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Canadianonthemove
4/8/2015 15:55 EST

Hello all,
My family (me, my spouse and three young kids) are potentially transferring to Australia with my spouses work for a 2 year term. We are trying to negotiate a relocation package, but don't really know the expenses there (we are in Canada). Also, we may have some choice of city, and I am hoping for a city that may have opportunities for me as well (either academic/research or community based social science research). Thanks in advance!

miawilson
3/15/2016 08:08 EST

the relocation package we got were all from my husband's company but we also had a short term loan in the US before leaving. has anyone of you heard about Swoosh Finance?

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Canadianonthemove
4/10/2015 09:49 EST

Thanks for the reply!

I am a social science researcher, and my PhD is in geography, looking at community building around local food, including Indigenous food security work (in Canada). My real research love is work in Brazil (and I have done a lot of work there in the past) but I figure that is not realistic moving to Australia! :) I currently do consulting on community engagement and research type stuff for some local NGOs in Canada (and some Brazil food movement research for a university here)... so I am open to a bunch of different options, I just don't want to move somewhere with NO options! Thanks!

GadoGadoGal
4/10/2015 00:40 EST

Hi COTM,
In terms of work opportunities for you, if you can be a bit more specific that would help. The ANU in Canberra is the oldest research university in Australia and remains high in international rankings. Depending on your area of interest there are also great institutes and universities in Sydney, Melbourne, and other states.

The exchange rate is still favorable for Canadians, however as others have mentioned the cost of living in Australia is generally high. Anything that is imported (i.e. most things) carries high prices. If you're accustomed to accessing cheap imports or seasonal things year-round, you'll be paying more for them down here even with the exchange rate factored in.

Worldrelo
4/9/2015 04:40 EST

Well I guess it would be best for you to check for some cities and its background. Try to get to know more some places that you think will help you a more. Have you think of a removal company that would be able to help you getting there?Will not be given any place for you to stay from the company which your husband will be working with?

stumpy
4/9/2015 04:36 EST

It is expensive living here in Oz so for expenses try www.numbeo.com this site will also give you things like rents, crime rates etc. You will need to ask employer about medical insurance as you would have to have private cover here. Have you considered school fees. As far as you being able to work you would need to get your own visa.For work try www.seek.com.au for visa information www.immi.gov.au Unemployment is rising here too. Most expensive city is Perth.

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