From a Shanghai trading business to Gold Coast kite surfing
Name: Jiahai Jin
Business: Kite surfing training and tourism
Why did you choose to move to Queensland?
Melbourne and Sydney are similar to Shanghai where I come from, and I realised that Queensland was the best place for water sports and tourist industry, so I choose Queensland because of the suitable weather condition for kite surfing. I am now running a kite surfing school on the Gold Coast, and I am the only Chinese & English bilingual IKO level 2 instructor in Australia. I am enjoying the process of introducing more and more people to the excitement of learning kite surfing.
What were you doing before you moved to Australia? Why did you decide to come here?
I was running an apparel trading business before I moved to Australia. Traditional clothing export in China is getting really tough because of the increasing raw material and manpower cost. I’m in the process of creating a new business which combines my hobbies and allows me to make a living.
The economy in Australia is strong and healthy and Australia is one of the biggest English-speaking immigration countries. The number of Chinese tourists coming to Australia is dramatically increasing every year! Why not make the most of this business opportunity? Additionally, Australian’s education has a great reputation which is good for my boy.
Where did you choose to live in Queensland? Why did you choose this location?
I did a wide range of research before I finally decided on the Gold Coast as the location for the rest of my life. Kite surfing is my new business and my passion, and my 10 year old son needs to go to primary school. The location we were looking for was a moderate city with good education, and a tourist destination with easy access to beach, warm weather and good wind conditions. I took a long trip to investigate the entire East Coast of Queensland from Port Douglas down to the Gold Coast, and finally I found the perfect location for my business and my family!
How did your family settle in?
My family arrived on the Gold Coast after me. It has been more than 2 months now. We bought a house and two cars, and my son has started his studies at a state primary school near home. We are almost all set up here and very happy for this decision.
What do you like best about living in your area?
The most positive aspects are the good warm and windy weather, nice people, affordable house prices and efficient infrastructure. The traffic condition is pretty good here and everyone smiles to each other.
What do you enjoy most about working in Queensland?
I had been kite surfing for 5 years in China and achieved an International Coaching Grade 2. And actually, I’m already reputable in this sport with lots of Chinese fans following. Especially after arriving in Australia, many people see me on the beach and they come over and ask about lessons. Therefore, I built up my own Wechat public forum and continually post pictures and videos through various internet media. A few Chinese tourists groups are coming to the Gold Coast for a Kite surfing tour from April 2017, and some local Chinese have started my kite surfing training courses. Also, a China film team will visit the Gold Coast to make a film of my kite surfing business. It’s all very exciting times!
Have there been any challenges?
I found there is still a lot to learn because I am not familiar with local business rules and council and government regulations. It will also take some time for me to understand Australian slang even though my wife and I are good at English. We are trying to recruit more people to assist with my business, but it seems not a lot of people know me and this sport at this stage, which has its benefits and challenges!
What are your next steps and future plans?
I plan to run a kite surfing club with bar and accommodation. This will then be more convenient for my visitors and kite surfers.
What advice would you give to others considering state nomination?
Firstly, Chinese customers need to understand every State has their own requirements. Secondly, the candidate should thoroughly study the documents and investigate closely to write an individual business proposal.
How did you find out about and why did you choose State Nomination visa?
I found out this information through immigration agency and they proposed this to me.
What was your experience with the application process? Any advice?
It is not very complicated as we may have supposed, just preparing required documents and working closely with the agency.