Migrating to Australia is more popular than ever before. People from South East Asia, South Africa and the UK form the largest groups considering a move to the wonderful land of Oz.
The process of moving to Australia can sometimes be complex and involves everything from bmsb fumigation to months long quarantines of your pets. Despite these details, Australia still remains a top destination choice for people looking for better opportunities.
Helpful Tips When Planning an Australian Relocation
There are several reasons why people may be considering a move to Australia. Since Australia is a developed country with a stellar reputation for being welcome to migrants as well as offering well paid jobs and excellent medical services, it’s no wonder it’s on many people’s list of top five places to relocate to.
However, once you’re past all the red tape, requirements and preconditions that need to be met, it’s important to know what awaits you in Australia. While relocation websites are all about teaching you regarding everything from the correct documents to the right types of shipping container transport options to consider, there are a few things many people only discover once they’re here.
Our travel experts have compiled a list of facts that no relocation agent usually teaches you, but that you should know to make your first few weeks less confusing and a little entertaining.
1. Coffee is Important
Many people may not be aware of the fact that back in 2008, Starbucks was forced to close at least 70% of their coffee outlets across Australia. The reason wasn’t because Australians didn’t enjoy coffee. Rather, Australians prefer quality coffee above mass-produced, watery drinks. So, if you’re a coffee lover, wondering if you’ll get your favourite drink, rest assured that the coffee will be better than ever!
2. Vegemite is a Staple
There’s a running joke among people who talk to potential immigrants that you have to consume a teaspoon of Vegemite, without grimacing, to pass your citizenship test. Luckily, that’s not really the case.
3. Learn the Beer Sizes
If you’re going to head over to the nearest bar when your plane lands—to calm your nerves of course—it might be a good idea to learn the different beer sizes. In addition to beers coming in unusual quantities, they also have special names for each size. Here’s a quick guide:
- Pot: 285 ml
- Schooner: 450 ml
- Pint: 570 ml
- Jug: 1140 ml
However, in South Australia, the names may be a little different. These are some of the names to memorise:
- Horse or a pony: 140 ml
- Butcher: 200 ml
- Middle: 285 ml
- Schimmiddie: 350 ml
- Fifteen: 425 ml
4. It’s Fine to Walk Around Barefoot
Depending on where you’re moving from, the thought of running around barefoot might seem a little odd. However, in Australia (and New Zealand) it’s not at all uncommon to see people walking around without shoes or socks on. It’s a great way to give your feet a break from tight shoes and also to reconnect with the earth.
5. Most People Don’t Lock Their Doors
Again, if you’re moving from a place that has a high crime rate, it may surprise you to learn that many people in Australia don’t lock their doors. For the most part this has to do with a low crime rate and a general trust of other people. Australians also have a general respect for other people’s property.
6. Barbequing is a National Past Time
Australians absolutely adore barbequing. In fact, it’s right up there with the love for vegemite. Aside from being a wonderful way to connect with family and friends, the Australian climate is awesome for outdoor cooking.
Note: the barbequing pastime is referred to as “having a barbie.”
The most common foods to include in your first barbie include:
- Sausages (colloquially called “snags”)
- Lamb chops
- Meat skewers/kebabs
7. Australian Slang Can be Challenging
Many people assume that because they speak English and Australians speak English that everyone will understand each other. The reality is that there’s English and then there’s Australian English!
Some of the more unusual slang terms you might find entertaining include:
- Bottle-o: Liquor shop
- Sunnies: Sunglasses
- Bathers: Swimsuit
- Chrissie: Christmas
- Aussie salute: Brushing away flies with your hand
- Truckie: Truck driver
- Yakka: Hard work
- Crikey Mikey: Snake
- Mozzie: Mosquito
While you’re researching the requirements needed to relocate to Australia, it’s a good idea to read up on the lingo, mannerisms and general behaviours you can expect. That way you won’t feel too much like a fish out of water when you step off the plane. It’s also smart to join a few social media groups where ex-pats can give you a few tips to make the transition so much easier!