I’m going to try something a bit different with my website’s Facebook page and I need YOUR help!

I receive a lot of emails and messages each day asking questions about moving to Australia and some of them are really difficult for me to answer as I don’t have experience of everything. I can’t, for instance, tell someone what it’s like to live in Sydney as I live in Brisbane. I can’t say how easily teenagers will make friends as my kids are aged seven and under. I can’t tell people what it was like to bring a pet abroad as we didn’t bring one.

So, I’ve decided to start up a new system to help answer your questions. If you have a question you’d like answering anonymously, I will be happy to post it on my Facebook page where hopefully you will be able to get a mixture of responses from people in all situations. It also means you get to stay anonymous (you will only be identified as ‘a Smart Steps reader’, so your friends or family won’t know you’re asking questions about moving abroad or if you’re asking difficult questions that you would prefer weren’t associated with your name.

I’ll be doing this on my Facebook page which you can find at www.facebook.com/smartstepstoaus. This is my public facing page (not in the private closed Facebook group that I also run). The reason for this is to make the questions and answers open for everyone to see.

What I need from Smart Steps to Australia readers

I told you I need your help for this, and I really do. There are two ways you can make this work to ensure the page continues to help families and provide the support they need to move to Australia.

1) If you have a question and you’d like to put it out on my page for answering, the please email it to me at [email protected] and I will pick a selection of questions to schedule for posting. This could be anything at all – how expensive do people find food shopping in Australia? How easy is it to get IVF treatment in Australia? How did you break the news that you’re moving to your family? Or what can you do if your partner changes their mind about moving? Anything at all that you would like advice on.

2) Please ‘like’ my Facebook page and check on it regularly. If you click to ‘like’ a few posts on the page right now, Facebook will decide that the page is of interest to you and is more likely to show it in your newsfeed in future. If you see me posting questions on the page and you feel you could add to the discussion, provide a perspective or offer the reader some support, please add your reply to the comments. The more people who reply, the more people will see the discussion in their newsfeeds which will ultimately help the person who was asking the question.

I think this is going to be another exciting development that is going to really help families find the information they need about moving to Australia and following their dreams. But it will only work with your support as the questions need to be answered for it to help people. So – who is with me?!

If you are on board with this, please share this post on Facebook so that more people hear about what we’re doing. I keep being told how helpful the closed Facebook group is for people, so let’s make the open Facebook page just as helpful now.

Thanks for your support!

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