Australia is a beautiful, active, economically strong and culturally diverse country that is brimming with opportunities and thus has become a popular and prosperous destination for South Africans seeking to move abroad. Common reasons that South Africans prefer to migrate to Australia are due to the relaxed laid-back lifestyle. This allows most families to use Australia to reset and re-evaluate the important things in life.
The fact that the country has systems tailored to benefit its residents and citizens help ease the pressures and lighten loads relating to providing financially and emotionally for families. You will not have the prestige lifestyle as you may be used to back in South Africa (yet, for at least 2 years) however the initial standard of living covers all the basics and more during your settlement period. The local weather helps, having other lekker locals who enjoy the occasional shisa nyama keeping the local vibe going without having to worry about safety and security is another big motivating factor.
Other reasons include the endless business opportunities. With the increase in population growth from Asia Pacific and other major skilled countries, savvy and hard-working south Africans are seizing these opportunities to get their foot in as the competition is much lower and this drives innovation and ideas to business owners. The fact that South Africans are not skaam to try anything to make things work gives them an added advantage as more work is available that other locals might not be keen to do.
While its still advisable to be always cautioned, worrying about home invasions or the kind of crime that occurs in South Africa is not a prime concern. One cannot imagine how great it is to go almost anywhere and not have to wonder who is hiding in the bush, or even wearing your jewellery. The beaches and family day and night entertainment are refreshing for all nationalities in Australia and people striving to obey the local laws. Oh! and the cleanliness…. The streets are super clean. Australians are friendly, incredibly lovely people and always willing to lend a helping hand.
For those who want to earn and make money, there is no shortage of work especially if you hold key skills. Trade persons are in high demand, but there is a process to go through if you want to start this.
If you like sunshine, relaxed and semi-comfortable lifestyle Queensland is the state for you. Housing is also very affordable in Queensland. (I would liken Queensland/Gold Coast to Durban) – Its like a large coastal village with beautiful green mountain regions by the sea.
If you like living life on the edge and happy to carry with you every day a coat, a scarf, an umbrella and love the arts and unpredictable weather, then Melbourne Victoria is for you. Melbourne is full of international students, international food and little alleyways (sort of like a mini London) Wages are good but only industry specific.
Western Australia was once upon a time the place that almost 90% of South Africans migrated to. Especially during the mining boom. WA is like Cape Town – very laid back, flat city and suburbs and quite a lot of South Africans. So, if you feel like a home away from home and love Cape town weather, then I would recommend Perth WA.
New South Wales – and popular Sydney is for you if you have a super high paying job to go to, if you love major busy cities and don’t mind swiping your credit cards without caring about the price tag. It is an expensive city to live in compared to the others. Why not compare cost of living between areas in your spare time?
Adelaide or South Australia is known for its beautiful wineries, and agriculture lifestyle especially with the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills. Its well known for tourism and usually a chosen holiday destination for Australians.
Its always advisable to undertake accurate demographic research which will help you in making an informed decision on where you would like to settle, either based on lifestyle, economy, family or any other personal choice.
Where to from here? Why not explore more on how to move to Australia?