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Hi Everyone,

this is my first post in my first forum for someone like me thinking of making the move to Australia.

a brief about who I am and what...

I work as a Customer Support Specialist (or Support Engineer) for a Medical Device company. I hold dual-citizenship (USA/Israel) and have been living in Israel for the past 19 years. I am about to be offered a position at our company's branch in North Ryde Australia and I am completely clueless. What do I mean by that? If they make me the offer (salary, that is). I have no idea what it means in regards to cost of living. We are a family of four, my wife and I, and two kids (7 and 6). I expect there to be a small "relocation package" but after a month or two I will be expected to be 'on my own'. I would expect it to take a while for my wife to find work. kids get situated, etc.. so we may need to rely on my salary alone in the beginning. I have no idea where to start in this forum. What is the cost of living in the area? (renting a three bedroom house or apartment). What are the areas like, taxes, what would be a reasonable salary to support a family of four? I don't have a clue where to start with all the questions, this is it.

thanks.

al.
 

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Hi Everyone,

this is my first post in my first forum for someone like me thinking of making the move to Australia.

a brief about who I am and what...

I work as a Customer Support Specialist (or Support Engineer) for a Medical Device company. I hold dual-citizenship (USA/Israel) and have been living in Israel for the past 19 years. I am about to be offered a position at our company's branch in North Ryde Australia and I am completely clueless. What do I mean by that? If they make me the offer (salary, that is). I have no idea what it means in regards to cost of living. We are a family of four, my wife and I, and two kids (7 and 6). I expect there to be a small "relocation package" but after a month or two I will be expected to be 'on my own'. I would expect it to take a while for my wife to find work. kids get situated, etc.. so we may need to rely on my salary alone in the beginning. I have no idea where to start in this forum. What is the cost of living in the area? (renting a three bedroom house or apartment). What are the areas like, taxes, what would be a reasonable salary to support a family of four? I don't have a clue where to start with all the questions, this is it.

thanks.

al.

Hey mate,

Congrates on the move to Australia.
Here is a estimate breakdown.

Accommodation- roughly $400 to $500 a week for a 3 bedroom 1 bath, depending on location. SO might be looking arounnd 1600 to 2000 per month.

Taxes- They would already be deducted from your salary, so probably in the discussion stage, you might want to ask your employers on what you are taking home post Tax, and not pre-tax.

Wife working- Probably check with your employers, since i assume that they are sponsoring you, if your wife will have work rights. If she does, it shouldnt take too long to find a job.

Food and Groceries- $200 a week is an estimate, so about $800.

Utilities- Gas and Electric, estimate around $200 a month, Internet- Around $ 70 a month.

Eating out- Assuming for a family, you eat out once a week at a restaurant, about $150 each time.

Transport- I assume you already have a car, and pump gas once every 2 weeks at $60 for a full tank.

So in total= Rent- ($2000) + Groceries ( $800 ) + Utilities ( $270) + Entertainment ( $150 x 4 = $ 600 )+ Gas ($120) = $3790 a month.

I didnt include school, cause im assuming your employers are paying for it. This is just an estimate though, but hope it helps with giving your a clearer picture and how much you need to manage.
 

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Hi There,

I guess you will be travelling here on a visa 457.
If that's the case then the first thing to ensure is your kids get their school fees paid by your employer. Australian states have different rules for school fees, you are coming to Sydney which is in NSW and the primary school fees are $ 4610 for the first year and then $4500 then on till year 6.
I do not have an idea about the high school fees.

Please ensure you get this clarified with your employer.

Cost of living is quite high in Sydney, house rents are weekly and in North Ryde it is anywhere between $500-600 a week. Weekly groceries for a family of 4 will be about $100 and mobile phones etc are also not cheap. Companies like TPG offer internet + phone for about $79 a month where you get unlimited calls to 11 countries including the USA (not sure about israel).

Dependant visa holders can work but the current market is not quite good, also it being the end of the year there will be less jobs available now, the scene will change come February-March 2014 and new jobs will appear on leading job sites like SEEK - Australia's no. 1 jobs, employment, career and recruitment site

Abhijit




Hi Everyone,

this is my first post in my first forum for someone like me thinking of making the move to Australia.

a brief about who I am and what...

I work as a Customer Support Specialist (or Support Engineer) for a Medical Device company. I hold dual-citizenship (USA/Israel) and have been living in Israel for the past 19 years. I am about to be offered a position at our company's branch in North Ryde Australia and I am completely clueless. What do I mean by that? If they make me the offer (salary, that is). I have no idea what it means in regards to cost of living. We are a family of four, my wife and I, and two kids (7 and 6). I expect there to be a small "relocation package" but after a month or two I will be expected to be 'on my own'. I would expect it to take a while for my wife to find work. kids get situated, etc.. so we may need to rely on my salary alone in the beginning. I have no idea where to start in this forum. What is the cost of living in the area? (renting a three bedroom house or apartment). What are the areas like, taxes, what would be a reasonable salary to support a family of four? I don't have a clue where to start with all the questions, this is it.

thanks.

al.
 

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Thanks Sam and Abhijit,

that was some very informative stuff. The fees for primary school though, is that $4500 per kid per year... That is an awful lot of money to send my children to a public school. Is it "normal" for employers to pick up that tab. If it is for each kid, I am looking at somewhere around the $5.2-5.5k per month as a 'cost of living'.
Wow... I do hope we are talking Australian Dollars here.
 

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Yes we are talking Australian Dollars here :)

I had to fight with my employers for getting the fees reimbursed which they eventually did, but there is no such law for an employer to bear the school fees.

The process is that you visit the school first and get a few pages on the enrollment form stamped by the school principal (they will need the child's passport and one parents passport for verification plus one proof of residence which will be your lease agreement) and then you pay the fees first cause they are paid not to the school but to the department of education NSW and then the child is admitted to the closest school from your residence or any school that is within the catchment area if your residence.

Sam is correct in the amounts listed on monthly expenses, it is quite costly to stay in Sydney... Melbourne is cheaper in the sense Victoria has no school fees even for 457 visa holders and the house rents are much lower than Sydney.

Abhijit

Thanks Sam and Abhijit,

that was some very informative stuff. The fees for primary school though, is that $4500 per kid per year... That is an awful lot of money to send my children to a public school. Is it "normal" for employers to pick up that tab. If it is for each kid, I am looking at somewhere around the $5.2-5.5k per month as a 'cost of living'.
Wow... I do hope we are talking Australian Dollars here.
 
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