I know I could probably search through the forums and find answers to all of my questions but I thought it may be quicker to ask them all in one place.
Australia is still a dream for us at the moment but with a company possibly interested in sponsoring my husband in Adelaide I need to start looking into this as we are going to have to prove to a lot of people in the UK that this is the right move for us and our family and that it can give us the chance of a better life.
Basically in the UK our average combined income is about £30,000. Unfortunately at the moment it is not even half that as my OH was made redundant a few weeks ago. We made the mistake about 6 months ago of moving to a bigger house (rented) which we are now struggling to maintain.
We have 3 children between us. a 3 year old that lives with us full time and a 9 and 12 year old who are here at weekends. Our outgoings before food, fuel, shopping etc are about £1200. We cannot afford luxuries as a family and very rarely have days out or holidays.
The position that may become available in Adelaide is $55,000+ with a company car. I would be hoping to get a job as well but have no idea what I have the potential to earn as I cant imagine there is a similar position for me over there (Translation Project Manager) but I think an adminstrative role would be the type of job I could get.
What I need to know is how does the cost of living over there compare to the UK. I have heard it is a lot more expensive but could we live comfortably? I know there would be a lot more opportunity for family days out etc as the weather dictates a lot of what you can and cant do. (Not many good things to do for free when its pouring down and 2 degrees)
Also, I am hoping my 12 year old will be coming with me. Not going to go into too much detail on that as I know split families and taking children away is a touchy subject. But if she does come, how do the schools compare to the UK. (The job is in Christies Beach) Would she get the same standard of education? Have your children found it easy to make friends? the 3 year old i am not too worried about as he will hopefully settle quite quickly as they adapt well at that age.
thank you in advance for any advice you can give us