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  1. Hi All, We will be looking to move across to Brisbane as a family, already obtained our 189 visas; however still need to apply for the 101 visa after our girl number 2 arrives in June and are looking to make the move across in late October this year. We are not sure about areas; whether being north of Brisbane is better than being south. Mum will be at home with the girls initially until the new duckling is able to attend nursery. We both work in the ICT industry and would ideally be looking for areas with good transport links into the CBD. We will be renting for the beginning, but
  2. MaraJade

    'Only' children in Oz

    Hi everyone, I am just interested to find out, from your experience, is it common in oz for parents to opt for only having one child? Due to the high cost of living and childcare this is I'm sure something a lot of parents ponder. I currently have one son of one and a half years and currently don't have any near term plans(or ever) of having another. Our family is hoping on making the move to Oz in the near future but I am concerned that even if we did decide to have another child, having more than one child would not be affordable. I realize it is a deeply personal choice for each
  3. We probably should have thought of this before, but.... I am trying to work out, what happens to my children if the worst should happen to both my husband and myself and there are no permanent family members in Australia? Is there some sort of visa that a Granny may then apply for if such a thing should happen? I would hate to uproot them again if such a thing should happen and send them back to South Africa? @Mara, I feel as though you may have a wise answer to this already. I hope Im right, haha.
  4. Hi Everyone, Quick question... When we lived on the Gold Coast many years ago and it was just hubby and myself. We now have a job offer in Melbourne and looking to move back to Australia... this time with 2 kids. I have no idea about schooling/creche. Can you please give me some background on how things will work for us... Son is 6 turning 7 next year May so I assume he will go into grade 1 equivalent (how much is school for him?) Daughter is 3 turning 4 next year - she is currently in school everyday until 2pm. Is this called Kindie and is this where s
  5. Hi All, We are ready to apply for citizenship but the dreaded decision is holding us back. "Do we apply for retention of ZA citizenship?" I have read many posts here and understand that it is a personal choice based on our own circumstances That accepted, I am needing to know the following in this scenario: We (Adults) don't apply for retentionKids (both) under 18 will by default retain their citizenshipWe (entire family) travel to South Africa on holidayWe (Adults) use Aussie passportsWhat passports do kids enter South Africa on?In this article (2013), a Swiss-Aussie living here for 40 years
  6. Hey everyone, I just need some advice on a little situation. I have daughter's, one 18 and other 19. The one is already at university (year one) while the other is busy with her matric year. We decided to wait for her to complete her matric before we fly. Just some advice on what we should do about the university situation. Would it be better for them to enrole as international students while we are still here in South Africa or should we wait until we get to Australia to enrole? Would really Appreciate the help Thanks
  7. Hi everyone, my apologies if this post is a bit rambly....... but we need some advice. As short background, our son was 11 years when he was held with a knife to his throat about a block from our house our daughter was then 3. The shock and terror catapulted us into a decision to move to OZ. We have been thinking about it for years, but always second guessed leaving South Africa. We then started investigating the possibilities, and after about 2 years we accepted that we will not qualify for PR, and very reluctantly let go of our plans. Last year Feb, I was made a job offer out of the blue wi
  8. Hi all, I can't remember who (sorry!! - I've been reading a LOT), but someone mentioned that their son was excluded from PR due to being autistic. Does anyone know if there is a fact sheet or some other source that I can check for all the conditions that would count against us in gaining PR? My son was diagnosed with SPD last year and has just started OT... I'm worried now that this may now be used against us when the time comes to apply for PR. And yes... this is thinking way, way, way, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay, down the road... but I can't help that, it's who I am. Many t
  9. Hi guys, when did you apply for schooling? Before leaving (online, etc) or after arrival? It seems such a rush to suss out schools and get applications in if one is arriving early Dec and school starts mid Jan... Also with catchment areas, what if you don't have a permanent place to rent yet? How did you all go about this? Thanks
  10. Hi. I was born in South Africa but came to Australia almost six years ago. Currently I am doing an HSC Society and Culture Personal Interest Project on whether or not immigration to Australia is better for an Afrikaner child than living in post-apartheid South Africa. As such a child, who immigrated to Australia, I often wonder where if perhaps I would have been better off remaining in South Africa. I would love to know what you think, if you have any particular insights and whether you think Australia or South Africa is a better place to bring up Afrikaner children. Other than commenting on
  11. AGenerationLost

    Research Participation Opportunity

    Hi For my HSC (equivalent to Matric) I am doing a major work in Society in Culture. As an Afrikaner immigrant to Australia, I find it fascinating to consider the opportunities I have in Australia - however, I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like had I stayed in South Africa. As such, the question for my major work is to find whether it is better for an Afrikaner child to immigrate to Australia or to remain in South Africa. Any assistance you can provide in the form of ideas (posted here or on my blog) or through taking one of my Questionnaires (from my blog) and returning it to
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