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January 2, 2013

Lizzie asks…

Can i have a dog in my own purchased unit? in Australia?

Hi I was wondering, I am planning to buy an apartment not a house, too expensive. I want to buy a property back in Australia in Queensland, but i don’t know the laws about having a small chihuahua allowed in a unit.

If I have purchased this unit and it’s considered my property, do i have the right to have a pet??

Administrator answers:

You should be able to have a dog if you buy the apt.


Maria asks…

How come outside of Queensland all households don’t have air conditioning in Australia?

Like in Queensland each room has one of those ceiling fans but I’ve yet to live or stay anywhere in Sydney or Melbourne with air conditioning. Are you people crazy? It’s the equivalent of living in a snowy country but without heating. And those stone houses are so super hot too. I just stayed in my sisters apartment in Sydney for 6 weeks & I sweltered in there. The temperature was hardly ever below 35 degrees in those concrete walled rooms. I was better off outside at night time than I was in her apartment. And of course, no air conditioning. She has a free standing fan from a store, but it didn’t make much difference. Everyone in the other apartments was the same, hardly any had air conditioning. This was an upmarket North Shore suburb too. Crazy!
Aflumpir – I didn’t delete any other questions, other people had them removed. Seems alot of you Aussies, yourself included, are a little oversensitive. Also I used to live in Oz for 3 years so I’m not going by a few households, I’m going by hundreds! I’m comparing as loads of NZers are moving to Oz & even vice versa now & I’m trying to figure out why as personally I think NZers are better off in NZ. Nothing wrong with asking questions trying to understand. Chill out dude.

Administrator answers:

I’m American and haven’t been to AUS, but I”m surprised AUS doesn’t have air conditioning to the extent we have here. Even where I live in Michigan (which is COLD in winter) nearly everyone has air conditioning, and by that I mean CENTRAL AIR — not the types that fit into walls or windows. (Unfortunately my apartment has a wall unit in the living room and a window unit in the bedroom.)

I read a statistic recently that back in 1973, only 36% of Americans had A/C, but now that figure is something around 85% or more.

I’m surprised AUS doesn’t have central air in homes, esp. If it’s so hot there in summer.

Richard asks…

how much would it cost to move from louisiana,US to queensland or sydney australia?

roughly. i’ve been debating it for awile but im having a hard time figuring out costs i would only bring the stuff i need. i am almost 20 years old and my life here is crap i want to leave it all behind so i want to move to a place where theres less crime and start over. factor in the flight,apartment costs ect. and if you dont have something nice to say dont say a thing :D i would probably plan a trip there first so how much would that cost aswell? also fill me in on any laws i should know about. ps. i love their accent.

Administrator answers:

I would suggest you obtain a holiday visa–one which will enable for you to stay for 3 months. If you are not interested in this option–you may apply for a Working Holiday Visa–
In order for you to immigrate–you would need to qualify–and from you have stated, it does not look like you would at this point in time.
You can inquire with the Australian Embassy closet to you. You just can not show up at the airport and remain–you must take the steps to migrate into this country— just like other do.
Good luck.

Donna asks…

Should I move from Australia to New Zealand?

I live in Queensland. I have always wanted to move somewhere away from my parents because I want to live my own life without my parents and siblings saying: “Loose weight” or “Have kids”. I used to live in Victoria with my family, but I moved to Queensland so I could get some space. I have recently realised that they still fly up all the time and want to stay in me and my wifes cramped apartment so they can enjoy the beach. I have been offered a job in Melbourne but I want to look for a job in Auckland. Atleast if I move to New Zealand, my parents wont be on my back 24/7 and I wont get suprise visits so often. I know it sounds horrible but I just want a fresh start so I can gain 20 pounds, have kids and buy things whenever I want without their opinions butting in and me feeling ashamed! I want to also keep my Apartment in Queensland and rent it out so I can go on holiday whenever I want! I have also gained ALOT of weight since I got married 2 years ago, so going to the beach, although I love doing it, is’nt as much a regular activity as it was when I had abs!
Queensland, Melbourne or Auckland – no bias opinions!
Tell me about them all and why I should live there!
Remember – I’m 28, a phycologist and overweight so don’t try and convince me with “lovely beaches” because thats not really a priority and I am keeping my apartment wherever I go!
ALSO IMPORTANT!: How do I move to New Zealand?

Administrator answers:

I currently live in New Zealand (moving to Melbourne next week). NZ wage/income is a lot less than Aus, the minimum wage has just been bumped up to $13.50 for adults and the NZ$ is quite weak at the moment. However for a specialised wage you’re looking from $15. Auckland would be one of the dearer cities to live in NZ. Finding work in a specialised field can also be quite difficult, I would recommend looking on job sites to see what’s out there. An excellent site is it has a real estate page for buying or renting in NZ and a Job search engine, I guess its similar to gumtree.
Wellington would be a good city in NZ to look into, it has some similarities to Melbourne. The city sways more to Art and Culture whereas Auckland is more of a Business City (am somewhat grossly generalising here). Also another factor to take into account is the Christchurch earthquake, the ChCh city still remains cordoned off so alot of specialised people are out of employment and re-locating. However there is also job vacancies in Christchurch for Labour work etc.

If you’re an Australian citizen moving here shouldn’t be to difficult all you’ll need is a current passport, work/renting references. Most people use shipping containers to transport housing content which is affordable. Check out

Hope my answer is of some help, hop onto trademe, there’s also a message board so there might be people in your industry able to direct you in the right place.

Nancy asks…

Recommend a decent hotel on the Gold Coast?

This question is for people who have stayed in hotels / motels / serviced apartments on the Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia). I’m asking on here because I’ve noticed the star ratings for accommodation there have slipped and I don’t feel I can trust them.

Can you please recommend some decent accommodation anywhere on the Gold Coast.
My preferences in order of importance are:
~Parking space
~Decent service (although room service and daily cleaning aren’t vital, I just hate rude staff)
~Air Con.
~Decent view

I’m intending to spend no more than$120 per night – but I’m open to figures above this too.

Planning trip to the Gold Coast, QLD in March. 3 night stay.
Anywhere on the coast between Surfers Paradise and Tweed Heads.

Administrator answers:

We are at breakfree beachpoint, dont really remember how much a night but we have an amazing view but u gotta ask for the view when you book and also pretty close to everything, really clean, nice, very spacious, our room has a big loungeroom, kitchen is medium sized with dishwasher, fridge oven everything, theres a washing machine and dryer in our room, a bathroom with bath and shower, room with two double beds and another room with a queen size bed and ensuite, theres a tennis court, secure parking, internet facilities, indoor pool, stem room spa, outdoor pool, barbeques, right near the busstop to go to seaworld and 5 min walk to busstop for the other theme parks, beach is 5 seconds away and the lifeguard tower is right there with flags, its pretty close to everything :)

Steven asks…

Honeymoon in northern Australia in August of 2011?

Something warm, like Queensland/Cairns etc. any nice resorts by the beach that are good for honeymooners, but not overly expensive? no “apartment style”

Administrator answers:

Try the Capricorn Coast out in central Queensland a couple of examples are- the 98 restaurant at Rockhampton which is a superb boutique and restaurant. OR Kenshaw House at Rockhampton, near to some beautiful gardens.

Mandy asks…

Is this the begging of a mass japanese evacuation to australia?

Japanese refugee plan to go before Prime Minister Julia Gillard

* By Gavin King
* From: The Cairns Post
* March 17, 2011 8:18AM

QUEENSLAND Senator Jan McLucas will meet Prime Minister Julia Gillard next week to discuss the proposal to open the Far North’s doors to thousands of Japanese tsunami refugees.

Senator McLucas said the idea, floated by businessman Dean Pradal in response to the unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Japan, was worth exploring.

Under the plan, up to 5000 Japanese people left homeless by the tsunami could be housed in hotels and apartments across the Far North for up to six months, The Cairns Post said.

Up to 500,000 people are homeless after last Friday’s earthquake and tsunami.

The relocation plan would need to be subsidised by the Federal Government’s foreign aid budget, which is expected to contribute millions of dollars to the embattled country.

* Nuclear refugees breathe easier Courier Mail, 4 days ago

Senator McLucas applauded the Far Northern community for generating the offer of help for Japan, with similar sentiments on display in the wake of the Victorian bushfires, the floods and cyclone Yasi. “Japan is much more than a trading partner to Australia, they are our friends and they are in need of help,” she said.

“The Far North has a particularly strong connection to Japan and it is heartening to see the goodwill on offer by locals.

“I will raise the offer with the Prime Minister when we’re back in Parliament next week and explore whether such an idea is possible.

“Most importantly, we need to consider whether Japan would be accepting of this form of support and is something their local residents want.”

Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch also supports the idea, saying he had spoken to Coalition leader Tony Abbott.

Is this the start of a japanese evacuation to australia?…getting us used to seeing a few thousand then in short order massively increasing their numbers into the hundreds of thousands and muillions in the longer term escepcially if the radiactive fears a realized and large parts of japan are rendered unsafe for human habitation?

Administrator answers:

I think we should accommodate the good people of Japan while they need help. Modern Japan is a great ally of Australia and this is our chance to show them we appreciate their friendship. It also would give us some more voice to criticise their whaling programs.
Whaling aside they are good people with good values. I am happy to share my land with them. They are not illegal immigrants arriving here uninvited They can stay while their towns are rebuilt and return home with a stronger love for their friend nation Australia. Its a win win in my opinion.

Carol asks…

Australia: Is $3,000/month after taxes enough?

I’d most likely live in a one-bedroom apartment with no partner nor children – outside of Sydney (Melbourne or Queensland)

Administrator answers:

36k per year after tax?? You, and all of the people who have said you can live on that are dreaming if you want to live in Melbourne or Brisbane which are both expensive cities. You’ll be paying at least $1300 per month just for accommodation (no food, no utilities, no travel expenses) which is 43.3% of your net income – that’s too high. It’s only a few thousand over minimum wage and people on minimum wage can live, but not very well. You’ll manage, but it will be a struggle and if you need to run a car, forget it.

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