Although Nazeem Mungur has never been to Australia, he is convinced that a new life on the Gold Coast could help turn his health around.
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If escaping the British climate
could dramatically improve your health,
you'd hardly think twice about leaving.
But when your partner's worked hard to build a life for your family in
the UK, how do you persuade them
it's worth risking everything to move to a
country you've never even been to, on the other side of the world?
Two near-death experiences have cheated Nazeem Mungur of the life
-he once knew.
-He can no longer work, he no longer drives.
Most days it's the same four walls, day in, day out.
Missing out on family life,
he's convinced relocating down under could help him become the dad he's
desperate to be.
The dream for me is that we'll move out to Australia and I'll get
While a trial week in the country does work wonders...
It's a complete different change for him,
because in the UK all he does is be in the house.
..will the financial cost of a move mean the dream's over before it's begun?
That's quite a big shock.
Not happy at all.
Home to no fewer than 200 nationalities,
Australia boasts a vibrant multicultural society.
And with the promise of an easy-going outdoor lifestyle,
it's no wonder the country remains an irresistible pull for
Brits seeking a better life down under.
Not everyone stays for good, however.
Almost half of those who emigrate end up returning home.
A horrific car crash eight years ago left Nazeem Mungur a shadow of the
parent and partner he wants to be.
Now, despite never having been,
he believes that Australia's warmer climate could turn his life around.
The coming week will be a chance to find out if Nazeem's grand plan is
simply a pipe dream or if moving to the southern hemisphere really could
give the Mungurs the normal family life they crave.
To get from Manchester to Brisbane,
the Mungurs have spent a gruelling 22.5 hours on a plane.
When they finally arrive for the first time,
the distance from the UK has hit home with Joanne.
My biggest concern is, um, family coming to see us, my parents especially.
They're not used to doing long-haul flights and I think, um,
they would really struggle with it.
The long journey's given Nazeem plenty of thinking time.
Quite a bit apprehensive to sort of find out where we're going to be in
the future. Hopefully,
Australia meets all our expectations and this will be where we sort of settle down as a family.
There's a lot hanging in the balance in the week ahead.
It's got to massively deliver for me.
I'm the one that needs convincing.
-I want to have the nice house,
I want to be in a nice area and I want the right job as well.
I've worked really hard to where I've got to in the UK so far...
It's got to deliver, definitely.
Otherwise, I'm not going to come, at all!
Joanne's set the bar high.
The next seven days will have to impress, if Nazeem's to get the
fresh start he desperately wants.
Meet the Mungur family...
Dad Nazeem, Mum Joanne,
five-year-old Katie and Tom, who's three.
They live just outside Leeds in West Yorkshire.
Nazeem and Joanne tied the knot nine years ago, but just one year later,
their lives were thrown into turmoil.
I was on a night shift at work and Nazeem was at home...
And I got a phone call to say that he was in A&E because we'd had a
-An electrical fault had set the house ablaze with Nazeem inside.
Talking about it now, I can feel the heat on my skin.
Apparently, the flames were literally chasing him out of the door.
I could have died in it.
It was a devastating time for the couple and things were about to get
much worse when two weeks later,
Nazeem was involved in a near-fatal car accident.
I was stationary at some red lights and a very large car hit me from
behind at speed.
Fighting for his life, Nazeem had to be cut from the car.
When I went to A&E, he was attached to drips and monitors,
he was on a spinal board,
there was loads of doctors and nurses around him...
It was... It was really shocking to see.
The pair struggled to comprehend their misfortune.
How can this happen to us?
We've just lost our house and I potentially have lost my ability to walk,
it was that... That serious.
It was as if our world was ending, really.
Nazeem's injuries were life-changing, but against the odds,
the couple began to rebuild their lives and eight years on,
the Mungurs are a family of four.
-Do you not, um, have to have pink and white?
But Nazeem still struggles with everyday living.
Having chronic fatigue syndrome and having chronic pain, on a bad day,
I can't make a cup of tea because I can't figure out the order to make a
-cup of tea in.
-He can no longer work.
He no longer drives.
Most days, it's the same four walls, day in, day out.
Frustrated at needing constant medication,
Nazeem fears he's missing out on family life.
Taking more painkillers causes more fatigue,
but if you're sleeping 18 hours a day,
you're sleeping your whole life away.
Having cheated death already, he's determined not to let life beat him.
You need to move on.
You need to achieve something past that.
Although he's never been,
Nazeem's now convinced moving to the other side of the world could help
him claim back the life he wants.
I see Australia as potentially a place where I can get better in
myself and come off my painkillers.
Family holidays abroad have fuelled Nazeem's belief that a life in the
sunshine is the tonic he needs.
When it's cold and wet in England, I get a lot more pain,
whereas when we travel out to a warm country,
I'm able to do and achieve a lot more
and I get significantly less pain.
By moving to Australia he would be able to get his life back and we'd
be able to interact more as a family, we'd be able to do more as a family,
so it's a huge dream for him.
Ultimately, Nazeem's goal is to be more hands-on with Katie and Tom.
It's really heartbreaking when the children want to play with you and
you have to say to them, "Actually, no,
"I can't play with you today because I'm in too much pain."
I'd love to be able to do that.
At the moment, it's not achievable, but in Australia, it should be.
Nurse Joanne understands what a move could mean for them,
but as the family's sole breadwinner,
the decision to start again in a country they've never visited,
can't be taken lightly.
There's a massive amount of pressure on me.
What if the jobs are not there?
What if the houses are terrible?
And I wouldn't want to give up on everything that we've achieved in
to move to Australia to do it, if it's not going to be there.
She's also worried about cutting off the strong family support network
they have in the UK.
Can you sort me iPod out again, please?
We're going to be away from everybody that can potentially help us.
Are you hungry, sweetheart?
-To think that we're going to be out there,
doing it all by ourselves, is...
is really difficult.
The next seven days will be the chance to find out if Nazeem's right,
as the couple decide once and for all what side of the world their future lies.
I think if we're not in agreement,
somebody's going to be really disappointed.
I'm hoping it...
I'm hoping it's not Nazeem cos I think he's been through enough,
but I'm not going to commit to something that's going to be worse
-off for us as a family.
-I'm pinning everything on this dream.
For me it literally is everything.
-It's a new chance at life.
-It's a new chance at life.
For their trial week down under,
the Mungurs are visiting Queensland on the east coast.
Also known as the Sunshine State,
it should be the perfect base for Nazeem.
The final leg of their journey takes them to the suburb of Broadbeach on
the Gold Coast. What will they make of their first taste of Australian living?
-There's a lake.
This looks very nice.
-Wow, this is a nice entrance hall.
-Oh, it's a lot bigger than what I thought.
It's a positive start.
Look out the back.
-The house backs onto a lake.
I think that's better than a swimming pool.
It's nice, I like this terrace thing as well.
Nazeem's already picturing himself at home here.
Can you imagine having breakfast outside?
-Breakfast every day.
-Back indoors, the positivity continues.
Wow, it is really nice.
Look at this dining room! It's nice and open-plan, I like that.
She's only been here a few hours,
but it looks like Joanne could be won over easier than she thought.
-Look at that view!
Oh, I could definitely see myself waking up every morning,
-looking at that view.
-Just what Nazeem was hoping to hear.
If this is what homes are like, I absolutely love them.
-Nice open-plan, nice big garden...
So far, I'm feeling positive.
Back in the UK,
the Mungurs live in a four-bedroom detached house near Leeds.
It's the same house which caught fire eight years ago.
The property's been completely renovated but the memories haven't
-It's a lovely house, the area is lovely,
but I've got no emotional attachment any more.
The couple's budget for a home in Australia is £250,000.
We want family space.
I'd love a really, really big open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge.
I live in the kitchen,
so being able to see the kids just playing with their toys...
For me, storage is something that we desperately need.
A nice single-storey house, where we're all on one level.
Unfortunately, there's been about four occurrences on the stairs where
I have fallen down the stairs.
I think swimming pool's our dream...
-..but I think grass for the kids or some open space where they
can just vent and let off some steam.
A big requirement for us is obviously being within a maximum of
45 minutes' drive to a place of work for Joanne.
We don't want to move to Australia and we see even less of her
than we do now.
To give an idea of what's available on the Gold Coast property market,
we've arranged for the couple to view three properties -
two close to budget,
and a third which should be everything they're looking for in a
dream home. With the children looked after by a childminder,
Joanne and Nazeem begin the search.
First stop is the suburb of Ashmore.
With plenty of schools and parks on the doorstep,
it's a family-friendly area,
and with a brand-new teaching hospital nearby,
it could be the perfect spot for nurse Joanne.
Will this spacious four-bedroom home fulfil the Mungurs' needs?
-What do you think?
Interesting, that's a nice word.
With his restricted mobility,
Nazeem could have hit a stumbling block already.
-Don't like this bit.
-Let's hope things improve inside.
Oh, this is nice.
That's more like it, but...
It's really dark.
Feels really small. I like the wooden floor, that's nice.
Well, that's something.
It just feels a bit claustrophobic.
Yeah, quite hemmed in.
-Feeling closed in is the last thing Nazeem needs and things go
-from bad to worse.
-Oh, that kitchen's horrendous.
Yeah, the kitchen is quite hideous.
We couldn't live in a kitchen like that.
The family bathroom perks Joanne up.
Oh, I like this.
-It's a bathroom.
-No, it's nice, it's clean, it's modern.
Nazeem's not convinced, though.
It's only a half-size bath in here,
it would be better if it was a single cubicle for me to get in and
-But I think this is the family bathroom, so...
Fingers crossed for an en-suite.
Things look promising in the bedrooms.
Wow, this is nice.
Now all that foliage has gone from outside,
it's actually really bright in here.
Really, really bright.
-It's got the storage space they want.
-You've got the wardrobes,
you just literally need the bed and it's getting better and better as we
go towards this end.
The master bedroom's modern and spacious.
-This is amazing.
-Oh, I love this.
Walk-in wardrobe, that's what you want.
That's my dream. Yeah, I think I could fill this!
And Nazeem's happier with the shower.
That's really good access for me.
-Mm. It's what we need.
-The room leads directly to an outdoor area.
Wow, it's nice.
We've got a hot tub - excellent - and look at the garden patio,
it's not long before Nazeem's energy takes a dive.
-All right, OK.
It's a reminder of why this move could be so important for him.
Right, get your bearings.
Rallying around, Nazeem's impressed with the garden.
-Absolutely, no, I can't...
I'm overwhelmed. Well, the kids would love it as well.
It's not a swimming pool, but it's halfway there.
-Although access would have to be rethought.
-We could obviously move it and then ramp it over that way.
Despite earlier misgivings, the couple have warmed to this property.
As I've gone through the house, it seems really, really nice.
I like it. The master bedroom's amazing.
I could definitely see myself there.
The kitchen is the biggest letdown for me.
-I was expecting a bit bigger.
For me, this room, I'd probably redesign completely.
-That's a lot of work, though, isn't it?
-It's a lot of work.
So, with £250,000 to spend,
is it somewhere they could afford to call home?
So how much do you think it is, then?
Um, I think I'll go with...
I think it's going to be a bit higher than that,
so I think it's probably like towards the top-end of our budget,
about 245, 250.
-Shall we have a look, then?
That's £65,000 over budget.
Well over our budget.
I'm really disappointed, I thought that would be worth a lot less than that.
For the work that needs doing on the house to meet our needs,
I don't think it's worth it.
It's a disappointing start.
Hopefully, the next place will be more affordable.
It's situated in Nerang.
Just 30 minutes from Surfers Paradise and close to the motorway
for access to Brisbane, the suburb is popular with young families.
Will this modern three-bedroom property be the Mungurs' idea of a
-perfect Aussie home?
-You wouldn't want to come down this in the snow.
Thankfully, we don't have that here.
That is a really steep driveway.
A thumbs up for the area, though.
It seems a really quiet street, really nice, yeah.
-I love it already.
-Bit concerned about the driveway,
-but I'm sure if we got a railing in there, that'd be fine.
This is nice.
-It's really light.
-It's airy, there's a nice outside feel about the house.
-Yeah, that's what we want.
-First impressions are good and the
kitchen's more suited to their needs.
I've got the work space, that's what you need,
and I'm also in the lounge with the kids.
-It's so much better than the last house.
And this kitchen, I mean, it's handmade, it's amazing.
But Joanne's not as enthusiastic about the bedrooms.
Again, a bit small.
-It's a bit dark.
Some trimming on the trees and that'll let the light straight in.
Nazeem's staying positive and spotting a fitted wardrobe wins Joanne over.
Whoa! This is nice. This is bigger than I thought.
No, yeah, goes all the way to the back, so...
You wouldn't need a bed in this room and the kids can have loads of
-The master bedroom leads to a difference of opinion.
I love the red walls in this room.
Oh, I hate them. It's a nice room, it's a nice size...
-Needs a bit of decoration.
Oh, that's nice as well.
-A nice big walk-in wardrobe.
You've got loads of extra room now.
Yeah, it's obviously not as impressive as the last house,
but it's a good size.
At the end of the day, it's a bedroom.
The en-suite's got an unusual layout.
Ooh, I like this! Goes all the way through.
So it's like part en-suite, part family bath.
Elsewhere, Joanne and Nazeem find a room with plenty of potential.
It's a bit of an odd shape!
Oh, this is like a... Another bedroom.
Oh, this could be like when our family come to visit.
-It's perfect for them, isn't it? It just needs a bit of a freshen up.
An undercover entertaining area could be ideal for guests as well.
Wow, this is nice.
It's like an extra room.
The garden falls short on space for Katie and Tom.
-It's quite small.
-There isn't as much running around space.
But this property is full of surprises.
I'm in love with this house.
I think that this makes up...
for definitely not having a garden.
-Look at that.
That's an amazing pool.
-Kids will be very happy with that.
-And it's not just the children who would benefit from a pool.
It'd help strengthen my back muscles up.
One thing we want from Australia is a healthy outside lifestyle and
-this-this gives us this.
This has exceeded expectations, definitely.
It's exactly what we're looking for.
-This property may help convince Joanne to move halfway around the world,
but is it somewhere they can afford on their £250,000 budget?
I think I'm going to go for 350.
So I'm going to say...
That's £10,000 under budget.
I was well over!
I'm really surprised at the price, but it's actually...
It's a really, really nice surprise.
I think I'd be ready to move tomorrow.
-Things are going well for Nazeem and there's still one house to see.
It's in Maudsland.
This suburb has the country-living feel the family are after and good
transport links make it accessible for commuting.
We believe this modern three-bedroom family home could be the dream house,
but will it have the wow factor for Nazeem and Joanne?
Here it is on the right. Wow, it looks really nice.
Wow. I love the street as well.
-It's nice and quiet.
-It looks like a really... Yeah.
The positivity continues inside.
Wow, this looks nice.
I love this entrance hall.
I like the door as well. It's nice.
-This is amazing.
-It's a lovely kitchen.
I love it, it's really nice and open-plan.
I can see myself cooking here, I can see myself watching the kids play.
It's just perfect for me.
I really, really, really like it.
It's a house ready to move into.
Yeah. I want to move now.
-The outside area's a winner too.
-I can see ourselves here cooking on a barbecue outside.
I can see YOU cooking on the barbecue outside.
-The kitchen's my domain, the barbecue's your domain.
The alfresco feel is just what they're looking for.
Standing here, we can see everything inside...
-..and everything outside, it's just...
It's just absolutely beautiful.
And the huge garage inspires them both.
Wow. This is a really good space.
Can easily turn it into a kids' playroom.
Or another room. Definitely another room.
Moving on, the upbeat mood continues.
-This is impressive.
-I like this.
It's just so modern, it's so new.
-And it's a wet room as well.
Yeah. Especially having kids around.
-The master bedroom's got all the space they need.
-This is impressive.
But the proximity to the road could present a problem.
There's a truck just gone past, so...
Working night shift, it's really important to have a cool,
quiet bedroom away from the road, and it is a little bit noisy.
But moving outside, their spirits soon soar.
That is beautiful.
The large garden offers plenty of room for the children to play and a
pool's the icing on the cake.
This is the best outside space we've had.
And it's flat, it's all on one surface for you.
so you can get around really easily.
-We've got no adaptations that we need to make.
So you can just walk straight in.
Yeah. I think us and the kids would be really happy here.
It's the dream house.
All Joanne and Nazeem need to know now is how much it would cost.
Their budget is £250,000.
So, how much do you think it's worth, then?
I think it might be sort of top-end or higher than what our budget is.
I'm afraid to look, cos I just like it too much.
Um... I'm genuinely really, really nervous about this one.
-Cos I think this is our house.
I think I'd probably go in again at 350.
I think it's probably about 300, 310.
Let's do it.
It's £13,000 over budget, but...
-It genuinely feels, like, achievable, it's...
It's within reaching distance.
Looks like Joanne's won over.
I mean, this is moving me towards Australia, definitely.
It's so much for our money.
-You think this is definitely sort of for us?
Their day exploring Gold Coast properties has given Joanne and
Nazeem a real insight into what their money might buy in Australia.
Property number one's outdoor spa hit the spot,
but indoors was on the gloomy side, and so was the price.
The second house was perfect for outdoor living and at £10,000 under budget,
the couple felt it could be a home from home.
But the third property was the dream house and although over budget,
could be worth stretching the purse strings for.
So when it comes to homes down under, will it be the UK or Australia?
Based on the properties we've seen today, we've decided to vote for...
This house, it's just perfect, it really is perfect.
I think it's going to be amazing for us here.
We can see we can get a lot better houses for our money out here than
we can in the UK, so I think this is definitely the place for us.
And just sat out here, I just feel so happy, just sat in this garden.
Discovering a house that could help improve Nazeem's life is all
very well, but as the sole earner,
Joanne knows the pressure's now on her to get a job with a
decent salary if they're ever to afford it.
Back home, she's a sister in an intensive care unit in Leeds.
It's a job she's passionate about.
I absolutely adore my job.
Seeing that appreciation in, like,
a relative's face or a patient's face, to say we've actually done a
good job there and we've actually helped them through a difficult situation,
it is really rewarding.
But working long shifts means little time for family.
It is a fine juggling act. I'm stressed a lot of the time.
I feel like I've missed out on loads.
Despite the hours,
finding similar work in Australia will be key if Joanne's ever to agree to
-I've worked really hard to get to the position where I'm at.
I want to continue to learn in my job, I don't want to be stuck in a rut,
I want to try new things.
With just one wage coming in, she's got a lot on her plate.
I've got to go out and make the money because Nazeem can't.
The job needs to be there, we want to be able to have a nice and a good
lifestyle, I don't want to be skimping and saving,
I want to actually enjoy my life out there.
And if we can't do that, there's no real point leaving.
As Joanne sets out to explore what the future might hold work-wise in
Australia, Nazeem's only too aware of what's at stake.
Today's extremely important for the move because if she can't find a job
that she's happy in, then that's the end of the move.
We've arranged for Joanne to visit the Gold Coast University Hospital.
She's met by director of nursing, Paul Nieuwenhoven.
-Hi, Jo. Good to meet you, I'm Paul.
It'll be a pleasure to show you around this facility.
Paul's happy to give Joanne a tour, starting with the education suite.
We do some training from neo-natal right through to adults,
including trauma, so it's a fantastic facility for both students
and our staff alike, so...
Wow, it seems a really good space, absolutely.
She's impressed straight away.
In the UK, we don't have this type of environment,
we learn from work-based learning,
so this is a fantastic opportunity to gain further skills and knowledge in.
Paul introduces Liz, a fellow intensive care nurse.
-Hi, I'm Jo.
-Hey, Jo. I'm Liz.
So we've had a lot of trauma so far this morning, um...
-Helicopters, you know...
-Our last helicopter was last night.
-It is a busy, busy place.
-I work in quite an old hospital,
so it doesn't have all these modern facilities.
-In fact, that's what is really exciting for me,
that's the kind of work environment I want, so...
-This seems to fit with what I need.
-So far, so good.
That's us back towards ICU. That's a tearoom.
So this is what, um, a typical ICU room looks like in the pod.
Impressed, Joanne's keen to find out about the kind of work-life balance
she might have as a nurse in a hospital like this.
It's a 38-hour week.
The vast majority of our staff prefer to work 12-hour-shift arrangement.
And you're free to swap with colleagues,
so if you've got something that comes up that's urgent,
it's pretty flexible in terms of getting the shifts that you actually
need for your work-life balance.
Just what Joanne needed to hear.
She's also keen to know if working here would enhance her career.
We'd take you off for a short period of the year, so we can upskill you,
provide you with education,
and that also gives the opportunity for your managers to get to meet
with you, to discuss your own professional development needs.
That seems really fantastic, I'm absolutely...
I'm so surprised at that, that's really good.
Time now to talk money.
So, over here, as a registered nurse,
how much would I be making as a nurse?
A nurse in Queensland is probably the best-paid nurse in the public sector
in Australia. You would probably be starting on a salary in the order of
about 82,000, but on top of that, you earn shift penalties,
so you can add 20-25% on top of that.
That's about £10,000 more than Joanne currently earns in the UK,
So how would she go about getting a job in a hospital like this?
For people like yourself who are well-qualified in the
critical-care environment, it is very easy for you to slot into the Australian system.
But looking at your qualification and your CV,
you're the sort of person that we're actually interested in in terms of employing.
If you were to put an application on my desk tomorrow,
I don't think there would be any difficulty in getting you employed here.
I'm really happy. The fact that I can walk straight into a job is just fantastic.
Knowing she could up her salary and skills and see more of her
family in Australia, has put Joanne's mind at ease.
But as she chooses between work at home or away,
will the day have done enough to put Nazeem a step closer to the fresh
start he's craving?
I've had a really interesting day, I've seen a wonderful hospital,
there's lots of opportunities for me here, and based on that,
I'm going to vote for...
I've just got a really good feeling about this hospital,
the opportunities are there for me to develop and also,
I think we're going to be really happy here.
I think I'll be happy, so therefore, everybody else will be really happy.
Time to share the good news with Nazeem.
-How was your day?
-It was great, really, really enjoyed it.
The hospital was brand-new, it was...
Um, all the technology was brand-new, it was really, really good.
What's the salary going to be like here?
The salary starts at about £43,000, up to about £53,000.
-That's really impressive.
-It is, that's really good.
That's about 10,000 more than you're currently on as your starting salary
So, he says that if my CV went on his desk today,
he'd probably give me the job.
-So that's good.
-I think that's really positive, I mean,
I'm really happy on the sound of it.
It sounds, like, that you're going to be happy here.
Joanne's work prospects look great,
but the biggest inspiration for the Mungurs moving down under is
Nazeem's desire to play a more active role in his family's life.
Believing Australia's subtropical climate could help his health,
a day out on the sunny Gold Coast should give everyone a taste of how
their future might look.
The family are spending their day at a wildlife park.
First, they get up close and personal with a slippery character.
-Wow, look at this!
That looks beautiful, doesn't it?
-What is that dot?
-There you go.
-I like that...
-Do you like the snake?
-It was saying hello.
-Katie's got concerns about the croc.
Do you think he's asleep?
-What do you think he's doing, then?
Maybe he's dead.
No, I don't think he is.
Wake up, crocodile!
-Say, "Wake up!"
Days like today are few and far between back in the UK.
-Should we go this way?
-So, this is little Kicky.
Keep her right with her tummy up like a baby.
She's really cute.
They seem to really like it here.
It's really nice here.
-The kids are happy.
-I think if we moved here we could actually spend
-quite a lot of time coming to this park.
Being able to get out and about with Katie and Tom is a huge
part of Nazeem's dream and time spent in the Aussie sunshine is
already working wonders.
I'm taking less painkillers already,
so I've actually enjoyed it more today than I would in the UK because
if we come out for a couple of hours,
I'm either having to put a heat pack on cos my back's really sore or just
going home early.
Although she's had reservations about giving up their life in the UK,
today's given Joanne time to reflect on how much moving really could help Nazeem.
It's a complete different change for him because in the UK all he
does is be in the house.
I don't feel as much of a prisoner here and that's only in the
-short space of a week.
-He's been putting the laundry on, he's been sort of filling the dishwasher,
he wouldn't do things like that in the UK. What's he going to be like in a month's time?
That's what I keep thinking. And what's going to happen in three months' time?
When we got married, I wasn't like this.
I hate my life, I hate the way I am and that's not the person I want to be.
I know moving here is not going to fix everything,
but certainly it can go a long way.
Even if his health is improved by 20%, it's just...
It's just massive, it really is.
It's been an inspiring day for the family.
So will it be a done deal when it comes to choosing between lifestyle
in the UK and Australia?
So, we've had a really great day at the wildlife park here today,
so now it's time to vote.
JOANNE AND NAZEEM: Australia!
I don't know!
Katie, why did you choose, "You don't know"?
Cos...they're both best places.
I voted Australia because it's really...
It's really amazing over here...
Um, we've had a really, really wonderful day here.
We haven't had the weather to contend with, it's just been amazing.
It's been really great because I've just wanted to get out and about
with the kids - which is what they've wanted us to do -
and been able to do it here.
In spite of Katie's indecision,
Joanne's feeling more confident about a life in Australia,
meaning Nazeem could be within touching distance of the
active, healthier life he yearns for.
But will the finances see his hopes dashed?
The couple now need to work out
if they could afford to live down under.
They think their house back in the UK is worth £180,000.
To see if the valuation's accurate,
we sent round two local estate agents.
It's a good family space.
Could do with moving the toys, but, yeah, it's a good room.
I don't agree with the toys.
Nice... Nice open-plan kitchen.
So, here we are in the master bedroom.
Clearly, I would be advising the
vendors of this property to dress it up,
get rid of some of the toiletries...
It's nice and homely!
In today's market, I would value this property at £220,000,
a quick sale price of £210,000.
In the current market, I would value this property at £225,000.
For a quick sale, £215,000.
Wow, that's more than I thought.
To get, like, 40,000 more than
what you're expecting, it's a lovely shock to get.
It's a nice bonus.
I'm well happy now.
The increase in value is encouraging,
but how would the Mungurs' cost of living in Australia compare to the UK?
We've prepared a comparison of expenses,
starting with the grocery shop.
Let's have a look.
Gosh, look at the price of mushrooms!
That's our favourite food!
We seem to use tonnes of that, so...
-It's like eight tubes a month I think we use...
-We could save a fortune here.
Fresh pasta... That, as well, that's...
That's one of our staple foods as well.
That's more expensive.
There's a lot of more expensive products here.
A monthly food shop in Australia
would cost around £130 more than the UK.
Oh, gosh. I don't know if we can afford that.
That's a good question, can we afford it?
I'm scared, this is such a lot of money.
And that's just the grocery bill.
What about the bigger outgoings?
Basing their calculations on the dream house,
the couple's mortgage in Australia would be £200 more per month and
that's not the only thing going up down under.
Gosh, all these bills seem to be more.
For me, the gas and electricity is like...double.
Adding up the figures reveals they would be over £1,000 worse off
every month in Australia.
It looks like Nazeem's dream could be in trouble.
We wouldn't be able to afford to live here at those prices.
But Joanne could see a potential healthy boost to her income in Australia.
That's... That's, like, wow.
That's, like, amazing.
It is a huge increase, but is it enough?
Australia income versus Australia outgoings is minus £35.91.
So, overall, we're going to be minus
£322.75 worse off.
OK, that's quite a big shock.
-Not happy at all.
-The outcome's not what the couple were hoping for,
but the sums are based on Joanne's basic salary.
They said I could potentially make up to 25% more for unsociable hours.
So, virtually, we are... 25% on top of that and we're almost
-breaking even, then.
-Fighting to keep his dream alive,
Nazeem points out the extra money from the sale of the house in the UK
could reduce their mortgage down under and spots another
possible saving in Tom's nursery costs.
We're potentially, like, a year away from moving...
-..so, by that time, that nursery cost wouldn't be there.
-So that negative...
-That would be a saving of £500...
-And then... Straight off...
So, then, you're straight into a positive.
-So we would be better off straightaway for Australia.
Nazeem's trying to remain optimistic,
but when it comes to the vote,
will his prognosis persuade Joanne to take the plunge?
We've been looking at finances today and it's definitely been an
eye-opening experience, and based on that, we're going to vote.
I chose the UK...
purely because I think the pressure would be too much.
I understand what you're trying to say and, yes, it is quite a bit...
A lot more pressure. Although it doesn't look the best now,
there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel in terms of things we
-I don't think I'm in a happy place right now.
I think it's just sort of...
We've been shown the best parts of Australia, I've seen the jobs,
I've seen everything and now, down to finances, it's just...
I just feel really disappointed.
Joanne's financial fears mean Nazeem's hopes of a better future in
Australia could be on shifting sand,
and there's one more hurdle to overcome.
Leaving behind family and friends who have supported them over
the years will be a tough call.
While the children are looked after by a childminder,
the couple sit down to watch messages from home.
-Right, shall we do this?
Hi, Nazeem, Joanne.
-Hi, Naz. Hi, Jo.
Hello, Joanne and Naz.
Naz is a really nice, friendly guy.
-He likes to get involved and wants to be part of it all, doesn't he?
JoJo is a very nice daughter-in-law, she's like a daughter to me.
When they're together, they're a happy family,
they do everything together.
They're just going through life as it comes and that's...
-What can you do?
-Naz and Joanne have been through the mill.
But I think it's brought them closer together.
As much as we would miss...
-Miss them all...
-And if it's the right choice for them,
then we'd embrace it and tell her to go for it, definitely.
It's extremely difficult to imagine life over here without them.
If they make the decision to go...
..it'll be very hard.
Unfortunately, you've now got a rather big decision to make...
and all I can say is...
..think carefully and go with your hearts.
Life is what you make of it and if you go with the interest of making a
go of it, you'll do well.
Your dad and I wish you a long and happy life together over there.
If you decide to make Australia your home, we're going to miss you...
That must feel really hard.
I'm starting now...
I think that's the hardest thing about coming over here,
it'll be saying goodbye to friends and family.
It's harder to make a decision now than it was...
-an hour ago, yeah.
-Before seeing that, yeah.
One week ago, the Mungurs arrived in Australia,
hoping it could transform their family life,
but while Nazeem has felt health benefits from being down under,
messages from home have provided a heartbreaking reminder of the loved
ones they'd be leaving behind.
As the family's final vote approaches,
where their future lies looks far from certain.
The trial week has shown the couple how Australia could make a real
difference to their lives.
I'm feeling better in myself, I'm feeling more upbeat.
It means the world to me to be able to say yes to the kids,
rather than having to say no all the time to them.
I've absolutely loved seeing Nazeem flourish this week.
His mood is dramatically changed.
He's upbeat, he's positive...
I've been like this for so long and I've had these health issues for so
long and thinking about what I could be like, it's just, like,
-not even real.
-But although moving down under could help transform the
family's future, Joanne realises it would come at a huge cost.
Just seeing everybody crying and upset about the thought of us leaving,
it just tears me up inside, really.
I don't know if I could do it right now, um...
I'm just all in turmoil inside, really.
Without Joanne on board, Nazeem's dream could come to nothing.
She's the one that's making this move work and she's the one going to
work every day, so it's quite hard putting that pressure on her.
I've seen how much positive there is out in Australia with my health and
wellbeing, and I don't really want to go back to the UK.
But if she's not entirely happy, then we can't move.
So, with their destiny dependent on the final turn of the cards,
where DOES the family's future lie?
ALL: Australia! Australia. Australia! Australia!
I think Australia, this week, has given us a brilliant lifestyle.
It's shown us what we can actually do out here.
We came out to Australia knowing we had to tick two boxes...
Basically, improve my health and create a better work-life balance,
and it's ticked both boxes.
I love the beach and the sun.
Do you like the playgrounds?
-I think we should just, like, apply now, basically, we're just,
like... What's the point in waiting?
That's how I feel as well.
It's been an unforgettable week for the Mungurs.
Despite an element of financial risk,
seeing how their family's life could be transformed down under
has convinced everyone Australia should be their new home.
With any luck, it won't be long before Nazeem is back enjoying the
benefits of being in a warmer climate.
We wish the family all the best
with their new life on the other side of the world.
A horrific car crash eight years ago left Nazeem Mungur the shadow of the man he once was. Fed up and frustrated, he is now desperate to be a more hands-on husband and father. Family holidays abroad have shown the benefits of being in a warmer climate and, although he has never been to Australia, he is now convinced that emigrating to the southern hemisphere could help turn his health around. While wife Joanne supports her husband's desire for a fresh start, she is nervous about the prospect of uprooting their young children to a country they have never even visited. With Nazeem unable to work, she knows the pressure would be solely on her to provide financial security and she also worries about breaking strong bonds with the family and friends who offer so much support in the UK.
Nazeem is now hoping that a trial week in Australia's Gold Coast will reveal the promise of a better quality of life and put to bed Joanne's concerns about a move. So, will their journey lead to a healthier happier future for the whole family or will the reality of moving to the other side of the world signal the end of the road for Nazeem's dream?