Wanted down under has been an extremely successful format for the BBC with Series 3 of Wanted down Under being launched in the UK on Monday the 5th of January.
The idea for the program is a simple one; If the job that you do is on the list of those in short supply in Australia and you are under 45 then the Australian government will help to fast track you through the immigration procedure.
The reality is that unfortunately getting down under is not such a simple process and reading some of the posts made by many of our community members would confirm this.
Just like series 1 and series 2 of Wanted down under, the beeb have chosen to show the program at an unhealthy 9:30am which still surprises me despite it’s popularity! The decision to air the series in early January is probably a good one though as post Christmas glumness and the grim British weather make the prospect of a new life down under an even more attractive one.
I’m expecting good things from the BBC although views on previous series have been mixed.
Some folks have commented that the view the Beeb give of life down under needs to be a more realistic one. One member in a forum commented:
We followed the show last year and recorded each programme and watched them twice. Even had the family watching them. Went out to Oz last year. The houses are fantastic, stunning, better than anything here in UK. But what a load of rubbish the programme was. The price’s were wrong, and they didn’t include in the price the cost of the block of land in the first place.
Also keep an eye out for the other inaccuracies they give. For example, as you know the series concentrates on Skilled Migrants Under 45. Last year they said a new migrant can’t start up their own business, when arriving in Australia and would need to go into paid employment. That’s rubbish. I have 2 friends there one set up his own barbers shop within 2 months of arrival, another one opened a coffee shop within a fortnight. This year they have shown one couple with the main applicant not having worked for 2 years. Does that sound right to you cos it doesn’t t to me. Chase the dream by all means but don’t get carried away with this show or your in for a disappointment.
Others have found Wanted Down Under a really useful intro to life down under. A member of our community commented:
The series is really useful, especially as there was an episode that included Brisbane. It shows you the type of house available, the supermarkets and makes comparisons with education.
I guess the moral of the story is; before you start packing your bags do a little homework.
I can’t stress enough the importance of doing some proper research before hand!
There are some great resources on the web and our articles and community forum are a good place to find help and advice from people currently making the big move down under.
One of the articles from our archives you may find of use for example is: Where do I start? The Visa Wizard is here to help (link opens in a new window). We have hundreds more that you can find by simply browsing around our site.
Back to Wanted Down Under, the first episode ‘stars’ the Williams Family and the blurb on the BBC’s website describes the first episode as:
The Williams family from Leicester has the chance to sample life in Adelaide for a week, before deciding whether to make the massive step to emigrate.
But when policeman Paul meets the South Australia police, he finds the job prospects don’t really stack up. And when he weighs up whether he could leave his 12-year-old daughter in the UK, the whole family feels the unbearable pain of deciding whether they could leave loved ones behind.
Episode 2 follows Zoe Mehra
Zoe Mehra has been dreaming of a new life down under ever since she went travelling there after university. But she has to persuade husband Peel that their future would be brighter if they emigrated. They spend their trial week in Sydney, where painter-decorator Peel finds there is plenty of well paid work. But will that be enough to tempt him?
And Episode 3 follows the Cookson family trying life in Melbourne for a week.You can see details of more episodes as they are released here. (opens in a new window)
Reading the blurbs, the stories seem pretty full on huh? :)
One final thing from me.
Having made the move down under ourselves, I have to say the stress and effort really IS worth it!
I wrote this post a while back after being here for our first year. Three years on it gets better every day.
Please feel free to post a comment if you’ve seen the latest series of Wanted Down Under below.
To Apply for Series 4 of Wanted Down Under see this post.