A BIT OF HISTORY
Paul and Donna migrated to Perth so that their children 5 and 9 could have
a better life. The UK was getting crowded and lacked the sun of WA. They
moved to Perth to give the children the opportunity to experience the outdoor life
Perth has to offer.
Paul was a qualified electrician in the UK they migrated to Perth
on the Skilled Independent Visa. They put the visa application in on month and
year and brief time line and a little bit about the assessment trade assessment
WHAT ABOUT WORK
Finding work for Paul (as an electrician) was not difficult. There is plenty of
work available BUT you have to be prepared to be a Trades Assistant (TA)when you first migrate to Perth.
Paul works as a lecturer at the College of Electrical Training in Balcatta, he teaches apprentices of all ages (including others who have migrated to Perth) and helps prepare them to sit the exams.
Paul is looking at starting his own business in the early part of 2007. Paul will continue to lecture at the College part time and also offer assistance to others looking at migrating to Perth .
Donna who worked as a ?????? before they migrated to Perth now enjoys life as a stay at home mum.
Donna will soon be working again, once Paul has started his own business she will managing things in the office. A lot of time can be wasted on the phone and with administration so she will be a valuable asset to the business.
DID YOU USE AN AGENT WHEN YOU MIGRATED TO PERTH?
Donna and Paul chose not to use a migrant agent when they migrated to Perth.
They applied for their
Australia Visa the DIY way. Paul sat and filled in the painful forms.!! Little bit more info
on the process you went through with forms, trade assessment etc…
HOW DID THE FAMILY REACT TO THE MIGRATE TO PERTH NEWS
Donna told me that when the big brown envelope arrived from Australia on their
doormat on a cold February morning she was so nervous to open it. Then she
thought well it's a heavy parcel just to say no! After reading the letter 5
times it then sunk in they had been accepted!!
Thrilled Donna rang Paul who was on the golf course at the time. Of course he
was over the moon too. Then came telling the kids they would migrate to Perth later in the year.
Her youngest daughter said yeah I cant wait to get a cat!!! (something she had been promised) her son at the age of 7 at this time was a bit teary thinking purely of leaving his Nannies and Grandads, but after sitting down and explaining that they would come over to stay with us for a long time and what fun it would be he soon felt at ease.
Everything was suddenly very real. They would be migrating to Perth. Oh what an adventure they have ahead of
Well that was it, the Australian flag she had been saving to put up at the front
window once the good news arrived went up. The flag was the sign she had agreed
to give the neighbours, when the migrate to Perth celebrations were to begin. Well almost, Donnas Mum
chose that day to visit unexpectedly and wanted to know what the flag was for.
Donnas and Pauls parents understandably found the whole migrate to Perth thing a little
difficult. In the early stages Donnas parents refused to discuss anything about the potential migration,
almost as if they refused to accept what was happening. Paul's parents on the
other hand where happy for them, perhaps secretly hoping it would not happen.
The parents swapped rolls once the news was received, it was an emotional time
for everyone. All is well with all parents now; they hired a chauffeur driven
people carrier to take Paul, Donna and the Children to the airport at the beginning of their migrate to Perth journey.
LEAVING THE UK
Choosing to sell up everything and make a clean move to Perth Donna and Paul
sold their house in June 2005 and moved in with Donnas Mum and Dad
for 8 weeks!!
I can't remember the name of the removal company (it feels so long ago) we used
but they were fantastic! It took the removal company a day to pack up the house
they were very quick!!
A few tips to remember before the packers arrive:
SETTLING IN PERTH
Before they migrated to Perth Donna already had a friend who lived in Tapping and it was an area they liked.
Initially they stayed ??? before buying a lovely home in Carramar. Like Tapping
Carramar is close to Joondalup a satellite City to Perth. There home in
Carramar is central to everything, the school, good shopping facilities, close
to the freeway and public transport.
The children go to Carramar Primary School. It is a fantastic school, although
a lot of children attend the school at the moment. It only opened 12 months ago
and children form Tapping and Carramar attend. The school is already full to
capacity, but a primary school in Tapping is due to open in February 2007 so
that should reduce numbers as those in Tapping start to attend the new school.
We are currently saving for the children's senior school fees these are
approximately $5,000 a year each. In Perth you go to senior school when you are 12. This has meant that my son went back 2 years due to the
difference in education polices in WA, but as a result of that he gets
additional classes for children who excel in particular subjects.
SOCIAL LIFE IN PERTH
Donna loves the social side of things here in WA, there is so much for the family to do.
At Joondalup you have a roller skating arena, laser shooting, Olympic size arena with sporting/gym facilities, and Neil Hawkins park.
The Indian ocean is an 8 minutes drive from home and the Swan Valley is only a short drive.
Cycling is a big past time here for the whole family and there are bmx clubs, quad biking and scramblers
You can have surf lessons, join dancing clubs, play golf, the list is endless.
Then you have Perth City, Kings park, Cottesloe beach, and soo much more!
TIPS FOR NEW MIGRANTS