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There are some great suburbs over in the North East - very family-friendly, lots of great parks (such as Linear Park along the Torrens with cycle tracks and play areas), great schools, great transport links to the city, the hills and the beaches (about 30 minutes drive to the nearest beach from Highbury where I am) and plenty of housing to suit all budgets. www.northeast.net.au is a good site to get some idea of stuff around this area.
Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****
The worst thing about school fees is that you get the bill at the start of the school year (late Jan/early Feb) which is far too soon after Christmas. Plus January is when you take you summer holiday so it can be a very expensive time of year!
Last edited by Anne B; 21-03-2014 at 12:53 PM.
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.
Some schools (as in the example I gave above) now allow payment by instalments over the year - which makes it far easier than paying that lump sum in one go.
I am sure you are right re Abbott scrapping the school kids bonus - as he is determined to remove everything Labor put in out of spite. But the school kids bonus replaced being able to claim against tax for school expenses. Labor did this to reduce red tape and make it fair for everyone as many people didn't claim school expenses on their tax returns. One would hope that if Abbott scraps the School kids bonus that we will once again be able to claim expenses through the tax return system - but this is a delayed rebate of course and you can only claim if you keep the receipts.
We lived in Adelaide for a year (2012-2013) and actually found the cost of living very reasonable. We are now back in our hometown Brighton, Sussex and if you want expensive you can always come here :) I guess it's all relative to where you come from. We have two children and between us earned around $70,000 in that year and took on a nice rental of $815 a month. We got paid around $700 a month child support (the less you earn the more you get) so you should do alright there! My advice would be to contact as many potential employers as possible before you go....I did this and although couldn't secure a job before I went had a couple of companies who agreed to talk to me, one who did employ me a couple of months after arrival. My actual experience was that most migrants I knew found work within a few months so don't stress too much.....work in the building sector seemed a bit trickier though with people in and out of jobs. Back here in the UK one of our biggest expenses (aside from our mortgage) is petrol/diesel - it's around half the cost in Oz. And although migrants say food is expensive we found it to be around the same. There is so much to do recreationally for free that we found it very economical, just make sure you take enough money to see you through the first few months and I'm sure you'll be fine. Remember also those with bad experiences tend to post on here to get it off their chest, those doing ok are getting on with their lives and enjoying themselves. Most migrants I know are doing well though obviously the first few months are hard work. Once we get a few things sorted here we are heading back as we think our children will have a better life with better opportunities as they get older. Take it easy and enjoy the ride!