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|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by khattab008: 12:34pm On Apr 26|
Olinga:How realistic is this though? Hitting that score will be very challenging, just saying.
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by bigheadday: 1:31pm On Apr 26|
Wow! This might be difficult oooo but will try my best. I used to think Canada's score is high but from your reply it seems Australia requires much higher score.
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by GoodMemory: 7:37am On Apr 27|
Feedback on traffic fine.
I wrote them but they declined to waive it. They reiterated that driving through the red light was a grave offence and quoted all the sections in the manual etc.
So, I have no option but to pay.
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by LadyHeaven(f): 7:59am On Apr 27|
Welcome to Australia,
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|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by GoodMemory: 10:40am On Apr 27|
A week before Easter, we decided on a trip to Sydney. Flight tickets for a family of 4 was a record high especially because it was close to Easter holidays. The alternative was to drive. Drive 870km? We immediately booked a room in a hotel in the CBD just 2km away from the Harbour.
We set out at 4:00am and by 8:00am just before sunrise, we had covered about 400km. It is generally my practice when doing long distance trips to set out very early so I can at least cover at least half or two-third before sunrise. It helps prevent fatigue caused by heat and humidity.
There are rest areas regularly spaced along the highway. Some of the rest areas have amenities such as restaurants, toilets, enough space to walk around and stretch your legs. Etc.
We got to Sydney at about 2:00pm. The whole journey took about 10 hours with two stops of 30 minutes each. Surprisingly, we were not tired. Why should we be anyway? The road was good (Not one pothole on an 850km stretch) and car suspension was good. Then it dawned on me the reason it feels like a hammer has been used on your body joints when you travel from Lagos to Abuja(750km) is because of the condition of the road and public transport.
We immediately changed into other clothes and headed for the Harbour. It was simply breathtaking and for a moment, I was envious of my naija folks in Sydney. The Harbour dwarfs Melbourne’s Yarra River by every bit of the imagination.
After a week in Sydney, we felt we had seen enough. I think there are more to see in Sydney than in Melbourne. The Harbour, the Bridge, Seal Life Aquarium, Bondi beach, Ferry trip on the harbour etc. We also visited 4 of the wealthiest suburbs in Sydney. I wasn’t shopping for a house there oo. (Lol).
The return trip was smoother. We left the hotel at 3am and by 1pm we were in the house in Melbourne.
For those who might be curious to know, see the info below:
1. Total cost of fuel – AUD 250(To and fro, Sydney local trips inclusive)
2. There are constant warning signs urging drivers to take a powernap. This is really a great safety measure. It prevents dozing.
3. The biggest hazard were animals crossing the road. We lost count of killed kangaroos on the road. You must be very careful.
4. Get enough munchies and drinks. It might also help to play your favourite playlist of songs you haven’t listened to in a while. They will keep you awake. Before we left Melbourne, I burnt on a cd 200 oldies. So, if one is 3mins long, 200 songs would play for 600mins(10hours!).
5. There are Safe T-Cams which are basically cameras that record vehicle number plates as they pass. The system calculates travel time taken between two points.
If the actual travel time is less than the allowable time for that journey, one might find oneself in trouble. So be careful.
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|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by GoodMemory: 11:30am On Apr 27|
Sydney V Melbourne
Potential migrants are often faced with the difficult choice of Sydney or Melbourne. In my estimate, the probability of moving to either Sydney or Melbourne is 40% each. Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane share the remaining 20%.
I do not know if I am qualified to write on the difference between Sydney and Melbourne as I only spent 1 week in Sydney, but I will try and present an unbiased view of both cities. I will also rely on contributors who have lived substantially in both cities to correct me wherever my views are inaccurate.
For the purpose of this exercise, I will give a 1 to the winner and 0 to the loser. Please note the 0 point does not represent an absent of that factor in a city, rather it is only a relative score.
JOBS – Sydney 1 Melbourne 0
I am tempted to make this area a tie between Sydney and Melbourne, but I think it will not be fair to Sydney if I did so. A quick search of the keyword “accounting” on www.seek.com.au returned 5,841 jobs for Sydney and 4,052 for Melbourne. This is particularly close. A second search for the keyword “Engineering” returned 5,081 for Sydney and 4,016 jobs for Melbourne. Once again, a 0 does not represent difficulty in getting a job in Melbourne, it is merely a comparison between number of jobs in Melbourne and Sydney. Having said that, you can see the returns are close so either choice is a good one.
SALARY - Sydney 1 Melbourne 0
According to Numbeo, average monthly salary after tax in Sydney is 5,179.21 A$ while that of Melbourne is 4,556.03 A$ (April 2019). Remember, these are just average values.
COST OF LIVING - Sydney 1 Melbourne 1
This is a tie as the cost of living is a function of average salaries earned. While cost of living is higher in Sydney, salaries are higher too so it evens out. See the link below.
TRANSPORTATION - Sydney 0 Melbourne 1
This is one area where Melbourne wins hands down. Moving from point A to B is quite easier in Melbourne as it operate trains, tram and buses as against Sydney’s trains and buses.
FOOD AND CULTURE - Sydney 0 Melbourne 1
Melbourne has on several occasions won the Most Liveable City in the world. Melbourne is known as Australia’s coffee capital. Asian and European cuisines are also everywhere. It is often said Melbourne has great restaurants but Sydney great pubs. As a Nigerian, I doubt if this will have any effect on your lifestyle as we are traditionally lovers of naija food. (smiles)
SPORTS - Sydney 0 Melbourne 1
Most Aussies claim, though ignorantly that Melbourne is the sport capital of the world! While this may be far-fetched, I think when compared to Sydney, it takes the upper hand. Formula One Grand Prix, Australian Tennis Open, AFL Grand Final are some of the major sporting events in Melbourne. So if you are a sport lover, Melbourne is the place to be.
WEATHER - Sydney 1 Melbourne 0
This is a subjective one. Some people prefer a cold weather to a warm one. Melbourne is colder than Sydney. Melburnians say there are 4 seasons in one day. In Melbourne, it’s 5 degrees in the morning, 32 degrees in the afternoon and 10 degrees in the night with lots of rain. One day, maximum temp is 35 degrees, the next, it’s a high of 18 degrees, so temperatures fluctuate in Melbourne.
Temperatures are relatively warmer and more stable in Sydney.
ROAD NETWORK AND URBAN PLANNING - Sydney 0 Melbourne 1
I wish I could give Melbourne 2 points here because it wins hands down! The roads network in Sydney are horrible. Very narrow, undulating and confusing. To me, the planning of the roads looks more like an after-thought. There are also many roads sign warnings and visible traffic cops. In Melbourne, you can drive months without sighting a traffic patrol.
SAFETY - Sydney 1 Melbourne 0
To Nigerians who are moving to Australia, you might not see the difference in this regard. Australia is safe and you can sleep with your eyes closed in both cities. However, lately there have been concerns about cyclist gangs (Middle eastern extraction) and African gang violence in Melbourne. Even though the organized African gang thing was the creation of the media, there is still some elements of violence among the Sudanese youths.
Having said that, both cities are safe, and you can walk anytime of the day without fear of being mugged.
GENERAL FEEL - Sydney 0 Melbourne 1
Melbourne is pretty laid-back when compared to Sydney. Sydneysiders seem to be more in a hurry. They hardly maintain eye contacts. At a time, I felt it was good in some ways as that was different from the crazy stares in Melbourne. On second thoughts, I realized most of the people I met were tourists who do not really care where you came from. Then I went to the suburbs and the staring started. This is a subjective one, but I personally think Melburnians are generally nicer and more approachable than Sydneysiders, so my point goes to Melbourne
Total Sydney 5/10 - Melbourne 6/10
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|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by adetolanex: 1:55pm On Apr 27|
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by bellong: 1:48am On Apr 28|
Ok. Well, at least you tried and it extends the payment period. If you want, you can choose to pay in installments like $50/month.
Good trip you had. I am hoping in the very near future, I will be able to travel round the country in a caravan. I have only done Sydney - Adelaide, Adelaide - Melbourne - Canberra - Sydney and Adelaide - Perth.
Long drive is interesting and fun with the roads except for the speed limit which I consider ridiculously too low @110km/h for the freeways. I usually do over the limit though where I am sure there are no cameras and no mobile cameras. When I want to go on a long drive, I do check the websites of all the State Police I will pass through for where mobile cameras will be stationed each day.
Hopefully I can find people who will be interested in doing the country tour to move in a group.
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|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by grandstar(m): 2:07am On Apr 28|
Do the criminal stigma attached to South Sudanese youths especially, does it rub off on other blacks?
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by afosahid: 4:59am On Apr 28|
Road Trips are definitely gonna be fun. Especially with the quality of roads. I did Sydney to Newcastle, about 165km, a couple of times between March & April. About 3 rest areas (barely had to use them though due to short distance) with restaurant and other amenities.
I was always conscious of the speed limit as there are speed cameras even on the highways and I also find the 110km/hr maximum speed limit ridiculous but the fear of fine always keeps me driving within the limit. Every time i felt the urge to exceed the speed limit, I'd almost always find a police patrol vehicle that had stopped some drivers for most likely speeding offences.
There is still plenty of time to see the country!
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Mzally: 1:54pm On Apr 28|
My family and I have our PR and we are planning to relocate in Dec. For those living in Sydney how easy is it to secure a good school for kids of age 6 and 8 years. Wouldn't it be too late to get a good school assuming we arrive in December 15th.
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Bnimz(m): 3:16pm On Apr 28|
Sign me up ooo.. I will do
I dey only get this kind mind when the terrain is flat enough that I can see at least a kilometer or 2 of road at a stretch - just to be sure there are no cars with suspicious looking antennas on the road ....ehen, we fit dey go 150..... Otherwise, as a NSW somebody, the fear of Highway patrol is the enforcement of speed limit
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Okonsss: 5:29pm On Apr 28|
I am speechless �. This is beautiful. Well constructed and delivered. If only many of us think this way, we would have gone far. A friend of mine in Dublin told me Nigerians there love keeping to themselves. I was like, what the hell? Sh tried several times to get close to most of them in are school and she keeps getting a piss off attitude from them.
We all must learn to be there for ourselves, we are Nigerians and we should be proud of it, irrespective of the bad reputation we have. Let's be an instrument of change wherever we find ourselves, let's show foreigners that we all are not as bad as the think or say.
Thank you once again for the powerful words.
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Alphadoor: 1:00am On Apr 29|
@belong @bnimz @afosahid........
sign me up for road trips
I missed a road trip to Riverina over the easter break and i still can't get over it.
Hoping to knock it off at the nearest opportunity.
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Alphadoor: 1:07am On Apr 29|
Mzally:This issue of school placement, day care and preschool is location dependent. Based on my experience it can be very stressful here in Sydney. However people have reported easy placement in this same Sydney.
Families outside Sydney have reported easy pezzy placements for their kids
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by GoodMemory: 5:17am On Apr 29|
I doff my hat to you on the Adelaide-Perth trip. Google says it's 2,697 km. That's no small distance.
Count me in too for any of such long trips.
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by GoodMemory: 5:22am On Apr 29|
I think it depends on the date of birth of your kids.
There are some good info here:
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|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by GoodMemory: 5:34am On Apr 29|
It all depends on who you meet.
To an extreme far right winger, it does not matter if you are Sudanese or Nigerian, he hates all blacks.
A liberal minded (leftist) who is well traveled might know the difference. Though that on its own makes me sad at times when non-blacks play the "You are different from the Sudanese" card. On such instances, I defend the Sudanese. I am an African after all.
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by chidike(m): 12:39pm On Apr 29|
Just got back from a short break in Sydney, quite liked it as it was my first time there. The city was really quiet as most people I believe were away on holiday. Toured the city as well, but the highlight of my trip lwas my visit to the blue mountains, it is a UNESCO world heritage site and really breath taking. I've attached a few pics from my trip.
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by chidike(m): 12:46pm On Apr 29|
A few more...
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by ideamaster(m): 1:58pm On Apr 29|
Nice one. I like long distance trips. Is it dual carriageway all thru between Sydney and Melbourne?
The kind of road affects the speed limit. I love the drive between Sydney and Newcastle. It's mostly 3 lanes dual carriageway with 110km/h limit. But as expected, there is a fixed camera along the way and traffic cops are usually hiding along the way. I always used Waze app instead of Google Maps when I was driving in Sydney and surrounding areas.
After Newcastle, heading towards Tamworth, it becomes the boring single lane with overtaking lanes and 100km/h speed limit.
Btw, I don't think those Safe-T cams and average speed camera sites scattered around Nsw are turned on for light vehicles. They are for heavy vehicles/trucks.
As for kangaroos, the threat is way higher at dawn and dusk. That's one disadvantage of leaving very early in the morning on those interior single carriage highways. Apparently, the kangaroos are blinded by your headlights or they just have a special love for it. That's the reason they jump towards the light.
I would love to do Brisbane to Perth either thru the back roads/shorter route or thru Sydney.
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|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by GoodMemory: 2:46am On Apr 30|
Yes it is a dual carriageway all through.
You are right about the Kangaroos hopping out at dawn or dusk. They are nocturnal in nature, so are very active during the night.
We saw more dead ones on the return trip from Sydney to Melbourne. They must have been killed by vehicles the night before or at the wee hours of that morning.
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by rinzylee(m): 9:56am On Apr 30|
Hope no one is arrested for running over kangaroos? Just thinking �
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Mailthaddeus(m): 4:29pm On May 01|
I need an answer to this pls.
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by trastar(f): 1:43am On May 02|
Alphadoor remember I suggestED whatsapp group for Nigerians in sydney? Oya na
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|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by trastar(f): 2:06am On May 02|
I am curious, what field do you work in?
Also, do you think the 5 page CV affected your applications?
Congratulations on the new job. na God win las las
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by afosahid: 7:02am On May 02|
Thanks. Background is Mechanical Engineering. Work experience has been in metal fabrication as a Quality Assurance and control professional. My Quality Assurance experience is also very relevant to a lot of industries like manufacturing and the likes.
I honestly can't say the 5 page CV affected applications negatively. I know for a fact that most recruiters here use ATS (Applicant tracking System) software to review CVs of hundreds of applicants. This basically searches applicant's CVs for keywords relevant to the job descriptions for the roles advertised. So whether your CV has just 1 page or 5 pages, so long as the keywords match for the roles advertised, you should be shortlisted. I was very concerned I wasn't getting as many call backs as expected. But the general advice here even from people who have been in the industry for a while is to keep your CV concise.
Key advice from me is that all new applicants should not just apply indiscriminately for jobs. Your job applications must be targeted. Read job descriptions and tailor your CV to suit the requirements of the role so long as it is in your field and you have the experience. Some people even go as far as lifting the job description from the role advertised and just make slight modifications to their CV. This will most likely help you pass the ATS screening and increase your chances of getting an invitation for interview.
These are key areas prospective migrants and new arrivals should be paying attention to. I noticed a good number of people only want to see pictures and read about the beautiful stories about holidays and the road trips. My people, your first few months in this country can be quite tough ooo. Pay attention to the key details you need to navigate the job market here. Don't let reality hit you unprepared
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by afosahid: 3:33am On May 03|
@bellong @Alphadoor @Bnimz @trastar @goodmemory
What is your take regarding the flu jabs usually given at most work places ahead/during the cold season. Not sure, but i think i remember reading an advice not to take it. Just want to sample different opinions on the subject and what is your reason for taking or refusing to take the vaccine. Thanks
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by bellong: 1:05am On May 04|
I usually get running nose during the rainy season in Nigeria. It was so bad when I served in Jos due to their round the year cold season. When I arrived Australia in May which is pre-winter season, I had this terrible running nose accompanied with headache similar to my experience in Jos. I won the war when winter was over.
The following year while working with South Australia Police, the flu jab was compulsory, had the jab and I never experienced the running (runny) nose trouble. The jab saved me. However, in the following year, I took the jab elsewhere, I still had the same challenge which means, the vaccine is not as strong as the previous one or the problem has developed resistance against the vaccine.
I didn't have a jab last year and I experienced very minimal trouble with the nose.
I do know that vaccines are designed to wage war against certain virus while killing some antibodies in the system. There have been series of allegations and counter allegations against the vaccine. Previously in a state, a particular jab gave a young girl traumatic brain injury which led to the discontinuation of that particular vaccine. The girl could have been allergic to the content of the vaccine because there was no widespread effect of the same problem.
My opinion is that each family should weigh their options and do the best for their families. The jab could be a lifesaver and it may not contribute anything to fight against the flu. The flu in this country could be very dangerous as it has killed a lot of people. The best antidote is going natural. While winter is very mild in this country, you still have to take care of yourself, keep warm, don't be stingy with heating and let the house be warm. Drink herbal tea, hot pepper soup, eat a lots of fruit and you will be fine.
Some vaccines are better stayed away from.
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by Biakwa: 6:01am On May 04|
Good morning house.,
Please which link can I access for Australia immigration,i want to ask some questions..
Is it easier applying for Australia/Canadian immigration from Dublin or from Nigeria.. Am currently studying in Dublin and I have been denied Canadian student visa before coming to Dublin...
|Re: Living In Australia/life As An Australian Immigrant by 2baga(m): 8:46pm On May 04|
So Sydney Australia is the magic town where things are happening
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