A very warm welcome to Aussian – a site where I share my experiences about moving to Australia and life “Down Under”.
According to 2015 statistics by Australian Bureau of Statistics, Indian immigrants rank 4th in terms of total residential population and this number is growing with each passing year. When I started my immigration process back in 2014, my sole source of information was online forums, friends and Wikipedia. People like me couldn’t find much information about Australia despite her being the sixth largest country in the world. Moreover, there is very little information about the day to day life of Indian immigrants and the challenges they face in this new world.
Aussian is my attempt to bridge this gap. On this site, I share all the tiny little details about the whole immigration process, travel preparations, early days in Australia, job scenario, lifestyle and so on. In doing so, I believe I can help fellow immigrants to settle down under easily and smoothly.
As a side note, though this blog is written more from the perspective of an Indian living in Australia, most of the things I discuss here are equally applicable to any other immigrants from other countries. From time to time, I write the posts which are specific for the Indian immigrants, but you will be easily able to distinguish them by looking at the post title.
What does Aussian mean?
I started this site to write from the perspective of an Indian who settled down in Australia. The term – Aussian, was born from the combination of Australian and Indian, to describe experiences of an Indian Australian. On the other hand, it is also a shorter version of the word – Australian and should be pronounced as Auzzy-an.
What’s in it for me?
I believe, you will find it useful to read about my experiences on:
- Inception of an idea
- Australian Immigration process
- Travel planning
- Choosing the city
- Arrival and early days in Australia
- Finding the job
- Finding the house
- Settling down with family
- Driving License
- Child care and schools
- Medical facilities and income support
What I can’t expect on this site?
I am not a professional immigration consultant and Aussian is not a professional immigration advice site. Here, I share my personal experiences and my views about Australia to help other people choose and decide about making their move.
My name is Harsh Athalye. I am a software professional, currently living in Melbourne, Australia. Despite my job, writing has always been my passion. I started dabbling in blogging since 2010 with my other blog about technology, Let’s Geek. I found blogging to be a great platform to share knowledge and learn a lot in the process.
How can I share my views?
The one thing I like about blogging is that it’s not a one way platform. It’s not about just sharing my thoughts, but also about listening to your feedback. So I encourage you to leave your valuable comments on each post that you like or dislike. If you like any of the post, please share the love by sharing the post on social media.
That’s all about Aussian and me. So just enjoy the journey we are going to take together and stay tuned.