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Please share you experince abou life in Australia.

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Posted by hciniluk (826) 28 Mar 2009#1
Well, I will be the first person to open a new thread on Australian forum. There are a few posts in general forum from people who hold Australian PR. Please share your experience. Especially those of you, who lived in the U.S. for a while.
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Posted by sadindian (427) 06 Oct 2010#2
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Life in Australia sucks.You will never like Australia once you have been to US.
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Posted by siddharth108 (9) 18 Jan 2011#3
to sadindian:

Australia life is different compared to USA.
In USA everything seems big, bigger roads, bigger parking lot, bigger houses
Australia is somewhere between India and USA.

What I was more dissappointed about Aus is the Television shows, they have no original shows or tv series, everything is a re run from USA or british shows.
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Posted by sadindian (427) 18 Jan 2011#4
to siddharth108:

Australia have equal land comparable to mainland USA. But Australia is very isolated and doesn't have much big cities.Due to limited number of cities there are less oppurtunities,less choices,less options and less exposure.
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Posted by GirlDownunder (5) 22 Mar 2011#5
to hciniluk:

I was born in the U.S. & lived there for 40 years. I emigrated to Australia in 2007.

You could not pay me to return to the US- in fact, I am planning to renounce my US citizenship once I take my AU citizenship.

What I have found is a truly beautiful country, kind people, a very easy feel to everything (I liken it to the laid-back feel of Key West in FL).

My children & I are enjoying a wonderful lifestyle here. Mind you, I am working a simple, hourly wage & still living well (show me any simple jobs in US that pay $25+ per hour?). My son is planning to go to uni next year. He received academic scholarships for yrs. 11 & 12. My daughter is in gifted-students classes (offered through her school). Both qualify for free dental through the school as well as swimming lessons. My daughter is excelling in her Japanese class. They both have wonderful friends from all over the world (vs. the all-white/nothing else where they were born). Children have free medical up to age 16- even then, it's still mostly covered. Fantastic, inexpensive public transport here, too.

There are amazing cities- no idea what you're on about? Actually 3 of AU's cities made it into the top 30 best to live in the entire world. Likewise, opportunities galore (AU is constantly seeking workers from all over the globe). Isolated? Well, compared to the US, we get 4 weeks annual leave plus 2 weeks sick leave (can take a decent holiday). Everyone I know here goes to Bali, Singapore, Phuket, one feels "isolated" that I've ever heard...I don't see the prejudice & bigotry here as I experienced in the states either.

I feel the US is basically one of the biggest brain-washing machines in the universe. Sorry- all of the supposed & purported "opportunities" & such that are talked about in the states are just that- talk. Good grief- just read the papers & watch the news- the US is sinking...

Thank God for AU!
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Posted by graphican (1) 23 Apr 2011#6
to GirlDownunder:

Good day Mam,

I am Salman, 32 with masters degree in multimedia and I am moving to Australia in around 6 months from now. I haven't got the visa yet but the process is almost concluding. I have few questions and few concerns and I would be honored I if I could learn something from you about those.

Few Qestions.

1 - What is the best city to land in Australia with financial matters in mind. I'm coming from Pakistan (a poor economy) so I won't be bringing much of a cash to survive months on. So what place/city is the most generous for the people like me.
2 - What kind of jobs are common which one may get easily.
3 - Since you have already been through that stage, how did you manage your accommodation and what way would you suggest me to follow.

and finally.. is it safe? Hehe... don't mind just kidding. But still I want to know is there any racecism? I've heard about Indians clash with Australians. I'm not Indian but I might be taken one because of similar features.. so what is your reading about people and their level of acceptance to immigrants.

I thank you for you valuable time and attention.

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Posted by GirlDownunder (5) 23 Apr 2011#7
to graphican:

Hi Salman,

Now, keep in mind that I am an immigrant here as you will be. I am also white & English-speaking, so my experience won't be the same as yours.

However, in my time here I do know a few things that might be helpful. As far as what I have observed, the Australian people, as a whole, aren't overly bigoted. What I see is that they only get riled up over immigrants who come here with no real skills & not speaking clear English. This is an affront- as in- you want to come to partake of the good things but wish the AU people to make allowances for things like lack of language skills. Get your English in good form now. Likewise, most aren't happy at the many immigrants who come here & immediately wish to be placed on public assistance. Again, I don't feel this is so much bigotry, but more a frustration that the gov't isn't insisting on a basic set of guidelines that would streamline the process & make both the immigrant & the people here more compatible, if that makes sense?

So, that being said- we'll look at finances first. Australia is very expensive- even compared with the USA, in regards to food/utilities/fuel/housing. I came here with enough money saved to see my kids & I through a year (as the visa I originally came here on was a "no working" visa). My situation was complicated as I came here to be with an AU partner who I later left due to family violence issues. Eventually, I was granted residency based on that. In the aftermath, I started working & have found employment within technology- sales at the moment but I also am self-taught in computer repair, troubleshooting, & building. This just happens to be a sought after skill- even in the lesser paying areas like sales, I can still make a good wage as I get hourly plus commission (& I have a background in sales, as well).

In your case, you have a skill & degree. I would have to guess that you'd be best off in a larger city like Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, or Sydney. I'd recommend going to & see what's available. See if there are employers willing to sponsor you. I'd also look at trying to locate a good migration person to help you. Mine cost $1800AU- and worth every penny. I am certain I would not have gotten my case through had it not been for her.

Do your homework on the different cities. See what you can find out RE: issues of any sort of bigotry/violence news reports, and go from there.

As far as accommodation, you'd likely be best renting a room initially. Perhaps look for ads where the offering party is a fly in/fly out worker- which will leave you plenty of alone time and they will get someone in who is there to mind the place while they're gone. Rentals near universities are going to be used to multi-cultural backgrounds. Short-term would be a back-packers lodging- but I don't have personal experience-in that area.

All that to say- I won't claim there are no bigots here- there are jerks everywhere. But I still contend that Australians have a very "live & let live" attitude compared to the states. As long as you're not simply trying to take advantage of a system that they have been paying into for their entire lives (which I can understand & respect), they really are quite lovely- imho.

Hope this helps.... :)
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