Backpacked round Australia 1992. Married Australian husband in Adelaide 1994. Lived in Adelaide 1994-1997. Moved back to UK & lived in Essex/Herts 1997-2009. Returned to Adelaide November 2009. 2 kids dual nationality.
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It is a shame. They try to secure building sites but hooligan kids still get access to them. Onkaparinga is pretty good with it's graffitit cleaning squads but you do still see fresh graffiti around especially when there's construction happening.
That building is a bloody eyesore while it's been constructed. There was a programme called "Postcards" on channel 9 last weekend with a focus upon the Port Noarlunga village and they were careful with their scenery shots to avoid the construction in the background!
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Our story is very similar to yours. I was born here but went to the UK with my family when I was small as dad is English. We have been here for almost 7 years now. Children have citizenship and hubby is also now a citizen having come over on a spouse visa.
Just taking a look at your budget plan and there are definately a few things that look a little low to me.
Mortgage - ours is higher each month than that but that will be dependant on how much, if anything you are bringing as a deposit. And also how much you plan on spending.
Our electric bill for a family of 4 - 2 adults and 2 teenagers - is higher than that, but again it very much depends on how careful you are.
Car insurance for fully comp is also low in my experience.
School fees - about right for state schools, will obviously be much higher if you choose private.
Just another pointer -someone has said it is not free to see the doctor but there are some out there who do bulk billing. This means they don't charge you over the medicare amount and they claim their fee straight back from Medicare. We always go to a bulk billing dr.
As for living off $50k per year, possible yes, comfortable , in my opinion, no.
Sally, Roy, Laura and Tom plus 2 cats! Here since May 2004
Paralowie to Woodcroft to Happy Valley to Woodcroft again!! Think we might stay put now. :D Loving it!
I've heard a story that traditionally, when the AUD goes high against sterling, it stays high for 7 years.
I am a bit sceptical about this claim. It sounds rather Biblical to me and makes me wonder whether droughts and locusts also follow the currency markets.....
However I don't understand international currency so the 7 year claim might have a solid foundation in historical fact. If it has, though, does that necessarily mean that it will be another 7 years this time around?
I've been looking at the APS jobs website for jobs in SA. Most of them seem to be jobs in the medical profession of one sort or another but there are some others as well.
One job is as a Project Officer and the minimum pay for the grade is about $72,000 AUD. However LOTS of the jobs have minimum salaries of around the $50K AUD mark. It is unlikely that you would be able to stroll into a job as a Project Officer when your colleagues would not have had a chance to test you out first, so I agree with you that getting a job at around the $50K mark seems like a realistic goal for you if you stay in the Public Service.
With the Project Officer job, they didn't say what the Projects are about. However I "know" a woman who is a Project Manager for Thomson's Holidays. That is, her husband has been a colleague and friend of mine for about 20 years but most people (including him) are terrified of his dragon of a wife so most of us stay out of her sight!
Anyhow, chatting casually with Mike one day, I asked whether Sue only knows how to do Projects relating to holidays? He said that if you can manage one type of Project, you can manage any other type of Project as well. He said that the basic techniques are pretty similar as far as he knows. I don't know anything about Project work but you ought to be able to judge whether or not Mike is right, I suspect.
That said, my guess is that managing Government projects would not be the same as doing it in the private sector because Governments always have loads of special rules and protocols which only somebody who has worked in the public sectpr would understand. However if you do understand the special Government rules then a Project skill is probably easily transferable from one Government department to another, I would guess.
It sounds like if you allow about $50K for you and maybe $25K for youru wife's salary, you should be able to manage in SA according to your own figures and those that the other contributors to this thread have provided. On,say, $75K gross per year between you, you wouldn't be able to afford luxuries but you shouldn't starve.
Remember that life will be easier if you take a hefty chunk of capital from the UK because you would need to buy cars, put down a deposit on a house etc. It would help if you do not have to bend the plastic too much in the early months.
One more posibility "and this is me just being a sceptical" whats to say that the US have not done the above to purposly de value there currency. This would help ease there trade deficit and bring them closer to or on a par with China who has always underpegged themselfs just under the dollar. China has soaring house prices and to a certain extent are in a bit of a bubble. Maybe by the dollar being worth less the US is now in a more favourable position to start exporting more and importing less which will give China a bit of a bloody nose in the process.
All of the above though is just my views and this is not my proffesion just a bit of a hobby.
Living In Adelaide Since Jan 2012 And Loving It
Okay - thanks to you all for the input/advice given it has been really useful.
We think we would be okay with a combined income of $70,000 dollars and if it is less we just have less luxuries.
One last question who did you book air fares with and what kind of cost would it be for 2 adults and 2 children although I think our eldest would be classed as an adult he will be 15 when we fly.