Last updated on December 8th, 2023
A very warm welcome to Aussian – a site where I share my experiences about moving to Australia and life “Down Under”.
According to 2022 statistics by Australian Bureau of Statistics, Indian migrants rank 2nd in terms of the 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 it being the sixth-largest country in the world. Moreover, there was very little information about the day-to-day life of Indian immigrants and the challenges they faced 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 migrants to settle in Australia quickly and without much hassle.
As a side note, even though I write articles from the perspective of an Indian living in Australia, most of the things I discuss here are equally applicable to any other migrant from other countries. Occasionally, I might write posts that are specific to Indian immigrants, but you will be easily able to distinguish them by looking at the post title.
What does the word “Aussian” mean?
I started this site to write from the perspective of an Indian who was living in Australia. The word – Aussian, is a combination of two words – Australian and Indian. In other words, it symbolises the experiences of an Australian Indian. The pronunciation is ozzy-an but you can also call it “oshi-yan” or “aussie-an”. Whatever floats your boat!
How Aussian can be useful to you?
If you are thinking of moving to Australia or already started the process, you will find it useful to read about:
- Why did I move to Australia?
- Main steps to get the Australian PR visa
- How to choose the city
- How to plan finance when moving to Australia
- Things to do on arrival in Australia
- How to find a job
- How to find accommodation
- Getting a driving License
- Child care and schools
- Government benefits for a Permanent Resident
- and a lot of other topics…
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 (now defunct) 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 you get in touch with me?
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. I read every comment on Aussian and will try to respond to your feedback or questions. However, depending on my workload, it might take a while for me to respond. So please be patient.
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