new Hyundai Tucson 2.0 TDCi Elite AT for $41 000 which is much cheaper than what you would pay for in SA, when I checked the equivalent in SA would cost about R 580 000. So cars here are a lot cheaper. Fast food and any restaurant food is quite expensive (when you convert it to Rand). As an example, a meal a McDonalds of Burger King that would cost R 60-70 would easily cost around $15. My wife and I do take-aways one night a week and pay about $ 30 for the two of us. Eating in restaurants are a lot more expensive though and you could end up paying $30-40 for a main, around $8 per beer and if you include starters and dessert you could easily have a bill of $120-$150 for two in a nice (not fancy) restaurant. Daycare is amazing here, the staff are very well trained and the facilities is just a big notch higher than what is available in SA. Our child went to Opti-Baby in Highveld and it was a good quality school with good facilities and good staff. But here it is just on a completely different level and we have definitely noticed a marked improvement on our son's development since he started going to daycare here. All of this unfortunately does come at a HUGE cost and Daycare is our single biggest expense, more than our weekly rent and much more than our weekly grocery and living costs. We spend a whopping $147 per day on Daycare which means in a year we would need to foot a bill of $38 000 or close to R 400 000. Now if you convert everything to Rand (like I still do) this is just an inordinate amount to be spending on daycare. In SA we would spend 10% of the per year. Things do get better though, when we get Permanent Residence we would be entitled for a government rebate of $ 10 000 per year for daycare so that helps. Private health insurance (Medical Aid) is a pre-requisite of our VISA and we got the equivalent of Discovery's Executive plan (and they even pay for In-Vitro) for around $600 per month for the entire family. Once again if we get Permanent Residence, we would qualify for the national healthcare (Medicare) and would only need to supplement it a little bit with private health insurance. Housing here is SUPER EXPENSIVE and a very average house which would not be anything near to a descent house in South Africa could easily cost $ 700 000 with houses of $ 1200 000 being nothing to write home about. We had a very entry level house in Midstream, South Africa that we sold for R 3 million. For $ 300 000 you will be getting a dump, fix me upper with a lot of work. Gardens here are also very basic and not as nice as in SA because one simply could not afford garden services or an Amos to work in your garden one day a week. The same goes for house cleaning, a cleaner would cost around $30 per hour so it is just affordable to have someone spend a day a week to clean your house and do the washing. That being said, we were spoilt in SA with a cleaning lady that came two days a week and garden services that came once a week all for around R 2 500 per month. Here you do almost everything yourself and although it is something to get used to, it is fine and very possible, everyone does it. We won't be buying a house anytime soon so in the meantime we are living in an apartment in the City that is easy to keep clean and in proximity to most attractions. If you are a professional, you can expect a very decent salary and even if you are not, you can make a good living in Australia doing low skill jobs. If you are married and both of you are working, you can have a very good quality life and would even be able to save and go on plenty of holidays. My wife was obviously sorted with a job when we landed as that is how we got here. I have however also been very fortunate to find a good jobs that pays well within two weeks of landing here so I really can't complain. Now that we are earning in Dollars, we tend to convert things less into Rand and everything doesn't seem that expensive anymore, it is the new standard. I also feel that everyone her has an equal opportunity to land a jobs and there is absolutely no prejudice or preference given to certain race groups when applying for positions. If you have the required skill set and experience that matches a job requirement, you do stand a good chance of landing the job. Also the red tape is cut down to a minimal when starting a new business and work gets awarded fairly not based on any BEE credentials or Nepotism. Everyone has a fair chance to succeed. Also unemployment is like 4 % which really help and I believe is the one thing that SA's government would need to fix before there is any chance of a turn-around in SA. The one caveat of being here is missing the family and at times one does feel very lonely but if you come over as a family, you can give each other comfort knowing that you are in a stable country with a stable economy where your children will have a bright bright future and criminals are actually caught and prosecuted. There is not that constant fear that your life is in danger whenever you leave your house/office and you don't wake up at night when you hear noises expecting the worst. We try and set up regular Skype/Whatsapp calls with our people at home and although it is not the same, this is becoming the new normal for us. I don't regret our decision one bit, we do miss our family and friends but I honestly believe this is the best decision we could have made for us. It is a very personal decision that everyone that is considering to uproot their life in SA should think about, it is not easy, you will go through stages of depression and loneliness but time heals everything. It is possibly the biggest decision you will make in your lifetime so take the time to really consider the pros and cons of staying in SA or leaving and starting a new life. Be very clear about your reasons for leaving if you do decide on that. But when you commit to a decision, commit fully and just do it without regrets and without looking back. Close the old chapter behind you and be open to embrace the new experience that lies ahead. I am grateful for this excellent platform (SAAustralia) as there is a wealth of information and people genuinely make an effort to assist and answer questions would be emigrants might have. If anyone is in the same position where we were 5 months ago and need some guidance or advice, please feel free to reach out to me, I will gladly assist. Thanks everyone, and take care. ZPrinsloo
  2. 3 points
    Hi everybody. There seems to be a lot of confusion going on regarding the AOS process. Some people have applied and then much later found out that incorrect forms had been submitted. This is just one case that I know of. Centrelink could see the AOS docs on their system but they were not aware of the fact that those were the incorrect documents. I am only stating this to explain all things that can hold up a person's process. So, if you feel that the process is not moving along as anticipated, I would suggest a special visit to Centrelink to double check on documents etc. Ask them to check whether the docs are correct. I know it is a hassle but it can and it does happen. I hope that this helps a little.
  3. 2 points
    Our 11 year old just took it in her stride. We got her a math & science dictionary for her age group that explained the English terminology in a very simple, easy to understand way with colourful mages to make it easier. She made friends right away and was made to feel very welcome at school. Initially we had to be fairly involved in her homework, being Afrikaans, but it was really a non-event. Our 18 year old completed school in South Africa but because he did not go to uni here right away, he really struggled as he was not in a group or social situation that would have help him meet young people his age. Make sure your kids get involved in things where they will meet many other kids their age in more than one setting - not only at school, but also with other activities such as sports, guides, drama classes etc. - whatever it takes. The sooner they socialize, the quicker they'll adjust. Long story short: they'll be fine! 🙂
  4. 1 point
    As far as I know, it is only the experience gained once you have qualified.
  5. 1 point
    RYLC and LM17 are correct! When I applied for my 309/100, we had been married for 12 years (same surname), with an 11 year old son. We had joint bank accounts, the same physical and postal address, family memberships at a golf club and a gym, invitations to functions with both our names, statutory declarations from several contactable Australians (including a school principal and a doctor) to say that we were recognised as a couple and a family in the community. In short, I submitted a paper based application with a massive amount of evidence of a "genuine and continuing relationship", including photographs of us as a family. When the case officer was appointed, she requested more photos of us, but with friends and people who were not related to us! I would love to be able to get my brother into Australia by marriage to one of my many single girlfriends, but would definitely not want any of them to end up on "A Current Affair"😩
  6. 1 point
    Weekend boost for my fellow roomies.... I've had my mum's application progress to 2nd VAC today afternoon. I created an Immi account within the next 15 minutes and paid via credit card. I wish they gave BPAY option as it would help avoid the $575 in fees. But after the excruciating wait I am in no mood to haggle 😅 See my detailed timeline below. For those who are wondering how I paid AoS before I got the acceptance letter please see my AoS saga as per my posts on 28 Nov and 3 Dec 2018. We all have unique circumstances and each one shared means learning for the rest of us. In my case, it so happened I had travel plans and couldn't wait for the AoS acceptance letter to arrive at it's usual 5 working day pace. The Centrelink officer who confirmed my AoS acceptance on phone considered my circumstances and offered to release it the same day. However I needed to visit a centrelink branch near to me and print it manually there and couldn't access through my Centreelink account yet. To avoid blank looks and delays from the branch I would visit, as this is not normally what they do, I anticipated the local branch would need instructions on how to access the letter to print it for me. I asked the kind lady on the phone to give me a Standard Operating Procedure of sorts (verbally and I jotted down the steps) that the local branch staff should take to find the letter. I also asked if she can provide her name or staff ID so they could check with her through internal communication channels if they were stuck for any reason. She obliged. The staff at the local centrelink branch were delighted at a written procedure they could follow and thanked me for my foresight, I gave it to them as my gift 😁 - well Necessity is indeed the mother of invention!! The local branch officer mentioned she had done this once in her career and it took half a day and her supervisor getting involved as they have multiple systems and are not trained for this. In my case it took 3 minutes 😎 I have reproduced my timeline as below since it doesn't show from my account details on mobile. I have lumped it by process rather than chronologically so you can see how each process went in my case: 143 Lodgement date: 25/06/2015 Acknowledgement Letter: 7/07/2015 Invitation for further documents: 3/04/2018 AoS application: 8/06/2018 AoS interview: 3/12/2018 AoS Acceptance Letter: 10/12/2018 (but manually extracted at Centrelink same day) AoS payment: 3/12/2018 CO's Formal Request for docs: 28/11/2018 2nd VAC Payment: 22/03/2019 VISA GRANTED: Still waiting INITIAL ENTRY DATE DEADLINE: 12/06/19
  7. 1 point
    Like mentioned above, there are pro's and con's to both. My wife and I sat doing the IELTS for a few months (were unaware at the time Pearson PTE was an option). This set us back almost 5 months as the exam dates are limited and the results take much longer than PTE to be released. The other issue we had with IELTS is that there is a very high probability your Speaking Test will be on a different day (we both had to take a half day leave to do the speaking in the middle of the week). I can't speak for anyone else, but both my wife and I were unable to score higher than 7.0 for the Writing with IELTS. Even had one of the test sent back for a re-mark. This after we Scored 9.0 for all other sections. PTE on the other hand you could probably book a sitting for early next week if you booked today, and as mentioned above results are released very shortly thereafter. If we had know this sooner we would have had everything done much sooner. Either way, we have since received our 189 Grant and are flying out 19 May this year. We did everything ourselves without making use of an Agent as our situation was pretty straight forward. Feel free to send a PM if you have any other questions.
  8. 1 point
    Hi there, Is there a specific reason you decided on IELTS and not the PTE? I have done the both test and must say there is definitely pros and cons to both but what I have found the biggest benefit for me with the PTE was was that the waiting time. There is almost a test daily and you get your results very quickly. They say 5 days but I got mine the next day. So maybe do some research on the 2 different test. Once you decide on one I can give you some practice material. regards Philip
  9. 1 point
    Don't mean to argumentative just for the sake of it, but the coalition is the Liberals and the Nationals, not the Greens. Also, I think the Liberals often pander to the right of the party and the far more right Nationals in the hope of holding power, hence many of their nonsensical policies and right leaning fear mongering. My feeling is the far more liberal (little l) Labour party may not be as hard on immigration, especially skilled immigration.
  10. 1 point
    Hi Alex I wrote my test on Friday last week. I suggest downloading the PTE Tutorials App. I downloaded the Apple version. Used this only as preparation and passed with superior English, despite running out of time. App was free and included lots of material in test format. The thread above was extremely useful in terms of what to expect and how to answer the questions correctly. My tip: once prepared and comfortable with test format, pay attention to the time. The test groups multiple questions into one time slot, so it’s very easy to run out of time. Don’t spend too long on each question and understand how much time you need to allocate to each question. This is probably evident on the packages you purchase - the App is only timed per question. It’s not timed collectively as a total test. Hope this helps and good luck!!
  11. 1 point
    I don't think they are overly concerned with Centrelink delays. They may have problems of their own. I am a June 2015 143 lodger who received invitation to commence preparation of documents in April 2018. I submitted AoS acceptance in Dec 2018 but have still not received the 2nd VAC request. So it's not AoS holding up my application I am sure.....It is almost unconscionable that applicants have no way to communicate freely with PVC and are also denied a meaningful general update on progress or not 😕
  12. 1 point
    Hi Alex I'm writing in 2 weeks time in Cape Town (my second time). The best material out there is the E2 PTE Academic YouTube channel. They have great methods and provide good guidance on each question type. I did not pay for membership with them, but looking at what they offer, I think they would be your best bet if you want to pay for services, as they will help you with methods, one-on-ones, reviews, mock tests, and they have a pronunciation app. I would recommend leaving yourself 2 weeks before the exam to cram in your studies. I did it last time in 1 week, but it was a bit hectic. Also, go write the test in the morning when your mind is fresh.
  13. 1 point
    @TeeTMI, can you help here?
  14. 1 point
    Hi. I'm in the South, and when you get here you will learn North vs South is a big deal, to most people. Basically, you need to decide what do you like, there will be nice suburbs in both but they are very different. Also, EVERYTHING in Canberra in 20min drives away so don't tress to much about where you are, find a good school and then a house you like in the catchment area. I don't have kids so can't comment on Schools but I know Theodore Primary has been in the news because of vilance in the school. Also, most of our friends have their kids in a Christian or Catholic school, there main reason for this is a better type of education, smaller classes and more personal attention. And most of them don't like how public schools in the act teach about gender ect, so just do your homework and see how they will teach your kid and what. One friend is a School Chaplin (in a public school, so legally she is not allowed to mention any form of religion) an she was shocked to learn that a kid can choose his or her gender and approach the school for assistance in "correcting it" without parents consent. South is "older" meaning you still individual houses and space between them. South is also a lot greener, South has fewer people so less traffic, Less people also means it is quieter and more bird and animal life, all things we wanted so we moved South. We looked at the North initially, it is cheaper, they do have A LOT better public transport and most of our "novelty shops" are there, my Dr is there ( I tried 6 or 7 before I found one I like), my hairdresser (same story) , boardgame shop, SA food shop, and a couple of other things are all Northside. The houses and neighbourhoods in the North are newer, and mostly built almost complex style, all the places look the same and have been copied and pasted from each other. The properties are very small (so gardening is easier) but we wanted space around our house, Noth side houses are very on top of each other. Typically if you look out your window you will see your neighbour's house RIGHT THERE. If I look out the window I see trees and hillside and some of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen in my life! Also, go in the house and get an idea of the size of the bedrooms, most of the Northside properties we went will advertise 3 bedrooms but then one is hardly big enough for a single bed. I remember one was a 3 bedroom with the master bedroom 2.2 x 2 m with walk-in robe and the other two rooms each measured 1.2m by just shy of 2m, with no robe they had a "spacious hallway cupboard"... I'm sorry that is nor a berdoom, that's what you get is you split a bedroom in half to try and up your property value. Good luck and enjoy the ACT.
  15. 1 point
    Firstly, we found that some of our white appliances had a yellowish color to them. Probably the combination of heat and humidity in the container. Fridges - If you end up in an old house it will probably fit but most new homes come with a space for a very specific double door fridge. We ended up buying a new one and putting the old one somewhere else as a drinks fridge. Washing machine - We brought ours, but found that it had a really bad smell. Its near impossible to get all the water out of it so I suspect that some water went all rotten in the internals. We tried all sorts of decalc and cleaning agents and eventually just bought a new one during a 20% off Good Guys sale. Dishwasher - Brought ours, pointless as 99% of homes incl. rentals will have a dishwasher. Microwave - Only item in our move that got completely smashed, I think something fell on it. Various small appliances - These are really cheap here (if you don't mind KMart brand), but bring them if you have them - just takes some time to replace all the plugs. Beds - It's been mentioned above, but the sizes are different here and you won't find bedding. As a temporary measure you can bring them but you will need to replace the entire bed once the mattress is worn out. Dining and lounge furniture - South African furniture is generally large, just be aware of this when deciding whether or not to pack large items. You might have to end up selling large items or storing them until you have a place big enough. It depends on the car really. If its paid off then it might be worth it. Most American and Asian cars are cheaper here than in RSA, but european cars are more expensive. Something to be aware of, check whether the car meets the Australian emissions regulations for cars built in that year. My mate imported his Audi Q7 TDi and only found out when it got here that it was built to a lower emissions standard than Australia requires - it took a lot of admin to get them to certify the car as road worthy. Manufacturers sell cars in each country to be compliant with that countries regulations at that point in time.
  16. 1 point
    In order to teach, you'll need to have your qualifications assessed in just the same way as your wife (despite her being the main applicant) so you'll need the academic version for this. You don't need to necessarily have your assessment done in time for the 189 application but you will need to have them done at some time to be able to teach here as it's part of each state's teachers application process. I think you'll find this post below helpful with the process. Your wife will do all the steps and you'll need to do only the steps necessary to become registered as a teacher in order to be able to work. On the whole, schools do not offer sport in the same way as RSA schools. They have PE during school hours but no afternoon sport as such. Sport is club based after hours and on weekends so training sessions are run in the evenings and are not connected to school. Also rugby (RSA style) is not as big here. Not that it is impossible to find a club to join but I just want to give you the heads up that "rugby in schools" is not a thing here.
  17. 1 point
    No you don’t have anything to worry about. As I understand it you need to be tax resident in SA to pay this new tax. From your post you havent been in SA since 2012, so no worries for you!
  18. 1 point
    I don't see why not - just lable it on the shipping inventory as a lamp. They are concerned with invasive species and pests (like insects). A salt lamp is an inert substance so I doubt it's an issue.
  19. 1 point
    Hi there! Welcome to Australia! You seem like a positive, level-headed "get-it-done" kind of person so you'll do well in Australia! It's very hard to find happiness here when you arrive emotional, doubting your decision and looking for things about Australia to criticise or compare with South Africa. There are so many "back in South Africa"ns who simply can't settle down and who can't/won't embrace their new Aussie home. Thanks for sharing your experience and tips. We arrived here in 2004 and I feel that my advise is not really relevant anymore as I haven't had to open my first bank account, convert my licence, etc. so it's good when new arrivals share their advise as it will definitely be more helpful than anything I could add from way back when... Back in 2004 you still had to redo your driver's licence - drivning test and all! Scary! Australia is a very diverse country with so many cultures and colours! We love it! You can literally walk down one street and find cuisines from China, Thailand, Italy, Spain... all in a row! Not to mention the amazing stories everyone has. We tend to forget that they are immigrants too (or 1st generation) and they left their home countries to get away from something too and to find a better future in Australia just like us. Yep, those shopping trolleys STILL frustrate me after all these years! Haven't figured them out yet... Ha-Ha! I love that birds are free to fly and not locked in tiny cages just so that humans can look at them... Enjoy your early days of discovery and amazement. Keep in the back of your head that reality will eventually kick in and you'll become part of the daily slog to work, pay the bills and queue for buses that drive past the stop cause they're full. (First world problems...😎) so be ready for it (mentally). Best advise I can offer is to go out there and be social - don't just go to work & go home. Don't create an environmnet to feel alone, isolated and that you don't belong, cause that's when doubt kicks in. Join parent groups, volunteer etc and meet Aussies from all backgorunds - not just other South Africans. Enjoy Australia and keep sharing your experiences!
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