My husband and I moved here from Nottingham on the 11th September and I thought I would let you know how we've been getting on. We came over on a 457 visa my husband got sponsorship from a company he is a car mechanic, we had never visited here we didn't really choose where we wanted to live we just moved to Adelaide as that's were his job offer was! (good reason I know). We saw a post on Poms in Oz asking for car mechanics and 3 months later moved to Adelaide! I spent many hours on this site before we came but haven't had a lot of time since arriving as you can imagine. When we arrived we had a holiday rental for 2 weeks in West Beach and a hire car for 2 weeks so didn't really give ourselves lots of time to get things sorted but we managed to find a house rental within that time in Marion not far from the Westfield centre that also allowed pets. We found a cheap car that we only had 2 weeks and someone wrote it off so then had to find another one! (not going to comment on the standard of driving here). The insurance company we are with were very good and gave us more money for our car than we paid for it not that I would choose to do that. As soon as we had an address we got our drivers license's, TFN numbers and medicare cover sorted out, we already sorted our bank accounts before we left the UK with NAB they were really helpful and I would recommend them.
My husband started work 3 weeks after we got here and that's when I had a mini break down and wanted to go home I think until then it had felt like a holiday but then I was alone all day and didn't know anybody or have any family here and couldn't ring them for a chat as they were all in bed. I started applying for jobs a week after we arrived, I must of applied for about 100 jobs but only had one telephone interview! I just did an admin job for the NHS in the UK. I applied to about 10 agencies and didn't hear back from any of those so I started ringing them and went in to Hays the lady who I saw there was very nice and from Scotland so understood how difficult if was to find work when you first arrive, long story short about 10 days after I saw her she rang me with a 2 month contract for the government. While I was working for them I got offered a permanent full time job that started 1 week after my contract ended . So in short we have been here 3 months we both have permanent full time jobs, all our furniture is here and our cat arrived 2 weeks ago, and having hated it to begin with now love it and are better of than we were in the UK and are now applying for PR.
Sorry its a bit scatty but I tend to ramble on and type things as they enter my brain. If I can help anybody please feel free to ask me any questions I know it's really scary moving away from everything you know and your family there are still things I miss about the UK I'm glad we did it and if they sent us home tomorrow wouldn't regret having done it.
Thanks for reading