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We are finally in Australia. What now? 

It can be very difficult finding one's way and we do not want to disrupt our children's lives too much with endless questions.

Any questions or discussions for older immigrants.

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Tntaglia

I found the facebook groups for my area to be really helpful. I'm not sure where you live but there are FB groups for South Africans living in Sydney, South Africans living in the Hills district, and just generally the Aussiekaners etc. FB groups. Mostly comprising people who have gone through this. I am also active on just general parenting groups on FB in my area and have received loads of great advice and tips from there.

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14 hours ago, Tntaglia said:

I found the facebook groups for my area to be really helpful. I'm not sure where you live but there are FB groups for South Africans living in Sydney, South Africans living in the Hills district, and just generally the Aussiekaners etc. FB groups. Mostly comprising people who have gone through this. I am also active on just general parenting groups on FB in my area and have received loads of great advice and tips from there.

@Tntaglia I have found the same. Most groups are very friendly and keen to assist with anything. I have so far, found all casual jobs that I have done and am still doing through facebooks groups. It is really great.

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Maz

Thanks for doing this Elna although I am away from getting my visa grant being on the 173 my processing will be a lot quicker so will be popping in here and getting some tips for "D" day.  I have taken away so much from the other sites I feel so much more comfortable that I know what I am meant to be doing. I am flying this whole process solo! 

Once I am there even though I will be living with my family it will be nice to keep in touch and also find out what us "oldies" need to do i.e applying for driving licenses, getting medicare cards, applying for senior cards (that is still another year or two).

Be good to also get some tips for interviews at our age - our questions will be completely different like we probably will not be asked "where do you see yourself in 10 years time!" haha.

Hope you well settled.

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On 9/22/2018 at 12:17 AM, Maz said:

Thanks for doing this Elna although I am away from getting my visa grant being on the 173 my processing will be a lot quicker so will be popping in here and getting some tips for "D" day.  I have taken away so much from the other sites I feel so much more comfortable that I know what I am meant to be doing. I am flying this whole process solo! 

Once I am there even though I will be living with my family it will be nice to keep in touch and also find out what us "oldies" need to do i.e applying for driving licenses, getting medicare cards, applying for senior cards (that is still another year or two).

Be good to also get some tips for interviews at our age - our questions will be completely different like we probably will not be asked "where do you see yourself in 10 years time!" haha.

Hope you well settled.

Hahahaha. I think I know the answer to the question of where I see myself in 10 years time already. 😆

I have been keeping busy doing sewing and cleaning houses for other people. Also worked in a café and absolutely loved it. 

It is quite hectic here in Brisbane. Always things to do and see for free.

I would really love to do more networking but it is hard to balance work and social life.

Once one has all the licenses and medicare cards and bank accounts sorted as well as tax numbers etc., life throws some more to do's in one's inbox. Like SA tax returns and Aus tax returns. Well, we finally did both and are now looking for work again. 

Changing one's cover letter and resume for each particular job takes a lot of time but has to be done.

Apart from all that, life in Brisbane is good. The weather is good and most people are good and friendly.

I am hoping to see some of our room mates join this thread once the get to Aus and also hoping to meet some. 

Have a great afternoon folks!

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Elna57

@Maz Now this came as a complete shock to me! I have been getting so much love and support by joining a Group called ..........wait for it..........!! Backpackers!!!! 😄 They do not care how old one is, do not give a hoot about social status or anything. They just want to help and are such nice young people. Their enthusiasm is overwhelming at times but also such an inspiration.

 

 

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Elna57

@Bonny  Welcome. Are you here already or still waiting for your visa?

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On 11/21/2018 at 5:58 PM, Elna57 said:

@Bonny  Welcome. Are you here already or still waiting for your visa?

Hi Elna been here 12 years 😸

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