Need to know facts about emigrating to Australia in 2018
Ok so you didn’t make it this year but 2018 is coming fast and there’s still time to make the dream of emigrating to Australia come true. So on reflection, why didn’t you manage to make the move? What was holding you back? Well for many there were the changes to the 457 sponsorship program which has meant that many migrants won’t be able to easily secure permanent residency and then there’s been the weak GBP which has worried a few people about financial benefits. Despite this, thousands of people still managed to emigrate to Australia in 2017 and this is no longer a worry to them as they’re prepping for a BBQ by the beach and a few cold ones while you’re scraping the ice off the window in the dark before driving for hours with the kids screaming in the back seat for 3 hours to see the in laws. Sorry, sounds a bit grim when you put it like that.
Ok so it’s not that bad but the fact is, you can do it. If you’re properly prepared you can make it work. If you’re in touch with the relevant businesses, employers and migration agents you can make it work.
Here’s part 1 of our top tips on how to emigrate to Australia in 2018.
Tip #1: Don’t procrastinate, start by making a list of the key things you need to know. To get you started we’ve listed a few essentials for you that you can copy and paste.
|Can you get a job?|
|Do you qualify for a visa?|
|Which city do you want to live in?|
|Can you get child care?|
|What would your salary be?|
|How much will rent be?|
|How much would it be to buy a house?|
|Can you get a mortgage?|
|Can you transfer pensions?|
|Which bank should you use?|
|Should you move your savings?|
|How much is a car ?|
|How efficient is public transport and what’s the cost?|
|How much would your monthly bills be?|
|How much would it cost to move?|
|When’s the best time of year to move?|
|Do you have commitments that mean you need to travel?|
Tip #2: And now ask yourself… What really matters now?
The key points are quite simple! Can you get a visa? And if you can, how long can you stay in Australia? Due to the recent changes to 457 Visa sponsorships the fact is that unless you qualify for a skilled migrant visa, partner visa, family visa or if you’re happy to be on a temporary employer sponsored visa Australia may not be the best place for you. However the good news for you is New Zealand is still open for business and after you get your NZ residency, you’ll be eligible to move to Australia.
Tip #3: Can you get a job?
This one is kind of key isn’t it? Well the hard truth is that you may be lucky to be in one of the many high demand occupations or you may not. Depending on your personal skills set, occupation, work history and visa eligibility when you first move to Australia you may need to be flexible about the type of employment you choose. Some states such as South Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory are screaming for skilled migrants whereas states like Western Australia are experiencing a recession in the mining industry which has meant thousands of trade workers are out of work and having to move interstate. It’s worth making some calls and speaking with some recruitment agencies or employers in the early stages of planning as this could be a defining moment in the process. For those of you without dependents and are more flexible, you may be happy to work in a regional location but for some city folk, it just might not be the right time.
Tip #4: Which city do you want to live in?
Australia is huge and the funny thing is that only 2% of the total land mass is populated and nearly all of Australia’s cities are within a short drive to the coast. However, every city is different and some actually do have seasons where it gets cold, snows and rains. If you were led to believe that it’s sunny all year round you’ve possibly been watching too much Neighbours or Home & Away. Australia’s climates do vary so keep this in mind when planning where you really want to settle. Check out this handy weather guide from Tourism Australia here.
Can you get child care? For those of you planning on migrating with families this will be the key question. Unfortunately, like most global cities, child care in Australia’s major cities like Sydney and Melbourne do have waiting lists. The good news is that Government is running a pilot scheme offering subsidies for nannies which will run until the 30th June 2018. Find out more about the Nanny pilot program on education.gov.au
What would your salary be? Thanks to the wonderful digital world we live in this is a fairly straight forward question but really until you speak with some employers you will be making an estimated guest. Websites like seek.com or indeed.com or major recruiters such as Hays Recruitment provide salary guides. These guides will give you a rough estimate as to what your pay bracket may be. Depending on your personal skill set, location and contract, the final numbers could vary. One thing to keep in mind is that different states do have different rules, so for example in NSW you may need to pay for children’s schools whereas in Queensland this may not be the case. Then there’s the potential for a relocation package to consider…. Take a look at payscale.com or Google your occupation and Australia salary guide
Do you buy a house? Do you rent? Can you get a mortgage? This one will be a difficult one and we urge you not to freak out and head for the hills when you see the cost of rentals in Australia’s major cities like Sydney. Australian suburbs are much like the UK’s where it’s very normal to commute for over an hour to get into work. The only difference is there transport systems aren’t quite on the same scale as cities like London but then you could be getting a ferry into work with a view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House while you literally cruise into work. For more information on mortgages, rentals and house prices we recommend you visit domain.com.au or realestate.com.au.
Check back next week for more helpful tips on Emigrating to Australia in 2018.
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