Well, we lived the dream, from the UK anyway but unfortunately for myself and the missus everything has been put on hold for now.
A little about me and the wife:
Wife is a Senior Pharmacist currently employed as a manager of a large retail pharmacy. Wife is 37.
I'm a sales office manager aged 35, heading up a sales team of ten. 13 years experience of the petrochemicals industry.
For years I've wanted to move over to Aus but the wife always found excuses ( I first visited Aus with my folks over 20 years ago and I knew from then that it was where I wanted to be ).
Earlier this year we started to seriously look at the possibility of moving over - so we found forums ( this being the most helpful ) government sites, real estate site etc to give us as much info as possible.
I have to admit the extra impetus into the move was fuelled by such shows as 'wanted down under'.
Anyways, earlier this year ( April 2014 ) I made the trip over with the wife and we spent 4 weeks 'checking out australia'.
We did lots of research before hand and we always knew that Adelaide as going to be the place that we could
i) select as the region that listed our occupation skills
ii) similar to our lifestyle here in the UK - we are from Berkshire - close to London but not city types.
iii) loved the '20' min go anyway lifestyle that Adelaide offered.
Anyways, we loved our time there, we spent 1 week in NSW ( mainly Sydney ) a few days in Melbourne and 2 weeks in Adelaide and the surrounding areas.
We got back to the UK, the wife went in full steam ahead to sit some exams relating to Pharmacy and started the ball rolling regarding visa applications.
Literally 4 weeks ago my wifes skills occupation went from medium demand to low demand to not being required at all!
So here we are now - the wife has just last week sat some pharmaceutical exams to allow her to work in Aus, but we have no state to apply to.
We spent a small fortune travelling over from the UK to Aus in April and spending time there on a 'research mission' - we didnt really treat it as a holiday - only to then find our skills were no longer required by the state.
At the moment, we are both gutted - we don't need to move from the UK but the thought of giving the kids ( 8year old and 6 year old ) a new life adventure and completely new life style really hit us hard.
We spent 2 weeks in the Mawson lakes area and looked at prospective schools etc and viewed housing areas that we potentially could move too.
I guess i'm just posting to warn others, that whilst you may have good intentions, please pay attention to what's going on in the state! Also spend extra time looking at the types of vacancy available when looking at work.
Just for your info - we currently have the opportunity of looking at Canberra or Darwin - both of which I'm dead against.
My wife ( A pharmacist and now senior pharmacist manager with experience of working with hospitals and surgeries ) is considering looking at a college course for qualifications as a beautician - something that is still on the list. It makes us laugh that a mid 30's with medical qualifications cannot emigrate to SA but learn out to slap on some make up and you qualify to apply for a visa with citizenship ( apologies to those applying with beauty course qualifications ).
Just thought I'd post something about the current reality of the job/economy state of SA!
Please come back to me and give me some positive feedback - just so that I get a good nights sleep!
I still believe my family will get there one day but certainly for now the Aussie dream is on a back burner.