MG Family Posted July 19, 2010 Report Share Posted July 19, 2010 Even though we have read zillions of posts on this forum we have only registered recently and would like to start our story by thanking all the bloggers that shared their knowledge, emotions and experiences in such a frank and positive way.Our story starts in 2006 with the LSD trip to Sydney and Hobart to watch the cricket between SA and AUS and another two days in Melbourne to visit my wife's family. In 2008 we made our final decision and started the PR process, submitting paperwork in July 2008 and receiving PR in Sep 2009. We finished house renovations in November and put the house on the market, but by the time we left we couldn't get a buyer and had to settle for tenants.We spent our first week in Sydney to give the kids a WOW experience of AUS before a train trip to Melbourne on the 1 March 2010. Staying with family for the first month gave us enough time to get a rental house, to purchase a car and to enrol the kids at school. Our container arrived in May, we also joined a church with lots of Afrikaans families and our kids made friends immediately.My wife started work in June and I hope to find something soon.Lessons learned so far1. Even though we discussed our move with friends and family, some of them were still in denial a few weeks before departure! Be sensitive towards their own fears of staying behind.2. Make a list of the family and friends' birthdays, especially the kids and send them little gifts purchased from the tourist shops - it shows you still care about them. Skype/email/facebook often for the same reason!3. AUS is expensive to live in without local currency income - get that job asap.4. Do your homework with the schools, we moved the two teenagers to Doncaster SC this term where they are more at home with the school's culture, even though they travel a bit now.5. Public transport really works well.6. Centrelink provides family and rent assist based on income, also a job seeker assist.7. Every member of the family (parents and kids aged 16, 14 and 12) has the odd down day and will need support from the rest - give generously.We love exploring our new city and country, so far so good! GroeteMG Family Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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