I have been thinking long and hard as to whether i should reply to this thread, as i know what i have to say probably wont go down too well...but as you have asked 'so what do i do', then i take it you want opinions.
I have personal experience of bringing a teenage daughter over and also hairdressing apprenticeships etc over here
From everything you have said, i agree, it aint going to be easy at all.
If there is anyway of leaving her in the Uk so she can finish her training? It sounds like she is in such a good apprenticeship and receiving excellent training, I can understand why she is not too struck on coming to Adelaide. Also, from my experience of australian hairdressers, she would be far better off learning the trade in England. Being treated well as an apprenticeship is hard to come by....plus the only decent hairdressers i have come across over here are English!!
I cant help but feel for her....she is in her 'happy' place now....and is only a year away from being 18. Leaving this wonderful job now, trying out adelaide for a year, only to possibly return in a year, and having to resume her training somewhere else...IMO would be such a shame.
Could she not come out with you in February so she has in effect valdiated herself on the visa, and then return home and finish the apprenticeship? I'm not sure how it works, but dont you then have a certain amount of time till you have to be back in Australia?
She may get lucky and be able to resume her training here, by gaining an apprenticeship...but as for training at specialist hairdressing salons like ClipJoint...well if you think the TAFE fees are expensive...i know that these academies are even more!
As for friends? I know you mean well...but again...trying to push kids of that age together doesnt often help...believe me...been there and done that one!!!
Obviously from what you have said, her hairdressing career is the thing that you are most worried about.......there I would be seriously considering if the move is best for her....
I am sorry to be blunt, but i feel i have to reply honestly to the questions you have asked.
Sadly, my daughter gave up on her hairdressing dream over here....something I regret for her very much....
If you want to know more about the hairdressing issues over here, and what experience my daughter had, then please feel free to PM me...