My experience: Stories from our friends and readers

Patrica

Moved to Cardwell QLD from Tauranga BOP

What are the biggest differences you have noticed since arriving?
Better climate. Better wages and Super benefits.

What was the biggest challenge you faced moving to Australia?
Settting up. Hired PO Box 1st, got Drivers Licence, need proof of residence.
Opened bank account, got Medicard, need 100 points of identity. Cant rent without job as proof of income, job easy to find if experinced/qualified. Retained property in NZ, everyone said sell glad we didnt, cant afford to buy here, comparision in housing 2X the price here, Insurance is ridiculously expensive here, all Insurances relating to cars ad housing. Cars and regos expensive. Gas and food same price as NZ. Fuel $1.52L factor in exchange rate is $1.90L.

Do you have any other recommendations or advice for people thinking about moving?
Its a good place to move to, depending on your income level will ultimatley dictate weather you live here permanently or earn good money and return to NZ for the quieter lifestyle.

Russell G

Age: 52
Moved from Hamilton, New Zealand to Bendigo and then on to Sydney, Australia 6 months later

Why did you choose to move to Australia?
Start of a working holiday around the world using IT as leverage.

What are the biggest differences you have noticed since arriving?
Language and diversirty of cultures. We’re only 3-hours apart but there are some areas of Sydney where you feel you’re in another country completely. Still can’t get used to being told how to pronounce six, and fish and chips.

What was the biggest challenge you faced moving to Australia?
Nothing really stands out. We moved light, leaving all our stuff back home as we will return one day to our home. I managed to organise a rental through an agency whilst still back in NZ.

Do you have any other recommendations or advice for people thinking about moving?
Bring rental references from New Zealand. This makes it easier to get into accommation here. Be prepared to spend money setting up – count on it but don’t stress over it. Jobs are not TOOOO difficult to find but use agencies and be prepared for them to ignore you. Keep on at them.

Anonymous Tasman Jumper Reader

Age: 52
Moved from Newcastle, Australia to Wellington, New Zealand

Why did you choose to move to Australia?
For work.

What are the biggest differences you have noticed since arriving?
The people in NZ are a LOT different to Australians – being different is a way of life here and makes you more interesting. Coffee in Wellington is the best in the world. Living in a capital city that doesn’t have a capital city feel!!!

What was the biggest challenge you faced moving to Australia?
Getting my furniture from Australia!!! It took me 6+ months and approx $10,000 🙁

Do you have any other recommendations or advice for people thinking about moving?
Although the income earned here in Wellington is a wee bit lower then what it would be in Aust.. The lifestyle more then makes up for it!!! 🙂

Phil and Toni

Phil & Toni

Ages: 24 & 26
Occupation: Web Developers
Moved from Wellington, New Zealand to Melbourne, Australia

Why did you choose to move to Australia?
We chose to move to Australia temporarily on our way to a working holiday in London. We’d heard that the wages were higher here (than in NZ) so thought it would be a good place for us to save some money for our trip.

What are the biggest differences you have noticed since arriving?
The attitude towards work appears to be more relaxed. New Zealanders work hard and long hours, over here it’s shorter work days and often a slower pace. There are a lot of little differences that you start to notice after you’ve been here for a few months. Differences in language and food are the big ones – half the people over here don’t even know what a feijoa is!

What was the biggest challenge you faced moving to Australia?
Finding work was difficult at first. People weren’t interested in hearing from us until we were in the country and actually available for interviews. We also found it a challenge to get a rental property so decided to get a place with a flatmate who already had references from renting in Australia.

Do you have any other recommendations or advice for people thinking about moving?
Do your research! While moving is always going to be a challenge, it’s a lot easier if you’re aware of the challenges you are going to face in advance. We spent a lot of time browsing the internet and reading forums and shopping around. It’s amazing how much money you can save on flights alone by just making sure that you do your research.

Chris R

Age: 34
Senior Systems Engineer
Moved from Wellington, New Zealand to Brisbane and then Melbourne, Australia

What are the biggest differences you have noticed since arriving?
AU Govt seems to really look after AU residents in comparison to NZ (sad but true), the value of the AU dollar is nice to have, Kiwis are still friendlier overall than Aussies although that’s a pretty general statement as pretty much everyone I’ve met here is cool.

What was the biggest challenge you faced moving to Australia?
Nothing really – it was pretty easy. If I had to pick something I’d say finding a place to live quickly – ended up paying loads of rent because of the need to find a place fast.

Do you have any other recommendations or advice for people thinking about moving?
The move is actually pretty easy if you do a bit of research I guess. Find work first, unless you have the means to support yourself for what can turn into MANY months. Be aware that your Kiwi savings, if they aren’t much, can be depressing when you convert them to AU dollars (see previous statement about being able to support yourself). Look into how often you’d like to visit home (home being NZ) and work that into your budget, if you make one. Don’t use any Telco to phone home – get a calling card … AU$30 gets you about 1300 minutes of talk time back to NZ landlines (less for mobiles of course).

Gemma G

Age: 25
Occupation: Landscape Architect
Moved from Wellington, New Zealand to Brisbane, Australia

Why did you choose to move to Australia?
Work, the Landscape Architecture industry here is bigger with more opportunity to work on a wider range of jobs.

What are the biggest differences you have noticed since arriving?
The weather definitely! The climate and landscape are a lot different in Queensland.

What was the biggest challenge you faced moving to Australia?
Making new friends. I only new one person in Brisbane.

Do you have any other recommendations or advice for people thinking about moving?
Make sure you have somewhere to stay….hostels get really expensive after a while so get into a flat/sharehouse quickly or you will be broke, and wear sunscreen. 🙂