We don't get a say in which state or town we live, we moved to Oz because my hubby joined their Air Force after serving 23 years in UK, (when he turned 40 and because he didn't get promoted to Sgt he was too old) so he joined the aussie Air Force.
Like all military, they say jump, we ask how high. We lived in Brisbane for two years then got posted down to Adelaide, this years posting orders came out last week and we're staying put.
Lifestyle for us and the place seemed to choose us.
The only bit I'd change is I'd like the winters to be a little warmer ;)
There has been a real skills shortage here,but not for long with the migration visas available.
Apprenticeships and training has been very underfunded and overlooked here over the past decade or so.So hence the need for overseas people with the training.
:)If you look at the last few post it seems to make sence that there is a bit of a brain drain in adelaide, young people always want the big city lights (or most of them) and Adelaide certainly is'nt this, so off they go.
So that creates a shortage which sutes us fine, i think that what ever your occupation we will all have to be patient wages wise, and not expect the best wages to start when arriving. After all most of us (taking a chance on this) are in our later:p thirties ish and to step back a little and slow down, have more time to spend with our kids, whilst still working hard is what we all want.
I still dont know anbody who has lived in or visited Adelaide who has nothing but praise for the city and area. Cheers Graham
Originally Posted by ralph n bev
thank god for the SIR 495 cant answer for the wages as we have both set up companies here. I know that there are restrictions on our visa but i am just glad to be here so i can live with not having to ask for benifits even if we do pay the same tax.[/quote]
i am not sure about the visas other than our own, but when i say benifits i mean family allowance and help with child care costs if returning to work , working family tax credits.
Some families find not getting this , is a big cut in there monthly income. If you only have 1 child it may not mean much of a difference.
If you had 4 say, and both worked when in England, having to pay for normal state school for 4 kids and not getting the "benifits" you would get with some other visas , would cause problems.
Unless you are in a possition to be able to work for yourself. We know that if Ralph works on site he will earn a fraction of what he does now, if he gets his licences and does what he does now , over there, we will be a lot better off.
When people ask "if we really can afford this move" i honestly think that they should take all the financial negatives into consideration , sunshine doesnt pay the mortgage and feed the kids , after all.
Last edited by ralph n bev; 10-08-2007 at 09:11 AM.