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Hi all, am new to this so you will have to bear with me...! Myself and my husband have dicussed the move to oz, but are still not sure its the right thing to do. We have a 5 yr old boy and a baby whi…

Hi all, am new to this so you will have to bear with me...!

Myself and my husband have dicussed the move to oz, but are still not sure its the right thing to do. We have a 5 yr old boy and a baby which is due in 2 weeks and are wanting to make there lives a better one.

My husband lived and worked in Australia over 10 yrs ago and since doing some research has noticed that the cost of living is not that much different to the u.k..???

We need to be sure that it is the right thing to do as obviously we would be giving up everything in the u.k like most people that emigrate to Australia.

We need to talk to people that have felt the same way and have made a sucess of it....

We would like to know the best place to go for families , schools , jobs (my husband is a plumber), House prices ,cost of living ect..

Please if there is any one who can share there experiences with us we would be most grateful



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Comment by Claire Punchard on March 5, 2011 at 9:35
Congratulations - my kids made me wait an extra 2 weeks
Comment by Kerry Davison on February 26, 2011 at 18:30

Hi guys thank you for all your comments we will definately take them on board. Sorry i havent posted before,but have only just come home from hospital after the early arrival of our new born son who decided to come into the world 2 1/2 weeks early after an emergency c section...!! 

Will be in touch with you all soon.

Kerry Davison

Comment by Laura Balling on February 24, 2011 at 19:09
I completely agree with Sam, we are going and are not expecting to be rich or not have a mortgage but to have a better quality of life for us and our childrenI was very resistant to the idea at first (my husband is Australian) but we went for a holiday and I could see that it would be a good opportunity for us and I would rather try and find out it isn't for us than spend the rest of my life wondering what if.  We are hoping to move out next year as the children will be ready to change schools so it seems like the perfect time.  Good luck with everything.
Comment by Samantha Gould on February 24, 2011 at 10:15

Hello Kerry,

Sam here from warickshire in the UK, we are nearly ready to put our visas in to move to Perth WA and the stress is overwelming sometimes, waiting for emails and the paperwork is never ending, just when you think you've got everything done they ask for something else. We are now waiting for a business number and then....the visas (should) be ready to go in.

We have four kids 15, 13, 11 and 7 and the way we look at it is, if we stay here what future have they got compared with out there. We live very near Drayton Manor but for the six of us to go there you are talking £120 that's before food and stuff and if you go in the hols there are so many people there you can't move.

My way of thinking is, you are only a day away from England and the communication these days is second to none. Also in perth they have 300 days of sunshine and to me that is worth a bit extra money.

I know that if we stay over here at least one of my kids are gunna be without a job at some point.

If we are successful with our visa....we are going...the thought of staying in England for the next 20 to 30 years makes me.....well it doesn't bare thinking about and for the kids, if you get the chance you must take it and if you don't like it come back.xx

Sam Gould.

Comment by Paul Johnson on February 22, 2011 at 8:35

Hi Kerry,


I've been living in Perth for almost six months now and agree with everyone else, that it is expensive to live here; food and clothes especially are expensive.  Conversely I've found that most white/electronic goods are slightly cheaper, if you're prepared to shop around and haggle a bit.

For me the overriding thing is the quality of life, and that's why I moved here.  I get out of work at 4.30, am home by 5.30 and then can hit the beach, jump in the pool or whatever else is on offer!  For me, it's worth paying that bit extra.  I don't have kids, but even I can see that they would have a better quality of life here than in the UK.


I don't regret for one moment coming here, there's nothing I miss about the UK apart from people and I Skype of Facebook them, probably more often than I did when I was living there, so it's not so bad.

Comment by PLove on February 22, 2011 at 8:23

Good Day Kerry


We have just come back form activating our visa with a month in Perth.

I would say and that firstly the cost of living is not comparable with the UK, it is more expensive not by a lot but it is higher. Property is a lot more expensive now than it used to be so unless one has a good job mortgages will be costly, as the interest rate currently is bobbing around 6.5% and forecast to push closer to 10% in the coming year or three...

Yes you can rent and thats good if thats what people want to do, from our point we have a lot to loose so we are seriously weighing up how we can live the dream.


To paint the picture we have the family house 4 bed, been on the market 12 months and have had 6 viewings.

Me and my wife have pratically jobs for life NHS / Govmt and joint income is good.

Doing the maths unless your earning minimum 120k per year a family will struggle to live the dream in my opinion, a lot of people socialise doing the BBQs as there are hardly any pubs (not a big pub family anyway) but to highlight people buy there drinks for the socialising in a bottle shop, a box of standard largers costs £30 - £40 compared to Asda £ 3 for £20... just trying to give you some idea of the hidden costs...

Personally we would love to go to to Perth and live the dream (I would say and going on what a lot of poeple say) Perth is the most family orientated city in Australia, some say its boring and slow but if your a fmaily and you want maximum quality time Perth has it... I am not saying you would want to live there until you retire but while the kids are young it wins.


Well just my opinion but if you want any more advice shout... I am currently trying to secure work prior to going back..



Comment by Sarah Husselmann on February 21, 2011 at 21:44

Hi Kerry,

We moved to Sydney in Jan 2010 (myself, my husband and two children (aged 3 and 16 months when we moved). We got our permanent residency visas four years before taking the plunge – I kept getting cold feet, mostly because I didn’t want to be away from extended family and friends.

Now that we’re here and getting settled, I know we’ve done the right thing. It might not be the easiest thing to do but long term this is where I want to raise the children. We were living in London so there is a big difference between our lifestyle there and here. The children go to the beach several times a week, and they swim pretty much every day. My youngest son’s preschool is centred around being outside, and my eldest is at a school with 20 children in each Kindergarten class.

For me, the move has been all about the children; as long as their quality of life is better I’m happy. For my husband, Sydney has worked out perfectly because he still has a challenging job but gets to enjoy the beach at the weekend.

I’ve struggled over the past year, missing my family and friends, but it’s getting easier.

The cost of living in Sydney is high so I think it’s unrealistic to think you’d be coming here to be better off financially – this might be the same in other cities and states.

When we arrived we hoped to buy property in Sydney within two to three years, I think it’s more likely to be five to seven years, and in the meantime renting isn’t cheap (four bedroom house $1,000 per week!). We’re in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, which is an expensive area, but we love the lifestyle so the compromise we’ve made is that we’ll rent for longer and live in a smaller property. Sydney’s Northern Beaches and suburbs are great for families too.

On a positive note, I’ve found making friends and building a support network quite easy. People are welcoming and friendly, even in Sydney. I meet people in the same situation as us all the time.

I wri

Comment by Claire Punchard on February 21, 2011 at 20:22

Hi Kerry

I have spent 5 years looking into moving into Australia with my young family. My husband is a builder, and on the current points scheme he should be accepted in the skilled migration program, as your husband is a tradesman too I would imagine it works in the same way, apart from they are bringing in a new points scheme as of july 1st wich wouldn't give my husband enough points to qualify. It seems they are now favouring people with degree's rather than experience in trades.

Anyway, we lodged our application nearly 2 yrs ago to move to NSW, we are expecting o hear in the next few months. We visited Australia a few months ago, and found the cost of living over there absolutely astronomical, the cost of living in Sydney is about double what it is back here in the uk. We travelled up nearer to Brisbane, and found there are lots of plans for new developments, 10,000 new homes in one place! So we are thinking of moving closer to Brisbane. We can buy a nice 4 bed house there for around £300-£350k, but nearer to sydney we would have to buy a tiny house/unit for this money.

Any other questions, drop me line.


Comment by clare kneebone on February 21, 2011 at 20:14

Hi, I am always surprised that people rarely mention that having dual nationality is very useful as economic situations vary from time to time and place to place. If you have two countries to choose a life from...that is a very useful situation to be in, I believe.

We spent 25 yrs in the UK growing up, then 20+ years in Oz (and two children), and now are back in the UK for a spell to support ageing family. We will go back to Oz though point is, we have two homes and I like both. Our children have double the opportunities for work (they have dual nationality). So even if you go over for 10 years and come back again....its an opportunity that you can take if you are lucky enough to be on the work list. Who knows what economic situation will be ahead for your children, its a gift you can give them.

Comment by Geraint on February 21, 2011 at 17:04

Hi Kerry


We have been guiding people migrating to Australia on the financial front for many a year - I am going into my 30th year of doing it.


I liken your quandry to an ice-cream van, Australia is on the other side of the road and that ice-cream van is so enticing and it represents your new life - so something nice potentially beckons.  Of course you can cross the road (because you have a visa or you can get one - because presumably your husbands skills are the way in). 

So think of your planning like the kerb drill, look right, look left and look right and if all clear quick march.  Its so easy to rush across that road, get the sticker in your passport (the visa), buy a ticket for an aeroplane and pack your bags and turn up - if only it was so easy - but its not.


And its so very different with a young family as opposed to being on ones own without responsibilities - presumably your husband went there before you came into his life??? Maybe it is right to go nowand cross the road, maybe you have to wait for a gap in the traffic (house prices going up again?  FX improving??) - so timing is key.


We have very few clients coming back - maybe because they plan to succeed as they say people don't plan to fail, they fail to plan!  Its an old chestnut its a good way of describing what it really is about.


Best advice go and see someone - perhaps ourselves and invest in some sound advice. Its an expensive exercise - so try and reduce the odds of getting it wrong.


Donald Rumsfeld said

"There are thing you know you know,

.........things you know you don't know,

................ things you don't know you know and

.........................things you don't know you don't know!! 

And if you don't know what don't know you won't know the questions to ask.


Kerry, you need to put a plan together and perhaps get someone to help

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