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An Expat Talks about Living in Perth, Australia

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Perth

How long have you lived there?

1 year

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

If you have children it seems very easy to meet others through playgroups, kindergarten/school etc. If not, then joining a sports team/club is a good start. Also participating in outings etc that are arranged through other newcomers - I've found it easier to make friends with other newbies (foreigners or those from other parts of Australia) than long time Perth people.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

There is definitely more cultural, racial and religious diversity compared to 15 years ago when I was here, and I think that makes it a better city. However we have encountered some anti-American feelings, which is disappointing and it possibly reaches to other nationalities as well.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Anything related to the mining industry and you will have no problems getting good work. All the trades are also in high demand, as are healthcare workers. For other jobs it's definitely who you know - there are not many computing, IT, marketing, advertising positions - those positions are largely based in Sydney or Melb.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Working (many work longer hours here than you might think), boating, fishing, sports, cycling etc. Oh and drinking - they still do the drinks at the office thing here - I thought that was gone in the late 80s. Nearly all social activities also revolve around drinking, even the sporting events - not a good thing in my opinion.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Be sure you can cope with the isolation - Perth is the most isolated capital city in the world - it's a long, long plane ride and not much change out of $2000 to get to most major destinations. And a long car drive to many destinations in the state. And depending on where you come from, the cost of living is quite high: housing is reasonable, but food, clothing, entertainment etc is much more than expected.

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