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More to Australia than Kangaroos and Koalas: Australia a ‘fair go’ success story.

‘More to Australia than Kangaroos and Koalas’ is an attempt to showcase the diverse and exciting continent country that is Australia. Today we look at Australia’s ‘fair go’ policy. It is the ideal that every Australian should have an equal opportunity to establish, improve and maintain their wellbeing and have access to services and opportunities that support this irrespective of his or her ethnicity, religion, culture, gender, etc.


Every Australian holds the ‘fair go’ as a fundamental ethos and rates it higher than all other values. It’s a quintessential Australian phrase and it means that everyone deserves a ‘fair go’ or equal opportunity.

What is ‘fair go’?

It is the ideal that every Australian should have an equal opportunity to establish, improve and maintain their wellbeing and have access to services and opportunities that support this irrespective of his or her ethnicity, religion, culture, gender, etc.


No other country in the world holds this honourable code as a core nationalistic value. While many fight for equality, preach tolerance, teach these tenets as ideal and even as a nation regard it as ideal, only in Australia will you find it as an unwritten law. Australia has a long history of ‘underdog’ culture resulting in a profound respect for humility. Australians aspire to a fair society that enables everyone an equal opportunity to improve their wellbeing.

In most countries having wealthy parents confers an unfair advantage to the children, this is not so in Australia where personal ambition and natural ability enables children of the poorest parents without post-secondary education to acquire highest status jobs. Public schooling is Free and of world class standard and tertiary education can be accessed through government study loans. Research shows that individuals from every stratum move into every other stratum in large numbers, no socioeconomic group is held back.

The origins of ‘fair go’ began with the establishment of Australia as a penal colony. To prevent civil unrest convicts and freeman were given equal food rations and meted out similar punishments for crimes without any bias. Convicts could earn their freedom and an equal place in society. The first notion of ‘fair go’ was being offered a helping hand and that your birth did not determine your destiny. Today Australia boasts an egalitarian society where even the prime minister is addressed by their first name.

Australia is a class less nation in the sense that every individual is treated with respect and his or her job status does not equate with more or less favour. A waitress in a café will be afforded the same treatment as a CEO of a conglomerate. In fact recent wage data indicates that some skilled manual workers fare considerably better than some higher professionals.

Overall Australia is not just a high-income nation among the first world countries but it is a land steeped in love, tolerance and new beginnings. A fact reflected by the World Giving Index, it cites that 70% of Australians give money to charities, 38% of the population volunteer their time for organisations and 64% of the population has helped a stranger.

For a new migrant Australia is nothing short of utopia, a land that affords equal opportunities does not discriminate on the basis of race or culture, and there is no prejudice associated with one’s job status.


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Why migrating to Australia might be the best decision of your life!

Is money truly the measure of happiness and success? Australia offers so much more than just higher income, personal freedom not just of speech but also of stigmas of traditional societies where one is forced to be either a doctor or engineer to be successful. The opportunity to do so much more than just work, hoard and survive; to be able to live, dream, explore and think freely. 

One of the top reasons people cite when deciding to migrate is the Standard of living offered by Australia. What does one mean by standard of living? Generally it relates to the quality of life. This mainly takes into account the necessities and comforts required by an individual. It is a fairly relative term as what is a necessity varies from person to person and what is best for one barely good enough for another. Sydney_Opera_House_and_Sydney_city

Happy Planet Index started with a goal of ‘measuring what matter’ and 151 countries were ranked based on the government’s ability to provide ‘long, happy and sustainable lives.’ Happiness wise Costa Rica ranks number one and Vietnam second.

Which basically illustrates the fact that happiness is very relative. An extremely disadvantaged person either financially or physically can report himself/herself to be extremely happy but that cannot be used to generalise the fact that anyone living in his/her situation is bound to be happy. Humans are not mathematical equations devoid of free choice, A+B does not always equal to C.

So how does one make a generalised statement that a particular country offers excellent standard of living and hence an ideal migration destination? The World Bank retains a very materialistic viewpoint and takes into account primarily the level of income and rates Australia as high-income level. Australia ranks 6th on the world GDP comparison which according to World bank makes it a country with high standard of living. Australian-dollar

Is money everything, is happiness a direct result of income and consumption? Humans aspire to greatness, have dreams and seek habitats that are conducive to them. While money does solve most problems being filthy rich in a highly autocratic society that restricts freethinking is akin to a luxurious high security prison.

The social progress Index takes a less material view than the World bank and instead ranks countries in three categories, meeting Basic human needs (Nutrition, basic medical care, water, sanitation, shelter & personal Safety), Foundations of wellbeing (Access to basic knowledge, Access to Information & Technology, Health & wellness and ecosystem Sustainability), and Opportunity (Personal rights, Personal freedom & Choice, Tolerance & inclusion and access to advanced education) As per the Social Progress Index, Norway ranks first with Australia coming in 10th.

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education and per capita income indicators or simply put rates a long healthy life, being knowledgeable and having a decent standard of living as indicators as good standards of living. Norway ranks number one and Australia a close second.

What it basically boils down to is the ability of a government to offer a lifestyle that offers a politically stable environment, social culture that is tolerant, and affords basic human needs like education, medical, shelter, sanitation, etc. Whilst offering opportunities to grow, dream, create and pursue higher goals. History has taught us that Human development and progress is often during times of peace and prosperity. Governments world over are quickly recognising that in order to sustain a progressive and thriving economy, visionaries, entrepreneurs and thinkers are sorely needed. Migrate to Australia

The Australian government has one of the best policies in place to assist R&D. Australian government offers support programs to assist investors and entrepreneurs to establish or expand a business. In keeping with the demand for skilled workers needed to facilitate the economic progress, Australian tertiary education system is world-class.

Australia is by and large, one of the best countries to migrate as it truly does offer an excellent standard of living, whether the measure is materialist, intellectual, or aesthetic.   Australia is one of the most naturally beautiful countries in the world boasting unique flora and fauna, varied landscapes from desserts, rainforests, tropical beaches and snowy mountains. Australia has been voted as having the best student cities, best city, most livable city, best place in the world, best beaches and the list goes on. IMG_1164   DSC_1599

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If you are qualified, skilled and seeking a better life for yourself and your family, Australia is the place to be.

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More to Australia than Kangaroos and Koalas: Sydney, Australia’s Fashion Capital

‘More to Australia than Kangaroos and Koalas’ is an attempt to showcase the diverse and exciting continent country that is Australia. Today we strut into the fashion world where Australia is making a global impact.

Australian contribution to the world of fashion has come a long way from safari suits and long socks, as recounted by historian Margot Riley. Today Australian designers like Wayne Cooper, Collette Dinnigan, Akira Isogawa, Lisa Ho, Martin Grant, Carla Zampatti, Easton Pearson, Michelle Jank and Nicola Finetti are global sensations. A fashion design course from the prestigious RMIT university in Melbourne is often on the to do list of aspiring designers in Australia.

Australian Fashion Weeks are an emerging force to reckon with, as the fickle world of global fashion is fast loosing its fascination with the streets of Milan, London, New York and Paris. This is entirely due to the exhausting nature of the endless runway shows that tend to showcase the same famous brands, who in a bid to overcome astronomical expenses focus on selling more lipsticks, sunglasses and perfumes.

Contrast that with Australian Fashion weeks that showcases emerging young designers with unrestrained creativity and contagious passion and you get a paradigm shift that puts Australia on the hot spot for global fashion.

Commercial viability is threatening many fashion houses into insolvency due to the exorbitant overheads of shop rents, investments in production and materials, volatile retailer purchasing etc.

In Australia however, the digital world is offering Australian designers a cheap and successful alternative to global consumers and fashion advocates, AKA fashion bloggers, and the need to be featured in the Paris runway is passé.

Fashion has often been subdued and even nudged into metamorphosis by its clients; corsets and ball gowns have been forced into oblivion by the everyday individual that seeks comfortable and wearable with stylish imbued in every fibre and cut.

Melbourne street style offers exactly that, fusion fashion that is relaxed, stylish and wearable. Cities such as Berlin, Seoul, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Istanbul, Melbourne and Sydney are now being touted as crucibles of fashion innovation.

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is reaching iconic status with the event turning into a much-awaited entry in every socialite’s diary. The media and fashion world are abuzz for weeks with step-by-step recount of the runway and the emerging fashion trends.

The battle to be Australia’s fashion capital has been hotly contented by Sydney and Melbourne. A Global Language Monitor survey positions Sydney 18 places ahead of Melbourne but only time will tell if this position holds as retail giants H&M and Uniqlo opted for Melbourne to open their stores.


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Migrate to Australia from Dubai

Migrate to Australia from Dubai

You don’t have to pack up and leave overnight after you get your PR (Permanent Residency) to Australia. You have five years to slowly transition into living permanently in Australia. 


Best Migration Services as part of its footprint to become an international migration Firm is offering its services to residents of Dubai, UAE. The United Arab Emirates is a hub for qualified skilled professionals who cannot call Dubai home forever. Visa and job requirements make UAE as a transit point, to a more permanent destination.


Australia offers permanent residency to qualified professionals and after four years of stay even offers citizenship. Hear what our Legal Assistant Kenny Ha has to say about the process of Migrating to Australia from Dubai.

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Why does BMS ask you to fill out a form before we consult?

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You are thinking of migrating to Australia, you are just doing a little research during your spare time and you come across our details at the MARA website or perhaps you saw our Australia Day Facebook promotion and you decide to leave your number and ask us to give you a call. We reply back saying please fill out the form and you wonder why.

Well for starters we are a professional organisation and we don’t randomly call people unless we have it in writing a.k.a filling out the form. Moreover, how can we counsel you if we don’t have your details? Ever tried giving your details over the phone? There is accent issues, network connection problems, etc. It makes for a more professional and accurate process.

You have to appreciate the fact that immigrating to Australia is a more complex process than yes you qualify and no you don’t. The basic requirement states a bachelor’s degree and five years experience. So a chef with 15 years experience and without a degree does not qualify, wrong! There is a bachelor with five years experience and I guess he qualifies, wrong because his experience doesn’t match his qualification.

There are a lot of factors that affect your scores, your age, your english language ability, is your qualification recognised by DIBP? Can you get experience letters form your employers, past and present, do they need to be translated? Attested? Should your spouse or partner be the primary applicant?

By filling out the form it helps us to get a general idea of your age, where you live, you contact details etc. before we call and it saves a lot of precious time and leaves little room for misunderstandings. Another advantage is that you remain in our CRM so if ever you call the head office, we can do a quick search to find out when you sent in your query, who attended to you and what was the outcome. All this information helps us do what is most important, providing great service that is personalised and professional.

I hope this can ease away the resistance most people have to filling out forms.

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Migrant’s Guide to Driving in Australia with an overseas license

For the first three months, six months in some states, of your arrival you can drive in Australia if you hold a current full driver’s license from another country. You need to carry your license at all times and if it is not in English you will need to get an official translation.

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Before the three months are up you need to acquire an Australian Driving license. In Australia, a driving license serves as a photo and age proof and you will be required to show it as a form of identification.

Every state has their own rules and regulations for getting a driving licence in Australia and you need to visit the website for further details. There is a written road rules test and a practical driving test. Applicants from certain countries that have the same road rules as Australia are exempt from these tests but you need to check with the Road and Traffic Authority of the sate.


The links for the respective states:

New South Wales (NSW)

Victoria (VIC)

Queensland (QLD)

South Australia (SA)

Western Australia (WA)

Tasmania (TAS)

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Northern Territory (NT)

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Cost of living in Australia

Dream to live and work in Australia but worried about the expense? Australia can be quite budget friendly is you shop smarter. Taking advantage of sales, promotions and budgeting can literally stretch the dollar. Boxing day sales are the most anticipated sale events with people sometimes lining up for hours before the stores open. Sites like etc. can offer good prices on bulk items. Sites like Groupon can offer amazing deals on dining, holiday trips, beauty packages etc. Factory outlets always offer stock at much lower prices without any compromise in quality.


The first question many people considering moving to Australia ask, is what’s the cost of living in Australia? Immigrating to Australia is a big step, and the thought of adjusting to a new culture and new lifestyle can be daunting.


As an ex-migrant, I was a mother of a 1-½ year old boy when my husband and I relocated. I can recollect some of my anxieties. How much will the groceries cost? What will be our daily expenditure? What’s the ballpark figure for our monthly expense?


As cabin crew with Emirates I was no stranger to Australia, having visited Sydney and Brisbane countless times, I was quite comfortable with the lifestyle and madly in love with the friendly, easy going and laid back Aussie culture. A vacation however is very different from day to day living.


For those of you who haven’t visited Australia my advice will be don’t have any preconceived notions or expectations, come with an open mind. I say this not because Australia will disappoint but rather because the human mind is quite anticlimactic. The same reason why you don’t want to hear the storyline of a movie before you see it or know the ending of a book before you finish reading it.

An open mind without any expectations is sure to impress and saves you from creating an imaginary utopian society that reality can never compete with.


There is no ballpark figure when it comes to living in Australia because it really depends on the kind of lifestyle you are looking for. A family home with a big lawn and backyard, frequent trips to the zoo, wilderness parks, play n fun café etc. cannot be compared with sober living in a small rental apartment in the city making use of the free tram service, simple meals at home and walks down Torrens river.


What can be addressed is the basic question of how expensive is everyday living in Australia.

How much do groceries cost?

Again depending on your taste and budget level. Woolworths, Coles and IGA/Foodlands form the standard supermarket outlets. Their own brands are much cheaper than the commercial ones and in some case the difference in taste is hardly noticeable as all products are produced and sourced from Australia. They are cheaper because of the simple branding, zero advertising and no middlemen charges. Here is a comparative visual display.




Are clothes expensive?

Again, it is budget dependent. There is no point talking about Designer wear as anyone used to that quality will hardly be bothered about price. Having said that if you are not too fussed about latest season picks, waiting for stocktake sale, mid season sales and our ever-famous boxing day (26th December) sales can get you a wardrobe for half price if not 70% off!

As a mother of three boisterous kids that seem to shoot up every term I always shop the clearance isles of famous brands like, Pumpkin Patch, Disney, Lee Cooper etc. I also purchase larger sizes in styles that I like for when my kids will grow bigger. I purchase winter jackets on clearance during summer in one size large for my kids and vice versa.

Big W, Target, Kmart and Best for Less are the equivalent of reasonably priced clothes. Most designer wears have their own retail outlets like, Pumpkin Patch, Cotton on, Osh Kosh, Hello Kitty etc.

For the extremely budget conscious Australia has a culture of recycled clothes or preloved clothe shops, a fancy name for second hand clothes and bric-a-brac. As any mother would know kids grow out of their clothes before they wear them out and so these second hand clothes are almost good as new at throw away prices. With most proceeds going to charity or a good cause. There have been instances where one can find designer wear like Guess, Calvin Klein etc. from second hand stores.



I hope this has given you a rough idea that Australia isn’t as expensive as one might imagine, it is still more expensive than the US but that’s another continent!

If you have nay queries, I would be happy to answer them for you just fill the form below.

~Antonia Rapheal

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Why migrate to Australia?

Why live and work in Australia?
Why get a Permanent Residency for Australia?

The lifestyle of course!

Imagine driving out of your family home, a corner plot in a green and friendly neighbourhood. The skies are bright blue and blocked only by the branches of a gum tree. Old Tom your elderly neighbour is tending to his garden and waves to you as you drive past. Jenna and Harry, dressed in their bright maroon uniform are scurrying off to school and raise a hand for you to let them cross. You brake and let them pass, as you laughingly tell yourself that these kids will always be late. You drive for another five minutes and hit the freeway and the vistas really change. Gone are the sprawling suburban neighbourhoods and instead you are met with rolling hills and even chance upon a group of kangaroos. Forty minutes and you are in the city, tall buildings, ancient cathedrals, verdant parks and the smell of freshly roasted coffee. You find your way to the office Cark Park and walk up to your desk, a cubicle that is already filled with your mates guzzling coffee and talking about the latest footy game.


Scenes straight out of a movie? Guess again, it’s everyday life; this one is a page out of my husbands daily commute to work. We live in Willunga, South Australia but the rest of Australia is pretty much the same. Five years ago en route to Perth we decided to stop by Adelaide, for a short sightseeing trip and we never left. The friendly neighbours, the amazing food, the gorgeous scenery and we were sold!

We went to Sydney for a Christmas holiday and enjoyed the busy city life but Adelaide is where home is for us. Sydney is as gorgeous as any city can get with the culture, the opulence, the busy night life, the gourmet food and the amazing shopping but as a family of five with three children below six, Adelaide with it’s family friendly culture wins hands down.

I am a migrant and I called Dubai home for 25 years of my life, grew up there, studied in Gulf Indian High School and started my career working with Arabian adventures, Marhaba and eventually with Emirates Airlines as cabin crew. I got married and migrated to Australia. Today after five years I am an Australian, a mother of three gorgeous children and happy as can be. Do I miss Dubai? No not really, went there for a brief spell to visit my brother and his family and I couldn’t wait to get back. For one the weather, my sister-in-law called it bearable but 30 seemed too hot. In Adelaide we are used to low 20s and when it crosses 30 we lounge around the pool or go for a swim in the ocean.
The metros were too crowded and streets too busy, it was noisy and not many places for the kids to visit. The malls were breathtakingly beautiful but how many times can you admire the Burj Khalifa? A week and my kids were pining to go back home, and why not?

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We have a big grassy back yard where they jump on their massive trampoline, scooter across the garden path, dig and muck around the garden which has maple trees, olive trees, an apple tree, a peach tree, an orange tree, a plum tree, etc. We live ten minutes walking distance from the beach, the kids playground is a stones throwaway, there is a jogging and walking track that is across natural Australian bush that the kids call a jungle. The State library is a short walk across and every Tuesday there is story time. We live very close to a shopping mall and during school holidays there is free face painting, free balloons, free story telling and other paid activities, $2.50 per child for activities like painting, decorating donuts, etc.
This is an ordinary lifestyle, accessible to everyone calling Australia home. Large homes with good sized backyards, Free family activities all year around, Free medical and dental for school kids, Free primary and secondary schooling, Free vaccinations for children, ample parks and playgrounds.


For the rich? Private schools, Private hospitals, Trips to the Zoo which cost about $30 per adult, outings to wildlife parks about $15 per adult, trips to Kangaroo island, weekend holidays to Victor Harbour, river cruises etc.
The lifestyle is what sells living in Australia, the clear blue skies, the fresh air, the gorgeous vistas, the fresh food and the stress free living. Migrating here is not as difficult as people think it to be. A degree and five years experience with good English language ability is all that is required.

At BMS our MARA registered Migration Lawyer can assess your case and advise whether you qualify or not. As migrants we know how daunting relocating to a new country can be which is why we also offer post landing services to help you resettle and make a home.

Our BMS Team is in Dubai,
Free consultation with MARA Registered Migration Lawyer,
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Dubai, UAE
CALL 0503491305 / 0503491673 / 0564803568 / 0564803569

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