I thought this would be a good thread to start but more of an information here; knowing alot of Papua New Guineans are now finding jobs and getting employed in Australia the transition can be a nightmare cause this is a completely different society to home although its only a few miles away from home from QLD.
Some of the things that you need to consider:-
1) Rent / Accommodation
2) Electricity / Water / Gas / Telephone bills etc
3) Best ways of getting a cheap car and where (recomend in the cities)
4) Children's education is very important. In most cases your children will be eligible for public/state schools. This is free education. Expenses are normally for additional subjects, uniforms for summer & winter. You have to prepare your child's lunch or order through the school. In your child's lunch should at least have 3 things. Lunch eg, sandwich or roll or burger etc, a fruit (apple/orange) and chocolate and some schools recommend 2 lunch sets prepared.
5) Child Neglegence is a NO GO so be careful like alone at home or no lunch at school. You'll be in trouble!!!
6) Medical Cover usually the employer should be providing the details
7) Furniture (better off geting 2nd hand furnitures in most cases its almost new)
8) If your children are teenagers; encourage them to work, the Aust society teaches its children to be independent at a young age as well as managing their own finance
9) If your kids are in school, get your wife to find casual work like refillers in shops, cleaning, assistants in shops or schools or if they are professionals it will be easy to find suitable jobs around. This will help them boost their morale to mingle around and overcome the cultural shock.
10) Cloths are expensive, check out the 2nd hand or better watch the specials that come about eg, its better to shop for winter cloths during summer cause they are low on demand and so cheaper and the same with summer cloths, better to shop for them during winter.
11) Get to know your neighbours; do not close in and keep to yourself - open up and break barriers. You never know it is your neighbour that will either save you or you will save him/her in the event of an emergency.
Well so much of that information i shall leave it with the others to fill in on more details.
School aged children under the age of 12 should not be left alone . If possible after school care should be organised if both parents are working. After school
cares and child care facilities can be very costly. if your wife intends to work
it would be ideal to look for a Job thatwill work around the kids school hours so she should get home in time before the kids get home from school.
don't forget to repay any money that you may borrow, return the favour if someone buys you a coffee, round of drinks or return the favour if someone does you a good deed. It is expected that money is returned even if it is 50c, otherwise you will be called a "bludger"
* When at pubs with friends, don't drink to get drunk but drink for pleasure.
* In PNG people drive at speeds way beyond speed limits and still get away with it. Stick to speed limits when in Oz. It saves you from accidents and/or fines.
I personally find it annoying that I have to say hello to every single damn papua new guinean I see on the street. Most of the time, I'm on my way to work or busy doing something and they look at you with this look of expectation and I honestly could not be stuffed. Do you see other nationalities all going out of their way to greet each other on the street?
Yeah I suppose you are right. There is a great sense on friendliness (greeting everyone on the street)in PNG which I find quite nice but it can be annoying sometimes, particularly when one have other important things to do. And it can such a time waster.
Anonymous, maski acting white nambaut long Australia ya. Yu traipla PNG ya. Pasin bilong yumi em bilong smile na helpim wantok ya. Don't get too confused by the whiteman's system and lose your identity. You might become another insane vagrant in that place. Always remember your roots and greet your wantoks regardless of where you live on the planet.
I love having people from PNG stop and talk to me. Only my mother is from PNG so sometimes people don't realise I'm from PNG but when they do and they smile I will always stop and speak to them.
I've been living in Australia for 20 years (am only 24 years old) and I don't see that many PNGeans so it's fantastic.
Embrace our culture and people and if they stop and look at your or smile wanting to talk do take the time because you don't know what they may say or need - they could be feeling isolated and are simply releived to recognise their own people...
I don't know, but please don't not say hello to me when I smile and say hi!
In math, there is always a correct answer. Anyone can make a guess but a real mathematician will always want a proof for his answer. You and I are not the only people reading Eliana's message. Perhaps hundreds have read and though some can make out what he/she means some are probably saying that Eliana is contradicting himself/herself. Be reminded that different people have different level of understanding and look at things from different perspectives. Not everyone will see things from your point of view. That is why it is important to relay error-free information. Of course human error always occur and that's why we have to be able to see where the error is and solve it. You may have solve the problem...basic math...like you said. But is it basic math for everyone who have seen the message??? And that's the main reason I have to ask Eliana to clerify for the benefit of hundreds of others who don't see it as basic math. I may sound like I am being too fussy about it but believe me a small misunderstanding can cost you a lot. Years back two Boeing 747s (A KLM 747 and a Pan Am 747) collided into each other on a runway at Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands killing everyone on both planes. Now this incident occurred because of many different interpretations of a message. So you can now see why I was trying to get everyone to acknowledge the problem, doesn't matter how small it is and how easily it can be solved.
Merry Xmas and Happy New Year
ps: I think it is very Papua New Guinean to rely on guess work.