Moving to Australia for a New Life Down Under

Could this be your New Year’s resolution for 2019?

Move to Australia

In January 2006 my wife and I decided that we wanted to move to Australia, so that was our New Year’s resolution back then. By 14 November 2007 we had landed in Brisbane with our daughter, who was just three and a half years old at the time, on a one-way ticket.

We are now Australian citizens.

10 years ago to this very day I launched this website with a blog post called Our First Full Year Living In Australia. It contained a 3 1/2 minute video of the highlights from the previous full year, 2008.

Since then I have added over 1400 pages to this website, many of them on the Blog, about life in Australia. I’ve also uploaded a fresh new video showing the highlights of every full year we have lived here since. You can see all of these videos on my page Our First 10 Years Living in Australia: The Videos.

If you want to know what it’s like to live in Australia, you might want to check them out.

And if moving to Australia is your New Year’s resolution this year, I have plenty of other pages that can help you on your journey.

Firstly, my series How to Move to Australia will show you how the process worked for me and my family. My Australian Cities and Australian States pages will help you decide where you want to live. Be sure to check out the comments on these pages, they often contain some great information by locals about what some of these places are really like.

My pages about Visas will help you look into the possibility of you moving to and working in Australia and all of my Migration Advice pages will help you further look into all sorts of stuff related to moving to Australia.

These pages and their sub pages can also be accessed from the main navigation menu to this website.

Finally, three years ago I wrote a similar post to this one which also included a cheap home-made image like the one at the top of this page. I called that post Moving to Australia: A New Year’s Resolution and its worth a read as I try and answer three questions:

1) Is it achievable for you?
2) Will you get a job here in Australia?
3) Will you survive without your friends and family?

If moving to Australia is something you are keen to do, I hope you will find these pages helpful.

Maybe we will see you in Australia sometime soon.

Happy New Year to you.

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  • vb January 2, 2019, 3:23 am |

    I’ll tell you one country: Italy.

  • Florian January 1, 2019, 4:54 pm |

    Hi Bob,
    My name is Florian F., and I moved from Europe to Australia 3 years ago, through marrying my wife, she is an Australian citizen, born in Australia. I have lived for my first year and a half in Brisbane, in that incredible humidity, being almost sure that I will not survive my second summer there… 🙂 Thank God, after a while, in August of 2017 we moved to Orange NSW, where we currently live, and here the humidity is much lower, the climate being much more bearable for me… as I am not used at all with the killing humidity from Australia and all South Eastern Asia… After these almost 3 years of living here I can say that Australia is very far from all the western civilized countries of Western Europe and especially of North of Europe, such as Norway, Denmark or Sweden… Australia is many years or perhaps decades, I would say, behind those countries. We are now expecting a baby in 5 or 6 weeks’ time, and I just found out few weeks ago that we will only receive 4 months!!! of payment and she can stay at home with the baby only for 4 and a half months!!! after the baby is born… Tell me one single country in Europe, even the poorer Eastern Europe, where they would not pay the new mother 80% of her last salary plus she would stay at home at least one year to raise her baby. The majority of European countries will surely offer two years of stay home plus 75% of your last salary… This is Australia, a country where the Politicians get richer and richer, filthy rich, and common people will end up working till 75 years of age to get a pension of misery… I would like to chat more with you, if that wouldn’t mind you, and exchange thoughts and ideas about life in Australia….I am very aware that THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PERFECT COUNTRY… But, even so, over all, I am very disappointed with Australia and life in Australia, as you advertise it. I have been reading your posts for the last 2 and a half years, but now I just felt to get in touch with you… I hope you don’t mind me doing it… Perhaps I missed some essential points, in my assessment, therefore I am very open to exchange of ideas and thoughts with you, so I may enhance my view of life in Australia… 🙂

    Have a Happy New Year 2019!

    Kind regards, Florian F.

    • Leanne January 2, 2019, 5:18 am |

      Hi Florian F,
      Would just like to point out the maternity pay structure in the UK is as below. (taken from official government website)

      Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) is paid for up to 39 weeks. You get:

      90% of your average weekly earnings (before tax) for the first 6 weeks
      £145.18 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower) for the next 33 weeks’

      As you can see although you can take up to 52 weeks off for maternity, you only get paid for 39 of those weeks. After the initial 6 weeks the pay is terrible so maybe it is not that bad in Australia considering that the rate of pay is $718 per week for 18 weeks.

    • BobinOz January 7, 2019, 5:27 pm |

      Well this is a question I can’t possibly answer, I’d be some kind of walking encyclopaedia if I knew all of the maternity benefits of every country in Europe, but it does appear that Leanne thinks that the maternity leave currently on offer in the UK is not as good as what’s available in Australia. Above your comment, vb suggests Italy’s maternity schemes are also worse than Australia’s.

      I also know that the United States is not in Europe, but it is a major Western country, and the maternity leave arrangements there are just awful. 12 weeks apparently on partial pay and not everyone qualifies for that. More information available on the following website…

      Every country has its pros and cons, sounds like for you, Australia has more cons. For me, it has more pros. Everybody is different, all I give here on this website is my opinion of life in Australia. I live in Brisbane, and I don’t mind the humidity at all, I’ll take it all day ahead of grey, cold or rainy which describes the weather a lot of the time in the UK. As I say, everyone is different.

      Congratulations, by the way, becoming a father is life changing 🙂

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