At first we were not going to vailidate but we are so glad we have. These are our personal findings.
Well we have been in Adelaide for 3 weeks now to validate our visa. This is what we have learned by coming to validate. Our family consists of myself and my husband 2 children aged 10 and 18 and grandad who is 86 years old. We have been lucky because we have had help off people who have lived here for over 30 years and some Auses have also helped us. We have had the pleasure of speaking to a teacher who has taught in state schools and private. We have also met up with people who have been here for a few years.
We now know Adelaide houses are not built for cold winters. They need insulation and double glazing. Double glazing is compulsary in areas near the airport, but it is not common. However, because the winters are short the houses are not well insulated. Its cold at the moment in Adelaide, its the sort of damp cold you get back in England. I was hoping that my asthma would be better in Adelaide but this is not the case.
We have also discovered there are lots of good areas to buy houses. The bad areas just get renamed so be careful!!!! For anyone moving to Adelaide who have a 2 or 3 bedroomed semi, there are lots of choices to improve on the type and size of house you had in the UK. However, if you have a large house in the UK with grounds, than the choice of a similar standard of house in Adelaide is difficult to come by. Lots of old large plots have the house demolished by the builders and than the same builder will build 3 or 4 houses on the same plot.
Adelaide still has problems with alcohol, drugs and violence but it is to a lesser extent than in the UK. It feels more safer and friendly than in the UK. Also children are welcomed everywhere, exact the gaming rooms.
For the elderly there are lots of activities going on, in all different areas.
Transport is good if you are in an area near the city, such as on the tram route or rail line but if you are out further out than public transport is none existance.
For our 18 year old who has left school Adelaide is a very quite area for him to be in. Yes there are young men in cars driving too fast and experimenting. There are bikers gangs (these are not young people) who go round and can cause trouble between the different gangs. Alot of young people go to University in Adelaide than they move to Melbourne etc.
Well for our 10 year old we found an excellent private school were he will fit in nicely. So that was a big relief. Schools in Adelaide are like schools in the UK, you have good schools and bad schools. The schooling here for young children are very different, they concentrate more on social skills and respect. Where as English schools concentrate more on reading and writing. In my opinion both systems are too much one way, but as long as the children are happy and learning that is the main priority.
Oringally we wanted to buy straight away but we have learned it will be better to rent a house for 6 months to 2 years and even move around with the rentals so we don't make a mistake and buy in the wrong area. In case we do not find a house, my husband already has the plans for a house, if we decide to build. But first we must find a large plot.
Now for jobs. I am senior nurse in England and I am very use to managing my own patients, starting patients on insulin and changing medicaton according to what the patient needs (eg blood results). I can walk into a job tomorrow. But the standard of nursing here is many years behind the UK. This is not for the benefit of the patient. Diabete care here is adhoc and in some places it does not happen. But on the bright side they have just started to advertise posts for nurse educators etc to try to change the way things are done here.
Food. There are lots of choices of food. Eating areas in the shopping areas tend to be in one area. This means you can all have different meals and still sit together and eat. But be warned the portion sizes of meals and cakes are very large. (Not good for anyone)
Conclusion:- If you live in a large house in the UK with good jobs and are well paid than the benefits of moving to Adelaide are less. However, if you have a normal size house and standard pay than there are a lot of benefits in moving to Adelaide.
Adelaide itself can provide a very happy family friendly lifestyle. Alot of the things here remind me of Spain or America.
These are mine and my families finding. We hope people are not rude about what we have written, as these are our personal findings. We hope this will help other people who are coming to Adelaide.