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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: Explore ideas for expats on how to move to and settle into life in Sydney, Australia. This cosmopolitan city has all kind of cultural activities and picturesque landscapes, but it isn't always easy for expatriates. (Continue)
ghonline posted February Luncheon with Associate Professor Peter Verhezen on the Australia forum on January 21, 2015:
At the Graduate House February Luncheon, Associate Professor Peter Verhezen speaks on 'Gifts, Corruption and Philanthropy, in an ambiguous world'. Associate Professor Peter Verhezen is the Managing Director of Verhezen & Associates Ltd, a management consultancy firm that specialises in board consulting, integrated risk management, and corporate governance for Asian emerging markets and Australia. Currently, he is collaborating with the International Finance Corporation as a Senior Advisor addressing corporate governance issues in the Asia Pacific region. Ticket details: Resident members $10; non-resident members $30; non-members and guests $40; concession $35 Website:
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Blog SuzyQ Down Under posted on the Australia Network
Observations, adventures, and recipes of an everyday cook living abroad
stumpy replied to the thread Considering a move to Australia on the Australia forum:
garyasnyder22 initially posted:
Hello everyone. I am strongly considering a 2 year stay in Australia. I would like to work there, ideally in my current profession (banking and financial services). The research I've completed to date indicates that it is highly unlikely if not impossible to move to Australia. Is anyone else experiencing this frustration? Any tips/suggestions are greatly appreciated. Many thanks.
stumpy replied most recently with:
It is getting a lot harder now as unemployment rises and companies are down sizing, especially in the mining and construction sector. This is due to lower prices for iron ore etc. Have you looked on this is the best job website. You may find something there or at least find employment agencies you can send your CV to. Oz is not a cheap country to live in either, high taxes. for cost of living try www,
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garyasnyder22 replied to the thread Possible Move on the Australia forum:
cheftech initially posted:
Thinking about moving to Australia. Any information would be appreciated on the process of getting a VISA. Getting tired of things in the United States. I'm retired and have plenty of capitol to make the move. Cheers.
garyasnyder22 replied most recently with:
I am also interested in moving to Australia, but it seems to be a very difficult process. I would like to live and work there for 2 year. Ideally, I'd like to work in my current profession, which is banking/finance. I've reviewed the VISAs, but it doesn't appear I qualify for any? Any tips/suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you.
cheftech replied most recently with:
I viewed the Aussie website and saw all the Visa's available. I do not meet any of the requirements. There was the subclass 410 Visa that may work, but it's not available for some reason.
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adminee posted Post a Message of Support for France on the Australia forum:
We encourage you to post a message of support for the people of France, in particular, the expats in France who use Expat Exchange, please go to:
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cheftech replied to the thread Is the Sunshine Coast a good place to start a business? on the Australia forum:
savinovichfamily initially posted:
I am looking to open a software business in the Sunshine Coast, Australia, but I don't know if it's a good place to start one. As far as I know, I wanna make sure it's not just palm trees and surfboards.
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GadoGadoGal replied to the thread A few questions on the Australia forum:
ferran initially posted:
My employer has been discussing the possibility of me moving to Australia to work for one of their locations there. It has been weighing on my mind, and I have done some research. However, I still have some questions that I would like to be answered by some individuals with personal experience. A little information about myself: I work in Human Resources, and I have an MBA with a Human Resource Management focus. I have traveled, but I have never worked in another country. 1. How much of a culture shock or change in culture will I experience moving from the USA to Australia? 2. How do you think my education and experience in the states will transfer over into the business culture in Australia? 3. What are some things (even small things) that are overlooked when considering working in another country? I thank you for you time and thoughts! Ferran
GadoGadoGal replied most recently with:
Hi Ferran, 1) I've spent about 4 years total in Australia, as a graduate student and living/working. I experienced culture shock about 1.5 years in. The novelty wore off and I fell into a period of being annoying or disappointed by everything. It's not the same as when you live in a place with a new language and vastly different customs. It hits you more gradually. Australia is very different, but in subtle ways. Not really a way to prepare for it except to keep reminding yourself that it's different. 2) I work in a different field than you do. I'd suggest searching expat forums with specific job boards to ask this question. 3) How the CV and cover letter are put together. Standard Australian spelling.
ralphnhatrang replied most recently with:
I have never heard of an American suffering culture shock in Australia. Even though Australian language, customs, social attitudes, history, politics and society are different to USA, you shouldn't find much trouble settling in. Just don't expect Oz to be a replication of USA. It isn't. My American brother law and I had some trouble with each other's accents when we first met, but we soon got used to the differences. Australians tend to be more relaxed about life than Americans, and we certainly do not esteem our prime ministers as you esteem your presidents. You will be shocked at the cost of living and the cost of housing. I am, too. We have Medicare, one of the world's best national medical health insurance systems. Likewise for our national, compulsory superannuation scheme. Contributions to both come from your salary. I strongly suggest you have a job arranged before arriving in Oz, because the cost of living is so terribly high. Petrol, tobacco and alcohol are dearer than in USA. You may not bring any food or plants into Oz, due to quarantine restrictions. Unprocessed meat, fruit and vegetables are relatively cheap. So are second hand cars. Read as much about Australia as you can before arrival. Like USA we have a large migrant popultion. Don't worry, you'll enjoy Oz.
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GadoGadoGal replied to the thread Teaching in Australia on the Australia forum:
donjuanc initially posted:
Is it possible to get a teaching job in Australia? I've been teaching English/ESL around Asia. How easy is it to get a job teaching English literature there? If not, how about a foreign language? I taught Spanish in a US school.
GadoGadoGal replied most recently with:
Hi DJC, I've found this site to be great for general living questions and conversation. If you don't get any responses here, you might try looking on Dave's ESL Cafe ( or the jobs forum of the Living and Working in Australia Forum ( Cheers
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GadoGadoGal replied to the thread Travel and Private Health insurance for Expats on the Australia forum:
cdes9656 initially posted:
Hi, I have been living in Canada for almost 2 years (2 years in mid-Dec) and am about to renew my 2nd Visa. I need to get travel insurance for when I cross the border in order for the Canadian government to re-issue my Visa. My problem is, not many travel insurance providers will give insurance for Australian permanent residents beginning their travel journey from outside their country of origin. World nomads is one of the few I can find. HOWEVER, they won't cover Australian citizens who have lived at the same address overseas for more than 2 years. This means, as of Dec, I won't be covered under travel insurance. I am hoping to travel across Canada and to south america in May so it is paramount of public Alberta Health care can't cover this. I do not have permanent residency in Canada either. Can someone please suggest travel or private health care options for people with my circumstance?? Thank you!!!
GadoGadoGal replied most recently with:
Did you find anything? I've only had experience with WorldNomads, which was great, but unfortunately doesn't work for your circumstances. Have you seen this?
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