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Discussion in 'Welcome' started by ms697, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. ms697

    ms697 Guest

    Hello everyone, I am new to this and not quite sure of the format for this.
    anyway, I am looking to be moving to QLD sometime after May. I am currently finishing of a degree in Geology and here that there are plenty opportunities in geology in Oz.

    The plan for me and my lot, is that; I come out for the first 6+months, and 'bed into' the area and job, followed by my wife and 2 kids.

    Its early days, and Visa's etc, still need to be sorted,

    I was hoping for some info on the day to day living cost's of living in QLD (Brisbane); grocery costs; fuel costs; property rental; gas/electric; etc..etc

    also my kids are 2yrs and (4 going on) 5yrs, so any info on child care/schooling would be great.

    Finally, in general, how have you found life down under and how did you find transitioning from the UK to AUS?

    Many thanks for now and I look forwards to reading any replies.

    Ta Marcus:smile:

  2. cal

    cal Super Moderator

    Hi Marcus
    Welcome to LIQ. We have been over here just over 5 years now ,my kids are now 8 and 13 and i do believe we moved them at a good time. Life is 'different' but as long as your happy to adapt you can fit in really well and the aussies are a friendly bunch.
    Where in Brisbane are you looking at living as costs can vary place to place?

    Cal x
  3. Rudi

    Rudi Relocation Brisbane

    Geology is definitely a good place to be right now!! Especially if you are happy to the do FIFO at the mines. It's a VERY well paid profession.

    In terms of rental costs, it very much depends on where you want to live and what exactly you are looking for in a property.......

    Groceries - I can't really help!! I just buy what I need, when I need it and don't really add up as I go!!!

    Fuel - around the $1.50 mark per litre at the moment.

    Gas - not a lot of mains gas around - generally bottles, no idea on cost - never had it. My electricity costs seem high compared to a lot if people at around $1000 per quarter.


  4. ms697

    ms697 Guest

    where to live?

    Thanks to you both for your reply. At the moment I have no idea where to live. It is not that much of an issue for the first 6+ months as I will be by myself, but certainly when the family come out I would ideally like somewhere where there is a good community, plenty to do for the kids, good schools, and not to expensive. I am hoping that whenever I arrive I will be able to have a better look at different areas, but any suggestions would be very greatly received.
  5. srp

    srp No longer active member

    Hi Marcus,

    Welcome to LIQ....

    Have you checked to see if you can get a visa at the moment. You may find that you need a couple of years experience after your degree to qualify for a skilled visa. Can I suggest you contact one of the more reputable agents and have a chat about your best course of action to get the visa you need. "Visa bureau" and "Go Matilda" are two agents who do an online assessment and will give you a free chat on the phone to assess your options. Then you can formulate your plan to obtain the visa... You do not have to use a agent to get the visa, but a quick chat with one can be a great help.

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