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Q and A with Gemma Teale (WA Relocation Agent)
Name and members in your family?Gemma Teale (me), Chris Teale (husband), Felicity Teale (daughter), Hayden Teale (son), Mason Teale (son)
When did you move over?26/06/2019
Where do you live now?Perth, Western Australia
How would you describe Australia now you live here?We love Australia. The weather, things to do, the beautiful beaches, the stunning countryside. It’s got it all. I love our suburb and the surrounding areas as it’s so close to everything.
Biggest question – why did you choose Australia?Better lifestyle and weather. We wanted the kids to have a great life.
Describe your process and visa route getting here.We started the process in 2017. My husband is a Carpenter so we completed the skills assessment first and then applied for the visa. We applied for the 489 visa which is a regional visa for South Australia. We landed in June 2019 and soon after my husbands company sponsored him for a permanent 186 visa. We moved to Perth in 2021 and have managed to buy our first Australian home.
What was the journey over like? The journey was fine. We flew from Manchester with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong. The kids slept really well, pretty much all of the flight. I didn’t sleep so well, I was probably a bit too excited!
What was your first month or 2 like?First couple of months were great. We secured our rental, then spent time buying furniture and making it a home. Bought a car. Explored our new area. We had to wait until our visa was granted before we applied for jobs and schools as we came to Australia in tourist visas, so pretty much had to wait 2 months before we could do any work/schooling.
Anything that went well/didn’t go so well? As soon as the visa was granted, we got our movecube very soon after that as we hadn’t realised it had shipped. You normally have to have a visa grant to ship your belongings.
Anything you would do different?We would of probably liked to have had permanent visas from the beginning so we didn’t have to move states!
What is your life like now compared to your old life?It’s very different. We get so much better weather here that you can literally pick the kids up from school then go down to the beach for the evening. We spend a lot of time outdoors. We are also in the process of renovating our camper trailer so we can explore WA more this year.
What do you do in your free time?I spend a lot of time walking our 2 dogs. The boys have after school activities including soccer and swimming. Also socialising with friends having bbqs and going to the beach.
Favorite food here?It’s got to be Vietnamese Salads! Also love getting fish and chips and eating it watching the sunset.
If you have kids, how are they doing?Yeah they have settled really well and have met some nice friends. Felicity has a job and the boys like to socialise with our friends children.
Anything you miss about your old life?I do miss our family and friends. I also miss a decent curry!
Any advice you would have given to yourself while going through the relocation process? Definitely do your research before you arrive to make sure you’re moving to the place that’s right for you!
Back in 2019 we emigrated to Australia. Initially we moved to south Australia and stayed for just over 2 years. We enjoyed our time on SA but wanted to explore another state that suited us that little bit more. We moved to Perth in October 2019, in the few short months we have been here, we have settled well and even bought our first Aussie home! My children have settled well into their schools. My older son started high school in January, and my younger son is in primary school. My husband is a carpenter and has found work very easy as trades are in huge demand!
In 2018 we decided we wanted a better quality of life and started the migration process with the DUC. We visited Australia as a family and all immediately fell in love with the country, the relaxed lifestyle, weather, food, the scenery etc. After traveling to Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne & Sydney, we felt Perth was the place we wanted to settle and call home. Michael found work a few weeks after making the move as a project manager, but took on a complete career change and now is a trainee shot firer in the mines and loves it. Our children, 10, 8 & 5 all thrive and much prefer life here. Leaving family, friends, work and schools were extremely hard, you will always feel that guilt, but once you get here and see the life you have made…you realise it was the best decision you ever made. Life really is precious, it’s simply too short to spend your time worrying about the what if’s.
My advice is; do your research first, ask lots of questions, make sure there are work opportunities in the area you wish to move to and if you are going to use a migration agent, make sure it’s the Down Under Centre.
I am Mary, a primary school teacher from Scotland (near Kilmarnock) and emigrated myself to Perth. I chose Perth based on the weather, that it was slightly smaller and I might not feel quite so lost as in a big city, I’d read positive stories about the people and how friendly they are, and because I felt it would be right for me.
I flew with Qantas at the beginning of August (I booked way back in April when the prices were cheaper) and was lucky that my parents helped and upgraded me to Premium Economy! (£1800 at the time!) I flew Glasgow – London, London – Perth. The flight was cancelled to Perth for 24 hours so was put up in a hotel which wasn’t great but they gave vouchers for meals which helped a little.
The flight to Perth was long but I’d downloaded some TV episodes to watch which helped pass the time. My headphones wouldn’t work so no movies, but that would have helped pass the time too. The seats were comfy enough but I didn’t sleep…I was so glad when we touched down! The staff were great and helpful!
I booked an Airbnb for 1 month so I could look for rentals (I was based in East Victoria Park which is only a 20 minute bus-ride to the city!) I used Journee Relocation Agency based in Perth to help, and Melissa organised my cover letter and application pack for me.
Within a week and a half I secured a rental (first one I applied for). Each viewing I went to had around 8-10 other interested applicants too. It’s not always easy! I was also looking at relatively cheap options, which might have made a difference to the number of people applying.
I applied for Medicare and TFN in the first couple of days and activated my bank account (Commonwealth – and it appears to be the most common here). The bank needed a second phone number which is hard to provide if you come alone and know no one like I did, so I had to use the relocation agent – something to consider if your coming out alone too.
I bought a bike which has been amazing. The suburbs South of the River are quite quiet and you can cycle on the pavements where there are no cycle paths. The public transport is very good though. I also got a Smartrider ticket that covers the bus, train and ferry! I will eventually get a car but they are quite expensive at the moment for me.
I have applied for the casual relief teaching and within a day have been booked. There is a huge demand for primary teachers, so I’m hoping to get more work!
I’ve downloaded and use the app Meet-up, which is great for finding groups and activities going on nearby that you can join and meet people. I’ve signed up for quiz nights, hiking and axe throwing so far! So something for everybody!!
Overall, the first two weeks have been a whirlwind with lots to learn and figure out. It’s not easy, and I have felt very stressed at times, but overall it has definitely been worth it so far. There’s loads to see and do, most are free or a small donation! I’ve still got things to work out myself, but I hope some of this may be useful to someone thinking of coming to Perth!
The Booysen family
3 years ago today we touched down in Perth as a family of 4, with just 6 sports direct bags filled with all of our worldly possessions.
Q and A with Gemma Teale
Name and members in your family? Gemma, Chris, Felicity, Hayden and Mason.
When did you move over? Moved in June 2019.
Where did you come from? Leeds, UK.
Where do you live now? Perth, Western Australia
How would you describe Australia now you live here? Beautiful, the scenery and beaches are stunning. The weather in Perth is great. Really accessible and always lots to do. It has exceeded expectations.
Biggest question – why did you choose Australia? Better lifestyle for the children. I was fed up with UK weather and like to live an outdoorsy lifestyle. Like that I can pick the kids up from school and head straight the beach.
Describe your process and visa route getting here. Started the process in 2017. Skills assessment for my husband’s job as a Carpenter, was the first thing, then we applied for the visa in June 2018. Flew to Adelaide in June 2019 on a tourist visa. Stayed in Adelaide until 26th October 2021. We have been in Perth for a year today!
What was the journey over like? We flew with Cathay Pacific who we thought were great to fly with. The children and Chris slept really well, but I couldn’t sleep too much (probably down to excitement and nerves!) We flew via Hong Kong, with no delays.
What was your first month or 2 like? Really good, we stayed in an Airbnb for 2 and a half weeks, then secured our first rental in Hallett Cove. It was a lovely 4 bedroomed home with a sea view!
Anything that went well/didn’t go so well? Because we flew out on a tourist visa, it was a bit of a risk as we lodged offshore, but thankfully the visa was granted 2 months after arrival in Australia.
Anything you would do different? Wouldn’t have moved states in the first place, would have saved a fortune, by just coming straight to Perth.
What is your life like now compared to your old life? Alot more active. We have 2 dogs, so I am always out walking. Walking next to the ocean everyday feels surreal. The Children have a better outdoors lifestyle, playing soccer, swimming and kayaking.
What do you do in your free time? Kayaking, dog walks, shopping, socializing with friends having BBQS etc., Having a drink on knock off time on a Friday is the best.
Favorite food here? Seafood and Vietnamese salads!
If you have kids, how are they doing? They are doing great. They enjoy their schools here and their sports! My Daughter has a job too which she enjoys.
Anything you miss about your old life? Family and Friends definitely! Primark and M&S food hall. Overall shops here are really good and we have got used to them now!
Any advice you would have given to yourself while going through the relocation process? Really research where you are going and make sure it is the right place for you and your family. Is there enough to do? Are the jobs plentiful? the right climate? Research, Research, Research!
Q and A with Brodie Roberts (WA Relocation Agent)
Name and members in your family? Brodie (myself) Jack (husband), Clae (5) Colt (3) Coen (1), Jet (dog) and Rebel (dog)
When did you move over? March 2022
Where did you come from? South Wales, UK
Where do you live now? Secret Harbour, WA
How would you describe Australia now you live here? Amazing – the country is beautiful and there’s so much to do here and everything is a lot more outdoors.
Biggest question – why did you choose Australia? We originally started applying for Canada and realized we wouldn’t have the same standard of living as we did in the UK. Whereas Australia offers a much better livable wage and can have a better lifestyle than we did in the UK.
Describe your process and visa route getting here. We applied just before covid hit, it was very straight forward until Australia decided to close its borders, 2 years later we were able to put our EOI into South Australia for a 491, who then sent a invitation to apply for a 190, we then applied and Jack obtained a job while still in the UK to start when we got over here about 3 months later our visa was granted and we moved in March.
What was the journey over like? The plane ride was one of our biggest dreads getting here and it was actually very easy, there were tablets to watch new films out and our 3 boys who we thought would be a nightmare were amazing, they didn’t moan or mind one bit.
What was your first month or 2 like? Chaos, I don’t remember much of the first month we were here as it all blurred into one, by the time our feet hit Australian soil we didn’t stop. we went from shop to shop buying everything we needed to restart our lives here in Australia, once we survived the first month it all slowed down which was lovely the everyday life started and the explored the area a lot more and fall into daily life.
Anything that went well/didn’t go so well? We had a good line-up for the first few days which defiantly helped when we landed and knew exactly what we needed to achieve each day.
Anything you would do different? I would defiantly pack more and ship it over, we underestimated the size of the house and how much it would cost to furnish.
What is your life like now compared to your old life? So much more outdoor based, we are always outside at a park or beach. It’s got so many opportunities to do more family based outdoor activities from free BBQs at the park or drive on beaches.
What do you do in your free time? We are forever finding new parks and walking the dogs or spending the day at the drive on beaches only 30 minutes from our house.
Favorite food here? My favorite food would be Boston Burgers Port Kennedy, they are the best burgers we’ve ever tasted. Our second favorite is Whistling Kite (Secret Harbour) The menu there is to die for, the food is amazing we’ve never had a bad meal from there.
If you have kids, how are they doing? The kids have come on so much, my eldest is like a different child he used to be so shy but now he’s so confident, it’s amazing to see him swimming and playing in the sea.
Anything you miss about your old life? I miss the easiness of life, having to learn everything over, growing up knowing how everything works and applying for schools etc. comes so easy in a country you live in. But to move to a new country and have to relearn everything like doctors’ systems and bulk billing etc. just adds a little bit of stress onto everything, once you learn it gets easier, it’s just the initial change.
Any advice you would have given to yourself while going through the relocation process? Keep going even on the tough days life here is so much better than it was in the UK.
8 weeks in…
8 weeks in, and what’s it like now we’ve been through this intense period of time?
That layer is happiness.
This will be our fourth Christmas in Australia, and although still learning, feel more educated about what to expect this year.